Gaia on ios meets NEARLY all of my needs as a nav solution.
However, I still find myself using alternatives for one task: navigating to a waypoint.
The activities here are a) walking through the woods/desert, on and off trail, and b) sailing
The "guide me" feature of Gaia is not adequate. I need to be able to glance at the screen, and rotate the phone until it is pointing at my waypoint, as quick and easy as possible. As it is now, I have to eyeball when the "me" triangle lines up with the "guide me" line, which is an un-satisfyingly coarse accuracy.
What I'm looking for would be something equivalent to the "compass" screen on a garmin, or the "compass" screen on MotionXGPS. Basically, a compass rose with an arrow where I'm pointing, and an arrow where the waypoint is located, and in one glance I can see the relative direction of the waypoint and angle to it, then I can rotate my phone/body until I'm lined up with the waypoint, and off I go.
Not sure the best way to implement that on Gaia. There might be a nifty way to use arrows overlaid on the map somehow, in order to avoid an entirely separate compass screen. Or a bearing line that projects out of the "me" triangle on the screen, so that it can be more accurately lined up with the "guide me" line.
As it is, the compass indicator is next to useless, as it doesn't provide a numerical readout but rather a very rough estimate, and it's challenging to calculate a more accurate bearing using the unlabelled minor ticks in between labelled bearings. And doing math with a "course" towards the waypoint vs a "heading" that I'm currently pointing is clunky and slow. I don't want to constantly be doing math while bushwhacking, I just want to look down and have a visual indicator of how far off my heading is from my desired course.
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