2GIS is a complex, detailed 3D map application designed for business listings and putting some visuals to physical locations.
- Planning routes on public transportation
- Reviews of local businesses, including a five-star rating system
- Tan color scheme for ease of viewing
- Hooks directly into the 2GIS API to get real-time data for various map features.
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- A web preview of the software is available to try for free at 2gis.com
- Familiar and easy to use. Fans of Google Maps or MapQuest will have no trouble navigating this software
- Great for Arabic users
- Fantastic icons and delightful graphics make this map software a pleasant, friendly alternative to the bigger names
- This application is fairly undocumented, so getting help probably means sending a request directly to the author
2GIS is something special for the average user and aspiring cartographer alike. It's made by a Russian developer and is available in at least three languages, including English and Arabic. The gentle tan and blue color scheme is incredibly pleasing to the eye and reminiscent of the old hand-held maps of yesteryear. On the website, 2gis.com, users are redirected to a preview map of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The map shows a pleasant illustration of the downtown and surrounding areas and features small icons on the map that represent various businesses, public transit stops and other geopolitical landmarks. Clicking on them brings up an information panel that includes reviews, route information and other useful bits. In the top right corner, there's a button that looks like the number one. Clicking on it shows current traffic conditions. There are also buttons to measure distance, zoom in and out, add favorite spots, share the current map, and quite a few more. If multiple buttons and/or hot spots are clicked, the pop-up windows are neatly arranged on the left side under the search bar. All of the graphics are beautiful and easy to understand. Finally, a button at the top left near the search bar allows the user to plan a route with inputs for departure location and destination.