Locus Map - multipurpose mobile outdoor navigation app

Locus Map 3.49 released, fourth generation still in development

19.10.2020 Michal Blog

If you think nothing is going on around Locus, the opposite is true. We’ve almost tripled the capacity of our team in the last two years, and we now hardly pack into our small office during a complete team meeting. Fortunately, we mostly work in the home office, so we don’t get in each other’s way (and we don’t share various now popular infections).

Work on our projects is currently continuing “double-track”. On the one hand, development and maintenance of the classic Locus Map Free and Locus Map Pro branch continues. On the other hand, and here lies the focus of our efforts over the last two years, we are working feverishly on the development of a new generation – Locus Map 4 . Which is no longer “just” an application, but also an extensive environment of accompanying services.

What’s new in version 3.49

So let’s start with the classics . After all, when the new generation of the app is launched, we’ll name this series this way. So what’s new?

Route Planner

We’ve simplified the setup of the route generation service BRouter . We’ve removed the option to select navigation profiles defined directly by this service. On the one hand, this will make the profile selection much clearer, and on the other hand, we are forced to do so by the restrictions of the new Android 11 – Locus Map will no longer be able to access other app directories , including BRouter. However, geeks don’t despair, you will simply place your custom profiles in a folder directly in the Locus directory structure and select them in the router configuration – they will be separated by an extra header.

Presets

For those of you who have no idea about this, these are batch changes to your entire app settings . If you want to make the most of Locus, you can’t do without them. The versatility of Locus lies in the huge number of functions and settings of the application. However, if you use Locus for various different activities, you always need to reset it. Presets make this process incredibly easy – you can then reset the whole app with two clicks – 1. open the presets, 2. click on the preset. You can change the settings of the function panels, the map theme, the recording profile, the map rotation, and a lot of other parameters at once.

Initially, presets worked in two modes – basic and advanced . However, we’ve found that basic mode is unnecessary, so now presets work directly in advanced mode . In it, you can choose which specific settings you want to have in the preset.

In addition to these two major changes, of course, the version contains a number of minor adjustments and fixes, as you’re accustomed to.

What’s up with Locus Map 4?

A lot is happening. A lot is almost done and ready for demanding testing, but still, there’s a lot of hard work ahead.

The App

  • We’re fine-tuning the new ergonomic UI , which includes the expected dark mode. It will also be possible to turn the controls the other way around so both right-handers and left-handers can use it comfortably.
  • The route planner has got a lot of new features – graphical representation of surfaces and route types, built-in offline router, the ability to generate a round trip and several alternative routes at once

Cloud Sync

The synchronization of data from the application with our own cloud storage is also in the phase of internal testing. No more worries about losing data when resetting your phone, switching to a new phone, or using Locus on multiple devices at once will be a breeze.

Online LoMaps and LoPoints

We also converted the original purely offline content online so that we could have it available for the new web route planner, and also to solve one of our big pains – points of interest search. After disconnecting from Google, we significantly missed it…

Web Route Planner

We have brought the planner in the application almost to perfection. Now it’s its web clone’s turn – after all, in the warmth of home with a large monitor, the route is planned more comfortably. Here, however, we still have a lot of work to do – we don’t want to offer you any semi-finished product, but a well-tuned piece of software.

There is a lot behind us, but also a lot ahead of us. So we don’t want to promise anything, but we firmly hope that we will enjoy next season with the new Locus Map 4.

Then keep your fingers crossed for us!

Share Button

Do you like Locus Map?

 Stáhnout

Comments

19

  • Ser

    Hi,
    With the release of Locus 4 do you plan to include support for the much requested 3D View of the maps?

  • Jaroslav

    Zdravim, stratil som moj telefon a po obnoveni dat v novom telefone nemam tam ziadne mapy. Mam zakuoenu verziu PRO. Ako mam dostat znovu vsetky napy? Dakujem S pozdravom Jaro

  • Роман

    Хорошее приложение

  • kft

    New ergonomic UI seems good.
    I want to experience it on “Locus Map classic”.

  • Udo

    Schade das Locus nicht für das i-Phone verfügbar ist.

  • Bernd

    Sorry,
    hat nur ein paar gerade Linien aufgezeichnet >absolut daneben.<
    Hab's wieder runtergeschmissen, bleib bei meiner alten App

    • Michal

      Hi Bernd,
      if there is Android 10 on your new device, please check Locus Map has permission to access location “all the time”, not just “when the app is used”. For Android 10 the apps are “used” only when the screen is on – therefore, Locus needs permission “all the time” so that it can run on background. Please make sure also that Locus Map is excluded from all means of the battery optimization. Michal, Locus team

  • Ute Schlienger

    die Version 3.49 läuft nicht ( es werden nur Geraden zwischen Start und Ziel angezeigt ) auf meinem neuen Wiko 5 plus. Akkuoptimierung rausgenommen usw.,
    Schade, ich wollte mir die Locus pro Version kaufen, weil ich die einfache Locus Vers. so toll fand beim alten Wiko.

    • Michal

      Hi Ute,
      if there is Android 10 on your new device, please check Locus Map has permission to access location “all the time”, not just “when the app is used”. For Android 10 the apps are “used” only when the screen is on – therefore, Locus needs permission “all the time” so that it can run on background. Michal, Locus team

  • Wolfgang

    Hoffentlich habt ihr auch an eine vernünftige Lösung für Backup s auf den PC gedacht!

  • Hello,

    great news! Any chance to get hands on the web planner and/or the app early?

  • Anon

    Are you still planning to move to a subscription based model for Locus Map 4, as announced in this post?
    https://www.locusmap.eu/locus-map-lets-talk-future/

  • PawelS

    ,,simply place your custom profiles in a folder directly in the Locus directory structure and select them in the router configuration” After every update? No way. Even worse this update deleted my profiles in Locus folder, but in route planner everything seemed ok, until I got into settings and I found out that under my profile names there were some random default profiles. They should be deactivated/renamed.

    • Michal

      MOve your BRouter profiles into Locus/router directory and restart. Then you’ll find the profiles in the router settings of Locus > Advanced options. Michal, Locus team