Anquet launches new family of nav apps and Anquet Cloud

GPS navigation software should offer interesting options for smartphone users

by nick_rearden   March 5, 2012  

Anquet Outdoor Map Navigator

Digital mapping company Anquet has announced Outdoor Map Navigator for PC, the first in a new family of mapping and navigation applications for PC, Android and iPhone. Also launched is Anquet Cloud, a free cloud service built into the Outdoor Map Navigator apps which lets users synchronise maps and route files across desktop and mobile devices.

"The combination of Outdoor Map Navigator and Anquet Cloud is a major breakthrough in outdoor navigation technology," according to the company which was established in 2001 specifically to provide digital maps and navigation software for outdoor enthusiasts. 

"In the past, plotting a route on a PC and then following it on real OS maps on a smartphone was always a bit too fiddly and technical for many. Anquet’s new technology promises to make it far simpler, which is certain to appeal to the vast majority of everyday walkers, climbers and cyclists," they claim.

Among other specialist options, Anquet offer downloadable maps from the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 series that road cyclists like as well as the 1:25,000 scale with more detail preferred by walkers and mountain bikers. 

"We set out to build the next generation of mapping and navigation software for outdoors people," says Graham Hughes, Anquet's Managing Director.  "We knew it had to work on PCs, smartphones and tablets and we knew it had to be very capable but easy to use at the same time. Then we thought how great it would be if you could log in on any device and have your library of maps and routes immediately available. The answer was to build a new family of apps for PC, iPhone and Android which access a personal maps and routes library in ‘the cloud’. Users could then connect to the cloud through their apps, synchronise their maps and routes and take off anywhere they fancied."

The new software, which as the name suggests is for Windows-based  PCs but not Macs unless they're running the 'Parallels' environment, is available now and shares much of its functionality with the "long-standing and hugely popular" Anquet v06 but with the core technology, Anquet claim, "completely re-engineered to make it much faster and smoother. It uses a modern ribbon-style interface which most readers will be familiar with from Microsoft Office 2010 and, of course, it synchronises with Anquet Cloud."

There is a free version of the software, "ideal for most people" and an optional upgrade to a Pro version for £40 which includes advanced extra features such as 3D mapping , A3 printing and GPS connectivity.

Outdoor Map Navigator for Android and iPhone are in beta testing now with expected launch later in the spring. Anquet say they've resisted the temptation to bloat the apps with rarely used features, instead devoting all their energy into making sure the apps are fast, extremely solid and very easy to use. Like the PC app, the Android and iPhone apps have Anquet Cloud built in so maps and routes synchronise across devices at the click of a button.

"Right from the start, the design ethos was to make things as simple as possible without compromising functionality. We wanted apps that did everything they needed to do but as simply as possible," says Graham Hughes, Managing Director

Details: anquet.com

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Simple it ain't. I don't understand how to get free anything other than a small map of the lake district, unless that's where it's ideal for most people.

Bike route toaster is simple. This is confusing.

posted by localsurfer [163 posts]
5th March 2012 - 20:11

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All this already exists but maybe without bells and whistles. Oh, and it exists for Mac too, in fact cross platform as its a web based service.

I've used Viewranger for years and though it was fiddly and maybe remains so to those not familiar, I can easily use free maps, down load them and save them in memory for off line use. I can buy credits via iTunes to buy chunks of OS maps which I have done for my region, 50:1 map tiles for all of East Anglia for IRO £10 or less as I have loads of credit left. These are easily accessible when I need them too. Oh, and I can do all this on iPad, iPhone or Mac/Windows using the same maps I've bought once. I can also route plan on either and it copies across all too. Use it regular for rides and sportives. I use it on the motorbike too.

Not promoting a product but this one just doesn't seem all it's made out to be.

posted by Farky [179 posts]
6th March 2012 - 0:17

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