Ability to save map layers as a preset group

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    Kristin McLane

    Hey y'all,

    We can definitely see how it would be helpful to have saved sets of layers.

    This is something we're working on, although I don't have an ETA on when you can expect it.

    Thanks for suggesting this. We will update here when this feature becomes available.

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    BrianSchoff

    That's a great idea. I definitely use specific groups of map layers for skiing and a different group for cycling or hiking. And yes, the number of layers can be overwhelming and it would be great for Gaia to make some default groups of map layers. Gaia Topo, US Shaded Relief, and Slope is great for backcountry skiing, for example. 

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    scottfrey

    This would be really useful!

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    benkojr

    I believe this would be the same or similar as the OP stated as "Saved as a Group", but when we travel in the Pacific Northwest, I use a selection of 4 or 5 maps and layers that are different then say when we are in SE Utah, or in British Columbia. It would be extremely useful to be able to group a selection of maps and name that group, (i.e. PNW or SE Utah, BC, etc..) to be pulled up at any given time, or even shared. When I return to an area that we hadn't been to for awhile, it takes some time to explore the maps to find that perfect selection again.

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    jasonferrier

    Now that Gaia is continuing to add many useful layers, we REALLY need this feature.

    I have multiple use groups:

    • Backcountry ski (Topo layer, shaded relief, Slope, satellite)
    • 4x4 exploring (USGS topo, USFS topo, shaded relief, USFS MVUM, Satellite, et al)
    • Hiking (Topo, shaded relief, OSM, custom map sources I have added)
    • General exploring (assorted layers I turn on/off)

    Changing between these is a pain, especially when I have to scroll through a list of dozens of available/enabled layers and THEN have to change the opacity on each one...

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    brewerandrew

    I concur.  This would be an awesome addition.

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    czaiko

    I would totally use this as a multi sport athlete. I find I have to recreate my map layers each time I change activity. Road biking, mtb, ski, backcountry ski, kayaking, rafting, hiking, etc. 

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    binder.mecheng

    Yes this would be such a useful feature! 

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    ChinaClipper

    I travel to many different types of terrains.  This feature would save me a lot of time and frustration.  I currently keep a separate list of layers I use for different locals.  This collection is getting difficult to manage (i.e. to find when I need it)!  The glaring example is that when you are in a national forest you really really want the MVUM, but when you are in the desert this is just clutter which gets in the way.

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    mikeklacy

    +1

    This would be especially useful for differentiating between Marine (NOAA map layers) and on-road maps.

    I would be willing to pay extra for this feature!!!

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    brewerandrew

    Any update on this feature request?  I think this would be a great addition.

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    jasonferrier

    I'll reiterate that this is a much needed feature. Having to turn multiple layers off and then constantly scroll down to add new layers and then adjust the opacity every single time gets really annoying.

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    ethanehlers

    +1 from me on this feature as well. Would love to be able to set layer presets for BC skiing, fishing, hiking, etc...

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    jakewarren

    I would also like this feature. Just to share a workaround I have been using:

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    1. Set up your map layers & opacity settings as you want them.
    2. Activate the 'Download Maps' menu option.
    3. The exact area you select for download doesn't particularly matter but try to center it around the area you commonly use.
    4. Drag the zoom level slider to the highest zoom level (least detail and smallest file size).

    Now you can use the 'Show on main map' feature on the saved maps to quickly switch between layer groups. Not an ideal solution but works for my needs.

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