Plotting a route
There are two parts to mapping a route:
- Drawing a line that represents the path listeners follow
- Adding locations
Let’s start with number one, drawing a line. VoiceMap uses the line to measure distances, and an accurate line gives you accurate talk times and word counts. Listeners also see the line in our mobile apps.
Step by step guide
- In the Locations tab, click on Edit Map.
- Select the Draw Route tab.
- Zoom right in to your route’s starting point. It’s important to be zoomed almost all the way in, because you need to make sure your line goes exactly where you want people to walk.
- You can switch over to satellite view if it helps, but don't use the 45 degree tilt. It isn't accurate.
- Click on the plus icon. A flag tooltip will appear when you hover over the map.
- Click on the map to add nodes, connected by a line.
- Keep clicking Save as you go, to make sure you don’t lose your work.
- If you make a mistake, you can click on Delete (the bin icon) Last, or you can edit the line by dragging the nodes.
- You should end up with a route with nice straight lines that stick neatly to roads, or deviates from them wherever you want them to.
If your route is in an area that’s hard to see either on a Google Map or satellite photography, it might be best to use a GPS logger or equivalent mobile app.