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PLUS subscriber update and Android app changes

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.

 

 

Filed under OutFront by Nick

Meet the all new Map My Tracks app for iOS

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.

Map My Tracks for iOS

These new features make the Map My Tracks more flexible, much more integrated and whole lot more fun to use.

Apple Health
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.
RFLKT

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.

What else?
We’ve included some general improvements:

  • Color coded activities
  • Speed improvements

As ever, lets us know how you get on with the updates.

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People you might like to follow

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.

Filed under New innovations by Nick

Hide sensitive locations with privacy zones

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.

Filed under New innovations by LukeTM

Tell the whole story with segment comments

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.

Filed under New innovations by Nick

Get the low down on all 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.

Segment personal records

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.

We hope you also like the new features.

Filed under New innovations by Nick

Map My Tracks Events adds GPS timing and a social focus on sports events

Map My Tracks, best known for their fitness app OutFront, has released an update to Map My Tracks Events which gives everyone a front row seat to sports events that use the app. Along with live social interactions from events the latest update includes a new GPS timing feature that lets sports event organisers set timed segments along their courses.

Map My Tracks Events

Timed segments for events

Unique to Map My Tracks Events is the option for event organisers to set up, event-specific, timed segments along courses and present a live leader board of results.  It works from the GPS data uploaded by participants which is scanned, ranked and presented on a live leader board for the event. The introduction of GPS timing for sports events by Map My Tracks means that event organisers now have a viable alternative to costly chip timing solutions.

Live GPS tracking is at the heart of what Map My Tracks does and Map My Tracks Events takes advantage of over seven years experience in developing sports tracking apps for mobile phones. Using Map My Tracks Events in combination with Map My Tracks OutFront, for iOS and Android, participants of any outdoor event can track and share their progress live online. Map My Tracks Events pools together the live performance of participants and social buzz from spectators so that everyone can follow the action live. Pictures, videos and tweets posted to Twitter and Instagram are filtered to give online followers a front row seat at the event.

The new GPS timing option from Map My Tracks Events works in both a live mode, which shows results immediately after a participant has completed the segment, or from uploaded data. In either case, the participant data is scanned, ranked and listed according to their performance.

Map My Tracks Events lets sports event organisers set up and curate their own event web app that includes live participant tracking, event-specific social buzz and GPS timing. Sportives, marathons or sailing regattas can use Map My Tracks Events to provide an event-specific app to their participants. The app tracks the progress of participants live and provides event organisers with a suite of tools to promote and engage with their participants during the event.

Nick Tatt, Founder of Map My Tracks, said: “With this latest update to our event platform we are able to bring together all the experience we have gained by providing apps for major events like the Tour of Britain. Now, events of any size can easily set up and offer their participants an event app that has all the latest live action and social buzz.”

Since the launch of Map My Tracks Events in January cycling event organisers like Action Medical Research and Pendragon Sports have opted to use Map My Tracks to provide event-specific web apps to their participants.
More events using Map My Tracks can be viewed online.

Filed under Press releases by Nick

Get Map My Tracks OutFront - with Pebble smart watch integration

From today both Android and iOS users can download an update to Map My Tracks OutFront. This latest update includes integration with a Pebble watch, an updated dashboard design for better analysis of achievements and better access to all your friends on Map My Tracks.

Map My Tracks with Pebble

View your performance on a Pebble watch

The latest version of Map My Tracks OutFront includes support to connect Pebble watches with the OutFront. OutFront makes use of the Pebble’s built in sport app to present the activity time, distance, pace or speed all on the Pebble watch face. It offers a great option to avoid having to pull out your phone from your pocket when out running or riding and provides an at-a-glance review of your performance.

We’ve included options to set up and configure the Pebble watch’s display and button behaviour. The standard Pebble sport app can be configured to show either speed or pace. The middle button behaviour can also be configured to suit your preference. It can be set to stop an activity, toggle between pause and un-pause or to switch the display between speed and pace. The Pebble watch face will automatically use distance units set in OutFront’s settings.

To use OutFront with a Pebble watch first pair the watch according to Pebble’s instructions. Once your phone is paired with Pebble’s app then each time you start an activity with OutFront the Pebble watch face will show you the latest time, distance, speed or pace.

OutFront for Android is available to download from Google Play.

OutFront for iOS is available to download from App Store.

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Leaderboards for clubs just got serious

Today we're thrilled to be releasing a significant update for teams and clubs on Map My Tracks. From today, both the Hub and Segment leader board can be filter by teams. If you belong to a team, or club, it's super simple to see how you stack up against just your club members.

A club hub features a hall of fame leader board showcasing who has completed the most distance or elevation in any given period. The segment’s leader board for clubs features a breakdown of only club members over that segment, on any given period. It’s a great way to answer the question of who was fastest up the climb or on the sprint on a weekend club run.

Using the new club filter is simple. When you are logged in both hubs and segments include a option to filter by any club you belong to. If you don’t belong to a club yet then request to join one or set one up yourself.

We hope you like the new options. Let us know what you think.

Filed under New innovations by Nick

Map My Tracks OutFront now optimised for iOS7

From today cyclists, runners and fitness enthusiasts using the Map My Tracks OutFront app or Cycling OutFront app for iPhone can download a major new update that is iOS 7 optimised.

The latest update of the popular live sports tracking app provides users with an all-new achievements panel, improvements to the app’s menu to make it easier to get around and a quick start option to start an activity. The update also includes an improved search bar that makes it easier to find nearby routes to use in training or to find other users on Map My Tracks.

Achievements

The all-new achievements panel breaks down performances by day, by week, by month or across all time and includes in the display the total distance, calories burned, duration and pace for each period. The achievements panel comes with a sports specific wall paper background that can be customised according to the sport type set as default. 

App navigation

New in this update is a slide out menu for better access to each section. The slide out menu provides easy access to start an activity, activity history, saved routes, achievements and the online activities from the Map My Tracks community.

Quick start

The quick start option makes starting a tracking session easier and faster. Now it’s possible to start an activity direct from the app’s home screen or from within any section of the app.

iOS 7 friendly

A suite of design changes have been included to make better use of iOS 7 and to provide a more integrated feel. The iphone version of the app is compatible with iOS 5, iOS6 and iOS 7.

This update is the first in a series of app updates that will see closer integration with any sports event using Map My Tracks to track their participants. Map My Tracks provides sport event organisers with a suite of tools to promote their events, track all their participants and broadcast live tracking online.

Since launching in 2007 Map My Tracks has pioneered the use of mobile phones to broadcast sports performance data live across the web. Today, Map My Tracks is used around the world by people passionate about fitness, cycling and running to track, compare and share their outdoor activities.

Filed under OutFront by Nick

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