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Tag people to your activities on Map My Tracks

We’ve added people tagging to any activity that’s uploaded to Map My Tracks.

Now, you can tag other people that were out with you. So if you were out on a group ride, you can tag other riders. If you did a parkrun on the weekend then you can tag other runners that were out with you. It a great way to share and discover new activities.

People can be tagged when you upload a file to Map My Tracks or when you upload direct from a Garmin device. For now, people can be only be tagged on the website. The mobile apps will be updated with this feature in a short while.

It’s also possible to tag people after an activity has been uploaded. If you use the Map My Tracks app first sync the activity online first then use the website to tag the people you want.

All activities have the option to tag people. You can tag yourself to someone else’s activity or tag your own activity with other people. The choice is yours.

We’re really excited to see how this feature develops. As ever, we are keen to get your feedback on this, or any other feature. Let us know what you think.


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Showcase all the buzz from your event

Events that use Map My Tracks have always been able to showcase all the social buzz in the build up, during and after the event.

Now, along with all the social buzz from Twitter and Instagram, the event activity feed also shows off event related activities posted on Map My Tracks by participants.

Just like tweets and Instagram posts it’s super simple to include activities posted on Map My Tracks. Simply tag any activity on Map My Tracks with the event’s official hashtag. It’s that simple. Activity tags, notes or comments featuring the event’s tag will be presented in the feed.

All events have now been updated to take advantage of this new feature. To start seeing activities in amongst the other social buzz first make sure the event has a hashtag set up. Then start spreading the word to participants, and followers, by posting a news update in the event planner.

This is a small, but powerful, addition to the events on Map My Tracks. We hope you like it.

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File upload improvements

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.

Hope you enjoy using the new improvements.


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Introducing the all new Map My Tracks widget for Android

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.

Map My Tracks widget

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.

As ever, we hope you like the update.

Meet your re-imagined timeline

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.

Map My Tracks timeline

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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