Bugs/Suggestions for an ergonomic application
I have just installed the application and I have detected some bugs/lack of functions:
- when I resize the map while the navigation is started, the navigation mode stops automatically; I want to be able to hear the driving instructions while browsing the map.
- after I resize and move the map, having a destination set and road map menu on the left open, that menu keeps refreshing over and over again at the interval of 1 second. It's a little bit annoying.
- I want to be able to view the map in 3D or at least the map to be resized automatically to the optimal size for driving (and automatically center to my location) when I begin the navigation or tap "continue navigation". And also it would be great to permanently have a button on the screen to center to my location and resize at the same time.
The Google Maps application for Android is a good example of ergonomy, I think that you can inspire and take the good parts of it (and of other good GPSes like Garmin) and apply them to Maps Pro. This navigation application does really have potential, being the single one for tablets with windows 8 that really works.
But for now I think that the price for Maps Pro is a little bit too high for what it offers. I don't know yet if i'll buy it or... I better wait to see an upgraded, stable and ergonomic version. Anyway, good luck and keep up the good work! :)
PS: Is it you who left a comment on the store "This Dog Won't Hunt" ? :)
Hello Nick and thanks a lot for your suggestions! Feedback is very important for me and actually most of the features you can find in the app today came from user feedback.
I recently changed how the "follow mode" during navigation worked because before it was "too automatic" and didn't even allow you to browse the map while driving because it would always center on your position.
Now it is more "manual" as you can decide to enter navigation mode and then it will follow you. If you start browsing the map, you will need to press "Resume navigation" to go back to follow mode.
This behaviour is actually very much inspired from the Google Maps for Android application, which is also a reference for me!
1/ This would be more of a bug. Actually, I cannot reproduce that one. I just tried snapping the application on the side of the screen (which resizes the map) and I don't leave navigation mode and I can still hear voice instructions. When you resize the map, do you still have "Stop navigation" on the left menu or "Resume navigation"?
2/ I see what you mean, I can reproduce this issue, thanks. When you move on to another step, it is selected in your roadmap and I manually scroll to that item so that it is visible in the list. If you were scrolling the list, it would always take you back to the selected item. That will be fixed.
3/ When you say "3D", do you mean like the map would rotate to show the north in the direction you are going? When in navigation mode, the map should always show the best size for driving. What Maps Pro does is every time you go to the next step of the instructions, it will take the coordinates of your position and of the next road segment and zoom so that all of it will be visible on the screen. So for a very long segment, it will have to zoom out and it is ok because it is probably a highway so you don't need a very detailed map. If it is for a short segment, say for urban space, it will probably zoom it so that you can see the street around. This should work but maybe doing it at every instruction step change is not enough?
I am glad you gave Maps Pro a shot, and like I said, thanks a lot for your feedback! Maps Pro aims at being as good as Google Maps, Bing Maps and similar apps but as you can imagine it is a lot of work. Google Maps probably required hundreds of engineers that worked on it for years while I am only a single developer, so things take more time. The "top" suggestion from the user feedback website (https://mapspro.uservoice.com/forums/251570-general/suggestions/5905604-offline-search-for-streets) is almost there (hopefully I will be able to ship it before new year) and it took me months to do all that: street search, navigation and map browsing completly offline.
So things are changing as fast as possible, I hope Maps Pro will fit your needs soon!