That works for me too, Thanks!!
I'm on the road for a few days, I'll try later and report back.
Tested on my mobile. Working great.
We've implemented some changes today in response to the suggestions below, to overcome the problem of not being able to see map details underneath the route in the route planner. It works slightly differently on the mobile app and the desktop site, but the principle is the same.
On the mobile app, when you touch the map while not in plotting mode (i.e. with the plot record button off), the route will be made partially transparent and the arrows and distance markers removed. Releasing your finger from the map will redisplay the route as normal.
On the desktop site, the same approach applies, accept that the route will be made transparent when you drag the map, rather than when you press down on the mouse button, in order to avoid accidentally plotting a new point.
We think this works really well - it's a simple solution and feels intuitive. There is enough transparency to see details underneath the route like road names, but you can still see the path of the route as well and it doesn't involve any additional button presses.
Let us know what you think.
I will say that "most" doesn't mean "better" :) Using PR on a desktop is SOOOOOO much easier, of course.
But most importantly, thanks for being so responsive and positive. It feels like a community here, and these additions and updates certainly help all users.
We've got an idea for a solution on this topic that we're testing out and should hopefully be able to put live tomorrow.
Peter's right in that 'mobile first' is now the priority - more people use plotaroute on a mobile device than a desktop computer now and that has been the case for the last 2 years. However, there will always be some things that work better on a larger screen.
I disagree. When plotaroute has become better and better on mobile, I've started to create more and more routes here. I think that plotaroute works really well on my old, small Samsung Galaxy S7.
Please, go 'mobile first' designing and then adapt for desktop.
I think that if you first find how-to solve a specific challenge on the mobile, it's rather easy to do the same thing in a great way for desktop. Harder to do the opposite.
Understood. The desktop site is probably the main place where this would be used, in that most plotting is done here.
Looking at the mobile app, though, wherever the current icons are (say the zoom ones) that entire height or width is practically "non map" and so another one is probably not a real issue (from my user's viewpoint). But I do take your point.But the more I use the mobile app (with its smaller screen and harder to see map detail under the route), the more I think how useful would be the "Toggle Route" icon (back to Komoot, I'm afraid, I keep using it as an example).
Maybe a Settings option, so the user can chose whether to display this (or these) icons?For instance, I use the Zoom out (whole route) a lot, but hardly ever the Zoom in (current playback location).
Just some thoughts ......
That's a nice idea but adding another icon would hide some of the map to the detriment of anyone who didn't want to use that feature. It's so tempting to add an icon for this and and icon for that and soon you get a very cluttered map, which is somethng we are keen to avoid. It's easier on the desktop site where there is more space and we also have the option of detecting the mouse position to display additional options. We'll try to think of another way of doing it for the mobile version.
Can I just add that I think adding the ability to temporarily hide the route in this way would be a great feature!
OK, thanks!By the way, Komoot also have an icon on their mobile app that hides the route when touched, and shows it again when released. It's a neat implementation, a real-time toggle. You should take a look .....
Hi Mark - the only way to currently hide the route is to temporarily change the Transparency setting under My Settings. We can look into possibly of adding a switch to toggle the display.
How do I just hide the plotted route temporarily, please? Sometimes the route can make it difficult to see the underlying road/track/path.
I have been playing with Komoot (sorry, just to see what others are doing .... route planning not a patch on PR!). It has a nice feature, a button to just toggle the route on and off (“Hide Tour Line”).
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