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Old 26 Feb 2012
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Android navigation application for Morocco

With recent talk about electronic maps, I thought I would post this.

I've been playing with lots of "apps" for mapping with an Android phone.

I wanted the following functions:

  • Able to download maps, so I can use it offline.
  • Have a Morocco map available. (Most that can download maps, don't include Morocco)
  • Routing would be nice, but at least to able to see where you are.
  • Free. (Don't mind paying a few quid, but only after trying the software)

After trying maybe half a dozen different "Apps", I came across Osmand which does all of the above and far more.

You can upload GPX tracks and waypoints, turn on and off which GPX track you want to display, log tracks to GPX and far far more, I'm still learning the software, but I'm really impressed

So far, I have UK, Spanish and Moroccan OSM Maps all available off-line.

Saved my planned trip for 2012 in Mapsource to GPX format and uploaded it, this is made up of various tracks stuck together so it's a huge amount of information and it handled it fine.
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Looks good, shame it's not available for iPhone.

I've been doing a similar search for iPhone apps that tick the same boxes and not had the same success.

Almost worth getting a cheap android for.
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Try Oruxmaps (www.oruxmaps.com). It's free and with little work you can use OZI maps.
Even MOBAC integrates now with Ourx
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Indeed you can try www.gpsmapp.com . It seems to be specifically designed for overland , It computes remaining fuel , uses and stores google maps (instead that open street map ) and most importantly it has direct access to go-Overland , the database of overland-related points (hotels , borders, embassies and so on)

from what I can see It seems you can even publish your position online (as with that SPOT trackers ! ).

IMHO , is the one to use for expeditions. And It is also available for iPhone/iPad !
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I, too, have been looking into doing offline navigation with my Android phone for an upcoming trip through Germany, France, Spain and Morocco.

What I have found out so far, is that there are no true offline navigation apps out there. Here's three apps I have tried out, that support offline maps based on OSM data, which you have previously downloaded and transferred to your device:

OsmAnd: ability to calculate route offline, but excruciatingly slow for longer distances, so it's better to use an online service, which the app also supports. Has voice guidance.
Locus: needs internet connection to calculate route. Automatic route-recalculation only in the paid version.
NavFree: needs internet connection to find addresses outside the US (you can use previously saved favorites, though). Calculation is offline. Voice guidance.

OsmAnd and Locus are techy, and have many features, ability to display many online maps etc., but especially Locus can be a little akward to use. NavFree has the nicest interface and good guidance.
Where is Julian?

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Apart from Morocco

This thread http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...armin-et-63191 discusses both the software and hardware for Androids.

Mapping and navigation seem to be a fast developing field.
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