5 Popular Visualizer Apps & Websites For Cyclists
With the increased popularity of GPS tracking technology, multiple third-party visualization apps can help transform your dull data into shareable media. We’ll discuss five of the most popular.
About Visualizer Apps
Looking to spice up your cycling data?
Using your pre-recorded GPS activities, visualizer—aka visualization—apps create immersive, interactive experiences that you can share with others.
Here, we’ve rounded up five of the most popular apps to help you step out on the right foot.
Pricing: Free–$10.99/mo or $59.99/yr
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Main Features: The Relive app helps millions of outdoor enthusiasts track their activities via GPS, turn them into engaging, animated 3D videos, add them to their stories, and then share them with friends and family.
Relive works with a wide variety of third-party GPS trackers and apps, and its social aspect allows you to follow friends and view their adventures.
Together, the company advertises that the Relive app allows everyone to “track and share your activities like nothing else.”
Related: Relive App Review
What Riders Say: The Relive app comes with extraordinarily high ratings from Android and iOS users alike, who frequently compliment its ease of use and accuracy, and that it’s a great way to visualize ride data (mileage, elevation, etc.). As a longtime Club member, I’ve had fantastic experiences myself—although it admittedly bummed me out when Relive lost Strava support.
The relatively few complaints often cite unreliable connections and less-than-stellar functionality, and that you must have an internet connection to track your outdoor activities.
Best For: Relive is ideal if you’re looking to maximally visualize your ride data in a 3D format—as long as you start with an internet connection. Then, you can share your videos with friends and family, and allow them to tag along after your rides.
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Main Features: Whether riding, running, or hiking, Velographic allows you to overlay GPS data recorded from Strava onto your photos, creating original graphics. Then, you can share your achievements and adventures with friends and family.
Related: Strava Long-Term Review
What Riders Say: The Velographic app comes with much higher ratings—although meaningfully fewer reviews—among iOS users than those on Android platforms. Compliments often revolve around ease of use, and that it’s an attractive way to visualize data.
Comparatively, frequent complaints point to the app’s poor functionality, as well as its inability to sync directly with Strava after its most recent update.
Best For: Since it’s free and easy to use, anyone who wants to quickly and easily spice up their data and share custom images with others might want to give the Velographic app a try. Ongoing developer support for the app remains questionable, though.
Compatibility: iOS only (Android coming soon)
Main Features: WorkoutSnap is a fully adjustable iOS app that pulls activities recorded via Strava, Runkeeper, Fitbit, and Apple Health, adds the stats to your images, and overlays motivational quotes and calories burned.
You can also manually upload files to the WorkoutSnap app, whether you cycle, run, or enjoy any other fitness activity. Together, the company advertises that WorkoutSnap delivers “fitness photos made awesome.”
What Riders Say: With 500+ current reviews and a 4.7-star average rating on iTunes, it seems the vast majority of WorkoutSnap users are pleased with their experiences. Comparably, few complain about functionality and user interface issues.
Best For: WorkoutSnap can work well as an alternative option for cyclists seeking new ways to visualize their bare-bones data.
Pricing: Free–$12.99/mo or $79.99/yr
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Main Features: The free Gyroscope app version integrates with data sources like Google Fit, and then visualizes it via daily, weekly, and monthly reports.
The Gyroscope app also tracks your location history, allowing you to produce beautiful maps. Then, you can save these images and share them with the world, which is why the company advertises they’re “using data to tell stories.”
Upgrading to a Pro Gyroscope account allows you to track additional data that could help you improve performance, optimize daily habits, lose or gain weight, monitor sleep and emotions, boost work productivity, and maximize your overall health and wellness.
Whether using a free account or Pro membership, though, Gyroscope allows you to maintain full control over who sees your data, which they never sell to third-party companies.
What Riders Say: The Gyroscope app comes with meaningfully higher ratings among iOS users, compared to those on Android operating systems.
Compliments typically cite ease of use, while complaints often relate to its frustrating user interface, buggy functionality, inability to track core metrics like heart rate and blood pressure, and high price for a Pro subscription.
Best For: Gyroscope occupies a unique space that straddles the line between a visualizer app, and one that focuses on training and fitness. So, if you’re looking for perhaps the best of both worlds, you might want to take a look.
Compatibility: Connect with Strava, or upload GPX tracks directly via the website
Main Features: Founded by CEO Pete Field, Ayvri’s patented “spatial media platform” turns your uploaded geodata into “a next-generation 3D media experience” that you can enjoy in any modern web browser, or even embed into third-party mobile apps via their API.
Together, the website advertises you can use Ayvri for cycling or any outdoor sport, in addition to wildlife tracking and drone planning and reporting.
What Riders Say: As a free service with no standalone app, there isn’t much not to like about Ayvri. Currently, they come with wholly positive Facebook feedback.
Best For: As the closest option to Relive.cc, the Ayvri website could work best for cyclists looking to create 3D visualizations of their rides, but don’t necessarily need standalone app access. They also offer an API that allows companies and business owners to integrate Ayvri’s data into projects.
Which Visualization Apps & Websites Work Best For You?
Because most visualizer apps utilize third-party GPS data, you won’t often encounter options that record directly. The exceptions above are Relive.cc and Gyroscope, which could help save the effort of importing your data if this is an essential aspect to you.
Relive is also the only standalone app above that generates 3D videos of your activities, along with the Ayvri website.
On the other hand, Gyroscope is the single app that also incorporates training and fitness aspects into its visualization, if spicing up your data and consolidating training under one roof is at the top of your list.
Finally, if budget is your most important factor, each of the apps and websites listed above offers free versions. However, if decide to upgrade, Gyroscope’s premium membership comes in the most expensive at $79.99 per year, with Relive’s $59.99 annual fee coming in not far behind.
Bottom line: Depending on your specific combination of needs and preferences, finding the “best” cycling visualization app—or combination of apps—might take some trial and error. Based on a blend of personal experience and online feedback, though, these five apps can get you started and encourage your exploration.
Did we leave out any essential visualizer apps? What’s your experience? Share your knowledge with the world by leaving a comment below!
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Hi Derek, thanks a lot for mention WorkoutSnap. I'll work harder to make the app better and to support Android early 2020! Good luck and enjoy your rides!