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Meander (formerly known as Metro) is a Mac application that plots points, plans routes and measures distances using any map, including maps you've scanned or those you've found on the web. Save your routes for later. Export or print and share them with others.

Meander includes these key features:

  • Plot Anything: Plot on top of any map - be it from software, a website, or scanned.
  • Plot Routes, Measure Distances: Plot routes and then manipulate them - move points around to plan the best route. Meander tells you length of your route in real-time.
  • Save/Load/Export/Print Routes: Plan routes and save more...

What's New

Version 2.3:
  • Fixes bug which causes Meander to crash on Intel machines when placing distance markers.
  • Fixes other Intel / Leopard problems
  • Fixes bug preventing additional lines and objects from being cleared properly after a save and new
  • Adds slider to route properties which allows you to set the 'hilliness' of the route - distance is adjusted accordingly


Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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Kog Member IconComment+8

I just noticed that I was using an older version of Meander and wanted to download the most recent version, but was not able to do so. Instead I got a message that the account is on hold. Will this be resolved soon, or are any alternative download locations available?

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Version 2.3
jory Member IconReview+13

I love this app! I've been using it since it was called Metro and was still an alpha. I'm glad to see the app continued development and I plan on purchasing a license soon, as it is extraordinarily useful for online maps such as Google Maps & gulesider.no.

It's so simple it's almost embarrassing that no one has made something like it before.

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Version 2.3
Lucky8 Member IconComment+4

I do hope Meander still is actively developed. There is an annoying bug (mentioned in the developer forum) that still is not fixed. The program crashes when one tries to add distance markers (using the latest OS and Meander versions on an intel mac).

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Version 2.2
Sandy_j Member IconReview+15

Excellent product. Just what I've been looking for - I'm a regular walk leader and I frequently need to estimate distances for walks. No more fiddling with dividers or bits of string - Meander is just the job, and really easy and intuitive to use.

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Version 1.5
Jlaro Member IconComment+5

I've already rated this excellent application, so I won't this time. It's becoming excellent.

My only major gripe at this point is that the Save dialog should be standard, i.e. allow me to save anywhere I want. I don't like to save documents in my Library, especially that I often use the Shared user's folder.

Other minor points:
1- personal presets for the trace should be savable
2- presets should include the tracing window as well (in the same preset combo than the line)
3- when selecting a preset please keep the Preferences window on top.

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Version 0.4
Peacockmedia (Developer)

Thanks very much for your support and suggestions, jlaro, and to everyone who's sent suggestions and encouragement. This is exactly what I hope to get from putting out an early beta, and I've had a much bigger response to this app than anything I've done before.

The save location is an interesting one. It was quite a conscious decision to leave out the standard save dialogue, and one I thought about long and hard. I settled on the way that I've done it for two reasons:

1. My mum isn't technically-minded at all, yet she gets a huge amount out of her mac - photos, music, email and internet. For ages she was blissfully unaware of files and folders. I think it was a clever move of apple to take that stuff out of apps such as iTunes and iPhoto - it makes them far more usable, and I can see Gates following suit. The flip side of this is that people like you and I like to be in control of where our stuff goes and I can see where you're coming from.

2. I wanted to be able to see a list of saved routes and switch between them with a single-click for comparison - the neat answer to this was to store all routes in the same place and display a simple list of all routes (like the library in iTunes or iPhoto).

I certainly do take your point - and as I store more routes, I'm going to need some flexibility here too. My suggestion is that I allow the user (in prefs) to specify where the routes are stored (as iTunes does), and also allow some kind of categorisation (sub-folders, if you like, or like the albums in iPhoto and playlists in iTunes).

It's really interesting that you've asked about the presets including the tracing window. That's the way that I had it working when I started to build in the presets. I can't explain why I didn't like it - it felt a bit confusing and messy. I've also thought about a separate preset on the window settings. I'm open minded on this and welcome further input.

I love the idea of being able to save your own presets - I've had this in mind already and will put it on the 'definate' list! You're quite right about the prefs window staying on top - I tried it both ways and the reason for bringing the tracing to the top is a long and boring one involving drop shadows which isn't an issue any more.

For the record, other things that I'm thinking about putting in before the first 'real' release (v1) will be a 'twistable' scale - so that you can calibrate using a vertical scale, or any other known distance regardless of orientation (several people have suggested this). It'll also float on the tracing window - I hate the current separate scale window. Also the ability to attach comments on the route, in the form of little sticky notes or pins or something. I'm also thinking about some kind of option to take a snapshot of what's under the tracing window and saving that with the route.

Further feedback will be much appreciated!

wjb3wvu Member IconReview+31

Didn't know I needed this until I saw it. Very nice! Will come in handy on the hikes. Thank you.

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Version 0.4
Jlaro Member IconReview+5

Very clever, very well executed, brilliant.

Suggestions for improvements:
- Add a menu item to show the Scale window if it's been closed.
- Remember the last scale unit used.
- Let the user select the width and color of the trace, it's sometimes hard to see.
- Allow deletion of the last segment
- Allow a totally transparent Tracing window for taking better screenshots.

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Version 0.2
Peacockmedia (Developer)

Thank you very much for your kind comments and suggestions - look out for v0.3 which will contain many of these improvements.



Great changes you made!

Problem: Clicking the yellow button on the scale window's title bar creates a big white rectangle on the space previously occupied by the window. And why can't we just close the scale window (and be able to reopen it) ?

Is it possible to show the distance in the tracing window's title bar, and/or to have a much smaller distance window (almost like two-popup high, without even a title bar if possible) ? Again, I'm thinking screenshot and the possibility to include the distance in a non-obstrusive way.

Would it be difficult to allow the dragging of the trace, even partly out of the window? For example, if I pan a map, I'd like to move the trace to reset my last point and continue from there.

When the tracing is finished, undoing the last point should, I think, simply remove the last segment and create a new endpoint, not continue with a new segment.

Keep on!

jory Member IconReview+13

Very useful and quite easy to use. Nicely done!

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Version 0.1
RickTM Member IconReview+0

What a great idea. The developer found a common problem with online maps, and is creating a nice, simple solution to make it less so. Keep up the good work.

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Version 0.1
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Version 2.3
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 8,613
Version Downloads 1,586
License Shareware
Date 23 Dec 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $19.95