How do I get the new Basemaps?
We’ve just released a significant update to our Basemaps, a change that brings our best Aerial, Topographic (Topo) and Hybrid Basemaps right to your fingertips. onX Hunt App users know our Aerial Basemap offers the aerial (satellite) imagery most hunters are familiar with, while the Topo Basemap offers a detailed and accurate two-dimensional representation of natural and man-made features on the Earth's surface. The Topo Basemap underwent a significant overhaul to combine onX styling with the classic topo basemap many hunters have used in the past. The popular Hybrid Basemap, preferred by Western hunters, offers aerial imagery with topo lines on top, providing a 3D-type view of the map. In this update, we’ve also improved stability and speed for users when both online and offline.
To make the most of our newest Aerial, Topo and Hybrid Basemaps, be sure to follow these steps:
- Update to newest App version: Download the most up-to-date version of the onX Hunt App. Android version 4.21 and iOS version 4.17 (not yet released) will feature the new Basemaps, as well as future versions.
- Save or re-save your Offline Maps for this fall: Any maps you have saved for Off-Grid use will need to be re-saved to include the new Basemaps.
- Delete old saved maps: If you are saving a new Off-Grid map in the same location as an older Off-Grid map, you will need to delete the old Off-Grid map in order to see the new Basemaps when offline.
onX Zoom Level Data Sourcing
In the past, we’ve faced challenges with aerial imagery sourced from ESRI, an international supplier of geographic information system software, web GIS (geographic information system) and geodatabase management applications. In-house research and user feedback has shown the data ranges from two to six years old, is overlaid by clouds, and has variable resolution quality at high zoom levels.
To solve this challenge, onX created our own proprietary aerial imagery—onX Aerial—to provide the most updated imagery possible. Approximately 80% of the national imagery is less than three years old, and our new system allows us to keep the satellite imagery as updated as possible. Low and medium zoom levels are nearly cloud-free. For those times when a hunter needs the highest resolution possible, we have also pioneered a partnership with Google to utilize the brand’s impressively clear imagery—giving users the best color aesthetics and providing the highest-quality fine detail across the country.
As hunters ourselves, we recognize the need for high-resolution and current satellite imagery—that’s why we’re committed to finding unique ways to use the resources out there to provide a tool that works. This update will allow you to make the most of your time in the field and focus more on the hunt itself—which is our end goal.
With this update, onX users in the Lower 48 states will experience onX Aerial maps for the majority of zoom levels and Google Maps at extremely high zoom levels. Alaska users will experience ESRI data on all zoom levels and online usage, while Hawaii and international users will experience Google Maps imagery in all online experiences, and ESRI offline.