The Hunt for more EveryTrail Alternatives Continues

About a year ago, I had written about the trouble EveryTrail users had been experiencing and was on the hunt for an alternative.

There were plenty of Wordpress alternatives, and TripTrack is beginning to come through as a solid EveryTrail replacement — but what if you don’t run Wordpress, want to pay $5 a month for TripTrack — or what if you want to do more with your GPS tracks or logs on your own terms?

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About a year ago, I had written about the trouble EveryTrail users had been experiencing and was on the hunt for an alternative.

There were plenty of WordPress alternatives, and TripTrack is beginning to come through as a solid EveryTrail replacement — but what if you don’t run WordPress, want to pay $5 a month for TripTrack — or what if you want to do more with your GPS tracks or logs on your own terms?

Here’s what I’ve come across that may be helpful to you:

GPSFly

gpsfly.org website screenshot
gpsfly.org website screenshot

gpsfly.org is a pretty straight forward website that lets you upload your GPS tracks and share or embed them elsewhere — should you wish to do so.  As much as I enjoy TripTrack‘s user interface, I find the site a little power hungry which makes gpsfly more appealing for anyone who would like their embedded map to load faster or have their page be a little more lightweight for mobile users.

Unfortunately it seems gpsfly has been left on its own to some extent.  A little out of date and a slightly basic, the map seems to run into an error or two when one attempts to interact with the map.  It is free at the moment though!

GPS Visualizer

GPS Visualizer website screenshot
GPS Visualizer website screenshot

GPS Visualizer was another great find I came across while looking for alternative ways to make use of GPS tracks or logs.  The great thing about this web-based application is its capability to leverage GPS tracks and log files in many different ways — and then output a map or a file that will allow you to share this visualized data elsewhere.  Its strengths is also its weakness.  While GPS Visualizer allows you to create files or code elsewhere, there is no way to embed your newly-created map or data elsewhere.  Instead, you need to find a way to host the file first.

custom google maps with GPX file

An example of a custom google map I created with a GPX / KML file following UrbanHikr's instructions
An example of a custom google map I created with a GPX / KML file following UrbanHikr’s instructions

The UrbanHikr has developed some excellent detailed instructions on how to use your GPX log file (often found recorded in your handheld GPS devices) and upload the file to custom Google maps or Google Earth.  There isn’t an easy way that I’ve found to embed this custom map as of yet but I figure one can at least capture a screenshot of this in the meantime and post a link to the actual custom map for interactivity.

There’s the updated round-up for now.  If you have any additions you think I should add to this or if I’ve missed anything, feel free to chime in and share the knowledge 🙂

Author: Ehren Cheung

An explorer of life and data. Reluctantly philosophical. A seeker of the ultimate cookie. Another tree-friendly soul with an affinity for hiking and sketching.

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