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ivar

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Anyone tried this app?
 

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Available only on iphone? i have android.
 

ivar

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Available only on iphone? i have android.
I googled it and....

 

Dani7

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Anyone tried this app?
Trying to use it to familiarize myself. Shows well where wind direction is and temperatures but apart from that don’t know what to do with it.
 

ivar

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Trying to use it to familiarize myself. Shows well where wind direction is and temperatures but apart from that don’t know what to do with it.
This is not the weather app (they also make a weather app) ... it is a map app where you can download offline maps and get walking directions... it has an elevation chart on the route you chose.. not sure if it is useful on the Camino, but it might be.
 

roving_rufus

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I had been using maps.me but windy was mentionned several times in the Via de la Plata forum and I have downloaded it but not really used it yet. (Maps.me proved great walking Via Francigena through France as downloadable) Am going to have a few trials with it over next couple of weeks
 

wayfarer

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A great app to track storms and I find it very accurate.
 

trecile

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I downloaded it after someone on the forum mentioned it as a good way to navigate the paths (not the road) to the lighthouse in Finisterre.
It worked well for that, but I haven't had a chance to use it otherwise.
 

alansykes

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Except the Francés
I like it very much. A clear blue line shows the Camino overlaid on the map of Spain. I've used it this year on the Aragonés, the Castellano-Aragonés, the Ebro, the Plata, the Zamorano-Portugués and now on the Mozárabe and it's mostly very good on all of them.

I'd say it was better than most on some of the more obscure routes, but using the IGN and downloading onto maps.me etc works just as well, although windy's contour lines are much better than maps.me's. All have their pluses and minuses, and sometimes a combination needs to be used - windy did try to take me over a cliff in Portugal, but that was an exception.
 
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VNwalking

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Wow, no.
I've been raving here from time to time about the weather app, which is wonderful. So will be curious to see if the map app is as good.
 

wayfarer

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Yes, Windy makes a great weather app... but just to be clear, the app I link to above is not a weather app 😀
Ahh, same app developer, different purpose.
 

t2andreo

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I recently downloaded and setup Windy. My heretofore default weather app for Camino has been eltiempo.es+ This is the official app for the Spanish Meteorological Office.

My opinion is that Windy is a fabulous app, but has way too much and too scientific information for my likely usage on Camino. Windy has heaps of detailed maps, and charts that not only show the current conditions, and forecast, but also for very esoteric things. Wind shear charts, atmospheric pressure ridges, barometric pressures, real time radar and satellite images, nice, but IMHO overkill. If I was an airplane pilot, ship captain or perhaps a tour operator this additional information might have some practical value.

My needs on Camino are to know what the weather is now, and likely to be for the next 12 - 24 hours. Time of sunrise and sunset, percent likelihood of precipitation and what kind, wind strength and direction, and that is about it. I also just need the facts. All the graphics are, IMHO just too much.

This is why I plan to stick with eltiempo.es+. Both apps get the job done. Windy is very cool and feature-packed. It just, IMHO has too many features to be practical for me, on Camino.

The best metaphor I can come up with is carrying a Swiss Army Knife with maybe 6 tools, as opposed to carrying one with 36 tools. Weight aside, it is unlikely I will ever use 90 % of those tools on the über knife.

Eltiempo.es+ is adequate to task. Windy is (what we used to call Microsoft products) "bloatware."

Hope this helps.
 

VNwalking

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I recently downloaded and setup Windy. My heretofore default weather app for Camino has been eltiempo.es+ This is the official app for the Spanish Meteorological Office.
T2, he's not talking about the weather app.
(And off topic, but some of us think windy is the bee's knees. I find it endlessly fascinating. And the more information the better - though in this case if you have some basic meteorology knowledge it does help. ;) )
 

t2andreo

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Oops! I think I conflated Windy with Windy Maps. I had no idea there were TWO apps.

Nonetheless, I stand by my opinions about the Windy weather app and the eltiempo.es+

Your experience, like your Camino, including the apps you prefer are all highly personal. I respect all those differences of opinion.

Vive la difference!
 
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Dani7

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This is not the weather app (they also make a weather app) ... it is a map app where you can download offline maps and get walking directions... it has an elevation chart on the route you chose.. not sure if it is useful on the Camino, but it might be.
Thanks for the clarification. I will look at it for sure then.
 
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I have just played with it to check two local routes and the Baztan Camino. Looks great to this map reading challenged pilgrim! I will look later to see if it will pinpoint a favourite cafe along the Royal Canal way. Thanks for post, Ivar.
edit: yes, it does.
 
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Jimmy Smith

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I have just downloaded to an Android device, so not just for Apple now. Looks good at first glance, but I don't think it is as good as Viewranger yet, due to lack choice with mapping. It seems to be a single choice map. With VR I can download a few different types of map ( plus satellite views) and I can also choose to pay for top of the range maps or even just tiny portions (tiles) of said maps( IGN or OS for example).

Will play around with it for a few days and come back if I change my mind about it.
 

happymarkos

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2018

Anyone tried this app?
Yes Ivar, I use it a lot as it has the caminos already loaded for many routes.
Can also be used elsewhere.
Seasons Greetings
Regards
Mark
 

jony jony

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Frances ( 2007) Via de la Plata 2016/2017 . Sept 2018...Via de la Plata...May2019 via de la plata
Yes Ivar i have used it on my last 2 camino's and now prefer it to my usual app...maps.me
By the way , i have an Android device ...Samsung , and it works fine .
 

Sue127

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French Camino in 2020
Wow, no.
I've been raving here from time to time about the weather app, which is wonderful. So will be curious to see if the map app is as good.

Anyone tried this app?
i will be interested to read people’s experiences. Planning my first Camino next year and this could prove very useful.
 

AlwynWellington

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@ivar , thank you. I have been using the Android app +OSMAnd for about five years now and have got used to its way of doing things and coped with several upgrades. I have a three year old Samsung 10" tablet with keyboard.

I downloaded Windy Maps about 24 hours ago.

From looking at routes I know locally I see it takes it's data from Open Street Maps (OSM). All the local, regional and national routes I know of in my home 60 km square area were there and were named.

From my experience of using other map sources and apps, OSM is an excellent, if not the best, map data source.

No matter how good the map data source, presentation makes or breaks the experience.

To my mind the presentation of Windy Maps was cleaner than that offered by the app +OSMAnd.
And it also provided elevation contours (when , which +OSMAnd does not.

Windy Maps provides route planning and my simple experiments were well done. (But I will need more practice to best use this facility). A very nice feature was being able to show weather (temp, cloud/sun, rain) at the times expected to pass way points (Tom, please note 🙂). I noticed there were other route planning features and will look at these anon.

A nice feature in showing routes is this: When entering a route as base data in OSM you select the section of a path or road (or whatever) the route takes. In presentations I have see the route is overlaid on that path or road. In Windy Maps the route is show alongside. This means I can better see the basic nature of what I will be walking on. This can help with selection, for example, when sign posts are not present.

Of course elevation contours and routes show when zoomed in to a range of higher scales.

One awkward aspect of Windy Maps was this: I could not see the creation date for the map files I downloaded. So I don't know when to download a newer version. There may be a way to find this information that has eluded me.

I will continue to examine and will report any more significant aspects, as I find them.

Kia kaha katoa (you all take care, be strong, get going)
 
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AlwynWellington

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PS: considering the comments above on Windy Weather I will seriously look at this for my go to wherever I may be.
 

Jimmy Smith

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Used it on two 10 mile walks up the Northumberland Coast.

I won't be swapping my Viewranger app for this one. If I had never seen and used VR I may have been tempted. The choice of maps is too limited for me now. I use IGN when in Spain, I can use OSM if I want but I can also use satellite views as well. All downloadable for offline use. The interface with accommodation booking is a useful item, but you need to be online to use that and to be fair there are accommodation apps available for Camino routes with a much better coverage.

If you have never used a GPS app before, then this is, in my opinion, a good app to learn the basics with. Be aware that there are better apps (again personal opinion only) out there, some free, some not.
 

Karl G

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August and September 2019 - Arles

Anyone tried this app?
I used it extensively when walking the Arles earlier this year. It was very good and I’d recommend it. However I ended up relying more on the GPS tracks I downloaded from Gronze.com into Gaia GPS (I used the free version and it was easy and spot on.)
 

DonCamino

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Hy @All,

i use Mapy.cz since a Czech Girl recommended this app on the Portuguese from Lisbon. I really love it. Downloading offline maps it brings all the ways in the downloaded area automatically. The maps are really accurate and detailed. Every path in the middle of a forest is known, watering places, the shell stones, Albergues and more.

I don‘t like to search for gps tracks. The tracks i downloaded for maps.me led me here and there, as the creator walked here and there on a camino. Mapy.cz serves the exact Caminos without searching and downloading tracks first as they come with the map.

Fast, for free, offline navigation, detailled maps, voice navigation. I can really recommend mapy.cz.

Now to the question here: Mapy.cz (39 mb android) and Windy maps (60 mb android) are - i think - the same or almost the same app. I don‘t know the differences and the reason for the two apps. Same creator, Shaznam.cz.

Hope this can help (sorry for my poor english).

Love my mapy.cz!

So long
DonCamino
 

Karl G

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August and September 2019 - Arles
Hy @All,

i use Mapy.cz since a Czech Girl recommended this app on the Portuguese from Lisbon. I really love it. Downloading offline maps it brings all the ways in the downloaded area automatically. The maps are really accurate and detailed. Every path in the middle of a forest is known, watering places, the shell stones, Albergues and more.

I don‘t like to search for gps tracks. The tracks i downloaded for maps.me led me here and there, as the creator walked here and there on a camino. Mapy.cz serves the exact Caminos without searching and downloading tracks first as they come with the map.

Fast, for free, offline navigation, detailled maps, voice navigation. I can really recommend mapy.cz.

Now to the question here: Mapy.cz (39 mb android) and Windy maps (60 mb android) are - i think - the same or almost the same app. I don‘t know the differences and the reason for the two apps. Same creator, Shaznam.cz.

Hope this can help (sorry for my poor english).

Love my mapy.cz!

So long
DonCamino
I used both Mapy.cz and Windy Maps and I believe they are from the same developer. For reasons I can’t recall anymore I ended up preferring Windy Maps. They both worked on my iPhone 8 with no problems.

Regarding downloaded GPS tracks the ones I downloaded from Gronze were right on the money. There was only one place on one stage where there was a slight difference in route which lasted about a quarter of a mile. Whoever recorded the tracks was very diligent in keeping to the route. 👍🏻
 

drvnsmiln

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I used it when we got off course on the Portugues route. You have to download the maps for the region you are interested in beforehand. A Spanish pilgrim told me about it as I was nearing Toro on the Levante.
I am seeing it will map out routes for hikes in my part of the US as well. I recommend it.
 

Karl G

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August and September 2019 - Arles
I didn't know that Gronze had GPS tracks.
Yes, they are really good. If you are using the English translation version via the Chrome browser, go to the Travel tab. If you are registered and logged in there will be a link just under the map displayed on that page. If you are in the Spanish version and registered and logged in they will be in the same spot on the Recorrido tab. Super easy to follow and super easy to download to Gaia GPS.
 

Kathar1na

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To Santiago and beyond (from home; Voie de Tours; Camino Francés; Biskaya; Manche; Via Brabantica)
Yes, they are really good.
I didn't know either! Great, like them. Thank you!!! I've downloaded a few tracks. I guess there is no way to download the tracks of one Camino in one go, you have to do it in sections, i.e. by recorrido?
 

trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Yes, they are really good. If you are using the English translation version via the Chrome browser, go to the Travel tab. If you are registered and logged in there will be a link just under the map displayed on that page. If you are in the Spanish version and registered and logged in they will be in the same spot on the Recorrido tab. Super easy to follow and super easy to download to Gaia GPS.
Thanks, I found it. Do you have to download each stage individually?
 

Karl G

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August and September 2019 - Arles
Thanks, I found it. Do you have to download each stage individually?
Yes, that was my experience, one section at a time. I generally did two days out so I am guessing you could download all the stages (one at a time) in one sitting and have them all available in advance if you liked.
 
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