It’s not so long ago when we informed here about the release of 3.19 version, full of changes, fixes, and above all, new maps of U.S. Nevertheless, we had something left in a drawer so we decided to release another version right after two weeks. 3.20, again, is mainly about new maps, this time of Europe and Middle East.
Kompass is not Compass
Two different map publishers, first seated in Innsbruck (AT), second in Krakow (PL). Phonetically indistinguishable names may be confusing but each company provides map coverage of different areas:
One of the biggest European cartographic publishing houses offers in Locus digital maps of Austria, Germany, northern and middle Italy, Sardinia, Corsica and other areas. See the mapsheet overview:
The maps excel in clean and clear drawing and are zoomable in several levels. They display marked hiking paths, cycling routes and symbols of tourist facilities and attractions. Kompass maps are available in the form of offline packages, containing particular map area, furthermore, it’s possible to define your own custom map crop and zooms.
Traditional Polish hiking maps producer has prepared almost whole portfolio of their maps for Locus, including the most attractive locations of Poland and partially also of western Ukraine. The maps are available in individual map packets:
Maps are drawn in one scale, basically 1:50 000, and other zooms are, therefore, rendered as its augmentations, respectively diminutions. Anyway, the maps are structured very nicely and in great detail. They contain network of marked hiking and cycling routes, horse-riding routes and sailing routes on the big lakes of the North. Of course, complete tourist facilities and natural and architectural attractions list is included.
Hiking for free in Israel
Very accurate and detailed hiking maps of the lands of our biblical predecessors are provided by the Israelhiking map server. The maps are based on OpenStreetMap and include also terrain shading. The map covers complete area of the state of Israel including Gaza strip and the West Bank:
The map is available in Locus Store in three versions – hiking, MTB and hiking trails network without background that can be displayed above any other map of the area through the Map overlay function. All maps can be downloaded to offline for free.
That’s all about maps and now let’s talk about some news in the app control:
Finally, routepoints/viapoints distinguished when drawing a route!
The problematics of points creating a route in Locus may seem a bit tricky – Locus as a global app reflects a few approaches at once and not always it’s simple to tackle them right and to explain everything precisely. Many of you were puzzled by the bunch of icons above the route points after manual drawing without router’s assistance. We had no clue how many users draw routes point by point and primarily we promoted the option of router-assisted route drawing planning. However, upon your numerous requests we re-assessed our approach and the result is as follows:
- a normal manually inserted route point that is depicted as a green dot on the line during the drawing is left WITHOUT any highlighting when the route is saved. Such a route point tells Locus just to “draw the line this way” and it doesn’t matter if you draw the route with or without router’s assistance. Navigation along the route announces in this case only direction changes and distances (e.g. “after 200 meters turn right”) and when recalculating the route with the point priority the route is directed right to the final point.
- if you want to insert a point with some additional information to the route, like “good pub” or “my buddy’s cabin”, and want Locus to navigate you through this place (viapoint) even when the route is recalculated, add it with the + button and then tap it with your finger again – the green dot turns BLUE and the point is ready for further editing.Save the route, icons with arrow show above the “blue” points.Tap to select the point, choose “edit” and you can change its name.If you have TTS (text-to-speech) set in your voice navigation, the voice notifies you of such a point (e.g. “after 200 meters good pub”). Of course, other navigation commands remain the same.
As you know, that’s not all – other changes and improvements are listed in the changelog that can be viewed from the main menu > about app.