There is a help section which you can access from the menu of the first screen.
Explained are the most important functions of the app and how the app is organized here:
The app is organized BY the Waypoint Manager and the Trail Manager and is supported by the application navigation tools which include compasses, maps, data reporting and a number of other navigation tools.
Both managers are accessed from the Menu of the FIRST SCREEN.
The Waypoint Manager stores all waypoints that you create or import and the Trail Manager does the same for trails. When you tap on a waypoint in the Waypoint Manager or a trail in the Trail Manager you are shown a menu of actions that you can perform on that waypoint or trail, such as map the trail, navigate to the waypoint, drive to the waypoint and so on. Most waypoint and trail actions will open one of the navigation tool sets (a waypoint finding compass or a map with navigation tools or a radar screen) to help you determine your location, navigate a trail or find a waypoint.
There are a number of other actions you can perform on a waypoint or trail which provide some additional information about the waypoint or trail or the action may have more to do with the way you manage the data in your Trail Manager and Waypoint Manager such as edit or name, delete a waypoint, move a waypoint to a different waypoint folder and a few others.
Next, I will explain waypoint creation and waypoint navigation, as these are the key functions most users rely upon.
Creating a Waypoint:
You can create a waypoint from the first screen or from the Waypoint Manager Screen. On the first screen, tap Menu then select “Create Waypoint”. You will now have an option to select a waypoint creation method. You can enter coordinates for a waypoint, save your current position as a waypoint or move a pin on a map to set a waypoint.
After you create a waypoint, the coordinates and name for your waypoint will be stored in the waypoint manager.
Navigating to a Waypoint:
To navigate to a waypoint you can use maps or our Waypoint-Finding Compass. You would begin navigating to a waypoint as follows: On the first screen tap Menu, then select “Waypoint Manager”. You will see a list of your saved waypoints on the Waypoint Manager screen. Tap the name of the waypoint to which you will be navigating and select “Go To Waypoint” to bring up the waypoint compass or “Map Waypoint” to show a map with your position along with the position of the waypoint and a heading arrow showing your direction of travel.
The waypoint-finding compass will always point to your waypoint AS LONG AS YOU ARE MOVING OUTDOORS AND HAVE A GOOD VIEW OF THE SKY. To find your waypoint you would simply follow the arrow.
The map screens will show your position along with the position of the waypoint. If you are moving, and only if you are moving, a rotational heading arrow will appear at the upper right of every map to show the direction of travel. All maps are NORTH UP ALWAYS. Your position on the maps is updated every 3 seconds. You use your position, the position of the waypoint or lay of the trail and the heading arrow along with other map clues to navigate to your waypoint or follow a trail using the maps.
To navigate a previously recorded trail, select the trail from the trail manager screen. When the trail map opens you should start walking outdoors to activate the heading compass. Your position will show as a blue flashing icon and will be updated every 3 seconds. Use the heading arrow and the position icon to stay on the trail.
Regarding our maps… There is a heading compass on all maps which is visible only when you are moving outdoors. All maps in the app can be made available for offline use WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE GOOGLE MAPS. To change from one map type to the next you would tap Menu on any map screen and select the map you want to use.
If you are serious about using offline maps, you should download a map ahead of your planned excursion. The application makes use of both vector maps and raster maps.
To download a vector map, tap the download map icon at the bottom left of the first screen to open the Map Manager screen. On the Map Manager screen, check “Vector Maps” at the top of the screen, then tap the “Download” arrow-map icon to open the map region selector, then select a download location from the popup.
On the map region selector, select a country or continent, then tap a country or province from the list to begin the download. Even though the vector based maps are compact allowing for small file sizes, some map files are quite large (more than 1GB), so don’t download more than you need otherwise you may run into memory issues.
To download a Raster Map:
Tap the download map icon at the bottom of the first screen to open the map manager, then on the Map Manager, check Raster Maps at the top of the screen. Then tap the Download icon and select a download location from the popup to open the Map Type Selector, which is a blue screen. On the blue screen, select a base map for your raster map, then tap the “Download” button at the bottom of the screen to open the Map Creator Tool. Use the controls at the bottom of the Map Creator Screen to move, select an area and clear the map. You select an area by drawing a rectangle on the map with your finger. When you are happy with your selection, tap the green download arrow at the bottom of the Map Creator screen to begin the download.
Our downloadable raster maps include:
1. USGS (United States Geologic Survey) maps.
2. NOAA Nautical Charts for US Territorial Waters.
5. Hiking and biking map
6. World Atlas map
7. GIS topo maps
8. Canada Toporama map
9. High contrast map of Europe.
To access a downloaded map you will first need to open a map then switch
to a the map type that you downloaded. For example, let’s say that you
made a waypoint in
Galveston, Texas and would like to use one of your downloaded vector maps
to navigate to it. On the first screen, tap Menu then tap Waypoint Manager. On the Waypoint Manager screen tap on the folder that has the Galvestion Waypoint and then tap the Galveston Waypoint and select “Map Waypoint”. You may or may not see a map on the screen that opens. Either way, on that screen, tap Menu and Select “Vector Maps”. You will then see a list of all your downloaded vector maps. Select Texas to open the downloaded map of Texas which will show your position along with the waypoint and the navigation tools on the map to help you find the waypoint.
To view one of your download RATSER MAPS, you will need to select the map that was the base map for your raster map creation from the menu of any map screen. When you view an area of a raster map that was included in your raster map creation, the tiles from your downloaded raster map will automatically be shown.
Remember, you can switch map types from the menu of any map screen, so if a map is not visible, as will be the case if you are trying to use a Google Map offline, just tap menu and switch to one of the other maps that can be available for offline use.
Regarding Importing data: (GPS Waypoints Navigator App only)
You can import kml, kmz files and gpx files.I would suggest using kml files. To import a kml file, you can tap on a kml file attachment in a Gmail or tap a kml file in your phone’s file system. After that, you should see an option to open the file with GPS Waypoints Navigator or GPS Waypoints Navigator will open right away. If you don’t see those options, you will need to reset your phone’s app associations. To do that, open the phone’s settings page and find Applications or Application Manager. On the Applications / Applications Manager page tap menu and select Reset App Preferences. The Reset App Preferences may be somewhere else in your phone’s settings… it depends on the manufacturer.
The best way to learn the app is to explore each screen and test every item in the menus. The app is VERY menu driven, so make sure to tap “Menu” on every screen to see what is possible. Practice in your neighborhood before venturing out further.