MAPITARE USER MANUAL
Mapitare is an offline map app. Once the maps are downloaded you can see them without a network connection. Mapitare user interface is therefore quick and responsive, always and where-ever.
Mapitare offers you possibility to save your POIs, lines and tracks. When you save them, you name them and they shall be searchable items immediately.
Mapitare app features
Mapitare hides buttons by default. To toggle between show and hide the buttons just tap the screen once for a second.
The activated buttons are shown in blue and deactivated buttons in
white. If an active function is on, the button is red, like during POI
saving or tracking function.
Mapitare settings are opened with Settings button. In the next picture you can see the options: Map Mode, Font Size, downloading the maps and Help (view the user manual).
You can select how Mapitare displays the map depending how and where you use it. The default view is for outdoor activities and terrain contours are emphasized.
The night view is for navigation, orienteering or other activities in the dark. The view does not blind you from seeing the nature around you and you still can compare details of the map to what you see around.
The city view is designed for moving in urban surroundings. The human made constructions are not overshadowed by contours of nature, but they still are recognisable.
In font size settings you can choose between the default text and the big text.
Maps setting displays you a view where you can select parts of the map to be loaded to your device.
When the map is being downloaded you can see the progress as a percentage. If you cancel downloading a map, the map listing offers you possibility to Continue download.
The users manual is downloaded from a server. You'll need a network connection for this, of course.
Changing the View
To move the map, drag it.
To zoom in or out, pinch it.
To view an overview of your current zoom level, double click it. A double tap brings you back to the original zoom level too.
To measure distance and direction between two point, just select two points simultaneously.
To locate yourself, tap the GPS button on the screen. GPS button turns blue when it is acquiring position.
Your position is displayed as a blue ball on the map.
If your location cannot be determined immediately, text “Waiting for GPS
data” is displayed. Location accuracy is shown with an see-through
circle around the position marker. Naturally the accuracy circle is only
seen when you zoom in close and when the accuracy is not exact.
By default your position is centered on the screen. If you drag the view
the centering is deactivated. If you want to center the position again,
tap the GPS button.
If you don't move an arrow shows the direction where you watch. Remember that the electronic compass is not very trustworthy, accuracy depending much of device. When you move the direction arrow is defined according to moving vector, which is much more reliable method.
Showing the moved path
The app shows a path where you have moved lately. The shown tail is drawn according to the latest 5 points which have a minimum difference of 20 meters.
The centering is not exact but the app calculates in which direction you are moving and shows a little bit more of your future location on the screen.
To end the positioning, tap GPS button again. It turns white and positioning is deactivated. This also saves your battery.
Save a POI
To save a POI first tap the pin button.
This function is activated and the pin turns red. Now you can pinpoint
anything on the map by selecting a point for a second. If you want to save a line you can go on pinpointing more points, the app draws you a line between points.
To remove the last point of a line, just select it again for a second and it will disappear.
When your drawing is ready to be saved, tap the pin button and the app
asks you for the name.
To start recording your track, tap the track button on the screen.
The track button changes its color to red to imply the tracking is on. The app draws your route on the map.
To end tracking, tap tracking again. The app asks you to enter a name for the track or to waste the track permanently with Cancel selection.
Mapitare gives you possibility to search for an addresses or POIs you
have stored. Tap the address or POI search buttons to bring up the
keyboard. Immediately when you type in three characters Mapitare shows you the closest search results, which you can tap to select the wanted
result or you can scroll the result list up and down.
The search result appear from the top of the screen in alphabetical
order. The address search results consist of addresses, placenames and
other GIS items. The POI search shows you matches from your own saved
POIs and tracks.