I can’t blame Apple for wanting to do their own mapping technology. Google reserved some of the best features, such as turn-by-turn navigation, for their own Android OS devices. While most of us don’t have a problem with Apple’s Maps app and data, some do. For Mac users who want a better way to access Google’s Maps, there’s an app for that.
eMaps is a Mac app which uses Google’s maps data. Forget the browser window. eMaps gives you a faster way to browse maps, a toolbar with more options, and it’s all self-contained in an app, complete with familiar street maps, satellite and aerial photos, and street view.
Does this look familiar?
It’s just like Google Maps because that’s what eMaps uses, but you have more convenient access to pins, locations, traffic and transit data, all from the toolbar.
You even get Google Street View (but no Flyover 3D as you’d find on Apple’s iOS 6 maps).
Use eMaps to search for specific locations (and save for later viewing), including step-by-step driving and walking directions, as well as the geographical coordinates.
One really useful function is the option to draw lines and shapes on the map to highlight regions or locations, or trace custom paths.
The maps also display traffic and weather conditions, and, of course, you can bookmark you favorite locations, or email the maps within OS X.
Even better, eMaps is free for Mac users. What it doesn’t do is pinch to zoom, so you’re still stuck using the old Google zoom in and zoom out tool. And, for newer Mac users, Street View will require installation of the Flash plugin for eMaps to work.