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.
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!
I reviewed this app back in January, and since then, my concerns are gone. This app is great if you want to create a detailed map! I use this as an easy way to make a city layout before transferring it to paper, or to get a rough layout of terrain for my current work. That’s not all though, I have a big map and it looks great!
This is a great app that I like to use. It use to have a low resolutions, but now you can zoom in really far before it goes blurry. I have an IPhone 7, and it works very well on my phone. Thank you Daniel, and I suggest this app to everyone.
Developer Response ,
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.