ViewRanger GPS V1.2.0 for iPhone and iPad has gone live in the Apple appstore.
This update introduces some key functionality that we know from your feedback, especially from former Symbian OS users, will be an important step forward. These being:
* The addition of BuddyBeacon “watching” – so that you can view the location of your friends on screen
* The addition of Route navigation – so that you can follow a route, or navigate to a point, with waypoint alerts and off-route alarms
For full details on these new features go to our support pages: http://support.viewranger.com/wikihelp/index.php/Category:IPhone_platform
We introduced BuddyBeacon “sending” in the last update allowing you to share your location with friends. This allowed them to view your location via a web browser or using ViewRanger on a Symbian phone.
This update takes that one step further, allowing you to view Buddy locations within ViewRanger GPS on your iPhone or iPad.
You can “watch” the location of up to 10 friends, who have enabled BuddyBeacon and given you their PIN code. A dotted track is displayed showing their recent progress.
This software update also introduces compatibility with the Retrieva Tracking GPS tracking dog collar. For more information go to www.retrievatracking.com.
(The collar must be reporting its position using GPRS and be configured in the Retrieva web panel. SMS based reporting is not available using the iPhone.)
Whilst in previous ViewRanger GPS versions you have been able to create, import or download routes with waypoints. It has not been possible to be navigated along that route – version V1.2.0 addresses this.
This upgrade means that the app will allow you to follow a route. An arrow is shown indicating the direction to go, with optional waypoint alerts and even alarms if you veer too far off-route (XTE alarm).
The feature also allows you to navigate to a point of interest (POI), or even to a watched BuddyBeacon.
Another aspect of the new navigation capabilities is that routes with Audio/Video content such as the “Hadrians Wall walk” are now fully supported with the audio & video content being GPS-triggered at the appropriate waypoints.
To see other audio and video guides by our content partners – look in the in-App ViewRanger store. (We have some audio and video guides for the UK at the moment, but hope to add more soon.)
Ease of Use
Finally, in response to user feedback, we have introduced an edit-handle for POIs and Waypoints, so that your finger doesn't obscure the map when dragging POIs and waypoints.
We hope that you enjoy these new features.
Thanks again for your feedback.