The current position on the map is shown by a blue ball cursor in the middle of the screen. The cursor is always in the center of the screen. The cursor can be moved by dragging the screen with a finger. Use two fingers to tilt (vertical pinch), rotate (twist), and zoom (horizontal pinch).
Route3D always has a current file, called the workspace. The contents of the workspace is preserved when you exit Route3D.
New removes all routes, tracks, and waypoints from the workspace.
Import prompts for a local GPX file and imports it into the workspace, first prompting to remove all existing routes, tracks, and waypoints.
Export outputs workspace contents to a filename such as "untitled.gpx" in the download area.
Route manages workspace routes. A new route can be created, staring with the current cursor position, or existing routes can be opened for editing. Routes can be renamed or deleted.
Track manages workspace tracks. A new track can be created, or existing routes can be opened for editing. Tracks can be renamed or deleted.
Waypoint manages workspace waypoints. A new waypoint can be created at the current cursor position, or existing routes can be shown on the map. Waypoints can be renamed or deleted. Keyboard shortcut 'w' creates a new waypoint.
Play starts animation of the cursor along the current route. Pause will pause the playback. Playback speed is a function of zoom distance -- zooming out will increase playback speed.
Rewind resets the route to its beginning.
Step advances one route point.
Back backs up one route point.
Add adds the cursor's position to the route. Right click on the mouse also does this.
Delete removes the current route point. The Delete key also does this.
Profile displays an elevation profile of the current route and draws a red line of the route on the map. Each rectangle of the checkerboard pattern is 1 mile wide and 1,000 feet high, with height scale exaggerated. Clicking the profile will move the map to that position in the route. The profile cursor can be dragged as well.
Link (browser only) copies to the clipboard a web link that will play back the current route with the current settings. The link can be pasted from the clipboard into an email or web page. This web link is permanent and can be published for playback by anyone. Some browsers such as Windows Edge limit the size of a url, which may truncate longer routes.
Coords shows the UTM and WGS84 latitude and longitude of the cursor, as well as its elevation in feet. New coordinates can be entered as either decimal latitude and longitude or UTM.
Find is used to find a named place, such as 'new york,ny' or 'paris,france'. The % character can be used to match a sequence of characters, e.g. 'new %' matches all names that begin with 'New '. Note that only the first 50 matching results are returned.
Compass is used to turn compass tracking off and on. When compass tracking is on the map rotates to face the direction facing. This works best in conjunction with GPS. Since compass uses battery it should only be turned on when needed.
GPS is used to turn on Global Positioning System tracking. When on, the map cursor moves to the position reported by the GPS. Note that some browsers require a secure connection for this feature, e.g. use https://route3d.com. Since GPS uses battery it should only be turned on when needed. Note that with most phones GPS works in airplane mode, which conserves battery use.
Track is used to turn GPS tracking on and off. If a track name is entered then tracking will begin to that track name. Cancel stops tracking.
Bing: maps provided by Microsoft. The photo map in particular has good detail.
Esri: maps provided by the Esri organization and their collaborators.
NAIP: National Agriculture Imagery Program from USDA covering the continental USA.
US Topo: the latest topographic map from USGS covering the continental USA.
USGS 24K: 1:24,000 scale historical topographic map of the continental USA. Dubbed historical because USGS stopped updating these maps after 1980.
USGS 100K: 1:100,000 scale historical topographic map of the continental USA.
Esri World Imagery Sources: Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community.
Esri World Street Map Sources: Esri, HERE, Garmin, USGS, Intermap, INCREMENT P, NRCan, Esri Japan, METI, Esri China (Hong Kong), Esri Korea, Esri (Thailand), NGCC, © OpenStreetMap contributors, and the GIS User Community.
Topo maps and elevation data courtesy of USGS.
National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) courtesy of USDA.
Find data licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license from geonames.org.
Some icons derived from Google Material Design Icons.