Want to track your outdoor activities? ViewRanger Outdoor GPS and Maps for BlackBerry 10 is a must have app

By James Richardson on 15 Jun 2013 07:36 am EDT
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If you are into your outdoor activities you are going to love ViewRanger Outdoors GPS and Maps for BlackBerry 10. Already a success on Android, the developers have ported the application over to the BlackBerry Z10 & Q10 and it's a real beauty. Essentially, the application is designed to track your movements if you run, cycle, motorbike just to name a few but there is a whole lot more left to offer.

Once you launch the application you are presented with a map. At the base of the screen are five tabs. These include a zoom in & out (although pinch to zoom works too), a GPS locator, a search tab and finally an options one. There are plenty of tweaks that can be made from within the options but let's get down to the fun part.

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From the map you can swipe left which gives you another bunch of options. Let's start with tracking as that's what you will use most. You need to first select your mode of transport - I'm lazy so I went for a drive to test it out but there are seventeen options even including hand gliding and snowmobile! Once your mode of transport is chosen it's just a case of pressing the start key and that sets the ball rolling. You will see your time and distance shown at the top of the display and once you are completed just press stop. You then have the option to upload your route to the View Ranger website so you can check things out online which is pretty cool.

If you need to have your phone display on while using the app there are a nice selection of different styles of screens you can choose from. Failing that the app does have an attractive Active Frame.

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From within the app you can also view the details of your route. This will show you the length in KM, the duration, start/end dates, your speed (shown on a graph), your height or you can view all of the details listed on one graph.

Another great feature with View Ranger is that you can search for other peoples routes. So for example - I want to take my motorbike out for a spin (I don't really have one!) so I check out on the map routes that have been uploaded. I can view the route on the map and see detailed information about it as seen in the above video. Likewise, other users can see your uploaded routes, although I'm not sure they will be impressed with me driving around my local town!

As you will see from the below list I have only covered the basics of the app. If outdoor activities are your thing then download ViewRanger Outdoors GPS and Maps - It's awesome and free!

Features of View Ranger include:

  • GPS mapped location, even without mobile signal.
  • Offline map mode - store in advance using "Create Saved Map"
  • Track recording - view your path on map to keep or share, even add Flickr photos
  • Sports computer stats - view distance, speed and much more.
  • Real time location sharing - BuddyBeacon (requires data connection)
  • Active Route Navigation
  • Synchronises with web account for route planning, publishing and sharing. (My.ViewRanger.com).
  • Download trail guides to follow
  • Share your own trail guides
  • Many other advanced features - find out more on our website

More information/Download ViewRanger for BlackBerry 10

Reader comments

Want to track your outdoor activities? ViewRanger Outdoor GPS and Maps for BlackBerry 10 is a must have app

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I'd rather have an app if its ported vs not having it at all.
Of course I'm for native development, but if the port works, no problem here.
I see it can run on the playbook too. Checking it out since I don't have a BB10 device yet.

I know a very good native app which will be available beginning of next week! Just wait for CascaRun.

I have been looking for an app like this since the Z10 launch.
I have downloaded probably 5 or so gps tracking apps.
This is the ONLY one that I have kept!!!
It works awesomely.
Love it.

Posted via CB10

Hole e sh**, you guys still can't get pictures on this site in the proper aspect ratio. You wanna rave about your app..... fix it, i guarantee you would whine if it was a BlackBerry setup site.

Posted via CB10

Bro, you could use a bit more tact than that rant. Just saying. Don't let this be how you start your weekend.

Too many comments about needing permissions beyond what the app reasonably needs to work for me, I'm giving it a pass for now.

Knowledge is power... Posted via CB10

People really need to understand more why apps need these permissions and perhaps BBRY should to a better job of educating them. For instance the big scary warning of needing access to shared files such as pictures and documents etc could be as simple as the app needs to save its database and allow the app to be able to read it. It doesn't mean it really wants to look at your music or pictures.

You lost me at "motorbike"...

Jk. Anyhow, I've been looking for an ios app replacement for my motorcycle and hiking trails logs. Awesome! The ported app doesn't feel as crappy as some, and maybe... they'll get us a native app with more support.

Posted via CB10

I don't like that it wants permission to look at & copy my contact list. There is NO reason for this app to need that info :(

Posted via CB10

I think this highlights ONE of he downsides of Android ports. There is no control over which permissions you can accept and which you can reject. It's all or the app won't load. No thanks.

From my sweet BB10 Neutrino powered Z10 :D

BTW, nice review James! You really put something into that one!

From my sweet BB10 Neutrino powered Z10 :D

This is a great app and has now been upgraded and ported. Superb. I have the full UK OS maps on and some of the national parks, but you do have to purchase them (You can have the purchased maps on multiple devices and the support they offer is first rate)