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Want to get google maps on iOS6? Check out 'Sparkling Maps'

11-12-2012, 10:51 PM
#21
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 363
Thanks, we expect the 1.2 update to be available within two or three days. Meanwhile, we are working hard on further improvements!

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11-13-2012, 11:52 AM
#22
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 3
Hi there,

Nice job with app. I know you're seeking feedback to make it better. So, here you have a couple of thoughts:

1. For turn-by-turn, when there are directions like N or NE, you may want to have the lady say 'North' or 'North East' instead of N or NE

2. When searching for a business, I miss the 'Did you mean?'. So, if I type 'Frid Meyer', it would be nice if instead of a 'Not found' message, I got a 'Did you mean Fred Meyer?'

3. It would be great to press and hold and drop a pin where I'm pointing

4. I could not find the visual list of directions but I think it says is there, so I'll play a little bit more with it...

5. ...and now a big one, how you consider allowing to store a route offline with turn-by-turn for 'out of cell phone coverage navigation

Again, nice job, you're doing great!

M.

11-13-2012, 07:27 PM
#23
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 363
Thanks for the useful suggestions. For now, we will take points 1 and 3 along, possibly for 1.3, and we are looking at ways to do the download of local maps for offline usage.

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11-14-2012, 02:42 AM
#24
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Sweden
Posts: 1,336
Wait how do you drop a pin?

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11-14-2012, 02:02 PM
#25
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 3
Hi Mac,

Thanks a lot for the response. The offline one would be a biggie given that most apps lose directions in the middle of a route when cell coverage goes out but it definitely sounds like not an easy one...if I could at least keep my route going that would be amazing but if you guys can make it happen, I totally understand.

Thanks for the great customer service and great app!

M.
11-14-2012, 02:03 PM
#26
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by chris1a View Post
Wait how do you drop a pin?
Just press & hold with your finger anywhere in the map, and it would automatically drop a pin the location that you're pointing/pressing.

Cheers,

M.
11-14-2012, 03:00 PM
#27
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Sweden
Posts: 1,336
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcbbcn View Post
Just press & hold with your finger anywhere in the map, and it would automatically drop a pin the location that you're pointing/pressing.

Cheers,

M.
Thanks. Was confused by this: "3. It would be great to press and hold and drop a pin where I'm pointing". But it does drop a pin ?

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11-14-2012, 03:10 PM
#28
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 608
When searching a location, it would be nice to have a little icon like ">" in the location's name tooltip for more info similar to the old maps app. From there we can view the full address and have a button for directions/navigation to there.

Getting navigation to work is not very intuitive in it's current form, and as a person who has used the google maps api myself, I know you can extrapolate the physical address when pinging their servers.
11-14-2012, 08:45 PM
#29
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 363
In the latest version (the 1.3 in progress) it will work more like the original google maps. So you can drop a pin when pressing down on the map. Then you will get the address details, and you will be given two small buttons, one for streetview and one for directions.

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11-15-2012, 08:07 PM
#30
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 363
Sparkling Maps 1.2 has been accepted and the update is available in the app store now!

It features:

- Universal app: now full support for iPad. See streetview in high resolution!
- Auto completion location lookup
- Additional place categories
- Travel modes (walking/public transport)
- Language issue in route guidance resolved
- Horizontal and vertical orientation of maps

Try it out! If you could leave a review of the current version in the app store, we would greatly appreciate it.

We are finishing up the 1.3 release, which we will submit to Apple today. We are confident in creating an excellent maps alternative for iOS6 users, and your input is helping us in that!

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