Welcome to Route Pepper!
Follow the simple steps below to create your first self-guided route for yourself!
Our service is in BETA phase, so we do know some things could work better. And they will. Some of the new features are just released along the way, and if something big happens or superb new features are released, we will send you an email about them. You’ll find our social links below, so be sure to follow us to keep you informed.
We would love your feedback of any kind! Even if you think that “somebody is already mentioned about this, I know it will be added later”, if we get feedback about that missing feature a lot, we will just simply prioritise that feature more than other features, we think are so important in our development bubble we’re living in. 🙂
1. Download the app
We are still in BETA phase, so Route Pepper app is not yet available on the public store. But there are official ways to do BETa testing via app stores.
Android users, Download the app from Google Play here.
iOS users will download first the Apple’s TestFlight app here, and you will receive an invitation later on to download the Route Pepper app via TestFlight app. Please note that you might have to wait for the invitation for a day or two, since the invitation process needs some manual work. 🙂
2. Plot a route
Plot your route at www.gpsies.com and export the GPX to your computer.
www.gpsies.com was just a good example of a simple and easy-to-use route plotting service, you may use any of such services, which allows you to easily export/save the route to your computer as an GPX file. Practically all tracker services or route planning services support this. So do we.
You can any of GPX files you already have or you can just download some other person’s ready made route from some other service. The GPX file is the key here. Our own route plotting functions are under development, but for now, you have to use some other service for actually plotting the route.
3. Log in and create
Login to https://planner.routepepper.com.
Click add new to create a new guided route for yourself. Name it and choose a sport / activity for it, meaning how you are going to go the route. Click create.
Activity sets the “heads up zone” for the instructions you will make. Each activity has a default value for the heads up zone in metres. The faster you move, the earlier (by distance) you want the instructions to be spoken to you. You have some ready made activities made for yourself already in the Planner, but you can add your own activities too.
4. Import your GPX file
Click the name of the route you just created. Not much happens, cause the route is empty (no path, no pep points). Find the GPX file you exported earlier and drag & drop it on the map. The path appears on the map magically! You can use the import-button on the top-right corner as well.
If you want to change the GPX file, just drag and drop another one. Immediately the maps shows both, old and new together, but as soon as you open the route again (refresh or click another route and then back to this one), only the new route is visible. The route line (path, trail whatever) is saved for the Route, and can be seen in in iOS app too. Not in Android app yet.
5. Add Pep Points
Click a point on the map and write down your instructions in the appearing Pep String box. This string is spoken to you by the phone’s speech synthesizer, when you reach the “heads up zone”. Then click another point somewhere, and write another instruction. Fill your route with Pep Points.
You can move the points by dragging them. Everything is saved automatically. You can always leave the dialogue box open or you can close it between clicking new points, up to you. You can place Pep Points anywhere you like, Pep Points do not know anything about the actual route you are going. You can also write anything you want, they are messages from you to you. 🙂
6. Tips with Pep Points
Be sure to make enough pep points. Even when you have to go straight for a long time or the route will make a curve or there is a road to cross etc. You want this information while running. Trust me.
Place points exactly in places you will make your turn or where the action will happen; the instructions are spoken to you in advance. How much in advance, that depends on your activity chosen for the route.
Click EDIT MODE to open pep points and edit them. Even the developers (we) forget this sometimes. 🙂
Open the ADVANCED menu to adjust the functionality of each point, if you like. You can override the default language setting or the “heads up zone” on per pep point basis. You can also set a condition, if the point is spoken to you every time you reach it, or just for the first time or when you reach the point the second time of your run.
7. Launch the app and run
Oh no, it was that easy! Log in to the app with your credentials, choose a route and go out running. iOS users must tap the play button to start. Use your tracker app or music/podcasts whatever as usual.
Where to go from here?
Beta version already has some neat functions you can use and more functions are added all the time. You can already get the instructions on your connected GPS watch (Garmin, Suunto, Polar, you name it), use advanced functions to tweak your pep point functions, create new activities etc. To keep the quick start guide quick, you can read about these functions our Support pages.
Use our Contact page to send your feedback to us. We would really appreciate it!