Hi John - see this forum topic: https://www.plotaroute.com/posts/1764/D/1
Hi, wondering if someone can kindly help with this query. I’ve created a test route and forwarded the route via email to my iPhone. When I click on the route link and try to click on the “location” arrow, bottom right hand corner it says “Unable to detect your location”? I’m really keen to be able to share my routes with friends etc and for them to be able to see where they are in relation to my plotted route so am hoping to find out why it says “Unable to detect your location”?
Many thanks in advance
Stuart - Thanks for that tip, we'll look into that. It might be something we can invest in at some point.
Martin - there is no need to do anything special to access your routes on an iPhone, just go to plotaroute.com in your mobile browser (usually Safari for an iPhone) and sign in to your account.
Hi. I am a complete novice. can I post my desktop route onto my iphone
Regarding the Garmin interface, it might be worth looking into developing a small, IQ application to run natively on the Garmin device and interface directly with plotaroute. Thus a user could open the app directly on the Garmin, receive a list of routes defined on plotaroute, select one and receive it directly down to the device. dwMap already implements something similar, but obvously not with your superior back-end capabilities!
This would remove the need to directly connect the Garmin to any sort of physical device, and would just use the native comms (i.e. wifi / BT via Garmin Connect) instead, which is much more practical for end users.
Thanks for this feedback Stuart - that's useful. It's good to hear that you're finding the mobile site works well for you
On the Garmin interface issue, we did used to have a means of downloading directly to Garmin device, but Garmin withdrew the interface tool that we were using due to browser security/stability issues. I don't think there's any other way to send routes directly but we'll have another look into this.
I rarely use my phone for tracking my rides (Garmin all the way, here), so would only use plotaroute on my phone for ad-hoc / last minute route plotting, combined with gimporter/gexporter to push down to the device. I have to admit that I originally wondered why there wasn't a native app, but to be completely honest, the mobile site is so excellent for plotting routes that I wouldn't be remotely bothered if a mobile app never appeared. I have recommended several people to use plotaroute based almost entirely on the quite excellent mobile route plotting ability.
Personally, I'd much prefer to see OS mapping for route plotting (nothing quite beats it for tricky off-road mapping, which OSM isn't quite as strong at yet) and, even better, proper integration to allow routes to be pushed directly to Garmin from the website to avoid the nasty hacks needed today to get them down to the device. Today, the combination of ViewRanger (offline OS maps), plotaroute (online map plotting), Strava (occasional ad-hoc route tracking when walking) and Garmin (long-duration bike-based tracking) fit my navigation needs pretty well, albeit not very seamlessly.
I think number 24 was the original feature request for a mobile app but then we created separate ones for navigation and recording of routes. Feature request 24 is more about replicating the mobile site as a native app rather than creating new functionality to record or navigate that doesn't exist now, so in that respect it probably isn't redundant.
Isn't this Feature Request rather similar to Request 26 (Develop a mobile app for route navigation (following a route using GPS enabled mobile devices) ?
- tracks downloaded onto the phone
- GPS guidance along a plotted track
- ideally using offline maps because internet access might not always be available
- ideally with voice guidance along the route
- ideally with visual guidance along a route ??
Does anyone use or want visual guidance with a phone ? In my experience, it's no good on a bicycle. I suspect a dedicated navigation device which fills the small screen with big graphics would be better ...
For walkers, perhaps detailed offline maps overlayed with progress along the track would work ...
If no-one needs to plot a new route on a phone without internet access, then this Feature Request (24) seems to be superfluous .... or am I wrong ? (I've never used the mobile site)
Hi Michael - we don't currently have a mobile app but do have a mobile friendly version of the wesbite. Also, you can download routes from the site for use with other apps like the ones that Colin refered to - thanks Colin for sharing these tips.