For the last couple of years I have been using an application called JogTracker to keep track of my daily walks using my phone and the built-in GPS capabilities. Since getting my new EVO 4G I have been looking around again for some new application. As part of that search I came across TripJournal.

tj-feature-screen-2While essentially the same style of application, TripJournal brings a lot more to the table. Instead of simply tracking your route, you can also take photographs or videos, or add text notes. These are recorded with location data so that in reviewing the trip you can see exactly where and when you took the picture or added the note. This makes for a nice journal of your route. The software offers an export to a KMZ file that can be viewed in Google Earth to replay your trip at a later date. The Lite version is free, lacks a couple of features and is ad-supported, but offers the KMZ export and so might be appropriate for many users.

So far I’ve recorded only a couple of test trips but have been extremely happy with the visual presentation of the options, ease of use, and excellent export feature. The KMZ files do contain a lot of data and so file sizes could grow pretty quickly. This shouldn’t present too much of an issue given today’s storage spaces but might be something to watch if you’re taking a long trip.

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