Some questions about TPE:

What version of iOS is required?

TPE 3.11 requires iOS 8.1 or later. Future releases will likely require iOS 9.1 or higher.

Why are TPE for iOS and Android paid apps, but TPE for Desktop free?

TPE for Desktop is required to be free in order to use the standard Google Maps services. The minimum cost to use the commercial version of Google Maps is too high for it to make much sense to try to charge for TPE for Desktop.

We believe TPE has real value for serious photographers and requires serious effort to develop and support. As the mobile platforms provide a straightforward way to charge for apps that do not require significant up-front investment, TPE for iOS and TPE for Android are paid apps.

Will there be a version for Android-based devices?

Yes – it’s available now! TPE for Android requires Android 4.2.1 or higher. It is optimised for phones rather than tablets, but will run on most tablets without any problem. The app is not currently available for Kindle Fire, as it depends on Google Services which are unavailable on that platform.

Will there be a version for Windows Phone?

We have no confirmed plans to support Windows Phone at present.

Can I transfer my licence from iOS to Android (or vice versa)?

Unfortunately not. Each mobile version of TPE is built and maintained separately with its own costs and investment of time. Additionally, (as you might imagine) neither Apple or Google provide any practical mechanism to transfer a current user from one platform to the other, so that they would be able to the run the app as a licensed user and continue to receive updates. We appreciate your understanding.

How can I transfer my saved Locations between desktop and iOS device?

With TPE for Desktop 1.1.1 and TPE for iOS 2.3, KML import and export is supported. To transfer your locations from Desktop to iOS device, select the locations you wish to export in the desktop app, export them, then email the file to a mail account you can access on your iOS device. Open the KML file attachment in Mail on the iOS device and choose Open In TPE. TPE for iOS will import the locations and add them to your list.

To transfer from one iOS device to another, choose Export Locations from the top of the Locations list, and email the exported file to an email account you can access on the destination iOS device. As above, on the destination device, open the KML attachment in TPE to import.

You can also email Placemarks directly from Google Earth™ to your iOS device and import them from a KMZ file. Additionally, TPE for IOS can directly import Placemarks from any KML or KMZ file (e.g. from a web-site, an email or similar).

Where did the toolbar icons come from in TPE for iOS?

They’re courtesy of Joseph Wain /

Why is TPE’s default location Timbuktu?

In Britain, Timbuktu has since Victorian days been used as a metaphor for distant, faraway lands. In keeping with TPE’s 1920s explorer-style visual theme, Timbuktu was chosen as the default location to suggest planning for a photographic expedition to an exotic location. A dusty study, maps and papers scattered about, sun pouring through the window. You get the idea.

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