Written by: Nathan Van Der Meulen. @Natvander
Perhaps the most under-rated new feature of Mud Map isn't in fact featured in the app itself, but on the Mud Map web site.
Along with the app update, the guys at Mud Map have also updated the website, including some really useful account management tools. For me, definitely the most useful is the new map library tools. From here, you can easily select what maps you want available for download on your iPhone or iPad, and what maps you don't. If, like me, you have a huge map library of over 1,000 maps then this new feature is brilliant.
To use this new feature, simply log into your account on mud-maps.com. Once logged in, click on the “My Account” tap on the top right side of the screen and select “Maps”.
This will display all the maps you have purchased from digital map store and are available to download to your iPhone or iPad for offline use (fig. 1). Here's where the new map library tools really shine. If you want only one or two maps on your iPhone for a specific trip, you simply select all your maps (click on the tick box at the top of your map list – and if you have more pages of maps, click on “Select all xxxx maps in my maps”) (fig. 2). If you have a much smaller map collection, you can select the maps individually by simply clicking their respective tick box.
Then to enable or disable those maps on your device, click on the arrow box top right of the map list. This reveals two new boxes, and you click on these to either enable or disable the selected maps for download on your device. If the selected map is already on your device, clicking these boxes does not affect the map.
Downloading 1,000+ maps onto your 16GB iDevice will not only take a lot of time, it will also fill your phone with maps you may never need and leave no room for other apps. If you only want 1 or 2 maps, deselecting all the ones you don't need will also take ages if you do this from within the app on your device. The new map library tools on mud-maps.com makes selecting a handful or maps (or even just one) really easy and, if you have phone connection, can be done via mobile safari browser on your iPhone or iPad in the field.