Be a Beta Tester at Gaia GPS

No one is better at testing an app than the people that use it, which is why we are continually looking to expand our beta testing teams for both iOS and Android.

Recently, Apple changed the TestFlight beta testing program so that apps could recruit up to 1,000 testers. They also made it easier to add people to our beta testing team by only requiring a user’s Apple ID, rather than a UDID.

A few months ago we also posted about how to be a beta tester for Gaia GPS Android, and are still looking to add new testers under that platform, as well.

If you are interested in beta testing Gaia GPS on your iOS device, please send an email to support@gaiagps.com letting us know, and don’t forget to include your Apple ID email address.

Gaia GPS v9.2: Redesigned Track Recorder – Easier to Use

Today we’re proud to announce Gaia GPS v9.2, featuring a more intuitive track recording interface. Thanks to dedicated user participation on our Idea Forum, we had some good ideas on how to redesign the tool.

With your input in mind, we worked hard to come up with a user-friendly design. The new interface has a clear way to finish a track, and makes it easy to see whether you are recording. Take a look:

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Gaia GPS v9.2 includes these additional fixes:

- Fixed intermittent map freezing on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
- Fixed recording a new track occasionally resuming last track
- Fixed issue with GaiaPro subscription renewals
- Fixed freeze on exporting to email
- Fixed bugs that caused occasional app crashes.

We now support TileJSON files for adding new map sources, too.

Gaia GPS v9.2 is now available on our App Store page. If you enjoy Gaia GPS, please consider leaving us a positive review.

Check out the updates we made to the Knowledge Base, and as always, please feel free to email us at support@gaiagps.com if you have any questions or feedback.

Several Big Improvements to GaiaGPS.com: Better Search, Easier to Use, Track Graphs Fixed, Map Layers

Our team recently completed some great changes to the GaiaGPS.com website that we think you’ll really enjoy:

1. See All Your Travels On One Big Map: Now when you log in to your GaiaGPS.com account and select the main map, you can toggle displaying all your personal Tracks and Waypoints in addition to public trips.

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2. Your Last Used Base Map Now Remains Selected: 
Do you prefer to start with satellite imagery instead of a topo map? Now you don’t need to re-select it every time you log in.

3. Better Map Search: Results will now autocomplete suggestions as you type.

4. Improved Track Stats Speed/Altitude Graph: Distance over time is now displayed, and the graphs look much nicer. Track lines no longer spill past the right edge of the graph.

5. Publish Your Track or Waypoint With One Click: A new “Public” column has been added to the table listing all your Tracks, Waypoints, and Routes. Simply click Yes/No to toggle and make your file Public.

6. Change Map Layers Anywhere You See a Map: No longer will you need to go into the full-screen map just to change layers from topo to satellite. Now every map has a Layers button.

7. GaiaPro Map Layers Now Also On the Website: Users subscribing to our GaiaPro service are familiar with the Map Layers menu in the app which allows you to display several layers at once with adjustable transparency for each. This functionality has now been added to the GaiaGPS.com website. Activate layers by dragging them to the top of the list.

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8. Your Custom Map Sources Now Available On the Website: For our users who use custom tile servers in the app, those should now be available on the website too.

 

 

Four Gaia Babies Last Year

In 2014, the Gaia GPS team changed quite a bit. More people joined the company last year than were previously on the team! Co-founders Anna and Andrew, and software engineer Jesse, welcomed an additional software engineer, Josh B., and a whole new support staff, Josh S., Dave, and me, Ruthie.

As exciting as it is that our staff and user-base are growing, we’re most excited to share that in addition to the employee increase, Gaia GPS experienced a population increase as well: Four Gaia Babies!

Anna and Andrew welcomed their second child, Calliope, in April. Then, for three months at the end of the year, we had a cascade of new babies. Jesse’s first child, Elkin, joined the world in September, Josh B. became a father for the second time to Elaine in October, and I had Hazel, my first baby, Calliope’s 10th cousin, in November.

In the order they were introduced, here are our Four Gaia Babies:

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We hope they love the woods as much as we do!

iOS update for 3 apps – No more background battery drain

We had a few kinks to work out in our iOS apps, Gaia GPS, Offline Topo Maps (OTM), and Skipper, since the update to iOS 8 took place. The primary concern addressed across all 3 apps since Apple’s release of the new operating system was the high battery usage due to the GPS sometimes not being disabled while the app was backgrounded.

The newest version of Gaia GPS, 9.1.4, fixed the broken Facebook login that was causing a lot of users’ syncs to gaiagps.com to fail. We also cleared up Skipper’s continual chart download issue, and made it possible to deselect unwanted charts again.

To see a full list of the changes made to each app in their respective updates, or to complete the update, check out the App Store from your device or visit the the iTunes page for:

- Gaia GPS 9.1.4

- Offline Topo Maps 5.0.3

- Skipper 2.0.3

If you have ideas or suggestions for us, please visit our Idea Forums. There you can submit ideas and vote/comment on existing ones. This feedback helps us make decisions for future releases, so your input counts!

- Visit the Gaia GPS & Offline Topo Maps Idea Forum

- Visit the Skipper Idea Forum

If you are experiencing issues with our apps:

1. Check our Knowledge Base for detailed explanations on many features, including step-by-step screenshots. (Vast improvements to the Skipper Knowledge Base coming soon.)

2. If you don’t find your answer in the Knowledge Base, please contact support. For the fastest service, please include details like device type, operating system and Gaia GPS version information, along with a description of the issue you are experiencing.

 

GaiaGPS.com Delete Sync

There was an issue with the website causing the deletion of data to not sync back to devices, but we are happy to report that it has been resolved.

Now, if you delete individual waypoints, tracks, routes, or maps, or if you mass-select and delete your data, it will no longer appear on your device once synced.

You can also toggle your data not to sync to your device rather than deleting it completely.

Check out our Knowledge Base article about using GaiaGPS.com to learn how to delete and toggle not to sync from your browser.

New Beta Testing Program for Gaia GPS Android

Thanks to a new program Google initiated, beta testing for Gaia GPS Android is easier than ever.

If you are an Android user that would like to help us continue improving Gaia GPS, we would love to have you sign up as part of our beta testing team. Here is a link to our Knowledge Base article that explains the steps to join.

You will need to have downloaded Gaia GPS from the Google Play store in order to participate.

Note: Because of this new program, we no longer update the old beta testing version of the app. If you paid for the old beta test copy, email us at android@gaiagps.com and we will happily send you a copy of the new version for free.

 

 

iOS update for 3 apps – iPhone 6 Plus support and more

In response to the release of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the iOS 8 update, we’ve launched updates to all three of our iOS apps this past week which include some general fixes and overall improvements.

Gaia GPS 9.1.3, Offline Topo Maps (OTM) 5.0.2, and our marine navigation app Skipper 2.0.2 are all derived from a common code base, so most of the changes made apply to all three apps. Also, the OTM code is now fully up to date with that of Gaia GPS, meaning the In-App upgrade functions more smoothly than ever.

To see a full list of the changes made to each app in their respective updates, or to complete the update, check out the App store from your device or visit the the iTunes page for:

Gaia GPS 9.1.3
- Offline Topo Maps 5.0.2
Skipper 2.0.2

Many thanks to all of you that have written in with valuable bug reports and feature suggestions. Your feedback has helped us make Gaia GPS, OTM, and Skipper what they are today, and we love knowing that our labors of love serve users of all types from backpackers and hunters, to scientists, search and rescue teams, ATV riders, and more.

If you have ideas or suggestions for us, please visit our Idea Forums. There you can submit ideas and vote/comment on existing ones. This feedback helps us make decisions for future releases, so your input counts!

- Visit the Gaia GPS & Offline Topo Maps Idea Forum
- Visit the Skipper Idea Forum

If you are experiencing issues with our apps:

1. Check our Knowledge Base for detailed explanations on many features, including step-by-step screenshots. (Vast improvements to the Skipper Knowledge Base coming soon.)

2. If you don’t find your answer in the Knowledge Base, please contact support. For the fastest service, please include details like device type, operating system and Gaia GPS version information, along with a description of the issue you are experiencing.

Big Improvements in Gaia GPS Android Knowledge Base

Gaia GPS Android users, you’re in for a treat! Since beefing up our communications team, we’ve burned the midnight oil updating existing articles, and preparing new ones, for our Gaia GPS Android Knowledge Base.

We now have current articles explaining key features like “How to Download a Map,” “How to Delete a Track,” and “How to Force a Sync with GaiaGPS.com”—as well as many others.

You’ll find that these articles are neatly categorized in the Knowledge Base for easy searchability, and we will continue to add more over time. Our goal is to make using Gaia GPS as easy as possible by providing the information you need to get the most out of the app.

If you search the Knowledge Base for instructions on any feature and don’t find the answer you are looking for, please send us a note at android@gaiagps.com and we will add your article suggestion to our list of topics to cover.

Bear leads a chase in Alaska, Gaia GPS shows the way home

We got an epic email into support today. We’re glad Gaia GPS helped in this precarious situation!

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My buddy and I were doing a bear hunt in south-central Alaska. We were in pretty extreme mountainous terrain than involved a horrendously thick multi-hour bushwhack to access. Basically, we pursued a brown bear much longer than we should have.

 

It began to get dark before we even began our descent back into the mandatory bush-whack. It wasn’t long before it became pitch black, and we became lost and disoriented in the thick alders and spruce forests. My friend, being a “traditionalist,” didn’t believe in using such tools as a GPS. I did not think we would be hunting in this exact area, but I pre-downloaded some maps on the Gaia GPS app before we left in the morning.

 

Knowing we were completely lost and running out of energy (we also didn’t bring our tent as we expected to be back before dark and wanted to travel light) I opened up the app hoping that our location was somewhere on the fringes of one of the maps I had downloaded. After receiving a few “GPS returned bad coordinate” messages, I tried one more time and our position showed up! We were in a completely wrong place, but with the Gaia GPS app in hand, I was able to guide us out of there.

 

We made a lot of bad decisions that night, but having the Gaia GPS app saved us from a long, cold night; or worse. $20 is a small price to pay for something that can save your life.