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16.2. GPX

You can exchange routes, tracks and points of interest between ViewRanger and other applications, 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 mobile 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.

Import

You can import routes, tracks and POIs into ViewRanger. This can be done in different ways.

Import externally in app

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.

Menu tab (in green bar), Import / Export, Import externally.

Import a GPX file into the app

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

In the ViewRanger App, go to Menu tab (3 dots, top right) and choose Import/Export, Import GPX

You will be shown a list of GPX files, choose the one you put in to the ViewRanger folder; 

ViewRanger will tell you how many routes, how many tracks and how many POIs the file contains. You can either confirm or cancel the import

If you confirm the import the POIs are imported into My POIs, the routes into Routes and the Tracks into Tracks

Import a GPX via My.ViewRanger website

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), Sync content and the new route will download to the phone.

You can't import POIs into the website.

Export

You can export routes, tracks and POIs out of ViewRanger. In the app you can export All items or all visible items or individual items.

If you only wanted to export all tracks, for example, then you would make all routes and POI hidden, then export all visible items.

You can hide all routes or tracks using the Profile tab (green bar), tap the route or track, tap 3 dots at the top and "Hide all". POIs can be hidden using Menu tab (in green bar), Points of Interest, tap 3 dots at the top, edit, "Hide all".

You can export .GPX in different ways.

Export Externally in app

Menu tab (in green bar), Import / Export, Export GPX, Export. You will be asked to save and SEND the file to an external app such as DropBox or email.

Export a GPX file out of the app

In the ViewRanger App, go to Menu tab (in green bar) and choose Import/Export, Export GPX, Export.  Name the file and press OKm then Done.

Connect your device to your computer, via a USB cable, and copy the GPX file from the default ViewRanger folder to your computer.  You can check which folder is the default folder, In App, by going to the Menu tab (in green bar), Settings, Storage.

Exporting a single Track, Route or POI to GPX out of the app

To export a Track/Route as a GPX file from the ViewRanger App use Profile tab (in green bar) tap the Track/Route you would like to export, tap the 3 dots, top right, Export to GPX.

To export a single POI use Menu tab (in green bar), Points of Interest, tap 3 dots at the top, Export GPX. You can also export all POIs to a GPX file from Menu tab, Points of Interest and tap the 3 dots at the top, Export GPX.

Export a GPX via My.ViewRanger website

You can export GPX files via our web site my.viewranger.com using the Routes & Tracks > My Routes / Tracks.  Click the route or track, click Menu, Export to GPX and save the file to your computer.

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.

Troubleshooting

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.


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