Route Manager

During the 1st installation, Rambler loads a sample data set (POI and routes). Take a look at them, and press the ‘New’ button to delete. In case you need them one more time, you can clear the application data, or uninstall and reinstall the application.

The route in GPX format is an ordered set of way points. As well routes themselves, as the way points they consist of, have their specific attributes, which you can edit with the Route Manager.

Route properties editable in Rambler:

  • name
  • type
  • number
  • description

Before going further, please pay attention to what’s new in Rambler 2.1:

Starting from the 2.1 version, while following a route, Rambler stays aware of the distance to the path (straight line between the previous and the next way point). You make use of this in the wearable application, which was described in the Following routes section. What you should learn now is how to prepare detailed routes in external editor. Surely you can still do it in the built-in editor on the phone, but importing tracks drawn with the “stick to the road” feature is more comfortable. See the video below:

Way points in Rambles, besides their names, have also a ‘hint‘ property, which is being used by the wearable application to prompt you which direction to take on the next / just reached way point.

Just installed application comes with several sample routes, to help you get familiar with their possibilities.

View filtering

Open the drawer menu. You’ll see similar entries as in the POI Manager. Select ‘View filter’.

The dialog which appears here is quite similar to POI view filtering options:

route_manager_filter

You can filter your current view by the route type(s), length, and the distance between your current location, and the first route way point.

Sending routes to the watch

Having the view limited to routes you currently need, you can send it to the watch. Routes will be added to the set currently present on the watch. In the free version you can only send the currently selected, single route. It will replace the route sent previously.

Sending results will appear on the phone. It may take some more seconds before the watch receives the routes.

route_manager_results

Please note, that sending routes to the watch is only possible when it’s in normal watch face mode. Please leave any menus / info screens before sending routes to the watch, and get back to the Active or Classic watch face.

Editing routes

To get it quickly, please follow the example:

Scroll and zoom the map to Poland, and find the route called “Daily”. It was drawn in the way, which provides you with the most relevant information on the watch, while following the route. To find the route, you can also use ‘Prev’ or ‘Next’ next button on the bottom of the editor.

Editing route properties

When the route is selected (highlighted in blue, the rest of routes goes light grey), press the route info line on top, or select “Edit selected’ from the options menu.

You will see the route properties form. Set the route name, type and description here. If you want to edit the route way points, press the ‘Edit points’ button on the bottom of the dialog popup.

Editing way points

All the way points here have been placed in the places, where some action is required: crossroads, turns and stops. Almost each of them has its name and hint. This way your watch will always tell you how far from the next maneuver you currently are, and which direction you’ll have to go.

You’ll see up to 50 points, nearest to the center of the map. Drag the map to see more.

To add a new way point marker, long press the map in desired position. To move it – just drag and drop the marker. Clicking a marker will open the way point properties dialog:

route_manager_edit_waypoint

Besides defining a hint, and the way point name, in this window you have three more buttons, which need to be explained:

  • Insert B4 – inserts a way point halfway between currently edited point, and the previous one;
  • End here – deletes all the way points after the edited one;
  • Start/End – if you defined a looped route to follow with a friend, who lives in a place represented by one of way points, export the route, and share with them as is. They will import it, select the way point near their home, and press the ‘Start/End’ button. This will join your old starting and ending point into one way point, and create new start and finish in your friend’s location.

In the Route editor options menu you’ll find three more entries you should know about:

  • Reverse route – reverses current way points order, replaces hints ‘turn left’ with ‘turn right’ and vice versa;
  • Add hints – auto-generates way point hints, basing on the course;
  • Clear hints – removes all existing way point hints.

Routes import / export

Importing routes from and exporting to an external .gpx file doesn’t seem to require a special explanation. It looks similar to what was described in the ‘POI Manager‘ chapter. The main difference is, that you don’t select between the current view, and all routes, but between all routes, and selected one by one in the dialog popup:

One of most important Route Manager features is importing tracks, and converting them into routes. This will be described separately in the next chapter.

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