Who doesn’t use Maps? Whether it’s Google Maps, Apple Maps, or any maps app on Mac, iPhone, iPad or any PC or mobile device, we all have one thing in a common. The need for an internet connection. It escapes me why maps makers don’t make it easy for users to download detailed maps to a device to use when there’s not an internet connection.
Simply put, when you’re offline, there’s no maps. Unless you have a utility like Map Snapshot.
This clever utility for Mac users does what you think it does. It downloads high resolution maps images while you’re online so you can view and use the maps when you’re offline and not connected to the internet.
Map Snapshot works much like Maps on OS X. Select a location. Use the slider bar to zoom in or out. Save the map you see on the screen as an image. The app saves standard, hybrid, and satellite map images using Apple’s native MapKit.
Map images downloaded to your Mac can be as much as 100 times the size of the maps window on your Mac’s screen (you can choose the resolution). That makes it perfect for offline map viewing, or to use a map in a poster or advertisement.
The only issue I’ve run into with Map Snapshot is that not all higher resolution images could be saved and viewed in OS X’s Preview app. Otherwise, it’s much like having a Save button on OS X’s Maps app.