Unlike tracks, routes are pre-planned and put into navigation devices or drawn on maps so that we can travel along their lines. Tracks that were directly recorded or imported from someone else who recorded them can be turned into routes.
Routes can be drawn manually on the map or calculated by a navigation device, by PC software, web application or mobile application. Locus Map provides several methods of creating routes - drawing point by point, drawing with routing service assistance or rendering from tracks.
There are a few ways how to switch on the route planning screen in Locus:
Route planning screen consists of the main map screen, additional bottom panel and total distance counter:
If you need an offline routing engine for planning routes (and point-to-point navigation as well), download and install free co-application BRouter. Download also offline routing data of the area you are planning the route through and set BRouter as default router in navigation settings.
BRouter provides also alternative method of planning your route >> in cooperation with Locus Map. It utilizes BRouter's ability to engage transit via points and nogo points that, on the contrary, must be avoided during navigation.
Tracks can be turned into routes when they are intended for navigation or guidance:
When you plan a trip it is always useful to have some estimation of the trip travel time. Locus can calculate this time after selecting the trip activity - 3 types of walk, 9 types of bike and two of crosscountry skiing. The time is calculated from the distance, estimated speed and elevation gain per hour.
This function can be found in the track detail screen menu > more.
If you want to edit saved tracks (e.g. due to inaccuracy of the GPS recording) or already planned route, you can do so directly on map:
Each single edit action must be individually saved by OK button before proceeding on some other place
TIP: when two coincident trackpoints covering each other occur and you want to add navigation command to the other that is not displayed, tap the point twice to switch between them.