Manually Recording A Set Of Waypoints With Maps n Trax

I’ve been able to create a set of waypoint markers in the Maps n Trax app on my iPhone by following the instructions at the Maps n Trax website.  The instructions I used are found here.

The methodology used was to add some waypoints to the map.  For test purposes, I chose some random sites to place my waypoints whilst walking my dog.  On the day of my test, I did find the screen glare to be troublesome.  In fairness it should be pointed out that this was identified as a phone vs environment issue, rather than as a problem with the app itself.

In order to get accurate location recording I decided I would have to press on with the manual method of waypoint recording, despite the visibility setback caused by the sun.  How to do this is easy enough.  One simply presses on the screen for a few moments at the point where you want to place the waypoint, and a question appears that asks what you want to do.

The “Create Point” options are to “Store Waypoint in Active Track”, to create a “Temporary Point”, or to “Cancel”. I selected “Store Waypoint in Active Track” on each occasion. A waypoint will appear as a red pin-type shape by default. If a waypoint is in the wrong position for any reason, you can press down on that waypoint for a few seconds, and you’ll then be able to click and drag it to a better position. This isn’t an easy step to master, so I recommend learning this skill before you need it in the field by doing a few practice attempts.

Once all of the waypoints are recorded, the next step is to export them from Maps n Trax.  This is nice and simple.

Press on the screen in order to show the command options at the top and bottom of the screen. At the bottom right hand corner is an ellipsis ( “…” ).

Next, click on “Tracks”.  Then select the track that you wish to export from the list of tracks that is now displayed.  Then, click on the output button (it is between the “Done” and “Sort” button, and the button looks like an arrow pointing right that is emerging from a box.

I wish to share these waypoints with my friend via Google Maps.  The best export option in this case is KML because Google Maps directly supports KML files.  There are two possible choices:  “Email as KML Attachment” or “Export KML File to Documents”.  There are similar options to export to GPX or CSV, and there is also an option to Cancel.  The email option only works if you have configured the iPhone to send and receive email to an email account you own.  This is the handiest option, because it means you can send your list of waypoints to the email address of your choice whilst you are in the field.  The other option, to Export to Documents, is also useful.  It does limit gaining access to the waypoints to  the next time that you are physically located at a computer that can access your device’s Documents folder.  Even when I’m sitting at my desk in front of my computer, I’ve chosen to email the waypoints file – it just feels easier to download the waypoints from my inbox than it does to export the file to my phone’s document folder, connecting my phone to my computer, and then retrieving the file.  Maybe that’s just me.

The next step is to load up the waypoints into Google Maps, edit them further (if necessary), and then share them.

I’ll leave this for another article.

UPDATE 2017-07-25: adding waypoints is way easier than I thought.  Refer to the image titled “The Command Menus”. There is a ‘pin’ icon, second from the bottom-left in the bottom menu area.  Clicking on that will place a pin at your current GPS location. Clicking on that pin again will add another point to the active track. Generally easier (by far) than pressing an area on the screen and hoping that the pin appears where you really wanted it…

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