Mapboard GIS is an iPad app for drawing maps with an Apple Pencil. Mapboard combines the intuitive workflow of pen-and-paper mapping with the precision, flexibility, and scale-independence of geospatial information systems (GIS). Its forward-looking design helps beginner and expert mappers produce multiscale, topologically consistent geologic maps.
MOTIVATION AND DESIGN
Mapboard GIS was born out of frustration with both paper– and GIS-based mapping workflows. It is primarily designed for geologists but is potentially useful in many situations demanding interpretive mapping. Mapboard attempts to bring digital mapping closer to the intuitive experience provided by paper. A sophisticated open-source spatial engine drives simple tools for drawing, erasing, and reshaping features. Outputs are natively compatible with common GIS software. Mapboard allows mapping time to be spent refining interpretations
instead of fighting with technical tools.
- Editing tools geared towards pen-based mapping
- Powerful and intuitive reshaping, snapping, and erasing
- Iterative topology solver to fill map units
- Sophisticated onboard Spatialite GIS engine
- Project files natively readable by standard GIS software (QGIS, ArcGIS, etc.)
- User-configurable data types for line and polygon features
- Tether to remote PostGIS for work across large datasets and real-time collaboration
- Interoperable with standard formats (mbtiles, Spatialite, PostGIS) and open-source + commercial software
- Load MBTiles basemaps
- Satellite, streets, and topographic basemaps
- Dark mode support
- Geologic line types
This version updates project file type to use with external projects, and fixes many user interface issues
- Greatly improved the layout of UI controls, especially when considering device rotation
- Return to packaged projects in order to hide SQLite temporary files and improve interoperability with projects stored outside of the application directory.
- Initial steps towards QField compatibility (more on that later).
- Improved SwiftUI code generally
The full changelog is available at https://mapboard-gis.app/docs/ios/releases/3.3.3
Ratings and Reviews
Best potential for replacing paper mapping
This app looks like it could become the best chance of replacing paper mapping I have seen. Being able to import mbtiles and having a spatialite database in the backend makes this a real contender. There are some bugs but it is the first public release so no surprise there. Works smoothly and easy to draw geology and structures.
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- Daven Quinn
- 63.9 MB
- Requires iPadOS 15.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 12.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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- Full Version $29.99
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