Thanks for everyones input on this so far. It's important that we understand the key objectives from an app before investing in this.
A mobile app with offline functionality.
The main issue with web sites especially for walking is lack of decent network signal out in the middle of nowhere.
Some ability to cache a map of an area in a similar manner to Google maps.
At the moment I plan on the plotaroute website and then export the GPX to Komoot to navigate on my rides. It would be great if plotaroute could also do the turn by turn with voice instructions, eta, onscreen distance to go etc etc (like car satnav but for cyclists, runners, walkers). That way I could ditch Komoot (which isnt anywhere near as good as planning as plotaroute). I personally would be willing to pay for such an app.
Where an app is a sizeable outlay it also opens up a whole new market. Add in adverts and it makes money.
It'd be a useful tool if people could save plotted routes and access the app offline and navigate it purely with GPS. Etc. Thus making offline access more accessible perhaps.
The mobile site.is great though. It even works like a good app in how well formatted it is.
Thanks for your feedback Ian. I'd be interested to hear other peoples' views. The mobile version of the website already offers most of the features available on the desktop site, so we would need to understand what additional benefits a native app would need to deliver before considering an investment in this.
In the meantime, we'll keep working through the other suggestions.
Having been using the mobile site recently (which is excellent!), I don't see any advantages to having an app, whose only purpose, that I can see, would be to re-package the existing mobile functionality.
Given the development time needed to do that, I think it would be a much better use of you resource to develop some of the other features that have been requested.
Pending any specific requests from anyone who feels the mobile site is lacking, I would definitely put this one way on the back burner
The suggestion of developing a native mobile app for the site is already showing signs of being a popular request on our new Feature Requests list. Developing an app (or in practice several apps would be needed for different types of device) is a big investment, so it would be very important for us to understand exactly what features and benefits people are looking for in such an app. In particular, as we already have a mobile version of the site, I'd like to understand a bit more about what you feel a mobile app could provide that the mobile site can't, so that we can be clear about the objectives if we were to develop an app. It may be that some needs can be met through enhancements to the current mobile site.
Thanks in advance for your input.