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Hello

Many thanks for this live tracking.
It is fast (no need to wait a long time between the start of live tracking in Locus) compared to GPSies.

A feature that I have been unable to figure out is how to display on the Locus live tracking web page map any information other than the user name (for example the latitude and longitude of the user).

As the map doesn't seem to display the coordinate grid, I have not been able to find a way to know the coordinates of the displayed user position.
It is highly possible that I am an idiot and cannot figure out how to display the coordinates.

But if this is not the case, will it be possible for a future implementation of the web page to display the coordinates when pointing to the position icon ?

This will be very useful in the following case:
The locus user is considered by the user follower as injured (the follower has no news, the user has not arrived to destination, etc...)
The user-follower (wife, son, friend...) is able to use the Locus live tracking  web site and see the last known user position on the map.
The map doesn't really give a clear and obvious hint about the user coordinates (for example, the user is on an area with little markers like large water body or a vast snow plain).
The user-follower wants to give the last known user position coordinates to rescue services,
If the user-follower had a displayed grid on the map, or if the latitude and longitude were displayed together with the user name, the user-follower will then be able to give the latitude and longitude of the last user position to the rescue services.

Thanks and regards

Alf

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Tools / c-me live tracking: display Lat Lon
« on: February 19, 2017, 11:46:16 »
Hello Gynta

Many thanks for this fantastic live tracking.
It is fast (no need to wait a long time between the start of live tracking in Locus) compared to GPSies.
It allows to display satellite imagery (which is not the case with Locus live tracking and GPSies).

A feature that I have been unable to figure out is how to display the latitude and longitude.
On the c-me web page map, the position shows date, time, elevation and comment (I have attached a screen dump).
The only way I have found to get position coordinates  is to download the KML track file and open it to read the coordinates.
As the map doesn't seem to display the coodinate grid, I have not been able to find an easier way to know the coordinates of the displayed position.
It is highly possible that I am an idiot and cannot figure out how to display the coordinates.

But if this is not the case, will it be possible for a future implementation to display the coordinates when pointing to the position icon ?

This will be very useful in the following case:
The locus user is considered by the user follower as injured (the follower has no news, the user has not arrived to destination, etc...)
The user-follower (wife, son, friend...) is able to use the c-me web site and see the last known user position on the map.
The map doesn't really give a clear and obvious hint about the user coordinates (for example, the user is on an area with little markers like large water body or a vast snow plain).
The user-follower wants to give the last known user position coordinates to rescue services, but the user-follower is not very computer literate (he will not realize that he can download the track and open it), although he understands geographical coordinates.
If the user-follower had a displayed grid on the map, or if the latitude and longitude were displayed together with the rest of information, he will then be able to give the latitude and longitude of the last user position to the rescue services without having to rely on any other computer skill.

Thanks and regards

Alf



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Free chat / Locus on Windows PC
« on: February 16, 2017, 22:01:24 »
I didn't know where to share this information in case it could be of use to anybody, so I decided that this forum section could be the less misguided location.
I use Locus on my phones, all with small screens as my outdoor activities will not allow a large screen phone to survive longer than a few days!
I wanted to have the benefits of Locus at home on a much larger screen, preferably on my Windows PC.
I could not find any Windows application that could compete with Locus (GMapCatcher is quite good , but definitively less user friendly and with less possibilities than Locus).
I have been using for several months Bluestacks (several versions with several Locus versions) with success. The only complain being a rather sluggish Locus on my rather old dual core 2GHz Windows PC (windows 7 at first and now 10).
I came today across Remix, an Android based operating system for PC.
I gave it a try and I was nicely surprised. Locus runs very smoothly.
Comparison of Bluestacks (version 2.5.90.6347) and Remix (version  3.0.207):
- Installation: both very easy
- Performance: Remix much better on an old PC, on all applications, including Locus.
- Interface: both are OK, but Remix has a better compatibility with AZERTY keyboards.
- Usage: Bluestacks runs within Windows, and therefore the user can work on Android applications and Windows applications within the same session: Bluestacks in just an other application window. Remix is an independent OS, the user must decide to boot to Windows or to Remix (the choice is available on the Windows 10 startup screen once Remix has been installed) and therefore can only work with Android or with Windows applications, not simultaneously on both.
- Access to the PC files: although Bluestacks has significantly improved the access to Windows files, it is still necessary to modify Windows registry to personalize the Windows folder that can be accessed by Bluestacks. Remix being and independent OS has complete access to all Windows directories.
- Update: I never had a problem when installing a newer version of Bluestacks atop an old one: applications, network parameters and Google credentials were kept. Remix being an independent OS, I believe that installing a newer version of Remix will imply to reinstall all Android elements, similar to changing a phone.
If anybody has questions, don't hesitate, I will perhaps be able to answer.

 

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Add-ons / Re: GpsTrace
« on: April 03, 2016, 11:16:51 »
Hello

Thanks for sharing this application.

I loaded it on my two phones, both running Locus Pro.

I tried to understand how to use one of the phones as SMS transmitter and the other one as the receiver of the positions sent by the first one.

I tried several of the options of GPSTrace with no success.

Is there any form of guide or manual describing how to achieve this ?

Thanks and regards

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Troubles & Questions / Re: Magnetic declination model
« on: December 22, 2015, 15:53:43 »
Many thanks for your reply.

I understand that Locus uses the magnetic declination model integrated in the Android version of the device.

Suggestion for future Locus versions:
Give the possibility to the user to load in Locus the latest model data file (by just copying the coefficient file to some subdirectory of the Locus directory).
The coefficient file is tiny (5 KB) and can be downloaded by the user from "http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag/WMM/wmm_ddownload.shtml"
In this way, even old devices with old versions of Android will be able to be up to date concerning the magnetic declination.

Merry Xmas and happy new year

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Troubles & Questions / Magnetic declination model
« on: December 10, 2015, 10:38:58 »
Hello

Please, what is the origin of the magnetic declination shown by Locus in the compass window?
Does Locus uses (for example) the latest World Magnetic Model (WMM2015) to establish the declination?
Is the magnetic declination data stored on the phone for offline use ?
Does it update the model automatically (for example in 2020 with WMM 2020) when the Android device is online ?


Thanks for your help and best regards

Alf

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Wishlist / BSB marine charts
« on: April 07, 2013, 08:48:05 »
Hello
One of the topics of the forum viewtopic.php?f=10&t=503&p=5441&hilit=BSB#p5441 (see the PDF link at the bottom of the discussion) mentions the possibility to use marine BSB calibrated raster files within Locus through a complicated process involving a CPN utility, an Oruxmaps utility and Ozi Explorer (ouf !).
This issue is also mentioned in the forum topic viewtopic.php?f=10&t=244&p=930&hilit=BSB#p930 (see last 2 posts in the topic).
It will be nice to be able to import BSB charts directly to Locus.

Thanks

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Wishlist / CM93 marine vector charts
« on: April 06, 2013, 22:24:06 »
Hello

It would be nice if Locus could read marine vector charts in the format CM93 ed 2.

Thanks

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Wishlist / Text to speech for waypoint notification
« on: February 28, 2013, 16:58:18 »
Hello

Presently the waypoint notification settings allow to use a sound or a frequency.

It will be useful to add a text to speech option when the "Notify on distance" option is selected.
The spoken text will be the name of the waypoint.

Example of use:
Can be used to improve the guidance notification when following a complicated or dangerous track.
The user can give as name of the way point the text he wants to hear when approaching this way point.

Thanks and regards

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Wishlist / Re: Merging SQL databases
« on: February 28, 2013, 16:34:25 »
Sherman, hello

Thanks for the advises.

I was not able to get any usable result from GemfTool after several attempts (sometimes it plainly crashes, sometimes it generates a GEMF file with errors, sometimes the file is generated but unreadable by Locus, I could not find a consistent pattern of the software behavior).

What did work:

SQLite command:

insert into target.tiles select * from source.tiles where not exists (select * from target.tiles where (target.tiles.x=source.tiles.x and target.tiles.y=source.tiles.y and target.tiles.z=source.tiles.z))

"target" being the name of the database where the new tiles from the database "source" will be copied.
It is necessary to eliminate the tiles with duplicates x y z, if not the command will come with errors as the combination x y z  constitutes the unique key of the databases.

I used the software SQLite2009 (free for home users) to run the command after opening the "target" database and attaching the "source" database.
I did try the command in other SQlite packages, but it failed (perhaps due to the non-supported type of the image file).

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Declined / Re: Selecting voice in guiding mode
« on: February 28, 2013, 13:16:28 »
Thanks for the answer.

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Declined / Selecting voice in guiding mode
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:37:11 »
Hello

In navigation mode it is possible to select one of the voices obtained through one of the topics of the knowledge base.
This works very well in navigation mode.

In guiding mode, I could not find a way to select one of these voices. I am stuck with the only option, text to speach.
Even if in the navigation setting an other voice is selected, I get the "text to speach" voice in guiding mode.
It is also the only option that appears in in the guiding settings.

Am I missing something, or is this a feature ?
In the last case it could be nice to have access to the same voices in guiding mode and in navigation mode, with for example a "choose voice" option available in the "notification settings" of the guiding settings.

Thanks and regards.

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Wishlist / Merging SQL databases
« on: February 23, 2013, 20:24:04 »
Hello

Not sure if I have to put this as a wish or as a technical discussion.

Is there any way, within Locus, or using an external application on a PC, to merge 2 SQL database maps ?

Example:
I have offline maps A and B as SQL databases within Locus.
They come from the same source, but cover different areas and/or zoom levels.
I want to combine them in a single map, without having to download on line again all the data.


Thanks and regards

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Wishlist / Re: IGN Spain or SIGPAC Spain on line maps
« on: February 22, 2013, 16:31:26 »
It works! :mrgreen:
Very slow server, just a matter to be patient.
Many thanks.

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Wishlist / IGN Spain or SIGPAC Spain on line maps
« on: February 21, 2013, 22:24:26 »
Hello

Could it be possible to add the IGN Spain maps (server www.idee.es)?
I can have them through MOBAC but it will be useful to have them directly on Locus.

The XML file used in MOBAC to get the Spanish IGN maps is below:
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<customWmsMapSource>
 
<name>IGN - Spain</name>
<minZoom>6</minZoom>
<maxZoom>16</maxZoom>
<tileType>JPG</tileType>
<version>1.1.1</version>
<layers>mtn_rasterizado</layers>
<url>http://www.idee.es/wms/MTN-Raster/MTN-Raster?</url>
<coordinatesystem>EPSG:4326</coordinatesystem>
<aditionalparameters>&amp;EXCEPTIONS=BLANK&amp;Styles=</aditionalparameters>
<backgroundColor>#000000</backgroundColor>
 
</customWmsMapSource>
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Thanks and regards

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