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Beta testing OSMiOS

Posted by Skippern on 29 December 2012 in English (English)

After leaving a comment in another diary entry here, I was contacted by the developer of OSMiOS, a new, and after a quick examination of features, probably the most complete OSM editor for iPhone and iPad.

I was invited as beta tester and promptly installed the necessary gadgets and the app. A first glance on it shows me that it is as close to a JOSM replacement on any mobile device I have used. The features I have missed in Mapzen POI collector and PushPin is included, at least as far as the developer have been able to date, and it also allows for bulk upload of changes (rather than in place of uploading each change on the fly, this editor actually work offline, just like the more complete editors we all are familiar with)

Another feature that looks promessing is that it allows for downloading Bing aerials for offline editing. That will be of good help when preparing for edits on trips where I know mobile coverage will be limited (see previous post). The only obstacle it doesn't overcome yet is where it is lack of Bing coverage.

Also, the tag presets is probably the most complete with regards of predefined presets, and if the tag you are looking for is still missing, there is an "all tags" tab that allows you to manually edit, add, and remove any tag, even those unknown to presets.

After less than one day testing, I am very much satisfied with the program, I have sent one feedback with minor topics to the developer, and as it looks now, this will soon be the closest to JOSM you'll get on any mobile device

Location: Centro, Guarapari, Microrregião Guarapari, Greater Vitória, Mesorregião Central Espírito-Santense, ES, Brazil

Comment from stephan75 on 29 December 2012 at 13:52

Hi Skippern,

as far as I have seen and searched, there is no entry about OSMiOS in the OSM wiki yet, or am I wrong?

Can you or the developer or someone else create an entry in the wiki, maybe even with using the template:software2 there?

Or is this to early?

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Comment from bryceco on 29 December 2012 at 16:08

The app is still under development and at present is only being beta tested by a few people, so it is premature to put it in the wiki. I hope that within a month or so it will be ready for public distribution via the App Store (free).

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