Guidance in Locus Map is a process of direct guiding towards a point or along a route. Unlike navigation it does not provide voice turn-by-turn instructions along roads on a map but shows direction, distance or estimated time of reaching a target. Therefore it is useful mainly for hiking and biking off-road or in badly mapped areas, and especially for geocaching. It is usable also for such “exotic” sports like sailing or flying.
There are two kinds of guidance in Locus Map:
This function is executable by several ways depending on where you select the point to guide to:
Point search results are always displayed on the map:
Places to guide to can be easily selected by long-tapping the map on the spot, tapping the arrow button on the label with address and selecting Guide On. If nothing happens when long-tapping the screen, enable the function in Settings > Map - control&panels > Enable address search
When you start guiding to a point a special control panel appears at the top of the screen. It displays information about the point, its distance and direction. In case of guidance to a geocache there are also other facts like the cache type, difficulty and terrain. Tapping the panel displays the point detail screen. The context menu on the right side of the panel contains following:
Locus Map can notify you when you reach defined distance from the point of guidance, repeat and even increase frequency of the alerts when getting nearer.
Tap Play to check your sound settings.
Tap Play to check your vibration settings.
Locus can zoom the map automatically according to the distance from the point you are guided to - the closer the target is the bigger zoom is displayed. The option can be switched on in Settings > Maps advanced > Miscellaneous > check Speed Auto-zoom.
At first the function zooms according to your current speed, beginning at 2000 m from the target it switches to the distance-based zooming mode. Applicable only for guidance to a point (not along a route).
Technically, guidance along a route is actually guidance to a chain of trackpoints. You are guided to the first point of the route, then to the second etc. It is useful e.g. for sailing, sea-kayaking, flying or crosscountry hiking when there are no roads for turn-by-turn navigation. Nevertheless, Locus Map can help you with orientation by screen and sound alerts at important track turns.
Alternatively the guidance can be started by selecting the track directly on map if it is visible, tapping the arrow button and selecting Navigation/guidance > Guidance.