New User Interface For ViewRanger
Leading smartphone GPS app has revamped its Android interface with
Posted: 12 April 2013
Leading smartphone mapping software specialist ViewRanger has launched a major new V.4.0 update of the Android version of its app with a completely revised and more intuitive user interface allowing access to the major features of the software using finger swipe gestures which can also be customised.
Just A Finger Swipe Away
The new interface means, says ViewRanger that 'the app’s key features – advanced active navigation, access to trail guides from across the world and the ability to record and share location-based adventure content online – are now just a finger-swipe away.'
We're big fans of ViewRanger's software which essentially converts your smartphone into an advanced GPS mapping unit which can display topographical mapping, including Ordnance Survey maps, and allows you to both log and follow routes on your phone. In addition, there are loads of ingenious advanced features including route-sharing options, the ability to download mapping on the go, options to purchase routes and Buddy Beacon which lets you share your location with other users in real time.
It's become our 'go-to' navigational app on the iPhone and the only real criticism we have is that the interface can be a little clunky and reflects the way ViewRanger has developed with more and more features and functionality being added to the original software. It sounds like the new update addresses that and we're really looking forward to trying it once it's available for the iPhone and iPad 'shortly'.
- New home menu, accessed by swiping from the right of the screen
- New design for map screen and map menus
- Speed or distance viewable whilst on the map.
- All-new trip view for recording tracks, with further configurable trip statistics accessible by swiping from right of screen.
- Configurable ‘finger-drag’ shortcuts.
- Swipe from left to right to go back to the previous view
The new interface has been developed using feedback from ViewRanger users including numerous mountain rescue teams and is, says company head honcho Craig Wareham, 'about real usage ... the key features have to be accessed quickly and people have to be able to trust it.'
Version 4.0 of ViewRanger for Android is available free from Google Play. More information at www.viewranger.com.
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