Regular readers will know I have something of a love-hate relationship with Memory Map software. I absolutely love the Windows desktop app, it probably gets used most days and it’s certainly the most used app on my PC after my web browser. However, my relationship with the mobile app (specifically the Android app) has always been more difficult – in fact I’ve pretty much hated it from the first time I tried it. For years I have been using ViewRanger, even though that meant paying for a second annual map subscription and juggling files between the two apps was a pain, it was still worth it.
However, a couple of weeks ago, following some email interactions with Memory Map last year, I was invited to join their private beta testing cycle for a brand new version of the mobile app – called Memory Map for All (MM4A).
As its name suggests, the app is designed to be used across multiple platforms and looks pretty much the same whether you’re using it on iOS or Android, Windows or Mac. The app has been rewritten from the ground up and addresses not only issues I had with the original MM app, but also some fundamental problems I’d been living with in ViewRanger. In fact, I’ve found a way to continue using ViewRanger on my Android phone, but now I have MM4A I’ll not be using VR again, MM4A is simply better in nearly every way.
The private beta cycle is now complete and if you want to join the public beta cycle, you can – just go to the MM4A page on the MM website and download the app of your choice. While there is a Windows app I would stick to testing the mobile apps for now, the Windows app is for touch screen devices being used in the wild, for example a MS Surface device being used in an airplane or on a boat, It’s not yet meant to replace the traditional MM Windows desktop app.
Whether you’re an existing MM app user, or trying it for the first time, I would recommend reading the help articles prior to installing the app. There are some big changes to get used to and the help articles will guide you through this. I will be creating my own guide over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for that.