World Atlas HD

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Fab tool provides the world at your fingertips.

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Ease of play

Users can pinch to zoom out and in on the maps, and move around the map by flicking the screen. The entire world map is contained on one screen so, unlike with a paper Atlas, there are no pages to turn.

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The app asks for the user's location in order to pinpoint it on the world map. The data is not shared with anyone.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a valuable reference tool for any student. Maps are pulled from National Geographic's online database by default, so tend to load somewhat slowly. However, maps of individual continents (sized between 5MB and 29MB) can be downloaded to the iPad to eliminate delays in loading.

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With WORLD ATLAS HD National Geographic has deftly shrunk an encylopedia's worth of geographical reference material into an easy-to-use iPad app. There's the standard political map that shows country borders and major cities, a fancy-looking sepia-toned "executive" map, plus satellite and road maps powered by Microsoft Bing. Individual cities can be bookmarked. The app also provides a wealth of reference material on specific nations such as capital city, flag, population, and official languages.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:April 10, 2010
Category:Reference
Size:54.20 MB
Publisher:National Geographic Society
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.2 or later

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