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A route is a plan for a journey/trip you want to take. You can create/import routes and select them for navigation.
A trip is a record of a journey/ride you took in the past. When you tap 'Start Trip' in the main screen (optionally selecting a route or location for navigation) your coordinates and speed will be recorded and you can take pictures along the way, which will be stored with your trip. In the end you'll have a history (or log book if you will) of all your trips.
GPX files are files to store and share location based data (waypoints, routes and tracks). GPX is very widely used all over the world to share, export and import GPS data. It's supported by the vast majority of route related websites, programs, apps and stand alone GPS units like the Garmin's and TomTom's.
Navigation apps in general use a lot of battery. Scenic is no exception. There are 2 ways to save some precious battery power:
Over time I've had about a dozen users with this problem. In all cases (no exception, seriously) it was the charging solution and they were able to fix it by changing a component in their charging setup. Here's a checklist based on problems that were encountered by other users who had this problem:
There are many ways to import routes into Scenic:
Scenic does not have a website or desktop app to create routes. This is a deliberate choice as there are many websites, programs and apps specialising in this. Scenic can import routes from practically all of them because Scenic supports the GPX file format. So, you can plan your route in your favorite app, program or website, export it to GPX and then import that GPX into Scenic (using one of the methods mentioned in the previous answer). If you use one of Scenic's route planning partner websites, this is even more easy; a simple click of a button and the route will be waiting for you in Scenic.
In most cases these differences can be resolved by deleting, moving or adding via points. There can be 4 reasons for strange loops during route import and creation (the first 2 only apply to import):
At this moment Scenic WebApp only support Google Maps URLs if browsing on a laptop/desktop. If using the Google Maps website (not the app) on your iPad/iPhone, the URLs are a bit different and can't be processed by the Scenic WebApp. There are workarounds though. First of all you can open the iPad link on your desktop/laptop and hit refresh. The link will change to a Scenic compatible link. Or, you can get the desktop site on your iPad/iPhone:
To answer this correctly, first some knowledge on the typical difference between a GPX route and GPX track:
Typically, a Route is a plan for a future trip and a Track is a record of a passed trip. Routes typically have less points then Tracks because:
When importing a GPX and it contains both Track and a Route it's mostly recommended to import the Route, as this is the original plan that someone made, unless the route contains too few points to force the Scenic route calculation to take the route you want. The track might have discrepancies caused by deviations from the original route (e.g. by taking a wrong turn somewhere or taking an unplanned detour)
Swiping is the key. To delete a route swipe right. Swiping left will bring up a few buttons:
You can edit via points while importing or creating a route or when editing a route. The process is the same in the end. This is the procedure while editing a route.
Scenic uses an external framework which uses the data of Open Street Maps (OSM). So the map and routing (incl. guidance instructions) are as good as the OSM data is. Maps are usually updated twice a year by the framework, based on a fresh extract of OSM data. However even with a fresh extract it might happen that roads, ferries, tunnels or mountain passes seem to be ignored by Scenic. Also the road might visually be on the map, it could be that the data is incorrect. E.g. marked as a one-way road, not letting you take that road from the other directions.
There are a couple of things you can try:
This is currently only possible through a workaround:
You can only IMPORT Off Road Routes with Scenic, not create them from scratch. Off Road Routes typically have a lot of dirt roads in them, which are often unmapped (i.e. the Map does not know these roads exist) and consequently can not calculate your route over them. If the route can not be calculated a straight line is drawn between the via points, so you'd have to add a huge number of via points to get the correct route. If you import a Track from a GPX this huge number of points is provided in the GPX and Scenic can save those as is. Please not that Offroad routes do not have voice and turn by turn navigation. The route is simply drawn on the map for you to follow while the map moves and keeps your location centered.
To reverse a route you need to:
Swiping is the key. Swipe left on the trip and select the blue button. You will be taken to the route edit screen to save the route.
There's a reason why this is not fully automated: You might want to change a trip a little bit before riding it again. E.g. Remove your home location in a case you want to make it public, remove the detours you took, remove break locations, etc.
At this moment there are two ways to share routes:
Curvy routing is powered by Kurviger.de. They use an algorithm that analyses the curviness of roads between via points selected by you, and if certain criteria are met a combination of roads is chosen as the curvy route between points. Which criteria these are is 'secret' but you can play around with it a bit in two ways:
The way curvy routing works behind the scenes is (1) it requests a route from the curvy routing provider (different from Scenic's main map and route provider) upon which (2) this route is imported into Scenic. This import is done in the same way as a regular route import (e.g. you importing a GPX) and thus has the same characteristics, incl the fact that strange loops can occur, as explained in Why is the imported route not exactly like the original? Why does it contain strange loops?. Just like strange loops in normal routes, the strange loops in curvy routes can also be corrected by editing via points. Via point editing is only possible while creating / editing a route, so you can't get rid of strange loops if you selected a location from the main screen and selected curvy routing.
Swiping is the key. Swipe left on a trip in your trip list and select the yellow edit button.
Swiping is the key. Swipe left on a trip in your trip list and select the gray export button. You'll get the choice to export to a GPX file or to upload the trip to your RouteYou account (if you have one).
Swiping is the key. Swipe left on a trip in your trip list and select the blue 'route from trip' button.
Swiping is the key. Swipe left on a trip in your trip list and select the green share button. This shares the collage image as shown in the trip list together with a short description of the trip, which you can edit before actually sharing. (E.g. 'Just finished a 7 mi Motorcycle Trip with Scenic. Took me 17 min. It was awesome!') It also contains a link to Scenic on the app store.
Please note that you always need credits for Offline Maps, even if you are Premium. See below for more details.
Scenic is free to download because I want you to see what you get before spending money. Even the premium features are free to try. But, I'm an independent developer, working alone, without backing from investors. So Scenic needs to make money somehow. Not only to justify my time and effort for ongoing development, but also to cover ongoing costs of Scenic's map provider (which charges for every route calculation, every 10 minutes of map usage and downloading offline maps) and curvy routing engine. That's why Scenic offers In App Purchases.
Scenic can be used for free, but some features are paid. These 'Premium' Features are Voice Guidance, Route Import and Route & Trip Export. Premium features are accessible in 3 ways:
Scenic works entirely offline, but to navigate while offline you need to download Offline Maps on your device. To download a map region you always need credits (even if you have Premium Forever). The same credits you use for the 'Pay as you Go' premium access. Once you download an offline map you get free lifetime updates for it. Map updates are usually released once or twice a year... you'll get a notification. Scenic also remembers which regions you downloaded, so you won't have to turn in credits again to download them on another (or new) device.
I have big plans for Scenic. It's pretty complete already, but there's still work to be done. Like Group Ride Planning, Sharing Trips with Friends, a website to access your Scenic Data, Integration with more Online Route Planners, etc. And I'm sure I'll get more suggestions from everyone over time.
So please think about supporting Scenic with an In App Purchase and/or a nice rating in the App Store. If enough people do this I can continue development and make all this happen. Of course, no worries if you'd rather not.
Thank you and ride safe,
Credits are required to purchase offline maps, even if you are premium. So, if you spent the free initial credits you got and need more offline maps, you'll need to buy some extra credtis.
Yes. Just make sure your Scenic account has an email linked to it and that you are logged in with the same Scenic account on all devices. All your information (e.g. trips, routes) is synced between the devices.
Yes. Offline maps, credits and premium purchases will only need to be purchased once and are valid on all your devices.
Open Scenic on your iOS device. Tap the profile button in the main screen and then the first row. If you are still logged in, first log out by tapping the button at the bottom. Then go back to log in, enter your email and tap the 'Forgot Password' text below the login button. A new password will be sent to you. I recommend changing that password immediately after login. (by simply typing a new password in the password field)
It's possible that the email address linked to your account was not yet verified. When signing up to Scenic for the very first time you should have received a verification email with a link to verify your account. If you didn't click that link you will not be able to log in to your account afterwards. If you don't remember getting this verification email please look at the next question.
Sometimes the verification email ends up in spam folders and sometimes the email is blocked entirely by provider. You could try to search your mailboxes for an email with subject 'Verify your Scenic Email'. If you can't find it you can request a new one by attempting to login to Scenic on an iOS device. If your account was not verified it will ask you if you'd like to resend the verification email. If you're still not getting that verification email please contact support through the means listed at the bottom of this page.
Next to removing Scenic from your device there are three other occasions that remove offline maps from your device:
Sometimes something goes wrong between Apple Servers and the Scenic server. This can result in an In App Purchase not being registered for Scenic. Of course I will correct this for you if necessary. Please follow below steps, depending on the kind of In App Purchase.
This can have the same cause as the sudden deletion of offline maps: iOS removed the latest map version files because your device is low on disk space - If your device is low on disk space iOS starts a system wide cleaning operation. This entails removing non-critical data for apps (i.e. data that apps are storing in their caches folder). Just like offline maps, the latest map version files are also stored in that folder and thus will be removed on such a cleanup. If this happens I recommend to manually free up more disk space on your device (to prevent the cleanup procedure to run again) and then force quit Scenic (double tap home button and swipe up) and restart.
A Tutorial Video Playlist, showing how to use Scenic in a very detailed way.
Click the top left hamburger button in the video window to show all videos in the playlist.
Blog Articles introducing Scenic features and how to use them
Scenic How To
A forum thread on ADVRider where questions are asked and answered by participating users. I'm active there as well.
Scenic - iPhone & iPad App Alternative to Garmin Zumo and TomTom Rider