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Peak Finder (app)

Postby gbagua » Wed 19 Sep, 2018 5:13 pm

PeakFinder shows a 360° panoramic view from an arbitrary viewpoint of your choice. To render the panoramic views PeakFinder uses an elevation model that is integrated into the App. A database with a peak directory is included as well. For these reasons PeakFinder does not need an online connection for rendering the panoramic view and works completely offline from anywhere in the mountains.

https://www.peakfinder.org/mobile/

This sounds very cool. Is anyone using it?

I might give it a spin in my next Barney hike. ;)
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Re: Peak Finder (app)

Postby oldpiscator » Wed 19 Sep, 2018 7:41 pm

Tried it in Tassie but found it fairly unreliable so have deleted the app.
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Re: Peak Finder (app)

Postby ribuck » Wed 19 Sep, 2018 8:23 pm

I've been using the PeakLens app on Android. You can pre-download data for each country so that you can use it fully off-line.

It has excellent accuracy, but (a) you have to calibrate the phone's compass first if you want precise location, and (b) it also uses the camera to work out the silhouette of the horizon for extra precision, so it's less precise if some of the horizon is covered in cloud or rain.
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Re: Peak Finder (app)

Postby wildwanderer » Tue 25 Sep, 2018 2:08 pm

Interesting, does the peak lens app require GPS as well? (Assume it does) How do you find the battery life?

Anyway to overlay a route onto the photo?
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Re: Peak Finder (app)

Postby ribuck » Tue 25 Sep, 2018 6:40 pm

Yes, PeakLens needs a good GPS fix. There's no way to overlay a track onto it (that would be great - to see your pass ahead overlaid onto the photo).

Battery life is not an issue, as you're unlikely to use it more than two or three times a day, for about minute each time, typically when you pass over a saddle and want to quickly put names to the peaks on your new horizon.
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