Walking with the Phone app

The walks on your phone are sorted “closest starting point first”, so the walk you want to do is probably on top of the list. Just tap it to go the the walk screen.

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The ‘walk’ screen after start was pressed. The blue dot represents our position, the red dot is the point we just passed, and the green dot is where we should go to.

This screen shows two maps : the upper map will guide you (it will be called ‘navigation map’ in the rest of this post) , the lower one (called ‘overview map’) gives an overview of the complete walk. Both maps show your current position – the upper map always, the lower map only if you are close enough. The overview map cannot be zoomed, panned or rotated – it is fixed to show you your complete walk. The upper map can freely be zoomed, panned, rotated etc until you press the “start” button. When pushed, TrackGuide takes over zooming, rotating and panning from you. If you do not want to see the lower map, push the arrow below it and it will disappear.

You do not need to push the ‘Start” butting to be guided – just seeing your position and the red trackline might be enough to stay on track. You can zoom in and out at will to take a closer look at where you are and where you must go to. However, you can automate this guidance a bit by pressing ‘Start’. If you do so, TrackGuide will…

  • …manage zooming, panning and rotation of the navigation map for you. It will keep
    • the navigation map centered on your current position.
    • rotate the map so it is alligned with your heading.  If you hold the phone flat in front of you, the road you are walking on will be alligned with that road as it is displayed on the map
    • Automatically zoom in or out so your postion and 4 trackpoints (previous, next and 2 points thereafter – the same points as shown by the watch app) fit in the smallest side of the map view.
  • …track your progress on the walk, just as the Wath app does (as described in Watch App Guide 2 : Walking , so with green, red and purple dots).
  • … move the slider between the two maps whenever you reach the next point. The lower value gives the distance walked, the upper value the total distance of the walk.
  • …tell you how far it is to the next point, plus some information on that point (45 m. to 45 aStreetName) if available. (text on top of the screen).
  • …continously send your position to your watch. So owners of a first generation Apple Watch can get direction on their watch this way.

If you leave the map page and go back to the list of walks, the navigation will be stopped. You must keep the walk page open to be guided on your generation 1 Watch.

When you press ‘start’, TrackGuide will guide you to the closest point on the first half of the track (this to avoid being guided to the end of the walk when you start). If you want to start from another point – like a point near the end of the walk –  just slide the slider until the point your want to start from is green. To fine-tune the selected start point, you can tap the numbers to the left and the right of the slider to move it one position up or down. These changes will be propagated to the Watch app : the ‘next point’ you select on your phone will be set on your watch so your watch will guide you to that point. The reverse is not true. If you rotate the digital crown to select another next point, the phone app will not be updated.

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