February 23, 2007 in Utility (E)
[prMac.com] If you ever asked yourself how long your workout routes are and what route you should choose for this evening - then TrailRunner should be your training-partner.
For people who enjoy running, biking or hiking TrailRunner is a route planning application that connects the Nike + iPod sports kit or GPS devices like the Garmin ForeRunner and Garmin Edge with an interactive topo map. Plan and calculate the distances of routes, journalize your workouts and write about your training progress in a weblog published to your .Mac account.
The new Release 1.3 sports a direct connection to Garmin Training Center for Mac OS X. You now can put some colors on trails and internet map loading was greatly improved.
With TrailRunner you plan your favorite running, biking or hiking tours and calculate their distances on a geographical map. TrailRunner features a route planning tool that always finds the nicest ones, regardless of the distance the integrated exercise-plan tells you to accomplish for today. When starting the automatic route planner, an army of virtual ants runs through your map seeking for the best route they can find for you. They decide that by the rating of your trails. And rating a trail is much like rating a song in iTunes. The more you like a trail, the more stars you'll spend. This guarantees that the result will always be one of the nicest possible routes for a given distance. Something that really can push your motivation.
For better orientation while you are on your way, route descriptions can be exported as small NanoMaps onto your iPod or cellphone. A NanoMap is a small clipping of the geographical map guiding you into the right direction as soon as you arrive at trail junctions.
After you return home, download your workout data from your iPod or Garmin GPS device and add a new entry to your workout diary. A beautiful graphical chart depicts your training progress. Additionally publish and share your workout diary and routes with the integrated .Mac weblog tool.
With its import and export capabilities TrailRunner is a real team player: View your routes in 3D with the KML export for GoogleEarth, download interactive topographical maps, satellite imagery and elevation data from online services like NASA and USGS. Import GPX files from online tour databases or even publish your own favorites.
With this feature set TrailRunner is the perfect companion for runners, bikers, hikers and all people wandering under the sky.
The following magazines already printed a review of TrailRunner: french SVM Mac magazine, UK MacFormat magazine, german MacLife magazine, german c't magazine. TrailRunner is rated 4 stars at versiontracker and a 4 1/2 stars at macupdate.
TrailRunner is a freeware that can be donated for.
TrailRunner is a freeware that is written by Berbie, an enthusiast for long distance sports with the talent to develop this likeable piece of software.