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Tracker map apps

BonitaHolland

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting 3rd Sep 2016
Does anyone have experience of using a tracker map app please? My walking friend Katy is a journalist and will be writing a blog as we go along and wants to be able to allow followers to see where we've got to. There appear to be several options....thoughts from experience please of using any of these.
 

jozero

Been there, going again...
Camino(s) past & future
CF x 3
Hi Bonita - I use Motion-X GPS for my iPhone and it allows a simple way to share my daily tracks by email for Facebook. The recipients can all be set up with email addresses before you leave home and it's really very simple to use. I'm sure there are other good options too but this one worked well for me. Buen Camino!
 

AlwynWellington

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
please see signature
If you use an Android device consider OSMand+

Apart from maps one can also create a .GPS file for sharing. Put the app into the background each time you look at the map, to conserve battery life.

Kia kaha ( be strong, have courage, get going )
 

MTtoCamino

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Camino(s) past & future
Francis SJPdP to Finnestere April(2014)
That is a great idea, I wonder if you could use a program like that on both your phones to keep track of each other & your phones if 1 gets stolen. They get taken a lot. After Denise disappeared an ap like that can give family a good tool. It is not for everyone. But I would use it for family
 

BonitaHolland

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting 3rd Sep 2016
That is a great idea, I wonder if you could use a program like that on both your phones to keep track of each other & your phones if 1 gets stolen. They get taken a lot. After Denise disappeared an ap like that can give family a good tool. It is not for everyone. But I would use it for family
Interesting idea, thanks for that. I'm not sure why so many phones get 'taken' though?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
My walking friend Katy is a journalist and will be writing a blog as we go along and wants to be able to allow followers to see where we've got to.
I have an app called "My GPS Coordinates", a free Android application (it serves ads.) See https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gpscoordinatesandlocation

With the smartphone's location service set to "on" the app prints your latitude and longitude on the screen. There are some buttons to share this with other apps and you can also copy the data to the clipboard (via a menu). If you cannot be shown an ad (such as if you are in airplane mode) it still works.

When you share with email you get a canned message like the following to which you can insert a subject line, attach photos and add and edit text (like: "We finally made it! See attached pics. However, Mary broke her ...") and then send the message.

The canned message looks like (6 lines of text):

Latitude : 42.880588 (42° 52′ 50″ N)
Longitude : -8.544630 (8° 32′ 41″ W)
accuracy of signal : 9 m
show on google maps

https://maps.google.com?q=42.880588,-8.544630

This message was sent with My GPS Coordinates, a free Android application
 

BonitaHolland

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting 3rd Sep 2016
Must be a good black market for them. In the cities don't leave it plugged in & be more than 3m away. Almost a magic trick how quick they can disappear.
I have an app called "My GPS Coordinates", a free Android application (it serves ads.) See https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gpscoordinatesandlocation

With the smartphone's location service set to "on" the app prints your latitude and longitude on the screen. There are some buttons to share this with other apps and you can also copy the data to the clipboard (via a menu). If you cannot be shown an ad (such as if you are in airplane mode) it still works.

When you share with email you get a canned message like the following to which you can insert a subject line, attach photos and add and edit text (like: "We finally made it! See attached pics. However, Mary broke her ...") and then send the message.

The canned message looks like (6 lines of text):

Latitude : 42.880588 (42° 52′ 50″ N)
Longitude : -8.544630 (8° 32′ 41″ W)
accuracy of signal : 9 m
show on google maps

https://maps.google.com?q=42.880588,-8.544630

This message was sent with My GPS Coordinates, a free Android application
Thank you for the detail I'll pass this along to my friend. I have an apple phone and am planning on using the View Ranger app to send beacon messages back home.
 

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