Best PC based route planner
I want to use Locus to navigate maps when hiking. I currently plan the route on my PC, then sync the maps to my phone and then use the phone to do turn by turn navigation as I am hiking. I currently use Viewranger and this works just fine. One Sync button syncs all my routes instantly. Since Locus does not have a browser based app, this is not possible of course. But I am hoping to get Locus to do the navigation as well as Viewranger, or perhaps even better!
My first problem is the Route Planner. Frankly, it is pretty hopeless. First of all, the phone screen is simply too small to be very useful for this. The other main issue is that I find it next to impossible to add Waypoints. These are called Via Points in Locus, I think. I need to put in waypoints at trail intersections. Things like, "Turn left", "Turn Right", "Keep going straight", etc. I managed to add one or two of these Via points, but they are not visible on the route and I could not see which ones were created successfully or not. Not good. I was hoping it would be like other routing systems where the Via Point could use a special icon (or even just a text label) so that I can see all the waypoints on the route. Hopefully I just don't understand how this works?
The other "problem" is trying to edit points on a route that doubles back on itself. This is VERY common in hiking. ie an Out and Back type hike. You need to have waypoints on both the OUT and the BACK route, and as far as I can see, there is no visual way to do this as the tracks on the screen overlap.
The second small problem is the Import feature. If I create the route on my PC, then export it, there does not seem an easy way to get it onto the phone unless I transfer it first to a Cloud based storage system (ie Dropbox, etc). This works, but it means I have to double transfer files around. It would be nice if the app on the phone could connect with my local LAN to pick up the files directly.
It looks a powerful app if I can get the route planner stuff to work. Is there a recommended PC based route planner? I have tried the BRouter one and it is not bad, but it suffers from not being able to add Waypoints at all, as far as I can see.