Google Maps is an interesting service for quite a few purposes. It can be used to get directions or take a closer look at a specific location on the planet.
There are other features that Google has integrated into the service, options to find businesses and places of interest for example.
Quite a few mashups have been created that extend the functionality making it the most popular map application on the Internet.
Google Maps does require an Internet connection which can be problematic in some situations like downloading directions from point a to point b to a computer to access it on the road where Internet access is either not available or to costly.
Update: Some offline functionality has been integrated into select versions of Google Maps. It is not available for all systems and applications though.
Offline Maps is a software program for Microsoft Windows that offers the following functionality to users and developers:
The application provides following functionality to its users:
To developers it provides following functionality
The developer provides access to a version for the Microsoft Windows operating system and a mobile version for Windows Mobile devices. Supported are Google Maps and Open Street Maps. It is furthermore possible to load maps that have already been downloaded from either service. Several additional options are provided in the layers tab including ripping, routing and GPS options.
The software program requires the Microsoft .net Framework. Interested users can download it from the Codeplex website.
Update 2: The website is no longer available. We have uploaded the latest working version of the application to our own server. You can download it with a click on the following link: Offlinemaps.Binaries.V1.4.3.zip
Note: We don't support the program in any way, and it may not be working anymore.
You can check out FSS Google Maps Downloader instead which is still working at the time of writing.
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