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Support for users with Android devices.

1. Installation basics

1.1. Guide to installing the ViewRanger app and maps

Installing the app

The ViewRanger GPS app is free to install from the 'Play Store' icon on your device.  We recommend this method of installing the app as you are automatically notified about software updates.

If you don't wish to sign up for a Google account, you can install the software directly, by pointing your mobile devices web browser to http://www.viewranger.com/software

Download overview maps

  • The app starts up with the free online maps, some (not all) of which can be cached for offline use.
  • In App, Menu tab (3 dots, top right), Maps, Free Maps folder, you will see free maps listed.
  • Download the free map by tapping on the Download icon to the right. Once downloaded, tap on Open to the right.
  • We also have some sample Premium maps that you can try for free, In App, by pressing the Menu tab (3 dots, top right), Map Shop, Great Britain (or other country)
  • For additional information see this page.

Install maps

The instructions for installing Premium maps vary depending on how you received the maps.

For in-app purchases, maps are installed and activated automatically.
Maps received on memory card are already installed, so there is nothing further to do apart from activation.

Activate Maps

Enter the serial number, supplied with the new maps, via Menu tab (3 dots, top right), Help and feedback, Redeem (activate), press OK. ViewRanger will connect to the server to activate by using an Internet connection.

You can also activate the maps by going to http://my.viewranger.com/ and logging in with your ViewRanger email address and password, enter the serial number in the field top right, Activate and add to my account.

2. Software

2.1. Latest release

You can search for the latest versions through Play Store on your mobile device.

Supports Android version 4 and above.

Release version

8.5.34 June 2018

- bug fixes

History

8.5.2 April 2018

- GDPR

8.4.1 April 2018

- Improves how you save offline maps after downloading a route
- Features more offline map styles when downloading a route 
- Get notified when your routes are reviewed
- switch for the gyro sensor in Skyline, defaulting off on Landrover devices, on for all others
- Bug fixes (map list refresh)

8.3.92 March 2018

- Adds a switch to Settings > GPS controlling whether GPS altitude is corrected to mean sea level.
- The map tile download grid green and red shading no longer flashes instantly off.
- A couple of other fixes.

8.3.62 February 2018

- fixed crash at start-up issues

8.3.58 February 2018

- Bug fixes

8.3.50 January 2018

- New way to save online maps.
- New GB OS map subscrioption.
- Improvement to map management - single "Maps" entry and no more "On device / My maps" tabs.

8.1.22 November 2017

- Push notifications.
- Faster startup, with copyright moved to a link on each map.
- Control of notifications and email from within settings.
- Track privacy setting.
- New style settings screens.
- Other fixes and design improvements.
- The rotary crown on some Android Wear watches now zooms the map.

8.1.2 October 2017

- Discovery 2 release

8.0.14 September 2017

- Fixes include auto upload tracks when they stop; the map on track details no longer drops tiles; track upload should have fewer duplicates; Don't change scale on zooming is fixed; some crash fixes; a fix for bad characters in route details on Android 4.1.

8.0.4 August 2017

- New branding, icons and colours, plus improved Discovery screen.

7.5.56 August 2017

- More watch map fixes.
- Various crash fixes.
- Improved handling of route download errors
- Fixed issue that prompt to rate on Play Store was no longer showing.
- fixes for the beacon authentication issue
- creating the ViewRanger folder
- track graph axes

7.3.78 June 2017

- Swedish and Russian languages.

7.3.72 June 2017

- Social sign in.

7.3.38 May 2017

- New channel for publishing content

7.3.36 April 2017

- Android Wear 2

7.0.50 March 2017

- crash fixes
- fixes when using nautical units.
- Discovery feed enhancements

7.0.44 February 2017

- Improvements to map funnel purchasing
- A fix for the coordinate entry panel in German
- Improvement to screen tips
- Improvement to splash screen
- crash fixes

7.0.38 January 2017

- New button styles
- Slow start-up fix
- bug fixes

7.0.28 December 2016

- Map funnel update (changes to the in-app map shop).

7.0.26 December 2016

- Several crash fixes
- Waypoints that have names ending in numbers are no longer automatically targets, they need an icon or description change too
- Waypoints that are targets now behave properly as you zoom out
- It is no longer required that the device has a camera
- Fixes some missing POI icons
- Fixes the problem where many viewranger.com links are intercepted.
- Fixes the issue of being stuck offline if they had "Remember offline setting" on and had last used v6.4 set to offline.
- Fix to beacon repeat

7.0.8 November 2016

  • New Skyline feature
  • New app icon
  • Options button is moved and split: map related options under new map layers button top right.  Beacon options under the New / + button.
  • New icons for waypoints and POIs
  • App now runs on Android 4.0 and above.

6.4.34 September 2016

We have now made it easy to add tweets and images to your tracks.

- We have made it easy to link your Twitter and Flickr images accounts to ViewRanger
- Enhanced track screens: you can now show Tweets and Flickr images on your tracks to tell the story of your adventures.
- Easy to add Tweets and images to your tracks.
- Fixes opening QR codes on Android 5 and 6.
- Fixes opening the help page in the app.
- Fixes some problems to do with the online map list, and in particular a multi-minute delay starting the app with a weak data connection.

6.3.40 July 2016

- Bug fixes

6.3.28 June 2016

- Bug fixes

6.2.52: The software adds:

New ways to manage your maps:
- Purchased maps are now displayed in an easily accessible list within 'My Maps' to be re-downloaded.
- Re-download owned map tiles easily.
- Easily remove saved maps from your device to free up extra space and then re-download when required.
- Manage maps across multiple devices.

Height data now comes bundled up with maps, and are downloaded automatically with the maps, so you no longer have to download altitude files separately. 

Track/Route previews now appear overlaid on top of preview maps.

6.0.128  This release had various buddy beacon and syncing fixes.

6.0.120 - Fix for Android Wear to display the coordinates and heading when they are available.

 

3. Installation in detail

3.1. Installing ViewRanger app using a mobile web browser

We recommend that you install the ViewRanger app from the Play Store, on your smart phone, as that way, you will automatically be notified about updates, as they are released. If you do not wish to use the Play Store, you can also install the ViewRanger App directly from our website by using the Internet browser on your device as follows:

The steps:

  • Link to install in the browser
    Start your internet browser on your mobile device
  • In the address box type www.viewranger.com/software
  • Enter
  • The internet browser will then show a page identifying your device and including a link to the software. Highlight the link and open it
  • If you receive a message saying "this type of file can harm your device. Do you want to keep ViewRanger_Android.apk anyway?" Tap OK 
  • The software will be downloaded - it is between 700KB and 900KB
  • Once downloaded, drag down the notification bar at the top of the screen, with your finger and press on the APK file you just downloaded (it will be dated today)
  • The ViewRanger App is now installed on your device

 

 



 

3.2. Installing maps received on CD / DVD

This page explains how to install maps received on CD or DVD.  If you received your maps on memory card there is nothing to do. If you received your maps as a download then there is a separate page of instructions - see related pages at the foot of this page.

If not already done so, please install the ViewRanger app from the 'Play Store'.

To install maps from CD or DVD copy them into the ViewRanger maps folder.  The location of the ViewRanger maps folder can be found in the app using Menu tab (3 dots), Settings, Storage, Maps folder.  For more help with storage, see related page at the foot of this page.

  1. Connect the phone to the computer, using a USB cable.
  2. On the computer open the File Browser (ie.: Windows Explorer, File Manager "Finder" on a Mac)- double click on the name of your phone in the list shown.
  3. Look for the ViewRanger maps folder on your device.
  4. Put the CD or DVD into the computer's drive. Open a new File Browser, and navigate to the CD/DVD. The maps are usually in a folder named Maps. This folder may be split into further folders - for example there may be more than one region.
  5. Copy the map files from the CD/DVD into the ViewRanger maps folder.

    There are two ways to do this:
    • Either 1.) copy or 2.) drag and drop the files/folders from the CD/DVD,  browse to the SD/Memory card / internal disk via the File Browser, double click on the ViewRanger folder to open it, Paste the copied files here.
  6. Disconnect your device from the computer. If ViewRanger was running then exit, using the back key. Start the ViewRanger App and it will find the maps.

    Try restarting your device if the maps are not showing.

 

3.3. Installing maps received by download

Quick install

Most maps can be download in the app, once the map serial number has been activated.  Use Menu tab (in green bar), My maps, My maps tab (right hand tab), pull the list downwards to refresh the list then download the map over wifi.

Side Load

This page explains how to download and install your maps, whether your receive them by download, using the web store or by installing one of our trial premium maps.

If you've received your maps on an SD/Memory card, then there's nothing to do, they are already installed. If you received your maps on CD or DVD then there is a separate page covering their installation.  See related page at the foot of this page.

If you received the maps by download, then first download and save the map file(s) to your computer.
To do this click on each download link. The web browser or Email program should ask whether you wish to save or open the file, choose Save. If asked where you'd like to save the file select somewhere easy to access, such as the desktop.
If the download doesn't start when you click on the link, then right mouse click and  'Save target as', navigate to your desktop and Save



NB.: If the maps are packaged in a .ZIP file, they will need to be extracted. To do this, right mouse click on the ZIP file and choose 'Extract all'.
When prompted extract the maps to the desktop.



If you haven't already done so, first install the ViewRanger app on your device, from Google 'Play Store'.

Maps must to be copied into the ViewRanger maps folder.   The location of the ViewRanger maps folder can be found In App; using Menu Tab (3 dots, top right), Settings, Storage, Maps folder.  For more help with storage, see the related link at the foot of this page.

Connect your device to the computer, using a USB cable.

On the computer Open your File Browser. Double click on your device, which should be listed in the left hand menu.

Look for the ViewRanger maps folder.

Copy, or drag and drop, the map files from the computer into the ViewRanger maps folder.


There are two ways to copy the maps:

Drag the files from their current location and drop them into the ViewRanger folder. This is easiest way if the files are on the desktop - or you can open a second File Browser to drag and drop them from the saved location in the 1st File Browser to the ViewRanger folder in the 2nd File Browser. 

Open a File Browser and navigate to the files' saved location. Select the files by clicking to highlight them. Use the File Browser's Context menu (right click), Copy. Go to the SD/Memory card/internal disk location, in your File Browser, double click on the ViewRanger folder to open it. From the Context menu (right click), Paste.

Disconnect the phone from the computer. If ViewRanger was running whilst you were doing the above, then on your device, please exit by tapping the Apps square, next to the Home button (bottom middle of screen), swipe left or right to quit the ViewRanger app, restart ViewRanger and it will find the maps.  If your maps are not showing, please re-start your phone and try again.

4. Devices

4.1. Changing to a new device

When you change phone, for example due to an upgrade or a replacement, then to move ViewRanger to the new phone follow the instructions below.  You can also use these same instructions, if your phone has been wiped or you have lost the maps some way or if you have an additional device.

On the existing device, in the ViewRanger app, use Menu tab (3 dots in green bar), Synchronize content.  This uploads your routes and tracks to the website http://my.viewranger.com so they can later be downloaded to the new device.  If you have lots of POI's that must be kept as well, please contact support, before discarding your old device.

1. Download latest software

Install the ViewRanger app from the 'Play Store' app on your device.

2. Sign into your account

When you run the app it will prompt you to sign in. Be sure to use the same account as you used on your previous device. 

(Alternatively sign in via Menu Tab (3 dots, green bar), My Account and sign in.)

3.  Configure storage

If your device has an SD card, you may wish to configure the storage so Maps are written to the SD Card.

To do this, goto Menu tab (3 dots in green bar), Settings, Storage, Maps folder, SD card and force close the app or restart the device.

4. Download maps

On your new device, ensure you are connected to wifi.  Restore you map packages, tiles, custom maps and saved maps by going to Menu tab (3 dots, green bar), Maps. Here you can download your maps:

  • Drag the list down and let go so it updates.
  • Named maps have a download button next to them - tap that button to download.
  • For tiles, tap the name of the tiles layer and use the option to get the tiles from your account.  Repeat for each tiles layer.
  • For map collections, like whole country maps and national parks packs, tap the name of the collection. Download the sections you need from the list of sections

 

4.2. Storage

All phones and tablets have a main storage device, but some also have an additional removable 'external' SD storage card. ViewRanger can write maps and other data on the internal storage, or the external SD card.  It can read data from both. 

In the app use the Menu tab (in green bar) > Settings > Storage. You can control independently where the app stores:

  • Default folder - the overlay (routes, tracks, POIs), GPX files, icons and so on.  This folder remains small in size and we strongly recommend it remains on the internal storage.
  • Maps folder - both those downloaded from the Store, and saved online maps.  This folder can be very large in size so you may consider moving this to the SD card.

The app must be force stopped or the device re-started after making changes to the storage settings.

The way the app writes data to the SD card is different from Android version 4.4 'KitKat' and above:

Android version 4.4 KitKat and above

From version 4.4 'KitKat', Android no longer permits apps to write data to public folders on SD cards. So ViewRanger is no longer allowed to write to the folder named ViewRanger at the top of your SD card.  Instead it must use a folder: /Android/data/com.augmentra.viewranger.android/files/

If you uninstall the app, Android will delete the folder on the SD card, potentially loosing all your data.

It can still read maps from the ViewRanger folder at the top of the SD card or internal storage, but cannot save new maps there.

How to move map files onto the SD Card under KitKat and later

In the app use the Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Storage, Maps folder.

Make sure 'write new data to' is set to SD card.  If you need to change it, then afterwards; close the app with the back key, then in the device settings, application manger, find and force close the ViewRanger app (or restart the device).  This is very important.  Also, you may need to download a free overview map, within the app, before it creates the new folder on the SD card.

Back in the app Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Storage, Maps folder.  Make a note of the path to the maps folder on the SD card and put the maps into that folder.  The path will look something like ext_sd/android/com.augmentra/files (look for a folder called 'android' in the root of the SD card).

Connect the device to you computer with a USB cable and move the files using the computer.

After moving the maps, close the app, then in the device settings, application manger, find and force close the ViewRanger app (or restart the device).

Back in the app, the maps will now appear in the Menu tab (in green bar), My maps.  If you tap on the map name you can see the path to the map on the details screen, check its in the new location.

Android versions 4.3 and earlier

In versions of Android version 4.3 and before, ViewRanger can use a ViewRanger folder at the top/root of the main internal storage, and a ViewRanger folder at the top/root of the external SD card.

To save maps to the SD card, use a file manager app (or computer) to create an empty folder at the top/root of your SD card, and set the folder named to ViewRanger. Restart ViewRanger. Use the Menu tab (in green bar)  > Settings > Storage to control where ViewRanger saves data.  Existing maps could then also be manually moved to the new location, from internal storage, if you wished.

Note that ViewRanger will read maps from both locations, so you can have some maps on internal storage and some on the SD card. However, the overlay (routes, tracks and POIs) can only be stored and read from one location.

Recommendations

We recommend you keep the default folder used to store the overlay on the device's internal storage. It will be more reliable here, and will not be wiped if you remove the app.

For maps, it is fine to save them to the SD card, because you can always re-download them.

4.3. Backing up / Restore & deleting maps

We highly recommend you backup your ViewRanger maps and default folders, in case of a problem on your device, using the procedure below.
The location of these folders can be found in the ViewRanger app using Cog tab, Settings, Storage.

USB Back Ups

  • We recommend you regularly back up your phone using a computer.   The procedure backs up all maps and data.
  • Use the Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Storage to find the locations of the ViewRanger folders.
  • Close the app with the back key then use device settings, Application Manager, ViewRanger and tap Force stop.
  • Connect the device to a computer via the USB cable.  The device will appear on the computer.
  • Copy all the ViewRanger folders on the device onto your computer for safe backup.

USB Restore

First check that your maps are not listed in the app under the Menu tab (cog icon top right), My maps, Country.  If not, you can restore from a previous backup as follows;

  • Use the Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Storage to find the locations of the ViewRanger folders.
  • Close the app with the back key then use device settings, Application Manager, ViewRanger and tap Force stop.
  • Connect the device to a computer via the USB cable.  The device will appear on the computer.
  • Copy all the ViewRanger folders from your computer to the device, overwrite any existing folders.

Delete Maps

You can delete map files from the ViewRanger folder on the device.

  • Use the Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Storage to find the locations of the ViewRanger maps folder.
  • Close the app with the back key then use device settings, Application Manager, ViewRanger and tap Force stop.
  • Connect the device to a computer via the USB cable.  The device will appear on the computer.
  • Delete the map file from the ViewRanger maps folder.  Map files have the extension .VRC (LakeDistrict.VRC for example).

5. Getting Started

5.1. Get started guide

Discover thousands of inspiring trail guides, download detailed maps, and navigate your outdoor adventures with ViewRanger’s integrated navigation system. Share your adventures and inspire others to discover new places! Perfect for exploring mountain peaks or simply days out in the countryside. The app is free!

Here is how to take your first steps with the ViewRanger app!

My account

The app will prompt you to create a free 'My.ViewRanger' account profile. An account gives you access to advanced features of the app. It collects together all your track and route data. Purchase history is all in one place so you will find it much easier when it comes to changing or adding devices, as you can just download your maps from your account.

Sign up!

Map choice

There are a choice of maps available to suit your needs. Some are free and some paid. The free maps work well when you are staying near roads and built up areas but you will need premium maps when venturing out into the countryside.

  • Free online map

  • Premium online map

  • Premium map

Press Menu tab (in green bar), Map Shop.  Here you will see Premium maps to purchase and the Free maps at the bottom. Tap on the Free maps and you will see all the free maps you can download.

Tab bar

Along the top of the screen is a Tab bar where you can access different areas of the app.

Tab bar

Left to right;

  • Discovery tab (see nearby routes)

  • Map tab (view the current map)

  • Profile tab (stores your data)

  • Search tab (find places, routes, people and coordinates)

  • Menu tab (access more options )

Free online map

The app is free and comes with free online maps.

Maps in screen grabs © 2010
CloudMade or Open Cycle Map
Map data CCBYSA 2010
OpenStreetMap.org contributors
Terms of Use

There are several online maps available. You can switch between maps using the menu tab, My maps, MY MAPS tab (right hand tab), Online maps.

Menu tab

Most of our online maps can be saved for offline use. While viewing the map, press Layer button in the top right, Save for offline use. (Options button, Create saved map in older software).

Layer button

Premium online map

These detailed topographic maps are more reliable than the free maps which may lack detail away from built up areas.

We have premium online maps available for US, Canada, France and Belgium. These maps cover the whole country and areas can be saved for offline use. They can be purchased in-app using the Menu tab, Map shop.

To save a map for offline use, view the map and press Layer button in the top right, Save for offline use.

Premium online map (Belgium)

Premium map

We also have detailed topographic maps for many countries. The difference with these maps, over the premium online maps, is that you just purchase the sections you need, rather than have access to the whole country. They are available as map packages, for example Lake District National Park, or as individual map tiles. If you wish to purchase a map package, press the Menu tab, Map Shop. They are installed on the device and available offline.

Premium map (Austria)

Download premium map tiles

You can download premium map tiles for most available countries. Choose Menu tab (in green bar), Map Shop. Find, download and open the free overview map for the country.

Free overview map

Move the overview map to an area of interest and press the Layer button in the top right, Get more tiles. (Options button, Get tiles in older software). Tap the grid to select a tile. The selected tile appears bordered in red. Downloaded tiles are filled in green. Press Download button to download the tile. If you have no ViewRanger credit you will be guided through the process of buying some.

Zoom into downloaded tile

Zoom in on the tiles you just downloaded to see the map detail. Press the 'X' to close the download grid.

'X' to close tile download grid

ViewRanger credit

Maps can be purchased in-app with your Google Play Store cash account. But some items, such as individual map tiles and routes, are too small value to be purchased this way. So this is why we have ViewRanger credit. Credit can be purchased using Menu tab (in green bar), Map shop and tap on credit balance in the grey bar.  Here is a list of the possible ways to purchase items;

  • Credit packs - cash
  • Map tiles - credit
  • Map packages (for example Lake District National Park) - credit or cash
  • Route only - credit
  • Route and map tile bundles (map tiles that just cover the route) - credit or cash

If you have enough credit to purchase an item then the price is displayed in credit. If not, it is displayed in cash. Credit and cash cannot be mixed together toward a purchase.

GPS

Now that you have selected a map you can show your location on the map. In the Android device settings, enable location and set the mode is set to 'High accuracy'. While outside, with a clear view of the sky, press the GPS button at the bottom of the map screen.

Press GPS button

After a short time a red GPS crosshair will appear on the map at your location. The map will remain centred on your location while you move or until you move the map with your finger, at which point you can press the GPS button again to re-centre the map.

Record track

A track is a record of your trip. It shows where you have been and statistics about the trip such as length, altitude and speed. You can review the track once it is finished, share it and, if you wish, convert it to a route and publish it for others to follow. Tracks can be exported to other website and apps via .GPX files.
To record a track press the GPS button, wait till you have a red circle at your position, then press the New / plus button > Record.

New button

Change the category of the track, if you wish, then press the green and red record button in the centre of the Track Control screen.

Track Control Screen

As you travel along your track is shown as a black line. Your location is the red GPS crosshair.

Track shown as black line

On the map screen the trip button will show the accumulated trip time so far. Press the trip button to access the track control screen where you can change the track category, start, stop or pause track recording. You can swipe to access the trip screens.

Trip button

Trip view

Under the trip button you will find the track control screen. Swipe to access the trip view screens which shows statistics from the current track record such as average speed, altitude gain and many others. There a dozens of different types of data that can be displayed. Long press any item on the screen to change the displayed field.

Trip view

Review track

After you have stopped recording your track you can review it by pressing the Profile tab and select tracks tab.

Profile tab > Tracks

Tap on the track to find all the statistics.

Track summary and graphs

Discover routes

Get inspired by finding routes authored by publishers and ViewRanger user community users. A route is a plan of where you be going. It is made up of waypoints joined by straight lines. You can ask the app to follow a route, navigating you toward your destination.
Press the Discovery tab to see nearby routes.

Discovery tab

Routes that are found nearby are shown on the map and in the list below. The start point of each route is marked with an icon.

Discover routes

Tap on the route to see a summary or download it.

Route summary

It you do not already own maps, where the route is located, you will be given the option to buy maps to cover the route. Swipe the screen to make your choice then press download button.

Choose maps or route only

Once downloaded, tap the route and press the three vertical dots at the top of the screen and choose Show On Map and the route is displayed on the map.

Route on the map

Routes are listed on the Profile tab, Routes.

Profile tab > Routes

Create your own routes

You can plot your own routes in the app or on the website. To create a route in the app press the Map tab, New button, Plot.

Map tab

Tap the screen to drop waypoints. Re-position the waypoints by moving the handle icon, to the South-East of the selected waypoint.

Plot routes

Switch between adding waypoints and moving the map using the Add point/Pan map toggle icon.

Add point/Pan map toggle

Follow route

The app can navigate you along the route to your destination. To follow route, tap the route on the map screen and select Follow route.
The navigation panel will appear at the bottom of the map. In the panel the navigation arrow indicates the direction to go relative to your current direction to reach the next point.

Navigation panel

The panel shows the name of the waypoint before, and the waypoint after your current location. The distance to the next waypoint is shown, description from the previous waypoint, which usually gives the instructions to reach the coming waypoint and a section of graph, showing the altitude of the previous 0.5km and the coming 2km of the route. The navigation uses the device's compass. If the navigation arrow box is yellow with a warning triangle, the compass is inaccurate - move the device in a figure of 8 so the compass can re-align. When the navigation arrow box is green the compass is aligned and accurate.

Search

You can search on Places, Routes, People or Coordinates. To start a search press the Search tab. When you first do a search a country specific gazetteer file will download so later you can do the search offline.

Search tab

Use the category icon to swap between the type of search you wish to perform.

Category icon

Points of Interest

You can mark a spot on the map by creating a Point of Interest. Later, you view the point by using My Points Of Interest list under the menu tab. You can also navigate to a Point of Interest by tapping it on the map. To create a Point of Interest tap the map tab, New / plus button, Add Point of Interest.

Add point of interest

Important Settings

Just a few settings you may wish to change under Menu tab, Settings, Display;

  • National grid / Coordinate type
  • Unit (Metric / Imperial)
  • Night vision

And you may wish to download maps to the SD card; Menu tab, Settings, Storage, Maps folder. Restart device after making any changes to storage.

Sharing

You can share your location, tracks and even publish routes. Your data is uploaded to our servers where you can control if it is private or public.

Location Sharing with BuddyBeacon

BuddyBeacon reports you location to our server over a mobile data connection allowing others the ability to query your location and display it on our website or in the app. While connected to GPS, from the map tab, press New / plus button, BuddyBeacon, Send beacon now.

ViewRanger App

You will be asked to enter a four digit PIN on first send. Pass your ViewRanger account name email and PIN to those who you wish to locate you via the ViewRanger BuddyBeacon web page.

www.viewranger.com/buddybeacon

They can also locate you in the app by adding you to Options button, BuddyBeacon, Locate now.

Track and Photo Sharing

Let others see your adventures by sharing them on Facebook or Twitter.
Photo setup; upload any photos you took to Flickr or Picasa then log into my.viewranger.com and use My account, Plug ins, and enter your Flickr or Picasa credentials. To share the track, tap Profile tab, tracks, tap the track and use sharing buttons. Photos will automatically display on your shared track.

Tweet your track

Route Publishing

Inspire others to download routes you have created. Upload your track to my.viewranger.com website using Menu tab, Sycronize content. Log into the website and convert your track to a route. Edit the route and add text directions, pictures and even audio. Set a category, difficulty and price and publish the route to the community of users.

Publish routes

We hope this has helped get you up and running. Any specific questions, please email support@viewranger.com

5.2. Starting the app

Once installed a ViewRanger icon will be added to the phone's standard application launcher tab which you need to drag up. To start ViewRanger find and press the icon.

ViewRanger will show one of the maps. If no maps are installed then you will be prompted to download a default map so either download a default map or copy a map onto the memory card.

6. Basics

6.1. Types of Maps

ViewRanger supports three types of map

Online maps

 Maps in screen grabs © 2010
CloudMade or Open Cycle Map
Map data CCBYSA 2010
OpenStreetMap.org contributors
Terms of Use

Those from ViewRanger Landscape Map and the OpenCycleMap. These maps are downloaded automatically as and when you open them In App or can be pre-cached by opening them, Options, Create Saved map, Detailed, Download. They are now cached on the phone, so you can use them in an area with no mobile signal.

 

Premium maps

 Premium Maps

More detailed maps, typically from national mapping agencies such as Ordnance Survey, IGN, or BKG. These maps contain more detail but are charged for. These maps are stored on the phone so can be used when away from the mobile network.

Premium Online maps

Shaded terrain style

Highly detailed online topo maps for USA and Canada, that can be easily stored for offline usage on your mobile devices. These maps contain more detail and come with the USA edition but are charged for on other editions.

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6.2. ViewRanger Account

To get the full benefit of ViewRanger, you should create an account on the ViewRanger server via the handset.

This is used to support features such as map downloads, BuddyBeacon location sharing and the My.ViewRanger.com community web site.

The account section, is found under the Menu tab (in green bar), My account and allows you to create and manage your ViewRanger server account.

You can Create a new account; enter the details of an existing account with Account sign in; change your password; or request a new password be emailed to you.

Use these same credentials to log into My.ViewRanger.com.

6.3. Activation

The ViewRanger app is free - you do not need to activate the software.

In-app premium map purchases are automatically activated.

You only need to activate any premium map purchases made outside the app.

Activating Premium Maps

To activate you need the serial number, which is provided:

  • By email for software and maps purchased by download
  • On the rear of the instruction sheet provided with CDs / DVDs
  • On the rear of the memory card case

From within ViewRanger choose the Menu tab (in green bar), Help and feedback, Redeem (Activate) serial number and enter the serial number then press REDEEM.  ViewRanger will connect to the server to activate using an Internet connection.

        

7. Map screen

7.1. Preferences

Preferences

The following settings are found under the Menu tab (in green bar), Display preferences. There are additional screen settings (see related documents, at the foot of this page) that affect the screen as well.

Screen orientation

Lock the app in the required mode; Auto, Portrait or Landscape.

Auto rotate map / track up

Map auto rotate, or track up, is where the map rotates to keep the direction you are heading straight up the screen.  When auto-rotate is switched on the map automatically rotates to be as close to the direction of travel as possible. For example, if you are heading east then the map will rotate by 90 degrees so that east is upwards. The rotation can only be in steps of 90 degrees. If you are travelling at about 45 degrees ViewRanger will choose one orientation and stick with it to avoid the map flipping around.

Screen on for session

Keep the screen lit till the app is closed.

Night vision

Night vision is where the map and trip view are displayed with a red overlay.
If you are out in the dark your eyes become accustomed to the dark, this is called night vision. If you look at a bright white screen, your eyes will lose this adjustment. By making the screen red, your night vision is not lost when you look at the app, and it will be eaiser to use ViewRanger at night.

Show HUD compass

This adds an arrow to the GPS location circle and cross, indicating on the map the direction you are facing.  If you stand facing SE, then the arrow on the map will point SE. 

Extra trip field

Extra trip field displaying bearing

Puts an extra trip display field onto the map screen. To change the choice of field to display long press it.

Show scale

Switch the scale bar on and off on the map screen.

Show coordinates bar

Decide to show of hide the coordinates bar on the map screen.

Don't change scale when zooming

By default, the map will automatically change scale when zooming.  If you wish to zoom in very close to a map, then turn on this setting.

 

7.2. Display settings

The following settings are found under the Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Display.  There are additional screen preferences (see related documents, at the foot of this page) that affect the screen as well.

National grid

When viewing global maps with the coordinate type set to national grid ViewRanger will display UTM coordinates. Use this setting to choose the national grid it should use. If you view maps outside the area that is valid for those coordinates, the software will revert to UTM.
You can override the displayed coordinate type with the National grid setting.

Coordinate type

Sets the co-ordinate type used by ViewRanger

Unit type

  • Metric (km, metres)
  • Imperial (miles, yards, feet)
  • Nautical (nautical miles, feet, knots)

Auto rotate map / track up

Map auto rotate, or track up, is where the map rotates to keep the direction you are heading straight up the screen.

Night vision

Night vision is where the map and trip view are displayed with a red overlay. If you are out in the dark your eyes become accustomed to the dark, this is called night vision. If you look at a bright white screen, your eyes will lose this adjustment. By making the screen red, your night vision is not lost when you look at the app, and it will be eaiser to use ViewRanger at night.

Show HUD compass

Show magnetic compass. Not shown by default.  Always sanity check the compass before use.

Extra trip field

Puts an extra trip display field onto the map screen.  To change the choice of field to display long press it.

Show scale

Switch the scale bar on and off on the map screen.

Show coordinates bar

Decide to show of hide the coordinates bar on the map screen.

Don't change scale when zooming

By default, the map will automatically change scale when zooming. If you wish to zoom in very close to a map, then turn on this setting.

Map multi touch

Enable multi touch on the map screen.

Screen on when plugged in

Screen stays on when plugged into external power source.

Trip Graph Time Window

Change the window of time display on the trip graph.

7.3. Map settings

The following settings are found under the Menu tab (in green bar),  Settings, Map.

Map magnification

Allow you to adjust how large the maps appear at each zoom level.  This is especially useful when looking at open maps.

Recommended default levels:  Premium 100%  / Online 200%.

Remember offline setting

This has no effect in the app and is due to be removed soon.

Map cache size (MB)

To set the size of the map cache. When the cache is full, ViewRanger will throw away the oldest map tiles to make space.  This setting is disregarded for Saved Maps.

Clear cache

Clear the online map map chache.  All data is deleted.  This setting is disregarded for Saved Maps.

Tile purchase buttons

When checked, zooming in on the map, will present buttons to download additional tiles adjacent to those you already own in that area. Tap to download and the credits will be debited from your account.

Tile purchase buttons enabled



8. Maps (Online Open, Online Premium and Subscriptions)

8.1. Free Online Maps

ViewRanger can display free online mapping from ViewRanger Landscape and Open Cycle Map. This mapping is downloaded to your phone as it is needed. The maps 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.

Automatically pre-download and manage areas of Online Open maps using the layer button in the top right, Save for offline use.  See related page at the foot of this page.

Online maps; a worldwide overview is shown; the map as it downloads tiles

Through levels of detail; Open Cycle Map shows cycle routes, contours and facilities.

 
 OpenCycleMaps  OpenCycleMaps

Maps in screen grabs © 2010 CloudMade or Open Cycle Map Map data CCBYSA 2010 OpenStreetMap.org contributors Terms of Use

Essentials

Start viewing online maps

To swap online map layers press layer button in the top right and press Online maps.

These maps are downloaded as they are needed using the phone's internet connection. The map tiles downloaded are cached on the phone.

Interact with the map

As you pan or zoom, ViewRanger downloads more map tiles to cover the screen. Each zoom level uses a different map tile.

Swap to a different map

Many styles of online map are available:
Open Cycle Map is based on Open Street Map, but with an emphasis on cycling. Major cycle routes are shown, and in many locations contours are too.

Press the Menu tab (in green bar) "Maps" and select Online maps, you'll see options to choose the different types of open mapping - choose one and View on map. ViewRanger will change to displaying that map.
To go back to normal premium maps, again Press the Menu tab (in green bar) "Maps" and select the map you'd like to see.

Automatically cache maps

Pre-download and manage areas of Online Open maps using the new "Save for offline use" under the layer button in the top right.

Advanced topics

Manage the cache (disregarded for maps download with Create Saved Map)

Map tiles are stored in the MapCache folder within the ViewRanger folder.
You can control the maximum size of this cache by going to the Maps section of Settings. It defaults to 100MB.
Once the cache reaches that size, the oldest file will be deleted to free more space.
You can clear the cache while viewing online maps by going to the Maps section of Settings and selecting "Clear map cache".

Coordinate display

When viewing online maps by default coordinates are shown using the global UTM coordinate system.
To see local coordinates, for example GB national grid, go to Settings, then into UI, and set "National grid" to the coordinate type you'd like to see.
If you view maps outside the area that is valid for those coordinates, the software will revert to UTM.

Copyright

To see the copyright and license details for the current map, use the Menu tab (in green bar) "My maps" Online maps and press the map source. You can click on links to see the full license statements.
The copyright details are also shown when ViewRanger starts.

Note

Online maps use free map sources and the level of detail available varies greatly.

8.2. Premium Online maps and Subscriptions

Unlimited access to online topographic mapping is now available for the following countries.

  • GB (Ordnance Survey topographic maps 1:50,000 and 1:25,000).  This is a recurring subscription.
  • USA (choice of two map views either USGS topo style or a shaded terrain style, to around 1:24,000 detail)
  • Canada (Sourced from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the maps offer zoomable detail down to 1:50,000)
  • Belgium (IGN topographic maps 1:10,000, 1:50,000 and 1:100,000).  This is a recurring subscription.

Limited access to online topographic mapping is now available for the following countries.

  • France (IGN Geoportail mapping service 1:25,000, 1:100,000).  This is a recurring subscription.

Once purchased for your device, these maps can also be viewed and used online for trip planning at My.ViewRanger.com
These map layers are streamed from the Internet but can be saved for offline usage, using the layer button in the top right.

USA

 
 Either USGS topo style...  or a shaded terrain style.

Belgium and France

 
 Belgium  France

 

 

 

Activating the Premium Online Maps and Subscriptions

NOTE: The US app edition already has the US map online layers so does not require activation.
First you need to make an in-app purchase of the Premium online map or Subscription for the required country using the Menu tab (in green bar) Map shop and select the map you'd like to purchase. Once purchased the map will then activate automatically.
NOTE: If you have received a serial number it needs to be activated from the Menu tab (in green bar), Help and feedback, Activate or at My.ViewRanger.com
After activating, go to Menu tab (in green bar), Maps, pull the list downwards to refresh the list, then select the new map from the list.

Save for offline use

Online maps and Subscriptions are streamed from the Internet and saved onto the device.
Online maps and Subscriptions can now be saved as user defined areas at the required zoom layer levels. Once created, they can be accessed from the Maps, Custom offline maps.
To save maps for offline use press map options button in the top right, save for offline use.
Zoom in and position the map onto the area you wish to download. Once you are satisfied with the selection then press the Download button. This will download and save the map area on screen for later off line use.

Download Map

The current map layer you are going to save is shown at the top of the screen.  To swap map layers press the map options button in the lower right corner of the screen and select an available map layer.

Map layers

Altitude data

Altitude data will download automatically.

How to cancel subscription renewals

Recurring subscriptions can be cancelled using these instructions.

8.3. Save Online Maps and Subscriptions for offline use

Select online map or subscriptionSelect the online map from the Menu tab (in green bar), Maps.

Pre-download and manage areas of online maps using the Save for Offline use.

While you are viewing an online map or subscription, zoom out and pan the map to the area you are interested in. Press map options button in the top right, Save for Offline Use.  Zoom in and position the map onto the area you wish to download. Once you are satisfied with the selection then press the Download button. This will download and save the map area on screen for later off line use.

Download map

The current map layer you are going to save is shown at the top of the screen.  To swap map layers press the map options button in the lower right corner of the screen and select an available map layers.

Map layers

Name map

Name the map to make it easy to select the map later from the Custom Offline Maps list and press Save

Once the download is complete, you will be able to view the area, at various zoom levels, while offline.

View / Refresh / Delete mapTo view an area of pre-downloaded online map, from Menu tab (in green bar), Maps and find and open it from the list.

To finish the download of a selected area you cancelled during download, under Menu tab (in green bar), Maps, select the map.
To refresh a map, to get the latest maps from the server, use Get Lastest Map Data.
To delete a selected area, select the map and tap Delete from Account.

Storage

The cached maps are stored in the cache folder inside the ViewRanger maps folder.
To configure the map storage location, tap the Menu tab (in green bar) Settings, Storage, Maps folder.

9. Maps (Premium and by-the-tile)

9.1. Overview maps

Overview maps are free basic maps that normally cover the whole country.
These are visible when you zoom fully out and make it easy to pan the screen to different parts of the country, then to zoom in again.
You need to install an overview map prior to downloading map tiles but it should be download for general use as well.
They can be downloaded in the app from the Menu tab (in green bar), Map Shop and select the required country.

 GB Road map free overview  Swiss free overview

Once the overview map is downloaded it can be found from the Menu tab (in green bar), My maps.

9.2. Premium maps and how to buy

Premium, or paid for, mapping is available for many countries from well known map publishers such as the Ordnance Survey, Ordnance Survey Ireland, BKG Germany and many others.

Ways to purchase premium maps

  • By the tile in the app using the Layer button top right, Get more tiles, and paying with ViewRanger credit
  • Buying a map package (for example the Lake District) in the app, using the Menu tab (in green bar), Map Shop, Download more maps, and paying with Google wallet or ViewRanger credit
  • Buying map credit in the app, using Menu tab, Map Shop and tapping on credit balance.
  • Buying a map package direct from our web shop shop.viewranger.com and paying by credit card, then side loading the map from your computer to the mobile device

Premium maps reside on the device and, once installed, do not require a data connection to be viewed.

Many of our premium maps can also be viewed on our website my.viewranger.com (check before purchasing).

Premium maps can be installed on 4 concurrent devices.

 Ordnance Survey Landranger Kompass 1:50,000

Altitude data

Altitude data is included with premium map packages and downloaded automatically.

The files enable altitude map display, route and track statics and graphs.

For example select one of your tracks and view the Height tab to view the altitude data from the downloaded altitude files.

9.3. Download premium map tiles

You can download maps and other files within ViewRanger on the phone. These files can be quite large, so if you are not using a wifi connection check your data tariff.

Summary

This is a summary of the download functionality. Read the following sections for a more detailed description and screen grabs.

  • To see which map layers and other items are available to download, go to menu (in green bar), Map Shop section. Choose a country.
  • Download a free overview map before you begin.
  • To download an item, tap on it, scroll down and choose Download.
  • To download a map use the download grid in the overview map view. To switch this on, on the map screen, press mpa options button in top right, Get more tiles.
  • Green tiles are already on the phone, red tiles are not.
  • To download the central tile, which has a bold outline, choose Download.
  • You are always told how large the download will be and what you will be charged, so you can cancel before incurring any charge or cost.
  • If you get stuck then follow the numbered Step-by-step getting started with downloads at the bottom of this page.

Map Shop section in app

To see the list of maps available to download go to the menu tab (in green bar), then Map Shop.
There are free Miniscale maps and other paid for mapping. To download an item tap it. You will be shown a preview. If you wish to purchase, scroll down and tap Download. You'll be told how large the item is and if there is any charge.
When you tap a layer you'll see any relevant commands - for some there layers will be a Download item, for grid based layers there will be an option to view its grid on the map. For many layers you can choose to view them on the map - this swaps to the map view, panning and zooming to show the layer's bounds - though you'll only see the layer if you've actually downloaded it.

Two methods to download tiles

You can use the Quick tile purchase buttons or via the Map Options button method.  The Quick method is a easy way to quickly get the tiles and the Map Options button way allows fine control of the download of tiles.  If you have problems with the Quick method use the Options method.

Quick Buttons For Downloading Tiles

If the map moves away from where you own tiles, and would otherwise see empty white screen, it now shows buttons giving your credit balance and the price of the tile. Press the button to download the tile.

Quick tile purchase buttons

If you zoom right in on a map, past where you could before, and there are tiles available, you'll also see the buttons.

You'll never see the buttons where previously you would have seen map, only where you would have seen white or not been able to zoom to.

To switch off the buttons use menu tab (in green bar) > Settings > Map > Tile purchase buttons.

Downloads within the map view with Map Options button

When downloading in the map view you should first switch on the download grid using Map Options button in top right, Get more tiles. You'll be asked which scale and layer you'd like to use. Tap one.

Note that the grid being displayed may not be for the map scale being displayed - if you are choosing maps of a new location you'll look at an overview map to choose your tiles.
A grid is drawn over the map. Each square tile can be downloaded individually. Green tiles are already on the phone, red squares are not. Grey tiles indicate that part of the tile may be on the phone.
As you move around the screen the tile that would be downloaded if you ask for it is drawn with a bold outline.

The download grid

The grid over a ref map

Note that the grid being displayed may not be for the map scale being displayed - if you are choosing maps of a new location you'll look at an overview map to choose your tiles.
A grid is drawn over the map. Each square tile can be downloaded individually.
As you move around the screen the tile that would be downloaded if you ask for it is drawn with a bold outline.
To download the tile that is outlined in bold and choose Download.

All the tiles on screen can be downloaded by pressing Tile.  We recommend only downloading about 12 tiles at a time.  To switch back to tile individual tile downloads, press Area.

Credit balance

After a short pause ViewRanger will tell you how large the tile will be, how much you will be charged and what your balance will be after downloading the tile. Answer OK to confirm, Cancel to stop. If you reply No then the tile is not downloaded and you are not charged.

Download progress

Progress during download

If you say OK then the tile is downloaded and you are charged.
Progress is shown on screen. You can press the Cancel button to end the download and if you do so before it completes downloading you won't be charged.
The ViewRanger server remembers the tiles that you have downloaded and only charges you for new tiles. However, the server does not have a record of other map products you have bought, including custom maps, so avoid downloading duplicates.
It will only charge you for areas where there is a map. In Great Britain you are only charged for land, not sea - but other countries usually charge for any map.

Colour coding

The grid's colour coding

Green tiles are already on the phone, red squares are not. Grey tiles indicate that part of the tile may be on the phone.

 

Step-by-step getting started with downloads

Here's a detailed step-by-step breakdown of the steps to start downloading maps for a new country.

  1. Start ViewRanger on the phone and goto menu tab (in green bar), Map Shop.  You'll then see several countries listed.
  2. Tap on the country name you require. You'll then see a list of the maps and layers available. Most countries have a free overview map at the bottom of the list.
  3. To download a free overview map, tap it, scroll down and choose Download. ViewRanger will tell how how large the map is and confirm it is free, then you can agree to download.
  4. Once you have downloaded an overview map, view it. You'll be returned to the map view, zoomed out to see the whole map.
  5. Zoom in several times using the zoom button.
  6. To download map squares, switch on the download grid. To do this, from the map screen, press Layer button top right, Get more tiles. You'll be asked which scale you want to download. The grid is then shown over the map, each box being a map tile. Boxes surrounded by red are available to download, boxes surrounded by green are already on your phone.
  7. If the overview map does not have enough detail to select the map, then check the Downloads list for a more detailed overview map (there are for USA, UK and Netherlands). For some countries we recommend you download some intermediate small scale tiles.
  8. To download a map tile move the map so that the tile you want is at the screen centre and has a thick boundary. Tap the tile and choose Download. Once downloaded the boundary will be green. To actually see the map tile you downloaded zoom in a few times with the zoom button.

10. GPS

10.1. GPS settings and Power Save Modes

GPS has a accuracy of plus of minus 5 to 10 meters.  Tree cover and steep valleys will effect the accuracy of GPS.

These settings allow you to better manage the GPS, and potentially, increase battery life.

GPS Power Save Mode

If the GPS Mode is set to "Continuous", then the app will use the GPS continuously.

If the GPS mode is set to "Power save", then the app will use the GPS whenever the app is the foremost, and the screen is not locked. If the screen is locked, or is in the background, then it will disconnect from the GPS. It will re-connect at regular intervals given by the "GPS Interval" setting, for example every 2 minutes. This is ideal if you are sending the beacon, as you only need a position when you are sending the beacon. For a track, this will lead to a less detailed track being recorded.

If you are having problems with track record, leave the setting to "Continuous".

Disconnect GPS now

ViewRanger will stop using GPS, if currently in use.  It will connect to GPS again when necessary for example when you start recording a track.

GPS Auto Disconnect

This is a time setting, default value of 30 seconds. Slide down to 0 to switch this off.

If you leave the app running when you switch to another app or lock the screen, then the app will stop using the GPS after this time. If you are sending the beacon, recording a track or navigating, then the GPS is needed and it will not be stopped.

GPS Single Fix

If this is on, then if you tap the Compass / GPS button on the map screen, the app will connect to the GPS and get a position fix, then disconnect the GPS.

If you are recording a track, sending the beacon or navigating, then this setting is ignored.

This is useful where you want to just occasionally check your position, and not have to remember to stop the GPS.

Heading Vector Time

In the Map view ViewRanger shows an arrow indicating the direction you are travelling in. The length of the arrow is how far you will travel in a given time period. This setting controls that time period. If the value is 10 minutes, the arrow indicates where you will be in 10 minutes time.  The default is 2 minutes.

Stationary Speed

Stationary Speed sets the lowest GPS speed at which you are considered to be stationary. If you are stationary then ViewRanger does not update the heading until you start moving again. So if you walk north, stop and turn around to face south, the heading given by ViewRanger is still North.
If the Stationary Speed is set to 1.5km per hour, then ViewRanger will consider you to be stationary if the GPS receiver reports a speed of 1kmph, but moving if it reports 2kmph.
This figure depends on the accuracy of your GPS receiver and on current conditions – for a receiver with SiRF you might be able to use a figure of 0.5kmph, but for a less sophisticated receiver a figure of 2kmph is required.

Heading Samples

Specify the time over which ViewRanger should sample to work out your heading, smoothing out any errors. For a very accurate GPS receiver you could reduce it to 1 second, which would make the heading more responsive. For a poor GPS or for poor conditions (such as tree cover) then you might increase it to 4 seconds to average out the errors but make it less responsive.

Setting the Stationary Speed and Heading Samples values

Normally the default settings do not need to be changed, but if you find that the heading changes when you are stationary, or vice versa, then adjust Stationary Speed or Heading Samples.
Don't do this while walking or moving.

If the your are occasionally having problems with heading, then either go to Settings > GPS > Stationary Speed and increase its value, or increase the Settings > GPS > Heading Samples.
Repeat the adjustment until the heading stays constant when the GPS is not moving.
Don't use large numbers, values under 3.0km/h should be sufficient – if you choose 30.0km/h you will need to walk at that speed before the heading updates.

 

 

 

10.2. Device GPS recommended settings

When you press the Compass/GPS icon on the map screen the ViewRanger app asks the location services on the device to supply it with the current GPS location.  ViewRanger only shows an accurate position, other software may act differently.  GPS has an accuracy of 5 - 10 meters.

GPS types

There are two types of GPS on mobile devices;

  • A-GPS (Assisted)
  • GPS

Most mobile device specifications will list only A-GPS.  This is because the device will try to use A-GPS then revert to "normal" GPS.
A-GPS requires a mobile data connection to work.  GPS does not.
A-GPS assists the GPS service on the mobile device to aquire a quick GPS fix because, instead of taking time searching for the satellites, it asks the server where they are and then can lock onto them quickly.
If no data connection is available, it reverts to GPS, but takes longer to get a fix.
We highly recommend using A-GPS.

Tip:  If you know you are going to a remote location with no mobile data connection, lock to GPS prior to leaving.   You may find it caches the location of the satellites and is quicker to get a fix a little later on.

Recommending settings

To get the best of of the GPS receiver on the device please follow this advise;

In the ViewRanger app use the Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, GPS and make sure it is set to 'Continuous'.

In the device settigs, location we recommend you choose mode 'High accuracy', or possibly 'Gps-only' or 'Device-only' Do not use the power saving option there, as it will stop ViewRanger recording a track as it is not accurate.

On older Android devices (pre- Android v4.4. KitKat) in Location Services, ensure both "Use wireless networks" and "Use GPS satellites" are ticked.

Connecting to GPS

In the ViewRanger app press the GPS icon in the centre of the row of icons at the bottom of the map screen.
Remain stationary, with a clear 360 degree view of the sky, until the circle indication your position turns from grey to red.  Red means the app has an accurate fix.

Troubleshooting

GPS info - note highlighted items

First and foremost - restart the device! 

If you have having problems with GPS going to sleep when the screen is off then turn off Android device Settings > Power saving, Power saving modes.  Or Settings > Battery, Battery saver and Battery optimisation.

Then in the ViewRanger app press the Compass/GPS icon on the map screen.  In the Android notification bar, at the top of the screen, look for the location icon.  It will flash while trying to establish a GPS fix then remain solid when it has a fix.  If you are having problems getting an accurate GPS fix try installing a free "GPS info" type app from the app store.  This will give you more information on what is happing with the location services on the device.  You are looking for a HDOP value dropping down to a value of around 2 or below before an accurate fix.

Metal objects - like keys in your pocket, can interfere with GPS.

Huawei phones specific instructions (supplied to us by Huawei support):

Update to the latest Android firmware.

In order to allow the apps to run in background, you have to follow the below steps in the Phone manager app:
- Phone manager app > Mobile data > Data saver: Off
- Phone manager app > Mobile data > Networked apps > Click on the arrow right to Networked app and select Advanced network settings > Activate all Background data
- Phone manager app > Battery > Settings (top right corner) > Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep: Always and activate Keep mobile data on during sleep
- Phone manager app > Battery >Launch > Manage maually all
- Recent app > Tick on the padlock of each app you want to keep running.


11. Tracks

11.1. Recording a track

Track Control

Here is the procedure for recording a full day track, with breaks and lunch stop.  Ensure you have enabled location on your device; this can normally be done by pulling down the notification bar and toggling location on.

  • Start of day - Press the GPS button bottom centre of the map screen, the location icon will flash in the notification bar.  Wait until the location icon has stopped flashing and you have a GPS fix (indicated by a red circle Reticle stopped small.png, not grey)
  • By default the app starts to record a track automatically when you get a GPS fix but if you have changed this default behaviour then press the New / Plus button, Record and press the Record button.  Make sure the track record status iconVrstatus.png is visible in the notification bar. Start out on your trip.
  • At lunch stop - press the blue circular Trip Time button and pause track record from the control. You can now dis-connect from GPS (this will save battery). Do not exit the app.
  • After lunch - Press the blue circular Trip Time button and resume track record from the control. Depending on your settings (default 60 minutes), you will be asked if you wish to extend the track, which normally you do. Make sure the Vrstatus.png status icon is visible. Wait till you have a GPS lock Reticle stopped small.png.Continue on.
  • End of day - press the blue circular Trip Time button and stop track record from the control. You can now dis-connect from GPS. Exit app if you wish. You've done it!


While you are recording the track you can access the trip screens from here by swiping the screen.
When you complete your track remember you can also set track category before uploading to the community site.

 

11.2. Trip view

Trip View

Accessed from the blue circular Trip Time button.  On the track control page 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.
Switch off auto-record in track settings to get a purely manual track start and end.

  • The trip view contains multiple pages and rolling graphs
  • Swipe across the screen to change from one page to another.
  • To add a page use pencil icon (top of screen) and add trip profile.
  • Each page can be individually configured - use pencil icon to set number of field to control how many boxes are shown, press and hold to change what the box contains.
  • Rolling graphs are now available, for speed, (calculated map) height, GPS height and distance.
  • Set the duration of the rolling graph using Settings, Display, Trip graph time window. The default 15 minutes means the graph in the trip view shows the last 15 minutes.

Extra trip field

Extra trip field displaying bearing

As well as the default blue circular Trip Time button on the map screen this puts an extra trip display field onto the map screen. To change the choice of field to display long press it.  The fields are configurable using long press.

Field choices

There are a lot of choices for each field. To change which data is shown, long press the field you want to change.  The fields are split between tabs at the top of the screen.

Some of the choices are:

Trip distance – the distance travelled since you last reset.

Speed – your current speed.

Maximum speed – the maximum speed recorded since you reset.

Average speed – the average speed since you reset.  This is calculated over the time you are connected to the GPS.

Moving average speed – the average speed while you have been moving since you reset.  The time you are stationary is not included, so if you stop for lunch this figure is not affected.

Pace versus average speed (dial) – compares your current speed to the average speed. If your speed is less than 90% of your average speed it displays 'slow' and if it is more than 110% of the average then it displays 'fast'. The percentage is also displayed. Pace versus moving average speed – like 'Pace versus average speed', but this pace compares to the moving average speed. Pace versus fixed speed – like the other two pace figures but this compares to a speed you choose. Set your target pace in Settings > Trip > Pace speed, then this field indicates how fast you are going relative to that pace. This setting is saved with your trip profile, so you could save one profile for jogging, one for cycling and could even have an uphill variant.

Time of day – displays the current time. The date is also displayed.

Trip time – the time spent connected to the GPS since you last reset.

Time moving – the time spent moving, as indicated by the GPS's speed, since you last reset. You can set the minimum moving speed in Settings > GPS.

Time stationary – the time spent stationary (not moving), as indicated by the GPS's speed, since you last reset.

Location – the coordinates of the current GPS location.

Altitude – the altitude of your current location calculated from your installed mapping data.

GPS altitude – the WGS84 altitude reported by the GPS.

Heading – the direction you are moving in, as reported by the GPS, in degrees.

Bearing – if you are navigating along a route or towards a point, this shows the bearing you should take to the next point.

Navigation arrow – the navigation arrow, displayed when you are navigating along a route or towards a point. It indicates the direction to go relative to your current direction to reach the next point. The colour changes, as described in the navigation section of the user manual.

End destination – the name of the route or target point.

Distance to end – the distance to the target point or end of the route.

Time of arrival ETA – the estimated time of arrival at the target point or route end.

Time to end ETE – the estimated time elapsed (the time it will take) to reach the target point or route end. Next destination – the name of the target point or next waypoint.

Next waypoint – the distance to the target point or next waypoint.

Next ETA – the estimated time of arrival at the target point or next waypoint.

Next ETE – the estimated time elapsed (the time it will take) to reach the target point or next waypoint.

Cross track error XTE – the distance you are away from the planned route. Arrows indicate the direction to get back to the route.

Velocity made good (VMG) – the velocity taking into account the target destination. If you are travelling at 10kmph but your heading is not directly to the target point, this shows the component of speed that is towards the point.

Sunset – the time of sunset, sunrise and solar noon (when the sun is at its highest). These are calculated for the current GPS position and for the phone's current date and time zone. To see the sunset on a different day temporarily change the phone's date setting.

Compass – if your phone contains an electronic magnetic compass, this displays the compass arrow and circle. Blank – the field has nothing displayed.

11.3. Track graphs

Track graph

The track details view contains multiple pages and rolling graphs.
Graphs in the Details view can zoom using pinch and stretch.
Swipe across the screen to change page, tabs at the top indicate where you are.
For a track, the pages are the details page, speed graph, height graph, and combined graph.

Details

The Length is "as the crow flies".

Height graph

The height graph can show two types of altitude; GPS and map.

  • GPS - the altitude calculated by the GPS on the device (inaccurate or loss of GPS fix greatly deteriorates the calculated altitude)
  • Map - based on the installed altitude files (if any).  Generally more accurate then GPS calculated altitude

Below the graph the figures are all based on installed altitude files.
Real length takes into account the terrain.

Altitude data

Altitude data can be downloaded from the menu tab (in green bar), Map shop and then select the countries required and look for the Altitude data files. These are free to download.

11.4. Track Media

You can add photos and tweets made during your track by linking your Flickr and Twitter accounts to ViewRanger.

Adding Track Photos / Tweets

In the app press Profile tab (in green bar), Tracks, tap any track then the Photos tab.  Tap Manage Media Accounts.

Manage Media Accounts

Enter the username of whatever account you want to link.  We'll display public photos and media from those accounts that match the timestamp of your tracks.

Manage Media Accounts

You can remove items by pressing the edit icon.

Troubleshooting

  • Flickr - the Flickr app strips out timestamp when the photo is uploaded which means we can't match it to the track. Upload Flickr photos via the Flickr website to keep the timestamp!
  • Ensure the photo is public. To test, try sending a URL link to the photo to someone else and make sure they can open it!
  • Make sure the timestamp on the photo matches the track or is not missing.

Detailed instructions

Guide on how to setup and use each of the three external web services for track media.

Flickr

Create a flickr account at https://www.flickr.com/
Click the camera icon at the top right and then “settings” > “Emails & Notifications”
Your account email is the one next to “Your contact email” with primary next to it in brackets, for example: bencviewranger@yahoo.co.uk (primary). Remember this email
In the app go to: 3 dots > my account > manage media accounts
Enter the email address from step 3 next to the flickr icon and click “Update all” - the app should tell you if the account doesn't exist
Record a Track and take some photos
Go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/upload and upload your photos.
Note: You can also use the flickr app but doing it this way loses the “time taken” stamp which is important for use with track media so this is not recommended
Make sure the photo is set to public. On Flickr.com go to “You” > “Photostream”. Change the privacy dropdown (next to the date, second from the left) to “Public View” and make sure you can see the photos. If you can’t, change the privacy dropdown to “View All”, find the photo and click on it. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the dropdown labelled “Viewing privacy”, change this to public
Note: privacy settings can also be changed in the account setting and set to a upload as public by default https://www.flickr.com/account/privacy
Find the track in the app, if this is the first time you have viewed the track in the app or on my.viewranger.com then the photos should appear automatically.
If this is not the first time then click “Reset Photos/Tweets” and the photos should appear

Twitter

Create a twitter account at http://www.twitter.com
Find and remember your twitter handle
In the app go to: 3 dots > my account > manage media accounts
Enter your twitter handle from step 2 next to the twitter icon and click “Update all” - the app should tell you if the account doesn't exist
Record a Track, take some photos and while the track is still recording tweet the photo
Find the track in the app, if this is the first time you have viewed the track in the app or on my.viewranger.com then the photos should appear automatically.
If this is not the first time then click “Reset Photos/Tweets” and the photos should appear

Troubleshooting

The photos are matched to a track by calling the flickr/twitter api for the user account entered in the “Manage media accounts” settings. The photos for the users are loaded based on the following rules:
The photo taken time is during the start and end time of the track. With a 30 minute buffer before and after the track times. So if the track is 1pm-3pm the search time is 12:30pm - 3:30pm
If the user has a timezone set for the track then the photo taken search times are offset by the time difference from UTC. So if the user sets the timezone to LA (utc -8) then the search times are 4:30am - 7.30am. This take precedent over account settings...
If the user has a timezone set for their account and no timezone is set for the track then the photo taken search times are offset by the time difference from UTC. So if the user set the timezone to LA (utc -8) then the search times are 4:30am - 7.30am.

Other things to check:

  • Make sure the photo has been uploaded to flickr/twitter
  • Make sure the right account is linked to the app/website
  • Make sure the photo is public
  • (Twitter) the photo must have been tweeted during the track recording or up to 30 minutes after (probably 25 minutes to be sure it was in time)
  • (Flickr) Make sure the photo has a time taken. Find the photo in the photostream on flickr.com, click on it and make sure there is a line of text that says “Taken on [date]” or check the photos metadata
  • (Flickr) Ensure the mobile device settings, the http://my.viewranger.com website, My Account > My profile and your Flickr Profile all use the same timezone.

11.5. Track settings

These settings can be adjusted in the app from the menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Track:

Auto-Record

Whether the application should record a track log whenever you connect to GPS.

Track Minimum Distance

This is the distance you must move before a new point is added to the track. The larger the value the less memory the track consumes. At the default value of 10 metres, a point will only be added when you move 10 metres from the current location.

Track Minimum Time

This is the minimum time ViewRanger waits before adding a point to the track.  The default value is 5 Seconds.

Track Split Time

When you start recording a track, ViewRanger will normally start a new track. Track split time allows you to extend an existing track if it is recent enough. At the default value of 60 minutes, if you took a break of 50 minutes then when you resumed ViewRanger would extend the previous track. But if you took a break of 70 minutes, ViewRanger would start a new track.
If an existing track is extended, then the new section is saved as a separate track segment. The line to the previous track segment is drawn with a fine line and is ignored by distance calculations.

Track Mark Time

ViewRanger draws arrows along a track indicating the direction you travelled. Their spacing is at regular time intervals given by this setting.  Default value is 5 minuets.

12. Routes

12.1. Planning a route in the app

Routes can be planned in the app or on the computer.  Planning the route on the computer lets you use the big screen and the Automated Trail Route Planning feature (see related page) to save time.
A route is a list of waypoints, which mark out a planned trip.

Create route

Position the first waypoint

To create a route on the device in the app press the New / Plus button, Create Route.  You will be asked to name the route.  As you tap the screen a waypoint is added to the route. A waypoint will appear - a blue circle with a red box around it to show it is selected. When creating a route or moving a point, you now move an offset handle Ic move point.png so you can see the actual position of the point you are moving.

When you have positioned the first waypoint, touch the screen, which will create a new waypoint. Position this new waypoint as before. When positioned touch the screen and repeat until the route is complete.

If you touch on the last placed waypoint you can move it, otherwise the next tap adds another waypoint.

To delete the last waypoint press the Delete button. You can use this repeatedly.

Position waypoints

Position waypoints

You can switch between moving the point (or adding new points) by tapping the pan button Ic btn arrows.png. Tap the point button Ic btn add point.png to switch back to moving or adding points.

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.

When the route is complete press the Done button.

Selecting routes

Select a route

Before a route can be edited it needs to be selected. There are several ways to select routes and points, the most common are:

  • Tap the route on screen.
  • Go to the My Adventures/Profile tab in the top bar, and swipe to the Route list. Tap on the required route to display it previewed, then tap the 3 dots in upper right of screen and select Show on map.

When a route is selected it is drawn red. If a waypoint is selected it is drawn with a red box around it.

Editing routes

Red box drawn around waypoint

Routes can be edited. First select the route or waypoint and choose the Edit. The menu contains items to move points, insert and delete waypoints, and extend the route.
Select a waypoint by touching it and choose Edit, Move point. Drag to move the point with the offset handle Ic move point.png, and press the Done button when you are finished.

To enter numeric coordinates for a point, tap the edit button Ic btn edit.png while you are moving the point.
Deselect the waypoint by pressing the route.
Use the Edit, Details panel to add a description to a route or waypoint, change a route's drawing style or a waypoint's icon.
To see a summary of a route's details - for example its length and height loss and gain, select the route, tap the roote and choose Details.
To see a list of the route's waypoints, tap the route and choose Waypoints.
Change a waypoint's icon by tapping the waypoint, and choosing Edit, Properties. Use the Icon list to choose the icon, then press Back.

12.2. Automated route planning on the computer

Routes can be planned in the app or on the computer. Planning the route on the computer lets you use the big screen and the Automated Trail Route Planning feature to save time.
A route is a list of waypoints, which mark out a planned trip.

Log-in at My.ViewRanger.com using your ViewRanger account details.

Automated GPS Trail Route Planning - On-Road and Off-Road

The site uses a range of routing engines to analyse the terrain, and available rights of way, to offer the best path between waypoints - on-road and off-road. Whether you are backpacking, mountain biking, horse riding - whatever your outdoor passion - it can speed your trail planning by a huge amount.

The new Route Generation tool provides the option to use the assistance of automated route planning to make it plotting routes even quicker. You can use Route Generation over any of the map layers - including Ordnance Survey, OSNI, Ordnance Survey Ireland, IGN France - available in your My.ViewRanger account. A single tap of the finger synchronises website and your mobile device so that the planned route is ready to use and follow with the ViewRanger app.

The tool should work pretty much worldwide. Whilst it may not always provide a route that you expect (and may in some circumstances not be able to provide a route in a certain area), you can mix auto-generated segments of a route with manually plotted segments, and you can drag waypoints to regenerate any route segments.

Route Generation Engine

Route generation tool may include routing based on:

Example Screens

Add waypoints

Tap the map to add waypoints. A straight line is drawn between the two waypoints.

Calculates Contours

Contours to road/trail

After a short pause, the line contours itself to the road/trail.

Reposition Waypoints

Reposition waypoints

Re-position any waypoint, by dragging to a new position.

Re-calculates contours

Re-calulate segment

The route segment will re-calculate.

Instructions

  1. Log into My.ViewRanger.com.
  2. Click Routes > Create a route from scratch.
  3. Select the map layer required in the drop down list positioned in the top right of the map window.
  4. Turn on Route generation from the drop down list positioned in the top right of the map window.
  5. Pan and zoom the map to the start point of your trail you are about to plan.
  6. Tap the map to add the start waypoint.
  7. Tap the map again to add the second waypoint. A straight line is drawn between the two waypoints. After a short pause, the line contours itself to the road/trail. This creates a segment between the two waypoints you plotted. It creates additional waypoints (shown as small white squares) between.
  8. Continue to add waypoints.
  9. Use the Undo icon (see toolbar icons below) to remove the last segment. This is useful if the segment did not generate as you wished. Add the waypoint again, but in a closer position, to see if you get a better result.
  10. You can re-position any waypoint (shown as a white square), not just the last you added, by dragging the waypoint to a new position. The route segment will re-calculate.
  11. Use the Reset icon, to start again from scratch, if you want.
  12. When your route is complete press Save your route button.
  13. Lastly, on the device, in the ViewRanger app, use the Synchronize feature and your new route is downloaded wirelessly.

Top tips

  • If you are plotting the route on premium mapping, such as Ordnance Survey or IGN, but the route generation is not working as you expect (such as routing you around the long way!), switch to the OpenStreet map layer, and see if the roads/trails are joined as you expect.
  • Once you have created your route, turn off the route generation from the drop down, and then fine tune your route manually.
  • Automatic route generation within our service is provided on an information basis only and should not be solely relied upon. No representation is made or guarantee given as to the suitability of any route generated, and routes generated on the map are not a guarantee of a right of way. Augmentra Ltd uses information derived from third party data and has not checked that routes generated are legal, safe or accurate. You should always take responsibility for your own safety and compliance with the law.

12.3. Searching and downloading routes

You can download pre-planned routes from other users and publishers.  Some routes are free and others paid for.  Once you have a route downloaded to the mobile device you can get the app to follow the route.

Discovery tab

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.

ViewRanger App

 

Choose a route

When you select one of these route start points, a new top bar appears. This gives the name of the route, its publisher, length, difficulty and rating. The first line or two of the description is shown, as is its price.
To download / purchase the full route, tap the download or purchase button.

ViewRanger App

Filtering routes

To be more selective tap the filter tabs. You can select more than one option in each section.

ViewRanger App

Search for routes with Search tab

Press the Search tab, from where you can look for routes stored on the ViewRanger 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 bottom.

ViewRanger App

Once downloaded you can see all the waypoints. For most routes each waypoint has a description and photo too.


12.4. Walking World setup

ViewRanger allows you to search for routes and then download them. The routes comes from various providers including Walking World, The AA and Excellent Books.
Walking World subscribers can download routes from Walking World for free.
If you are a Walking World subscriber then setup this free access.

Setup

  • You need to use your ViewRanger account - the account you setup using ViewRanger to access the ViewRanger server.
  • Use a computer web browser to login (register if need be) to the my.viewranger.com . Note you login using the email address associated with the ViewRanger account (or the user name) and your current account password. If you need more help with login please see these instructions.
  • The first time you login you will be asked to fill in a profile under My ViewRanger account > My Profile. Fill in the fields and save. If you don't fill in enough fields it may give an error.
  • Click My ViewRanger account > Plug ins.
  • Enter your Walking World email and password then press Save profile. If there is an error you will be warned.
  • You will now be able to download routes in ViewRanger. Prices will be shown as zero and you will not be charged

Alternatively you can download a GPX file of the route from the Walking World web site and import that into ViewRanger. The GPX section explains more about GPX files.

Troubleshooting

You must make sure your Walking World subscription has not expired - try to log into Walking World web site and check the subscription status.
ViewRanger on the phone must log in in with the same credentials you used to log into my.viewranger.com. Check this from the Menu tab(cog icon), My account, Account sign in.
The password is case sensitive.
You must have completed and saved your profile first.

13. Navigation

13.1. Navigation (Follow a Route)

To navigate in ViewRanger, select a route and from the top bar choose Follow route.  Or select a point of interest (POI), a buddy, or a waypoint, and choose Navigate to.

While navigating ViewRanger will show a panel at the bottom of the screen, with an arrow indicating the direction to go, and other details about the journey.

 

The main features of the navigation panel:

  • It shows the name and icon of the waypoint before, and the waypoint after your current location - so the start and end of this segment of the journey.
  • The distance to the next waypoint is shown in the middle.
  • It shows the description from the previous waypoint, which usually gives the instructions to reach the coming waypoint.
  • If there was audio on the waypoint, it shows a button to play the audio.
  • There is a section of graph, showing the altitude of the previous 0.5km and the coming 2km of the route.

    Android nav smaller audio

  • Tap on the panel to make it cover half the screen, or drag it up to be full screen.
    Android Nav Audio

  • When the panel is enlarged, the graph shows the whole route. The 2.5km shown in the summary are white, the part not yet completed is grey.
  • The number on the flag iwill be the distance left to go once you are underway, but when you first start is the length of the route.
  • There is a lock button on the map. When locked, the map cannot be moved, just zoomed.  It centres the map on your current GPS position and moves with you. Tap the button to lock or unlock.


  • Tap the navigation arrow to see the menu - to reset navigation, skip a waypoint, or stop navigating.
  • The navigation arrow tells you the direction to go, following the route to the next waypoint. Aim to keep the navigation arrow pointing up the screen - if it points left, look to turn left.

  • The navigation arrow can use the compass or GPS:

    By default the navigation arrow uses the compass (if one is fitted);  If the navigation arrow box is yellow with a warning triangle, the compass is inaccurate - move the device in a figure of 8 so the compass can re-align. When the navigation arrow box is green the compass is aligned and accurate.

    The navigation arrow can also use the GPS; If the navigation arrow box is red with a warning triangle, the GPS is inaccurate - check the GPS settings on the device and make sure the GPS mode is set to "high accuracy".



    If you have having problems with navigation using compass, try it using GPS.   Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Navigation, Navigation arrow method.

  • TARGET WAYPOINTS:  Only waypoints that have an icon (other than default), name or description set are used as navigation targets.  Intermediate points, without names, descriptions or icons are treated just as shaping points, and do not lead to alarms or give distance values. 
    Note that names starting "WP" like "WP001", and those that are just numbers like "12", or ending in numbers like "Waypoint 03", are not sufficient to make a a waypoint a target (unless you add a description or icon). Names like "Cafe" or "Car park" are sufficient.

13.2. Navigation Alarms

ViewRanger has two different alarms:

  • POI / Waypoint Arrival Alarm – this alarm is triggered when you reach your target point or the next waypoint. The trigger distance is set in the Navigation page of Settings. If the distance is set to 50 metres, then the alarm will trigger when you are within 50 metres of the target.
  • XTE (Cross Track Error) Alarm – this alarm is triggered if you deviate too far from the route. The trigger distance is set in the GPS page of Settings. If the distance is set to 100 metres, then the alarm will trigger if you are more than 100 metres from the route.

You can switch the two alarms off individually using POI/wpt alarm on/off and XTE alarm on/off – these can be found in the Navigatation menu which can be accessed by pressing the nav arrow.

When an alarm has been triggered a warning message is shown and your chosen sound played every 10 seconds. You can silence an alarm by choosing Silence alarm – again this is in the Navigation menus.

The colour of the navigation arrow changes when the alarm is triggered – red indicates arrival and blue indicates off route.

Choosing the alarm tone

Choose the alarm tone or sound on the Settings panel's Navigiation tab. There are separate settings for the Arrival alarm and for the Cross track error alarm. The default is the alert panel beep, but you can choose any sound, tone, MP3 or music track. You can record and use your own sound. 

13.3. Navigation settings

These settings can be found under Menu tab, Settings, Navigation:

Auto follow route

Toggle automatic route following on and off. If it is off then you need to manually advance the target waypoint using step target forward.

Show next wpt distance

When navigating a route, this value determines the distance at which ViewRanger will consider you to have arrived at a waypoint. Once you reach this distance from a waypoint, ViewRanger will start pointing to the following waypoint.
The default value is 15m – so once you are within 15m of a waypoint, ViewRanger will start pointing to the following waypoint. If you have alarms enabled, the arrow will still be red while you are within the alarm distance.

Navigation arrow method

USe the GPS heading or Compass when navigating or following a route. By default it now uses the device's magnetic compass. Switch between this and the GPS heading using the menu > Settings > Navigation > Navigation arrow method.

The compass is more accurate than heading at low speeds, especially when you are stopped.

The navigation arrow is now always blue. It no longer uses red or green to indicate whether you are on route or at a waypoint.

If the compass is not accurate, it will have a red or yellow ring around it, and the navigation arrow background will be yellow. Turn the device in a figure of 8, flipping it as you do, to align the compass. You'll find videos on You Tube showing the motion recommend for your device.

POI/wpt alarm

Switch the alarm for arriving at a POI or waypoint on and off.

Arrival alarm distance

When navigating, this setting determines the distance at which ViewRanger first sounds its arrival alarm. A setting of 50m means the alarm will sound when you are within 50m of the target point.

Arrival alarm tone

The tone / sound played when the arrival alarm is triggered. The list shows all tones, sounds and music tracks stored in the standard locations on the phone.

XTE Alarm

Switch the cross track error alarm on and off.

XTE alarm distance

When navigating a route, this value determines when the cross track error alarm sounds. Cross track error is the distance you are away from the planned route. If this setting has a value of 100m the alarm will sound if you are 100m or more from the route.

XTE alarm tone

The tone / sound played when the XTE alarm is triggered. The list shows all tones, sounds and music tracks stored in the standard locations on the phone.

 

 

14. BuddyBeacon

14.1. Sending and resetting your beacon

The buddy beacon allows you to share your location with other people. They can see your position, and tweets, by entering your user name and your PIN number on a web page or on a handset running ViewRanger. You can send your location once, or can send it repeatedly. Likewise you can choose to locate either an individual or a list of people, or can check their location repeatedly.

Common Questions

BuddyBeacon is straight forward.  A mobile internet data connection is required.  There are two separate parts to it; sending a beacon and watching a beacon.  The app sends your GPS coordinates, user name and PIN to our server.  Anyone wishing to see your location then supplies your user name and PIN to our sever and it tells them your last reported position

How to Send/Set up your BuddyBeacon

You are asked by the software to set your PIN when your first send your beacon.

From the Map View (folded map icon, Green bar), tap the Green + Circle, BuddyBeacon, Send Beacon now, Enter your email address in the username field and choose your pin, OK

How to reset my PIN? 

In the app go to Menu tab (3 dots, green bar), Settings, BeaconMy beacon PIN, type a new 4 digit PIN.  Step back to the map.  New / Plus button (Options button on old software)  > BuddyBeacon > Send beacon now. The act of sending the PIN resets it.

You must transmit the beacon again after changing the PIN.

 

What is my beacon name?

Your beacon name is your user name or Email address, which you use to sign in to ViewRanger.  Check in Menu tab (3 dots, green bar), My Account, Sign in as a Different User, Existing User. Your username/Email address will be in the Email field. The user name is case sensitive.

Beacon controls (sending your beacon)

Beacons and trackers are controlled from New / Plus button (Options button on old software), BuddyBeacon menu.

Beacon repeat on/off - switches the buddy beacon repeat on and off. When it is on the beacon reports your position regularly, as long as the GPS has a position fix.

Send beacon now – this sends a single immediate beacon report, using the GPS position as the beacon location or, if no GPS lock, the visible map centre.

The last few items are discussed in Buddy Beacon Watching (see foot of this page).

You can also switch on the beacon on the trip view - tap the stopwatch top right, tap the beacon button.

ViewRanger App

Status

While the beacon is transmitting the app shows its status in the green top bar, just below the coordinates.  It gives the time the beacon was last sent.

Test your beacon

www.viewranger.com/buddybeacon

Once you have sent your beacon you can test to at www.viewranger.com/buddybeacon and add your own buddy.

Beacon settings

Beacon settings

The beacon settings are found in menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Beacon. The Beacon Settings menu contains these items:

Update frequency – controls how often the beacon is sent. When set to 2 minutes the beacon will be sent every 2 minutes.

My Beacon PIN – enter a 4 digit PIN. This should be a number that you are happy to tell those you want to see your location. To change the PIN simply type a different number there and transmit the beacon.

Send old positions – when this is on, if there is no mobile network coverage, ViewRanger queues beacon positions and sends them when it next gets network coverage. This avoids gaps in trails in the buddy beacon view.

Auto start beacon – if this is switched on, then ViewRanger will start transmitting the beacon as soon as ViewRanger starts and has a GPS lock - you do need to start the GPS by pressing the GPS button, middle bottom, too.

Beacon profile

To control whether the ViewRanger server stores your beacon history, to clear your past track, login in to my.viewranger.com.  Use My ViewRanger account > My profile.

Beacon track

By default ViewRanger will store all the beacon positions you send.  The beacon web page will display these, showing your trail. To tell the server not to store this history, go into the profile page on My.ViewRanger, scroll down and under "BuddyBeacon Status" set "Record BuddyBeacon Track" to "no", then press the Save profile button. Also ensure Send old positions is turned on under settings in the app (see above).

To clear the history press the "Clear track" button.

Beacon image

To change the image displayed when someone views your beacon on the web, use the photo at the top of the profile page.

Twitter feed

Any tweets you make within the time line will be displayed on the web page if you set this up in My ViewRanger Account > Plug ins and set the twitter account name.  You can also set an optional hash tag if you wish the page to only pick up certain tweets during the time line.

14.2. Watching a beacon

The buddy beacon allows you to share your location with other people. They can see your position, and tweets, by entering your user name and your PIN number on a web page or on a handset running ViewRanger. You can send your location once, or can send it repeatedly. Likewise you can choose to locate either an individual or a list of people once, or can check their location repeatedly.

Locate on web site

www.viewranger.com/buddybeacon

To locate beacons on the web site www.viewranger.com/buddybeacon just add the buddy.










To change the refresh interval when viewing at the web site click on the green clock symbol in the very bottom left of the www.viewranger.com/buddybeacon window.

You can also set your Timezone from the dropdown then refresh the page.

Beacon Controls

Beacons and trackers are controlled from New / Plus button (Options button on old software), BuddyBeacon menu.  The menu contains these additional items that relate to watch\track:

  • Watch/track enters watching mode, where Viewranger will regularly poll for the server for the latest position of the selected buddy.
  • Locate now requests a one-time update of a buddies position.
ViewRanger App

Locate now

To locate an individual buddy.
You can also locate an individual buddy by going to the buddy list, highlighting the buddy, then long press and choosing 'Locate now'.
Note: Locate Now option does not require Watch/track to be switched on.

Watch/track

To watch an individual buddy and track it over time.  You will be shown a list of buddies and trackers to choose from. It includes an item to add a new buddy or tracker.  You will be asked to choose the interval to report on the beacon locations.
You can also watch a list of buddies by going to the buddy list, highlighting the buddy, then long press and choosing Watch/track.
You can use the Options, BuddyBeacon, Stop watch / track to stop the interval reporting for the location.

Note: if the located buddy is outside the bounds of the active coordinate/country system, ViewRanger does not change to show that country - you need to do that yourself using the Organizer's Maps list.

Buddy select list

Locate now list

Selecting any beacon control option will prompt you to select the buddy you wish to watch, Locate or Navigate to.

  • If there are no buddies, you will be prompted to add one.
  • Or, you can select Add buddy or tracker to do this manually. You will need the username (case sensitive) and PIN for the buddy in order to successfully request positions.

View Buddy on Map

Buddy on map

Buddies are displayed on the map using the selected icon.

  • The selection text shows the buddies location and the time of the most recent position update.
  • A trail of recent positions may also be shown.

If you tap on a buddy from the Map view, you will see the Buddy context menu.

  • Standard options for viewing or editing details, entering watch mode, polling for a position now, etc.
  • Edit gives you the option to change the Buddy's icon or PIN - use this if your Buddy changes there PIN to re-establish access to their positions.
  • Navigate to buddy/tracker will enter Navigation mode for the selected buddy, as well as entering Watch/track mode for that buddy.

Buddy list

To access the Buddy Beacon list view, tap the menu tab (in green bar), My beacon and tracker list.

  • If ViewRanger has a position for a buddy, it will show the time of the most recent position.
  • Buddy positions are not remembered after exiting Viewranger.
  • Tap on a Buddy to view the Buddy context menu. The options here are similar to the Buddy context menu from the map screen.
  • The check-boxes indicate which Buddies will be included in watch mode. From this screen, multiple buddies can be selected for watching.
  • Press New / Plus button (Options button in old software), BuddyBeacon, Watch/track or Locate now to enter watch mode or locate your selected buddies.

Retrieva Dog Collar

A buddy can be a Retrieva dog collar. The collar needs to be reporting its position using GPRS (not SMS), and you need to have set it up as a ViewRanger buddy using the Retreiva panel. Here are the instructions provided by Retrieva.

14.3. Troubleshooting beacon

Here are the basics;

  • Your Buddy name is your ViewRanger account name, usually your email address. Names or emails are case sensitive.
  • Your PIN is created when you first send your Beacon.
  • You must send your location at least once before you can view its location.
  • If you change your user name or PIN you must send your location again before you can use the new details to look up the location.

Procedure to test if Beacon sending is working;

  • Confirm the user name you are using in ViewRanger Menu tab (in green bar), My account.
  • Update the PIN with menu tab, Settings, Beacon, My beacon PIN and update 4 digit PIN then press OK).
  • Send your location again with New / Plus button (Options button in old software) BuddyBeacon, Send Beacon now - data connection is required. Sending the PIN completes the reset procedure.
  • Check the results at www.viewranger.com/buddybeacon

15. Get social

15.1. My.ViewRanger

http://my.viewranger.com is our community site, on which you can plot routes, view tracks, find routes, favourite people and manage your profile.

15.2. Sharing tracks

When it comes to sharing your tracks with other people and applications you have three options;

  • Share with other people with tools like Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Instagram or Flickr! from in the app in combination with the My.ViewRanger.com website
  • Share with other people with tools like Facebook, Twitter, Picasa Instagram or Flickr! from the My.ViewRanger.com website
  • Share with other people and applications via GPX files either from the app or website

Upload tracks to website

Before tracks can be shared they must be uploaded to the my.viewranger.com web site and set as public.  We don't support closed groups.
To upload an individual track tap the track on the map screen and use Edit, upload.  
To upload all tracks (and routes), use the menu tab (cog icon in the top bar), Synchronize content.

Track privacy options

A track can be set to public or private.  If you want other users to see your tracks they must be set to public.

Global level privacy settings

Global track privacy setting (public or private) can be set in the my.viewranger.com web site by using My Account, My Profile, Track preferences and press save.  This will apply to all new tracks.  To change the privacy of all old track use the menu item Routes and track, My tracks and the Edit all button at the top.

Track level privacy setting

If you prefer to change the privacy of individual tracks from within the app or on the website.

On the website

Go to your My.ViewRanger account, select Routes > My tracks > Edit (next to your chosen track) > untick/tick the Public box.

Share tracks with other people within the app

You can share tracks directly within the app.  This works in combination with the my.viewranger.com web site.

Sharing from the map

Sharing tools

To share a track from the map screen tap on the track and select Sharing from the context menu.   If not already done so you will be asked to upload the track to the website and make it public.  Once done, you will have the option to Share.

Sharing from the track list

To share a track from the track list, displayed under the My Adventures/Profile tab, swipe to Tracks, and tap on the track and select the Sharing icon to the left of the 3 dots in upper right corner of the screen.   If not already done so you will be asked to upload the track to the website and make it public.  Once done, you will have the option to Share.

Sharing from the your profile

Track share

If the track is already uploaded to the web site, you can share the track in the app using menu (3 lines in the top bar), Store, tap on your profile picture, then under Latest Tracks tap on the track and sharing icon is near the top of the screen.

Share tracks with other people with the website

If the track is already uploaded you can share tracks directly with the my.viewranger.com web site.
Log into the site the use Routes and tracks, My tracks.  Click on the track name and sharing tools such as facebook and twitter will be displayed on public tracks.

Share tracks by turning the track into a published route

It is easy to convert a track to a route.  Preview the track at my.viewranger.com then use the menu button and 'create route from this track'.  Then, in the route list, edit the route.  Add text and pictures.  Publish the route to our route database where other users can find, download and follow.  See related page below.

 

Sharing tracks with other people and applications using GPX files

Tracks can be exported to GPX files from within the app or via the website.  GPX is an open format supported by many different web sites and applications.  For more information see the related page at the foot of then page.

15.3. Publishing Routes

Upload Routes to website

Before routes can be shared they must be uploaded to the my.viewranger.com website and set as published.
To upload all routes (and tracks) , use Menu tab (in green bar), Synchronize content.

Routes can also be plotted manually from scratch on my.viewranger.com, as well as from a track recorded in ViewRanger, or an imported .gpx file.

Making a Route ready to publish

Enriched route content

After uploading the route to the website but before publishing a route you should take some time to enrich the content with text, pictures and custom waypoint icons.  This makes it more attractive to the user, especially if you are charging a fee for the route.

Don't forget to add tags to your route - see related page at the foot of this page.

Route privacy options

A route can be set to private or published. If you want other users to see your routes they must be set to published.  We don't support closed groups.

Global level privacy settings

Global privacy settings are always set to private.  You must manually set a route to published.

Route level privacy setting

You change the privacy of individual routes from within the website.
Go to your My.ViewRanger account, select Routes > My Routes > Edit (next to your chosen route) > press the "Route information" button in the toolbar and change the Sharing status to Published (you can also set a price if you wish) and press save.

Share routes with other people with the website

If the route is already uploaded you can share routes directly with the my.viewranger.com web site.
Log into the site the use Routes and tracks, My Routes. Click on the track name and sharing tools such as facebook and twitter will be displayed on public Routes.

Sharing routes with other people and applications using GPX files

Routes can be exported to GPX files from within the app or via the website. GPX is an open format supported by many different web sites and applications. For more information see the related page at the foot of then page.

16. Advanced topics

16.1. Altitude accuracy

ViewRanger can show two types of altitude.

  • Map altitude
  • GPS calculated altitude

Map altitude is generally more accurate than GPS calculated altitude.

The app does not use the barometer sensor in the device!

Map altitude

Map altitude is calculated from .VRH files installed on the device and is based on a grid.  The map altitude is displayed on the coordinate bar.  It is reasonably accurate, but can miss peaks, and is always the ground height value.

Map altitude in coordinate bar

Free map altitude files should install automatically but can be installed manually using Menu tab (in green bar), Map shop.
If the map altitude files are installed you will see an altitude reading in the coordinate bar at the top of the map screen.  You will also see a dual altitude profile, (Head & Shoulders icon, Tracks tab, tap a track to open preview, Graphs, tap the "Height" tab) with both types of altitude displayed, in the track "Height" graph.

Dual track altitude profile

GPS altitude

'GPS altitude' is calculated from the GPS location so requires an accurate GPS fix throughout the duration of the recorded track.  The accuracy is variable.

Display in app

Only the map altitude, from the .VRH files, is displayed in the coordinate bar on the map screen.
Both types of altitude are displayed in the track height graphs.  The statistics on the track summary page are based on .VRH file map height.

Track Summary

The altitude profile shown on the my.viewranger.com web site is generated by a separate web service so a small amount of difference in altitude values, when compared to the app, is normal on the Website.

Watch

The watch uses the barometer to calculate altitude gain/loss, which is different to what the phone or website uses.

GPX files

Altitude data exported in GPX files is always GPS altitude data.

Other apps

If you are comparing tracks recorded on other apps and devices remember that other apps and websites will use a different methods to calculate altitude, so a small amount of difference in height between apps and websites, is normal.  

Troubleshooting

Always obtain a GPS fix prior to recording a track to avoid zero altitude being recording into your track.
To do this, enable location, press the Compass/GPS icon on the map screen and wait for a red circle to appear at your position, before you start to record a track.

Loss of GPS fix or a GPS "spike", while recording a track, will have a detrimental effect on the accuracy of the altitude reading no matter which type of altitude you are using.

  • Loss of GPS fix is indicated on the recorded track by a straight line joining to good bits of track - there is nothing that can be done to correct the track once it is recorded.  Check related page, at the foot of this page, for help troubleshooting GPS problems.
  • GPS spikes, indicated by a angular spike on the recorded track, can be removed from the recorded track in the app with Profile tab, Tracks, tap the track, scroll down and Remove Spikes.
  • Check that altitude data is displayed in the coordinate bar, when viewing the track on the map view (folded map icon) and manually download altitude files if not.
  • Check for a dual altitude graph under the track preview and manually download altitude files if the altitude data for map and GPS is not showing.

Mean sea level correction

Normally GPS altitude is shown relative the WGS84 datum, which is different to sea level. In Cambridge for example the difference is about 45 metres.
If you copy this optional GPSAltitude.DAT configuration file into the Config sub-folder of your ViewRanger folder, then ViewRanger will apply a "mean sea level" correction to the GPS altitude. This will make the GPS altitude relative to sea level. The accuracy of the reading can be pretty good, but it can take a while to settle down when the GPS first starts.
The correction will be applied to newly recorded figures, it does not apply to old or imported tracks. The resulting figure will be exported with tracks.

16.2. GPX

It is easy to exchange routes, tracks and points of interest between ViewRanger and other applications, including http://my.viewranger.com, using GPX files. It's not possible however, to share maps between applications.

GPX stands for GPS eXchange. It is a file format used to exchange data between GPS units and mapping software. GPX files typically contain tracks, routes and points.

GPX is XML based and is quite easy to edit in a text editor if you need to. See http://www.topografix.com/gpx.asp for more information.

ViewRanger can import and export GPX files directly but there are also file convertors available, which convert to and from GPX.

ViewRanger uses the GPX format because it is an open format; it is not closed and proprietary.

GPX in ViewRanger

You can import and export GPX files either In App (On your device), or via http://my.viewranger.com

You can only export your own routes to GPX files.   You can't export routes authored by others to GPX files.

Importing a GPX file

To import a GPX file into ViewRanger:


Connect your device to your computer and copy the GPX file from your computer to the default ViewRanger folder.  You can check which folder is the default folder, In App, by going to the Menu tab (3 dots, top right), Settings, Storage.

  • In the ViewRanger App, go to Menu tab (3 dots, top right) and choose Import/Export, Import GPX
  • You will be shown a list of GPX files, choose the one you put in to the ViewRanger folder; 
  • ViewRanger will tell you how many routes, how many tracks and how many POIs the file contains. You can either confirm or cancel the import
  • If you confirm the import the POIs are imported into My POIs, the routes into Routes and the Tracks into Tracks

Import / Export externally

You can import files from other applications, such as file mangers or Dropbox. These can be GPX files, but can also be maps or ZIP files. If a ZIP is imported, ViewRanger copies it, unpacks it, then removes it.  When you export to GPX you will be asked if you wish to send the file externally.

If you are having problems importing files externally using your file manager, try installing the free all called "ES File Explorer" as we know it works with this app.

Exporting a Track/Route to GPX

To export a Track/Route as a GPX file from the ViewRanger App:

  •  Tap the Track/Route you would like to export until you are looking at the preview of your Track/Route, Tap the 3 dots, top right, Export item to GPX.

Import / Export GPX via My.ViewRanger

Alternatively, you can import GPX files via our web site my.viewranger.com using the Routes & Tracks > Create routes from GPX.  Browse and choose the file, then upload. A map of the route will appear.  Press Save or go to route info i and save. Then, on the phone, using Menu tab (in green bar), Synchronize content and the new route will download to the phone.  You can also upload a route or track to my.viewranger.com then then preview it and use the Export to GPX button.

GPX File Conversion

There are many different file formats used to exchange GPS related data. If the application you are using does not support GPX then the best solution is to use a file convertor.
Some well known convertors are:
GPSU, which has the widest range of formats. It has a free version that limits the number of points in routes and tracks, and a paid for version that is effectively unlimited. (See note about duplicate points in routes below.)
GPSBabel, which is free but supports a smaller range of formats.
This page explains how to convert Google driving instructions into a GPX route for use in ViewRanger: http://bevhoward.com/G2WPT.htm

http://gpx2kml.com/ is useful for converting KML files to GPX and vice versa.

GPX in Google Earth

Google Earth can import GPX files, allowing you to view tracks you have recorded over aerial photos.

16.3. Following a route in detail

Here is what happens when you decide to follow a route with a app.

First waypoint (and approaching second)

Approaching second waypoint

Starting at the first point on the route the navigation arrow will point at the second point. As long as you stay on route, that is you don't trigger the cross track error alarm, the navigation arrow will continue to point at the second waypoint.

Arriving at second waypoint

Arriving second waypoint

When you reach the grey outer circle, the arrival alarm will trigger. The navigation arrow will turn red, but it will still point at the second waypoint.

Reaching second waypoint

At second waypoint

When you reach the red inner circle you are considered to have arrived at the second waypoint. This waypoint is marked as achieved and won't be targeted again. The navigation arrow will now point at the third waypoint. The arrival alarm continues to sound until you pass the current waypoint - that is you are closer to the next leg of the route.

Toward third waypoint

Toward thrid waypoint

You are now navigated to the third waypoint. Once you have arrived at a waypoint that waypoint is marked as achieved. ViewRanger won't consider that waypoint again, or any before it. However, you can override that with menu commands. Even if you now go backwards towards waypoint 1 the navigation arrow will still point at waypoint 3. You can however change this by choosing Options > Navigation > Step target backwards.

Detail of what happens as you reach the waypoint

As you reach the waypoint there are two target distances involved.

The navigation arrow points to the next waypoint. In the diagram below, as you go from waypoint number 1 to waypoint 2, the arrow points towards waypoint 2.

When you reach the arrival alarm distance, the pink outer circle, the arrival alarm will sound if you have it enabled.

The distance given by Settings > Navigation > Show next wpt distance controls the distance at which ViewRanger will consider you to have arrived at a waypoint. It is shown as the inner yellow circle in the diagram below. Once you reach this distance from a waypoint, the navigation arrow will start pointing to the following waypoint. So in the diagram, when you reach the inner circle the navigation arrow will start pointing at waypoint 3. Its default value is 15m.

If you have alarms enabled, the arrow will still be red while you are within the alarm distance.

Going off route

If you go off route by more than the cross track distance, ViewRanger will re-evaluate where you are.

If it finds that you are closer to a later leg of the route it will direct you along that leg. It gives preference to the earlier route legs. However, if you return to your route it will revert to directing you to the next waypoint.

It will never consider route legs prior to a waypoint that you passed through and was marked as achieved, as long as that waypoint was achieved in correct order.

Route Navigation Troubleshooting

The most important setting is the Show next wpt distance. This defaults to 15 metres. If you find that the navigation arrow points to the subsequent waypoint too soon then reduce this setting. If you find the navigation arrow pointing backwards as you pass the waypoint then increase the value. On a 1:50,000 scale map 15 metres is a circle 6 pixels across and on a 1:25,000 scale map it is 12 pixels across.

The cross track error distance is also important. For example, if you short cut a corner the navigation arrow will point at the waypoint you are missing until you are more than the cross track distance off the route. So if you often short cut corners, keep the cross track error distance quite low.

The arrival alarm distance only determines when the arrival alarm starts sounding. Normally you want the alarm to sound as you approach a waypoint, so keep this setting greater than the next waypoint distance.

16.4. Sound and Video Links

Easy adding of Audio

Audio (but not video) can now be easily added to your route description and waypoints via our website my.viewranger.com

Advanced adding of Audio and Video

You can add a sound or video link to a waypoint or POI and it will be played when you first reach that point. To add a sound link in the description type using the format:

<sound SoundFile.wav>Description</sound>

This will appear as underlined text Description, which you can click on to play the sound file 'SoundFile.wav'.

This sound will be played once when you first reach the POI or waypoint. After being played the alarm will switch to the usual alarm tone until silenced.

You could record a short description, which is played as you reach a point, or could have a special sound.

This link is saved into GPX files and is imported from GPX files, if you prepare routes elsewhere.

Videos can be embedded using the link format:

<link href="video.3gp">Video</link>

To be played as an alarm the video must further be surrounded by alarm tags, which can also be added around sounds:

<alarm><link href="video.3gp">Video</link></alarm>

16.5. Audio and Video Content

Some routes and waypoints have links to audio or video content, you can also add your own links to any description.
To play the video or audio simply tap on the link in the Details view.
If the content is video then it will be played using the video player. Press Back to return to ViewRanger.
If the content is audio it will be played within ViewRanger. A row of controls is shown. You can interact with ViewRanger as normal, for example return to the map view.
The controls provided are:

  • Pause / play – pause the playing or resume where it was paused.
  • Step back / forward – step backward or forward a couple of seconds, press repeatedly for for jumps.
Media hyperlink Media player controls

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16.6. Android Market troubleshooting

To use in-app purchase on the Android edition of ViewRanger you need:

  • ViewRanger version 2.2.2 of later;
  • Android operating system version 2.3 or later;
  • A working and up to date Market application, v2.3.6;
  • A working Market login account.

If you don't have the right Market installed you'll be told the final price is in credits when you download, or you'll see various errors.


To update your Market software:

1. Check the version - go to the phone's Settings app, Applications, Manage applications and tap on Market. You need version 2.3.6 or better. This may appear as 2002306 or 2.3.6. (Download size is another clue - old versions are around 1MB, new ones are 3.5 - 4.5MB.)

2. If you do not have the latest version, tap "Clear data" and confirm.

3. Run the Market app, but do not use it. Leave it on its start screen.

4. Press the phone's home button, leaving Market in background and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. The Market app should update. It will not tell you that it has done so. But going to step 1 you'll see it has updated.

Though this process is unclear, it is what Google tell you to do. Steps 1, 3 and 4 are from the Google site, we added step 2 based on experience: http://www.google.com/support/androidmarket/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=190860

16.7. Bluetooth GPS

Android phones do not directly support using external Bluetooth GPS units. ViewRanger uses the phone's GPS service, so on Android does not directly support Bluetooth GPS either.

But there is a third party application in the Android Market, which adds support for Bluetooth GPS. The Bluetooth GPS Mouse software has been tested and works with ViewRanger. A free trial is available through the Android Market for you to check it works with your Bluetooth receive and phone. As there are so many different phone and Bluetooth GPS combintaions it is important you check your own combination. If you have any problems contact the Blueooth Mouse developer.

When you are satisifed the full version of Bluetooth GPS Mouse is £1.67.

The software connects the Bluetooth GPS, and feeds its location information to ViewRanger and other location based apps.

Appendix

1. Beta releases

The beta version of ViewRanger is a new version of the app that is being tested.  It contains the latest changes and improvements, and has been tested internally by ViewRanger, but may not be as reliable as the main live release. Once it has had a period of successful beta testing, it will be made the main live release.

To install, you have two options:

1. Visit this Play Store page to join, then within a few hours the beta will be available via your Play Store app, and you'll get new beta updates as they come available.

2. Or use your phone's web browser to visit www.viewranger.com/beta. Tap on the Android logo to download. Drag the phone's notification bar right down the screen and tap on the downloaded file to install.

Either way if you currently use a Google Play version of ViewRanger, then this replaces that version.

(The release software is  v8.1.22 and is available from www.viewranger.com/software or from the Play Store.)

Many thanks to beta testers for their testing and feedback! 

 

Version 7.5 and 8.0 Beta History

 

8.1.28, 24th November 2017

More bug fixes.

 

8.1.22, 2nd November 2017

Bug fixes.

 

8.1.20, 31st October 2017

  • We've added push notifications, so we can let you know about route guides we think you'll love, news & events and exclusive ViewRanger offers.
  • Faster startup, with copyright moved to a link on each map.
  • Control of notifications and email from within settings.
  • Track privacy setting.
  • New style settings screens.
  • Other fixes and design improvements.
  • Improved Android O support.
  • The rotary crown on some Android Wear watches now zooms the map

 

8.1.12, 18th October 2017

  • Another crash fix.

 

8.1.10, 12th October 2017

  • A fix for a crash.

 

8.1.8, 9th October 2017

  • More improvements to the route discovery tab, including a new search box at the top.

 

8.0.14, 3rd September 2017

  • Fixed auto upload of tracks when you stop
  • The map on track details no longer drops tiles
  • Issues with track upload not recording that track was uploaded should bee fixed.
  • Don't change scale on zooming is fixed.
  • A fix for bad characters in route details on Android 4.1.
  • Some crash fixes.

 

8.0.6, 23rd August 2017

Fixes for 7 crashes reported in 8.0.4.

 

8.0.4, 15th August 2017

A few fixes, including keeping the compass on for current installs, and removing non-needed permissions.

 

8.0.0, 12th August 2017

A new color scheme and icon set for the app.

A new presentation in the route Discovery tab, including maps and graphs before you download.

 

7.5.56, 30th July 2017

Improvements to map reliability on watch.

Various other phone fixes.
 

7.5.48, 21st July 2017

Adds reviews and ratings for routes, and an improved end of route follow screen.
Plus various fixes:
  • Fixes a problem creating the ViewRanger folder on internal storage on some devices with an SD card.
  • Track graphs have correctly labelled x axes again.
  • Buddy beacon handles lack of connectivity correctly
  • Improved stability of internal settings.
  • Fixed track not being created when saving.
  • More stability around changing maps for the watch.
 
 
7.5.36, 6th July 2017

New screen for showing routes before they are downloaded, including a zoomable map and zoomable graph.

Various fixes, especially to the Wear app.

 

7.5.24, 20th June 2017

New activity feed added to the profile tab, showing you what's going on in the world of ViewRanger.

Fixes throughout the app to improve reliability and performance.

 

 

Version 7.3 Beta History

 

7.3.78, 16th June 2017

Swedish and Russian added.

 

7.3.76, 13th June 2017

Startup related fix, especially affecting people in France.

 

 

7.3.72, 25th May 2017

Fixes a crash some people have been getting when starting the app on discovery and switching to profile.

Fixed a crash in subscription expiry prompts.

Fixed a problem affecting the few people who use an account alias.

 

7.3.64, 18th May 2017

More bug and crash fixes.

 

7.3.62, 15th May 2017

Behind the scenes reliability fixes.

Opening a map now shows the correct scale, as it used to do.

 

7.3.52, 9th May 2017

New start splash screen.

Option to sign in with Google or Facebook account.

New sign in screens.

 

7.3.48, 27th April 2017

Add touch feedback to things like Discovery cards.

Improvements to layout of route overview screen.

Sending maps to the watch: now sends the current online map, rather than only sending cycle map.

Sending maps to watch: no longer breaks if you download additional maps to the south or west of the original map extent.

Skyline: the warning about the mali 400 GPS has been reinstated.

Potential fix for MIEZU M5 Note hang, and stopped calculating navi arrow when not needed.

When a map is downloaded, its license key is applied immediately.

Fix for hang some people are getting while syncing.

Various crash fixes.

 

7.3.36, 18th April 2017

Fixes for sending maps to the watch.

 

7.3.26, 11th April 2017

Behind the scenes optimizations and fixes.

 

7.3.18, 5th April 2017

Fixes to icons and images on watch.

Fixes to alarm and audio playing on routes and waypoints.

Various other fixes.

 

7.3.14, 31st March 2017

Coordinates work correctly on watch app.

Navigation instructions appear correctly at the foot of the map.

Various crash and bug fixes to the phone/tablet and watch apps.

 

7.3.8, 23rd March 2017

Improvements to glancability of Wear App when reaching a waypoint.

Improved pinch zoom on the Wear App.

Deep links to route collections work.

Various fixes.

 

7.3.4, 16th March 2017

A new Android Wear app, giving improved route navigation and displaying maps on a linked Android Wear watch.

Improvements to the accuracy of route navigation in the phone/tablet app.

 

Version 7.0 Beta History

7.0.50, 23rd February 2017

Fixes to nautical coordinates.

A few crash fixes.

 

7.0.44, 27th January 2017

Adjustments related to map and subscription purchase

Fix for German coordinate panel

A few crash fixes

 

7.0.38, 12th January 2017

Several fixes related to POI and waypoint icons

Some improvements to the new square map buttons

Fix for problems updating profile and banner images in the middle Profile tab

Fix to slow app startup when the signal is present but internet is not viable

Improvement to route editing speed.

 

7.0.32, 22nd December

Some changes to the appearance of buttons on the map and in Skyline, to be more compliant with the Android Material Design guidelines.

Various crash fixes.

 

7.0.28, 16th December

Map purchase improvements, especially for subscriptions.

 

7.0.26, 14th December

Buddy beacon fix

 

7.0.24, 13th December

Fixes some missing POI icons

Fixes the problem where many viewranger.com links are intercepted.

Fixes the issue of maps being stuck offline if you had "Remember offline setting" on and had last used v6.4 set to offline.

 

7.0.20, 6th December

Various crash fixes

Waypoints that have names ending in numbers are no longer automatically targets

Waypoints that are targets now behave properly as you zoom out

It is no longer required that the device has a camera

 

7.0.8, 25th November

A crash fix.

Deep links (from outside the app to tracks, routes and so on) now open correctly.

 

7.0.6, 22nd November

Performance improvements for some devices, crash fixes and behind the scenes changes.

 

7.0.0, 17th November

Various crash and behind-the-scenes fixes.

No more robot logo on the screen grabs.  

The beacon share button now works.