Google Maps is an awesome online service – there’s no doubt about that. But how about using the maps offline? Wouldn’t it be cool to save maps as images to your hard disk and view them offline? Or view them instantly without having to load them in a web browser? Google Map Saver is a free utility that will allow you do just that. It’s lightweight (400kb in file size), doesn’t clutter your system and does what it claims to do pretty well. And unlike most similar tools out there, GMS does not seem to break Google Maps’s Terms of Service (TOS).
GMS allows saving maps as following image types; JPEG, PNG-8, PNG-24, BMP or Targa file. This app is able to download huge images which is impressive. What’s even better about the app is that it’s portable – you don’t even need to install it on your system.
One of the main issues with other map downloaders is that they sometimes violate Google’s TOS. This does not seem to be the case with GMS. Following is quoted from the FAQ:
A: I was thinking about this before I made the application public. What I can tell you, is that I’m not using any tricks (e.g. direct and bulk downloads) to get the maps. I’m simply using the a standard Google URL via IFRAME. Google allows us to see bigger maps. I found is possible, I did it. In GMS one user request = one Google Maps access. No bulk download.
A lot of additional info about the service may be found on the app homepage located here.
[Click Here] to download the latest version of GMS from official server (Direct Download)