Map Draw – Route Tracking: 2+ years on my iPad and Still a Favorite

Over the last several years, “throwback Thursday” has become quite popular.

Although it is really supposed to be about nostalgia (like old photos), I thought I’d stretch the point, and occasionally post an old (but updated!) “how to” (or favorite app) on Thursdays, for the benefit of the many new-device-users who have joined our blog.

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 7.22.02 AMGenerally, my throwback posts will be “how to’s”, but today I’m resurrecting my old post about this map-drawing app.

I first posted about this app in May of 2012. And at that point, I had used it for quite a while. Here we are, 2 years later, and I STILL use this app regularly. As we all know, many apps get downloaded, used for a while and then discarded. Not this one!!

First of all … it just works great. It’s quick and clean and easy. Just zoom in to the area of the map where you want to draw, tap your starting spot and continue on. The app will give you the distance. This is so very useful for plotting walking/running/biking trips and travel, but it has many other uses, too.

Here is what I said about it 2 years ago:

If I had to whittle my apps down to just a few, Map Draw would definitely be on my “must keep” list.

I think this is an awesome app. I use it to check out distances all the time. Any Boomer will remember that on the back page of a big paper atlas, there was always a chart that allowed you to check the mileage between cities. With this app, checking mileage between cities is just the start. The real fun is all the OTHER ways to check mileage. Want to know how far it is from your house to the grocery store? Want to know the shortest route home from work? Want to know exactly how far you are walking/running when you zig zag through your neighborhood? Is the restaurant close enough from your hotel to walk there? You can do all that, and once you start using it, you will find many more routes to measure.

It is very easy to use. Just open the app, and zoom in to the area that you would like to measure. The app allows you to zoom right down to street level very quickly …… anyplace in the world. Once you have your starting spot visible, just touch the screen. Then touch any other spot and the app will show you a line and measure the distance. You can continue tapping to add a zig this way and a turn that way, until your total trip is measured. I was surprised to learn that one of my “short cuts” home, wasn’t that short at all. (I changed my route)

Kudos to the developers of this app. It has definitely withstood the test of time.

Map Draw is $1.99 in the iTunes store and well worth the $

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