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Locus Map – plan your routes like a pro

13.11.2018 Locus team Blog

Route planner, one of the main features of the mobile outdoor navigation Locus Map, has become an indispensable tool of many enthusiasts for hiking tours, treks, road or mountain bike rides. Its main characteristics is simplicity of controlling in complexity of background data and route planning options. Together with the wide map selection Locus Map offers, running on a portable device like tablet or mobile phone, planning routes is quite a different experience. Let’s have a look at its most useful features:

Routing on-road, drawing off-road

When you plan a trip running along roads or paths, use automatic route drawing powered by cooperating routing services – BRouter or GraphHopper.

Each service has its pros and cons. BRouter works offline and offers a lot of routing profiles:

On the other hand, it needs storage for offline routing data and the route calculation is quite slow and power consuming.

GraphHopper is very fast because calculating a route runs on a remote server and doesn’t engage your mobile processor. And you usually plan routes at home with wifi internet connection, right? But alas, it offers just a few basic routing profiles:

When you plan a backcountry trip where there are either no roads or paths or required map/routing data aren’t available, use the manual mode:

Check route elevation and estimated on-route time

During planning, all necessary info is at hand. Just slide the chart up:

The chart changes according to your editing:

Detailed statistics show also the gradient chart for even finer route tuning:

Avoid obstacles

Forrest works ahead and it’s dangerous to pass? Put it in map and let Locus find a detour!

Plan a geocaching trip

Nice warm weather expected next Saturday and you are a keen geocacher. Let’s go for a trip somewhere you don’t know and hunt a dozen local geocaches. Put them in Locus route planner, it’ll find a way connecting them all!

Want to go on bikes instead? Recalculate the route!

You’ve changed your mind. The weather’s gonna be awesome, wow, you will manage to hunt even more geocaches! You’ve just planned a walking route… doesn’t matter, just push Recalculate all button and select bike as the activity.

Cool tip at the end – gradient-colored route

Would you like to know clearly where is your route steep or flat? It’s quite useful, especially when you ride a bike. And what’s more, you can plan the route according to it and avoid too steep up-hills… Just set up gradient coloring of your route planning line:

Locus Map route planner is very intuitive but if you need to know everything about its features, check Locus Manual.

Happy route planning!

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  • David Kubát

    Zdravím. Jak prosím, přidám kešky do plánování hromadně. Jde mi to po jedné. Sice mi to nabídne mou složku, ale nefunhuje ani dlouhé podržení a nevím, jak jinak vybrat více bodů. Předem děkuji za info.

    • Locus team

      Dobrý den,
      kešky lze do trasy přidávat pouze po jedné. Bohužel zatím žádná z kooperujících routovacích služeb neumí počítat trasu z více bodů najednou.

      • Urs Bernet

        Then, the sentences “Put them in Locus route planner, it’ll find a way connecting them all!” is misleading. I tried to insert all geocaches of a folder in the route planner as well.

        • Locus team

          Well, the article doesn’t mention whole process, nevertheles it doesn’t say “put them in all at once”. 1. display all geocaches from the folder on map, 2. tap geocaches in Route planner one by one and get route stretched among them.

  • Рашид

    Здравствуйте. Пожалуйста сделайте азиму(градус)т из точки “1” в точку “2”. Нужно строить маршрут по растровой карте при помощи транспортера и линейки. На сегодня азимут (градусы) показывает непосредственно с места где ты находишься.

  • Łukasz Morawiec

    Great but I can’t find where to enable this Brouter.

  • ミウラヒロヒト

    過去のルートをホーム画面から削除の仕方を教え下さい。

    • Locus team

      tap a route and select “hide” from the popup menu. Or go to the track manager and tap all active tracks/routes (marked by blue “eye”). Or if you need to clear your route planner, open route menu and select “Clear planner”.