The map application was a "Macification" of the iOS application icon. It was at the time of the "back to the mac" craze, but unlike some other apps like Game Center, we managed to make the mac app really feel native to the system, instead of a port from iOS.

Since there were no good gestures on the mac to tilt the map in 3D, rotate, etc, we had to come up with a cool little 3D compass that could achieve the same functionalities without relying on a multi-touch input device. You can read more on the patent for the little compass here

Sidenote, the original MacOS Map application was almost entirely French made, from cartography, to client-side code, to UI, to app icon 😎

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Posted on Sep 10, 2020

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