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 iNomad turns iPhone into an off-road GPS - v3.01

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gpspassion Posted - 13 oct. 2010 : 02:50:32
Updated 20101225 : version 3.01 available with some major news features such as raster map downloading on top of the original Google Maps streaming, sources include MSResearch Topo (ex-Terraserver), OSM Topo, CloudMade Topo, etc...this great app got even better ! More details below.
Updated 20101030 : version 2.1 is available, adds route import feature using a .kml file, details below.
Posted 20101013 : iNomad turns your iPhone into an off-road GPS...or almost, but it's certainly the closest you can get for now :

Sometimes you set out on a walk or hike without a handheld GPS but rarely without a phone and if this phone happens to be an iPhone (iOS4 required), there is software you need : iNomad to create a route on the fly and follow it in real time.

Here is the scenario : you set out on a hike and as you walk you want to figure out how to best continue it, come back the same way or try to go for a loop...what will the distance be, the estimated travel time ? Seems easy enough but this happened to me the other day and I thought I was covered with my many off-road apps so I fired them up one after the other : Motion X ? No, can only navigation to one point; Trails ? No, although it's better since you can create a route but can't follow it in real time; TwoNav ? No, at least not easily; Topo Maps ? we just walked back.

A bit puzzled and annoyed I set out to find a fix for this type of scenario and after some searching I came across this little "gem" : iNomad. For a grand total of $4 it provides a streamlined interface to create a route on the fly using Google Maps backgrounds and then lets you follow it using varous profiles (car, bike, foot) in real time, providing "distance to go" and "estimated travel time" :

Other features include : trip recording, create a route from a recorded trip, replay a track, export a track to .kml (Google Earth), map caching for use out of network coverage, etc...

There are some weaknesses though, software related like the map backgrounds limited to Google Maps and no access to topo maps at this point, so it won't work well in forests, and platform related like the short battery life of an iPhone and lack of a decent antenna for accurate tracking in difficult conditions. External batteries (jackets or USB packs) can alleviate the battery life problem.

Questions, comments?
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gpspassion Posted - 30 mai 2011 : 10:16:28
ok, looking forward to that new version!
k0ry Posted - 29 mai 2011 : 13:19:34
I'm finishing new version. Please wait.
gpspassion Posted - 29 mai 2011 : 08:33:26
A friendly bump to see if there were any new versions in the works? I used it again on my iPhone 3Gs for a bike ride this week and it turned out to be quite useful as usual ;-) Only thing is that it's become a bit slow now with the new features. Maybe I need an iPhone 4!
gpspassion Posted - 05 mars 2011 : 05:25:03
Didn't get anything, I'll send you an email ;-)
k0ry Posted - 05 mars 2011 : 04:08:01
I send you a e-mail thru web form on with promo, if you don't receive it, please post me at k0ry13 (at) gmail.
gpspassion Posted - 04 mars 2011 : 21:49:16
Ouch, sorry to hear that, good to hear you were able to pick up the pieces though!
k0ry Posted - 04 mars 2011 : 20:48:22
Hello! Sorry for delay. I'm had almost finished version with a lot of improvements (myTopo, iPad version and many many others) but suddenly my HDD have died. With all my sources. I did find earlier version and now I repairing all that things.
Hope to understing.
gpspassion Posted - 04 mars 2011 : 04:16:06
Not sure what the status of the iPad version is, but it shouldn't bee too much work as it scales perfectly to the iPad resolution when using "Full Force" on a JB iPad ;-)

Went for another hike yesterday with iNomad and my 3GS using a track downloaded from everytrail and offline OSM Topo maps and it crashed a lot, just exiting. Not sure why, memory seemed to be ok. I also noticed a lot of "blinking" between the Google sat map and the OSM topo downloaded layer.

Overall I miss the "responsiveness" of the earlier version of iNomad, it seems that the latest v3 puts a bit too much stress on the iPhone, at least on my 3GS.
gpspassion Posted - 23 janv. 2011 : 21:44:23
Another long walk with iNomad yesterday and it worked well keeping me updated on the remaining distance, unfortunately it was not showing an ETA or speed. Not sure why. Is that maybe a bug similar to the one on the summary page ?

I had been able to download OSM topo maps ahead of time and that was very useful, excellent trail coverage and the maps have nice colors too to depict the environment.
Jelf Posted - 06 janv. 2011 : 14:08:55
Hi k0ry,

My name is Joseph and I am the author of Gmap4. This app displays MyTopo maps for the USA and Canada. It also displays all the standard Google Map views. Here is a 'live' map for an area near Duluth, Minnesota (I grew up in this state), USA:,-92.076624&t=t2&z=14

Notice that Gmap4 has a search feature: Menu==>Search
Gmap4 can also display GPS data from various file formats. (csv support is being added.)

Would Gmap4 help iNomad users?

I am going to add an item to the 'Menu' that will display a "World File" for the map on the screen. That world file can then be used to georeference a screen capture.

Another iphone developer mentioned a fascinating idea of running my app in an iframe that is larger than the screen size. Doing so would allow a large map to be captured. I am going to investigate.

Here is the Gmap4 homepage:

If you have any suggestions for how our programs can work together, I would love to hear them. You can email me directly through my website.


k0ry Posted - 06 janv. 2011 : 02:24:57
Of :) Ok, as soon as I have stable version of it. Too many Ideas and requests :)
gpspassion Posted - 04 janv. 2011 : 21:10:58
Off or of ? ;-) Let me know if you need some help testing it.
k0ry Posted - 04 janv. 2011 : 11:49:27
Off course.
gpspassion Posted - 02 janv. 2011 : 02:56:22
Good to hear there are new improvements in store. Any plans for a full screen iPad version? The large screen would really help especially with all the new features ;-)
k0ry Posted - 01 janv. 2011 : 23:56:49
>2) In the Logbook the recorded trips always show Distance 0 m and Average speed 0km/h
Yes, I did find this bug.

4) The ruler activated by two fingers is good. It would be nice is to be able to move each point separately with one finger to fine tune the position. As well would be nice to be able add additional points to measure curved lines.
You can move each point separately. Additional points - interesting Idea, hope to add this feature.

>5) The map downloading is confusing. It would be nice to somehow know what was downloaded and at what level, or at least at the lowest level.
I did find new solution.

>6) Importing custom maps is essential.
iNomad will have custom map importer, but slightly later.

>7) MyTopo download would be very nice.

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