A map app in the form of a smartphone app can do a lot of things, but if it’s in the wrong hands it can turn your map into a nightmare.
That’s what happened recently with Mapillary, a map-sharing app for the iPhone and Android that lets users share a wide range of map data with each other, but also lets users create and share their own custom maps.
Mapillary launched last year as an app for Google Maps, but that platform had a hard time integrating with iOS.
It wasn’t until a few months later that Apple introduced Maps for iPad.
Mapnik, an app that can also create custom maps, was born, and it made its debut on the iPhone in April.
But Mapnik is far from perfect.
For one thing, it requires iOS 7 or later to be installed, and for another, it doesn’t offer a way to share a map.
(Mapnik doesn’t have a way of uploading its data, but Google Maps has a way.)
So it’s difficult to see how Mapnik will ever replace Google Maps for the masses.
(Google Maps for iPhone has a similar app.)
But Mapillary has found an audience in the smartphone-savvy community of map makers, who use Mapillary to create maps for their own use.
Maplab, a company that builds and sells custom maps for Mapillary’s iPhone and iPad, is now offering a $100 map-making subscription to people who make their own maps.
“Maps are becoming more and more important to many people in the world,” said David Rennie, Maplab’s CEO and cofounder.
“It’s an area where Mapillary is really at the forefront of.”
The $100 subscription is a one-time payment that gives Mapillary users access to a variety of data that Mapnik offers.
For instance, users can make their maps with the latest data, including a detailed map of where the world’s most densely populated cities are located, or a list of top destinations in the United States.
Maps can also show their locations based on the latitude and longitude of the user, or they can be created based on a combination of location and time.
Users can also download maps from other Mapillary services, like Mapnik.
Rennia said that Mapillary will continue to expand its map-sheltering tools for users.
But, he added, the company is focused on its mission: To make maps for users to use.
For the first time, users will be able to share their maps and other data from Mapillary with other users.
Users will be allowed to set up their own Mapillary accounts and share data from other users, and they will be encouraged to make their Maps available for others to see.
Renny said that while he and his co-founders were initially attracted to Mapillary because it offered a way for users with iPhones and Android phones to share maps, the service has since matured into a more powerful app for making maps for other platforms.
“We want to take the map app to the next level,” Renni said.
“Mapillary for iPhone is a great starting point, but we want to be a leader on Android.”
Mapillary is also building a map app for iOS.
And Renny said that the company’s app will include features like a way that users can create custom-made maps for each of their iOS devices.
“We’re not building a product to replace Google,” he said.
Rennie said that if you’re an iPhone user, you’ll probably want to stick with the Mapillary app.
If you’re a Mapillary user, he said, you might be able get by with a standalone version of the app.
“If you don’t want to use the app, we’ll still make it,” he added.
“But if you do want to create your own map, we can build it.”