Here’s all you asked us during the last two weeks

Michal, Locus team

It’s been over two weeks since the Locus Map 4 launch. It triggered a great wave of interest among our users and also among those who heard about this app for the first time. And almost everything we’ve been doing during this time is answering thousands of questions. Here’s the summary of the most frequent ones:

WEB planner and library

Great stuff but what more to expect?

  • User points on map – so far, the points are only synchronized with the cloud but are not displayed in the planner. Quite a lot of you got upset by this and we are sorry – we underestimated this a bit but we’re revving all our engines to add it ASAP.
  • More tracks on map at once – the same as above, please be patient
  • More UI features to come – centering button, road surfaces, way types for the planner
  • Track/route import – GPX and other formats
  • Track editing
  • More maps from other providers – until recently we thought the online LoMap is enough. We re-thought it but first we have to evaluate and select which sources could be viable
  • Live Tracking integration
  • Continuous improvement of LoMaps, LoPoints and LoRouter – please don’t hesitate and send us your ideas – what is missing? What should we focus on? What to improve? What to fix?

What are the best practices for data synchronization?

  • take the first device on which you have the oldest Locus data (tracks, routes, points). This device should ideally have all your complete data
  • go to the main menu > Go Premium > log in and subscribe to Premium Gold
  • open your track/point manager and tap the sync button in the topbar
  • confirm manual synchronization, let it go all the way through
  • your personal database on the cloud has been created – you can sync other devices or plan/save routes in the web planner

Locus Map Pro

What’s its future?

Locus Map Pro will be maintained and updated so that it is still fully available in Google Play Store and is compatible with all future Android versions. When the transition of the most of the current Pro users starts to decline, we’ll rename it to Locus Classic.

Why is Locus Map 4 better?

Even the basic free version of Locus Map 4 brings a solid bundle of improvements:

  • new user interface â€“ the main screen, better structured feature menu, ergonomic controlling, clearer point detail, track detail etc.
  • new native online content â€“ default online LoMaps, LoRouter and LoPoints
  • new route planner with integrated map content panel
  • OneDrive support for direct import/export and automatic backup
  • track recording widget also in the basic version for free

Can I use both versions?

Yes, both versions are autonomous apps with their own configuration. If they are installed in the internal memory they share the main database files – tracks, routes, points and maps. When you uninstall one of them, the data remain in the device.

How can I get the discount as the Pro user?

Firstly, make sure you have logged in Locus Store in your Locus Map Pro. Then, when you tap Go Premium in the Locus Map 4 menu and log in the My Locus profile, you are automatically offered the discounted subscriptions.

How long will the discount available?

At this time, there is no deadline, no time limit when the discount offer should end.

Why am I not “Silver” automatically when I have bought Locus Map Pro?

At the beginning, there were two separate applications – Locus Map Free and Locus Map Pro. Locus Map 4 is the successor of Locus Map Free, not of Locus Map Pro. Therefore, there is no relation between your purchase of Locus Map Pro and subscribing to Premium Silver.

However, when you log in and the system recognizes you as the Pro owner (see above), you get the Silver for free for one year.

Will my Locus Map Watch Pro work with Locus Map 4?

No, add-on Locus Map Pro Watch communicates only with Locus Map Pro app. Locus Map 4 as a direct successor of Locus Map Free communicates with Locus Map Free Watch add-on. The add-on is identical to Locus Map Pro Watch. They have only different names. We had to duplicate them because of Samsung’s regulations forbidding one add-on serving two apps.

Locus Map 4

Where’s the rotation button, zoom buttons, zoom lock, magnifier?

Rotation of the map is controlled by the multifunctional centering button:

Zoom buttons are hidden by default but you can make them visible in Locus settings > controlling > Panels & buttons:

Zoom lock and maginfier are also hidden but you can add them to the function panel:

Dark mode causes the screen blinking and other problems

Unfortunately, this is caused by an agressive behavior of the MIUI system dark mode in Xiaomi devices. Exclude Locus Map from the system dark mode and all will be OK.

Locus Map records tracks wrongly even if it is not battery optimized

In Android 10 and 11, Locus Map needs a special extra permission for access to location when running in the background. This permission prompt emerges right before the action is started – track recording, navigation, guidance etc. Please, give it to it so that tha track recording on the background runs smoothly.

What about my maps? Do I have to download them all again?

No, as we have mentioned above, Locus Map Pro and Locus Map 4 share the same data folders. Only, if you have maps linked to Locus Map Pro from an external storage (SD card), you have to link them the same way in Locus Map 4.

Will my app stay in Premium when I’m offline for a longer time?

Yes, of course. Your subscribed app stays as it is with all subscribed features. When you get online and the app finds out your subs expired, it gives you a grace period long enough to re-subscribe comfortably.

Locus Map 4 manual contains obsolete information

We deeply apologize for this inconvenience. The user’s manual will be updated in the near future. If you have any questions, please ask us at our helpdesk.

9 Comments

  1. Jessy73
    23. 4. 2021

    Hi, do you know when we update on OpenStreetMap, when do we see the update in your Locus basemap ? Thanks, cheers ! Jessy

  2. DĂ©nes
    23. 4. 2021

    What about the one-time payment upgrade from Locus Map Pro? Is there anything on the horizon?

  3. bezel
    24. 4. 2021

    Hi!
    within the routplanner - you can display the hight display - but still I miss there the displaying of the slope-data!
    For several months now OSMAND offers the possibility to show simultaneously on two "screens" the route on the map and below the profile of the height INCLUDING the slope in percentage (at the point in the map or height profile you clicking).

    I know the slope/percentage can't be absolutely correct, but anyway - this approximate value combined with the profile of the height. It is a great and very good feature Osmand offers now.
    Why can't this be possible in Locus either?

    This feature would be such a great help especially for all the cyclists - and it would make Locus much more complete than it is already.
    Please - I would be so thankful if you/ someone can work on this!
    We miss this feature in Locus so much (and eg Osmand did find a solution to show the slope-% at each selected point)...

    It is a feature which is really, really helpful for all actives out there:
    to show at a selected point within a track the slope at that point!
    Please add this feature to locus!

    Thanks so much!

  4. Maciej
    25. 4. 2021

    Im waiting for editing function in web planner.
    Good job team 🤗

  5. bn
    25. 4. 2021

    Hi, when will be possibile to use the smartwatch add (Samsung Tizen) on version 4 ?

  6. Werner Seifried
    25. 4. 2021

    Hallo,
    Programm kommt so fĂĽr nicht in Frage, da die SD Karte fĂĽr die Karten nicht benutzt werden kann.

  7. MICHAEL BECHTOLD
    1. 5. 2021

    Und warum funktionieren Karten auf externer SD bei mir auch mit LM4?

  8. Ronald Holzwarth
    4. 5. 2021

    Hallo,
    ich habe ein paar WĂĽnsche zur E-Bike Nutzung.
    letztes Jahr bei meinen Touren fürs Stadtradeln habe ich bei längeren Touren mei Ladegerät mitgenommen. Bei einer Tour Fulda, Milseburg, Wasserkuppe, Fulda musste ich es auch nutzen. Die Suche nach zugänglichen Steckdosen, bzw. Ladestationen war sehr schwierig -in einem Cafe bin ich dann fündig geworden- und habe meinen Akku teilladen können.
    Bei der Suche im WEB bin ich auf verschiedene Angebote an E-Sation- Apps gestoßen; der Bereich der Rhön war aber z.B. leer und weiter hatten die Apps verschiedene Ladestationsarten als Inhalt.
    Mein Wunsch ist eine Integration der E-Ladestationen als Punktegruppe mit Punkten fĂĽr:
    1.Ladestation mit Steckdose (oder öffentlich zugängliche, genehmigte Außen-Steckdose)
    2.Ladestation mit abschlieĂźbarem Akku- Fach
    3.Ladestation mit "bike energy"- Ladekabel (Mietmöglichkeit angeben)
    4.Radstützpunkte, die das Laden anbieten, wie Fahrradwerkstätten, Bett & Bike- Stationen
    Die unterschiede sollten aus dem Punktesymbol erkennbar sein.
    Die Punktbeschreibung sollte die Adresse, den Anbieter, die Anschlußbedingungen, die Kosten, die Öffnungszeiten und die Anzahl der Anschlüsse enthalten. Weiterhin wären Angaben zur Gastronomie oder/und Lebensmitteleikauf (auch in der Nähe) z.B. Cafetrinken während des Ladens nützlich.

    Ein weiterer Wunsch (für Radreisende) Punktegruppe Bett&Bike (integration der B&B- App) und ähnlicher Angebote in Europa.

  9. Fritz K.
    5. 5. 2021

    O nein, bitte nicht so etwas auch noch. Selbstverständlich ist das meine persönliche Meinung. Radtouren mit E-Motor auf Natur zerstörten Asphaltbändern, ist nun mal meine Sache nicht. Meine Beobachtung an Radlertreffpunkten ist auch, wie Pedelecfahrer die mildtätigen Blicke der "echten Radler" genant kontrollierend zur Kenntnis nehmen dürfen ...müssen ...und dann noch etwas, ich schreibe das als einer der Locus fast von Beginn an nutzt, als Wanderer, Nordicwalker, Skilangläufer, Radler mit Mountainbike, Trekkingrad und ja, nicht aber mit meinem 20" Kompaktpedelec, dass ich mir für Stadterledigungen zugelegt hatte und das nun meistens in der Ecke stehen bleibt, weil ich die 2-3 Kilometer doch lieber zu Fuß gehe.
    So hätte ich nur noch einen, allerdings keinen dringlichen Wunsch, nämlich, die Aufnahme von Flusskilometrierungen von Wasserkarten. Aber wie schon angeklungen, verwende ich Locus MAP 4, wie auch Locus Map pro, auch als Kajakfahrer und schätze dabei die detailgenauen Flussverläufe und die Abbildungen der Anrainer. Gebe es 6 Sterne würde ich diese vergeben. Ich gratuliere!

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