Find out why Alex Roddie awarded Outdooractive ‘best buy’ in his review of digital mapping and apps
Outdooractive replaced the original ViewRanger in 2022. Last time I reviewed it, I found that most of ViewRanger’s features had been ported over, and mentioned that most of the initial bugs had been squashed. So how has the situation changed over the last year?
Some features are still difficult to find. The main interface includes the map view, any planned routes or waypoints you’ve added to the ‘My Map’ mode, and buttons
for route discovery, planning, tracking, and ‘My page’. Getting a grid reference has been improved since the last version I tested.
For subscribers, the app offers OS mapping at both 1:50k and 1:25k plus comprehensive international maps. You can save sections of any map for offline use or click through to a planned route and then download all the necessary maps. You can display multiple routes and waypoints simultaneously on the map using the ‘My Map’ mode.
Route planning is excellent, thanks to a reliable snap-to-path mode that works worldwide. The app will also reliably record your walk and you can import and export GPX files (although this needs an internet connection). There’s a large library of community routes you can access, and you can optionally publish your own for friends
to use. Other features include Skyline augmented reality (see peaks around you in real time), a 3D preview of your route, and much more. There is a good website for planning on your computer. You can also display a layer showing national long-distance trails.
I would still like to see more advanced control over points of interest, display of distance to route start/finish and offline GPX import/export. Managing offline maps and GPX files is more fiddly than it should be. However, overall Outdooractive offers a comprehensive package that will do everything most users will ever need. The cost is also reasonable.