Advanced Google Maps Distance Calculator

This Advanced Google Maps Distance Calculator is the successor to the Google Maps Distance Calculator. This version will allow users to save and reload their routes when they revisit Daft Logic.

Due to significant price increases we can no longer offer all functionally. You may find some functions are no longer available or have limitations in use

Distance

[Map Height : Small - Medium - Large - Full Screen]

Use search result as a distance marker?

Instructions

Usage is the same as the standard Distance Calculator.

Snap To Roads

Enable Snap To Roads to make the route between two points on a road follow the road path and therefore calculate a more accurate distance.

How To Use

Sign Up

  • Click the Create Free Account option at the top right.
  • Type in your username, password and email. Note : Use a loose password as this site is not secure.
  • Click [Submit] an wait for an email to arrive with further instructions.

Login Procedure

  • Click the Login option at the top right.
  • Type in your username and password.

Use the Map

Use the map and place your markers to create a route (as per Google Maps Distance Calculator)

Save New Route

  • Make sure you are logged in.
  • Click [Save New Route] under user options.
  • Type in the name for the route.
  • Decide to make the route public (other people can search for it and see it) or private.
  • Click [Save].

Load a Route

  • Make sure you are logged in
  • Click the route name you wish to load under Your Routes
  • Wait for the route to load

Note: You can now edit this route as per normal

Re-Save Existing Route

  • Make sure you are logged in.
  • Load an existing route.
  • Click [Re-Save Existing Route] under user options.
  • Your route will then be re-saved

Add Notes To Route

  • Make sure you are logged in.
  • Click the notes icon (Add Notes) for the route you wish to add a note to.

Rename a Route

  • Make sure you are logged in.
  • Click the rename icon (Rename Route) for the route you wish to rename.

Delete a Route

  • Make sure you are logged in.
  • Click the delete route icon (Delete Route) for the route you wish to delete.
  • Your route will be permanently deleted.

Logout

Click Logout or simply navigate away from this page

Keyboard Shortcuts

The following keybaord shortcus can be used:

  • l - Delete Last Marker - Windows : (Alt+l) - Mac (Ctrl+Alt+l)
  • z - Zoom to fit - Windows : (Alt+z) - Mac (Ctrl+Alt+z)
  • d - Delete a Marker - Windows : (Alt+d) - Mac (Ctrl+Alt+d)
  • t - Toggle Markers - Windows : (Alt+t) - Mac (Ctrl+Alt+t)

Notes

  1. All distances are estimations so Daft Logic does not accept any responsibility that may arise when the value reported is incorrect.
  2. You can move the markers after they have been positioned so you can modify you route on the fly and see how the distance will be effected.

Relevant Links

Google Maps Maps JavaScript API

Future Functionality and Suggested Improvements

Functions that will be added in the future. Please feel free to make suggestions by adding a comment at the bottom of the page.

  • See the distance from the starting point at each marker
  • Save the map state along with each route (position, zoom and map type)
  • Show more than one saved route at once
  • Option to stay logged in
  • Export the route to CSV / Excel
  • Export the distance between each adjacent point

Version History

Version Date Description
1.0 14/07/2008 First version
1.1 18/07/2008 Added signup and login
1.2 19/07/2008 Added save and load route (page goes live)
1.3 04/08/2008 Added option to delete a route
1.4 16/08/2008 Option to make a route public or private (default is private) & added send route via email option
1.5 01/09/2008 Increased store limit of routes from 135 points to something much larger
2.0 18/01/2009 Email validation on account signup
2.1 18/01/2009 Route validation on save. There must be at least one point of the map and the route must have a name
2.2 29/01/2009 Update to back-end saving mechanism
3.0 22/11/2010 Now uses Google Maps API V3 (inc. new features found in the recent update to Google Maps Distance Calculator such as saving your last route, map position and map settings in a local cookie)
Improved signup procedure - detects if username is already in use
Improved signup procedure - option to request new password
Option to change your password when logged in
Ability to rename a route
Ability to save (re-save) an existing route rather than having to save new routes all the time
Option to save notes for each route
Post your route to Twitter
Post your route to Facebook
Export route to KML option
3.1 29/11/2010 Option to allow a user to delete their account and all data permanently
3.2 20/12/2010 Full Screen Option added. This should allow easy printing. Please Report Bugs!
3.3 14/02/2012 Fixed issue where a marker that had been repositioned retained its original lat/lng in the text that appears during hover over
3.4 10/01/2013 New button to delete any marker
3.5 03/06/2014 New function to show an elevation chart for your route
3.6 18/11/2015 Implemented a mouseover event so when you hover over the elevation chart, a marker on the map highlights the location
3.7 30/12/2015 New method to add new markers to the middle of an existing route
New option - right click on a vertex to delete a point
Various keyboard shortcuts added
3.8 28/01/2016 Improved Full Screen function
3.9 02/08/2016 Bug fixes with unit pre selection on page load. In particular for Nautical Miles
3.10 15/02/2017 KML Export now includes elevation data
3.11 08/07/2017 Added Snap To Roads feature
3.12 07/08/2017 Fixed issue with text formatting of notes
3.13 19/10/2017 Snap to road improved
3.14 11/08/2018 Google Maps search removed due to costs. Replaced with custom search tool

Comments For This Page

Hi Daft Logic, I still can't figure out how to search for other routes that people have made public, can you advise please? I have been making a few routes and setting some as public and some as private but I've no idea how to find other public routes.
By Keith Lazzari on 15th August 2018
The "Snap to Roads" feature does not work.

On 7th August 2018
Dear Daft Logic - I cannot enter specific addresses. The map is unresponsive.
Laura
On 7th August 2018
Well, your new app is not working. After entering the address its not pointing to the address or showing any marker on map. Please fix this. Thanks a millions!
By Jesse on 2nd August 2018
Dear Daft Logic For some reason I am unable to export the KML; is there a problem or is it me?? Many thanks
On 1st August 2018
Is there an upgrade for this site that I can purchase in order to use as before
By Julia Hamilton on 27th July 2018
I used to be able to find the air mile distance between 2 points by entering zip codes or city, country. I then could enter a 3rd point within the route, say to get the miles to the border of the state. Can this be done using this site?
By Dee on 24th July 2018
Thanks for the feedback and closure Mike
By Daft Logic on 17th July 2018
Dear Daft Logic Team Thank you very much, all working as normal now, well done....Best wishes Mike
On 17th July 2018
Walt, can you confirm what steps you take please? Do you click [Load The Map] at the start ?
By Daft Logic on 17th July 2018
I cannot enter specific addresses. The map is unresponsive.
By Walt on 16th July 2018
Thank you for the speedy reply. I have tried again, The routes download as a list but when I click on one of them it will not open. I still get he same message 'Load the Map' on a red stripe across the page. The downloaded list doesn't have the full range of columns it had previously; could it be me?? Many thanks Best wishes Mike
On 16th July 2018
Hi, [fix applied] please try again to load the saved routes.
By Daft Logic on 16th July 2018
Hi Daft Logic Team - I am unable to download my saved routes for some reason. Is there a fault at the moment please? I am following the usual process to access them but the message I am getting is download map when I click on a saved route. Aall advice welcome please Many thanks Best wishes Mike
On 16th July 2018
Hi can the elevation of points be restored to the service please? Height above sea level and distance to coast is a function I use daily for wind loading, i'm unable to check this with the new version!
By wrighty on 16th July 2018
You can compare 2 results (routes) if you save them separately then load them one after the other. That way they will both appear on the map at the same time.
By Daft Logic on 8th July 2018
Regarding "compare 2 or more routes". Thanks for the suggestion. Can you confirm what the application of this would be for you? What benefit or use-case do you have?
By Daft Logic on 4th July 2018
Thanks. Link is now updated
By Daft Logic on 4th July 2018
The link to the Google Maps API is broken
On 4th July 2018
Hi, this is good, but wondering if there is a way we can compare 2 or more routes side by side? or at least the distances or something
On 3rd July 2018
Thanks for the feedback Robert
By Daft Logic on 9th April 2018
Absolutely brilliant!! I've just mapped out a cycle route following both roads and multi-use pathways using the selectable 'snap to route' options you added to the UI, and it works absolutely perfectly! It's now really easy to switch between 'off', 'roads' and 'walking' allowing great control in laying out a route. Thank you so much!
By Robert on 9th April 2018
HI Robert, UI update has been made
By Daft Logic on 8th April 2018
I have used this distance calculator tool mainly for planning CYCLE routes in my neighbourhood, but since winter cycling in Ontario, Canada isn't much fun (for me at least!) I haven't used it since last December. So today was my first use of the tool since Alex's comment of 3rd. Jan, and your response of 4th. Jan announcing the change of "travelMode" from WALKING to DRIVING. Unfortunately this change has made planning CYCLE routes, where I want to use multi-use pathways whenever possible as well as roads, much less user-friendly. I now have to keep switching the 'Snap to Roads' option to OFF to be able to map a route to follow a pathway, and then back ON to follow a road. Moreover it is now no longer possible to use the 'Snap to Roads' option to also 'Snap to PATHWAYS', which was the way the tool used to work back in December; now following non-roads seems only possible in point-to-point mode.

So I wonder if you might be able to make the DRIVING / WALKING choice into a user-selectable option in the UI as Alex had suggested? In fact I have found that the 'Snap to Roads' route choices made by the previous version (with the WALKING option) were usually very appropriate ever since the modification that you made 19/Oct/2017 following my previous comment on 15/Oct/2017; that modification seemed to mostly eliminate the sometimes bizarre route choices. But I still would find an option to UNDO the last 'batch of points' created under 'Snap to Roads', extremely useful if it could be implemented.

Thanks again for this great tool.
By Robert on 23rd March 2018
Road labeled wrong when using Tejas Blvd, Mercedes, Tx. If reading from South to North on Tejas Blvd, Mercedes, Tx, the next road to the left should be named Shawnee Ave and not Santa Wan Dr.
By Hidalgo County on 6th March 2018
can you print the maps after you've saved them?

On 12th February 2018
How can you search for routes that others may have made public?
By Keith Lazzari on 15th January 2018
I saw another user saying he looked into the code. Can this be downloaded as freeware?
By Greg on 11th January 2018
Thank you
On 4th January 2018
Hi Alex, thanks for taking the time to feed these comments back. This has now been changed to DRIVING.
By Daft Logic on 4th January 2018

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