HEMA Explorer for Android and iPad

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 16:40
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I just gt an email from HEMA advising that they now have their own product for HEMA maps on Android and iPads.

HEMA Explorer web page

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Reply By: Andrew D. - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 17:11

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 17:11
Would need to be cheap cheap cheap to compete with what is available.
Online features don't excite at all.

Says 'Hema Reliable Maps'. When have Hema Maps been reliable. Hema mapping is as good and out of date as 2008 Geoscience 1:250k
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Follow Up By: Bludge - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 17:27

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 17:27
The mapping program for android is free.
I have been using the free android Memory Maps with my HEMA maps (purchased).

Not to defend HEMA but I know that HEMA utilise other provider maps, but their own are mapped by their own people for accuracy, I saw the HEMA vehicle at Cape York this year and they publish where they are and when those updates will be available.

Electronic maps are easily updated paper maps are yearly AFAIK.

Where is HEMA mapping?
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Follow Up By: Member-George (WA) - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 20:48

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 20:48
These free HEMA Android maps, are they the same or similar to the Exploroz EOTopo 200K maps that come on a MicroSD ?
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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 21:34

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 21:34
George

hema is a business, don't expect anything free! For those with an IPad, the app costs $49.99 and comes with a downloaded 250k topo map and a 1 million planning map. You also get access to online content, which I assume is POIs, camp sites etc and all the bells and whistles. other hema maps for specific areas such as Fraser Island and the desert tracks can be purchased.
the website says the android app will be available by Christmas. Might be case of wait and see.

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Follow Up By: OutdoorGaz - Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 at 08:48

Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 at 08:48
I have found the Hema GDT maps to be very reliable in 14,000km of outback touring including the Simpson Desert. I am using the Hema 4wd maps app on iPad and iPhone.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 at 12:03

Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 at 12:03
Yes Hema mapping data is good (for its intended purpose) and overall more up to date than the 2008 version of 250K Natmap (there maybe some exceptions but only small percentage likely)....plus they have an ongoing program of gathering info (their own data gathering and help from public) so if you see something "wrong" on one of their maps let them know about it..on the next edition it will be changed (whinging about it wont help). Hard job keeping maps up to date as roads are changing continuously.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 at 13:16

Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 at 13:16
What The explorer said.

Andrew D, the maps certainly are very different to the 2008 250K maps unless you have the 2008 Hema maps I guess.

I have found some errors and sent an email to Hema. All of those have been corrected in their next release.
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Reply By: Zebra400 - Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 05:02

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 05:02
I cant see that the Android version is downloadable yet. It doesnt show on Google Play Store. Plus there is no link to the icon on their site. The website says it will be ready for Christmas. Not sure why they put it on their website if it is not downloadable.


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Follow Up By: Zebra400 - Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:38

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:38
Just spoke to the HEMA office. Even they dont know when the Android version will be released. The best they could tell me was sometime before Christmas.

I find it very frustrating that there is info about the new product on their website including an android icon (with no link). Surely they can give a better indication of its release date.
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Follow Up By: Hema Maps - Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 14:52

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 14:52
Hi Zebra400,

There is no denying that in the past we have had many requests for an Android app, considering our 4WD Maps app is only available for iOS.

So along that train of thought, we didn't want to release 'yet another iOS app' without properly informing Android users that Hema Explorer will be available for both systems; that would have been even more frustrating for Android users if we did not mention the impending Android app.

We understand that it's frustrating to not know when the app is coming, however we don't have any more knowledge than you do at this stage. This is because the process of making, testing, optimising and then submitting an app is not completely within our control, and we will continue to control the variables we can on our end. However, this means we aren't able to offer a concrete date because we don't have one to give.

The only consolation we can offer is that Hema Explorer will be here for Android soon, and it won't be long now.

Thanks to everyone for their understanding.

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Follow Up By: pete qld - Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 16:19

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 16:19
Hi Hema, I have your Hema app on my ipad, I can't for the life of me work out how to put gps marks into it and being able to navigate to those marks. Is this possible or not??
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Follow Up By: Hema Maps - Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 10:24

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 10:24
Hi Pete,

I take it you're talking about the new Hema Explorer app? The app allows you to add waypoints, however it doesn't actually supply turn-by-turn navigation as such. If you're driving in the city and to known street names, then you can actually use Google maps inside the app to get directions, however for regional areas or for nondescript locations it won't be able to offer turn-by-turn.

The other option is to plot a route in the app and follow it using the moving map display (where your current location is locked to the middle of the screen while the map scrolls with you). Where were you looking to navigate to?
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Reply By: OutdoorGaz - Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 at 08:54

Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 at 08:54
The new Explorer app is not compatible with the Hema 4wd maps app for iPad and iPhone.

This is disappointing as I already had the 4wd maps app but when in the Explorer app I have to purchase the same maps if I want to use them in the new app.

I originally purchased Mud Maps when they first came out but they kept bringing out incompatible products which required new purchases. I have since deleted Mud Maps because of this. I hope Hema doesn't go this way.
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Follow Up By: Jarse - Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 at 12:06

Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 at 12:06
I'm in the same position as you, Gaz.

I just spent a fair sum on the Hema Maps app for ipad. The functions in the new app should have been integrated into the current one (or at least offered), IMO.

Can't see myself forking out for this. Not unless it were heavily discounted for existing users AND offered some integration for existing customers.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 at 13:53

Sunday, Dec 01, 2013 at 13:53
Hi

My understanding is that the original Hema app is a product of Memory Map (just badged "Hema" under license) - the new one is Hema's own creation...so can't see Hema passing on their features to Memory Map....plus assume the old program is now redundant from Hema's point of view but don't know? I also assume the maps are in a different format which also complicates the issue..slightly.

It is unfortunate that you have to purchase the same maps if you choose to switch programs. I am not sure if Hema can help in anyway. It is difficult, as part of the companies income required to keep the business afloat comes from selling maps. I can understand why interchanging maps between programs is restricted, though keeping existing long term users happy should also come into it.

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Follow Up By: Ed B1 - Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 15:22

Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 15:22
Hi Gaz, Greg and Jarse,

Hema Explorer is definitely not a replacement for 4WD Maps, they do quite different things. Here's a comparo link for the two apps http://www.hemamaps.com.au/home/hema-app-comparison

Greg, you're quite right in regards to 4WD Maps utilising the Memory Map interface, while the Hema Explorer app functions in a different way altogether. This is good because it means the people that purchased 4WD Maps aren't being forced into paying for things they already have just to stay in the loop, but it also means that the new features introduced by Hema Explorer aren't transferrable to 4WD Maps.

Us introducing Hema Explorer is not a sign that 4WD Maps is set to become obsolete either, as an update with more maps and some other improvements is coming in the next month or so to 4WD Maps.

Hope that answers some of your questions,

Safe journey...
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Follow Up By: OutdoorGaz - Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 16:18

Monday, Dec 09, 2013 at 16:18
Hi Ed B1,

The standard maps (250,000 topo and 1m road) are not suitable for somewhere like the Vic High Country. I already have the Vic High Country maps in the 4wd app but can't use it in the Explorer app which has some nice features.

I don't want to swap between the two apps so I purchased Vic High Country for Explorer to make life easier. This in a way is forcing me to purchase the same maps twice which I am not so keen about.

Sure the two apps use different mapping software, however to the consumer, the maps look the same so why pay twice. Loyal customers may not stay loyal as we are being penalised.
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Follow Up By: Hema Maps - Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 11:12

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 11:12
Gaz,

The benefit of 4WD Maps is that it contains the entire Hema digital map collection for serious 4WD tourers, while Hema Explorer contains more travel content for on and off-road getaways. We weren't able to include Hema Explorer's features in 4WD Maps, so including 4WD Maps's key differentiator into Hema Explorer would have been the most unfair route to take.

Safe journey...
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