PlaceTrack by Nico Tranquilli (iPhone)
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Released: Sep 11, 2010
Version: 4.3.1
Size: 20 MB
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PlaceTrack

Nico Tranquilli
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PlaceTrack is a modern, powerful, full-featured location journaling and sharing app for iPhone. It keeps a history of your locations with speed, course, altitude, and user activity data, lets you track your loved ones, check the speed they are travelling, get directions to their current location or view a street level picture of any place they are or they have been. You can also overlay and compare your contacts location against a GPX track: import from files, Strava or Apple Watch workout routes (the app integrates with HealthKit)

Main features include:
- safe location sharing with the people you trust, in real time
- live data: force a contact’s device to immediately send a fresh location
- passive and battery friendly: run in the background with no noticeable impact on battery life, location is periodically updated as the device moves
- context data: location data can include location history, speed and course, altitude, whether you’re walking, running, moving in a vehicle or resting
- you are in control: set who sees your current location or who has access to your location history with fine-grained access controls

Other features:
- excellent battery usage: PlaceTrack uses SLC mode (Significant Location Change) and region monitoring, NOT continuous background. PlaceTrack is suspended in the background most of the time and is woken up only when you move significantly (detected using cell towers signal); most of the time it just sleeps and the GPS hardware is powered off to preserve battery. Install the app and forget about it
- save your location history for later viewing
- optionally share your recent location or location history with authorized PlaceTrack contacts
- forced contact location updates: you can ask for a live location update from a contact and the backend platform will silently ask your contact device for a new location update
- delayed sync: stores your locations when network is unreachable and pushes them to the PlaceTrack servers when you're back online
- in-app streetview images
- track overlays: import route data from Apple Watch, Strava and GPX files
- location sharing works using address book phone numbers: your phone number is authenticated through an sms code on your first activation
- your data, including your phone number and location, is always sent on a secure connection (ssl) and is never shared with any third party

What's new in version 4.3.1
PlaceTrack location sharing platform is now available again, rewritten from scratch!
what's new in 4.3.x:
- import track overlays from Strava
- custom (per user) sharing settings
- minor fixes, improvements and cosmetic changes

New in PlaceTrack 4.x:
- modern UI
- share or just keep a personal journal of location data, speed, course, altitude, activity (inferred from motion data), battery level
- smart background mode: app works only as you move with almost no impact on phone battery. Install the app and forget about it
- your location is safe and never shared with anyone
- import GPX and Apple Watch workouts tracks as overlays
- export any data as GPX files
- fine-grained access control to your data
Our verdict: Good
  • + PlaceTrack is an ok, 3.5-star app.
  • + It is currently 89% off its regular price.
  • + The app is also at the lowest price we've seen.
  • + PlaceTrack is currently ranked #181 in paid Navigation apps for iPhone.
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