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Finally decent FREE sat nav software is here for the iPhone. Android users have had it since the beginning but we were relegated to using FREE mapping software which used open source maps & were user updated. Now this app seems to use Google Maps.

I've actually just used it on a short journey and its very accurate. I don't like the 2D interface and I much prefer Co-Pilot's standard 3D (like tomtom) interface which is what I currently use. But it got me from A to B with turn-by-turn directions visually & vocally given. This is a must have app for the iPhone. If you don't have SatNav, in-fact even if you do I'd still download it - its only 5mb! You can even download the maps for later use saving on data charges.

An important point to bear in mind this software provides satnav WORLDWIDE! Not just in the UK - which is what I currently have with CoPilot. This is 1 app I won't be removing. Hope you guys agree ...

This software will be free till Jan 12th then it goes up to 59p still worth it then finally up to £2.39. Not sure if I should have this in freebies or deals (posting in FREEBIES for now will trf to Deals when the price goes up in 2 days time!)

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Offline/online voice navigation for iPad and iPhone. Free download now! Price will raise to $0.99 after Jan 12, and back to normal $3.99 after Jan 14.

★ Rank #1 in China, #6 in US, top 10 in 9 countries, iPad navigation category
★ Featured as New & Noteworthy by Apple
★ Voice & turn-by-turn navigation
★ Fix china map drift issue
★ Enjoy 30+ map sources in offline mode

Global Navigator (GlobalNav) - Navigate you around the world with your iPad/iPhone GPS version. Supports both offline and online maps. You can download rich resources of offline maps from Internet or create your own using free tool of Mobile Atlas Creator (http://mobac.dnsalias.org), then transfer map files into iPad/iPhone using iTunes' file sharing.

By using offline map mode, you will enjoy fast map display and operation, you no longer need to pay for mobile network data of map downloading. Before you travel to a new place, you can just create the offline map within several minutes and copy it to iPad/iPhone, you can also plan the route to save for future use. Never lost again no matter in driving, hiking, biking or finding your parking place.

Features:

• Voice navigation with English/Chinese.
• Turn-by-turn navigation panel.
• Real time compass.
• Navigation simulation.
• Supports more than 30 sources of offline map by using Mobile Atlas Creator.
• Import/export offline maps using iTunes.
• Supports 7 online map sources.
• Route planning, save, load and export.
• Track recording, save, load and export.
• POI management.
• Search locally or globally to locate any place in the world.
• Display engine optimized ensure fast display of route with dozen of thousands of way points.
• Fix location drift by enabling "Mars" mode if you have such issue when using some mandarin maps.
• Quick buttons for fast access to frequent functions.
• Auto-manage map cache to ensure fast map loading when using online maps.
• Support both portrait and landscape screen orientation.
• iPad/iPhone universal application with native user interface.
• iPhone 4 retina supported.

Map sources:

• Offline map support:
Supports popular RMaps/BigPlanet SQLite format (a single sqlitedb file) offline maps, create your own map or download from Internet. More than 30 map sources can be choose when you download.

By using offline map creation tool Mobile Atlas Creator, you can plan a route and just download the nearby area to cover the route, or you can download the full coverage of an entire city or country. Map detail level can also be chosen according to you needs.

Use offline maps for fast display and save your money.

• Online maps:
Switch to online maps instantly. Support 7 popular map sources.

• Languages:
English and simplified Chinese.

Requirements:
• iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad with GPS capability is required.
• iOS 4 required (iPhone).
• iOS 3.2 and above required (iPad).
• iTunes required to import/export offline maps.
• Mobile Atlas Creator (free open-source tool) required to create offline maps.
• Route planning, location search needed to be done online.
Website de AcamarSuporte para Global Navigator Pro
What's New in Version 2.1

1. Better support for iPad 3.2.x.
2. Voice guides fine tuning.
3. Japan route planning fix. (Please choose Japan maps server)
4. Several bug fixes.
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Yes the options are very limited compared to a paid SatNav app costing £20 or more (ie CoPilot or TomTom) - ie no camera alerts, no pos, no shortest/quickest routes, no avoid toll roads etc...

BUT this is FREE, no subscription charges and its WORLDWIDE. So you can take it with you anywhere. I have to admit I was annoyed that iPhone users never got a FREE decent satnav solution and for the present moment - at least for the next 2-3 days - we HAVE!

The turn by turn vocal directions are sometimes a bit too early and there are a couple of other minor little quibbles but to be honest at the lowest possible price - £0.00 - I can't grumble too much :)

Grab this whilst you can, let me know your thoughts also but after using it for just a short while I was very impressed especially with the small size of the app itself!
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Great find ;)
#6
installed..thanks
#7
Heat added downloaded now will need to get a car :)
#9
I wonder if I should have put this into Deals as this in my view is truly another must have app for the iPhone. Google will keep updating their maps for the foreseeable future, but how long will copilot or tomtom (for free!), Therefore this in my view is an app or similar (ie free satnav using maps that are updated regularly and not user updated) is a must on all iphones.

And better yet with this app you get the ability to explore planet earth and get guided from 1 country to another - street by street :) Probably will never need that function though :D

It's only going to be free for 2 days so hope as many hukd'ers manage to get this!
#10
What is the android free satnav equvilent? The marketplace doesn't have that listed and all the free ones I have seen are all assisted so need the internet to work properly, unless you set it up via wifi first and not deviate from the planned route.

Edited By: Diligence on Jan 10, 2011 11:17
#11
I've got the navfree app, what are you thoughts theonlytazman to which is better, to be honest I've not really found navfree very user friendly, but then I have age only problem of not liking to read the instructions so it might just be me lol
Have some heat form me, your post are great
#12
Forgot to ask,does it take ages to download ?
#13
pinkcalculator
Forgot to ask,does it take ages to download ?


It's about 5mb, so nope
#14
Me too when it comes to instructions. I never read anything for this app but it was very easy to use

Navfree - haven't got it but noticed it uses user defined maps and from various online comments they aren't good enough. It's a piece of sware that is flawed - noticed it was on hukd a while back - not rated highly anywhere but it was free

This seems to use google maps so all streets in UK and most of world

I tried it again today got me into work no probs, directions were spot on but I had to keep looking at the screen as I don't know if I can zoom in whilst viewing instructions. Like you can on copilot

The gps fix is great and quick gets my location even when I'm in the house. Very accurate too. This was 1 of the biggest flaws in copilot but later revisions finally corrected the gps issue

Id recommend download it now whilst free and compare it to navfree but you will probably find that this is more accurate especially in more rural or out of the way places

Hope that helps?

pinkcalculator
I've got the navfree app, what are you thoughts theonlytazman to which is better, to be honest I've not really found navfree very user friendly, but then I have age only problem of not liking to read the instructions so it might just be me lol
Have some heat form me, your post are great
#15
Diligence
What is the android free satnav equvilent? The marketplace doesn't have that listed and all the free ones I have seen are all assisted so need the internet to work properly, unless you set it up via wifi first and not deviate from the planned route.

Google Maps Navigaton - Comes complete with 3d maps, built in google maps support, voice etc.
#16
Diligence
What is the android free satnav equvilent? The marketplace doesn't have that listed and all the free ones I have seen are all assisted so need the internet to work properly, unless you set it up via wifi first and not deviate from the planned route.


I'd always thought android users got free satnav as soon as they switched on their phones using google maps?

We iPhone users never got that! If I'm mistaken I apologise
#17
Thanks for the advice, going to download and get my hubby to as well as he's not got satnav at all
#18
Never understood HUKD and probably never will. Some useless apps get loads of heat & in my view this is a must have app which is FREE gets a lukewarm response. If the app was useless & free i'd understand but this is the 1st time I've seen an app with updated FULL (street level) maps which is worldwide which is very much a use-able piece of s/ware on the iphone (for a change).

I know people will say we're not here for the heat ... but then why post deals with female pics or reposts of existing hot deals if you didn't want the heat.

Personally I wouldn't know how well received this app is until I see the heat level and that's the same with any deal - I gauge a deal by its heat level. I see a deal with less than 100 heat I'd pass it by a couple of hundred you'd chk it out thinking it may be a good deal. In other words I'd look at this posting & the other for runtastic pro for the iphone/android/blackberry and wonder where i went wrong?

Seems I need to look out for some useless apps in future? say how to dissect an emu or something that may get some heat, or how about some sex related apps ...

Rant over.
#19
The reviews on the iphone say its rubbish and isnt good at recognising uk postcodes.
#20
theonlytazman
Supports both offline and online maps. You can download rich resources of offline maps from Internet or create your own using free tool of Mobile Atlas Creator (http://mobac.dnsalias.org), then transfer map files into iPad/iPhone using iTunes' file sharing.By using offline map mode, you will enjoy fast map display and operation, you no longer need to pay for mobile network data of map downloading. Before you travel to a new place, you can just create the offline map within several minutes and copy it to iPad/iPhone, you can also plan the route to save for future use.

Thanks, heat added because of the offline map saving capability. I use CoPilot normally, but this would be useful for overseas.
#21
taraweeh
The reviews on the iphone say its rubbish and isnt good at recognising uk postcodes.


It's FREE and provides worldwide navigation. You can't compare it to tom-tom or copilot as ofcourse it's not going to be as good. But it's currently rated 3.5* which doesn't mean it's rubbish

And no online review I've found states it's rubbish so it would be nice if you could backup your views stating that online reviews state its rubbish with links???

Or are you just comparing it to fully paid sware which is what I think you're doing.

What postcode feature has this got? As all I can find is navigate from point a to b which you select via flags.

This sware does a very good job of getting you from a to b and the maps are up to date. If you can provide us with links to a better iPhone satnav app then pls do.
#22
LotusJas
theonlytazman
Supports both offline and online maps. You can download rich resources of offline maps from Internet or create your own using free tool of Mobile Atlas Creator (http://mobac.dnsalias.org), then transfer map files into iPad/iPhone using iTunes' file sharing.By using offline map mode, you will enjoy fast map display and operation, you no longer need to pay for mobile network data of map downloading. Before you travel to a new place, you can just create the offline map within several minutes and copy it to iPad/iPhone, you can also plan the route to save for future use.


Thanks, heat added because of the offline map saving capability. I use CoPilot normally, but this would be useful for overseas.


I use copilot too best satnav app out there on the iPhone currently. For the offline aspects you will need to download and go into this site http://mobac.dnsalias.org/

You’ll need to go to their site and download this desktop app and then load your full offline map to your iDevice via iTunes.

Happy motoring :)
#23
What exactly means free? If I download now for free and after Jan 12th Do I need to pay the money? Please can somebody advice?
#24
gautamvt
What exactly means free? If I download now for free and after Jan 12th Do I need to pay the money? Please can somebody advice?


Its currently free then from tomorrow the price will increase to 59p then £2.39 shortly after. If you get it now it will remain free for you, so get it now :)
#25
It is no longer free now showing as 59p??
#26
mbutcher
It is no longer free now showing as 59p??


Now expired! Just seen some of the reviews on iTunes. Made me smile. For free sware people are saying do not buy?

It's free and good enough as a secondary backup and future updates may add on other features. Why vote cold for a free app? Id rather abstain, download and see what happens

I've used it and it works perfectly fine. You do have to know where point a and b are but then it gives directions with no issues

Finding points a to b can be found easily by doing a quick google search them adding the flags to the app or download the offline maps and edit that way

Strange???
#27
Damn. Missed out. It's 59p. But I already have two others on my Iphone.

Thanks for the heads up.
#28
heat added.. this is a good app!
Thanks
#29
Hay guys! someone can help me, how to export the tracking record to google earth file (kmz) by using global navigator? It is possible or not??? Thanks!

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