MAPS.ME – OpenStreetMap Wiki

MAPS.ME (formerly known as MapsWithMe) is a free, proprietary mobile app for iOS, Android and BlackBerry that provides offline maps of 345 countries and islands based on OpenStreetMap data. Older versions were open source but it has changed[3].

See Organic Maps for open source fork that requires far less invasive permissions .The app uses a proprietary data compression method developed by the company’s engineers that ensures fast operation and low memory usage .

The new version 11.0.0 for iOS released in December 2020 changed the app significantly and removed what made this app interesting and worth using. E.g. the map style is completely different, there are no house numbers, no street names, no adding and editing POIs[5]. During this change the project was forked, with the fork named Organic Maps[6]. However, as of version 12 many of the offending changes seem to have been undone, with MAPS.ME and Organic Maps’ product appearing quite similar. MAPS.ME requests much more permissions – such as contacts, biometric hardware and recording audio[7]. It also continued to focus on monetization with local guides, tourism and commerce which may be either useful features – or an obnoxious clutter.

You need use “Recent track” option (app’s settings – Map – Recent track) and set 1 day instead 1 hour. Recent track stores in gps_track.dat file. Located at “MapsWithMe” folder. To convert .dat file to .gpx you need use convertors 1, 2.

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Some users within the community have expressed concern regarding the quality of many MAPS.ME contributions. MAPS.ME provides a low entry barrier for OSM editing, causing an influx of users unaware of rules, guidelines, and conventions ( many of which, presumably, never visited this Wiki ) and which in many cases aren’t even aware that they are contributing to a crowdsourced mapping project separate from Maps. me .Low-quality edits are made more likely by the app’s design. For instance, the scope of the edits appears to be unclear for many users, and some assume they are editing their own personal map. Another problem is the limited selection of POI presets, with no ability to map anything which isn’t predefined. This causes new mappers to use the wrong tags. For example, tourism = guest_house or tourism = attraction are quite often used as generic markers to tag anything that doesn’t fit any predefined preset .It is not uncommon to see Maps. me contributions that can only be assumed to be personal ” bookmarks ” .

The vast majority of contributions are language-specific (using name: instead of name), requiring correction by experienced contributors in order to show up on maps not specific to the language used (if the object previously had no name tag). This behaviour prevents inexperienced tourists from unwittingly overwriting native names, but of course places a bit of a workload on “normal mappers”. Experienced contributors can edit the name tag directly by tapping Add a language and selecting the Native for each country option.

Situation is made worse by MAPS.ME developers generally ignoring bug reports [ 8 ] [ 9 ] .Developer

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