In the latest round of updates to Map My Tracks we have focused on making it faster and easier to upload files.
We have completely reworked the file upload process to make sure that segment scanning no longer slows down the import process. Before the recent improvements the option to scan for segments made the import slow and the experience poor. Sorry about that.
Under the new file upload method the segment scanning has been decoupled from the import to let you move on quickly and view the activity details. Segment scanning will still take place in the background and any segments covered will appear on your activity with a short space of time.
This change affects the uploading of individual files and activities imported directly from Garmin devices.
As part of the improvements we have made is much easier to start giving your activities a title. Simple update the title on the activity preview page to set one.
Riders attending the Revolve24 Race will be able to download the official event app, powered by Map My Tracks, to compete for pole position and their pit garage ahead of the Grand Start.
The Revolve24 event app will take advantage of Map My Tracks’ event platform that provides event organisers with both mobile and web apps designed to foster participant and fan engagement before, during and after the event.
Revolve24 is a closed circuit 24-hour global relay race series. The first, UK event in September 2015 will be held at Brands Hatch on what is a testing 3.9 kilometre track.
The competition starts well before the race! By using many of the familiar Map My Tracks app features, as well as some new features exclusive to Revolve24, soloists and teams will be able to link their GPS performance data and challenge for pole position, as well as the bragging rights of pit garage 1. Based on the miles covered, the feet climbed and average speed achieved during training, the Revolve24 event app will calculate the teams or soloists position on the grid.
The Revolve24 app, powered by Map My Tracks, will provide a great event experience for the rider, team managers and spectators providing real-time category positions during the 24-hour race. Map My Tracks will be used to crunch the numbers across the KOM segment, Sprint, Fastest Lap and most laps completed. The app will also provide event information, training tips and exclusive offers from event partners.
In the latest update to our Android app (v2.3) we have added the option to set a Map My Tracks widget on your phone's home screen.
The Map My Tracks widget is basically a remote control option to start, pause and stop tracking without the need to launch the app itself. It’s a one touch operation which makes it significantly easier to track every workout and activity session you do.
The widget works best if you have set the app with some default options like the main activity type or the tracking status.
To install the Map My Tracks widget make sure you have downloaded version 2.3 from Google Play.
Today sees the launch the Map My Tracks Timeline, a re-imagined way to review your activity history. It's a great way to look back in time to see how your current week, month or year compares with a previous one.
The Map My Tracks Timeline delves into your past history on Map My Tracks and includes every single activity that you have ever uploaded. It gives you an at-a-glance view for your achievements across each day, week, month or year and makes it easy to access any activity to drill down into the detail.
The Timeline includes both public and private activities across any sport type that you have carried out. You can access the new Timeline section from the main menu or from within the Training Room or Calendar sections.
It was our intention to make the Map My Tracks Timeline a PLUS only feature but we like it so much we want everyone to be able to use it. We hope you find it as useful as we do.
Hot on the heels of the iOS update comes and update for all our Android user. This latest update (v2.2) includes color-coded activity types for improved analysis, access to premium app features for PLUS website subscribers and options to subscribe to PLUS from within the app.
In this update we have unlocked all the pro app features to PLUS subscribers. This brings our Android app inline with the recent iOS app update and makes sure that any PLUS subscribers gets all the pro features as part of their subscription.
Another important note to make is that the Android Pro app will no longer be updated and is now discontinued. If you have it installed it will continue to work just fine but it will not benefit from any further updates. From this point forward the free Map My Tracks app for Android will be the only app available to download and all new features will only be available in the free app.
We would encourage all our Pro app users to migrate over to using the free app from now on. We have made sure that all previous pro app users will continue to benefit from all the premium features within the free app without having to purchase an upgrade. As long as you have, at some time, uploaded at least one activity to the website from the Pro app the new free app will automatically unlock all the pro features. If you experience any issues please get in touch through the support channels.
Just like any Pro app user, this new version ensures that all PLUS subscribers benefit from all premium features within the free app as part of the PLUS subscription. This means that if you have subscribed to PLUS through the website you will now have all the premium app features unlocked as part of your subscription.
As well as these changes we have included a host of other enhancements and fixes throughout the app. If you like the update be sure to post a positive review on Google Play.
With the release of Map My Tracks V4 for iOS comes support for Apple Health, Wahoo Fitness BTLE sensors, Wahoo Fitness RFLKT and host of other new features.
These new features make the Map My Tracks more flexible, much more integrated and whole lot more fun to use.
Once the Apple Health app is activated, you can share your Map My Tracks activities with it so other apps and services can be updated. Map My Tracks shares the activity time, distance and calories to Apple Health, which in turn might share the data to other apps you have authorised to access the data.
It’s also possible to now have Map My Tracks retrieve your weight from Apple Health so it can be used to calculate the calories burned across your activities. This ideal if you already use another app to monitor your weight. With Apple Health app synced to Map My Tracks you now don’t need to get involved in double entries - it just happens.
You’re in control of the data that is shared with Apple Health with is available on iOS 8 devices.
Wahoo Fitness BTLE
With the app now able to connect to Wahoo Fitness BTLE devices it opens the door to using more heart rate monitors with Map My Tracks. We have always had support to connect to ANT+ devices and now with BTLE included you can connect to Wahoo Fitness heart rate monitors and also the Wahoo Fitness RFLKT screen.
The RFLKT lets you see all your ride stats directly on your handlebars. Once paired with Map My Tracks each time you go out riding your performance stats are shown live on the RFLKT screen. These include elapsed time, distance, speed, pace, heart rate and cadence. Using the RFLKT control buttons you can toggle between data screens, pause or stop your activity, all without needing to get your phone out of your pocket.
Map My Tracks PLUS
Map My Tracks v4 for iOS now also lets you subscribe to Map My Tracks PLUS. When you subscribe to Map My Tracks PLUS from within the app all the pro app features are unlocked together with all the premium website features. It gives you access to everything across both the app and the website under one subscription.
Likewise, everyone that has signed up to PLUS on the website can now use all the pro app features as part of the subscription. So if you are a website PLUS member you can use the free app and have all the pro features unlocked and available to use. These include live tracking, advanced data analysis with charts and it’s all ad-free.
We’ve included some general improvements:
Color coded activities
As ever, lets us know how you get on with the updates.
Working out on your own can sometimes be a challenge. It's often better to have the company of others or be encouraged by friends to help stay motivated. With that in mind we have rolled out a new feature that offers up some suggestions on who to follow on Map My Tracks.
The suggestions are based on where you might do your own workouts, the segments you cover and also on people you already follow. We have designed the suggestions so that it’s easy to follow other people on Map My Tracks that can help keep you motivated, stay fit, and active.
You’ll find the suggested list of people when you are logged into Map My Tracks and viewing your home page.
Although it is not recommended, you may wish to start tracking from work or from home. To prevent any security ramifications, you can now set up privacy zones to hide these sensitive locations from appearing on your activity maps.
Your activity within a privacy zone is hidden from other users and only displayed to you. These zones will apply to all types of activities (e.g. cycling, running, walking).
The privacy zones apply across a number of features across Map My Tracks. For example, if another user:
Views your specific activity page
Downloads your route as a GPX, KML or CSV file
Places your route as an embed on their own website
Navigates to your area on the Explore Hub
Utilizes Map My Tracks API to retrieve routes
After an new activity is completed, a static map is generated. This static map will appear in lists of activities and will take into account any privacy zones you have created.
What other users see
What you see
Don’t forget - you can always set your activity to private to hide the entire route!
Creating a privacy zone
Once logged in, you can create a privacy zone via the privacy page in your settings.
A privacy zone requires the following details:
A name for your privacy zone (e.g. Work)
A radius size for your zone (500m, 1000m or 1500m)
A location for your privacy zone - this is determined by dragging the zone to the desire position on the map. (To save time, you can allow your browser to locate your current location, otherwise you last tracked location will be used)
Note - it is advised you don’t position the centre of the zone exactly on the sensitive location, for example, your house. (This prevents people from calculating the centre point where numerous routes appear blocked)
Managing privacy zones
You can view your current privacy zones on the privacy page in your settings. From here you can create more privacy zones or delete current zones, should you deem them unnecessary.
Often the headline figures on segments don't tell the whole story. That's why we have introduced comments on segments. There is always a story behind every attempt on a segment and with segment comments you can get your story heard.
Some segments are on great climbs that make you suffer. Others may be on your regular routes. Each attempt has its own story (or excuse). Now your can tell it.
Every segment now has commenting available for Map My Tracks users. It’s a great way to get in touch with other riders covering the segment. Just like commenting around the site you can use the @name format to send mentions to other users. When you mention a user they will get a notification with an invite to get right back to you.
You can check out all the segments you have covered and also see how you stack up against others on, the recently launched, personal records page.
We look forward to hearing what you have to say on the segments you have covered.
Ever wondered how you stack up against others across all the segments you have covered? Well, now it super simple to see which segments you lead and where you are place on any others you have covered.
The segment PR log breaks down the details of any segment you have covered and highlights your current position on the segment leader board. It’s makes it easy to see how close (or not) you are from the leader on any segment.
We’re loving the personal records list as it shows just how far off you might be on any segment you have covered. Some might just be within reach of the leader or you might not! Check out your PRs and see how you stack up against others.