Get me started.
When you open Maprika for the first time, you need to select maps you are interested in. Tap
Now you see "My maps" list, which shows maps you have downloaded from Maprika or created
yourself. So far the
list is almost empty, except Google map, which is always there for you. Tap "add maps" button
and follow the
instructions to add more maps. After that is done and you get back to the list, tap on map
thumbnails to activate
any maps you want to see at the moment and then tap "done" to get to the main screen.
Now use "next map" button to scroll through the active maps. Tap "locate me" to center the map
on your position.
From the main screen you can go to "Friends" menu to register and connect to your friends or the
"Settings" menu to set Location Privacy and edit your profile.
Why should I register?
Maprika will work whether you register or not, but registering lets you see your
friends on the maps. To register, go to the "Friends" menu (or "My Profile" under "Settings")
and choose "Register." Fill in your first and last name, an email address, and a password. You
can fill in your phone number if you want people to be able to find you by phone number, as well
as by name and by email.
Please enter a valid email, because it may be used for resetting your password if you happen to
How do I add a friend?
Tap the "add friends" button at the top right-hand corner of the friends menu. You can search
the entire directory of
Maprika users, pick a person from your address book and see if they're on Maprika, or simply see
you has Maprika. Tap a name and then the "invite" button to add them as a friend. They will need
to confirm your
request -- once they have, they'll appear under your "Friends" list.
Note: you can't add friends if your Location Sharing is "OFF" under Settings-->Location Privacy.
If someone has
added you as a friend, you will receive a push notification with an option to accept the request
as soon as you
open Maprika app.
I'm worried about my privacy. What can I do?
If you do not register, you can still use Maprika maps with GPS feature, but your location data
are not even submitted to Maprika.
If you want to see location of your friends, they will be able to see your location. However,
you can turn off
location sharing any time using Settings menu, and you can cancel any friendship requests you
accept by mistake.
Likewise, you turn off the "Who is Nearby" feature if you don't want people located nearby to
Help! I don't see a "Maps," "Friends," or "Settings" menu!
Tap the arrow between "Locate Me" and "Next Map" on the bottom of the main screen.
How do I see where I am?
Tap the "Locate Me" button at the bottom left hand corner of the main screen. A blue GPS dot
will appear on a map.
How do I see where my friends are?
They are designated by a colored pin on any map they happen to be on. Tap the pin to see their
name and as well as the accuracy of their position measurement. Alternatively, you can just tap
their name in
the "Friends" menu and you will zoom directly to their location on a picture map or Google map.
You can change
the color of the pin that represents a friend by tapping the arrow by their name and choosing
How do I prevent others from seeing where I am?
Tap "Location Privacy" from the "Settings" menu on the main screen. If you choose
"Don't Share My Location," your friends won't be able to see you on any of their maps, and you
won't be able
to see them on your maps. If you turn "Enable nearby search" off, other people near by won't be
able to find you
using "who is nearby" search option.
Maprika tells me I'm here, but I'm actually somewhere else.
Help Maprika make maps more accurate by fixing your location when you're certain it's
1. If Maprika tells you that you're "Outside of this map" and you know you're actually by the
entrance of the
South Lodge, for example, tap the "Outside of this map" message to fix your location. You will
be taken to a
screen with a red crosshair target in the middle of the screen; pan and zoom with your fingers
to have the
crosshair point to your exact location, then tap the "I am here" button at the bottom right hand
corner of the
2. If Maprika shows your location on a map incorrectly, i.e. you know you're outside the North
lodge but Maprika
tells you you're at the South lodge, you can do the same thing. Just tap the blue GPS dot that
represents you on
any map except Google map, and it will give you an option to fix your location. Center the
crosshair over your
location and tap "I am here."
How do I make Maprika update my location more often?
Go to "Location Privacy" under the Settings menu. Under the "Location Updating" heading, there's
a slider labeled
"Submit my location every _ min __ sec." Slide this slider to the left or right. Maprika will
then update your
location according to the timeframe you set. Be aware that if Background Location Updates are
set to OFF
(slider is all the way to the left) Maprika will only update your location while the app is
active. Set time
interval for "Background Location Updates" and the app will be updating your position as long as
you set it even
if the app is not active.
I'm using Maprika, but my iPhone battery is draining faster than
ever. Any quick fixes?
The thing that drains battery power this quickly on the iPhone is the 3G communication protocol.
The best way
to conserve battery power is to disable "3G". (found under phone Settings -->General-->
Network). The other way
is to increase your "Location updating" time interval for Maprika (found under
How do I use "My Maps?"
The "My Maps" menu is a list of all the maps you currently have installed on your iPhone. The
Google Map appears
there by default. Each map has a thumbnail version of itself by its name, and a small checkbox
at the corner of
the thumbnail. The map is considered "Active" when the checkbox is checked, and the number of
active maps is
displayed at the bottom of the screen. Active maps can be opened on the main screen in Maprika,
and you can scroll
through them using the "Next Map" button at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. To
deactivate a map, tap
the checkbox again so that it's blank.
What maps are available, and how do I add them?
Maprika has many maps of ski resorts, national parks, theme parks, and college campuses
available to download.
To add a new map, tap the "add maps" button at the top right-hand corner of the "My Maps" menu.
Choose "Download Maps."
You will see a Google map with different colored pins placed on it -- a purple pin indicates one
map. Tap it to
see its name and what kind of map it is. A red pin indicates two or more maps located close
together. Either zoom
in to see the separate purple pins or tap the arrow to see all the maps filed under that red
pin. A green pin
indicates a map that you have already downloaded. Tap a map name and then "download map" to
download a map. The
map will appear on your "My Maps" menu with a checkbox when it is finished downloading.
You can also search for a map, or use the List function to find maps in a certain area. Simply
pan and zoom the Google map until it encompasses the area you wish to search and tap "List" at
the top of the "Maprika Maps" menu. Maprika will list all the maps found in that area.
Can I add my own map?
Of course! Maprika's pre-loaded maps are only the beginning.
1. To create a new map, first find a picture of it and add it to your iPhone's Photo Library. It
can be any map
- a standard map like a park, ski resort, or college campus map, or even a hand-drawn map
scanned into your
computer from a digital photo scanner. Once you have a picture of your map, you're ready to add
GPS anchors to it.
2. Open Maprika, go to "Maps" and tap the "add maps" button at the top right-hand corner of the
screen. Choose "Create
new map." Maprika will take you to your Photo Albums. Tap the picture of the map you want to
3. Name the map, and add a description, such as "ski trail map" or "theme park map." Tap "Save."
4. Maprika will take you to a screen that tells you some basic things about your map. Once it's
you'll see an attribute called "my GPS anchors -- 0 set." Follow the on-screen instructions to
Points" to the map.
5. Tap "Done" and your new map will be ready to use!
I don't really understand this whole "GPS anchor" shebang. It's
the on-screen instructions make no sense and I'm ready to pull out my hair in frustration!
Please break it down for me.
First of all, there will be a video tutorial available for this soon, so check back to
every once in a while to see if it's up or
Now let's go through it. We'll pick up at number 4 from under the "Can I add my own map?"
You've already tapped the "my GPS anchors -- 0 set" button and are looking at the
1. First of all, read them. It might make things a bit easier.
2. Tap the message to dismiss it and start adding GPS tags.
3. "Center Map on a Landmark." The map Maprika shows you now is called your "Picture map." It's
the map you're
making. Choose a landmark on it -- like a street intersection, or a store, or a house -- it
matter, as long as you know you'll be able to find it on a Google map. Pan and zoom until this
chose is under the red crosshair in the center of the screen.
4. Now, switch to "google" at the top right-hand corner of the screen. You'll see a Google map.
You can change
this map to be a satellite or hybrid map if it'll make it easier to pinpoint your landmark. Pan
and zoom to that
same landmark on the Google map, and tap "+ Anchor" at the bottom right-hand corner of the
5. You've made your first GPS anchor! But in the same way a line is defined by two different
points in geometry,
a Maprika map needs (at least) two GPS anchors to work. Let's make another one. Switch back to
the "picture" map.
6. You'll see that the GPS anchor you just placed is designated by a red pin on your picture
map. Choose another
landmark, pan and zoom to it, and switch to Google map view. Pan and zoom to center on this same
and tap "+ Anchor."
7. You're all set! Tap "Done."
Help! I accidentally set an anchor point wrong.
Go to "My GPS anchors" under the map details to see the google/picture map screen. You can see
all your anchors
on the Google map. Tap a purple anchor or delete it.
Alright, I've made a map. It works pretty well. I want to upload it
to Maprika so that
other people can use it.
This is easy. Tap the name of the map from under the "My Maps" menu and tap "Share Map." This
will send your
map to Maprika so other people can download it!
I want to add a link to Maprika map to my website. How can I do
You can add the following link to your web page:
This link can only be accepted by the phone with Maprika app installed, you cannot open this
link on a desktop computer.
Alternatively you can create a link to our web page that has map QR code (could be used in any
QR code scanning app on the phone), and phone link:
is an ID of the Maprika map. To find map ID you can either
1) write as an email; please specify map name in your email;
2) open "Map Info" screen on your phone; tap "Report problem" button - the email app will start,
map ID will appear in email Subject.
You do not need to send this email.
Here is an example of Maprika map link to Disneyland map:
It will create the following link: Disneyland map
What's the point of the "+" and "-" buttons on the main screen if I
can just zoom using
So that you don't have to take both gloves off to use Maprika on the slopes.