TrailRunner
TrailRunner
3.8.3233

3.1

TrailRunner free download for Mac

TrailRunner3.8.3233

21 August 2019

Route planning for hiking, biking, and more.

Overview

TrailRunner is the perfect companion for runners, bikers, hikers, and all people wandering under the sky. Plan routes on a geographical map. Import GPS or workout recordings and journalize your activities in a diary.

Features
  • View maps and elevation data from Internet mapping services like USGS topo maps
  • Import GPS recordings from Trails, iTrail, and 321Run for iPhone
  • Import workouts from the Nike + iPod Sport Kit
  • Import tracks and workouts from GPS fitness devices like the Garmin ForeRunner or Garmin Edge
  • Import/Export TCX, GPX, and KML files
  • Describe favorite tracks and rate them with iTunes stars
  • Plan routes interactively or automatically for a given distance
  • Export route directions onto your iPod
  • Journalize workouts in a diary, see your progress in a history chart
  • Publish a Weblog to MobileMe

Note: While the software is classified as freeware, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation (€25 requested) to help support development.

What's new in TrailRunner

Version 3.8.3233:
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53 Reviews of TrailRunner

Libertyforall1776
25 March 2011
Version: 3.3.599

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Launching this app connects to: www.trailrunnerx.com google.com maps.google.com ftp.demis.nl news.google.com whatismyipaddress.com whatsmyip.net whatsmyip.org www.who.is
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Talaatharb
13 October 2019
Version: 3.8.3233
nice. concept ... but why is this app so incredibly slow compared to others? I have a 4 GHz core i7 with whopping fast graphics card....still nor responsive. I have an old version of Adze from 2016 which runs fast...same for rubytrack. its a pity.
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5
theo-langstrumpf
12 February 2018
Version: 3.8.3164
Convenient and affordable application. I use it for a long time I am satisfied
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4
m-67man
29 March 2017
Version: 3.8.1454
I'm preparing for running 100 km marathon and searching for a good app that could help me to track my routs with maps, graphs and all that stuff. Have anybody tried TrailRunner for a similar purpose? Please share your experience.
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0.5
Rampancy
03 February 2017
Version: 3.8.833
The versions for OS X available for download don't work; they simply quit with a "This version has expired; old versions expire after three months, please update to a newer version..." error message.
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0.5
Narodnik
02 February 2017
Version: 3.8.833
• Won't show topo view — goes to satellite view instead.
• Shows local roads incorrectly (Google does the same).
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1
SteveMl
01 June 2016
Version: 3.8.815
It's impossible to use it now. Needs updates and lots of bug fixes. Strongly not recommended, unfortunately.
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2
knappeduivel
08 February 2016
Version: 3.8.802
Stopped trying to get this program running. Couldn't save routes, maps took forever to build and much more. Shame, the concept isn't bad at all.
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3
daihard50
17 January 2016
Version: 3.8.794
I've been using this app for several years now. I like the fact I can organise my tracks all in one place, with tons of information about my data. My biggest problem is the fact I cannot export my tracks easily. I'd like to pull my HUNDREDS of tracks i've recorded into Strava/Garmin/MotionX and similar programs, but to export each track individually is tedious and unnecessary. GIVE BULK .gpx exporting. Until then, i've stopped using this program.
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1
maxim-gorkij
09 January 2016
Version: 3.8.789
No visible maps, no search location. No functional. It's wasting free space on hdd
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pettifogger0712
07 August 2014
Version: 3.8.773
Version 3.8 Build 775 was released on May 26th 2014 ;-)
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0.5
Ry-ma
26 April 2014
Version: 3.8.770
Routes imported can not be saved. The previously imported routes are away again at every reboot of TrailRunner.
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0.5
Cornholio79
13 July 2013
Version: 3.7.745
I am sorry to say so, but my experience is, that this program is total crap. It is absolutly unresponsive and unintuive and it relies to heavy on other software. There are some (old) webapps that do this much faster, more reliable and better than this ... program. This is a perfect example that a commercial developer would show you to explain why you should pay for software.
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4.5
Wheninrome
13 February 2013
Version: 3.7.722
Oh, I am so excited about this app! I confess that I have only begun tooling around in it. The only mistake I have made so far is to download it while at work - I am not sure I can concentrate on work - I'll be thinking about planning my bike trips! Hurry up and get here, Spring! Seriously, I am really liking what I see. The options available are amazing. Being able to set personal preferences is a bonus but having the ability to plan a ride, in advance, is fantastic. I don't see using this app as squashing any spontaneity either but rather enhancing it.
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5
Karriesh
17 May 2012
Version: 3.7.679
Amazing app,I use it a lot.
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Aryu-Gaetu
16 May 2012
Version: 3.7.677
I have a... Model Name: Mac mini Model Identifier: Macmini2,1 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 1.83 GHz Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache: 2 MB Memory: 2 GB OSX: Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 (11E53) Sorry, but I couldn't get TrailRunner 1.6v240 to work at all. From the very start, the spinning "busy" wheel icon in the middle of the map wouldn't stop spinning. I could only change the map's location and zoom. I could not make any kind of route or changes. I waited several minutes for it to stop. It never did. Maybe I should have waited an hour or two for it to initialize. I don't have the time to wrestle with apps. Even if they are free, my time isn't. I gave it 1/2 star for being free, 1/2 star for loading, but removed 1/2 star for wasting my time by not working at all. Obviously it works for other people. Congratulations. But, it eludes me.
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mpiekielnik
11 February 2012
Version: 3.7.673
I have some .gpx tracks which I collected during last few years with my iPhone and MotionX GPS application. I wanted to store them in some easy to manage way on my computer, so I downloaded TrailRunner. Well, it looks that it should be the right tool to do a job, but it just isn't. TrailRunner asks for a 'donation' of EUR 25 for a start, but you can dismiss the request. It allows to import track files in many formats, and shows useful information in quite attractive way. BUT, it is just terribly unstable. Generates various error messages almost constantly. It also refuses to import some files without a clear description of problem. In short - stay away from it.
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Flip-Verweij
19 December 2011
Version: 3.7.673
I use Trailrunner for some years and all I can say is that it works great. I use it with my Garmin eTrax (for hiking) and also with Nike+ for running. Keep up the good work. I would like to have the possibility to send my results/tracks to Facebook or Twitter?
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Talaatharb
02 April 2011
Version: 3.3.605
works on PPC. My Mac is old an slow (G4 Dual 1GHz from 2002), obviously TrailRunner is not optimzed for speed
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Talaatharb
02 April 2011
Version: 3.3.605
Platform PPC works as well
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Libertyforall1776
25 March 2011
Version: 3.3.599
Launching this app connects to: www.trailrunnerx.com google.com maps.google.com ftp.demis.nl news.google.com whatismyipaddress.com whatsmyip.net whatsmyip.org www.who.is
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Lexicon5
26 February 2011
Version: 3.2v580
$19.99 here, free on VersionTracker... http://download.cnet.com/TrailRunner/3000-20422_4-81028.html?tag=mncol
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Zeebie
06 January 2011
Version: 3.2v565
I really try to like this app because it's the only free one of its kind out there and it is loaded with unique features like the brilliant track network. But... It is also the slowest software ever written. It responds extremely sluggish, so on Macbook Pro it's no fun and on PPC it's simply unusable. Besides it confuses my by showing the background maps of its own choice instead of mine and behaving weird while importing gpx-files into the track network. This one urgently needs some improvement concerning speed and responsiveness.
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mklengel
23 April 2010
Version: 3.0v523
Using a Mac Pro Quad Core with a fast Internet connection I must say the app is painfully slow regarding the presentation of the maps and importing community tracks. May be caching the used maps would improve this. The app is not very intuitive especially for me as a new user. May be its a Layer-8 problem but I'm not able to edit a track successfully.
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Dokter-mac
27 March 2010
Version: 3.0v517
Is it supporting any 'external' iPhone/iPod Touch GPS hardware, like for example from TomTom, besides build in GPS hardware from iPhones & other GPS devices? With regards.
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Mwalker80
27 February 2010
Version: 3.0v501
What a great app. For my needs - keeping a 'diary' of runs, hikes, etc. - it's perfect. On a recent hike I used my iPhone 3GS with MotionX GPS app and it imported to TrailRunner perfectly. I cannot speak to some of the other features like creating routes or exporting. Great app, thanks to the developer.
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Simonm
14 December 2009
Version: 2.1v469
Perhaps I'm a little biased because I expected it to behave like the mapping software I'm used to (ArcGIS). I still think it's pretty unintuitive generally though. Full marks for a nice looking Mac interface.
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Simonm
07 December 2009
Version: 2.1v466
I want to like this software, and I can't be too critical because it's free, but I find it to be pretty unintuitive. I played with it a good half hour and had next to no luck importing tracks, modifying them and creating my own. I know I'm not stupid and I was pretty frustrated by the end of it. It was is also extremely taxing on the processor, cheweing up as much as 50% of my CPU just moving maps and trying to draw some simple tracks...and I have a latest MacBook Pro. Otherwise it looks like it has potential!
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Jory
07 November 2009
Version: 2.1v444
I like this app a lot. I've been using it daily since I bought my Garmin Edge 705 and really like nearly everything about it. The only thing I don't like is that the developer calls it "freeware" when it's really "nagware". The app is "free", but nags you to send a "donation" every time you launch it, requiring you to check a box in order to click the dismiss button. Each day you don't "donate", the time you must watch this nag increases by a second or two. Honestly, I'd have bought this app three months ago if the developer was honest about it being nagware or shareware and seeking registrations, not "donations".
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Msjstw
28 September 2009
Version: 2.1v434
Love this app!! Quick question: Does it support the new iPod nano (5G) yet? I seem to have some problems there - TrailRunner seems unable to import the workout. But it does work if I choose the nike+ website option. Thanks alot!
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Macsolu
07 September 2009
Version: 2.1v424
This developer has got to be setting a record for amount and frequency of updates.
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Upalmacdate
02 September 2009
Version: 2.1v417
I like this piece of software, it works well and my results can be modified and exported easily. I wish there was a player like Garmin Connect, but otherwise most excellent.
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Suf
26 August 2009
Version: 2.1v410
Absolutely fantastic piece of software. The Garmin Software that comes with forerunner watches pales in comparison. This is easy to use and gives great insight to workouts. As an aside, there seems to be a few little bugs to work out but the developer seems to be working non-stop as of late. Keep it up lad, your efforts are appreciated.
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Tijntijn
26 August 2009
Version: 2.1v410
This programm is very helpful in planning and measuring the distance of new trails around the place I live. Also the import of gpx files and the info from my Garmin Forerunner is working like a breeze. Besides that, the developer is really working hard improving TrailRunner time after time, making it so worth to me to pay the support fee.
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5
Just-A-User
12 June 2009
Version: 2.0v382
Many Thanks! This is just fantastic, using it together with Trails on my iPhone.
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Heavy-shower
14 February 2009
Version: 1.9v325
Sorry about the delay -- just a note to say that TrailRunner, actually, since several updates back, has stopped causing all that havoc to my preference files -- all original .plist extensions remain as is. Thanks. On another note, TrailRunner is greatly appreciated, and is a fun way to keep stats on my jogging routes.
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Heavy-shower
17 December 2008
Version: 1.8v295
I had to go through my Preferences folder, and normally I ignore the Size and Kind categories hidden beyond the Finder window, unless I open the window wide -- well, I decided this time to list everything by Kind. So, upon extending the window to access the column header, so as to view the Kind category, I was surprised to see that practically all of my preference files were identified as "TrailRunner Model Snapshots"! What's that all about??
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Kenneth-Lister
21 November 2008
Version: 1.8v292
This app works great with the iPhone and iTrail. I am still discovering features and I find it very useful to track my workouts and map my progress in training off-road. In addition, the developer is very responsive and helpful. Definitely worth a try. Thumbs up.
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5
Freezyjosy
17 August 2008
Version: 1.7v250
I use TrailRunner for like over a year now. This spring I also forged out the money for a Garmin ForeRunner 305 and I must say that I am impressed on how TrailRunner has developed. I can't even think if I would have bought the Garmin if TrailRunner wasn't there. TrailRunner really keeps me motivated on running. And as I can see from the latest Beta for TrailRunner 1.8 it looks like the developer explicitly heads into the biking sector by giving a direct access to the diary in the main window. I think TrailRunner is a killer app and would be even worth 40 USD if it was shareware (in fact TrailRunner is freeware with a donation hole to fill if you like). Berbie, keep up the good work.
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Bruce-y
09 August 2008
Version: 1.7v248
Why has this changed to Leopard only? Last version of it that I had downloaded about a month ago (June) was Tiger version, now it requires Leopard -- to what purpose are Tiger users left behind? Unhappy about this, sigh :(
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Robert-Coogan
05 May 2008
Version: 1.6v225
This would be much better if it interfaced with Google Earth. I use HoudahGeo to pin my photos to GE, why not this?
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Ars
12 April 2008
Version: 1.6v221
I am only an occasional user of this software, so that I skip many of the, for me too frequent, upgrades the developer makes. This does not take away however that this is very nice piece of software.It works very welland I like the (recent?) the possibility to see your trail with Google Earth. I think the software excels at showing where you have been (after having recorded your track with a GPS). It is not always as useful to plan a new hike, as it uses free maps which often do not trails marked on them. I do not hold this against the software, as it would cost money (usually) to get such marked up maps (via Topo e.g.). Some other sites have free trails in GPX format (I believe the backpacker.com site has these),sothe user has to download them first.
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Magosilvan
12 April 2008
Version: 1.6v221
Seems not to read correctly files made with version 1.5. (G4 1.25 Dual 1.25GB)
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Design-Q
09 February 2008
Version: 1.6v210
Nice appl. Cannot try it fully as I don't have any of the specified kits (GPS/Nike plus etc.) but it did get my location correctly (UK:ABZ) with more than 3 sources of maps on tap and a couple of useful web-links to help you adapt/import routes etc. System: PowerMacG4 1.0GHz 1.75GB RAM OSX 10.4.11
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Pdxmph
01 July 2007
Version: 1.4v167
Nice app. I've been using GPS to geocache, track bicycle rides and record hikes for about six years, and I edited a book on geocaching (The Complete Idiot's Guide, avg. rating of 4.5 stars on Amazon). Prior to that, I used GPS tech in the army as a communications team chief and led training sessions on the use of the military's primary handheld unit in the mid/late '90s, and through 2004: the PLGR. During that time I've gone through GPS apps on Windows (Nat'l Geographic's Topo! state series and street mapping sub-version, ExpertGPS) and the Mac (MacGPS Pro, Topo again, Topo's newest city versions) and Google Earth on both. One very nice feature is the way TrailRunner provides useful maps at no cost to you. Nat'l Geographic makes its money on selling sub-par software wrappers around its map data. MacGPS Pro, while a good app, also has a hidden cost in that regard. You can see where you've been very easily ... if you want a map to interpret that, you'll pay for some data. TrailRunner downloads the maps you need on the fly. As the USGS data is slowly pulled behind for-pay walls in "private distribution partnerships," TrailRunner is providing a nice convenience. I also like how easily it produces kml files for use with Google Earth/Maps, which makes annotating and sharing run/ride information online a snap. I recently upgraded my Garmin Forerunner 101 to a 205 to use for rides and runs, entirely because I wanted to be able to upload information instead of recording it by hand. When I compare what TrailRunner does for how I want to use it with all the other apps I mentioned, I'm really pleased. It took a little bit of time (none spent with the docs) to get it to work. It's under continual development ... several updates a week. All the author asks for is a donation. Compared to stuff I paid upwards of $100 for, that's a bargain. I still appreciate Topo! for planning hikes (even though it feels pretty clunky and un-Mac-like), but for seeing where I've been and providing some useful information right up front, TrailRunner is great. I can get meaningful information out of it in very little time and with no fiddling. Since free software is more of a time proposition than a money proposition, rather than asking "should I spend my money to have this" you should ask "should I spend my time documenting any bugs I've found to make this more useful to me?" I'd say that if you've tried it out and something hasn't worked correctly, it's definitely worth your time to take five minutes and let the author know of your problems. That's a small investment that'll pay itself off quickly if you've spent a lot of time trying to wring useful training information out of other GPS apps. Four stars only because I think the user interface needs some simplifying and refinement. Nothing that detracted from my daily use once I figured out its quirks, but something that, once fixed, will make this app perfect for its audience.
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Donkeyotay
24 June 2007
Version: 1.4v165
Won't load any maps except London. Very disappointing.
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Studiodave56
26 May 2007
Version: 1.4v158
Too bad this could not find my location. I put in location and it went to London, I'm in Los Angeles. Would be great if it worked.
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5
Gregorgy
20 January 2007
Version: 1.3v131
First off, it aint free - it's donationware. And the donation is fixed at €21 (just less than $30). That said, the value cannot be beat. I live in Africa and wanted a GPS route mapper that I could plot onto the areas that I occasionally explore (safari, hunting, biking, hiking). Other apps promise this but demos did not deliver or no demos were available. After much fiddling to figure the UI out, I managed to plot several routes on my own maps. Bingo - just what I wanted. Its uses are not restricted to exercise fanatics at all. I figured that once I'd got all my favourite routes loaded and plotted and it was working, I'd register. It took me a week. Worth every cent. I strongly recommend this app for folks who do similar things and want a simple, affordable tracking and routing solution that can use custom routes and maps. Bar a few bug fixes (auto-routing crashes, not that I use this feature) TrailRunner works as advertised. Nic work - Recommended!
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Macnerd1984
23 December 2006
Version: 1.3v127
I've given up with this. I get the SBBOD whenever I try to download any maps or when expanding the size of the initial location window. After a while it just crashes. With the time I spent messing with this thing I could have been out on my bike!
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4.25
Loucasa
14 October 2006
Version: 1.1v116
I had been looking for something like this for a while to help plan my cycling routes. While the instructions were not entirely clear (you have to set up a network of possible "legs" and then connect them to make a route), once I got the hang of it it became very easy and fun to plan out new routes. The autoroute feature even gave me some ideas that I hadn't thought about. One suggestion: don't combine images of the maps. If you ever want to expand your map area, it becomes difficult to add and accurately position new maps (i.e. from Google or Yahoo).
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4.25
Philsh
24 July 2006
Version: 1.0v100
Pretty cool app from what I've experienced so far. Not at all intuitive though, and very difficult to figure things out from the confusing tutorial. Needs some more fine tuning but is still quite useful in its current state. I was able to download some maps and drag and drop them into the apps window with no problems. After calibrating them using gps coordinates I was off and running, so to speak. Laying out routes and waypoints can get difficult and confusing when overlapping and trying to combine portions of some routes with others. Must be a more straightforward and intuitive way to accomplish these and other tasks. Even laying out and naming basic routes can be a difficult process (would probably be easier if I could decipher some of the instructions in the tutorial better). Nonetheless, I am very impressed with the authors' efforts and look forward to future updates. Thanks. Keep up the good work!!!
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Diablo943
26 June 2006
Version: 1.0v98
A very interesting and useful product, TrailRunner is undergoing frequent updates and new features are seemingly adder daily. It still has some rough edges on it, but becoming quite a nice application. The documentation is a little rough and some of the functionality of the application isn't totally intuitive, but I already find it to be a useful program and have high hopes for it in the very near future. The route and track creation is a little funky, but works nicely once you figure out its quirks. The tools don't quite follow industry standards (like clicking with the magnifying glass doesn't currently zoom, but you can drag a zoom selection and that works). The ability to import a steadily growing list of images and file types makes this application more and more relevant. Keep up the good work and invest in a thorough documentation effort. I need to invest in a GPS ASAP to take full use of this ap...
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4.75
Dp1273v
10 April 2006
Version: 0.9v85
Great Application. First I scanned maps, then I started grabbing them from the net. I like the feature of getting a route calculated to a certain length. Only drawback is the speed of saving, when yyou handle big maps or high reseolutions.
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3.75
Jump420
07 February 2006
Version: 0.9v71
great little app. the only thing i ran into was that it did not save the information i had just configured into my route. other than that it looks promising.
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  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later

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