UK Map App

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23rd October 2014

Issues with new iPad (Updated)

Unfortunately UK Map fails to start or crashes soon after starting on the new iPad Air 2.

I've now obtained one of these devices and have found the cause of the crash: this is the first iOS device with three processor cores. Now that I know that I should have a fix in the next few days.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

8th October 2014

Version 2.5 of UK Map is available

Apple have approved the latest update to UK Map. This update is primarily for compatibility with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+, and includes some further minor changes for iOS 8.

It also includes updated versions of the 1:1,000,000 and 1:250,000 road maps and the search data, from Ordnance Survey.

I would appreciate any feedback about how well this version does or doesn't work for you. I would particularly appreciate feedback if you have an iPhone 6: I have bought an iPhone 6+ for testing but I don't have my own iPhone 6.

15th September 2014

Version 2.4 of UK Map

Updated 25th September Apple have approved an update to UK Map for iOS 8 compatibility. Ideally you should install this update to the app before updating to iOS 8, but it will probably work if you do it in the other order. Feedback suggests that this version works as intended; if you have any problems during or after updating please get in touch.

Another update will follow in a few weeks to add support for the new iPhone 6 and 6+. The current version will work on those devices in a compatibility mode, with a zoomed version of the iPhone 5 screen.

7th September 2014

Beware iOS Updates!

I am always surprised by the way that people will update software without considering the possibility that something will go wrong...

With that in mind, I'd like to encourage users of UK Map to not update to iOS 8, which is due out sometime soon, without first checking whether there are compatibility problems with this or other apps. I'll post an update here when I know what the status is.

4th June 2014

Edition 8 of the detailed maps now available

In this update:

  • The 1:25,000 and 1:10,000 maps have been replaced with the newest versions from Ordnance Survey, including all changes from the last year.
  • The latest footpath data from OpenStreetMap has been added: since the last update approximately a year ago, the total amount of footpath data has increased by about 12%. Many thanks to the OpenStreetMap volunteers for their continued hard work.

The app should notify you that the new edition is available soon. In 2D mode, if you touch the Maps button (the rightmost one of the buttons at the bottom of the screen) and select "Update", you can select areas of existing maps to replace with the new edition. The coloured overlay will indicate which tiles have and haven't been updated.

Please let us know if you find any glitches or have any other comments about the new maps.

23rd October 2013

Version 2.3 of the app is now available

Updates in this version include:

  • Fixes for issues including the "safe mode" related crash on iOS 7 noted below.
  • A new version of the built-in 1:250,000 map from Ordnance Survey.
  • Support for the iOS 7 look-and-feel.

Please get in touch if you have any trouble with the new version.

26th September 2013

iOS 7 Compatibility Issue

I have become aware of an iOS 7 compatibility issue that is affecting some users.

The app has a "safe mode" in which it tries to recover when starting up after a previous crash. On iOS 7, this mode doesn't work and the app crashes immediately as it starts.

If you're using iOS 7 and you find that the app crashes immediately on starting, please go to the main Settings app, scroll down to find UK Map, and turn OFF "Start in Safe Mode". Then restart the app.

Please get in touch if this doesn't resolve your problems.

There will eventually be an update to resolve this. If you find any other iOS 7 issues that need to be fixed at the same time, please let me know.

22nd July 2013

Edition 7 of the detailed maps now available

In this update:

  • The 1:10,000 maps have been replaced with the newest versions from Ordnance Survey. It's only 6 months since these were last updated so the changes will be limitted to recent developments.
  • The contour lines have been replaced. Ordnance Survey have released a new contour dataset called "Terrain 50", which is used in place of the old "Landform Panorama". This data is much more up-to-date and hopefully has fewer errors. It also removes the need for the interpolation that I had been applying on steep ground since edition 4 of these maps. This new data is also available for the 3D mode, but see below.
  • The latest footpath data from OpenStreetMap has been added: since the last update in February, the total amount of footpath data has increased by 6%.

Note that the base 1:25,000 maps have not changed in this update.

The app should notify you that the new edition is available soon. In 2D mode, if you touch the Maps button (the rightmost one of the buttons at the bottom of the screen) and select "Update", you can select areas of existing maps to replace with the new edition. The coloured overlay will indicate which tiles have and haven't been updated. Note, however, that this procedure will not replace the altitude data that's used for the 3D mode: to replace this, you need to delete and re-download the map tiles.

Please let us know if you find any glitches or have any other comments about the new maps.

12th April 2013

Edition 6 of the detailed maps now available

In this update:

  • The 1:25,000 maps have been replaced with the newest versions from Ordnance Survey. It is two years since these maps were last updated and the new versions include new roads like the M74 extension in Glasgow.
  • The colour-balance of the 1:25,000 maps has been improved; it now has a more natural blue and is a better match for the 1:10,000 maps when you zoom in. This is possible as a result of changes to the source District Map data from Ordnance Survey.
  • The latest footpath data from OpenStreetMap has been added: since the last update in February, the total amount of footpath data has increased by 5%.

Note that the 1:10,000 maps have not changed in this update.

The app should notify you that the new edition is available soon. In 2D mode, if you touch the Maps button (the rightmost one of the buttons at the bottom of the screen) and select "Update", you can select areas of existing maps to replace with the new edition. The coloured overlay will indicate which tiles have and haven't been updated.

Please let us know if you find any glitches or have any other comments about the new maps.

15th February 2013

Edition 5 of the detailed maps now available

Updated versions of the detailed maps are available. In this update:

  • The 1:10,000 maps have been replaced with the newest versions from Ordnance Survey, and include new roads surveyed over the last year.
  • The latest footpath data from OpenStreetMap has been added: since the last update, the total amount of footpath data has increased by about 18%; thanks again to all the OpenStreetMap contributors for their work. Note that the new OpenStreetMap licence now applies; see the maps page for details.
  • Apart from this the maps have not changed.

The app should notify you that the new edition is available soon. In 2D mode, if you touch the Maps button (the rightmost one of the buttons at the bottom of the screen) and select "Update", you can select areas of existing maps to replace with the new edition. The coloured overlay will indicate which tiles have and haven't been updated.

Please let us know if you find any glitches or have any other comments about the new maps.

14th February 2013

Version 2.2 of the app is available

Updates in this version include:

  • Fixes for crashes on iOS 6. The app now tries to sidestep an Apple bug that had caused crashes mainly in 3D mode. (Please get in touch if you continue to see any crashes.)
  • New versions of the built-in 1:250,000 and 1:1,000,000 maps from Ordnance Survey.
  • Support for the iPhone 5, latest iPod touch, and retina iPads. Note that if you have the 3rd-generation iPad (early 2012) you may benefit from turning on the "Disable Retina Display" switch in the main Settings app (scroll down to find UK Map); this will improve the responsiveness of the app.

The iPhone 3G and the 2nd generation iPod touch are no longer supported, but note that the previous version of the app will continue to work and be able to download maps.

20th May 2012

Edition 4 of the detailed maps now available

Updated versions of the detailed maps are available. The changes include:

  • Updated 1:10,000 maps from Ordnance Survey.
  • More footpaths from OpenStreetMap: since the last update, the total amount of footpath data has increased by about 45%; many thanks to all the OpenStreetMap contributors for the work they have put in to this.
  • Revised contour lines. On the old maps, some contour lines were omitted on steep slopes; this was due to printing limitations on OS paper maps where the lines could not be printed too close toghether. These omitted lines have now been revived by interpolation, so the steepness of slopes should be more apparent.

The app should notify you that the new edition is available soon. In 2D mode, if you touch the Maps button (the rightmost one of the buttons at the bottom of the screen) and select "Update", you can select areas of existing maps to replace with the new edition. The coloured overlay will indicate which tiles have and haven't been updated.

Please let us know if you find any glitches or have any other comments about the new maps.

2nd December 2011

UK Map version 2.1 available

This update makes the following changes:

  • There is a new switch in the Settings app's UK Map section to control backups. By default, the app will now not save copies of your maps when you backup your device - you will need to re-download your maps after restoring from a backup. This is for compatibility with iCloud; backing up maps to iCloud would be slow and consume a lot of space. On the other hand, if you turn the new switch ON then maps will be included in backups. This is more appropriate if you use iTunes to save backups on your computer.
  • A new version of the 1:250,000 road map is included.
  • New versions of the road and postcode indexes are included.

17th May 2011

UK Map version 2.0.4 available

This update has now been approved by Apple. It should fix a number of crashes and freezes that have been reported on various device.

25th April 2011

UK Map version 2.0.2 available

This update, which fixes a bug that could cause the app to freeze on the iPad 2, has now been approved by Apple.

20th April 2011

UK Map version 2.0.2 available soon, to fix iPad 2 bug.

I believe that I've now identified the cause of the freezes that some users have reported on the iPad 2, and I've submitted a fixed version to Apple. Hopefully they will approve this soon.

If you don't have an iPad 2, there is no need to update from 2.0 to 2.0.2.

18th April 2011

Edition 3 of the detailed maps now available.

Updated versions of the detailed maps are available. These use revised versions of the Ordnance Survey base maps and OpenStreetMap footpath overlays.

The appearance of the 1:10,000 maps has not changed in this update, but the 1:25,000 maps have been revised. The new versions have slightly more detailed building outlines, use a distinct colour for the foreshore, and have removed the blue symbols for schools that were used in the previous versions. Most obvious is a change in the colour scheme; the Ordnance Survey data has a very pale appearance which you can see in their online viewer. I have increased the contrast and shifted the colour balance to make the background, text, and in particular minor roads more visible. Another effect of this shift has been to make the crag and rock textures more prominent.

The app should notify you that the new edition is available soon. In 2D mode, if you touch the Maps button (the rightmost one of the buttons at the bottom of the screen) and select "Update", you can select areas of existing maps to replace with the new edition. The coloured overlay will indicate which tiles have and haven't been updated.

Please let me know if you have any feedback about the new maps.

11th April 2011

UK Map version 2.0 now available, with 3D mode

I'm pleased to announce that UK Map version 2.0 has just been approved by Apple.

This is a major update that adds a 3D mode. As well as this new feature, much of the existing functionality has been re-implemented for improved speed and appearance.

Important notes about upgrading to version 2.0

If you currently have an earlier version of UK Map, when you first run the app after upgrading to version 2.0 it will download a small amount of 3D data for each of your existing map tiles. This will take less than one second per tile using a typical WiFi network. In testing, sometimes the download had completed before the user had acknowledged the informational alert that is shown when it starts. You can check whether there are any tiles for which the 3D data has not been downloaded by touching the new "maps" button (in 2D mode only, it is the rightmost of the buttons at the bottom of the screen) and looking for tiles that are coloured black.

Because much of the app has changed in this update it is quite possible that some new bugs will have been introduced. Do please get in touch if you encounter any problems.

One user has reported that the app freezes on an iPad 2 after upgrading; if you have a large number of maps already installed and you have an iPad 2 (or possibly iPad 1) you might like to wait for clarification before upgrading. If you don't already have large numbers of maps installed, I suggest upgrading anyway; if you encounter any problems you will probably be able to simply delete and re-install your maps to resolve it.

Note that a new edition of the detailed maps will be available soon; you may prefer to wait before installing large numbers of maps. The new app will inform you when the new maps are available.

With the release of this update, the iOS version of the 3D Lake District app has been withdrawn. This app was intended as a demonstrator of the 3D functionality that is now included in the main UK Map app; it used an early version of this code which suffered various issues with newer versions of iOS.

22nd January 2011

Android UK Map 3D app now available

A new Android app, "UK Map 3D", is now available.

This app has different functionality than the iPhone/iPad app: it doesn't have the detailed 1:25,000 and 1:10,000 maps, but it does have a 3D mode.

Feedback about device compatibility would be very much appreciated; there are lots of Android devices on the market, all slightly different, and I've not been able to test on many of them.

8th December 2010

Android version of 3D Lake District now available

The Android version of the 3D Lake District app is now available from the Android Market.

Note that the app has limited hardware compatibility, depending on the device's 3D graphics chip. Your feedback about which devices do or don't work will be much appreciated, as we've not been able to test on many devices ourselves.

26th November 2010

Android version of 3D Lake District

There will soon be an Android version of the 3D Lake District app, and I'm looking for people to help test it. If you have an Android phone or tablet and would like to help, please get in touch.

18th - 21st November 2010

Kendal Mountain Festival

I'm going to be in Kendal this weekend demonstrating UK Map, 3D Lake District and my other apps in the trade tent at the Mountain Festival. You'll also be able to get a "sneak peek" of my next project. If you're going to be in the area, do please come along and say hello. If you've never been to the festival I can thoroughly recommend it - a packed weekend of films and lectures, all excellent. No armchair mountaineer should miss it!

8th November 2010

3D Lake District app launched

The next major update to UK Map will feature a dramatic new feature - 3D maps! To give a taste of what's coming, a new app, "3D Lake District", is now available. This contains 1:25,000 maps covering the Lake District National Park, using the same OS OpenData and OpenStreetMap footpaths as UK Map. It's available now and costs only £1.19.

13th September 2010

Version 1.2.2 Released

This version, which may be called 1.2.1 or 1.2.2 depending on where you look, is primarily a bug fix release. It should resolve some crashes that can occur if map or other data has been corrupted for some reason, and a bug that made maps uninstallable after a large area had been selected. It does not fix the issue with the layer selection switches described below.

It also makes minor changes to avoid confusion when "map info" is enabled unintentionally or when the GPS has been turned off.

8th September 2010

Bug in layer selection switches

A nasty bug has been detected in the way that the layer selection switches work. If you touch the switches too quickly, you can end up in a state where the 1:25,000 switch is OFF and the 1:10,000 switch is ON. Once in this state, both switches are disabled and neither layer of maps is displayed.

If you find yourself in this state, you can reset the switches as follows:

  1. If you're running iOS 4.x, you must first power off the device by holding down the power button for a few seconds. After restarting, don't run the app.
  2. From the device's main screen, go to the settings app and scroll down to find UK Map somewhere near the bottom.
  3. Turn ON the "Safe Mode" switch.
  4. Quit the settings app, and run UK Map.

This will reset the map layer switches and shading settings, but won't erase any maps or anything like that.

Please get in touch if you have any problems with this.

23rd July 2010

Version 1.2 Released

This update adds important new features and fixes compatibility with the iPhone 4 and iOS 4.0.

The main new feature is the addition of 1:25,000 maps as an intermediate step between the 1:250,000 road atlas mapping and the 1:10,000 street maps. When you install maps you can now choose to install only 1:25,000 or both 1:25,000 and 1:10,000. If you install only 1:25,000 you can later upgrade the map to include 1:10,000 as well.

The maps also now include footpaths. These are not included in any of the OS data, so instead they come from OpenStreetMap. Since OpenStreetMap is a volunteer project the coverage of this data is not complete, but it is good in many areas.

Other new features include:

  • A "Map Info" layer that shows where you have installed maps.
  • Statistics about the number of map tiles that are installed and the amount of storage used.

24th June 2010

iPhone 4 and iOS 4 Compatibility

Good news and bad news. Bad news first: it seems that the app does not work correctly on the new iPhone 4, due to its high-resolution screen. This will be resolved in a future update; I don't yet have a timescale for when that will be available.

The good news is that apparently when the app runs on an iPhone 3GS with iOS 4.0, the compass-crash problem is cured.

31st May 2010

Version 1.1.1 Released

Version 1.1.1 of the app is now available as a free upgrade from the App Store. This update fixes a bug that only affected the iPad and caused it to crash on startup.

If you don't have an iPad and are currently running version 1.1, there is no need to upgrade to this version.

18th May 2010

Version 1.1 Released

Version 1.1 of the app is now available as a free upgrade from the App Store. However, if you already have version 1.0 installed, please read the following before upgrading:

  • After upgrading to version 1.1 you will need to re-download all of your street maps. You may therefore wish to wait until you have a reliable network connection and a few minutes to spare before going ahead.
  • A couple of users have reported that version 1.1 crashes after restarting once street maps have been installed. So far this only seems to affect the iPad. So if you have an iPad, you might like to wait for the next update (which should be in about a week) before upgrading.

What's New in Version 1.1

The main new feature is the addition of contour lines and hill shading to the street maps. This makes them much more useful for countryside navigation.

The 3D hill shading effect can be controlled from the new settings screen, which is accessed via a new button with a "map and gear" symbol at the bottom of the screen. You can change the strength of the slope shading and the direction of the simulated sunlight, and turn the height tinting on and off. Note that when this effect is not useful, e.g. for urban navigation, you might prefer to turn it off as that will make map display slightly quicker.

There is also a co-ordinate display at the top of the screen, which is enabled by touching the arrow button at the top right. The format of the co-ordinates can be changed via the new settings screen.

In addition, you can now search for postcodes and road numbers. Postcodes down to the sector level (e.g. "M14 6") are built in to the app, and the more detailed postcodes are downloaded with the street maps. Note that you must type the space in the middle of the code when searching. Road numbers (e.g. A1304) are only included in the street maps, not the built-in national maps.

Finally, if your device has a compass (i.e. the iPhone 3GS and iPad), a new button allows you to rotate the map to face North.