Cutetown: Create a real 3D city on your iPad

Review posted Thu 31 Jan '13  ·  75 comments
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Fancy yourself as the next Frank Lloyd Wright or Frank Gehry? Cutetown won't quite give you the same freedom of expression as some of the buildings created by either of those great two architects but it does provide a hell of a lot of fun. The app is a beautiful 3D map editor that allows you to transform GPS maps into highly detailed three-dimensional maps of real places on iPad. Its a bit like using a digital version of Lego, I guess. At the moment, as the app is in its early stages, there are only a few places to build your 3D creations but the team are working on the world city by city. San Francisco is up first.
 
The Cutetown app is a collaborative 3D-editor for iPad that allows multiple users to create a beautiful and high-detailed map of a real live city. The map itself is created by all the users out there and proves itself to be a lot of fun as well as being a nice way to have a really good look at the gorgeous buildings of one of the most historic American cities - San Francisco. The app is casual and convenient and doesn’t require any special knowledge in 3D modelling or architecture to create the high-detailed models of real San Francisco buildings. When you open the app and the map all you have to do is choose a building that you want to turn 3D. It could be one you live in or one you visited while in town. Model your building using ready made elements, include the right windows and doors and embellishments and make sure the color f the building s right and then send your building to the public map so that it can stand proudly erect in its place. Building by building, everyone will be rebuilding the map of San Francisco in 3D.
 
I love this app and would love it to become huge so that the whole of the country - or the whole of the world - could be turned into a 3D map. The maps themselves are absolutely gorgeous and I loved choosing a building - my choice was the historic Fairmont Hotel - and piecing it together. It took me back to my childhood and building Lego houses - but this time using my iPad, which is a brilliant platform to use for the app. It's easy and fun to use and, as its still in its early days of beta testing, its completely free. Once again, i have to say that i love this Wiki-style collaborative map app.



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