RaceBunny 4 -- Plan and Follow a route

NOTE: wifi sync is no longer available as of TrailRunner 3.7 v709, use the dropbox sync instead.

RaceBunny is a free companion app for the iPhone 4. RaceBunny has the following feature set:
  • Record activities and send them to TrailRunner for analysis and journaling in the diary.
  • Plan a route in TrailRunner, send the track to RaceBunny and follow the course.
  • Select between different background map types like Google Satellite, Google Terrain, OpenStreetMap and OpenCycleMap
  • GPS location recoding is being done using multitasking resulting in high resolution recoding data.
  • On devices supporting app switching with multitasking, GPS recoding keeps running even when RaceBunny is running in the background.

The following tutorial describes how you can create a route in TrailRunner and send it to RaceBunny:

To use RaceBunny, follow these steps in TrailRunner:
  • Go to Preferences > Synchronize and set RaceBunny as the iPhone partner application.

To send routes to RaceBunny
  • In the main document window, click the iPhone icon and in the left pane select the send-tab.
  • Start RaceBunny on the iPhone.
  • Select a route in TrailRunner and click the send button.
  • The selected route is being transferred to RaceBunny and is added to the list of routes.

To receive completed activities from RaceBunny
  • In the main document window, press the iPhone icon and in the left pane select the import-tab.
  • In RaceBunny tap on the tracks button, select an activity and tap on the Send button.
  • TrailRunner will open the import pane. Add additional comments and import the activity to your diary.

Additional notes
  • To exchange data between TrailRunner and RaceBunny a domestic WiFi connection is being required.
  • RaceBunny keeps recording your GPS location in the background. This works only on devices with multitasking support and this may also increase your battery consumption.

Download RaceBunny for free from the app store:

TrailRunner 1.8 - GPSies on the Run

Long on the list and now available: The integration with GPSies.com, the outdoor route sharing portal, has been improved.
The route course lookup is accessible through either the File > Find Routes Nearby command or the new toolbar-icon. A new importer pane will open on the left displaying all routes available near the current map location. Browse, check and import what you like and use TrailRunners merge and planning options to individualize what others have already explored for you.

TrailRunner 1.8 - Borderless Freedom

TrailRunner 1.8 is out !
Have fun and thanks for your feedback!

> Download

User Interface
Reworked the overall application design to match the current state of the art

Map loading
Although already improved much in 1.7 this now should be it.

Track editor
Selections within the profile chart, route slider, track editor and route description window are now fully synchronized.

Routes vs. Workouts

One of the biggest problems for TrailRunner newbies was, that the differences between a route and a workout / the main document and the diary wasn’t intuitively clear. So I now changed the interface to make both approaches available in the main window.

Download here: http://trailrunnerx.com/download-beta-redirect.html

Import directions from maps.google

If you want to import a route planned with maps.google.com into TrailRunner, follow these steps:
Goto maps.google.com and use the Get Directions tab to plan your course.
Click the Link to this page link.
In the Paste link in email or IM edit field, append &output=kml to the end of the url (with no blank inbetween)

Copy the whole URL and paste it into the address bar. Press the return key.
A kml file will now download. Drag the maps.kml file onto TrailRunner or the main window. The course importer will open.

More convenient alternatives:

Convert Google Maps Data to GPX
> GMapToGPX (German)

NanoMaps for Mobiles

As you might already know, the NanoMaps feature is available not only for the iPod nano but also for any kind of mobile device with a color-screen – especially for cellphones. To set the appropriate image-size the preferences for export allow you to set the width and height for the NanoMaps.

Images sizes for different displays
For all who do not know the resolution of their device I started a collection for common devices like the T610 on the left. You can find the list in the Library. If you did successfully export your directions onto any device that is not listed there, please leave me a note what device you are using and the resolution that fits best on its screen.

Image formats
TrailRunner exports the images as jpegs. Unfortunately not all cellphones can display them (like the K610i). Therefore you first need to convert the images to the png format. Heiko noted this and has sent screenshots of his Automator Action to easily convert the images :

- Select Files from Finder
- Change Image Format to PNG
- Change Finder Object Names

Image Transfer
In general I expect you to transfer the NanoMaps onto your cellphone using the Bluetooth File Exchange Application. Browse your device and drag the images into its pictures directory.