Routing FAQ


About route planning
Notions

How to create a route?
How to undo the point placed last during route creation?
How to finish the route being created?
What if route not found between two pass-through points?
How to select a route for modification or for delete?
How to modify existing route?
How to delete route?

How to set routing option (eg. pedestrian, car, etc.)?
How to modify routing option for one leg of a route only?
How to modify route properties (name, url, ect.)?

How to save a route?
How to view an automatically saved route?

How to publish (share) a route?
How to make "official" one of my route?
How to download a route for my devices?
How to send a permalink of one of my public/official route?
How to modify/edit other's routes?

About route planning:
Currently, route planning can create routes (route legs) from/to line endpoints and cannot plan from/to middle of a road. The latter will be a future development.
So, place the pass-through-points near
-intersection of roads (eg. corners in a settlement)
-road type change points (eg. a dirt road becomes a path)
-real endpoints of lines (eg. end of blind alley)

Notions:
-route (1): a serie of auto-planned route legs between pass-throug-points. You can see it on the map in half-transparent purple color.
-route leg: the geometry that is auto-planned between two pass-through-points on the roads, streets, paths, etc.
-pass-through-point (2): a point placed on the map by you. It is a red circle, you can see it on the map in Modify or Delete mode only.
-control line (3): straight, red lines between pass-through-points, you can do operations on routes with this line.
-route tool: set of buttons that allows you to do specific route operations.
-routing option buttons: a set of icon at the right side of the map. They only visible when it makes sense.
-route list: a tabbed list right to the map that contains the list of your routes, and the shared or official routes created by others.

How to create a route?
-click the Create route tool button
-left click the point on the map where you want the next pass-through point
-repeat placing pass-through points as many times as you need

How to undo the point placed last during route creation?
Simply do a right click.

How to finish the route being created?
You have three ways:
-choose other tool button than Create route
-double click left mouse button - the point where you've doubleclicked will be included as last route point
-double click right mouse button - the point where you've doubleclicked will NOT be included

What if route not found between two pass-through points?
A straight route leg will be generated. You'll never get any 'route not found' messages.

How to select a route for modification or for delete?
Choose the needed tool button (eg. Modify route). The control lines will be visible. Then click on any section of the control line.

How to modify existing route?
First, choose the Modify route tool button and with that select the control line of appropriate route to be modified. Selected control line has red circles at pass-trough-points and half-transparent red circles at the middle of control line (4) of route legs.
You have three choices:
-move exising pass-through-points: just drag the red circles to a different point on the map,
-insert new pass-through-point: drag the half-transparent mid-points (4); this will cause the insertion of a new pass-through-point,
-delete an exising pass-through-point: hover the mouse over the red circle where you want to delete pass through point, and press the DEL key.

How to delete route?
You have two choices:
-activate the Delete route tool button then click the red control line,
-click on the delete icon in the route list.

How to set routing option (eg. pedestrian, car, etc.)?
Choose the appropriate icon on the right of the map. The selected option will be used for the next route leg in creation mode.
You can change routing option for an entire route in Modify mode: select the corresponding route with the Modify route tool button and then click the option icon you need:

How to modify routing option for one leg of a route only?
Select the Change route planning option for individual route legs tool button then select the control line of the route leg you want to change. The control line of selected leg becomes blue. Click the option icon you need.

How to modify route properties (name, url, ect.)?
Click the Properties button in the route list and fill in the route properties form.

How to save a route?
You can't and you don't need to. Created routes will be automatically saved on OpenMaps's server if youre logged in.
When you're not logged you can plan routes but they won't be saved and they will be lost leaving the map page.

How to view an automatically saved route?
Initially (just after getting to the map webpage) none of the routes are visible on the map. Routes are shown in the route list only.
You can load and view a route pressing the closed eye button near the route name in the route list. (The eye becomes opened.)
Clicking a closed or opened eye also causes the map to fully view that route.

How to publish (share) a route?
There's a checkbox in the properties form for that. Simply check it on and save the form.

How to make "official" one of my route?
Write a post on the forum asking for it. Describe why you want to do it and how did you get authorization for stating official routes.

How to download a route for my devices?
Click the download icon in the route list, this will give you a GPX file with the route as track.

How to send a permalink of one of my public/official route?
Right click on the permalink icon and choose "Copy link location" (or similar) item in the context menu. Then you can send the link in email, forum, etc. by pasting the link from the clipboard.

How to modify/edit other's routes?
You cannot modify other's routes. But you can copy shared or official routes for yourself by the copy icon and you can modify the copied route.