So here’s an app that I’ve been using for the past few weeks. Where Footpath is different from other GPS tracking apps is it allows you to create routes by simply drawing them on the screen. Most other like apps force you to create routes painfully either back on your desktop or through what they believe is your intended route. The problem is, when trail running or mountain biking, your route is not always common.
Footpath lets you draw your route and then snaps into place to nearby roads and trails. No roads or trails nearby? That’s okay, it will let you create a route wherever you want. The built-in time algorithm let’s you press and hold the screen to calculate how long the route will take you. Of course, this is an estimated number, no app will be able to tell you are PRO LEVEL. Once you create your route, the app will also provide elevation profiles ahead so you know a big hill is coming. You can share your favorite routes with friends online using all the popular social media channels.
Creating quick routes on the go is perfect for family road trips! Works great on iPad too!
I’m not a huge fan of In-App Purchases, but if you want a little more from Footpath, you can grab Footpath Elite ($3.99), which lets you save unlimited routes, edit any saved route, automatic iCloud syncing, include all USGS Topo Maps, OpenStreetMap & OpenCycleMap filters and full export GPX & KML support.
I’ve used just about every GPS app out there and lately it seems most are guided toward sharing. I feel that Footpath is more aimed at the user experience. You can download Footpath from the iTunes App Store here for $.99. It’s only a dollar and you’ll really love it, I promise.