New Update to My.ViewRanger Community Site

Posted on 18/08/2011

We’ve just released an exciting update to the online community and route planning website. My.ViewRanger lets you discover, create, and share your outdoor adventures, and synch these wirelessly with your ViewRanger app on Apple, Symbian, and Android smartphones and tablets.

This update is based on feedback from you – the ViewRanger community. It includes

  • Integration of ViewRanger BuddyBeacon with Twitter to show your tweets and photos
  • Use ViewRanger Widgets to embed ViewRanger content in your own websites, blog posts, and facebook pages
  • An enhanced route-search interactive map page
  • Usability improvements including user requested features such as deleting tracks

Easier ways to share your outdoor adventures: 

Integration of BuddyBeacon, ViewRanger’s location-sharing feature, with your community profile

When you are out and using ViewRanger BuddyBeacon, you can now have ViewRanger automatically show a link to your BuddyBeacon tracking page on your profile page within the ViewRanger online community site. Let the ViewRanger community site tell your friends that you are outside!

Privacy controls are included in your Profile Settings page to control whether this is active or not.

Integration of ViewRanger BuddyBeacon with Twitter

Your BuddyBeacon track can now automatically show along its length all (or selected) tweets and tweeted photos that you post whilst out on your trip. Simply add your Twitter details to your community site Profile Settings page.

If you don't want all your tweets shown on your BuddyBeacon track, you can control which Tweets are shown by specifying a #hashtag - I use #vr. You'll then see only the tweets that are sent containing this hashtag.

For photos, Instagram, Flickr, Twitpic, Twitgoo, and Twitter's own new photo sharing service are currently supported.

ViewRanger Widgets – Share Your Routes and Tracks in Your Own Website, Blog, and Facebook Tabs

We have added four ViewRanger “widgets” that make it quick and easy to share your routes, tracks, and more through your own web sites, blog posts, facebook page, and more.

Profile Badge

Use this to share your ViewRanger profile page with family and friends. This badge links to your public profile page and dynamically shows your profile image and the number of routes that you have published into the ViewRanger community.

Route Widget & Track Widget

Use these widgets to embed maps of a route that you have published, tracks that you have uploaded, or perhaps show off the route you plan on using at the weekend. Ideal for blog posts and trip reports.

Search Map Widget

Use the Search widget to embed a dynamic map with many routes. This widget will replicate the filter settings you have applied – making it easy to embed a map that shows just your published routes, or that shows cycling routes nearby your local town that are shorter than a certain length.

If you are a guidebook publisher, tourism organization, prolific community publisher, or other route publisher then this widget makes it simple to add your route content into your web pages, blog posts, and facebook pages.

It’s also a great way for campsite owners, hotel and bed & breakfast operators, outward bound centers, and other places to embed an interactive map of high quality outdoor route guides in your own websites – a powerful way to show your visitors what is around you!

You’ll find code snippets on your community home page (for the Profile Badge), on every published route map page, on every track map page, and on the route search page. Simply copy the code snippet and add it into your web page, blog post, or a facebook HTML iframe page tab.

Easier ways to discover and find routes to download to the app:

Enhanced route search page

We have improved the route search page that lets you discover and browse all the great route content contributed by our brand publishers and the ViewRanger community. Above the map, you’ll now find a set of filter controls that let you refine your search by:
• Route type (walking, cycling, air-based, etc)
• Length of route (you can select a range, or find routes that are “longer than...” or “shorter than...”)
• Publisher Brand, or show community routes only
• Difficulty rating of the route
We have also improved the text search on this page – so that it will search the route name, summary, shortcode, and publisher name fields for matching terms.

Usability Improvements

Deleting Tracks

You can now delete unwanted tracks that you have uploaded to your account from your handset.

Improvements to Route Editor

It is now quicker to create a route for your own private use, as you no longer have to enter a summary description and other details before saving your private route. You can simply plot the waypoints in the website's route editor, tap the save button, and then use the ViewRanger app to synch it directly to your mobile device. Published routes - i.e. those shared with the ViewRanger community - still require descriptions and other information to be completed before they can be successfully published.

Better Route Management

We have added a full list of the routes that you have downloaded into your Routes and Tracks page.

View all the routes published by a user or brand

We have added a "View All Routes" button to every public profile page. This makes it simple to go to a map showing the location of all the routes that have been published by that author.

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