A few days ago, Apple introduced a new version of the operating system for iPhone and tablet PCs iPad – iOS 6 (its release in the fall). Earlier this platform, use the navigation based on Google Maps, but the developers have integrated a new version of Apple Maps app on the card-based TomTom. All is good, but the map of Russia that companies do not differ in refinement – TomTom is a significant player in the U.S. and Europe, but obviously not with us. Even the maps of Google Maps is not well suited to our reality (errors and inaccuracies occur even in Moscow), and only maps TomTom – and even more so. So the owners of iPhone and iPad, may soon have to think about alterantivnoy navigation. In this review, we consider one of the options – a program “Progorod.”
The interface of this application drawn, well, it is likely to be able to understand even the inexperienced user. By the way, it resembles a foreign program iGO, which is, perhaps, a benchmark in the field of interfaces for navigation applications. In addition to the ordinary hints about the next maneuver (which indicate the direction and distance to the turn), in “Progorod” has a function of Junction View. It works like this: when approaching a complicated intersection, junction or a ring on your mobile device appears photorealistic image path segment, which makes it clear – where to ride. Results on the cards “Progorod” for Russia have almost 6000 of this photo-realistic images, the highest rate in the market.
The navigation program “Progorod” contains a base point POI, just over 30 categories (medicine, food, attractions, gas stations, service stations, etc.). These points can be added to the route laid how to use the search function, and simply clicking on them on the map. Also in options you can choose the right type of trip: a “short” (as soon as possible), “friendly” (on the main streets of the city) or “simple” (a minimum of bends and complex interchanges).
An important feature of “Progorod” for the iPhone and the iPad (as well as Android-devices and the top models on the platform Samsung Bada) – technology support OpenGL 3D. It enables the gadget show on the display card is not normal, and three-dimensional and highly detailed, well – that is, with three-dimensional view of buildings and number of floors of each building. With the technology of “multitouch”, which is supported by the iPhone and the iPad, you can rotate, tilt and zoom the map finger gestures in real time. It should be noted that all this “three-dimensionality,” as well as online services (of which later), available only for the development of Russia “Progorod.”
Meanwhile, the program has a catalog of MapStore, which offers maps of the whole of Russia (in whole and by region), and in 15 foreign countries – they are given community OpenStreetMaps. There are maps of Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Switzerland and Estonia.Map of all Russia has a volume of about 930 MB, Map of Ukraine – 60, as, for example, a map of Italy – about 500. It is interesting that, once having paid a license fee of $ 49.99, you get access to maps of Russia, as well as all of the states – a model in the navigation software is quite rare, usually for additional cards have to pay extra.
With regard to the service alert traffic jams, the service “Progorod” the cheapest in terms of consumer traffic on the Russian market. For example, when testing the hour “Progorod”, “SitiGID” and “Navitel”, the first traffic has spent 50 cents, the second – 9 rubles, and a third – 20 rubles, respectively.
As mentioned above, “Progorod” for iOS costs $ 49.99. Free fully functional demo version is available for one month.