ViewRanger runs on both the iPhone and the iPad running iOS 8 or above.
To obtain a position fix, Assisted GPS location service is required.
Where we refer to the iPhone in our documentation, the same applies to the iPad.
There are two versions of the app; Open and Premium. All versions of the software are exactly the same. Premium comes bundled with initial premium map credit.
The green tab bar lets you quickly navigate around the main parts of ViewRanger.
The 5 tabs are - from left to right:
Just below the Tab bar is the grey Location bar showing coordinates, altitude and distance from centre of screen.
Below the Location bar, use the Map Options button to save a map for offline use or get premium maps.
|Map options button|
At the foot of the map screen you will find the scale bar, three buttons and the plus and minus zoom.
|Buttons and scale bar|
The buttons are; Skyline, combined GPS/Compass and New action menu button.
The Skyline feature is explained in separate documentation.
Press the GPS/Compass button to connect to GPS and centre the screen on your location.
Press the New button to access the action menu.
Menu tab (in green bar), Display preferences gathers control of how the map appears such as Night vision, to hide the scale bar, and many others.
To pan around the map drag it with your finger. You can zoom in and out of the map by pinching or using the zoom buttons (+ -).
You can also zoom in by double tapping, and zoom out by doing a single two finger tap.
As you zoom in and out ViewRanger will change the scale of map displayed to best match the current zoom.
Map view includes fixed visible cross-hair at the centre of the screen, together with numeric coordinate on display and an on-screen map scale bar.
To enter coordinates manually, select the Search tab (in green bar) then tap and select Enter coordinates to the left of the field.
When creating a POI or a Route Waypoint, you can use Enter coordinates button option to specify the coordinates manually.
To modify the location of existing POI(s) and Waypoint(s), use the Edit, Manual location view and the Set position option.
|Action bar (route selected)|
When you select a route, point of interest (POI), waypoint or track, a 'action bar' appears at the top of the map screen.
This contains the name of the item, and a few other details such as the name of a route (if the item is a waypoint), the length of the route or track, or the coordinates if it is a POI.
It also contains a number of buttons, which access actions like edit and details. These replace the previous menu button or press and hold. Tap 'More' to see further buttons.
To hide the action bar deselect the item by tapping the map in space, or drag the grey handle up the screen.
The My maps section, under the tab menu, lists all your maps, grouped by country.
It has two tabs; On device and My maps. On device are all the installed maps and My maps are all the maps recorded against your account and which you can download if you wish.
If you select a map you can see a summary of its details. Press View to see the map in the map view.
Use this list to change country.
When you first start ViewRanger it will start in free online OpenMaps. You can swap to premium mapping and download a free overview map via the tab menu, My maps, Map shop. Just tap on a country and download a free overview map.
The My maps section, of the tab menu, is where you can download additional maps and other content. Some of the content, such as the overview maps, are free.
To download a map go to tab menu, My maps, Map shop. When the category list appears go into your chosen country. Tap on a map to see a preview, then press Download if you wish to purchase. Click OK to confirm. The maps will download automatically and you'll see a progress panel. Once the map has downloaded press View to see the map. Additional map purchases are charged to your google account.
You need a basic overview map before you can download map tiles. You can download a free one via menu tab, My maps, Map shop.
Quick tile download buttons are displayed on the map but for finer control of tile download, from the map view press Map Options button and choose Get more tiles, then select a scale.
You'll be transferred to the map view with the download grid shown. Red tiles have not been downloaded to the phone, green tiles have. Use the zoom + if you cannot see the grid.
To download a tile tap a square so its border is bold red, then press Download. Once the tile is downloaded its square will go green - zoom in + to see the map.
To download all the map tiles currently on screen with a solid border press Tile and choose Area then Download. If too many tiles are on screen the server may tell you the area is too large in that case zoom in to download fewer tiles.
|Select tile to download||Zoom in on downloaded tile|
ViewRanger can display free online mapping from Open Street Map and Open Cycle Map.
The maps are downloaded automatically as they are needed and are then cached on the phone. If the mobile network is not available, or if you choose to work offline, then ViewRanger will display as much of the map as it can using the cached tiles.
You can pre-save an area of Open map, for later use offline, using the Create saved map feature.
Choose tab Menu, My maps, then My maps tab and scroll down to Online maps. You will be presented with a list of online map sources to select from. (If you do not see the list of Online maps, go first to tab Menu, My maps, Map shop, allow the list to update, then go back to My maps tab.
To use the maps simply pan and zoom, map tiles are downloaded as you need them.
Choose tab menu, select Settings and then Online maps for the Online setting when switched on, ViewRanger downloads map tiles as they are needed using the wifi or mobile internet connection. When switched off, ViewRanger will only display maps that are already found within the Map cache.
|Maps in screen grabs © 2010
CloudMade or Open Cycle Map
|Map data CCBYSA 2010
Online topographic mapping is now available for USA, Canada, France or Belgium. These are included with the USA edition and for other versions must be purchased and activated before use.
Choose tab Menu, My maps, then My maps tab and scroll down to Online maps.
You will be presented with a list of online map sources to select from.
To use the maps simply pan and zoom, map tiles are downloaded as you need them.
You can pre-save an area of Unlimited online map, for later use offline, using the Create saved map feature.
|Create saved map|
Some online maps can now be saved as user defined areas at the required zoom layer levels. Once created, they can be accessed from the Menu tab, My maps, My maps tab and scroll down to My saved regions.
To activate map selection, choose the Create saved map option from the Options button.
The grid will enable you to choose single tiles or multiple tiles by dragging an area on the screen. Once you are satisfied with the selection then press the green-tick button.
This will download and cache the map area for later off line use.
Choose Options and toggle to offline. ViewRanger will now display as much of the Unlimited map as it can using the saved maps you have created.
You can purchase premium maps, such as Ordnance Survey, and Premium Online USA, Canada and France maps with tab Menu, My maps, Map shop.
|Combined GPS and Compass icon|
First of all, check that the Location Services is set to On for ViewRanger in the app list on the iOS device Settings. You only need to do this once.
Press the GPS button to start using the GPS. The map will jump to be centred on the current GPS location. A circle and cross are shown to indicate the GPS location, which is red when the GPS is giving an accurate position, and grey when the GPS position is not accurate.
The map will move with the GPS location, keeping the GPS indicator central. If you pan the map by dragging it, the GPS lock will be disengaged. The GPS position will still be shown and recorded. To reengage the GPS lock press the GPS button again.
The GPS can be disconnected by pressing Options button and choosing GPS Off, using the switch in settings or by closing the app. Not just by putting the app into background by pressing the home button.
When you are moving an arrow will be drawn showing your heading, with its length is proportional to speed. Control this in settings.
Switch between continuous and power save modes. If you are making a longer trip and you need to maximize the battery life, switch to Power save. Found in tab Menu, Settings, GPS settings.
The battery will last around 60% longer with the default settings, though track points will be spaced a bit further apart, every 1 minute. For shorter journeys, or where you need more detailed tracks, switch back to Continuous.
If you are navigating - following a route or navigating to a point - then power save can't be used.
|Track shown as black line|
A track records a walk or ride, it's a list of points and times.
By default ViewRanger records a track whenever the GPS is connected, but you can stop this from the track list. The track is drawn as a black line (red when selected) with regular arrow markings. The arrows are spaced every 5 minutes. If it has been less than 60 minutes since the last track was being recorded, ViewRanger will ask if you wish to create a new track or extend current track.
If it has been more than 60 minutes since the last track was being recorded, ViewRanger will hide that previous track and start a new one.
All the values mentioned above can be controlled in tab Menu, Settings, Track settings, Track split time.
The track control can be found under Trip icon of the map screen.
Here you can start, stop or pause track record. You may want to pause track record while you take a break.
You can also set track category before uploading to the community site, and display a list of previously recorded tracks.
You can access the trip screens from here by swiping the screen.
Accessed from the Trip icon. Swipe the screen to enter the Trip' page. The Trip view, which can be configured to show a range of settings, including speed, distance, time and navigation. The trip view contains multiple pages and rolling graphs.
A route is a list of waypoints, which mark out a planned trip. A route can then be followed on the device. Routes can be searched for and downloaded from our server, created from scratch on the device or our website, or created from GPX files shared from other places.
To create a route press New button then Plot.
As you tap the screen a waypoint is added to the route, which you can drag to where it is needed. If you tap on the last placed waypoint you can move it, otherwise the next tap adds another waypoint.
Press the handle icon to select and position waypoints.
To delete the last waypoint press the delete button . You can use this repeatedly.
When the route is complete press done.
If you need to pan the map without dropping a point, press the Pan map button .
You can then move the map as normal. To return to creating waypoints press the add waypoint button.
While a route is selected its name and length is shown at the top of the screen. If a waypoint is selected its name is shown too.
Use handle icon to position objects.
The handle icon is offset from the route to allow you to position waypoints without obscuring the route with the tip of your finger.
You can alternatively plan routes on the big screen of you computer at My.ViewRanger.com then use tab Menu, Synchronize which will wirelessly download the route to the device. You can add text and pictures to make rich content for others to download, either free or paid for, your choice!
|Use handle to position objects|
You search for for routes using the Discovery tab in the tab bar. Routes that are found nearby are shown on the map. The start point of each route is marked with an icon.
From the Search tab, select Route category from where you can look for routes stored on theViewRanger server.
You can enter some text to search for routes that include that text. Or can search for routes around the current map location.
You'll see a list of routes. Tap on one to see its description. Some routes are free, others have a price.
If you'd like to download a route press the Download button at the top right of the Details screen, or at the bottom.
You can also search for routes using the map view's Search button, and see the results on the map.
In the map view press Search button and choose Search for routes nearby. A number of icons will appear showing route start points.
Select one by tapping on it. Its name appears at the top of the screen. To see its details select Details.
Once downloaded you see all the waypoints. For most routes each waypoint has a description and photo too. Select a waypoint and choose Details to see the description.
To clear the search results use the X button.
|Route search||Route details|
If your device contains an electronic compass, you can see the compass displayed in two ways.
If the compass arrow goes grey it means the compass reading is not accurate. Move away from any metal or electrical equipment.
The compass shows which direction is north using an arrow on the GPS button.
To switch on this type of compass go to Menu tab, Settings, Map settings. Switch on Show compass and keep "Switch compass position" switched off.
The arrow points to north, so you can use it like a clip on compass to orient yourself and the map. When the compass arrow is pointing straight up, the map is aligned with the real world.
|Compass showing facing direction|
Compass showing the direction you are facing.
The compass can show on the map the direction you are facing. It does this by drawing an arrow on the outside of the GPS location circle. If the arrow points east, it means the phone is pointing east.
To switch on this type of compass go to Menu tab, Settings, Map settings and switch on both "show compass" and "Switch compass position".
If the map is set to Auto rotate map in Menu tab, Settings, Map settings, then as long as one or other compass is switched on the map will rotate to match the compass direction.
A point of interest, POI, is a single point marked on the map.
To create a POI press the New button and choose Add POI. Then drag to place the POI with the offset handle or press the numeric coordinate entry and enter the location co-ordinates (very handy for Geo-caching!). When happy with its position press the Done button.
|Place name search|
You can search for place names and post / zip codes.
Tap Search tab and select the Places category (folded map icon as shown in the screen grab).
Enter some text to search for, or choose one of your recent searches from the list shown. If you are searching the local gazetteer you only need to enter the first few letters - so "cam" will find "camden" and "cambridge".
When ready press the Search button. A list of results will appear. Tap on one to see it on the map.
ViewRanger gazetteer files have the extension .VRG. Copy them into the ViewRanger folder, and they will be searched. The UK, USA and New Zealand gazetteers should download automatically and are also available to download for free from our web site. (The gazetteers for other countries are provided when you purchase maps.)
ViewRanger will also search online using a search service. Post and zip code search is only available through the online service.
To clear the search results use the X button on the results screen.
Only the first 250 results are shown. If you don't see the result you want, repeat the search with a longer search text.
ViewRanger will help you navigate to a point or follow a route.
To follow a route or navigate towards a specific point of interest or waypoint, either:
Go to My adventures tab, Routes, find the item and tap on it. Choose Follow route or Navigate to, or
Select the item on the map and choose Follow route or Navigate to.
|Navigation off course!|
While navigating an arrow is shown in the top left. The arrow indicates the direction you should travel relative to your current direction of travel. Aim to keep it pointing straight upwards.
Tap the arrow to see a menu of commands that control navigation.
Circles are drawn around the target which are the alarm trigger points. The circle size showing represents the alarm trigger distances.
An visual and audio alarm is triggered when you reach your target point or the next waypoint or go off track.
|Vertical red line indicates progress|
Altitude, distance, speed and GPS altitude graphs are available for your tracks and routes.
To see a graph, select a route or track from the list and go into its Details. The graphs can be accessed using the buttons at the bottom of the details view.
|BuddyBeacon web page
The buddy beacon allows you to share your location with other people.
They can see your position by entering your user name and your PIN number on a web page.
You are asked to create a PIN when your first send your location using Options button, BuddyBeacon, Send beacon now
The buddy beacon also allows you to watch/track other people on your device. You can see their last reported position by entering the user name and PIN number. You can also watch multiple beacons simultaneously.
To use the buddy beacon you need to have registered and entered your account details. Do this using Menu tab, Settings, Account.
Control the buddy beacon by going to Options, then BuddyBeacon.
Beacon repeat on The switch at the top switches the buddy beacon on and off. When it is on the beacon reports your position regularly, as long as the GPS has a position fix. The frequency controls how often the beacon is sent.
Watch / track watching mode, where ViewRanger will regularly poll for the server for the latest position of the selected buddy(s). Use Add buddy or tracker to enter the name and PIN of a buddy to watch.
Send beacon now this sends a single immediate beacon report, using either the centre of the map, or the GPS position, as the beacon location.
You can combine Twitter with your BuddyBeacon but you must register with my.viewranger.com and set your My ViewRanger account > Plug ins option.
Set and edit your profile from the My adventures tab.
Swipe left to display your profile page, then tap on the 3 dots in the background image above the word profile to make the changes shown in the below image. See how many people are following you.
|My profile||Profile edit|
From the Search tab, find friends and click the blue circular button to follow them. See their adventures, routes and tracks.
|Find friends||See their adventures|
Our community web site my.viewranger.com is our web based customer zone designed to work alongside our mobile app, to allow you to use the convenience of your computer to:
The addition of synchronization feature with the new my.ViewRanger.com web site. This allows you to send your tracks to the site, and share your routes between the site and ViewRanger on your mobile devices.
You need to have registered your account at my.ViewRanger.com before you Synchronize.
To synchronize go to Menu tab and use the Synchronize button. New and changed tracks are uploaded. New and changed routes are downloaded from the server. The license key list is updated.