New Feature: Ability to save map layers as a preset group

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    Chris Hill

    Hello all! Big news! 

    Today, with iOS version 2022.3, we’re releasing a powerful new feature that will allow you to save pre-set combinations of map layers! We’re calling it Map Packs.

    Map Packs allows you to quickly swap between sets of map layers with just one tap. Gone are the days of painstakingly removing and then adding layers one at a time when changing activities. Now, you set your map layers the way you like them, save them as a map pack, and you can return to that configuration whenever you like. It’s like a bookmarks bar for your favorite map combos.

    You can choose from a list of map packs curated by your in-house maps team or create your own!

    We think this is a huge improvement but also understand this might be a big adjustment from the way you currently use Gaia GPS. We’ve released this as an optional public beta feature on iOS only (for now) so you can opt-in and try it out at your leisure. You can enable it by going to Settings > Map Controls > Map Packs.

    This feature is in beta, meaning that we are still collecting feedback on the design. As a result, it’s not yet possible to sync Map Packs to the website. If you log out of or delete the app, your Map Packs will not be saved.

    Read more about using Map Packs here

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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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    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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    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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    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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    smith434

    The idea is great, but the execution here has left me wanting the old tray back. The ability to quickly fine tune the layer order and transparency was extremely useful. Now with the large number of clicks I’m less likely to adjust and less thrilled with the amount of data and more annoyed with the map clutter. Merging the previous layer tray and the map packs would be the best of both worlds.

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    jakewarren

    Yeah I have to agree with @smith434. Merging the legacy layer menu with the map packs would be the way to go. By my count it now takes three extra clicks every time you want to adjust the opacity of a layer or layer order.

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    scottfrey

    This would be really useful!

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    D

    +1

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    jasonferrier

    Same. The “completed” feature is a bad experience and not very usable.

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