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  • Map, Technology Comments Off on How Technology Changed Maps For The Better

    If you haven’t seen an illustrated map, it is totally different from traditional maps that you fold and keep in your pocket. The maps created by illustrative 2-Dimensional Maps service are more like pieces of art than navigational tools. They are drawn by hand but 100% digital.

    Another type of map is Google Maps that are simpler to use than navigation maps. Just open the app and you will know where you are on the map. The app also allows you to browse your surroundings, search for specific places like bars or restaurants and plot a course towards the next destination.

    If you are unfamiliar with 2D maps, Google Maps has a feature that allows you to explore the map from the lens of a mobile phone. You get to see the world around you using the directions that will show up on the screen in the augmented reality (AR) version of Maps. The feature will allow you to navigate the surroundings in a way that makes more sense than looking at a 2D map.

    While it is very easy to use Google Maps, it is only as good as the GPS signal. There are a lot of scenarios where the app fails to locate you. Google is aware of the GPS issue that appears in dense urban environments that is why it provided a solution called Live View Calibration.

    A tiny blue dot that appears on the map means your location. It always shows your orientation or which way is front. The orientation is more accurate if the beam is narrower. However, the blue dot can malfunction if GPs signal cannot reach the mobile phone properly. You can opt to calibrate Maps by rotating the phone in a figure 8 pattern. Another solution is Live View that will tell Google Maps where you are if GPS is not accurate.

    The 2D illustrated maps do not make use of GPS technology. A fully illustrated 2D or 3D map is created by illustrative 2-Dimensional Maps service from the pieces of information that the client provides. For example, high quality images of landmarks and buildings will make the illustrated map more interactive.

  • Map, Mobile, Service, Tips Comments Off on Has Apple Maps Overtaken Google Maps?

    122 Centuries ago, people live happily and comfortably without any care for the outside world. From the 15th and 18th centuries, illustrated maps were created but they look more like works of art. Illustrated maps sometimes provide insights on society or culture through their artistic content. Today, people use digital maps as essential tools to help them navigate their way in cities and towns.

    Google Maps is very popular for people all over the world. The software includes futuristic functions like Street View that offers detailed glimpses into different areas. Google Maps is also consistently updated to include new features. However, the software has a rival in Apple Maps that was released with IOS 7 in 2013.

    Ever since Apple Maps has been launched, Apple has worked consistently to improve the app. This poses a radical challenge to Google. Early this year, TechCrunch reported that Apple is going to rebuild the service by using its very own data for the first time. According to Eddie Cue, senior vice-president of Apple, the tech giant is determined to bring the app to the next level.

    Cue further explained that from the time the app was introduced to the public six years ago, they have made huge investments to ensure that the digital map is up to par. Apple Maps was about directions and how an individual can get to a certain place. Millions of dollars were invested to make new and frequent changes, to add millions of directions and to update the maps.

    The objective of Apple is to create the best map app in the world by taking Apple Maps to the next level. To achieve the objective, Apple is building its own maps data from the ground up. The newest version of Apple Maps was released together with IOS 12 last September with levels of detail greatly improved.

    Domestic and international clients are welcome to order map illustrations of a community, campus or facility. The images that will be used in the illustrated maps are the product of skillful and creative combination of geography, architecture and information. The map illustration can easily become the topic of conversation in the building’s lobby or boardroom.

  • Map Comments Off on A Comparison Of Popular Map Apps

    There is no doubt that Google Maps is very useful and practical for travelers but they not are very pretty if compared to illustrated maps. For example, the London City Illustrated Map is a cartographic creation that reflects the artist’s skills and creativity. Even if it is hand drawn, the illustrated map is highly detailed and comprehensive.

    Today, travelers rely on their Smartphone map apps to get around a strange place. However, map apps are not created equal. There will always be a map app that stands out from all the rest. Below is a list of different map apps that are best for travelling.

    For years, Arthur Grabowski, senior manager of corporate development at Adobe, has studied Waze, Google Maps and Apple Maps to determine the best. He has developed a scoring system for the apps so that they can be ranked accordingly. The scoring system is based on factors like shortest travel time, how each app over/under estimated travel time and how the app allowed users to arrive a place at the quickest time possible.

    Waze in a map app that breaks out user’s data to provide accurate traffic updates. Hundreds of millions of people all over the world use Waze but Grabowski find the app as not so accurate although it can provide the fastest driving time. Live traffic updates and notifications on potholes are the best benefits delivered by Waze to users.

    After 120 trips over the course of a year, Grabowski declared that Google Maps is the most accurate in delivering users to their destinations at the fastest possible time. After testing Waze and Google Maps, the later has the fastest service.

    Apple map apps want to provide users with a positive experience but it usually underestimates arrival time. A user can arrive at the destination 1% faster than the estimated time of arrival provided by Apple map app.

    Before you travel to a strange city like London, it makes sense to study a map of the city. If you want a map that has more aesthetical value, you can opt for London City Illustrated Map that highlights popular landmarks, buildings and streets in an artistic and creative way.