Current position on the map is shown by a black and white pole cursor. The cursor is always in the center of the screen.
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 removing all existing routes, tracks, and waypoints.
Export outputs workspace contents to a filename such as "untitled.gpx" in the download area.
Print prints the current screen.
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.
Rewind resets the route to its beginning.
Step advances one route point.
Back backs up one route point.
Insert adds the cursor's position to the route. Right click on the mouse also does this.
Remove removes the current route point. The Delete key also does this.
Profile displays an elevation profile of the current route. 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 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.
Coords shows the WGS84 latitude and longitude of the pole cursor, as well as its elevation. New coordinates can be entered as decimal latitude and longitude text.
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 is most useful when used 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.
Topo: USGS Historical 1:24,000 scale topographic maps of the continental USA. USGS stopped updating these maps around 1980, but they are still the most useful reference for outdoor activities where accurate terrain elevation is needed.
Topo map and elevation data courtesy of USGS.
Find data licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license from geonames.org.
Some icons derived from Google Material Design Icons.