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Routes are pre-planned, drawn on maps or imported and put into navigation devices so that we can travel along their lines. Tracks that were recorded by you or someone else can be turned into routes when we need to navigate them.
Routes can be drawn manually on the map or automatically by a router - running online or offline within the app, as an external online routing service, offline routing app, PC software or web application. Locus Map provides several methods of creating routes:
For a quick reference, check the basics video tutorial:
The planner can be switched on in several ways:
The line between points runs along roads and paths in case of automatic drawing or stretches straight in case of manual drawing.
The route is built by shaping points added on map:
The route line, rendered between shaping points, contains also segment points . Both shaping and segment points can be moved on map and the route is immediately re-rendered accordingly. By moving a segment point you change it into a shaping point and new segment points are created in between.
NEVER place the shaping points on intersections! The router needs to know the direction after the turn so that it can add the proper navigation command to it. Locus marks the wrongly placed shaping points by a red circle:
Via points are places you want to go through when navigating the route - the voice navigation will notify you of them and in case of route recalculation the via points are not detoured.
Via points can be created out of shaping points, LoPoints, your own user points or by defining new points individually.
By moving a via point on the map in the route planner it changes back to a shaping point.
LoPoints can be added to your route too:
Your own interesting places or downloaded geocaches can be added to your route:
Define a new point by an address, coordinates, projection, etc., and add it to your route.
If you know a place on the route you can not go through but which is not reflected by the map or routing data - e.g. temporary roadblock, wood harvesting in the forest, flooded area, etc., tell route planner to avoid it.
If you changed your mind and you want to use a different activity for a part of the planned route, OR the automatically drawn segment doesn't suit your purposes, you can have it recalculated:
You can also recalculate the whole planned route for a different activity:
Available only with Premium Gold
Locus Map can create your round trip automatically, based on defined distance and direction.
The ETT is calculated from a combination of various parameters. These include distance, elevation profile, estimated speed, estimated elevation gain/loss per hour or a certain amount of break time specific for particular activities.
You can start navigation along the planned route right from the route planner:
When you are done with all edits, save your route!
“Clear planner” does NOT erase No-go areas. These are kept active even out of route planner, e.g. for navigation. To delete them, tap each no-go area and delete them individually.
In order to avoid too steep hills you can set route color to dynamic slope style Available only with Premium and define an unacceptable range of the slope angle, i.e. 10%-30%. Locus will highlight such places for you:
When this option is checked, the route is created from viapoints only:
Do you want to measure area of your property? Check this option in the menu (or long-press the distance box in the bottom bar), Locus will color the area on map and display the area value in the bottom bar:
Measuring areas works correctly only when convex areas are drawn!
Here you can define the action after long-pressing the + button for adding points:
With this option checked you can add points with navigation commands or change shaping/via points into them:
If you don't need them on the route planner screen turn them off (you can still zoom in/out by pinching or double-tapping/shifting).
A convenient tool especially for those with weaker eyes - the magnifier always emerges when you move any part of the route.
This setting turns the magnifier on/off also in the track editor.
Tracks can be turned into routes when they are intended for navigation or guidance:
to be added soon…