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16.2. GPX

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

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

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

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

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

GPX in ViewRanger

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

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

Importing a GPX file

To import a GPX file into ViewRanger:

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

Import / Export externally

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

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

Exporting a Track/Route to GPX

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

Import / Export GPX via My.ViewRanger

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

GPX File Conversion

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

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

GPX in Google Earth

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

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