I know this is going to be a truly trivial request, but perhaps some kind soul will help an amateur?!
I would like to make a Track that is what I think is called a rhumb line: a Track whose bearing on the compass is constant all along. I’ve got 2 locations, one in the Alps and one on the Spanish coast. I want to make a constant bearing line between them. So will PE do that? Or are lines between points geodesic/Great Circles?
And at that rate, I’m also just realizing I don’t know of any way to draw a line between points in PE! Wowser!
The Waypoint feature will show you a direct geodesic line to your selected destination. This is the shortest path possible and it is not a rhumb line. Rhumb lines tend to be somewhat longer (typically 1% to 30% longer), but can be convenient because they have a fixed compass heading (can be useful for sailors/pilots).
We will consider adding support for rhumb lines in a future update.
Thank you! After reading your post, I found a work-around, because I definitely want a rhumb line. (It’s a long story.)
I used Google Maps to make a two-point Line and added a Pin for each endpoint (3 objects total); exported the map to KML; used a free online converter to convert my KML to GPX, imported to PE. I’ve got a rhumb line track, with identified/named endpoints, and am happy as a clam.
Worked a charm! So if I’m the only user who ever requested a rhumb line Track, please ignore adding such to PE. Not worth it for so few requests!
Thanks for your explanation, it was the hint I needed.