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Support for users with iOS devices. This includes iPhone and iPad.

1. Software

1.1. Latest release

Release Version

v8.6.4  August 2018

- Appsee
- better track pause

History

v8.6.2  July 2018

- new map finder button on map

v8.5.2  June 2018

- fix is for the "download tiles" bar not responding
- fix to do with getting the list of maps a user has access to (disappearing saved regions/blank map)

v8.5.1  May 2018

- Bug fixes

v8.5.0 (412) May 2018

- New track recording UI

v8.3.3 April 2018

- NZ & Canada subscription
- Improved activity feed notifications when your route gets a review

v8.3.2 March 2018

- Routes downloads negative balance bug fix.
- new premium icon

v8.3.1 February 2018

- Saving of online maps added to the route download "maps with that".
- bug fixes

v8.3.0 January 2018

- New GB Ordnance Survey map subscription
- Improved Maps organizer (removed on device and my maps tabs).
- Improved way to download online maps

v8.2.0 November 2017

- Discovery 2
- AR Footsteps in Skyline
- barometer support for Watch 3
- and various fixes

v8.1.1 November 2017

- iPhone X optimisations

v8.1.0 October 2017

- Push notifications
- A change to the off route notification when following a route via your watch
- Improved start up time
- Simpler launch screen
- Map copyright moved to a legal button displayed on the map

v8.0.2 October 2017

- Lots of fixes for the watch and iOS 11.

v8.0.1 September 2017

- iOS 11 and Watch OS 4 support, and our new watch app
- bug fixes

v8.0.0 August 2017

- new branding, icons and colours
- improvements to Discovery tab.

v7.6.5 August 2017

- Improvements to rate / review route prompt.
- Various crash fixes.
- Removed some route download prompts, like those for media or when the route is free.
- In the feed include cards for route rating events.
- The locate button defaults to locate only, no compass shown.
- In maps with that, the whole blue button now responds to touch.
- Route heads no longer disappear from map in discovery.
- Issue stopping routes opening on iPad 3 fixed.

v7.6.4 July 2017

- Map funnel improvements.
- with two fixes: one where tracks could only be started with a Internet connection; the other where routes could not be added to the watch.

v7.6.2 June 2017

- New Swedish langauge

v7.6.1 June 2017

- New Russian langauge
- New route rating and review

v7.6.0 May 2017

- New route overview screens
- Stops crash when merge tiles
- Other bug fixes

v7.5.1 May 2017

- Fix to iOS8 issues

KNOWN ISSUE:  - buttons missing sometimes on tile download screen.  Work around;  close the app fully, turn to portrait, and open the app again.

v7.4.3 May 2017

- New channel for publishing content

v7.4.2 April 2017

- new feed feature no longer requests data at start-up but only when needed

v7.4.1 April 2017

- new feed under the profile tab
- bug fixes

v7.3.1 March 2017

- Option to silence off route alarms from watch when following a route from phone
- Watch taps you sooner when following a route from phone
- Fixes an issue which could stop route stats ever getting updated on watch
- Fixed a problem downloading routes when out of credit.
- Fixed 2 crashes, including the one affecting the off route alarm on iOS 9 devices.

known issue under iOS8 only;
In route details, and there is no current location available from the GPS, the app crashes.  Workaround is to lock to GPS first, then go to route details.

v7.3.0 March 2017

Watch v3, where you see the track on the watch, and can follow routes on the phone, with that reflected on the watch

7.2.1 February 2017

  • Fixes and stability updates for the initial watch release
  • Auto renewing of French and Belgium subscriptions
  • Great looking new 'get more maps' screens
  • POI fix when session closed

7.2.0 December 2016

  • Adds maps to the Apple watch app, lets you follow most routes, and  reintroduces and improves the track recording control and stats.
  • fixes some crashes.

7.1.1 November 2016

  • Bug fixes

7.1.0 November 2016

  • Support for Apple Watch Series II

7.0.1 November 2016

  • Skyline bug fixes

7.0.0 November 2016

  • new icon
  • new Skyline feature
  • new map screen Options button
  • fixes for iOS10

6.4.0

- new track media tab

6.3.2

- bug fixes

6.3.1

- it adds the automatic height data;
- auto uploads tracks with control of privacy;
- fixes some crashes; is quicker to start.
- tab bar icon updates, the sign post for Discovery and the 3 dots '...' for menu.

note:  Restarting the  app does not check for new maps now - you have to use Load data to do that.

6.3.0

- Newly designed track page, with better sharing.
- Bug fix for workouts in the AppleWatch app, workout sessions now finishes when track stops recording.
- Some small visual enhancements and bug fixes.

6.2.0

Version 6.2.0 was released in March 2016.  Itadds a new map management section under menu tab (top right, cog) > My maps.  It shows the maps on your device, and the maps you own, letting you easily re-download them. Selections of saved online maps sync automatically between your devices.

There are also various bug fixes including:

  • GPX export now obeys the visible flag.
  • Dropbox log in details are saved.

6.1.5 / 6.1.6

It contains some crash fixes; fixes to the side bar on iPad in landscape orientation.  It also has a troubleshooting setting to work round an iOS 9 crash - crashes when zooming or panning the map, you should try switching "Enable anti-aliasing"  off.

6.1.3

iOS2 watch support, Synch time not been reset fix, GPS in background bug, The Menu tab icon has changed to a Cog icon so both the iOS and Android apps are now consistent. Other bug fixes.

1.2. Software Editions

ViewRanger can be bought and installed from the Apple app store. It is compatible with the iPhone and iPad.

Three editions are available in iTunes. The software is the same but the bundled content is different:

  • Free – includes access to Open Street and Cycle mapping.
  • Premium – as well as access to Open Street and Cycle mapping, includes 1000 credits with which to download premium mapping of 13 different countries (or 600 sq km of Norway).
  • USA - includes access to unlimited topo mapping of the USA. Also includes 240 credits of map and route credit, details below, allowing you to download routes. Also includes access to Open Street and Cycle Maps. This edition only allows access to USA maps, plus Open and Bing maps.

You can buy premium mapping within the app using either edition. You can also use maps that you bought for ViewRanger on other types of phone in both editions.

Initial Download Credit

The Premium version of ViewRanger is bundled with a token's worth of credit. You can use this token for one of the following:

  • 1000 credits for maps of supported countries (except Norway) and routes, or
  • 600 sq km of Norway maps.

When you try to download something that is charged for, you'll be asked to confirm you'd like to allocate your credit to that type of item.

1.3. What's included?

ViewRanger editions

ViewRanger for the iPhone is available from the Apple app store / iTunes. Three versions are available:

  • Premium - includes 1000 credits of map and route credit, details below, allowing you to download detailed maps and routes. Also includes access to Open Street and Cycle Maps.
  • Free or Open - has access to Open Street and Cycle Maps. No premium map credit included, but can be purchased in-app. (This app was previously named Open.)
  • You can purchase premium mapping top-ups in-app for all versions.
Edition Premium credit included Unlimited use of Open maps Access to all fetures Optionally buy premium maps in-app Transfer existing maps and GPX via iTunes Maps for mulitple countries
Premium Yes, 1000 credits Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free / Open No, buy in-app Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
             

Mapping Included With Premium Version

When you run ViewRanger you'll be prompted to download an overview map for the country of your choice.

A full token's worth of credit is included with the Premium version of ViewRanger, which you can use to download tiles of detailed map or routes. The first time you ask to download a map tile or route, you'll be asked to confirm the allocation of your credit. You can choose between:

  • 1000 credits for use on color maps and routes (coverage varies, details below), or
  • 600 sq km of Norway 1:50000 scale colour mapping (24 tiles)

Credit Top Ups

Once you have used up the included credit, you can buy additional credit using in-app purchasing. Outside Norway there are 3 top-ups available: £5.99/$9.99/€7.99 for 400 credits, £8.99/$14.99/€11.99 for 600 credits and £14.99/$24.99/EUR19.99 for 1000 credits. Each credit is worth 1.5p / 2.5 US cents / 2 Euro cents.

Credit Allocation

The credits are allocated to your account when you first try to download something that is priced in credits. So if you try to download a map tile, or a route, you'll be told that the credits are being allocated and asked to confirm this. Until then the credit shows as zero.

You can use your credit to download map packages in-app but only if the price is displayed in credit.

Map and Route Credit

The Premium edition of ViewRanger, and the £14.99/$24.99/EUR19.99 credit top-up, give you 1000 credits, which you can use to download maps from all countries for which we provide maps, except Norway, and also routes.

You can also use the map credit to pay for in-app purchases, within the in-app ViewRanger Store, as long as your balance is sufficient to fully cover the price of the item. It is not possible to use credits to part pay for an item. For example, you can use your 1000 credits to buy two GB 1:50,000 regions. Or you could buy all 3 GB national parks packs, with 334 credits left to use for map tiles around your home.

These example map areas show the area available if all 1000 credits are used on this map layer:

  • Great Britain (Ordnance Survey) 1:50k (up to 14800 sqkm, at least 141 tiles), 1:25k (up to 1310 sqkm, at least 50 tiles)
  • Austria 1:50k (up to 12,000 sqkm)
  • Belgium 1:100k (up to 3594 sqkm), 1:50k (up to 575 sqkm), 1:10k (up to 208 sqkm)
  • Canada 1:50k (using 200 of your allocated credits you can purchase Canada)
  • Czech Republic (Selected 1:50k or 1:25k regions)
  • Denmark 1:50k (up to 17300 sqkm), 1:25k (up to 8650 sqkm)
  • Finland 1:50k (up to 1600 sqkm), 1:20k (up to 800 sqkm)
  • France 1:100k (up to 10200 sqkm*), 1:25k (up to 1000 sqkm*)
  • Germany 1:50k (up to 17300 sqkm), 1:25k (up to 8650 sqkm)
  • Ireland (Eire) & N.I 1:50k (up to 5575 sqkm)
  • Netherlands 1:25k (up to 12000 sqkm), 1:50k (up to 24000 sqkm)
  • Slovenia 1:50k (up to 615 sqkm), 1:25k (up to 370 sqkm)
  • Spain 1:25k (up to 18,000 sqkm), 1:200k (up to 150,000 sqkm)
  • Sweden 1:50k (up to 1000 sqkm)
  • Switzerland 1:50k (up to 2274 sqkm), 1:25k (up to 543 sqkm).
  • USA 1:24k approx (using 933 of your allocated credits you can purchase contiguous USA and Hawaii and Alaska)
  • New Zealand 1:50k (up to 134,000 sqkm)
  • Guided Leisure Routes (costs vary, Walking World routes are usually 100 credits each. Routes mainly available in UK, Germany and USA at current time.)

(* Areas shown for France are for the latest mapping. The areas for older NTF based mapping are 1:100k up to 5200 sqkm, 1:25k up to 390 sqkm.)

UK Ordnance Survey maps

A typical sheet of Explorer map is 20km x 30km, which is 600 sq km, so each token covers just over two typical sheet. There is some variation in this size, and ex-OL sheets are larger. A typical Landranger sheet is 40km x 40km, which is 1600 sq km, so each token covers 9¼ sheets.

We only charge for land, we don't charge for sea nor for coastal/tidal rivers. So if your map includes any sea you'll get rather more map than you would on paper

ViewRanger Explorer tiles are 5.12km x 5.12km and Landranger tiles are 10.24km x 10.24km. Both are 2048 x 2048 pixels. The iPhone 3G screen is 320 x 480 pixels, so the tile covers the screen 27 times when viewed at 100% zoom. The iPhone 4 screen is 640 x 960 pixels, so the tile covers the screen 7 times when at 100% zoom.

2. Installation

2.1. Installing maps (side load)

If you have not already done so, install the ViewRanger app from iTunes.

Maps can be purchased in-app or from our web shop.

Install options

Maps can be installed in three ways;

  • Maps purchased in-app are installed automatically and there is nothing to do. 
  • Quick install (web shop) - after activating the serial number, some regional maps and most whole country maps (such as whole GB), can be downloaded in app, over a wifi connection.  Use Menu tab (in green bar), My maps, My maps tab and download the map.
  • Side load (web shop)  - If you have activated the serial number but the map is not available in the MY MAPS tab, then install the map via your computer, from a download link or CD.

Once installed the map will be available in Menu tab (3 dots, green bar), My maps, ON DEVICE tab.

Side loading maps

To side load maps, via your computer, from a download or CD.
Locate your maps on your PC / MAC or CD, they may be bundled in a ZIP file, or may be .VRC and .VRH files. Use iTunes File Sharing (see related pages at the foot of this page) to install the maps.
Once the maps are installed and loaded, activate the map using Menu tab (in green bar), My Account, Redeem (activate serial number).  Enter the serial number you were sent with the new maps and press Submit.

2.2. iTunes File Sharing

Use the 'iTunes File Sharing' interface to import, export or delete maps and GPX files via the USB cable connecting your Apple device and computer.

The 'File Sharing' section in iTunes shows the contents of the ViewRanger folder on your iPhone or iPad. It shows the files and sub-folders in the folder, but does not show the contents of sub-folders.

You can import individual and multiple files, but cannot import folders. You can export files and sub-folders. You can also delete items with the back space key on your computer but care should be taken with this.

iTunes library

Instructions:

  • Connect the device to your computer with the USB cable and on the computer run iTunes.
  • In iTunes, make sure you are in the Library (not iTunes Store) and press the device button in the top left corner of the screen.
    Device button
  • Click Apps under Settings (apps tab in old version of iTunes)
  • Scroll right down the page to the File Sharing section (in old version of iTunes)
  • Click on ViewRanger in the Apps list and, after a few moments, the ViewRanger home folder is displayed under the Documents window on the right hand side of the screen.

iTunes 11

 

Importing maps and other items:

iTunes file sharing allows you import individual and multiple files but not folders. The map files end in .VRC and the height data in .VRH. Files can also be bundled into ZIP files and copied onto the device.

To copy files onto the iPhone or iPad:

  • Press the 'Add File...' button (5 in the picture above)
  • A pop-up file choosing window titled 'iTunes' (see screen grab below)
  • Browse and select the file (or files) from your computer that you wish to add to the device.
  • Press Open (on an iMac press 'Add').
  • Progress will be indicated on the device and at the top of the iTunes window under the Apple logo.
  • Alternatively, drag files and drop them into the Documents window in iTunes. You cannot drag on a folder.

Once the files are copied onto the iPhone or iPad, to load them into ViewRanger:

  • If you imported a zip file, then this must be manually un-zipped; open ViewRanger application on the device and select Menu tab, Import / export > Documents and click the zip, then Import ZIP/VRZ.
  • If you imported other files, then in the ViewRanger application on the device, select Menu tab, Import / export and Load new data. Note: There is no confirmation message when you press this button, it just goes blue very briefly.

Exporting maps and other items:

iTunes file sharing allows you to export folders and individual files.

  • Select a folder or file in the "Documents" window and press the 'Save to' button below the window.
  • You will be asked to select a folder on the computer into which you wish to save the sub-folder or file.
  • Press 'Select Folder'. Progress will be indicated on the device and under the Apple logo at the top of the iTunes window.

Delete maps and files:

In the "Documents" window tap the file or folder and press the delete key on the computer keyboard.

Cannot see File Sharing?

If you cannot see the file sharing section:

  • Check you have scrolled down the iTunes panel, there is a thin scroll bar on the right hand side. This is very easy to miss. (in old version of iTunes)
  • Check you are using iTunes version 11 using Help > About iTunes.
  • Your iPhone/iPad must have iOS 4. Check this on the device using Settings > General > About > Version.

3. Getting Started

3.1. Premium users

There are three versions of the app; Premium, Open and USA.
In all three versions of the app, the functionality is the same, and you can upgrade to USA maps in-app.
Start the app from the icon.

Initial Overview Map

When you first start ViewRanger it will ask you to download an overview map. Tap on a country and an overview map will download.
You can download more maps using the Menu tab, My maps, Get more maps.

GB Road map free overview Swiss free overview

Map list

The Maps section of the Menu tab, My maps lists all your maps, grouped by country.
If you select a map you can see a summary of its details. Press View to see the map in the map view. Press Delete to delete the map.
Use this list to change country.

Initial Download Credit

ViewRanger is bundled with a token's worth of credit. You can use this token for one of the following:

  • 1,310 sq km of Great Britain 1:25,000 Explorer map, or
  • 14,800 sq km of Great Britain 1:50,000 Landranger map, or
  • 1000 credits for overseas maps and routes

When you try to download something that is charged for, you'll be asked to confirm you'd like to allocate your credit to that type of item.

Initialize bundled map tile credit

The credits are allocated to your account when you first download a map or route. Unallocated credits will appear in Menu tab, My maps, Download more maps within square brackets.
There are two ways to download maps:

Download a Pre-Selected Map Area

To download a pre-selected map area, go to Menu tab, My maps, Get more maps and browse the maps, and when you find one you like scroll to the bottom of its description page and download it. You can use your 1000 credits to download any map priced at 1000 credits or less. Maps prices at more than 1000 credits will show as cash purchases, and will be charged to your iTunes account.

Download map Tiles

Map Options, Get more tiles.

Before you can download map tiles you must download a free overview map for the selected country. You do this in Menu tab, My maps, Get more maps.
To download detailed map tiles tap go into Menu tab, My maps, then your country, and tap on one of the grid items. Alternatively from the map view press Options and choose Get tiles button, then select a scale.
You'll be transferred to the map view with the download grid shown. Red tiles have not been downloaded to the phone, green tiles have. If you do not see a map then zoom out - till you reach the overview map. If you do not have an overview map then you must download an overview map for the selected country in Menu tab, My maps, Get more maps.
To download a tile tap a square so its border is bold red, then press Download. Accept the initial credit dialog box. Once the tile is downloaded its square will go green - zoom in to see the map.
To download all the map tiles currently on screen with a solid border press Tiles and Area. If too many tiles are on screen the server may tell you the area is too large – in that case zoom in to download fewer tiles.
To leave download mode press Done.

3.2. Open users

There are three versions of the app; Premium, Open and USA.
In all three versions of the app, the functionality is the same, and you can upgrade to premium or USA maps in-app.
Start the app from the icon.

OpenMaps

ViewRanger can display free online mapping using ViewRanger Landscape Map 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 maps using the option Save for Offline Use.

Tap the map options button in the top right corner of the map, choose one of the maps which will return you to the map screen with the chosen map displayed. 
Again tap the map options button, then select the option 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

                  

3.3. USA users

There are three versions of the app; Premium, Open and USA.
In all three versions of the app, the functionality is the same, and you can upgrade to premium maps in-app.
Start the app from the icon.

Unlimited online maps

Unlimited Online topographic mapping for USA (Access to these map types to around 1:24,000 detail: USA Topo, USGS Topo, USA Land Cover, and USA Slopes. Only USGS Topo is available for Alaska.
They are included with the USA app edition of ViewRanger.
These map layers are streamed from the Internet but can be saved for offline usage, using the map options button, in the top right corner of the map screen, Save for Offline use.
This is accessed from the map tab.
Tap the button with 2 tiles stacked upon another, then if necessary select Online Maps, choose one of the maps which will return you to the map screen with the chosen map displayed.
Again tap the map options button, then select the option Download a Custom Offline Area.

Further details can be found at the product link in our web shop here:  
https://shop.viewranger.com/product_details.php?item_id=389

 

 

3.4. Getting started guide

ViewRanger runs on both the iPhone and the iPad running iOS 8 or above.
To obtain a position fix, Assisted GPS location service is required.
Where we refer to the iPhone in our documentation, the same applies to the iPad.

Software versions

There are two versions of the app; Open and Premium. All versions of the software are exactly the same. Premium comes bundled with initial premium map credit.

Map screen explained

Map screen

The green tab bar lets you quickly navigate around the main parts of ViewRanger.
The 5 tabs are - from left to right:

Tab bar
  1. Discovery - this is where you can find routes - inspirational adventures.
  2. Map - the main map screen.
  3. My adventures / Profile - the list of the tracks you have recorded, the routes you have downloaded or plotted, and your profile.
  4. Search - search for place names, routes, people or coordinates.
  5. Menu - lists of Maps, POIs and Settings.

Just below the Tab bar is the Location bar showing coordinates, altitude and distance from centre of screen.

Location bar

Below the Location bar, use the Map Options button to save a map for offline use or get premium maps.

Map options button

At the foot of the map screen you will find the scale bar, three buttons and the plus and minus zoom.

Buttons and scale bar

The buttons are; Skyline, combined GPS/Compass and green(+) access menu button.

The Skyline feature is explained in separate documentation.
Press the GPS/Compass button to connect to GPS and centre the screen on your location.
Press the green(+)button to access the action menu.

Action menu

Display preferences

Menu tab (in green bar), Display preferences gathers control of how the map appears such as Night vision, to hide the scale bar, and many others.

Map Interaction

To pan around the map drag it with your finger. You can zoom in and out of the map by pinching or using the zoom buttons (+ -).
You can also zoom in by double tapping, and zoom out by doing a single two finger tap.
As you zoom in and out ViewRanger will change the scale of map displayed to best match the current zoom.
Map view includes fixed visible cross-hair at the centre of the screen, together with numeric coordinate on display and an on-screen map scale bar.

Coordinate Entry

To enter coordinates manually, select the Search tab (in green bar) then tap and select Enter coordinates to the left of the field.  
When creating a POI or a Route Waypoint, you can use Enter coordinates button option to specify the coordinates manually.
To modify the location of existing POI(s) and Waypoint(s), use the Edit, Manual location view and the Set position option.

Action bar

Action bar (route selected)

When you select a route, point of interest (POI), waypoint or track, a 'action bar' appears at the top of the map screen.
This contains the name of the item, and a few other details such as the name of a route (if the item is a waypoint), the length of the route or track, or the coordinates if it is a POI.
It also contains a number of buttons, which access actions like edit and details. These replace the previous menu button or press and hold. Tap 'More' to see further buttons.
To hide the action bar deselect the item by tapping the map in space, or drag the grey handle up the screen.


Maps

The Maps section, under the tab menu, lists all your maps, grouped by country.
If you select a map you can see a summary of its details. Press View to see the map in the map view.
Use this list to change country.

Initial overview map

When you first start ViewRanger it will start in free online OpenMaps. You can swap to premium mapping and download a free overview map via the tab menu, Map shop. Just tap on a country and download a free overview map.

Downloading more maps

The Map Shop section, of the tab menu, is where you can download additional maps and other content. Some of the content, such as the overview maps, are free.
To download a map go to tab menu, Map shop. When the category list appears go into your chosen country. Tap on a map to see a preview, then press Download if you wish to purchase. Click OK to confirm. The maps will download automatically and you'll see a progress panel. Once the map has downloaded press View to see the map. Additional map purchases are charged to your google account.

Premium map tile download

If you want to download small areas of premium mapping – rather than an entire country, region, park or subscription then you can download some map tiles.
You need a basic overview map before you can download map tiles. You can download a free one via menu tab, Map shop.
Quick tile download buttons are displayed on the map but for finer control of tile download, from the map view press Map Options button  and choose Get more tiles, then select a scale.
You'll be transferred to the map view with the download grid shown. Red tiles have not been downloaded to the phone, green tiles have. Use the zoom + if you cannot see the grid.
To download a tile tap a square so its border is bold red, then press Download. Once the tile is downloaded its square will go green - zoom in + to see the map.
To download all the map tiles currently on screen with a solid border press Tile and choose Area then Download. If too many tiles are on screen the server may tell you the area is too large – in that case zoom in to download fewer tiles.

Select tile to download Zoom in on downloaded tile

 

Online mapping

ViewRanger can display free online mapping using ViewRanger Landscape Map 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 maps using the option Save for Offline Use.
Tap the map options button in the top right corner of the map, choose one of the maps which will return you to the map screen with the chosen map displayed.
Again tap the map options button, then select the option Save for Offline Use.

Download map

Premium Online Maps and Subscriptions

Online topographic mapping is available to purchase for Great Britain, USA, Canada, France or Belgium.
Select the Menu tab(3 dots), Maps and scroll down to the relevant map in the list and select Open.
To use the maps simply pan and zoom, map tiles will be cached when viewing but for guaranteed optimal offline use Save for Offline Use in the same way as is explained for the free maps above.

GPS

GPS icon

First of all, outside of ViewRanger check that the Location Services is set to On for ViewRanger in the app list of the iOS device Settings. You only need to do this once.
Then in the ViewRanger app select the map tab and tap the locate me GPS button at the bottom middle of the screen to start using the GPS. The map will jump to be centred on the current GPS location. A circle and cross are shown to indicate the GPS location, which is red when the GPS is giving an accurate position, and grey when the GPS position is not accurate.
The map will move with the GPS location, keeping the GPS indicator central. If you pan the map by dragging it, the GPS lock will be disengaged. The GPS position will still be shown and recorded. To reengage the GPS lock press the GPS button again.
Should you wish to display a compass within the GPS locate me button this can be toggled on and off by selecting the menu tab(3 dots), display preferences, show compass.

 


Track record

Track shown as black line

A track is recording of your activity, comprised of a list of points and times.
The track is drawn as a black line (red when selected) with regular arrow markings. The arrows are spaced every 5 minutes.
If it has been less than 60 minutes since the last track was being recorded, ViewRanger will ask if you wish to create a new track or extend current track.
If it has been more than 60 minutes since the last track was being recorded, ViewRanger will hide that previous track and start a new one.
The values mentioned above can be controlled from the Menu tab(3 dots), Settings, Track, Track split time.

Track control

Track Control

The track control can be found under Trip Vrstatus.png icon of the map screen.
Here you can start, stop or pause track record. You may want to pause track record while you take a break.
You can also set track category before uploading to the community site, and display a list of previously recorded tracks.
You can access the trip screens from here by swiping the screen.

Trip View

Trip View

Accessed from the Trip Vrstatus.png icon. Swipe the screen to enter the Trip' page. The Trip view, which can be configured to show a range of settings, including speed, distance, time and navigation. The trip view contains multiple pages and rolling graphs.


Routes

A route

A route is a list of waypoints, which mark out a planned trip. A route can then be followed on the device. Routes can be searched for and downloaded from our server, created from scratch on the device or our website, or created from GPX files shared from other places.

Plot routes

To create a route press New button then Plot.
As you tap the screen a waypoint is added to the route, which you can drag to where it is needed. If you tap on the last placed waypoint you can move it, otherwise the next tap adds another waypoint.
Press the handle icon Movehandleimage.png to select and position waypoints.
To delete the last waypoint press the delete button . You can use this repeatedly.
When the route is complete press done.
If you need to pan the map without dropping a point, press the Pan map button Ic btn arrows.png.
You can then move the map as normal. To return to creating waypoints press the add waypoint buttonIc btn add point.png.

While a route is selected its name and length is shown at the top of the screen. If a waypoint is selected its name is shown too.
Use handle icon Movehandleimage.png to position objects.
The handle icon is offset from the route to allow you to position waypoints without obscuring the route with the tip of your finger.
You can alternatively plan routes on the big screen of you computer at My.ViewRanger.com then use tab Menu, Synchronize which will wirelessly download the route to the device. You can add text and pictures to make rich content for others to download, either free or paid for, your choice!

Use handle to position objects

 

Search for routes via Discover tab

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.

Search for routes via Search tab

From the Search tab, select Route category from where you can look for routes stored on theViewRanger server.
You can enter some text to search for routes that include that text. Or can search for routes around the current map location.
You'll see a list of routes. Tap on one to see its description. Some routes are free, others have a price.
If you'd like to download a route press the Download button at the top right of the Details screen, or at the bottom.
You can also search for routes using the map view's Search button, and see the results on the map.
In the map view press Search button and choose Search for routes nearby. A number of icons will appear showing route start points.
Select one by tapping on it. Its name appears at the top of the screen. To see its details select Details.
Once downloaded you see all the waypoints. For most routes each waypoint has a description and photo too. Select a waypoint and choose Details to see the description.
To clear the search results use the X button.

Route search Route details

Compass

If your device contains an electronic compass, you can see the compass displayed in two ways.
The compass is off by default.  It can be turned in in Settings, Map, Show Compass.
If the compass arrow goes grey it means the compass reading is not accurate. Move away from any metal or electrical equipment.

Compass showing north

The compass shows which direction is north using an arrow on the GPS button.

To switch on this type of compass go to Menu tab, Settings, Map settings. Switch on Show compass and keep "Switch compass position" switched off.

The arrow points to north, so you can use it like a clip on compass to orient yourself and the map. When the compass arrow is pointing straight up, the map is aligned with the real world.

Compass showing facing direction

Compass showing facing direction

Compass showing the direction you are facing.
The compass can show on the map the direction you are facing. It does this by drawing an arrow on the outside of the GPS location circle. If the arrow points east, it means the phone is pointing east.

To switch on this type of compass go to Menu tab, Settings, Map settings and switch on both "show compass" and "Switch compass position"

Auto Rotate Map and Compass

If the map is set to Auto rotate map in Menu tab, Settings, Map settings, then as long as one or other compass is switched on the map will rotate to match the compass direction.


Point of Interest – POI

A point of interest, POI, is a single point Movehandleimage.png marked on the map.
To create a POI press the New button and choose Add POI. Then drag to place the POI with the offset handle Movehandleimage.png or press the numeric coordinate entry and enter the location co-ordinates (very handy for Geo-caching!). When happy with its position press the Done button.


Place name search

Place name search

You can search for place names and post / zip codes.
Tap Search tab and select the Places category (folded map icon as shown in the screen grab).
Enter some text to search for, or choose one of your recent searches from the list shown. If you are searching the local gazetteer you only need to enter the first few letters - so "cam" will find "camden" and "cambridge".
When ready press the Search button. A list of results will appear. Tap on one to see it on the map.
ViewRanger gazetteer files have the extension .VRG. Copy them into the ViewRanger folder, and they will be searched. The UK, USA and New Zealand gazetteers should download automatically and are also available to download for free from our web site. (The gazetteers for other countries are provided when you purchase maps.)
ViewRanger will also search online using a search service. Post and zip code search is only available through the online service.
To clear the search results use the X button on the results screen.
Only the first 250 results are shown. If you don't see the result you want, repeat the search with a longer search text.


Navigation

ViewRanger will help you navigate to a point or follow a route.
To follow a route or navigate towards a specific point of interest or waypoint, either:
Go to My adventures tab, Routes, find the item and tap on it. Choose Follow route or Navigate to, or
Select the item on the map and choose Follow route or Navigate to.

Map Display While Navigating

Navigation off course!

While navigating an arrow is shown in the top left. The arrow indicates the direction you should travel relative to your current direction of travel. Aim to keep it pointing straight upwards.
Tap the arrow to see a menu of commands that control navigation.

Circles are drawn around the target which are the alarm trigger points. The circle size showing represents the alarm trigger distances.
An visual and audio alarm is triggered when you reach your target point or the next waypoint or go off track.


Graphs

Vertical red line indicates progress

Altitude, distance, speed and GPS altitude graphs are available for your tracks and routes.
To see a graph, select a route or track from the list and go into its Details. The graphs can be accessed using the buttons at the bottom of the details view.

  • Altitude - shows calculated altitude against time (for tracks) or distance (routes). Only available if you have altitude data installed.
  • GPS altitude - shows the altitude reported by the GPS for tracks.
  • Distance - shows distance travelled against time, for tracks.
  • Speed - shows speed against time for tracks.

BuddyBeacon

BuddyBeacon web page

The buddy beacon allows you to share your location with other people.
They can see your position by entering your user name and your PIN number on a web page.
You are asked to create a PIN when your first send your location using Options button, BuddyBeacon, Send beacon now
The buddy beacon also allows you to watch/track other people on your device. You can see their last reported position by entering the user name and PIN number. You can also watch multiple beacons simultaneously.
To use the buddy beacon you need to have registered and entered your account details. Do this using Menu tab, Settings, Account.

Control the buddy beacon by going to Options, then BuddyBeacon.
Beacon repeat on – The switch at the top switches the buddy beacon on and off. When it is on the beacon reports your position regularly, as long as the GPS has a position fix. The frequency controls how often the beacon is sent.
Watch / track – watching mode, where ViewRanger will regularly poll for the server for the latest position of the selected buddy(s). Use Add buddy or tracker to enter the name and PIN of a buddy to watch.
Send beacon now – this sends a single immediate beacon report, using either the centre of the map, or the GPS position, as the beacon location.
You can combine Twitter with your BuddyBeacon but you must register with my.viewranger.com and set your My ViewRanger account > Plug ins option.


Get social

Set and edit your profile from the My adventures tab.

Edit profile

Swipe left to display your profile page, then tap on the 3 dots in the background image above the word profile to make the changes shown in the below image. See how many people are following you.

My profile Profile edit

 

Find friends

From the Search tab, find friends and click the blue circular button to follow them. See their adventures, routes and tracks.

Find friends See their adventures

 


My.ViewRanger

Our community web site my.viewranger.com is our web based customer zone designed to work alongside our mobile app, to allow you to use the convenience of your computer to:

  • Plan your next adventure: search for routes, create your own with text and pictures.
  • Get organised: Synchronise your routes with your phones.
  • View your premium maps.
  • Invite others to participate: share your route.
  • Share your experiences: rate routes.
  • Keep a record of your trips: add notes & photos.

Synchronize (upload/download Routes & Tracks with My.ViewRanger)

The addition of synchronization feature with the new my.ViewRanger.com web site. This allows you to send your tracks to the site, and share your routes between the site and ViewRanger on your mobile devices.
You need to have registered your account at my.ViewRanger.com before you Synchronize.
To synchronize go to Menu tab and use the Synchronize button. New and changed tracks are uploaded. New and changed routes are downloaded from the server. The license key list is updated.

 

4. Basics

4.1. Types of Maps

ViewRanger supports three types of map

Online maps

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, press map optins button in the top right corner of the map, Save for Offline Use. They are now cached on the phone, so you can use them in an area with no mobile signal. 

Premium maps

More detailed maps, typically from national mapping agencies such as 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 and Subscriptions

Highly detailed online topo maps for Great Britain, USA, Canada and France, that can be easily stored for offline usage on your mobile devices.

 

 

4.2. ViewRanger Account

We recommend that you create a ViewRanger account as this will store all you map downloads, purchase history, routes and tracks in one place.  This makes it easy when you want to add or change devices as you can just sign into your account and download all your stuff.

When you first download the ViewRanger App and open it, you will see the Create Account screen. You can choose to tap on LATER if you do not wish to set up an account right away.

If you then decide you do want to set up an account, you can do this by going to the Menu Tab (3 dots, green bar), My Account. You will then be asked to Create an Account or Sign in, if you already have an account with ViewRanger.

The My Account section also allows you to manage your ViewRanger account, as well as purchase credits.

Account section

Menu tab (in green bar), My Account.

You can:

  • Change password
  • Purchase Credits
  • Sign in as a Different User

Account sign in and Validation

Use "Sign in as a different user", existing user; if you need to sign into a different ViewRanger account, enter a new password or validate the account is working.  Use  "Sign in as a different user", new user; if you wish to create a new account.   If you have registered for an account via the ViewRanger App or via My.Viewranger.com, you are part of the ViewRanger community and you can take advantage of managing your account. All users can share their routes and tracks between the My.Viewranger.com website and the ViewRanger app.

When you sign into your account in the app on a new device, the device is automatically added to your account.

You are allowed to associate four active devices with your account.  When you come to add your fifth device you will be promoted to;

  • Replace - replace one of your existing active devices with this new device.
  • Do not add this device - you can choose not to associate the current device with your account. However, this will limit your usage of the Synchronize Content option and ViewRanger credit usage.

Activate maps

If you have unlicensed maps on the device a section will appear asking your to enter a serial number.

5. Devices

5.1. Changing to a new device

Maps can be installed on up to four concurrent devices using the same ViewRanger account.

On the existing device, in the ViewRanger app, use Menu tab (3 dots in green bar), Sycronize 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 POIs that must be kept as well, please contact support, before discarding your old device.

Install Software

First install the ViewRanger software from the Apple App Store. Install the Free version.

Sign into your account to license maps

Start the ViewRanger app on your new device and sign into your ViewRanger account when it prompts. Be sure to use the same account as you used on your previous device.

(Alternatively, use Menu tab (3 dots in green bar), My Account to sign in.)

Maps list to restore 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

Alternate method to restore maps

To switch from one iPhone/iPad to another is to use iTunes back up and restore (see related pages).

5.2. Backing up & restoring maps

  • We highly recommend you backup your ViewRanger maps, in case of a problem on your device, using the iTunes procedure below.
  • Note that maps are not saved in plain iTunes Syncs.
  • Data, such as routes tracks and POIs are backed up as part of an iTunes device backup.
  • Premium maps and map tiles (by default - see switch setting below) are not initially backed up as part of the iTunes backup. But after you download some tiles over a few days, the app will automatically ask if you wish to start backing up your tiles now.
  • Open maps, which are cached to your device, are not backed up by default (see switch setting below).
  • A option setting in iTunes under device, summary tab controls if the backup is to iCloud or the computer.

iTunes Back Ups

  • We recommend you regularly back up your phone using iTunes on a computer. Note that maps are not saved in plain iTunes Syncs.
  • To back up, connect the iPhone/iPad to the computer and run iTunes on the computer. On the Summary tab, under Manually Back Up and Restore, press Back Up Now. Older versions of iTunes; right mouse click (or control-click) on the iPhone/iPad device in the right hand column and choose Back up. You should also review any back up and sync settings in the other parts of iTunes.
  • There is a switch map setting in ViewRanger app that controls if premium maps are backed up as part of an iTunes backup. The switch is off (so premium maps are not backed up) by default but can be changed in Menu tab, Settings, Map settings, Backup includes maps. We recommend you include map tiles in backup.
  • There is also a switch setting in ViewRanger that controls if cached Open maps are backed up as part of an iTunes backup. The switch is off (so cached Open maps are not backed up) by default but can be changed in Menu tab, Settings, Online map, Backup includes maps.

Recovering Lost Maps on the iPhone

When you update the ViewRanger software using the app store or iTunes, your maps, routes and other data are all preserved. They are only lost if you remove the application from the phone.
However, very rarely people have found their data has been lost when updating the software. If you find you have lost your maps after updating then:

  • First restart ViewRanger to see if the files are picked up. Exit by pressing the home button to leave ViewRanger, then press the home button twice quickly to see the list of running apps, then press and hold on ViewRanger until the red stop button appears, then tap the red stop. Do not tap if it is a black cross. Then start ViewRanger again.
  • If the maps are definitely gone then if possible restore your last iTunes backup. In iTunes on your computer, on the Summary tab, under Manually Back Up and Restore, press Restore Backup.... On older versions of iTunes right click (or control-click) on the device in the left hand column and choose "Restore from Back up". (Do not use the Restore button as that resets the phone.) Restore replaces everything on your phone with what was there at the last back up, so do not use it if the last back up was old.
  • If you do not have a map backup, then you need to re-download map tiles and map packages within the app while connected to wifi as follows; Menu tab (in green bar), My maps, MY MAPS tab (right hand tab).

5.3. Using iPhone and iPad together

Maps that you've bought through the ViewRanger store or from a retailer for another phone can be used on the iPhone and iPad or visa-versa.

Software

If you have already purchased ViewRanger from iTunes you do not need to re-purchase ViewRanger for anouther Apple device such as the iPad. Use your iTunes to restore ViewRanger onto the iPad. And visa-versa; already purchased for iPad, no need to re-purchase for iPhone.
When you run the app, it will prompt you to sign in.

  • Use the same ViewRanger account as on your other device.
  • If you skipped signing in, do so now via Menu tab, My account.

Map credit

Any ViewRanger map credit balance you have is held on your account and can be used on any device or at my.viewranger.com

Getting your maps

Ensure you are connected to wifi.  Use the app to restore you map packages, tiles, custom maps and saved maps use Menu tab (in green bar), My maps and tap My maps tab.

But it you don't have wifi here is how to copy the maps over using iTunes.

Step by Step Copying Maps using iTunes

Copy the maps off the first device

  • Connect the device that currently contains the maps to your computer using the USB cable.
  • Run iTunes on the computer.
  • Select the device, top right (or middle left in iTunes 10).
  • Select the Apps tab, middle top.
  • Scroll down to the File sharing section and select ViewRanger. The list of files on the device appears lower right. Maps you downloaded using ViewRanger on the device are in the Maps folder.
  • Select the Maps or MapsExport folder, then press "Save to..." and direct iTunes to save the folder to a known location.
    You now have a folder on your computer containing all the Maps from your device.

Copy the maps onto the second device

  • Connect the other device (which does not yet have the maps) to your computer using the USB cable.
  • Run iTunes on the computer.
  • Select the device, top right (middle left in old versions of iTunes).
  • Select the Apps tab, middle top.
  • Scroll down to the File sharing section and select ViewRanger. The list of files on the device appears lower right.
  • Press the "Add..." button, and select all the files in the Maps folder - use the shift key to select them all. Note you do not need to work out which maps are new, let iTunes do that.
  • iTunes copies all the maps onto the device. It will prompt you if any files are already there, choose to skip those.
  • Repeat for the files in the DownloadedMaps sub-folder of the Maps folder.
  • You can also repeat this for any other folders within Maps.
  • Your maps are now on the second device.
  • iTunes puts these maps at the top level of Documents. This may seem untidy, but is very useful - maps at the top level you have copied onto the device (e.g. Isle of Man, highlighted in picture above), maps in the Maps folder you downloaded using the device itself.

Load the maps on the device

  • On the device to which you copied the maps, go to Menu tab, Import/export and press Load new data.
  • The maps are now ready to use.
  • If any maps are not licensed, go to Menu tab, Settings, Account & license, Account sign in, and submit - this updates the keys.
  • If you still have unlicensed maps, please contact support.

Sharing data between devices

The best way to share route route data between devices is via my.viewranger.com The full track data can only be shared via GPX file (see related page) at this time and not via my.viewranger.com. You can upload a track to my.viewranger.com then convert it to a route and download it on the other device but this does loose a lot of the detail.

Unlicensed Maps

If after doing the above you have unlicensed maps in Menu tab, My maps:

  • If you have not already done so, please register with http://my.viewranger.com. If you need more help with login to my.viewranger.com please see these instructions.
  • Sign in using Menu tab > Settings > Account & license > Account sign in, if asked add the device to your account.
  • If the map is still not activated, please email support to get a new license key.

Notes

When you download a map over the air it is put into the Maps/DownloadedMaps folder.
If you download a package, it will be unpacked into a sub-folder in Maps.
You can export and upload your maps to the iPhone/iPad using iTunes file sharing. If sending a number of maps it may be best to ZIP up your maps and send them across in one go. We recommend you keep each ZIP file under 1GB in size.

5.4. iPhone to iPhone transfer

This page explains how to move your maps from one iPhone or iPad to another iPhone or iPad. (In this article references to the iPhone apply equally to the iPad.)
There are 3 ways you can complete this task

  • iTunes Backup and Restore
  • Over wifi using the app
  • Manual method copying files

iTunes Backup and Restore

The simplest way to switch from one iPhone/iPad to another is to use iTunes back up and restore.

  • In the app on the existing device use Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Map settings and tap Backups.  Include you maps in the backup.
  • Connect the old iPhone/iPad to the computer and run iTunes. Select the iPhone/iPad using the button top right. Under "Manually Back Up and Restore" press "Back Up Now".
  • Connect the new iPhone/iPad to the computer. In iTunes select that device using the button top right. Under "Manually Back Up and Restore" press "Restore Backup..." and select your most recent back up.
  • This moves all your apps and all your data to the new device.
  • Start ViewRanger on the new device. When prompted, sign in to your ViewRanger account (or go to Menu tab, Settings, Account & license, Account sign in). You will probably be asked about adding the device - tick/check the option to add the new device (or replace an old one), then press Submit.

(These instructions apply to iTunes 11. If you have iTunes 10, then instead right click on the device in the left hand column and choose Back up, then Restore backup.)

Over wifi using the app

Ensure you are connected to wifi.  Use the app to restore you map packages, tiles, custom maps and saved maps use Menu tab (in green bar), My maps and tap My maps tab.

Manual method

If you cannot use iTunes back up and restore to move to a new device (see previous section), then use the following manual steps:

1. Install the software

On the new device, run the App store app. Go into Updates, then My purchases, find ViewRanger, tap on it and install.

2. Copy the maps off the old device to your computer

  • Connect the old device to your computer and run iTunes on the computer.
  • Select the device top right (middle left on old versions of iTunes), then Apps middle top.
  • Scroll right down to the File sharing / Documents section.
  • Select ViewRanger and a list of its files appears lower right.
  • Select the Maps folder and press the Save button, direct it to your Desktop. This copies the folder containing your maps to the Desktop.

See iTunes File Sharing for more on this.

3. Copy the maps from your computer to the new device

  • Connect the new device to your computer and run iTunes on the computer.
  • Select the device top right (middle left on old versions of iTunes), then Apps middle top.
  • Scroll right down to the File sharing / Documents section.
  • Select ViewRanger and a list of its files appears lower right.
  • Press the Add button under the file list, and use the file choosing panel to select the maps in the Maps folder on your Desktop (which you copied off at previous step). You need to copy all your .VRC and .VRH files to the new phone. You can select several files at once.

See iTunes File Sharing for more on this.

4. Start ViewRanger on the new device and sign in

When prompted, sign in to your ViewRanger account (or go to home menu ('>' in the top bar) > Settings > Account & license > Account sign in). You will probably be asked about adding the device - tick/check the option to add the new device (or replace an old one), then press Submit top right.

Your maps will be ready to use.

5. Troubleshooting

If your maps do not appear in home Menu tab, My maps, then go into Menu tab, Import/export and tap Load new data. Go back to Menu tab, My maps and check the maps have appeared.

If the map is already activated on another phone then, if not already done so, please register with my.viewranger.com. If you need more help with login to my.viewranger.com please see these instructions.

If the maps are listed but are shown as not licensed, make sure you have signed in. If you have, then contact support with details of your account.

6. Lost maps

If you have lost your maps:

Named maps that you bought in app, can be re-downloaded using Menu tab, My maps, Download history. They are free to download again.

Map tiles you downloaded using the download grid, can be downloaded again with the grid. If you have a lot of tiles, email support and we can provide a bundle.

6. Map screen

6.1. Display preferences

Preferences

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

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.

Extra trip field

Puts an extra trip display field onto the map screen, while a track is recording. To change the choice of field to display long press it.

Compass

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

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

Show zoom buttons

Switch the zoom buttons (+ - ) on and off on the map screen.

6.2. Map settings

The map settings screen contains settings for iTunes device backups, map screen appearance and behaviour and some advanced re-set options.

Backups

When you run an iTunes device backup this setting controls if maps are included in the backup.
Please see the related page, at the foot of this page, for more information.

Map options

Auto scale – as you zoom in and out, ViewRanger changes the scale of the map displayed to best suite the the zoom. For example, you may be viewing 1:50,000 map at 50%. Zoom in once and see 1:50,000 at 100%, then zoom in again to see 1:25,000 map at 50%, then again to see it at 100%. This switch stops the auto scale change.
Auto rotate map – if this is switched on, then as you walk the map will rotate to keep you heading up the screen. The rotation is in multiples of 90 degrees, so your heading won't be straight up.
Show Compass – if you phone contains a compass, display the compass north arrow on the GPS button.
Switch Compass Position – if your phone contains a compass, display the direction the phone is pointing on the map, as an arrow on the outside of the GPS location circle.
Night vision - Night vision draws the display in red to minimize loss of eyesight adaptation to the dark. This has been particularly requested by search and rescue teams.
Tile purchase buttons - Controls if the quick tile purchase buttons are displayed on the map screen.

Magnification

Increasing this value magnifies premium maps on screen, which can make details more readable.  Default value 100%.

Retina Display

The retina display control for premium maps can be found under Home menu > (in top bar), Settings, Map settings, Magnification and for Online maps Home key > (top right), Settings, Online maps, Magnification.
Default magnification for Premium maps is 100% and 200% for Online maps as the labels on Online maps are too small to read at retina size.
When the slider is set to 100% this is retina size.
Magnification is not available on iPad, iPad 2 or iPhone 3 / 3GS. It is on iPad 3 and iPhone 4* and above.

200% magnification Default 100% magnification
(red square denotes 200%)

 

Map Units

Unit type – select the units used for lengths. Choose been metric (metres and km), imperial (feet, yards and miles) and nautical.
Coordinate type – the format used to display coordinates. You can choose various national grid coordinates (full digit, 10 digit, 8 digit and 6 digit), UTM or various longitude and latitude formats.
National Grid - display coordinates in the national grid of your choice.

Map colors

Adjust the colour and opacity of the GPS indicator to suit.  Default: red 100%.

Reset options

Normally, you do not need to use these buttons.

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

7.1. Free OpenMaps

ViewRanger can display free online mapping from OpenStreetMap 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 new Save for Offline Use option. See related page at the foot of this page.

Global map Downloads from internet

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

 

Through levels of detail; OpenStreetMap shows detailed street maps.

OpenStreet map OpenStreet map

 

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 to viewing online maps, press Options and select a map, or press Menu tab, Maps, scroll down to "Online Maps". Tap the map you would like to see and choose "View on map".

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

Four styles of online map are available:
Open Street Map is traditional street style mapping.
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. Fresh and Midnight commander are two different styles of map rendering, with the same content as Open Street Map.

Press home menu tab, Maps, scroll down to 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 go to Menu tab, Maps, select the map you'd like to see.

Automatically cache maps

Pre-download and manage areas of Online Open maps using the Save for Offline Use option.  See related page at the foot of this page.

Note

OpenStreetMap and Open Cycle Map use free map sources and the level of detail available varies greatly.

 

7.2. Premium Online maps and Subscriptions

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

  • USA (choice of two map views either USGS topo style or a shaded terrain style, to around 1:24,000 detail)
  • Great Britain (Ordnance Survey topographic maps 1:50,000 and 1:25,000)
  • 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)

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

  • France (IGN Geoportail mapping service 1:25,000 and 1:100,000)

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 Save for Offline Use option.  See related page at the foot of this page.

USA

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

Belgium and France

 
 Belgium  France

 

 

 

Activating the Premium Online Maps

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 Menu tab, Map Shop. The map will then activate automatically.
NOTE: If you have received a serial number it needs to be activated at My.ViewRanger.com
After activating, go to Menu tab, Maps, and open the map.

Save for Offline Use

Online maps are streamed from the Internet and saved onto the device.
Online maps can now be saved as user defined areas at the required zoom layer levels. Once created, they can be accessed from the Custom Offline maps in the map list.
To activate map selection, choose the Save for Offline Use from Options button on the map screen.
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.
Learn more about the Save for Offline Use feature see related page at the foot of this page.

Altitude data

Altitude data is downloaded automatically.

7.3. Save Online Maps and Subscriptions for offline use

Online maps can be saved as user defined areas at the required zoom layer levels.

Select Online map or Subscription

You can select the map from Menu tab (in green bar), Maps, select the map and Open.

Pre-download and manage areas of online maps while you are viewing an online map layer, zoom out and pan the map to the area you are interested in.  Press Map Options button in the top rigth of the map screen and 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

(Note: some online maps will not have this feature enabled)

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 top right corner of the screen and select an available map layers.

Select Map layer

Manage saved maps

Select Menu tab (in green bar), Maps and scroll down to Custom Offline maps.  All your saved maps can be managed within this section.

Details

The details page of an individual saved map has a number of useful options:

  • View - display the bounds of this saved map area
  • Refresh - re-download the area associated with this saved map at the required min/max zoom
  • Finish download - this option is displayed if the download status is incomplete
  • Delete - remove this saved map

7.4. Advanced Settings

Choose Menu tab, Settings and then Online maps.

Backup includes online maps - include the online map cache in iTunes sync.

Online - download required map tiles or only use existing tiles found within the Map cache.

Magnification - defaults to 200%.  Makes details more readable but fits less map on screen.

Map cache size - set the size in (MB) of the downloaded map cache. This is the space reserved to store online map tiles. Once the cache is full, the oldest map tiles are deleted to free space.

Clear tiles and Clear map cache - used to explicitly clear the map cache when required. Set the slider and press the button - maps older than the specified number of days will be erased. Setting this value to 0 will clear everything in the cache. (Note: this operation cannot be undone)

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, Map settings, Map Units 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 Menu tab, 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.

8. Maps (Premium)

8.1. 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 under Menu tab, My maps, Map shop.

GB Road map free overview Swiss free overview

Once the overview map is downloaded it can be found in Menu tab, My maps.

8.2. 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 Options (lower right), Get tiles, and paying with ViewRanger credit
  • Buying a map package (for example the Lake District) in the app, using the Menu tab, My maps, Map shop and paying with iTunes account.
  • 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
  • Using our Windows based map chooser tool and creating your own custom map and paying by credit card through our web shop

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.

Ordance Survey Landranger Kompass 1:50,000

Altitude data

Altitude data is included with premium map packages, for most countries, and can also be downloaded within the Menu tab, My maps, Map shop.
Enables altitude map display, route and track statics and graphs.
For example My Adventures tab (profile icon), Tracks tap one and select Height tab to view the altitude data from the altitude files you have downloads.

8.3. Download premium map tiles

If you want to download small areas of premium mapping – rather than an entire country, region, park or subscription yu can download maps and other files within ViewRanger on the mobile device. These files can be quite large, so if you are not using a wifi connection check your data tariff. ViewRanger will tell you the size of a download before it starts (except in auto-download mode).

Two methods to download tiles

You can use the Quick or the Map Options button methods for downloading map tiles.  The Quick method is a easy way to quickly get the tiles and the Options way allows fine control of the download of tiles.  If you have problems with the Quick method use the Map Options button 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.

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.

Premium map tile download buttons



To switch off the buttons use menu tab > Settings > Map > Tile purchase buttons.

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 tab, Map shop. 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 Map Options button, 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.

Store section in app

To see the list of maps, POI sets and other materials that are available to download go to the
Menu tab (in green bar), Map shop.
The downloads list is split into separate categories. To list a country's layers press the By Country.
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.

Downloads within the map view

When downloading in the map view you should first switch on the download grid using Map Options button, Get 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.

Credit balance

Size and price

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 view the Downloads list - to do this go to Menu tab (in gren bar), Map shop. ViewRanger will connect to the internet and update the list. You'll then see several countries listed.
  2. Press country you want to use. 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 chooose 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 Map Options button, Get 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.

9. GPS

9.1. A-GPS (Assisted GPS)

Location Services in iOS

Check that the Location Services is set to On for ViewRanger in the app list on the iOS device Settings, Privacy. You only need to do this once.

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.

Connecting to GPS

In the ViewRanger app press the Compass/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.

9.2. GPS settings and power save modes

Location Services in iOS

Check that the Location Services is set to On for ViewRanger in the app list on the iOS device Settings, Privacy. You only need to do this once.

Power save modes in ViewRanger app

Switch between continuous and power save modes. If you are making a longer trip and you need to maximize the battery life, switch to Power save.  Found in Menu tab, Settings, GPS settings.
The battery will last around 60% longer with the default settings, though track points will be spaced a bit further apart, every 1 minute. For shorter journeys, or where you need more detailed tracks, switch back to Continuous.
If you are navigating - following a route or navigating to a point - then power save can't be used.

GPS Mode (Continuous / Power save)

Power save mode

Continuous - where the GPS is in continual use, giving the most detailed tracks but using the most power.
Power save - with power save enabled, ViewRanger uses the GPS at intervals (default 1 minute), saving power but giving a less detailed track. BuddyBeacon will continue to work.

  • Interval - the interval slide controls how often ViewRanger gets a position fix. When set to 2 minutes, it will only get a position fix every 2 minutes. It will stop using the GPS between.

GPS Auto Disconnect
If the GPS is no longer needed, and the screen is locked or another app is in the foreground, ViewRanger will disconnect the GPS after a time interval. This slider controls how long the interval is.
You can switch auto disconnect off by moving the slider to zero, then the GPS will not auto disconnect.
If you are recording a track, sending the beacon, following a route or navigating to a point, the GPS is needed so will not be auto disconnected.

GPS Single Fix
If you are on a long trip without a power source and just want to check your position using the least possible power, enable the GPS Single Fix option.
When this is enabled, then after pressing the GPS button on the map, the app will get a position fix then disconnect the GPS.
If you are recording a track, sending the beacon, following a route or navigating to a point, this settings is ignored.

9.3. GPS Troubleshooting

How do I start using the GPS?'

  • To start using the GPS in ViewRanger press the middle bottom button, the cross hair icon. The GPS will start.
  • Initially ViewRanger will show your last known position using a grey circle and cross hairs on the map. The satellite icon in the top bar will flash.
  • Once the GPS has worked out your position, ViewRanger will show it on the map using a red cross and circle. The satellite icon in the top bar will be steady.

How do I stop the GPS?

  • The GPS uses more battery power, so when you no longer need it, stop the GPS.
  • To do this press Options and toggle off GPS.

GPS will not connect, will not stay on, or you get a message about privacy settings

  • Go to the iPhone's Settings app (not ViewRanger's settings)
  • Press on General, then on Location Services
  • Make sure the top "Location services" switch in on
  • Scroll down and make sure the switch next to the ViewRanger entry is on
  • Return to ViewRanger and press the bottom-centre Lock to GPS button

The GPS is slow to make a position fix

  • Normally the iPhone's GPS works out your position very quickly. Once the fix is accurate ViewRanger's circle/cross position marker on the map turns red and the satellite symbol in the top bar stays steady. If the circle/cross are grey and the satellite dish icon is flashing, the GPS does not yet have an accurate position fix.
  • If it is slow to make a position fix then make sure the iPhone has a clear view of the sky, and is stationary.
  • If you are going somewhere that you know has no mobile network coverage, it is worth briefly running ViewRanger before you leave and pressing the Lock to GPS button. Once it has a position fix press the menu button (second from left) and choose Disconnect GPS. This allows the phone's GPS to cache the GPS satellite almanac information, which allows it to make a faster position fix within the next couple of hours.

10. Tracks

10.1. Recording a track

Track Control

Here is the procedure for recording a full day track, with breaks and lunch stop:

  • Start of day - Press GPS/Compass button at the foot of the map screen, wait till you have a GPS lock (indicated by a red circle Reticle stopped small.png, not grey).   Press Trip Vrstatus.png stopwatch icon, and start track record if needs be). It will say 'Track Recording On'.  Start out.
  • At lunch stop or break - press the Trip Vrstatus.png icon and pause track record from the control. You can now dis-connect from GPS using Options (this will save battery). Do not exit the app.
  • After lunch - Press Trip Vrstatus.png icon 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.  Wait till you have a GPS lock Reticle stopped small.png and continue on journey.
  • End of day - press Trip Vrstatus.png icon 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.

 

10.2. Trip view

Trip View

Accessed from the Trip Vrstatus.png icon. 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 plus button at top of page 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.

Extra trip field

Extra trip field dislaying bearing

As well as the default trip field in the top right of 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.

Pace Speed Dial

Pace dial

This functionality allows the user to set a target speed. The pace dial will then provide a realtime indication of your actual speed, relative to the set target speed. The arrow represents the following behaviour:

  • Arrow is in the middle region, then you are on target.
  • Arrow falls to the left, then you are slower than target.
  • Arrow falls to the right, then you are faster than target.

The target pace speed can be specified in the trip view settings.

 

Field choices

There are a lot of choices for each field. To change which data is shown, tap the field you want to change. 
The fields are shown split across the screen. Long press the variable you wish to change until it turns blue.
The Trip variables list will appear. Select the required variable from the list.
You can switch between Text, Graph and Dial at the bottom. 

Some of the choices are:

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

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.

Trip Distance - the distance travelled since you last reset.

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

GPS altitude - the WGS84 altitude reported by the GPS.

Location - the coordinates of the current GPS location.

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

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

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.

Sunrise noon 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.

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

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

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

Estimated time of arrival (ETA) – the estimated time of arrival at the target point or route end.

Estimated 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.

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

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

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

Distance off route (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.

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

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.

10.3. Track graphs

Track graph

Altitude, distance, speed and GPS altitude graphs are available for your tracks and routes.
To see a graph, select a route or track from the list and go into its Details. The graphs can be accessed using the buttons at the bottom of the details view.

Details

The Length is "as the crow flies".

Altitude graph

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

  • Altitude - shows calculated altitude against time (for tracks) or distance (routes). Only available if you have altitude data installed.
  • GPS altitude - shows the altitude reported by the GPS for tracks.
  • Distance - shows distance travelled against time, for tracks.
  • Speed - shows speed against time for tracks.

Altitude data

Altitude data can be downloaded within the Menu (in green bar), Map shop.

10.4. Track media

IMPORTANT:  We have experienced problems with the Picasa/Google API beyond our control and have been forced to stop using it.  So please, only use Twitter or Flickr.

Link social media such as pictures and tweets to your recorded tracks and these will display on the tracks details Photos tab!

Profile tab (in green bar), Tracks, tap any track, Photos tab and tap Manage Media Accounts.

Social media accounts

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

Press Connect Accounts.  The brief green tick indicates connected OK.  This is NOT validating the account at this point!

Press < Details at the top of the screen to go back to the photos tab.  Then press "Fetch New Track Photos/Tweets".  At this point it validates the accounts and fetches the photos.  If the account does not exists, an error is shown on screen briefly.

Track photos tab

 You can remove items from the list by pressing the bin 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!
  • Picasa/Google - you MUST place the photos into an album that existed BEFORE 2nd August 2016!  If you don't have one, it will not work, currently, with Picasa.  This is since google took over Picasa.
  • 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 drop down (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 drop down 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

Picasa/Google Photos

Go to https://photos.google.com/ and login to your google account
In the app go to: 3 dots > my account > manage media accounts
Enter your google account email address from step 1 next to the google icon and click “Update all”
Record a Track and take some photos
Go to https://photos.google.com, login and click the upload photos button next to the search box (cloud with up arrow) and upload the photos.
Note: The photos may have already been auto uploaded if you have an android device
Select photos on the left hand side, find the newly uploaded photos and click the tick in the top left hand corner of each photo you wish to share
Click the “+” on the blue bar that appears at the top of the page and then select an existing shared album previously created in picasa web albums. Note: You cannot create a new album in Google photos that will work with picasa web API so unless you have an existing shared album then google photos/picasa will no longer work. I’m keeping a close eye on this to see if anything changes or google create a new API
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/picasa 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/picasa
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

10.5. Track settings

Auto record track – switch recording a track automatically on and off. Note that the GPS must also be connected for the track to be recording.

Track minimum distance – the minimum spacing between track sample points. If set to 20m, a point will only be added to the track when you are 20m or more away from the previous point. Small values lead to a detailed track, big values to a less detailed track. Avoid values that are too small as they record all the natural GPS fluctuation, and avoid large values as they lead to missed corners.

Track minimum time – the minimum time between samples. If set to 10 seconds a point will only be added if it has been 10 seconds or more since the last sample.

Track split time – used when you start recording a track, this settings is used to decide whether to start a brand new track or extend the last one. At the default value of 60 minutes, if it has been 60 minutes or less since the last track was recorded, ViewRanger will extend that track. If it has been more than 60 minutes it will start a new track.

Track mark time – regularly space arrows are drawn along the track. This setting controls how far apart they are, the default is 5 minutes. Slide the slider to zero to switch them off.

11. Routes

11.1. 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.

Search for routes via Discover tab

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.

 

Search for routes via Search tab

From the Search tab, select Route category from where you can look for routes stored on theViewRanger server.
You can enter some text to search for routes that include that text. Or can search for routes around the current map location.
You'll see a list of routes. Tap on one to see its description. Some routes are free, others have a price.
If you'd like to download a route press the Download button at the top right of the Details screen, or at the bottom.
You can also search for routes using the map view's Search button, and see the results on the map.
In the map view press Search button and choose Search for routes nearby. A number of icons will appear showing route start points.
Select one by tapping on it. Its name appears at the top of the screen. To see its details select Details.
Once downloaded you see all the waypoints. For most routes each waypoint has a description and photo too. Select a waypoint and choose Details to see the description.

Route search Route details

Search for routes by computer

You can now also search, preview and purchase routes from the PC/MAC via our my.viewranger.com web site. Once you are registered on the site your purchased routes will automatically synchronize with the device. If you need more help with login to my.viewranger.com please see these instructions.

Clear search results

To clear the search results use the X button.

Buying routes

Some routes are free but not all. To pay for a route buy and activate a ViewRanger credit top-up pack. These give you up to 1000 credits, which is enough for 10 typical routes.
Once downloaded you can see all the waypoints. For most routes each waypoint has a description and photo too. To select a waypoint tap the route and press Waypoints in the action bar.

11.2. Apple Watch

In version 7.2 of ViewRanger we introduced a new Apple Watch app.  It lets you follow specially selected routes.  Here is the full list of features.

The app shows you the list of the route's waypoints. It tells you as you arrive at a waypoint, showing its instructions.  If you go too far off route, you'll be warned.  There is a progress indicator telling you how far you have gone, climbed and how far is left.  There is a very basic map showing progress.

With zoomable maps and supports the full range of routes.

The ViewRanger GPS app works with Apple Watch iOS2 and above.  Please see this external page for help installing the ViewRanger app with the Apple watch.

 

Version 7.3 Updates

In March 2017 version 7.3 of the ViewRanger app was released, which added these features to the Watch app: 

  • The track you are recording on the phone is shown on the watch's map using a green line. The watch and phone need to be in contact, with the track recording.
  • If you follow a route using the phone app, the watch will also follow the route, without you having to add the route.  

 

Following a Route From the Phone

From version 7.3 onwards, you can follow a route on the phone, and see the route, waypoints and notifications on the watch.

All you need do is start following the route on the phone - so select the route on the map, choose Follow from the top bar; or select the route in the phone's list and choose Follow Route.

The watch will show the list of waypoints (those with names or descriptions) and draw the route on the map.  As you reach waypoints, the watch will tap to let you know you have arrived and move forward to show that waypoint.

If you enable the Off Route alarm (on the phone in menu tab, 3 dots top right, Settings, Navigation) you'll also be warned when you are off route.

Limitations

Following a route from the phone in version 7.3.0 has 2 limitations, which will be fixed in v7.3.1 shortly.

  1. The waypoints only tap when you get quite close to them.  This is being expanded in v7.3.1.
  2. There is no way to silence the off route alarm from the watch. This is being added in v7.3.1.

 

Selecting a route

You can also add a route to the watch, then follow it from the watch.

The ViewRanger Watch app works with routes that are indicated by a grey watch icon.  There are also 9000 optimised routes, indicated with a gold watch icon but they are mainly in the UK and the USA. 

To find a watch route, use the ViewRanger app on your iPhone and go to the Discovery tab, green bar (sign post icon).  Watch routes have a watch icon, to the right side of their photo.  Download the routes you would like to follow by tapping and using the 'download route' button.

Route discover tab Route add

Once you have a route on your iPhone, send it to the watch using the blue ADD button.  If you have premium maps, to cover the entire route, they will be used but if not the online ViewRanger Landscape map will be downloaded and copied to the watch.

A tick appears in the route watch icon once transferred.

You can have up to 3 routes loaded on the watch at one time and if you send a fourth route, you will be asked which of the 3 existing routes you would like to replace.  The list also shows any routes near your current location, that are on the phone.

You can also add your own routes to the watch using the Profile tab (in green bar), Routes.

 

Using the Watch App to Follow a Route

Start the Watch app by pressing the digital crown and tapping the ViewRanger icon.

You will see a menu containing Routes, Track recorder, Map.

Tap Routes and you will see a list of the routes you have added to the watch, plus any on the phone near your current location.

Tap on the route you would like to follow.  Start following it by pressing "Start".

Watch Route List Watch Start

If you are too far away from the start of the route, you are give 2 options: Either you can switch to the maps app to get directions, to the start of the route, or you can choose to start from where you are.

Too far 

If there are no routes on the watch, you'll be told to add some from the iPhone.  See the section above for details of this.

Watch no routes

  Watch Direction  Route waypoint list 2 Watch picture

If you swipe left or right, you can see some other screens.

One screen shows the pause and stop buttons, and an indication of progress.

Another screen shows a map.  The waypoints are marked, as is your location.  Zoom with the crown.  Your location is shown with a red cross, and if the phone is recording a track, that is shown with a green line.

And the third gives the statistics of how long you have been hiking, how far and your altitude gain.

 Watch Stats  Watch stats   

When you finish, whether you reach the final point or press stop, you see a short animation.  Scroll down to see some more stats and have the option to start again or follow a new route.

Watch Hooray

Record tracks

Select the Track Recorder option when you open the Watch app, then hit Record Track. All your movements will be tracked and recorded by the app.  

As you swipe through the Watch screens you can view your GPS location on the same zoomable map that’s open on your iPhone. The track will be shown on the watch's map with a green line. And, view live stats including GPS position, altitude, elevation gain, distance travelled and trip time.

 

How to navigate in map-only mode

Select the Map option when you open the Watch app, in order to view the same map that’s open on your iPhone. This mode will display your position on the map, and you can zoom in and out using the digital crown.

Tip

To close the app; press and hold the side button until you see the power off / SOS screen. Leave that on screen. Press and hold the crown until you see the app close and the watch clock screen appear.

Troubleshooting

If the watch app does not appear on the watch;  have you got the watch paired with the phone by Bluetooth?  Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.  Scroll down, tap the ViewRanger app, then turn off Show App on Apple Watch.  Wait a moment, then turn on Show App on Apple Watch again.

11.3. 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 button, and Plot. 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

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 Profile tab and then into the Routes list. As with the Choose list long press the route or waypoint, and then use View 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 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 Manual location.
Deselect the waypoint by pressing the route.
Use the Edit, Properties 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.

11.4. 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.

 

11.5. 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 in Menu tab > My account > Account sign in.
The password is case sensitive.
You must have completed and saved your profile first.

12. Navigation

12.1. Navigation (follow a route)

ViewRanger will help you navigate to a point or follow a route. You need to be connected to a GPS receiver and then choose the point or route you wish to use.

Navigation arrow

Navigation arrow

To follow a route or navigate towards a specific mark, point of interest or waypoint:
Select the route, POI, Mark or Waypoint that you wish to use. You can do this through the Organizer or by touching the object on screen.
Once the point of interest or waypoint is selected, choose Navigate to or Follow route.
When you follow a route, ViewRanger automatically works out which waypoint you should head to next.
ViewRanger shows a navigation arrow at the top of the map view. The arrow indicates the direction to go to reach the next point relative to your current heading. You should aim to keep the navigation arrow pointing straight up. If it points left then turn left, and so on.

There are two alarms which are individually switched. The POI/waypoint alarm sounds when you arrive at a target point. The XTE alarm (cross track error) alarm sounds when you go off route. Switch these alarms on and off using the Menu tab > Settings > Navigation menu. Change the alarm tone in the same menu as well as to set the distance at which the arrival and XTE alarms sound.
To silence the alarm press Menu button and choose Navigation or press the Navigation Arrow. Select 'Silence alarm' - this will silence the alarm so it does not sound again. To switch the alarm on or off choose Menu tab, Settings, then go to GPS & Navigation and use the POI/WPT/XTE alarm switches.
If there is a link to a sound or video in a waypoint's description this will be played when you first arrive at the point.
To stop navigation of follow route press the nav arrow.

Settings

Navigation settings

There are three settings that control navigation. All are set in the GPS tab of settings.

  1. Arrival alarm distance - the distance at which the arrival alarm sounds and the navigation arrow turns red. This is the grey outer circle in the picture.
  2. Cross track error (XTE) alarm distance - if you go more than this distance away from the route the cross track error alarm sounds and the navigation arrow turns blue. This is shown as the dotted line.
  3. Show next waypoint distance - when you reach this distance away from the waypoint you are considered to have arrived at the waypoint. The navigation arrow will now point at the next waypoint on the route, so you know where to go next. This is shown as the red inner circle. The arrival alarm will still sound, so you know you are at the waypoint.

Route Details

Extra route details are held in the route details page.

  • Waypoints show their distance to the start and end of the route.
  • First waypoints details show their distance from the current GPS location, working along the route. See how far it is to the top or the pub!
  • Routes details show the distance to the start or end of the route from the map centre or GPS position, calculated working along the route

Manual Route Navigation

Navigation menu

The navigation menu is accessed by pressing the nav arrow.
You can also manually select waypoints to navigate towards, rather than using the automatic method described above.
To navigate to a specific waypoint first select the waypoint, then from the context menu choose Navigate to. You can also select a waypoint you can use the route's waypoints list.
Once you have chosen to navigate to a particular waypoint you can step forward or backward by using the Navigate menu's Step target forward or Step target backward commands.
You can start using the automatic route following using the Navigate menu's Auto follow route on command.

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.

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. The arrival alarm distance only determines when the arrival alarm triggers. Normally you want the alarm to trigger as you approach a waypoint, so keep this settings greater than the next waypoint distance.

12.2. 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. The Settings GPS tab also contains a volume slider to control the volume of the alarm.

12.3. Navigation settings

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

POI/wpt alarm

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

Select arrival alarm

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.

Select XTE alarm

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.

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.

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.

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.

Heading vector time

The length of the heading arrow is how far you will travel in this time at your current position.

13. BuddyBeacon

13.1. Sending 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 once, 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 the user name and PIN to our sever and it tells you it's last reported position.

What is my beacon PIN?

You are asked by the software to set your PIN when you first send your beacon.  Subsequently it can be changed in Menu tab, My beacon and tracker list, Beacon Settings, Settings, Beacon PIN. You must transmit the beacon again after changing the PIN.

What is my beacon name?

Check in Menu tab, Settings , My Account, Sign in as Different User, Existing user,  your Username is displayed in the username field. This is your user name as it appears in this field. User name is case sensitive.

Beacon controls (sending your beacon)

Beacon controls

Beacons and trackers are controlled from Options, BuddyBeacon menu.

Repeat Beacon 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).

 

Status information

Information on when the beacon was last sent appears in the title bar.

Check 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, My beacon and tracker list, Beacon Settings.  The Beacon Settings menu contains these items:

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.

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

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.

Send old positions – normally ViewRanger only records and shows the last position sent. Some people prefer it to show a history, which can be enabled using my.viewranger.com. This switch tells ViewRanger that if it can't send a position report because there is no mobile network coverage, it should keep that position and send it when there is network coverage. This avoids gaps in trails in the buddy beacon view.

 Beacon profile

Your beacon profile is made up on information stored on the my.viewranger.com web site.  It controls Beacon track, Beacon profile image and Twitter feed.
Login in to my.viewranger.com.

Beacon track

To tell the server to store your track switch on go into the profile page, scroll down and under "BuddyBeacon Status" set "Record BuddyBeacon Track" to "yes" and press the Save profile button.  To clear the history press the "Clear track" button.  Ensure Send old positions is turned on under settings in the app (see below).

Beacon image

Edit you profile page, as paragraph above, and update the image to be displayed.

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 and optional hash tag if you wish the page to only pick up certain tweets during the time line.

13.2. 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.

Beacon Controls

Beacon controls

Beacons and trackers are controlled from Options, 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.

Locate now

To locate an individual buddy.
You can also locate an individual buddy by going to the Menu tab, My beacon and tracker list, 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, BuddBeacon, 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

Buddy 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.
  • Details, Advanced 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

Buddy on map

To access the Buddy Beacon list view, select Menu tab, My beacon and tracker list, Buddy list.

  • Buddy positions are not remembered after exiting Viewranger.
  • Tap on a Buddy name to view the properties.
  • The switches indicate which Buddies will be included in watch mode. From this screen, multiple buddies can be selected for watching.
  • Press Options, 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.

13.3. Troubleshooting beacon

Here are the basics;

  • Your Buddy name is your ViewRanger account name.
  • 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, Settings, Account & license, Account sign in). Please submit and make sure it signs in OK.
  • Update the PIN (Menu tab, My beacon and tracker list, Settings and update 4 digit PIN).
  • Send your location again (Options, BuddyBeacon, Send Beacon now) - data connection is required.
  • Check the results at www.viewranger.com/buddybeacon

14. Get social

14.1. 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.

14.2. 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 and Twitter from in the app in combination with the My.ViewRanger.com website
  • Share with other people with tools like Facebook, Twitter, Picasa 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.
To upload an individual track tap the track on the map screen and use Sharing, upload. Alternatively, use Profile tab, Tracks, tap the track and use Upload.
To upload all tracks, use Menu tab, 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.  We don't support closed groups.

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.

In the app

To make an individual recorded track public or private in the app, go to Home key > (in top bar) and then the ViewRanger Store. Tap on your profile picture, then under Latest Tracks tap on the track, scroll down to Edit Details and use the Public tick box.

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 your profile

If the track is already uploaded to the web site, you can share the track in the app using  Profile tab, 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 http://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.

14.3. Publishing Routes

When it comes to sharing your routes with other people and applications you have four options;

  • Share with other people with tools like Facebook and Twitter from in the app in combination with the My.ViewRanger.com website
  • Share with other people with tools like Facebook, Twitter, Picasa or Flickr! from the My.ViewRanger.com website
  • Share with other people and applications via GPX files either from the app or website
  • Make the route available for other people to find and download for use in the app on their device for a fee or for free.

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 Cog tab, 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.

Global level privacy settings

Global privacy settings are always set to private. You must manually set a route to published.  We don't support closed groups.

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.

15. Advanced topics

15.1. Import / Export

The Import / export screen holds utilities and actions for managing file content on the device.

Import / export

Documents

  • View contents app folder
  • Import ZIP files
  • Delete files

Data loading

Use this button after installing map files to update the map list.

DropBox

Load data from your DropBox account.

GPX export

Export routes, tracks and POIs to GPX.
Tip: Use the 'All' button at the top of the POIs/tracks/routes list to hide/show all items in the list.  Then you can use the 'Only visible' button to create a GPX set of your POIs/tracks/routes.

File access

It is not recommended to file wifi file access but to use iTunes file sharing to import / export files.
Turn on wifi file access and you are given a web address to type into the web browser on your computer to access the files on the device.

15.2. DropBox

Dropbox is a cross-platfrom file sharing service. ViewRanger now supports Dropbox, so you can export routes, tracks and POIs to GPX files directly to Dropbox. You can also import GPX files and other items from Dropbox.
Dropbox only allows ViewRanger to access the /Apps/ViewRanger folder, so put the files in there.
NOTE: It's not recommended to use DropBox to install map files as you may have time out issues with large files so use the iTunes File Sharing interface to install maps (see related article).

DropBox Log into your DropBox

Import from Dropbox

Sign in to your Dropbox account using Menu tab, Import/export, Dropbox login.

Once signed in, you can browse the files in the Apps\ViewRanger folder of your Dropbox account. Note: Dropbox does not give ViewRanger access to the rest of your Dropbox folders, just to Apps/ViewRanger. So you need to move or link content to this folder before importing.

Select a file and you can use the "Download and import" button to download the file to your iPhone/iPad, and then import it. You can do this for GPX files containing routes, tracks or POIs. You can also download and import Viewranger data files like .VRC map files or even .ZIP files, which Viewranger will unpack.

Export to Dropbox

To export a single item into a GPX file and send it straight to Dropbox, for example a track:

  • Go to Profile tab (in green bar), Tracks > tap the track > Edit > Export to Dropbox.
  • Fill in the filename and confirm.

To export a file to Dropbox from ViewRanger, for example a map or GPX file:

  • Go to Menu tab, Import/export > Documents and select the file
  • Tap Export to Dropbox

15.3. Apple Health

ViewRanger for iOS version 6.1 sees ViewRanger integrating with Apple's Health app, allowing Apple users to view step count and heart rate information alongside other live track statistics recorded, such as height gain or loss, length, duration and speed.

The new health information feeds into ViewRanger from a step counter or heart rate monitor device, via the Apple Health app, with the user's consent.

When available and allowed, the step count and/or heart rate data is displayed live in the ViewRanger app while recording a track and the results are stored as part of the ViewRanger track. Route tracks recorded in ViewRanger can also be saved to Apple Health as workouts.

Linking up with Apple Health gives an extra level of information to the ViewRanger track recording, and making the new health information easily accessible allows everybody to become more aware of their fitness level, while simply enjoying the great outdoors.

Health app compatible devices and apps include Apple Watch, the Apple Activity app (steps), Jawbone (UP line), Garmin Vivofit as well as external Bluetooth 4.0 enabled heart rate monitors.  

Apple's Health app is available on iPhones running iOS8 and above.

ViewRanger does not yet capture heart rate data from the Apple Watch, only from Bluetooth Heart Rate sensors. Support for capturing heart rate data from the Apple watch will be added shortly.

Instructions

1.  Pair the wrist band to the device with Blutooth in device settings.
2.  In the ViewRanger app, use Menu tab, Settings, Apple Health and press 'Connect'.
3.  Select 'All categories'.
4.  The data is now available in the ViewRanger app, on the trip screens and on the track details when you record a track.

Troubleshooting

The wrist band talks to Apple's Health app and not directly to the ViewRanger app.  The Health App passes the data to the ViewRanger app.  So if you are not seeing the health data in ViewRanger app, check the data in the Health app.
Once connected, you can manage how Apple's Health app communicates to  ViewRanger in the Health app, under sources.

15.4. 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.

15.5. GPX

It is easy to exchange routes, tracks and points of interest between ViewRanger and other applications, including our own my.viewranger.com web site. However, it is not possible 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.
ViewRanger can import and export GPX files, as can most other popular mapping software. There are also file convertors available to convert to and from GPX.
ViewRanger uses this format because it is an open format, it is not closed and proprietary.
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.

GPX in ViewRanger

You can import and export GPX files.

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

Import from website (easy method)

You can import GPX files via our web site.  Log into my.viewranger.com then 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 information and save. Then, on the phone, select the Menu tab (in top bar), Synchronize content and the new route will download to the phone.

Import in app

To import a GPX file into ViewRanger:
First you need to copy the GPX file onto the device using DropBox or iTunes file sharing (see related articles at the foot of this page).
Then use Menu tab, Import /export > Documents > GPX and tap on the GPX file in the list. If you select a GPX file you can use the filtered import options – for example, you can import just the tracks in a GPX file.
If you use 'Import routes' to import a file containing just waypoints, you'll be offered the chance to import the points as a route.

Export from web site

First upload your tracks to http://my.viewranger.com from within the app using Menu tab, Synchronize content.  Then log into http://my.viewranger.com and use Routes and tracks, My tracks.  Preview the track by clicking on its name, then, in the black bar above the map, press Menu and Export to GPX.

Export in app

You can export GPX files in 2 ways:

  • On the Menu tab (3 dots, top right), Import / Export, "GPX Export", ALL, Exports all POIs, routes and tracks to a GPX file. "Only visible" exports just the items that are visible, that is, that have not been hidden.
  • Each Route and Track, has an 'Export item to GPX' option (under Advanced Menu Tab (Tap to open the Track/Route) 3 dots, top right), allowing you to export that individual item.

You can use DropBox or iTunes file sharing to copy the GPX file off the iPhone and onto your computer

Groundspeak

Groundspeak GPX files are often used for Geocaching. They contain a lot of additional information using special private tags. ViewRanger reads two of the most important Groundspeak tags and combines them with the standard GPX tags. The Groundspeak tags it reads are the name and the long description.

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.
Two 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

GPX in other software

Google Earth can import GPX files, allowing you to view tracks you have recorded over aerial photos.
Most PC mapping software can import and export GPX files - for example, Memory Map, Anquet, Quo, Tracklogs and Fugawi.
Use your preferred search engine to research more into the huge world of GPX.

15.6. Add Photos, Audio and Video

Easy adding of Image and 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 Image, Audio and Video

It is possible to add photos to the descriptions of POIs, routes and waypoints. It is also possible to add links to audio and video clips. Some simple formatting tags are available.

Add a photo to a description

To add a photo named image.png to a description:

  1. Select the POI, route or waypoint in the Organizer list and choose Properties. Or select it on the map, press the menu button and choose Properties.
  2. Type this into the description: <im>image.png</im>
  3. Upload the photo to the iPhone using the iTunes File Sharing interface
  4. When you view the details of the POI, route or waypoint, you'll see the photo. It is sized to fit your screen.

Add a sound clip to a description

To add a sound clip named audio.wav to a description:

  1. Select the POI, route or waypoint in the Organizer list and choose Properties. Or select it on the map, press the menu button and choose Properties.
  2. Type this into the description: <sound audio.wav>Click here to play the clip</sound>
  3. Upload the sound clip to the iPhone using the iTunes File Sharing interface
  4. When you view the details of the POI, route or waypoint, you'll see a clickable link Click here to play the clip. When you tap that link you'll see sound play/stop/pause/step controls and the sound clip will play.
  5. If you are navigating, then when the alarm is triggered for the point, the sound will play.

Add a video clip to a description

To add a video clip named movie.mov to a description:

  1. Select the POI, route or waypoint in the Organizer list and choose Properties. Or select it on the map, press the menu button and choose Properties.
  2. Type this into the description: <link movie.mov>Click here to play the clip</link>
  3. Upload the video clip to the iPhone using the iTunes File Sharing interface
  4. When you view the details of the POI, route or waypoint, you'll see a clickable link Click here to play the clip. When you tap that link the video will play.
  5. If you are navigating, then when the alarm is triggered for the point, the video will play.

Other editing

You can have as many links and photos as you like in a description.

There are a range of other tags you can use to format the description.

These tags change the appearance of text. There must be a matching end tag. So to make a word bold put: <b>word</b>.

  • <b> bold
  • <i> or <it> italic
  • <h1>, <h2> or <h3> header of various sizes
  • <rd>, <bu> or <gr> red, blue or green text
  • <yl> yellow highlighting

This tag appears on its own:

  • <br> inserts a line break

Links

  • <link www.viewranger.com>Click here</link> is shown as an underlined link Click here. Tapping on it opens the link. The link can be to a web page or to a local file, as in the video example above.

Sounds

  • <sound audio.wav>Click here</sound> is shown as an underlined link Click here. Tapping on it plays the sound file.

Images

  • <im>picture.jpg</im> inserts the picture in the details. To insert the picture several times add a number: <im 5>aastar</im> inserts 5 star icons in the details.

15.7. 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 iPhones 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:

  • Stop – stops playing and closes the controls.
  • Restart – go back to the beginning.
  • Step back / forward – step backward or forward a couple of seconds, press repeatedly for for jumps.
  • Pause / play – pause the playing or resume where it was paused.
Details Map

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15.8. Extreme Zoom

The following images were taken on an iPhone 3GS and represent the image quality under extreme zoom.
These images are thumbnails so click on the image for full screen.

100% Zoom

200% Zoom

 

15.9. In App Purchase – Troubleshooting

Most in-app purchase problems can be correct by closing the app by following these instructions;

To close the ViewRanger application completely, first press the home button to put ViewRanger into the background. Then double press the home button which brings up the tasks bar.  Swipe up the ViewRanger app. You can then close the tasks bar by clicking the home button a couple of times.

Now try to download again.

If you are told you don't have permission to purchase in app, leave ViewRanger and go to the phone's Settings app. Go into General, scroll down to Restrictions. Under Allowed content check that in app purchases are enabled.

In app purchase can be slow to respond, especially when iTunes is busy. Be patient.

If you cancel an in app purchase it can be worth leaving ViewRanger and re-starting to try again.

15.10. Map tiles optimising

Optimising maps

If you have downloaded a lot of map tiles, for example over a hundred, then you may find that ViewRanger becomes a bit slow to start. You can solve this by optimising the maps. To do this go to the Menu tab, My maps and into the list of Maps. Then select the country of choice to view all associated maps and tiles data.

Select a specific tile and it's details view will be shown. If the selected tile has neighbouring tiles that can be merged into a single file, then at the top-right side of the navigation tool bar you will see the option to Optimise the currently selected tile.
(Note: ViewRanger will merge all the suitable tiles of that layer together. It only merges tiles that are reasonably close to the selected tile)

During the optimisation process, the application should not be interrupted. If the application enters sleep or background modes, this process will be halted. The merge operation will be cancelled and individual tiles will not be modified.

15.11. iOS7 and iPhone 5S and 5C

ViewRanger runs on the new iPhones, the 5C and 5S.

iOS7

ViewRanger version 4, which was released at the start of September 2013, runs fine on iOS 7, with just a few minor issues listed below.

(Version 3.5 of ViewRanger cannot be used on iOS 7 - if you are using v3.5, please update.)

Upgrading

Upgrading to iOS 7 should not affect your maps, tracks and routes, but to be sure we recommend you make a full backup in iTunes before upgrading. To do this, connect the device to your computer and run iTunes. Select the iPhone or iPad button top right. Use the "Back Up Now" button in the Backups box.
If you do lose your maps, you can re-download them free of charge in-app, or contact us for help.

iOS 7 Known Problems

These are the 4 known problems with ViewRanger on iOS 7:

Online services not working

If you cannot access online services within ViewRanger, for example, the home menu ('>' in the top bar) > Store just stays blank:

  • Close ViewRanger - tap the home button twice to see the list of running apps. Scroll left and right to find the ViewRanger preview window. Drag the ViewRanger preview window upwards and let go. The app closes.
  • Go to the Settings app, then scroll down and go into the Safari section. Tap on the "Block cookies" item. Set it to "From third parties and advertisers" (or "Never"), then leave Settings. Restart ViewRanger and its online services will now work.

(This Safari-specific setting is affecting other apps in iOS 7. We are reporting this as a problem to Apple.)

iPhone only, Trip View Missing Buttons

On the iPhone under iOS 7 buttons at the top of the Trip view are not displayed. They can still be pressed, but are invisible. This bug was reported to Apple, and we will add a workaround in the next version of ViewRanger.

iOS 6, buttons displayed iOS 7, buttons hidden
but still can be pressed

iPad only, details buttons incorrect

When you first bring up a details page on the iPad, or go from one type of object to another (for example, a route to a waypoint), the buttons in the details panel are not all shown. If you select another object of that type they reappear. The same functions are accessible from the action bar above the map. Or select another item then select the original item again.

iPad only, portrait orientation, side bar slightly cut off

In portrait orientation the side bar is very slightly cut off - just the top few pixels of text or image. This affects Details, Organizer, Settings, Store and so on. It is fine in landscape.

iOS 7, iPad, buttons on Details
page cut off
iOS 7, iPad, top of side bar
slightly cropped, portrait only

iPad Mini

ViewRanger runs on the iPad Mini. As with all iPads, the wifi-only iPad does not contain a GPS, so you will not be able to see your location, record tracks, navigate or send the beacon. The 3G/4G/cellular iPads do contain a GPS, so all functionality is available.     

Appendix

1. Getting Started Guide (v4.5 of ViewRanger)

ViewRanger runs on both the iPhone and the iPad running iOS 4.3 or above.
To obtain a position fix, Assisted GPS location service is required.
Where we refer to the iPhone in our documentation, the same applies to the iPad.
The iPad has a split screen where the Organizer occupies the left of the screen, the map occupies the rest.
ViewRanger is no longer supported on the iPhone 3G.

Software versions

There are three versions of the app; Open, Premium, and USA.  All versions of the software are exactly the same.  Premium comes bundled with initial premium map credit and USA with our premium USA Unlimited online mapping.  

Map screen

  1. Map screen
    Location bar: Showing coordinates and status infomation.
  2. Selection highlight: A red box is drawn around the selected object, in this case a POI (Point Of Interest), indicated by the gold dot.
  3. Offset handle: Use the offset handle to move a POI or a Route waypoint. If you need to modify its position then press and drag this button. If the POI/Waypoint is locked, then the handle will not be displayed.
  4. Navigation target range circles: Outer circle indicates where Arrival Alarm would sound. Inner circle indicates where next target would be selected (if following a route).
  5. Navigation hint: A dotted line is drawn between current position and next navigation target.
  6. Heading arrow: When you are moving a red arrow will be drawn showing your heading, with its length is proportional to speed.
  7. GPS Crosshair: The current position. Red indicates an accurate GPS fix. Grey indicates an out-of-date or inaccurate position (check titlebar position text for further information).
  8. Navigation arrow: Points to next Navigation target. Tap to access Navigation menu options.
  9. Track: Displays trip information and press to access track control and trip views (in the screen shot marked 8, on right side).
  10. Route: A route is a list of waypoints, which mark out a planned trip. It is blue when not selected and red when selected.
  11. Scale bar: Dynamically drawn scale bar based on current map zoom level.
  12. Compass: The compass shows the direction that is north.
  13. Zoom: Use the Zoom in button to zoom in on the centre of the map, or where you last selected. You can also zoom in by stretching (reverse pinch), or by double tapping. The Zoom out button zooms out to show more of the map. It may also change map scale. You can also zoom out by pinching or by doing a single two finger tap.
  14. GPS: Starts using the GPS. It moves the map to be centred on your GPS location. The map will follow your GPS location. If you move the map using the screen the map will stop moving with the GPS location, but the GPS location will still move across the map. In this example image, the compass is also displayed.
  15. Search: Search for nearby routes or places.
  16. Options: This button shows a context sensitive menu, which contains things you can do in the map window. With nothing selected it allows you to create a point-of-interest or a route; to search for routes; or download a map tile. If you select (outline turns red when you select an object) a point, route or track it contains commands that apply to the selected item such as Details (which shows a description of the item) and edit commands.
  17. Home menu: Press this button to access the Organizer where your data is stored and settings.

Pressing the phones home button put the app into background, keeps GPS on, recording the track and allows the screen to dim.

Map preferences

Preferences

Options, Preferences gathers control of how the map appears such as Night vision, to hide the scale bar, and many others.

Retina Display

The retina display control for premium maps can be found under Home menu > (in top bar), Settings, Map settings, Magnification and for Online maps Home key > (top right), Settings, Online maps, Magnification.
Default magnification for Premium maps is 100% and 200% for Online maps as the labels on Online maps are too small to read at retina size.
When the slider is set to 100% this is retina size.
Magnification is not available on iPad, iPad 2 or iPhone 3 / 3GS. It is on iPad 3 and iPhone 4* and above.

200% magnification Default 100% magnification
(red square denotes 200%)

Map Interaction

To pan around the map drag it with your finger. You can zoom in and out of the map by pinching or using the zoom buttons (+ -).
You can also zoom in by double tapping, and zoom out by doing a single two finger tap.
As you zoom in and out ViewRanger will change the scale of map displayed to best match the current zoom.
Map view includes fixed visible cross-hair at the centre of the screen, together with numeric coordinate on display and an on-screen map scale bar.

Coordinate Entry

Coordinate entry

To enter coordinates manually, press the top location bar that displays the current map location coordinates.
Tapping on the active coordinate type displays a selection list of coordinate types
When creating a POI or a Route Waypoint, you can use Enter coordinates button option to specify the coordinates manually.
To modify the location of existing POI(s) and Waypoint(s), use the Edit, Manual location view and the Set position option.

Action bar 

When you select a route, point of interest (POI), waypoint or track, a 'action bar' appears at the top of the map screen.
This contains the name of the item, and a few other details such as the name of a route (if the item is a waypoint), the length of the route or track, or the coordinates if it is a POI.
It also contains a number of buttons, which access actions like edit and details. These replace the previous menu button or press and hold. Tap 'More' to see further buttons.
To hide the action bar deselect the item by tapping the map in space, or drag the grey handle up the screen.

Action Bar Lists 

To see lists of all your items drag the grey handle, on the action bar, right down the screen. Swipe left to right to switch between lists of tracks, routes and POIs. Tap an item to jump to it on the map.

Action bar Action list

Maps

The Maps section of the Organizer lists all your maps, grouped by country.
If you select a map you can see a summary of its details. Press View to see the map in the map view.
Use this list to change country.

Initial Overview Map

When you first start ViewRanger it will start in free online OpenMaps. You can swap to premium mapping and download a free overview map via the Home key > (in top bar), Store. Just tap on a country and download a free overview map.
You can download more maps using the Store.

Store – Downloading Maps

The Store section of the menu is where you can download additional maps and other content. Some of the content, such as the overview maps, are free.
To download a map go to Home menu > (in top bar), Store. When the category list appears go into your chosen country. Tap on a map to see a preview, then press Download if you wish to purchase. Click OK to confirm. The maps will download automatically and you'll see a progress panel. Once the map has downloaded press View to see the map. Additional map purchases are charged to your google account.

Premium map tile download

You need a basic overview map before you can download map tiles. You can download a free one via Home menu > (in top bar), Store.
To download detailed map tiles tap go into Home menu > (in top bar), Store, then your country, and tap on one of the grid items. Alternatively from the map view press Options and choose Get tiles, then select a scale.
You'll be transferred to the map view with the download grid shown. Red tiles have not been downloaded to the phone, green tiles have. Use the zoom + if you cannot see the grid.
To download a tile tap a square so its border is bold red, then press Download. Once the tile is downloaded its square will go green - zoom in + to see the map.
To download all the map tiles currently on screen with a solid border press Tile and choose Area then Download. If too many tiles are on screen the server may tell you the area is too large – in that case zoom in to download fewer tiles.

Select tile to download Zoom in on downloaded tile

Online mapping

ViewRanger can display free online mapping from Open Street Map and Open Cycle Map.
The maps are downloaded automatically as they are needed and are then cached on the phone. If the mobile network is not available, or if you choose to work offline, then ViewRanger will display as much of the map as it can using the cached tiles.
You can pre-save an area of Open map, for later use offline, using the Create saved map feature.
Choose Home menu > (in top bar), Organizer, Maps then select Online maps. You will be presented with a list of online map sources to select from. (If you do not see the list of Online maps, go first to Home menu > (in top bar), Store, allow the list to update, then go back to Maps.)
To use the maps simply pan and zoom, map tiles are downloaded as you need them.
Choose Home menu > (in top bar), select Settings and then Online maps for the Online setting – when switched on, ViewRanger downloads map tiles as they are needed using the wifi or mobile internet connection. When switched off, ViewRanger will only display maps that are already found within the Map cache.

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

Premium Online Maps

USGB map

Online topographic mapping is now available for USA, Canada, France or Belgium. These are included with the USA edition and for other versions must be purchased and activated before use.
Choose Home menu > (in top bar), Organizer, Maps then select Online maps.
You will be presented with a list of online map sources to select from.
To use the maps simply pan and zoom, map tiles are downloaded as you need them.
You can pre-save an area of Unlimited online map, for later use offline, using the Create saved map feature.

 

Create Saved Map (for Open and Premium online maps)

Create saved map

Some online maps can now be saved as user defined areas at the required zoom layer levels. Once created, they can be accessed from the My saved maps.
To activate map selection, choose the Create saved map option from the Options button.
The grid will enable you to choose single tiles or mutlitple tiles by dragging an area on the screen. Once you are satified with the selection then press the green-tick button.
This will download and cache the map area for later off line use.

View maps offline

Choose Options and toggle to offline. ViewRanger will now display as much of the Unlimited map as it can using the saved maps you have created.

Upgrading to Premium Maps

You can purchase premium maps, such as Ordnance Survey, and Premium Online USA, Canada and France maps with Home menu > (in top bar), Store.


GPS

First of all, check that the Location Services is set to On for ViewRanger in the app list on the iOS device Settings. You only need to do this once.
Press the GPS button GPS.pngto start using the GPS. The map will jump to be centred on the current GPS location. A circle and cross Reticle stopped small.png are shown to indicate the GPS location, which is red when the GPS is giving an accurate position, and grey when the GPS position is not accurate.
The map will move with the GPS location, keeping the GPS indicator central. If you pan the map by dragging it, the GPS lock will be disengaged. The GPS position will still be shown and recorded. To reengage the GPS lock press the GPS button again.
The GPS can be disconnected by pressing Options button and choosing GPS Off, using the switch in settings or by closing the app. Not just by putting the app into background by pressing the home button.
When you are moving an arrow will be drawn showing your heading, with its length is proportional to speed. Control this in settings.

Power save modes

Switch between continuous and power save modes. If you are making a longer trip and you need to maximize the battery life, switch to Power save.  Found in Home menu > (in top bar), Settings, GPS settings.
The battery will last around 60% longer with the default settings, though track points will be spaced a bit further apart, every 1 minute. For shorter journeys, or where you need more detailed tracks, switch back to Continuous.
If you are navigating - following a route or navigating to a point - then power save can't be used.

GPS Mode (Continuous / Power save)

GPS modes

Continuous - where the GPS is in continual use, giving the most detailed tracks but using the most power.
Power save - with power save enabled, ViewRanger uses the GPS intermittently, saving power but giving a less detailed track. BuddyBeacon will continue to work.

  • Interval - the interval slide controls how often ViewRanger gets a position fix. When set to 2 minutes, it will only get a position fix every 2 minutes. It will stop using the GPS between.
  • Stop/start - between making fixes, ViewRanger will completely stop using the GPS. For longer intervals this saves the most power, but for intervals under 5 minutes it saves less power than Hi/Lo.
  • Hi/Lo - between making fixes, the GPS switches to a low accuracy mode.Though this uses a little power, the advantage is that it is faster to make a position fix when the app resumes. For intervals under 5 minutes this uses the least power.

GPS Auto Disconnect
If the GPS is no longer needed, and the screen is locked or another app is in the foreground, ViewRanger will disconnect the GPS after a time interval. This slider controls how long the interval is.
You can switch auto disconnect off by moving the slider to zero, then the GPS will not auto disconnect.
If you are recording a track, sending the beacon, following a route or navigating to a point, the GPS is needed so will not be auto disconnected.

GPS Single Fix
If you are on a long trip without a power source and just want to check your position using the least possible power, enable the GPS Single Fix option.
When this is enabled, then after pressing the GPS button on the map, the app will get a position fix then disconnect the GPS.
If you are recording a track, sending the beacon, following a route or navigating to a point, this settings is ignored.


Track record

Track shown as black line

A track records a walk or ride, it's a list of points and times.
By default ViewRanger records a track whenever the GPS is connected, but you can stop this from the track list. The track is drawn as a black line (red when selected) with regular arrow markings. The arrows are spaced every 5 minutes. If it has been less than 60 minutes since the last track was being recorded, ViewRanger will ask if you wish to create a new track or extend current track.
If it has been more than 60 minutes since the last track was being recorded, ViewRanger will hide that previous track and start a new one.
All the values mentioned above can be controlled in Home menu > (in top bar), Settings, Track settings > Track split time.

Track control

Track Control

The track control can be found under Track Vrstatus.png icon, top left corner of the map screen.
Here you can start, stop or pause track record.  You may want to pause track record while you take a break.
You can also set track category before uploading to the community site, and display a list of previously recorded tracks.
You can access the trip screens from here by swiping the screen. 

Trip View

Trip View

Accessed from the Track Vrstatus.png icon.  Swipe the screen to enter the Trip' page. The Trip view, which can be configured to show a range of settings, including speed, distance, time and navigation.  The trip view contains multiple pages and rolling graphs.


Routes

A route

A route is a list of waypoints, which mark out a planned trip. A route can then be followed on the device. Routes can be searched for and downloaded from our server, created from scratch on the device or our website, or created from GPX files shared from other places.

Create routes

To create a route press Options button then Create route.
As you tap the screen a waypoint is added to the route, which you can drag to where it is needed. If you tap on the last placed waypoint you can move it, otherwise the next tap adds another waypoint.
Press the handle icon Movehandleimage.png to select and position waypoints.
To delete the last waypoint press the delete button . You can use this repeatedly.
When the route is complete press done.
If you need to pan the map without dropping a point, press the Pan map button Ic btn arrows.png.
You can then move the map as normal. To return to creating waypoints press the add waypoint buttonIc btn add point.png.

While a route is selected its name and length is shown at the top of the screen. If a waypoint is selected its name is shown too.
Use handle icon Movehandleimage.png to position objects.
The handle icon is offset from the route to allow you to position waypoints without obscuring the route with the tip of your finger.
You can alternatively plan routes on the big screen of you computer at My.ViewRanger.com then use Home meun > (in top bar), Organizer, Synchronize which will wirelessly download the route to the device. You can add text and pictures to make rich content for others to download, either free or paid for, your choice!

Use handle to position objects

Search for routes

The Routes list has a search for routes section, from where you can look for routes stored on theViewRanger server.
You can enter some text to search for routes that include that text. Or can search for routes around the current map location.
You'll see a list of routes. Tap on one to see its description. Some routes are free, others have a price.
If you'd like to download a route press the Download button at the top right of the Details screen, or at the bottom.
You can also search for routes using the map view's Search button, and see the results on the map.
In the map view press Search button and choose Search for routes nearby. A number of icons will appear showing route start points.
Select one by tapping on it. Its name appears at the top of the screen. To see its details select Details.
Once downloaded you see all the waypoints. For most routes each waypoint has a description and photo too. Select a waypoint and choose Details to see the description.
To clear the search results use the Clear button on the results screen.

Route search Route details

Compass

If your device contains an electronic compass, you can see the compass displayed in two ways.
If the compass arrow goes grey it means the compass reading is not accurate. Move away from any metal or electrical equipment.

Compass showing north

HUD compass

The compass can show the direction that is north. It shows this using a red arrow on the GPS button. To switch on this type of compass go to Home key > (top right), Settings > Map settings and switch on Compass.
The arrow points north, so you can use it like a clip on compass to orient yourself and the map.
When the arrow is pointing straight up the map is aligned with the real world.

Compass showing facing direction

Compass showing the direction you are facing.
The compass can show on the map the direction you are facing. It does this by drawing an arrow on the outside of the GPS location circle. If the arrow points east, it means the phone is pointing east.

To switch on this type of compass go to Home menu > (in top bar), Settings > Map settings and switch on HUD Compass. (HUD stands for heads up display.)

Auto Rotate Map and Compass

If the map is set to Auto rotate map in Home menu > (in top bar), Settings > Map settings, then as long as one or other compass is switched on the map will rotate by multiples of 90 degrees to best match the compass direction.


Point of Interest – POI

A point of interest, POI, is a single point Movehandleimage.png marked on the map.
To create a POI press the Options button and choose Create and Create POI. Then drag to place the POI with the offset handle Movehandleimage.png or press the numeric coordinate entry and enter the location co-ordinates (very handy for Geo-caching!). When happy with its position press the Done button.


Place name search

HUD compass

You can search for place names and post / zip codes.
Tap Search button then Search for places to show the search panel.
Enter some text to search for, or choose one of your recent searches from the list shown. If you are searching the local gazetteer you only need to enter the first few letters - so "cam" will find "camden" and "cambridge".
When ready press the Search button. A list of results will appear. Tap on one to see it on the map.
ViewRanger gazetteer files have the extension .VRG. Copy them into the ViewRanger folder, and they will be searched. The UK, USA and New Zealand gazetteers should download automatically and are also available to download for free from our web site. (The gazetteers for other countries are provided when you purchase maps.)
ViewRanger will also search online using a search service. Post and zip code search is only available through the online service.
To get back to the search results use Search button and Search for places. To clear the search results use the Clear button on the results screen.
Only the first 250 results are shown. If you don't see the result you want, repeat the search with a longer search text.


Navigation

ViewRanger will help you navigate to a point or follow a route.
To follow a route or navigate towards a specific point of interest or waypoint, either:
Go to Home menu > (in top bar), Organizer, find the item and tap on it. Choose Follow route or Navigate to, or
Select the item on the map and choose Follow route or Navigate to.

Map Display While Navigating

Navigation off course!

While navigating an arrow is shown in the top left. The arrow indicates the direction you should travel relative to your current direction of travel. Aim to keep it pointing straight upwards.
Tap the arrow to see a menu of commands that control navigation.
The colour of the arrow varies:

  • Red when you are close to the target (red for stop)
  • Blue if you are too far off route (blue for getting cold)
  • Green if you are on route and not yet at the target (green for go)

A dotted line is drawn between the GPS position and the target point.
Circles are drawn around the target which are the alarm trigger points. The circle size showing represents the alarm trigger distances.
An visual and audio alarm is triggered when you reach your target point or the next waypoint or go off track.


Graphs

Vertical red line indicates progress

Altitude, distance, speed and GPS altitude graphs are available for your tracks and routes.
To see a graph, select a route or track from the list and go into its Details. The graphs can be accessed using the buttons at the bottom of the details view.

  • Altitude - shows calculated altitude against time (for tracks) or distance (routes). Only available if you have altitude data installed.
  • GPS altitude - shows the altitude reported by the GPS for tracks.
  • Distance - shows distance travelled against time, for tracks.
  • Speed - shows speed against time for tracks.

BuddyBeacon

BuddyBeacon web page

The buddy beacon allows you to share your location with other people.
They can see your position by entering your user name and your PIN number on a web page.
You are asked to create a PIN when your first send your location using Options button, BuddyBeacon, Send beacon now
The buddy beacon also allows you to watch/track other people on your device. You can see their last reported position by entering the user name and PIN number. You can also watch multiple beacons simultaneously.
To use the buddy beacon you need to have registered and entered your account details. Do this using Home menu > Settings, Account.

Control the buddy beacon by going to Options, then BuddyBeacon.
Beacon repeat on – The switch at the top switches the buddy beacon on and off. When it is on the beacon reports your position regularly, as long as the GPS has a position fix. The frequency controls how often the beacon is sent.
Watch / track – watching mode, where ViewRanger will regularly poll for the server for the latest position of the selected buddy(s). Use Add buddy or tracker to enter the name and PIN of a buddy to watch.
Send beacon now – this sends a single immediate beacon report, using either the centre of the map, or the GPS position, as the beacon location.
You can combine Twitter with your BuddyBeacon but you must register with my.viewranger.com and set your My ViewRanger account > Plug ins option.


Get social

Social

Find friends and see their adventures.
Home menu > (in top bar), Favorites, and Find Friends in the my.viewranger community. See their routes and tracks. Add comments, follow, and see how many people are following you.


My.ViewRanger

Our community web site my.viewranger.com is our web based customer zone designed to work alongside our mobile app, to allow you to use the convenience of your computer to:

  • Plan your next adventure: search for routes, create your own with text and pictures.
  • Get organised: Synchronise your routes with your phones.
  • View your premium maps.
  • Invite others to participate: share your route.
  • Share your experiences: rate routes.
  • Keep a record of your trips: add notes & photos.

Synchronize (upload/download Routes & Tracks with My.ViewRanger)

The addition of synchronization feature with the new my.ViewRanger.com web site. This allows you to send your tracks to the site, and share your routes between the site and ViewRanger on your mobile devices.
You need to have registered your account at my.ViewRanger.com before you Synchronize.
To synchronize go to Home menu > (in top bar), Organizer and use the button Synchronize at the top. New and changed tracks are uploaded. New and changed routes are downloaded from the server. The license key list is updated.

 

2. ViewRanger version 6

Version 6.0 of ViewRanger is being released in April 2015. You will receive it through the App Store.

Summary

Welcome to ViewRanger 6: Helping you find the right adventure for you

Below is an overview of the new version of ViewRanger, version 6.

As well as the new look and feel, there will be elements which you will recognise from previous versions and in this way, we hope, assist in making the transition to the new version, smooth and easy.

If however you do get lost or confused, then visit our What's Gone Where page which will put you back on track!

There is also no need to worry about losing information stored in the current app version such as purchased maps, downloaded routes and tracks as these will not be affected by the update.

New Tabbed Layout

New tabbed layout

Our New Discovery Tab allows you to filter your route searches easily to suit your interests and needs.

Tap the Activity grid button to select which activities to include in your search. You can also filter on Route Length, Difficulty and Star rating. 

As well as your own and other users routes, you can browse an abundance of content from guidebook publishers and tourism brands.

Map Tab

Map tab

Tap the compass to show your real-time GPS position on the map. Use the zoom buttons either side as required. The Options button is now in the bottom left of the screen and our New button in the bottom right allows you to record a track, follow a route, plot waypoints and add Points of Interest.


My Adventures

Map tab
This tab allows you to view your tracks and routes, add/change your profile picture, name, add a cover photo and title.

You can also see who you are following as well as see your followers.


Search

Place name search
From this tab you can search places, routes, people/brands or coordinates

And not forgetting the all-important menu button!

 

3. Verion 4.5

The changes in v4.5 are:
- Support for the iPhone 6/6+'s full screen resolution
- Set the user name and profile picture when registering or in settings
- Premium map tile download buttons
- Audio guides now play online as well as offline content at waypoints
- The app can open the in-app store deep links

Premium map tile download buttons

The Premium map tile download buttons is a easy way to quickly get the 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.
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 > Settings > Map > Tile purchase buttons.

Premium map tile download buttons

 

4. Beta releases and history

Currently no public beta

ViewRanger for iPhone and iPad, version 4.1

This page records the history of beta version for ViewRanger for iPhone/iPad version 4.

ViewRanger version 4.1 / 4.2

In October 2013 we are beta testing version 4.1 / 4.2 of ViewRanger for iPhone and ipad. If you would like to take part, please contact support@viewranger.com.

Map and purchase related:

  • Support for map subscriptions.
  • Improved "Create saved map" - counts errors and retries tiles that failed first time.
  • If viewing premium maps and then choosing (Menu > Organizer > Maps > Online maps > OpenStreetMap), 'Create saved map' no longer puts the app into tile download mode (bug fix).


Tracks & GPS:

  • Statistics in the stopwatch(es) on the map now appear when the GPS is running, not just when a track is recording.
  • Statistics in the stopwatch(es) appear even if tracks are started with auto-record (bug fix).
  • Tracks are no longer hidden when they are stopped. They are hidden when the next track is started.


Navigation:

  • The navigation arrow over the map could be slow to update (bug fix).
  • If the triggered alarm is a linked audio file (rather than a sound in settings), the app now shows the sound play controls (bug fix).
  • If you use nav arrow > Silence alarm, the menu no longer stays on screen (bug fix).
  • ETE final time and next time in the trip view were incorrect (bug fix).
  • If you chose a different alarm sound in settings, the wrong one was played (bug fix)


Action Bar & Map View:

  • When a route is selected, the action bar now includes access to its Properties (for changing name and so on, consistent with POIs, tracks etc)
  • "Route from track" when accessed from the action bar now works (bug fix).
  • Improved performance of on-map altitude display when using Mercator based maps (e.g. Canary Islands)
  • If the map is set to auto-rotate, the map zooms-out when returning to the map from a menu (bug fix).


Other:

  • Terms, Privacy and Legal are linked from account create page, and from Help page.
  • Image links that are PHP style are supported (e.g. image.png?id=123)
  • Sound links that are PHP style are supported (e.g. sound.mp3?id=123)
  • When searching, place names containing non-ascii characters are now displayed (bug fix).
  • Drop box sub-folders can be accessed (bug fix).
  • The National Grid setting no longer causes the app to crash (bug fix)
  • Pop up menus, such as the map download grid scale choice, are now better sized.
  • When no beacons have been added, the Options menu contains an add option in place of locate now.
  • Buddy beacon links can be clicked on in the favorites section, taking you to the beacon on the map
  • At first start, if no other map is available it now chooses Open Street Map, rather than leaving a white screen


iOS 7 fixes:

  • Cookie problem, leading to web services not working, has been fixed.
  • The buttons at the top of the trip view draw correctly.
  • Buttons on the details panel on the iPad are now correct
  • The top of the side bar in the iPad is now drawn correctly

 

Version 4.0

v4.1.25, 24th Oct 2013

  • First version of 4.1 / 4.2, details above.


v4.0.11, 27th Aug 2013

  • Problem reading buddy beacon list fixed.


v4.0.10, 14th Aug 2013

  • Navigation alarm settings fixed.
  • Display of navigation arrow on map corrected.


v4.0.9, 13th Aug 2013

  • Buddy beacon panel interval selection fixed
  • Tile download scale select panel, text overrun fixed
  • Coordinate Entry panel highlighting issue fixed
  • Changes to Spanish text
  • Two leak fixes


v4.0.8, 9th Aug 2013

  • Corrected problem where iPad in landscape could not scroll to bottom of page.
  • Corrected problem with GPS settings enabling power save mode.


v4.0.7, 6th Aug 2013

  • Icons with transparency were incorrectly drawn and could block out parts of the route.
  • Correction on iPad after downloading route using the store, no longer see two details views.
  • Correction to drawing the scale bar at start up.
  • New link for in-app help, though help text yet to be updated.
  • Some new translations, especially for Spanish.


v4.0.6, 2nd Aug 2013

  • New text translated.
  • Changes to home menu button on iPad.
  • On iPad, Options no longer closes side bar.
  • New tips added.
  • On track record page, the type of the track is now saved correctly.
  • Some behind the scenes fixes.


v4.0.5, 30th Jul 2013

  • Side swipe detection improved.


v4.0.4, 26th Jul 2013

  • New style icon pins for route search results
  • Top bar is now opaque
  • Reduce area used to detect side swipe
  • Ordering of zoom buttons reversed
  • Create saved map highlights the chosen button
  • More tips have been added - help shown when you first use a feature
  • Display of tips on the iPad is corrected
  • The store now supports 2 buttons on one page
  • Compass display in landscape is corrected


v4.0.3, 19th July 2013

Various fixes:

  • The beacon send prompts have been corrected.
  • When searching for routes, the filter no longer has a blank line (which occurred if any routes had no category).
  • The online maps list briefly shows its scroll bar.
  • Choosing to see the map grid from the store, now shows the correct toolbar.
  • Height values in top bar appear at lower zooms
  • New download panel, which will now also display on iOS 7 and copes with orientation changes
  • iPad layout issues - sometimes Organizer was full screen; black button on sync panel; trip record button mis-placed; on Help page, Map button did nothing.


v4.0.2, 16th July 2013

Various fixes:

  • Trip view crashing when being swiped on iOS 7.
  • Compass on iPad.
  • Export on iOS 7 now asks for file name correctly.
  • Some trip boxes could not be pressed on.


v4.0.1, 12th July

Various fixes:

  • Load data in import/export now gives a confirm message.
  • On iPhone 4 and 5 the name bar in the home menu is covered by the mnap's top bar.
  • Synchronize can only be used once.
  • The premium map button should not be shown in Options > Choose a map if you are already viewing a premium map.
  • App crashes after setting GPS color


v4.0.0, 10th July

First beta version.

5. Version 4.3 release notes

Version 4.3.2 of ViewRanger released in September 2014.

iOS8 bug fixes.

Version 4.3 of ViewRanger released in March / April 2014. The update will be available in the App Store app.

The main changes are:

  • Optional 2-way syncing of routes and tracks. Until now, when you have syned tracks have been uploaded to your account, routes downloaded to the app. Now when you use Organizer > Synchronize you can enable track download to your device, route upload to your account.
  • Map loading is now faster - but there are more improvements coming.
  • When saving GPX files, you can use Organizer > Import/export to switch on the option to include your email address as the GPX file's author - this has been requested by Search and Rescue teams.
  • There have been wide spread style changes to better fit with iOS 7, and the new Apple build tools have been used to create the app.

 

6. Version 4.2 release notes

Version 4.2 of ViewRanger was released in November 2013. 

Map and purchase related:

  • Support for map subscriptions.
  • Improved "Create saved map" - counts errors and retries tiles that failed first time.
  • If viewing premium maps and then choosing (Menu > Organizer > Maps > Online maps > OpenStreetMap), 'Create saved map' no longer puts the app into tile download mode (bug fix).

Tracks & GPS:

  • Statistics in the stopwatch(es) on the map now appear when the GPS is running, not just when a track is recording.
  • Statistics in the stopwatch(es) appear even if tracks are started with auto-record (bug fix).
  • Tracks are no longer hidden when they are stopped. They are hidden when the next track is started.

Navigation:

  • The navigation arrow over the map could be slow to update (bug fix).
  • If the triggered alarm is a linked audio file (rather than a sound in settings), the app now shows the sound play controls (bug fix).
  • If you use nav arrow > Silence alarm, the menu no longer stays on screen (bug fix).
  • ETE final time and next time in the trip view were incorrect (bug fix).
  • If you chose a different alarm sound in settings, the wrong one was played (bug fix)

Action Bar & Map View:

  • When a route is selected, the action bar now includes access to its Properties (for changing name and so on, consistent with POIs, tracks etc)
  • "Route from track" when accessed from the action bar now works (bug fix).
  • Improved performance of on-map altitude display when using Mercator based maps (e.g. Canary Islands)
  • If the map is set to auto-rotate, the map zooms-out when returning to the map from a menu (bug fix).

Other:

  • Terms, Privacy and Legal are linked from account create page, and from Help page.
  • Image links that are PHP style are supported (e.g. image.png?id=123)
  • Sound links that are PHP style are supported (e.g. sound.mp3?id=123)
  • When searching, place names containing non-ascii characters are now displayed (bug fix).
  • Drop box sub-folders can be accessed (bug fix).
  • The National Grid setting no longer causes the app to crash (bug fix)
  • Pop up menus, such as the map download grid scale choice, are now better sized.
  • When no beacons have been added, the Options menu contains an add option in place of locate now.
  • Buddy beacon links can be clicked on in the favorites section, taking you to the beacon on the map
  • At first start, if no other map is available it now chooses Open Street Map, rather than leaving a white screen

iOS 7 fixes:

  • Cookie problem, leading to web services not working, has been fixed.
  • The buttons at the top of the trip view draw correctly.
  • Buttons on the details panel on the iPad are now correct
  • The top of the side bar in the iPad is now drawn correctly

7. Version 4 release notes

Version 4 for iPhone and iPad is the new version of ViewRanger for iPhone and iPad, which introduces a new user interface.
The Premium edition has been released, on 29th August. The Free and USA editions will be released in the first week of September.

Map screen

The display of the map screen has been much improved, and there is a new home screen and options popup.

New map screen Track recoding on

Top bar

The top bar:

  • Tap the stop watch top right to switch to the track recorder and trip view. When a track is being recorded, this button shows a statistic of your choice - for example speed or distance. Press and hold to change which value it displays.
  • The cooordinate of the cemap centre or selected point, and where the data is available, the altitude
  • Tap the '>' button to see the home screen.

The home screen - drag from the right edge of the screen, or use the '>' button top right, to access the home screen. Here you'll find Organizer, Settings, Track recorder, the Store and so on.

The buttons along the bottom of the screen are:

  • Zoom out and in (these buttons can be switched off using Options > Preferences)
  • Centre and follow GPS
  • Search - search for routes, places, or clear the search results from the map
  • Options - change map display, create routes and POIs, switch map, download map tiles and so on.
Home menu Options menu

Action bar

When you select a route, track, POI, buddy or a search result, a new 'Action Bar' appears at the top of the screen.
The contains some summary information for that item, and some action buttons. For example, from here you can follow a route, access the edit features, or re-locate a buddy. Some buttons will show a menu.
Drag the handle down the screen to get a list of all items of that type. Swipe left and right to switch between lists of routes, tracks, POIs, buddies and route search results.
Drag the handle up to close the action bar.

The contains some summary information for that item, and some action buttons. For example, from here you can follow a route, access the edit features, or re-locate a buddy. Some buttons will show a menu.
Drag the handle down the screen to get a list of all items of that type. Swipe left and right to switch between lists of routes, tracks, POIs, buddies and route search results.
Drag the handle up to close the action bar.

Action bar - pull down handle for list, swipe for more info..

Route search

  • Search for routes on the map using Search (lower right on map) > Search for routes nearby
  • Tap a route result on the map to see a summary at the top of the screen
Search button Route summary
  • Drag the handle down for a list of all the route search results
  • Tap the filter button to change the ordering and find specific types or lengths of routes

 

Search results Change order of results

Organizer

re-styled Organize Re-organized menus

Track Recorder and Trip View

Track record

The track recorder front page, swipe to see additional trip view pages.

Options menu

  • Options then Preferences controls how the map and controls display.
  • Options then Choose a map, online maps to switch between the various online maps.
Options then Preferences Options then choose a map

BuddyBeacon

The Buddy Beacon can still be controlled using home menu > Organizer > buddy Beacon, but there are two new ways to control it.
When you go to the track recorder, using the stop watch button, there is a button to toggle the beacon on and off.
Or from the map, use Options > Buddy beacon, there are several commands to control it.
Also, the status of the beacon is now given in the top bar over the map. The last send time is displayed.

Tile download

  • New tool bar when downloading tiles
  • New pop up to change between single tile download, area download and auto download
Tool bar Change between tile download

 

 

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8. Version 4 what's gone where

ViewRanger version 4 (see related page) is the new version of ViewRanger for iPhone and iPad, which introduces a new user interface.
This page lists which features have moved where, and outlines the main changes.

Home menu

Home menu

The home menu is a new menu, from where you can access most views such as Organizer and Settings. To access the home menu, tap the '>' button top right on the iPhone, top left on the iPad. Or drag from the right edge of the screen (iPhone), or left edge (iPad).

The home menu has these options:

  • The top of the home menu shows your sign in name. Tap the pencil button for other account options.
  • Map - return to the map view.
  • Organizer - the lists of routes, tracks and POIs, the buddy beacon, import/export and Synchronize.
  • Favorites - a page of the store listing all the friends and publishers that you have favorited.
  • Record Track - the track recording page, which also has a beacon switch. Swipe left and right to see other trip view pages.
  • Route Guides - a list of all your saved routes.
  • Store - the ViewRanger store, from where you can download maps and routes.
  • Settings - various settings to control ViewRanger.
  • Help & About

Options menu

Options menu

On the map, bottom right, is the Options menu. It contains options specific to the map:

  • Create - create a route or POI (point of interest).
  • Choose a map - switch to another map.
  • BuddyBeacon - switch the beacon on or off, send a single location, or locate a friend.
  • Get tiles - when using premium maps, switch on the map grid to download more tiles.
  • Create saved map - when using online maps, switch on the grid to save areas for offline use.
  • Enter coordinates - jump to a specific coordinate.
  • Preferences - various settings affecting the map - night vision, compass, butotn control, add an extra configurable trip button.
  • GPS on/off - switch the GPS on and off.
  • Online - switch online maps online/offline.
  • Overlay on/off - switch the display of the overlay - routes, tracks, POIs and buddies on and off.

Action bar

Action bar

When you select an overlay item on the map - a route, track, POI or buddy - the top bar above the map shows a short summary along with several buttons. For example, you can access the details page, share the item, update its location or edit it.
You can drag the action bar up to shut it. Or drag it down to see a complete list of overlay items.

Record Track, Trip View

Track control

Tap the stop watch button top left (or top right on iPad) to go onto the track recorder and trip view page. The main page is used to stop and start tracks, see a summary, and also to switch the beacon off and on.
Swipe left and right to switch pages. The other pages are configurable - use the buttons in the top bar to add pages or change their layout. Press and hold on a box to change what it shows.
When you are recording a track, the stop watch button shows a value like speed or distance - press and hold on it to change what is displayed. To add an extra stop watch button, use Options > Preferences > Extra trip display.

What Has Gone Where?

  • Home menu - tap the '>' button top right or swipe from the right side of the screen to get the new main home menu. On iPad swipe from the left edge. From here you can access the Organizer, Settings and other features.
  • Organizer - accessed from the home menu - tap '>' top right or swipe from right edge (iPhone), or top left / left edge on iPad.
  • ViewRanger store - to download maps, guides and routes, go to home menu > Store.
  • Settings - now accessed from the home menu, not within Organizer.
  • Trip view - now combined with the track record page. Access it using the stop watch button top left(iPhone), top right (iPad). Or home mene > Record track. Swip right to left to see the additional pages.
  • Menu button - the menu button's items have been split into two places:
    • When an item is selected, the buttons that control it now appear in the top bar of the screen.
    • To access map download, route and POI create, save tiles or created saved map, use the Options button, lower right on the map.
    • To switch the GPS off, use the Options button, lower right.
  • Coordinate entry - to jump to specific coordinates, use Options > Enter coordinates.
  • Changing map - you can still change map using Organizer > Maps, but can also use Options > Choose a map.
  • Preferences - some commonly used setting controlling how the map view displays are listed under Options > Preferences.
  • Buddy beacon - you can still control the buddy beacon using Organizer > Buddy beacon. But there are also short cuts in Options > Buddy Beacon. And on the track record screen, there is a button to switch the beacon send on and off.
  • Search - to search for place names, or for routes on the map, use the Search button in the bottom row on the map.