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Back Roads Touring => General Discussion => Topic started by: Nick Bright on September 10, 2019, 04:11:23 PM

Title: Phone GPS App - Locus Maps
Post by: Nick Bright on September 10, 2019, 04:11:23 PM
I've been using Back Country Navigator Pro for a while now, and I've been fairly happy with it, but recently I came across Locus Map (https://www.locusmap.eu/) for $12 on the app store. It has quite an internal map marketplace with numerous available online, offline, and trail map resources to purchase. It came with three free "LoMaps" for offline state maps, I picked Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

So far I'm very impressed with the app, it has a very good UI (much better than Back Country Navigator), built in geocaching things for people interested in that, and when I imported my KMZ files from Google Earth it even pulled in the line colors and Icons that I'd made!

The topo map data isn't quite as good as the ThunderForest maps that BCN uses, but everything else is much better.

I haven't tried it out yet but there's also a (subscription based) live tracking function for sharing location data with friends & family similar to services that Spot and InReach offer, but dependent on mobile data for functionality.

If you're using an android device as a GPS, maybe check out the free version. I liked it enough to spend the $12 :)

(I'm not affiliated and don't receive anything for a referral - just sharing a sweet app I found with the group)

Title: Re: Phone GPS App - Locus Maps
Post by: Nick Bright on September 16, 2019, 01:24:25 PM
I dont know if the hardware GPS units do this or not, but while running Locus for the stampede i found it does track guidance; announcing turns or sharp corners ahead of time. Really nice to get an audio cue on the speakers!
Title: Re: Phone GPS App - Locus Maps
Post by: Roger Nixon on September 17, 2019, 03:46:30 PM
That sounds pretty good, Nick.  Can you plan a ride with it or do you have to create a track in a different program and import it?
Title: Re: Phone GPS App - Locus Maps
Post by: Nick Bright on September 22, 2019, 11:58:05 AM
Yes, i sat in the shelter at council grove completely offline with the device and planned a route back to independence. It was relatively easy to do.