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simon3
2013-03-27 10:12:56
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New GPS feature for you to try.
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INVITATION TO TRY AN EXPERIMENTAL FEATURE.

Last year we introduced the capability for members to upload GPS tracks, aka tracklogs. Several hundred such tracks have now been uploaded and are available for sharing. Initially we allowed the user see tracks on our main map with its description. The only export option available was to simply to get the track originally stored back, which while useful, requires you have other tools to do anything useful.

Now we have added some new options. As well as obtaining what was stored, it is possible to get a simplified version. This is useful because many GPS units limit the size of tracks that can be uploaded often to 250 or 500 track points.

We now also provide GPS routes. For those not so familiar with GPS units, a GPS route is rather like a route card. It contains a list of "route points" that you need to visit to complete the route. GPS units present a route on the device as a series of headings and distances which you can follow.

Export can be done to a "GPX File" which a utility program such as GPSU or Gartrip can further work with and upload to the GPS device (or mobile phone). Or, it is now possible to directly upload the track or route to Garmin GPS units in one, fast, step. All you need is a USB cable.

Take a look at the Export Options screen which is available from "Export Data", one of the options after every track description.

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Try this out on a track and see how it works. Look for bugs and come up with suggestions. Use this forum to post responses.

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Below are the waypoints resulting from this screen. For brevity we have set this up for 35 routepoints however usually a route of this length would be better defined with more. Most GPS units can accept 50 or 100.

Because of the vagaries of GPS units and their tendency to truncate the names of routepoints we have to use extreme abbreviation and allow for the possibility that all the data we supply is not actually shown by the device.

The first line has a Mu0, where Mu is a prefix for the number of the routepoint. MV is MountainViews, R2042 is the route number and "r" indicates that the route has been reversed, that is the original end is now the start with everything else changed mutatis mutandis as no doubt a lawyer would say.

Taking the line Mu1 5.1k 417A to Meenard Mountain, 5.1k is the distance, 471A is the ascent in metres, to Meenard Mountain is the next feature on the route that MountainViews knows about.

We alternate this with information about the distance to the end of the track. We put fuller information into the description which may also be viewable on the GPS device.

Mu0 at Start MV R2042r
Mu1 5.1k 417A to Meenard Mountain
Mu2 13.3k 584A to End
Mu3 4.5k 413A to Meenard Mountain
Mu4 13.2k 581A to End
Mu5 4.1k 396A to Meenard Mountain
Mu6 12.2k 555A to End
Mu7 3.2k 387A to Meenard Mountain
Mu8 11.8k 550A to End
Mu9 2.6k 371A to Meenard Mountain
Mu10 11.1k 533A to End
Mu11 1.8k 331A to Meenard Mountain
Mu12 9.7k 399A to End
Mu13 0.8k 161A to Meenard Mountain
Mu14 9.1k 237A to End
Mu15 0.3k 27A to Meenard Mountain
Mu16 at Meenard Mountain
Mu17 8.2k 167A to End
Mu18 at Mullaghaneany
Mu19 1.9k 62A to Oughtmore
Mu20 6.7k 114A to End
Mu21 0.9k 62A to Oughtmore
Mu22 5.7k 71A to End
Mu23 at Oughtmore
Mu24 1.3k 33A to Mullaghsallagh
Mu25 3.8k 52A to End
Mu26 0.3k 33A to Mullaghsallagh
Mu27 at Mullaghsallagh
Mu28 2.6k 19A to End
Mu29 2.2k 0A to End
Mu30 2.0k 0A to End
Mu31 1.4k 0A to End
Mu32 1.2k 0A to End
Mu33 0.5k 0A to End
Mu34 at End MV R2042r
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