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Offline SidAndBob

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mapRoute - Free, the way it should be
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:24:27 pm »
How do you prepare your hiking/geocaching trip now? I used to maintain a GSAK database, export data to Memory Map, plot my route, send the route to my GPSr then export cache listings from GSAK to my GPSr.
mapRoute makes the whole process so much easier, cheaper and better.
mapRoute uses the latest 1:25K Ordnance Survey maps and being an official Geocaching Live partner app means that geocaching data is up to the second to, so no databases to maintain or potentially out of date PQs to mess about with. Geocaches appear at the press of a button. Once you've created your route(s) you save them on the server ready to export as a gpx file whenever you want, but here's the smart part. You can also download all geocaches within the area that route covers (and waypoints, hills, trigpoints too). You can share routes with other users and there are even interactive elevation graphs. There are loads of other features too, and they are being added to on a daily basis.
While I have created a couple of tutorials on YouTube the application is developing so fast that they soon become out of date, though the basic route and geocache concept remains the same.
This app was written purely to benefit the walking and geocaching communities. There is no profit from my perspective, only cost, not to mention hundreds of hours of work.
Being developed by an active walker and geocacher I hope I know what users want, but if there's a feature that you want that mapRoute doesn't currently provide I would love to hear about it.

Also remember that tools like the OS Get-a-map provide less functionality and cost 20 per year. Please take a look. I hope you find it useful.

http://map-route.co.uk
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Re: mapRoute - Free, the way it should be
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2013, 10:39:11 pm »
Here's a screenshot to give you an idea of how it looks.
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Re: mapRoute - Free, the way it should be
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2013, 11:06:21 pm »
Looks interesting, can you use custom geocaching icons ?
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Re: mapRoute - Free, the way it should be
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2013, 11:46:18 pm »
The icons are Geocaching.com's official icons which I embellish with symbols to show micros/nanos, favourites, TBs, owned, found and disabled. Found and owned can also be hidden.
My "to do" list includes creating alternative icon sets. Are there particular icons you would be interested in? I would need to get permission to use them of course. It would help me if I understood what you want from a different icon set. Is it so that they show up on the OS map better for instance?
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Re: mapRoute - Free, the way it should be
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2013, 08:00:52 am »
Wow this is just what I've been looking for!  ;D Thank you so much for telling us about it here!

Just one question: you mentioned app, which platforms is the app available on?
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Re: mapRoute - Free, the way it should be
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2013, 08:14:57 am »
It's a web app, so it runs in your browser. You don't need to download or install anything and it will run on any Internet connected PC. Just click the link at the bottom of my first post, sign up and you're away. ;D
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Re: mapRoute - Free, the way it should be
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2013, 04:09:23 pm »
And for free?! Wow that's great!  ;D
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