The green navigation bar at the top of the screen is where you navigate the app. The 4 tabs from left to right are "Discovery", "Map", "Profile" and "Menu". Tap the "Profile" tab, Routes to display the list of tracks on the device. At first, you will not have any routes so nothing will be listed.
The Android version has 5 tabs with the addition of a "Search" tab. On iOS, search is under Menu tab.
A route is a guide of where you are going to travel. The app can navigate you along the route and warn you if you stray off route and when you arrive at waypoints. A route does not contain maps. A route is a line that can overlay any map you own. Routes are published by known guide publishers and our community of users. A good route guide will contain text, images and sometimes audio. Most routes a are free but some are paid for content There are 3 ways to get a route into the app;
- Search online for a published route in the app or website
- Create your own route in the app or on the website
- Create a route from a track you have recorded
- Import a route from a .GPX file
Separate to a Route, which is a plan of the trail you will follow, a track is a recording of your activity. Learn more about tracks in a separate document.
To search and get routes in the app use the Discovery tab. Move the map, or type in the location, where you wish to discover routes. Pull the panel up from the foot of the screen.
To search and get routes on the website go to my.viewranger.com and use "Find route".
To create you own route in the app use the plus "+" button in the bottom right corner on the map tab.
and tap "Plot a Route".
You will be taken to the route plotting screen. Press and hold on the map to start adding points. The start and end points are represented by a green and red icon. To insert a point between two existing points press on the line that joins the two points and move it to the new position. Hold onto the point and a magnified window appears at the top of the screen. Use this to fine tune the position of the point on the map. We use this window, as otherwise, your finger would obscure the position of the point! Intermediate points are initially shown as a small white dot. Move the map and continue press and holding to add more points as needed. If you make a mistake, tap Undo at the top of the screen, which will remove the last point added. To add text to a point, tap it, and select edit. Once a point is populated with text it turn solid blue. To delete a point, tap it and select Delete. Once you have completed the route, tap Save at the top of the screen. Update the name of the route, if you wish, and tap Save Route and you will be taken back to the map screen.
Walking time estimates are calculated using Naismith's rule with Langmuir corrections. Put very simply, it takes longer to walk a mile uphill that it does on the flat. These estimates are included on the route overview tab for later viewing. Adjustments can be made to the rule based on your walking abilities in the app under Settings, Time Estimations.
Android user need to use the old method to plot routes (please see this page) — we are busy updating the Android app to include the new route plotting.
- Creating a route from scratch
- Creating a route from GPX
- Creating a route from a track
A track is always recorded when you follow a route.
On the route navigation screen, trip information is shown on the pull up bar at the foot and a navigation arrow and waypoint information at the top. The navigation arrow shows you the direction you need to travel to keep on route. You can go into full screen mode by tapping on the map. Tapping on the trip fields brings up additional trip screens. To pause or finish the track record tap the 'pause' button. To exist navigation tap on the navigation arrow.
To change the values shown at the foot of the navigation screen use Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Track and scroll down to Configure Track Screen.