Earlier this week, we released the new "social" screens within ViewRanger for Android and Apple. The new features mean that after any outdoor adventure, you can now combine your recorded GPS track, with any uploaded photos you took or twitter messages you sent along the way and you and your friends can view them directly from a smartphone or tablet. (See our screen grab examples, to the right).
As you can see, this makes a comprehensive trip album ready to share with other ViewRangers or to use the "share button" to send to Facebook or Twitter. These two examples used the Flickr app to attach geo-tagged pictures - find out how to do this below
The new feature set also lets you do the same for other people’s routes and tracks, so from your phone you can now:
- See what routes other ViewRanger customer’s have created and published.
- Find and “favourite” people with similar interests, so you can always see their latest adventures.
- Find the published routes and tracks of your friends and view any attached photos that they have uploaded
- Find and “favourite” expert trail authors and easily download their routes to go out and explore.
Want to start sharing Trip Stories of your adventures?
NB there's a few one-off set-up items to do, but once done it's easy. Here's how:
1. Make sure that you create an account in the ViewRanger app, when prompted at start-up, if you haven't already done so (or use organizer > settings > account ).
2. If you want to add photo's (using Flickr, also possible with Picasa & TwitPic)
i. install the FLICKR app on your phone and create an account. In the photo setting make sure that you set photos to PUBLIC and LOCATION IS ON so they are GEO-TAGGED
ii. Go to our web service at www.my.viewranger.com, log-in using your ViewRanger account details and select "Plug-ins" within section My ViewRanger account. Enter your FLICKR account info in the flickr section to link your photo's.
N.B. While you are logged into My.ViewRanger - why not create your profile and add a personal photo, so people can see you.
3. Set-up done...You are ready to start creating trip tracks with photo's!
Now, as you record your track using ViewRanger, start taking photo's using your phone camera. When you are finished - stop the track recording. Once back in cell signal or better still with WiFi. Launch the Flickr app and upload your photos from the camera library. Then synchronise the ViewRanger app. Go to "ViewRanger Store" within the App and view your track and photos.
Scroll down to "Edit Details" to give your track a title, activity category and add a few words of description (see image on left).
Finally, you can change tracks to be Private or Public either using the tick box in details, or the "eye" icon when viewing the track within the app, or set your default on the web at My.ViewRanger.
ViewRanger Trip Stories on the Web
Your track and photos are also viewable on the web, and a link to your Trip Story can easily be shared by email. You can even embed your own Trip Story maps within your own website or blog using the "widget" code shown on the web page.
Zadar, Croatia: http://my.viewranger.com/track/details/MTE4NDA0
Lakes - Place Fell: http://my.viewranger.com/track/details/ODkxMDU%3D