Most recent changes released 8/12/11. See below for details.
Please report bugs
if you see them. NOTE that the cotact form will require you to log in first as a security measure.
Speaking of your feedback, thanks to everyone who has written in with bug reports, ideas, or thanks. I'm sorry that I can't personally reply to all messages, but your feedback is much appreciated.
8/12/11 gmap-pedometer.com 2.0!
(project pachyderm) The most significant upgrade to the site since its inception. Along with the route mapping you know and love, gmap-pedometer.com is now a tool you can use to log and chart your workouts. Along with this addition come many other new features and upgrades to existing functionality:
- Workout logging, including time, distance, weight, calories, elevation gain / elevation change, pace (with automatic calculation from your time and distance), and free-form notes.
- Your workout history viewable in a list or calendar format, and charting of your statistics by day, week, or month.
- Store and view a list of your bookmarked routes right on the site. NOTE that you can still create a route anonymously without an account, as you always have.
- Set up your gmap-pedometer.com account to access the bookmark and workout log features. All the usual account features available, resend passord, email validation, etc. (Also, you can log in with your userid OR email address, which is kinda nice.)
- A brand-new forum with new improvements to prevent forum spam.
- Also upgrades to the core map app:
- Revamped layout provides a larger map area, including the ability to go full-screen by hiding the top navigation and controls.
- You now have the ability to save a name and description for your route.
- Internal improvements to correct bugs that appeared for routes with a large number of points.
8/26/09 Open Street Map!
The site now contains an overlay featuring data from the excellent Open Street Map
project. Find out more
about why the map nerd is excited.
11/16/08 Automatic routes!
Your route will now automatically follow the roads along the course you have chosen! This will make routes much quicker and easier (and more fun!) to make. There are two automatic modes: one for bikers, which follows the rules of the road, such as one-way streets and the like, and one for runners, which strictly follows the roads. If you preferred the old method using straight lines, that's still available too -- now called "Manual".
11/16/08 Terrain maps!
My favorite new map type from Google since hybrid. They're really kinda pretty.
7/23/08 Elevation changes
A number of changes were made to the internals of how elevation lookups happen. These changes should be invisible, so please provide feedback at the link above if you encounter a problem.
10/22/06 US Topo maps!
Big ups to the folks at http://www.backcountrymaps.com
for letting me use their code to drive the topo implementation.
7/25/06 Little hand begone!
Thanks to an API version release, the universally disliked (for good reason) little-grabby-hand cursor is toast. It has been replaced by a crosshairs which, IMHO, is an improvement over even the original pointer.
While I was in there, also implemented the continuous zoom that has been added to the API.
7/13/06 Another geocoding tweak
Turns out Google's geocoder is ticklish about China, Japan and the UK for some (most likely contractual) reason. The "more options" link to the right of the "go" button will show an abbreviated version of the country list we used to have, which will make it possible to search locations in those countries.
7/12/06 Geocoding by Google
Google has exposed access to their own geocoding algorithm through the API. You should now be able to find any address or location you can find through http://maps.google.com
7/12/06 Also added a very small bit of code that should speed things up for big routes on Firefox.
I've made some changes so that users with long routes should have better performance. You may notice the mile markers and route lines appearing and disappearing at the edge of the map if you drag. Before, all mile markers and the entire route were drawn, even if they weren't visible on the map. Now only the part you can see is drawn, which will save your browser some headaches.
5/9/06 Also, I've toned down the significant digits of the distance boxes a bit. Alas, the app doesn't quite have a subatomic degree of accuracy, as the decimal places in those boxes implied.
5/9/06 And you can now use your arrow keys and the + and - keys to navigate and zoom the map.
5/9/06 Also fixed a bug causing users not to get their permalink URLs
4/18/06 Higher Resolution images
I've switched to API version 2, so the satellite and hybrid images now go two levels closer!
4/14/06 Elevation graphs are back!
And now we're on our speedy new dedicated server, too!
4/12/06 Elevation graphs are down for new routes. I'm working on upgrading the site to a dedicated server, which will solve the problem - hopefully won't take more than a few days. Elevation graphs for routes you've created in the past should still be fine. Sorry for the inconvenience, everyone.
Released changes today and yesterday that correct some bugs connected with serverside permalinks and long routes. Thanks for the bug reports, folks.
1/28/06 Serverside Permalinks!
Your routes will now be saved in a serverside database. This should mean that all you folks who have superlong routes that were getting cut off by browser limitations on the length of the querystring should see your problems resolved. Note
that all existing permalinks and tinyurls will still work. See the Usage Instructions for further details.
12/23/05 Fixed another bug that was affecting location searches on city names with more than one word.
12/21/05 Some folks were reporting recentering issues. I've made a change that should address that.
12/20/05 Location lookups were broken after a change on the site that provides our geocoding. Should be fixed now.
12/16/05 Elevation Graphs!
You can now draw a graph that plots the elevation of each point against your distance. Elevation is provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, so unfortunately this is a U.S. only feature.
10/16/05 Gmap Pedometer Mileposts!
I've launched a message board for talking about the site, talking about running (or whatever your sport is), or just talking.
10/16/05 Export as GPX!
Josh Larios has an extremely cool bookmarklet that lets you export Gmap routes to a GPX file, and he's written in support for gmap-pedometer.com. Thanks, Josh!
The site now has its own domain. You've already been redirected, but update your bookmarks. All your old links will continue to work.
10/6/05 Info popups
We had a lot of text running down the left margin. I've moved it onto separate pages, see the links above.
Click the Print map
link to temporarily reformat the screen to make it more suitable for printing.
Hands down, the #1 most-requested feature: Now you can enter your town (anywhere in the world, thanks to worldKit geocoder
) and jump directly there.
8/12/05 There and back!
There is now a link that will automatically complete a "there-and-back" route by reversing your route exactly the way you came.
8/8/05 Marker numbers!
The mile/km markers I added yesterday now also contain a number.
8/7/05 Mile (or KM) Markers!
I've been dying to add this -- you will now get a marker drawn at each mile or kilometer on your course. You can turn them off too, something that should take care of the annoyance of being unable to place a point near where there is already an existing one. Note that mile markers only work up to zoomlevel 8. (If you were to draw a line across the Atlantic ocean, drawing a point at each mile would hose your browser in a hurry.)
Small change so the instructions will now appear in a new window.
Some Londoners were writing in with reports of an odd error -- turns out there was a bug that only manifested itself within .1 degree of the prime meridian. It should be fixed now.
7/23/05: Hybrid Maps:
Those sneaky monkeys at Google slipped in a new map type while I was napping! I had to make a small change so that permalinks would handle the new Hybrid map type. I love the hybrids. Every time I think it's perfect, Google goes and makes gmaps cooler.
7/23/05: Scale Bar:
I added Google's new scale bar control as well.
Long permalinks were causing problems for some users, and inconvenience for all. You can now use TinyURL to make the URLs more manageable.
7/20/05: Calorie Counter:
Turn it on and enter your weight to see how many scoops of ice cream you're entitled to after your run.
7/20/05: Permalink improvements:
Your permalinks will now remember whether you were on map or satellite, and whether you were using english or metric units. Calorie counter status and weight are rembered as well.
7/5/05: We're official! The tool now uses the Google Maps API
. There are a number of bugs and incompatabilities that will hopefully be cleared up by using the offical API.
7/5/05: And because it's always a drag to have a new software release with no new features, you can now choose your units
. See the radio button under the distance buttons.
You should now be able to zoom out much further than before without your route degrading into a line between the start and end.
6/29/05: Looks like Google released an upgrade that broke the app. I've uploaded a version that directly references the older version of their .js so we should be OK. Let me know
if you still have problems.
This will allow you to save the your location, course, and distances as a URL and come back to them later. When you click the "Permalink" link, the URL in the location bar of your browser will be updated with parameters describing your position and current course. Then just bookmark the page! You can use this function to create a boomark to a map pre-zoomed to your town, save all your favorite runs as bookmarks, email a URL for a course to someone, or post a link to a course in a message board.
6/29/05: Clear Link.
By popular demand, there is now a link that lets you clear whatever points you've recorded so far, and start over.
6/27/05: OK, I think I've cleared out the bug in the polyline drawing functionality. Thanks for the feedback, please keep it coming
6/24/05: Now your course is drawn using lines instead of points! I think you'll find this makes the tool easier (and more fun) to use.