There are two parts to mapping a route:
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. It’s best to imagine listeners following it more or less exactly. (They might! Automatic GPS playback doesn’t require them to keep checking the map, but the route line is displayed in the VoiceMap app, when listeners are out doing a tour.)
There are two exceptions to this, which don’t require a route line: indoor tours and tours without a set route.
Let’s start with a walking tour. It’s VoiceMap’s most popular transport type and it only requires a basic line.
There are a few rules of thumb for walking tours:
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.
There are a few options for mapping the route line of a long driving tour, instead of drawing it in the publishing tool, which can be time-consuming and laborious.
One way is to map the route using a GPS logger. If this option is not available, then Google Maps allows you to create a KML file, essentially a file that contains the route line data. Below are instructions on how to do this.
If the route line is very long, and the map is taking a while to load, then might need to reduce the number of points on the route line. You can find more information about that here.
The indoor player does not use an offline map or rely on word counts to work out the time between locations, so you don’t need an accurate route line – or any route line at all. But a simple line can help your editor understand the tour better and it may still make sense to add one in some situations. You’ll find more information about indoor tours here.
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