Topo GPS contains a route planner with which you can straightforwardly plan routes. The route planner can also be used to modify existing routes. To use the route planner you have to be connected to the internet, unless the transportation means is set to ‘Crow Fly’.
Opening route planner¶
To open the route planner you have to open the menu first. Then you press on the ’Plan’ button in the menu.
An example of an opened route planner is displayed below:
Closing route planner¶
You can close the route planner by pressing ‘Close’ on the top left of the route planner.
If you close the route planner, the planned route will be kept on the map. By closing the route planner, the planned route will not be saved. To save a planned route you have to press the save button on the top right of the route planner window.
Choosing transportation means¶
By pressing the button on the bottom left of the route planner window, you can choose a means of transportation. In Fig. 1 this button says ‘Pedestrian’. If you press button the following screen appears:
You can select the desired way of transportation. You have the following possibilities: walking, bicycling, mountain-biking, car (avoid highways), car, and as the crow flies.
If you plan a route as the crow flies, you can do this without an internet connection. For the other ways of transportation an internet connection is required, because the routes are calculated externally.
You can obtain more information about the route planner, by pressing ‘Planner: Copyright’, just below the route planner window.
Plan again switch¶
In the bottom of the transportation means screen, you can find the switch ‘Already planned part of route - Plan again’.
If you disable the switch ‘Plan again’ and choose another means of transportation, the new means of transportation will only be used by the parts of the route that will be planned from now on. In this way you can plan a route with different transportation means. For example first a part ‘Pedestrian’, then a part ‘Crow Fly’ to cross a field in which there are no roads and then again ‘Pedestrian’.
If you enable the switch ‘Plan again’ and change the transportation means, the already planned part of the route will be recomputed with the new means of transportation. For example, in this way you can turn a planned bicycle route into a pedestrian route.
In Topo GPS routes are planned via route points. You can add route points in three ways:
- Manually, by pressing long on the map.
- By tapping waypoints or the position marker.
- By entering an address, coordinates or compass direction.
Below we will first explain how you can manually plan routes. Then it is explained how to plan routes via waypoints and your current position . Finally it is discussed how you can plan routes by entering addresses or coordinates. You can also combine the three different methods.
To reset the route planner, you press ‘Reset’ on the top right. The route points and the routes will then be removed.
To undo an action you have to press the ‘Undo’ button in the middle of the route planner window. You can undo all actions including a reset until ten steps back.
To save a planned route, you have to press ‘Save’ on the right.
Adding route points manually¶
If you press long on the map, a route point will appear. If you hold you finger on the map, you can drag the route point to the desired position. If you then release your finger, the route point will be positioned. An example is displayed below:
The added route point is colored green. The green color indicates that the route point is selected.
You can add a second route point by pressing long on the map. This one will be colored blue and indicates a route point that is being added. A blue route point will always follow a green one as you can see in the figure below.
You now have to drag the blue route point to the desired position. If you release your finger a route will be planned from the green to the blue route point as you can see below:
By planing a route the route points will be moved automatically to the closest road.
By releasing the blue route point, it will be selected automatically and colored green. The originally selected route point will be deselected and becomes orange.
The length of the planned route is indicated on the route distance meter of the dashboard. In Fig. 5 the route has a length of 1.6 km.
To extend the route you have to add a new route point, by pressing long on the map. An example is displayed below:
Selecting route points¶
You can select a route point by tapping it. The tapped route point will become green. A route point that immediately follows a selected route point will be colored purple. In this way you can always recover the direction of the route. All other route points will be colored orange.
To move, insert, and remove route points, you need to select route points as is explained below.
Moving route points¶
To move a route point, you first select the desired route point by tapping on it. The route point will become green. Next, you press long on the selected route point. Hold your finger on the screen and drag the route point to the new position. An example is displayed below:
If you release the moved route point, the new route will be calculated automatically as you can see in the figure below:
Inserting route points¶
To insert a route point in between two existing route points, you first have to select the route point that lies just before the route point that you intend to insert.
If the selected route point is not the last route point, you will see a purple route point. That is the route point that directly follows the green route point. An inserted route point will be inserted between the green and the purple point.
If you press long on the map, a blue route point will appear. If you hold your finger on the map, you can drag this point to the desired position. An example is displayed below:
If you release you finger from the screen, the route between the green and purple route point will now go via the inserted route point. This is illustrated in the figure below:
If the new route has been computed, the inserted route point will be automatically selected and colored green.
It is also possible to insert a routepoint on the current route. Press long on the route, a new blue route point will appear. If you move your finger around, the new route point will move along the route. If you release your finger, the route point will be inserted.
Removing route points¶
To remove a route point, you first have to select the desired route point by tapping it. Next, you press long on this route point, hold your finger on the screen and drag it to the route planner window (top). You will see the route point disappears in the route plan window. An example is displayed below:
If you have dragged the route point to the route plan window you can release it. The route point will be removed and the route will be recalculated as you can see below:
Alternatively you can drag a route point to the dashboard in order to remove it.
Current position as route point¶
You can add a route point at your current location by pressing the search box in the route planner window. Next, you have to press ‘Current location’ in the ‘Address’ tab.
You can also add a route point at you current position by tapping the position marker, the marker that indicates your position on the map.
Waypoints as route points¶
You can use a waypoint that is loaded on the map, as a route point by tapping the waypoint.
Below you can see an example in which two waypoints are loaded on the map.
If you tap subsequently on the position marker and the waypoints, a route will be planned between these points as you can see in the following figure:
Address as route point¶
You can enter an address, location name or coordinate as route point by pressing the search box in the route planner window. A screen appears in which you can enter an address.
As an example we now enter ’10 Downing St’ as you can see in the figure below:
While entering an address results appear in the list below. If you press on one of these results, you will return to the map and the search result will be used as a route point, as you can see in the example below:
To add the next route point you can press again the search box and enter an address or location name. An example is displayed below:
If you press a search result, the result will be used as a route point and you will return to the map. A route will now be computed between the two route points as you can see in the figure below.
You can extend this route by adding new route points, either manually by pressing on the map, or using the search box.
Saving planned routes¶
If you are ready planning your route, you can save the route by pressing ‘Save’ on the top right of the route planner window. The following screen will appear:
In this screen you can subsequently enter the title, the author and a description.
Based on the start and finish point of the route an automatic suggestion for the route title will be made. This suggestion appears in the title field if you do not enter a title yourself. If you do not enter a title, the suggestion will be used when saving the route. In the example above the suggestion is ‘Midhurst - Chichester’.
To ensure automatic title suggestion functions properly, the option ‘Addresses - Find automatically’ should be enabled in the settings.
If you press the ‘>’ on the right hand side of the title you can add an URL.
If you press the ‘>’ on the right hand side of the title you can add contact information, and copyright and license details. If you save a route also the author and copyright details will be saved for future use. If you record or plan a new route, the same author and copyright details will already be filled in. Therefore you do not have to reenter these details when saving the next planned route.
You can alter the route type by pressing the route type cell. If you save the route, the current route type will be used as a suggestion for the next saved route. If you for example only plan bicycle routes you therefore only have to set the route type once.
Waypoints that are currently shown on the map can be included with the route by setting the switch ‘Include waypoints’ on. If you do not want to save the currently displayed waypoints with the route you have to turn this switch off.
If you are ready entering information, you can press ‘Save’ on the top right to save the planned route. A planned route will always be saved as a new route. Existing routes will never be overwritten.
If the route has been saved, it will be removed from the planner and loaded on the map as a normal route.
Be aware, the route will be saved into the folder that is currently opened in the routes screen.
If you do not want to save the route you can press ‘Cancel’ on the top left. In this case the planned route will not be removed from the planner.
In the section Organizing routes and waypoints it is explained how to move your route to another folder.
In the section :ref;`ss-routes-share` it is explained how you can share your planned route with Topo GPS, mail, Facebook and other apps.
Editing saved routes¶
You can modify the route as you wish, in the same way as you plan a route and is described above. If you save the modified route, it will be saved as a new route. The original route will not be overwritten.