Search in Locus Map is one of its essential functions as it works with several kinds of databases - maps, addresses, points of interest etc. The feature is divided into following sections:
Searching addresses in Locus works both in online and offline modes. After the first start of the feature the default method is online but you are immediately given an option to change it from the context menu . Locus remembers your last used method and later offers it directly. You can change the method in menu in the upper right corner.
Locus uses Android default Google search that is optimized for speed, bandwidth and accuracy.
However, there are devices that are not certified by Google and lack this searching engine. For those Locus Map provides search in MapQuest and Bing databases. These are functional on all devices. The searching engine can be easily selected in the address search dialog.
Search results are displayed in a list ordered by the distance from your position. If there is a single result, it is shown directly on map.
Locus can search offline addresses in downloaded LoMaps (beginning with their 2016/04/01 version).
After selecting offline search Locus displays a list of downloaded LoMaps packets (countries). If the list is empty you have no LoMaps downloaded or you have not updated them to 20160401 version - download/update some from Locus Store.
Without downloaded LoMaps the offline address search does not work.
Tapping displays the selected item on map directly.
This feature shifts your map to a defined position. There are a few options how to define the position, placed in two tabs - New location and Recently used:
Other options of searching a new location can be found under the button. Here you can set the basic search modules and also use specialized ones - enter coordinates manually or use the Location selector.
This option can display addresses of your contacts on a map. Locus Map reads your contact list, filters items with attached addresses and displays them in a table. Select or search which contact to display on a map. In case a contact has two addresses, both are displayed.
Locus Map lists all contacts with addresses, even incomplete (e.g. just town). Such are not suitable for displaying on a map.
This feature requires Locus Contacts free add-on installed
Using Locus Map may lead to an enormous increase of stored points of interest - geocaches, addresses, tourist places of interest… this search enables to find points in you own storage:
The results are sorted by the distance from the user's location in a table similar to Points tab of the Data manager and it is possible to work with it in the same way - select points to display on map, invert selection etc.
This feature does not search the database of LoMaps-dependent points of interest. See more in LoMaps POI »
Locus Map can coooperate with many external applications with their own online/offline databases. Here it is possible to start search in them directly without need to switch the cooperating application directly from the phone/tablet application menu.
A typical example can be search of nearest geocaches by the Geocaching4Locus Add-on.
This section covers search in external internet databases Wikipedia, Google Places, GeoNames and GNS and also search for localized (geotagged) photos in your device.
These searching options are available in Locus Map Pro only.
Wikipedia is a free-access, free content Internet encyclopedia, supported and hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Those who can access the site and follow its rules can edit most of its articles. Wikipedia is ranked among the ten most popular websites and constitutes the Internet's largest and most popular general reference work.
Locus Map can search in its entries that are geo-tagged, i.e. have defined location:
The results are listed in a table of points. They can be displayed on map or imported for later use. Their details contain URL to the related Wikipedia article.
The displayed nor imported Wikipedia points do not contain full article texts, only links for their online display. Storing Wikipedia articles for their offline use is not possible.
Google as a leading internet searching engine contains an enormous database of geotagged points of interest. Locus Map enhances this search as it can filter the results and place them on map of your choice.
Example of a typical use:
Search results can be unpacked for details by tapping them or displayed on map by checking the “eye” buttons. The menu offers to invert selection or check multiple items for batch import. The point detail can be enlarged to display more information - photos, opening hours, contacts etc., further results can be diplayed by tapping More.
Both services contain huge databases of points of interest and interesting places:
Locus Map handles both databases in one dialog:
Tip for offline search:
Both sites provide freely downloadable data files that can be extracted into the Locus/data/geonames directory. The files appear in the GeoNames search dialog afterwards. Select and search 100% offline.