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    Default ViewRanger GPS now live on iPhone

    iPhone transformed into real alternative to dedicated outdoors GPS device

    Award winning ViewRanger GPS from Augmentra is now available on the iTunes app store with premium map data from 13 countries including the USA, UK and Germany, so iPhone owners can now enjoy the benefits of this high quality, tried and trusted “off-road sat nav”. ViewRanger GPS is designed for anyone looking to optimise their time outdoors, and is already a favourite app of walkers, cyclists, and other outdoors enthusiasts.

    By downloading ViewRanger GPS, customers install all the benefits of a more-expensive stand-alone GPS navigation system onto their iPhone. The app uses the phone’s GPS capability and comes with inclusive credit to install a large area of premium national survey topographic mapping for the user’s choice of area.

    The app is easy to use and the interface will be familiar and intuitive to iPhone users, as it makes full use of the multi-touch, swipe and pinch finger control features. Just a couple of taps are required to download routes or map tiles relevant to your location. Maps are then cached on the handset so that no data connection is required in use, and loading and refresh is extremely fast. Users can even create their own tracks for others to follow, and share routes and points of interest. Its speed and reliability has seen ViewRanger GPS adopted by Search and Rescue teams and other outdoor professionals.

    Craig Wareham, co-founder of Augmentra, the mobile mapping and navigation company, is delighted to see that the ViewRanger GPS app is now available on the iPhone.

    “We already have a dedicated base of users on other phone platforms and our iPhone launch is very much in response to customer demand. It’s great that we can now offer our service to the large and growing number of iPhone users.”

    Augmentra has created relationships with in-country mapping agencies and content partners across the world. This includes National Geographic in the USA, Ordnance Survey in Great Britain, Bundesamt fur Kartographie und Geodesie (BKG) in Germany, and partners in a further ten countries. Through these partnerships, ViewRanger GPS offers topographic mapping at a variety of map scales, including National Geographic TOPO! maps at 1:24,000 and 1:100,000 scale.

    Dan Ortiz, Vice President, Products, Marketing & Operations for National Geographic Maps, comments that, “We are excited to offer detailed topographic maps of the United States to a growing number of smartphone users. There is a generation of people that have grown up with vehicle sat-navs and internet-based maps who may rarely use topographic maps. ViewRanger GPS captures this audience, and by making it easy to follow a topographic map on their phone, it will allow them to venture into the outdoors with confidence.”

    ViewRanger GPS also exploits the connected nature of the iPhone to provide users with mobile access to an extensive and growing content library. It is easy to download routes and map tiles over the air as needed.

    ViewRanger GPS for iPhone is available from Apple iTunes app store priced at USD24.99 /GBP14.99 and comes with inclusive credit that can be used to purchase downloadable map tiles and route content within the ViewRanger GPS application. Further content can be accessed through in-app purchasing.

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    Notes for Editors
    Functionality in the launch version of ViewRanger GPS for iPhone includes:

    • Premium topographic mapping (13 countries, more being added). Includes National Geographic, Ordnance Survey, BKG, IGN, IGN BE, NLS Finland
    • Works in portrait & landscape orientations of phone
    • Multi-touch support, such as pinch gestures to zoom in and out
    • Maps are cached on handset, so no data connection required in use
    • Use in-app purchasing to add more premium maps from growing map library
    • Create, draw and plot your own routes on the iPhone handset
    • Plot points of interest
    • Record your gps track – get statistics on distance, speed, height gain/loss, etc.
    • Wide range of coordinates supported – national grid; lat/lon; ITM; UTM
    • Use imperial, metric and nautical units
    • Import routes, POIs, and tracks to ViewRanger from third-party sites and software using GPX files
    • Export tracks, routes and POIs from ViewRanger via GPX files
    • Share routes, POIs, and tracks with ViewRanger users on Symbian and Android handsets
    • Just two taps to download routes or map tiles at your location
    • Screen proximity switch – automatically locks the screen if you put the phone in your pocket or backpack – but continues to record your track

    Images available at ViewRanger_iPhoneLaunch pictures by Augmentra - Photobucket

    About Augmentra Ltd.
    (ViewRanger : Off-road Topographic Map Navigation, Sports GPS, Buddy Beacon Tracking and Location-Based Content)

    Augmentra is the software development company behind ViewRanger™, the award winning mobile phone application which delivers GPS navigation, mapping and location-based content to outdoor activity enthusiasts and outdoor professionals worldwide.

    ViewRanger has been running on a range of Symbian S60 mobile devices for over two years and in 2010 launched on Apple iPhone and certain Android OS Smartphones

    Versions of ViewRanger either provide global map coverage from OpenStreetMap, or Premium topographic map data available for a growing number of countries including Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland, parts of Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, USA.

    The ViewRanger application works with Facebook to allow web based sharing and can be integrated with Twitter to allow location based “mash-ups”.

    Augmentra is partnered with national mapping agencies across Europe and with a range of content publishers, including National Geographic in North America, and Ordnance Survey in the UK.

    Follow Augmentra at ViewRanger (viewranger) on Twitter

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