This is useful if you go cycling or running and want to record the route you took but don't yet have a GPS. For example, suppose you take a tour around the Microsoft campus in Redmond and want to record and share with others. Here's what I did:
- Went to Live page and opened up 'Collections'.
- Selected 'pushpin' and clicked to mark the start of the loop.
- Selected 'draw a path or a trail on the map' and click to insert nodes for the trail
- Double-clicked to finish.
- Added a region to mark the Overlake Transit Center.
You can select options for sharing, which will enable you to give links to others to take a look at your handiwork, like this.
The most useful feature for me is that the trails give you a length (e.g. 2 km) so you can map out how far you ran, walked or cycled without needing a GPS.
- Don't press 'Esc' while making a trail or it will disappear forever.
- It is a good idea to save your work early because then changes will be autosaved as you go.
- If you make a mistake while making a trail, don't worry you can move nodes around or add or remove them to suit.
- Undo. I lost a few longish trails before I figured out what not to do and it was frustrating.
- Being able to switch units of measurement from miles to kilometers and back again.
- Better management of collections. Being able to duplicate collections easily would be good.
- Search for collections that are not shared. I want to be able to search some collections of my own that I don't want to share.
- Privacy feature - ability to make a public view of a private collection that doesn't include some parts of a trail and/or pushpins etc. I don't want to put collections that include my address up on the web.