MapScribe is an IOS App that lets you draw maps on your IPad or IPhone. It has an easy to use interface that lets you quickly "paint" antique styled maps with finger swipes and taps using its map feature "brushes", such as mountains and trees.
Are you an author who needs to create a map for your fantasy novel?
Perhaps you are a video game designer who needs to create a map for players to use to navigate through your game?
Or maybe you are an artist looking to create a unique kind of decor?
...AND You want to do it on your IPad or IPhone
Then, MapScribe is for you.
MapScribe let's you create maps as jpg files with the following resolutions both vertically(portrait) and horzontally(landscape) oriented:
• 500 x 700
• 800 x 1000
• 850 x 1100
• 900 x 1200
• 1100 x 1400
• 1200 x 1600
MapScribe let's you write on your maps with the following fonts:
• Bradley Hand
• Snell Roundhand
These brushes allow you to paint features on your map
3 Kinds of grasses
- Color Brushes -
Green (for grass)
Blue (for water)
White (for snow)
Snow capped Mountains
Green Fir Trees
*Added some higher resolution papers (2200x2800, 2800x2200, 2400x3000, 3000x2400, 2400x3600, and 3600x2400)
*Added many new brushes and stamps including colored lines, road, grasses, volcano, sea monster, mountains2, fir trees2, towers, and mines, as well as a whole set for town buildings.
*Rearranged the Brush menu to accommodate new Brushes
*Fixed a memory issue that cause the app to crash on high res maps
*Added main menu item to delete a map
*Added cancel button to main menu so iPhone users can dismiss it without making a selection
*Updated the help/quick reference page
*Increase undo limit from the last 10 to the last 20 actions.
*Added automatic saving so that progress won't be lost if the app is terminated.
Ratings and Reviews
Nice beginners map making
This app is good for a beginning step in making something to show your team when thinking up maps. Unfortunately, it doesn’t let you get as detailed as you may want/need.
Also it is a pain to edit the map. A crop, resize, and drag feature would be nice, especially since this app is unforgiving if you make a mistake. I’d have liked to be able to move a perfectly drawn island to another part of the screen instead of having to redraw it.
For $5, I’m not upset that I bought this app, but I also don’t know how much I’ll be using it. I’m definitely interested to see if it gets updated in the future.
Developer Response ,
You can create more detailed maps by starting with a higher resolution image: click on menu button->create a new map->ok to exit the current map->then swipe left and right to select a resolution. I'm currently working on some higher resolution selections for the next version - hopefully due out at the end of February.
I'm currently looking into creating custom brushes where you can load an image as a stamp brush. With this you could save your map of an island, then load it as a brush/stamp. That feature though, it still a couple of versions in the future.
I don’t know what other people are talking about for this app gives you a TON of detail. And what’s the big deal if you can’t detail your map even smaller? People wouldn’t be able to read it anyway. Plus, the app has added a bunch of stuff to it.
Though there are glitches, they only happen when you add so much detail that no one will be able to read it. Also the app warns you if the app storage is getting too full. And though if you don’t like the choices of objects like mountains and buildings I just use the black lines to create my own mountains and they end up looking A LOT more realistic. Most of these bad reviews come from people with a lack of creativity, and who judge the app like judging a book by its cover.
This app is the best professional map making app I’ve ever had. As an author of an epic fantasy which will soon be a world phenomenon, I am not only advising, but DEMANDING that if you’re an author looking for a map app, this is it. And PLZ don’t trust the 3 star rating. This app has worked wonders for me!
Question for MapScribe:
Can you plz add a map adding feature? Where you can attach another map to the original map? That would help me a lot for in my story the map expands and it would be so easier to add to the map then having to redraw every detail.
Works Even For A Novice, BUT
Small learning curve but eventually I crafted a discernible map that depicted my intent. Then...I could NOT export my map. The app closes every time I attempt to export. So, I used a camera and photographed my childish map. The quality of my finished work was diminished and thus I am sorely disappointed.
The above review initially rated this app 1 star due to the non-export problem. The developer, Daniel Eskridge, solved the issue with an update and now I am a happy map maker who can export his work. Now the only thing to complain about is my underdeveloped artistic ability, but using this app is going to change all of that. 5 STAR RATING means the app does what it purports to do in a non-stressful manner.
Developer Response ,
I've fixed this in version 1.2 which should be available now (You may need to update via the app store). Thanks for pointing this problem out and giving a good description of the problem!
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- Daniel Eskridge
- 37.5 MB
- Requires iOS 12.1 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.1 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.1 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- © AntiqueCartography.com
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.