My Maps Editor
At a Glance
Location-based apps have been booming lately, but Google's My Maps Editor is one of the best. A free app that allows users to create and share personalized maps, My Maps Editor is intuitive, smooth, and useful. Upon opening the app, you see several options that allow you to create a new map, give a map description, or have your map show up in search results. A map of your general location appears next, with a plus icon and a list icon on the right. Tapping the plus icon gives options to mark your location or to add a photo, address, marker, line, or shape. I had little trouble navigating the app, but I needed a bit of time adjusting to the Create a Line and Create a Shape features. When creating a map for a fictitious pub crawl through San Francisco, I found it easy to add markers at the starting point, to draw lines from location to location, and to add details for each marker.
I could see this app as being particularly useful for road-trip planning, as it allows you to add information (such as the details for late-night restaurants, for instance) along a route. Or, you could map out local attractions for visiting friends. You can even add a photo, though I should note that the one difficulty I encountered with this app was when I tried to add a photo to a marker--none of mine would load.
Other aspects of this app help to make it indispensable: My Maps Editor syncs automatically with the My Maps tab on Google Maps, which makes it easy to take your desktop maps along with you. The app also syncs automatically to your Web version of My Maps so that you can update your maps along your route.