Within Avenza Maps users have the ability to record their tracks through the use of GPS. Please note that in order to use the Record GPS Tracks feature, users need to have a device that is GPS enabled. Some devices, such as certain models of iPads, do not have a built-in GPS chip, which means that while they will work while connected to the network, once the device is no longer connected to the internet, the GPS will no longer work. Record GPS Tracks is used to record your route, speed, distance, and elevation while you walk, hike, run, bike, or do anything else outdoors.
Recording a Track
GPS tracks are recorded from directly within a Map View and therefore requires a map to be open. It is possible to continue tracking off the map, but only the portion that is on the map will be displayed. Tracking can also occur across Map Collections as well. There are a variety of GPS Settings that allow users to customize the accuracy based on various scenarios (walking versus driving). For more information, please see GPS Settings.
To record a GPS track:
- Have an appropriate map open that covers the desired area
- Tap on the Tools icon (the three dots on the lower right side of the toolbar) and select Record GPS Tracks
- Once a signal has been established (will see "Start" displayed), tap "Start" to begin recording. Your tracks will continuing recording, even if you minimize the app (a badge will be displayed in the Maps List indicating which map is currently being recorded on (see below for screenshot)).
- When you are done recording, tap 'Stop' and the track will be saved as a Map Feature.
Viewing a Track
Saved tracks can be viewed on the map or exported for use on another device, or software. For more detailed track information, tap the track to show its label, then tap the information icon. To view Track Statistics, tap on "Show Graph".
Track to Area (Pro Subscribers only)
Pro users have the ability to convert a track to an area. In order to use this function, a Pro Subscription must be enabled on the device. To convert a track, tap on the track to view its details, and select Convert To Area. Once selected, a message will be displayed confirming that the area has successfully been generated.