Route Planner is a powerful tool which will enable you to do more with the MarineTraffic Mobile App:
- plan routes
- set your own waypoints
- measure and calculate distances
- get calculated ETAs (estimated time of arrival)
- save/edit your favourite routes
- record your routes
- import/export your tracks (in .gpx format)
It is available as an "In-App" purchase (you should have downloaded and installed the Mobile App first). Tap menu->Route Planner to purchase (one-off payment) and install the Route Planner (you can also try the Route Planner tool for free).
Upon installation, Route Planner will be seamlessly integrated to the MarineTraffic Mobile App. Follow the above-mentioned path (menu->Route Planner) to launch the tool. The Route Planner Toolbar will be brought out at the right side of your screen.
The icons from top to bottom enable you to perform the following actions:
- Retract the Route Planner Toolbar and close the Route Planner tool ("X" icon)
- View, load, import and manage your saved routes ("File" icon)
- Access the Route Planner Options ("3 dots" icon)
- Draw, plan and adjust a new route ("Pencil" icon)
- Select the type of information on the route-balloons (Distance/Time/Date/Course)
- Record your route ("Rec" icon).
Plan your first route
With the "Pencil" icon selected, tap on the spot of the screen you want your starting point to be set. Continue tapping to set more waypoints. Waypoints will be connected with a line. You are able to perform adjustments by dragging a waypoint to another spot. You can also add new waypoints on a connecting-line between any pair of already existing waypoints to make further adjustments.
Tip: Tap on an already created waypoint to erase it.
Tap on the "File" icon to name and save your route for future use.
Select and load an already created route
Tap on the "File" icon. A list of your created routes will be brought out. Select the one you want to get displayed and tap on the "Tick" button. Using the available options, you can also:
- create a new route which will be saved under a pre-defined name prior to planning it ("New..." button)
- rename an existing route ("Rename" button)
- import/export routes in .gpx format ("import/export" button)
- delete an existing route ("X" button)
Record, Import and Export your routes
Tap on the "Rec" icon to enter Cruise Mode and start recording your actual route. You can then store this route and save it for future use or reference. Apart from recording, you can also export it in .gpx format - this way you can use your actual route with other software or GPS equipped devices.
Manage your saved routes using the "File" icon and tap on the "import-export" button to do so.
Note that the app uses the "Documents" folder to store routes on Android devices. On iOS devices, the app shares the routes as documents which can be retrieved/added from iTunes.
Define the Route Planner Options
Tap on the "3 dots" icon to bring out the Route Planner Options.
- Vessel speed: By default, this value is set to 10 knots and is used to calculate time and ETA on any route. However, you can change both the value and the unit. Tap on the "Change" option to alter the value and select the unit (nautical miles, kilometres, miles)
- Trip start date: Use this option to set a future date for an upcoming trip ("Change" option) or tap on the "now" option to automatically assign the current date and time.
- Recording Sensitivity: Define the minimum values for the parameters which will be taken into account to create new waypoints when recording your tracks (Distance, Course, Time).
Tap on the "OK" button for the changes to take effect.
Recording of your own tracks is possible even when:
- there is no internet access
- the app or the device is in sleep mode (android devices only)
Each recorded route is saved with an auto-generated name when you stop the Recording - you can then Rename it using the relevant Route Planner options.
In the case that you attempt to record a new route while another one is already loaded, you will be prompted to choose from creating a new route, appending them or replacing the already loaded route.