New to onX: Share Different Map Markups

September 11, 2019 | Products

Our new Sharing feature lets you share all Hunt App Markups with a simple tap.

These days, the chatter around the onX office is centered around the upcoming change of seasons. The days are noticeably getting shorter, more jackets are showing up to morning meetings and lunch breaks have been replaced by gear-tuning sessions. After the workday, get-togethers now include a sporting clays group, backcountry conditioning hikes and mellow fishing trips, and a consistent hum permeates the office: soon. Soon, hunting season will arrive.

GIF of two onX Hunt Apps sharing information.

We’re big fans of getting outside with our friends—whether on the trail, in the backcountry or on the water—and that was the inspiration for our newest feature release: Sharing. Our new Sharing feature allows you to share all onX Markup types (Waypoints, Lines, Shapes and Tracks) with friends and hunting buddies, ensuring you’re on the same game plan. All the Markup content is included in the share (name, notes, color and more), allowing you to easily share notes and locations with buddies in the field.

And, should you change your mind about sharing particular information (hey, friendships change and things happen) you can unshare the Markup as well, deleting it from the shared accounts while maintaining the Markup in your personal account. This makes Sharing an excellent tool for guides and outfitters who want to help clients find certain information or Waypoints in the field but not necessarily share that information indefinitely.

Sharing works by sending a simple link to someone. Even if they don’t have a current onX Hunt App account, once they click the link they’ll be prompted to log-in to their account (or create one) and then the Markup will populate on their onX map. The Markup will include the first name and last initial of the sender, and will be uneditable by the recipient, ensuring it remains as-sent. Users are able to share one Markup at a time, ensuring you’re giving out only the information you want to share.

Three men gather around a phone while hunting.

So, when does sharing content make sense? We’re big fans of sharing markups when we’re heading into the mountains, bushwhacking through heavy brush to reach a certain point or meeting friends who are coming along later. Sharing Tracks, Waypoints and Lines ensures we end up at the same location come nightfall!

Sharing is a strong safety feature; we can leave Waypoints where we park the truck and begin the hike in, then use the Tracking feature to mark our hiking path and send both to friends / family, ensuring they know where we’ll be in case something goes wrong.

Here in the office, we often use Sharing for sending camp locations or the road into camp with friends, marking tree stand spots or trail camera locations. (Really good in case you’re stuck at work and are trying to bribe a buddy to go check the memory cards on the trail cams! Now they’ll have no excuses.) We’ll also mark interesting wildlife sightings on private land, then share the Waypoint with our friends and ask who might know the landowner and have a pre-established relationship for hunting permission.

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Our new Sharing feature is designed to help you and your friends make the most of your time outside. (Be sure to update your onX Hunt App to the latest version to ensure you have access to our newest features.) We’re all busy these days—especially through the fall season!—and sometimes there’s no better way to get things done than by sharing the load with friends and family, making the hunting season a true team affair.