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New Locus 3.38 comes with a new map core and enhanced navigation

23.5.2019 Locus team Blog

The development can’t be stopped, not mentioning that one of Locus Map. We admit that not much has been seen for over two months from us, except for a few bug fix versions published right after the last “big” app release. Still, we did not sleep during all those days. So – a lot of work has been done mainly on two of Locus Map’s cornerstones – map-rendering core and route calculation.

New Map Core

The largest chunk of development, coding, and testing was consumed by the rebuilding of the very heart of Locus Map – its map rendering core. It was necessary. The old core started to become obsolete and unsuitable to follow all current requirements for map control, speed, and flexibility. The new map rendering guts bring a lot of unexpected features:

Automatic map scaling

Map zooms, as you were used to, are slowly flowing away with the stream of time and progress. Newly, the app chooses the best map resolution according to the device screen DPI and selected raster or vector type of the map. Resulting display experience is fluent and the map is crisp and well contrasted. Including crossfading effects between zooms when zooming in and out. EDIT: this feature can be turned off if the result is not satisfactory

Mapsforge V4+ support

The new generation of the vector map rendering engine is coming into Locus. It brings more options for work with map themes:

  • support of multiple vector themes per directory and V5 themes
  • faster autoloading of neighboring maps
  • overall pleasanter experience, e.g. improved running of world maps in upper zooms or optimized map sorting in the quick map switch.

No limits for map overlays

Until now it was possible to overlay only some types of maps. Others couldn’t be overlayed due to different properties. Now, actually, all kinds of maps can be put one above another. Online over raster, raster over the vector, maps of all possible systems and datums. Just select the background map and then any from the vast map portfolio Locus offers. Or, even better – your own custom map.

Route calculation for navigation and planning

Over the last months, we collected a pretty wide list of improvement suggestions about this topic. Locus Map 3.38 comes with a lot of them implemented. First of all, we improved the route recalculation system behavior when the route priority is set:

  • when you need to navigate from a custom starting point, the app will try to navigate you to this point as the first option
  • when you ignore 2 following recalculations, routing backward is blocked
  • when you make a shortcut of your original route, the recalculation no longer pushes you back to the last visited part of the route

Automatic route drawing in the route planner uses the same processes. We updated work with the via points – now you can set the planner so that it places via points directly without the need to change shaping points first.

And more…

As usual, the new version is full of other minor improvements. Among others, we added 7 new activities for track recording, e.g. handbike, canicross or snowmobile. Sports freaks will appreciate multiple track export to Strava. We also adjusted online map download. And more…

Test it and see!

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  • Marcin Bach

    Hi, it is a great app, but there is still room for improvements. I wish that the navigation arrow could be movable, so I could drag and drop it in the chosen part of the screen, also you could change its graphics , because it doesn’t look modern. The last thing is that while navigation the pointer should be somewhere in the 1/3 from the bottom of the screen, not in the middle(when automatic rotation is on). Thanks.

  • danilo brajovic

    Hi my lovus map pro work like free and ask to purchase a pro. I already have pro

    • Locus team

      Hi Danilo, please contact our support team at help.locusmap.eu and give more details about the issue.

  • Maik Dienst

    Ich kann das update 3.38 nicht aktualisieren. Nach dem download passiert einfach nichts… Bitte um Hilfe.

  • dainius rudzionis

    After update to 3.38.4 program starting time about 30 sec.

  • Hartwig

    Ich habe auf meinem Samsung Galxy S8 (G950F)LocusMaps und LocusMaps Pro installiert. Seit einem Mobilefunk Vertragsänderung mit einer neuen SIM-Karte ortet die Pro-Version keine Satelliten mehr, die Einfachversion empfängt diese einwandfrei.
    Woran kann das liegen und was muss ich in der Pro-Version neu eistellen, um wieder Satellietensignale empfangen und damit meinen Standort bestimmen kann.

  • Alexandra

    After update to 3.38.3, my mbtiles do not work anymore. When choosing one from the list of offline maps, there is no question of focussing on it and it is not possible to focus manually on it.

  • Sam Byassee

    Is the app capable of providing an elevation plot for a chosen route? Thanks.

  • Florian

    After update to 3.38.3, gemf maps display is still broken for me.
    I have big gemf maps of about 4 GB which are split in several files under 1.9GB using -1,2,3,… suffix.
    The smaller gemf maps which are not splited seems to work.

    • Locus team

      Hi Florian,
      better contact Locus support at help.locusmap.eu and describe the issue in detail, add screenshots etc.

  • Ohndorf

    Hallo
    mit der Version 3.38.3 auf Samsung S8 und Android Version 9 stürzt das Programm sehr oft ab. Tracks werden nicht gespeichert oder sind nicht auffindbar.
    Habt ihr eine Erklärung dafür.
    Vielen Dank für eure Bemühungen
    Peter

  • Maria

    Dobry, preci su vsetky trasy na Sk s vynimkou Cesty Snp fialove?

  • Gerhard Schweizer

    Automatischer Kartenwechsel:
    Bei Rasterkarten die eigentlich überlappen entsteht jetzt ein weißer Streifen von einem Km zwischen den Kartenblätter. Die ist auch nach der Abschaltung der automatischen Skalierung der Fall.

    • Rainer Baumeister

      Moin
      ich kann die Kritik von Gerhard bestätigen: Weiße Streifen.
      Habe schon hin und her probiert.. 🙁
      Samsung S4 mit Lollipop 5.01 und neueste App mit LocusMap+ und Assam LoMap Karte (NRW)
      Nutze es für das Rad in der “Wildnis”
      Ansonsten: Geniales Teil!
      Gruß Rainer

      • Locus team

        Hi, please update your Locus to version 3.38.4. If the error persists, please contact our support team at help.locusmap.eu

    • Locus team

      Hi Gerhard,
      please contact Locus support at help.locusmap.eu and describe the issue in detail, add screenshots etc.

  • Dainius

    After update to 3.38.1/2/3 Locus doesn’t autoload Oruxmaps pages. My territory is divided to pages (use Ozi maps converted to Oruxmaps), but Locus doesn’t load next pages after finish previous page. In setting I choose “Automatic map loading”

  • Bill

    New verdion badly broken for offline Gemf archives which have aleays worked well in the past.

    • Locus team

      Hi,
      we are sorry for the inconveniences. Please update to Locus Map 3.38.3. and let us know if the issue is gone or not. Thanks! Michal, Locus team

  • Roman

    On my tablet I suddenly have all maps twice after the update!?

    • Locus team

      Hi, go to the map manager > offline tab > add > external maps > delete all duplicate folders.

  • Isabel Alves de Almeida

    Muito obrigado!
    É muito favorável para as minhas pesquisas.

  • Jürgen Gärtner

    On the mobile with 3.38.1 (Android 7) seems to working well. On my tablet with 3.38.3 (Android 6) I was suffered with some problems. I use openandromaps and LoMaps. In 3.38.3 the configuration switch back to the older engine was removed, so I cannot decide which error is based on the new rendering.
    Sometimes occur big figures (house numbers) randomly in smaller zoom levels which is accidentally. Zoom level 11 around 100% is only showing the shaddows, but no map. Try to change configuration crashes.
    Some subjects to fine-tuning.

    • Locus team

      Hi Jürgen,
      better if you contact our support at help.locusmap.eu and give them detailed information about the issue. Thanks.

  • John

    Hi guys,

    I wish to report that in this release of LM autoload of offline maps (RMAP format ) does not work anymore.

    Anyway You are making a great job.
    Thanks

    John

    • Locus team

      Hi,
      we are sorry for the inconveniences and we are working hard on fixing the bugs. Please update to Locus Map 3.38.3. and let us know if the issue is gone or not. Thanks! Michal, Locus team

      • nico579

        Bonjour,
        J’ai le même soucis avec les cartes IGN RMAP.
        Quand je zoom trop, il y a un message “problème inconnu”.
        Cordialement

        • Locus team

          Hi,
          better contact Locus support at help.locusmap.eu and describe the issue in detail, add screenshots etc.

  • Dainius

    Hi,
    I did update to version 3.38.1 and after that locus doesn’t work with openandromaps v4. Program doesn’t start at all

    • Locus team

      Hi,
      we are sorry for the inconveniences and we are working hard on fixing the bugs. Please update to Locus Map 3.38.3. and let us know if the issue is gone or not. Thanks! Michal, Locus team

  • dainius rudzionis

    Hi, I did update to version 3.38.1. After that locus map won’t start at all

    • Locus team

      Hi,
      we are sorry for the inconveniences and we are working hard on fixing the bugs. Please update to Locus Map 3.38.3. and let us know if the issue is gone or not. Thanks! Michal, Locus team

  • Ľubo

    Uff, má teraz trochu práce s downgrade-om lebo nová verzia (ako píšete) nechce moje vlastné mapy. Som sa unahlil, nečakal som to 🙁

  • Hilde

    Sinds de laatste update duurt het heel lang eer de app geopend wordt. ongeveer 3 min. Is dit normaal? Ik krijg eerst een zwart scherm gedurende meer dan 1 minuut. Daarna begint het stilaan te openen. Hopelijk heb je hier een oplossing voor.

    • Locus team

      Hi,
      the bug is known and will be fixed in the next version. Thank you for the report.

  • Krzysztof Warszawski

    There is some issue with raster map. They are very blurry or zoom different than 100%. Is it bug or feature of the the new engine?
    Also at one raster map I can’t use zoom l wl lower than 100% so I can’t see whole map or bigger areas. At old engine I can.

    • Locus team

      Hello,
      unfortunately, the new map core does not fully reflect all user maps. We’re working to fix bugs. If necessary, please contact support at help.locusmap.eu. An older version of Locus can be found here: https: //drive.google.com/drive/folders/16q5n2FcbJ62AhWKoT3vS5CyuEhfuji25

  • Hendrik

    Meine Kartendarstellung ist seit dem Update völlig überladen mit irgendwelchen Symbolen, insgesamt sehr dunkel und unübersichtlich. Von Verbesserung habe ich nichts bemerkt – wobei ich auch nichts vermisst hatte.

    • Locus team

      Hello,
      unfortunately, the new map core does not fully reflect all user maps. We’re working to fix bugs. If necessary, please contact support at help.locusmap.eu. An older version of Locus can be found here: https: //drive.google.com/drive/folders/16q5n2FcbJ62AhWKoT3vS5CyuEhfuji25

  • Krzysztof Warszawski

    Hmm. But I see that raster map are very blury at some zoom levels. And also in some raster maps there is possibility to zoom out. A see it only at 100% or more
    Previous version has much better raster maps support….
    It’s only temporary bug or is it the feature?

    • Locus team

      Hello,
      unfortunately, the new map core does not fully reflect all user maps. We’re working to fix bugs. If necessary, please contact support at help.locusmap.eu. An older version of Locus can be found here: https: //drive.google.com/drive/folders/16q5n2FcbJ62AhWKoT3vS5CyuEhfuji25

  • Alexandre HUBERT

    Hello guys. I opened Locus maps like usual with vector maps and I was like “Wow !!”. Then I read the change log and discovered you rewrote the map rendering core. Just to tell you : the result is just awesome. It is now a real pleasure to use vectorial maps 🙂 Thanks for the excellent job. I use v3 maps from openandromaps and it just works perfect.

    Just a thing : I (quickly) tried v4 maps from openandromaps and I have the impression v3 works better. For instance some names are cut in v4 maps. It was a quick test but for now I stay with v3 maps.

  • Jürgen Herz

    I like the way you inform me very much. It tells me that there are real people working there.
    And of course I like Locus Map äs muchb

  • Ken

    The track information page now reports the distance in kilometers even though the chosen distance units on the settings page is “Imperial (ft/mi)”

  • SAMAKE

    Je suis ravie

  • GeoThePS

    Schade,
    neue Karten nutzen mir gar nichts. Mein Gerätespeicher ist voll. Ich habe zwar eine fast leere Speicherkarte , verstehe aber nicht, wie ich das Smartphone dazu bringe, sie zu verwenden. Auch Kartenupdates funktionieren nicht mehr.

  • Gerhard Halder

    Hi and sorry for yesterday’s entry. Now I loaded the offline map. Everything is fine now,! LocusMap is my permanent companion. At home while hiking now traveling by bicycle. Thx a lot!
    Gerhard Halder

  • R5O.nl

    I love what you guys did on Map Rendering: it is so much better, on all my devices, also the slower ones (like Nexus 10) !

  • Jozef

    Dobry den, nejde mi stiahnut aktualizacia mapy slovenska… Lebo nemam locoins ale dostall som 3 darceky zdarma jedno som pouzil pre cr. A na aktualizaciu to nefunguje?

    • Locus team

      Dobrý den,
      ano, LoMapy zdarma se týkají pouze prvního stažení mapy, aktualizace jsou již za LoCoiny.

  • Dennis Jonasson

    After the update my map is very blurry and the details get lost when zoomed out. It’s now very hard to get a good overview of a specific area when the map has to be zoomed in to be able to see small roads and trails.

    • Locus team

      Hello,
      unfortunately, the new map core does not fully reflect all user maps. We’re working to fix bugs. If necessary, please contact support at help.locusmap.eu. An older version of Locus can be found here: https: //drive.google.com/drive/folders/16q5n2FcbJ62AhWKoT3vS5CyuEhfuji25

  • Fykantrollet

    Hi!
    Not so happy about the way maps are presented now. They seem to be in low resolution, much cruder visuals. I preferred the finer resolution earlier. Can you please allow for some adjustments ( below 100%)?

    • Locus team

      Hello,
      unfortunately, the new map core does not fully reflect all user maps. We’re working to fix bugs. If necessary, please contact support at help.locusmap.eu. An older version of Locus can be found here: https: //drive.google.com/drive/folders/16q5n2FcbJ62AhWKoT3vS5CyuEhfuji25

  • Gerhard Halder

    First view: bad news. If I zoom to 20 m the map does not update, lines are distorted.
    I can’t focus on (for example) hotel. Before update I got the information about distance and height.
    Please, can I get the former “engine” back?
    Regards

    • Locus team

      Hello,
      unfortunately, the new map core does not fully reflect all user maps. We’re working to fix bugs. If necessary, please contact support at help.locusmap.eu. An older version of Locus can be found here: https: //drive.google.com/drive/folders/16q5n2FcbJ62AhWKoT3vS5CyuEhfuji25

  • jirka

    Nedá se to zoomování nastavit, jak to bylo dříve? Mám nějaké vlastní rastrové mapy s několika zoomy a různými typy map a nyní je to špatně použitelné. Na nejmenší zoom mi to nezmenší a největší (jiná typ mapy) se zobrazí až při velkém zvětšení. Rovněž překryvnou mapu mám ve vícec zoomech a ted´to nejde smysluplně používat. Ten původní systém byl naprosto ideální pro tyto mapy.

  • Lukáš Ondráček

    Tato aktualizace mi zatím přinesla hodně problémů. Dá se nějak stáhnout předchozí verze?
    Pořád mi “zamrzává” mapa, kdy se najednou přestane překreslovat, takže je rozmazaná a zoom to ještě zhorší, že nakonec zůstane mapa bílá. V těchto případech i body na mapě jsou najednou neaktivní.

  • Ruslan

    I can’t update my card. Does not accept the money.

    • Locus team

      Hi,
      please contact support at locus.map@asamm.com. Here we can’t help you – we need your Locus Store e-mail which is private information you wouldn’t like to publish in website comment.

  • Bentzyp

    Good work!

  • carolyn thraves

    the app has updated and the GEMF format map that I was using doesn’t work any more: says “map is not available in this area”.