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With Google Maps launching as a standalone app last fall, and Apple’s own Maps app getting progressively better, you probably aren’t in the market for an alternative GPS application. But we’re going to tell you about one anyway.

ForeverMap2, a maps app that uses OpenStreetMaps tech, has finally landed on iOS. Its claim to fame is its advanced compression technology, which allows it to serve up offline maps without taking up much space on your device…

The app initially debuted on Barnes & Noble’s Nook platform, and was later ported to Android. And it uses the world-wide open source mapping project OpenStreetMaps to deliver its directions, map tiles and other necessary assets.

Here are some of the app’s more notable features outlined in its App Store description:

-Completely interactive OpenStreetMap map
-A single map covering the entire world
-Full functionality with and (after Installation) without Internet connection (online and offline)
-Entire countries incl. their city maps can be installed (WLAN recommended)
-Permanently free map updates
-Powerful map technology (NGx)
-Route planner (car, pedestrian, bicycle)
-Variety of map styles (e.g. night, outdoor)
-Variety of search options
-IdeaLog for feedback to the developers
-Easy-to-use favorite lists
-Optional synchronization of favorites with maps.skobbler.com web portal

As most of you know, Apple’s own Maps app allows for offline use. But you lose some features in the application when you disconnect from the internet, and ForeverMap2 promises that you won’t have to make that compromise.

Aside from its offline feature, though, there doesn’t some to be anything significantly different about this particular app. It looks good, but not gorgeous, and I haven’t seen any features yet that other map apps don’t already have.

But hey, the good thing about the App Store is that it gives you choices. And if you so happen to choose to download this app, today would be a good day to do it. To celebrate the launch, the team has dropped the price from $3 to $1.

You can grab ForeverMap2 in the App Store, for both the iPhone and the iPad, for $0.99.

Have tried this maps app yet? What’d you think?

  • Gorgonphone

    pass

    • iOops

      agreed

  • I agree that this is not something I would use with my iPhone 5, but this is very useful for iPod touch and “Wi-Fi Only” iPad users.

    • Agreed. Since Google refuses to release an iPad app and Apples lets face it anywhere out of the US sucks this could be very useful to me. At this price it’s a steal and without any in-app-purchases! I’ve used their GPS apps before as well and they worked superbly so this for me is an instant purchase

    • Raymond Spruance Lee

      Can’t agree you more!

  • Approved

  • Dmaez

    Its nice for camping trips and stuff. Otherwise I would just use google or apple maps. Both seem to be really good right now. I would get this though just for trips where signal may be a problem as a backup…always good to be prepared.

  • This could be very useful abroad when we have no connectivity

  • dont bother with this app. i just got it, and it fails with an error, says it cant connect to the server, meaning it can’t download maps for offline use which makes it useless!