The maps are downloaded to a phone or tablet when a wifi connection is available, but from that point on, the system is independent of the internet, so that people travelling around Australia can use the system at any time, anywhere. There is offline information about the history of the earth, supplied by Geoscience Australia, and there are also photographic examples of rock features and the landscapes associated with the various types of rocks. Although the system has a focus on geology, you do not need to be a geologist to enjoy using this app, and it should be of particular interest to bush-walkers and travellers.
The app is the simplest and most effective system available for downloading and viewing the 360+ geology, geophysics, and regolith phone maps supplied to the community by the Geological Survey of New South Wales. It is also useful as a general MBTiles map viewing tool – not just geology maps. It will read any MBTiles format map – interactive or non-interactive. Any maps created as interactive MBTiles maps become talking maps with this app. It can be used for soil maps, vegetation maps, or any type of geographical map and is not restricted to Australian maps – maps in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa can be used within this app.
Note that this app has a yearly subscription-based licensing scheme, but on subscribing for the first time, there is an automatic 1-month free trial, giving you plenty of time to check this app out in the field before committing to a purchase.
Note also that the system uses advanced features provided by Google Play Services and on many phones this will require updating before the maps will display - this happens semi-automatically - but please be patient - it can take 5-10 minutes for the update to download and install. If you need any assistance, please don't hesitate to send us an email - we are happy to help.
When bush-walking, please put your phone into flight mode. This greatly extends your phone's battery life.