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Locus Map (4+) / Re: Locus Map 4, discussion
« on: August 04, 2020, 21:23:57 »
The geocaching part of the new point screen is definitely not finished.

I know but ... I really would like to have a change when taping a geocache point: then it would be helpful to reach the geocache screen directly and skip the first screen.
This double card is after a time really a little bit annoying.
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Einstellungen > Foto Einstellungen > Bildqualität

Ich nutze da 86 %, da gibts noch so gut wie keine sichtbaren Bildartefakte.
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Themes - Vector maps / New style: FzOAM
« on: June 27, 2020, 17:44:03 »
Hello, fellow walkers, runners, bikers, hikers and mountaineers!

While searching for the best map and theme source I've found two great projects:
1. OpenAndroMaps is already a huge one, with well tuned maps and many themes (Thank You!).
Unfortunately in my opinion, none of them was easy to read and/or detailed enough.
2. Freizeitkarte on the other hand isn't that widespread, but is an impressive project (Thank You!).
It is far more detailed and has really good themes.
The only major flaw was that the theme details appear too late when zooming.

I wasn't brave enough to tune the zoom level for every detail,
but tried adding the useful landscape details to the feature rich Elements theme for OAM.
Most of the textures are directly borrowed or heavily inspired of FZK.
The documents and key file are slightly tuned accordingly.
I am providing the result if anyone finds it useful.
I don't have the time and talent to support and develop the new theme.
If someone decides to adopt it, I will be very happy!
Until then I hope You enjoy it.

Happy journeying everyone!
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The OS Map theme tries to emulate the Ordnance Survey 1:25k and 1:50k map styles as closely as is possible within the constraints of Locus Map and data provided by the vector maps. It should work with both LoMap and OAM maps (v3 and v4). I must give credit to John Campbell for his Voluntary UK theme that I used as a starting point (v. 190101).

The OS Map theme also provides a darker variation of OS style of map designed for use at night-time to help avoid spoiling night-vision whilst keeping a recognizably Ordnance Survey style of map.

The theme now consists of four main theme files, day/night for v3 maps and day/night for v4 maps. There are two PDF map legends, one for day and one night.

Here is a comparison of the same map rendered with: Internal Theme, Voluntary UK, OS Style and my new 4 OS map styles:


Here are the list of all the changes made for each release:

Initial release for v3 maps only

Added v4 map support
Added option to highlight toll roads (default is not highlighted). Highlight means orange outline and orange dots as you zoom in.
Added option to set OS style roads names (pathtext) for countires that are left hand traffic or right hand traffic. This is only applicable to dual carriage ways.
Added drawing of footpaths and bridleways that are on dashed track/service roads.
Added thicker dashed 1:50k style for airport runways (was using thinner 1:25k for 1:50k before)
Added defibrillator symbol (non OS symbols)
Added OS text symbols for: Libraries, Shelters, Cairns, Caves, Adits [Mines, Mines (dis)], Waterfalls (Falls in blue)
Added library buildings to list of important building, i.e bolder outlines.
Added place markers for towns/cities (similar to Elevate theme) at low zoom levels (e.g. 5-7).
Added support for sizing of town/city names based on population density (popcat)
Changed borders (admin_level) to improve support for non-UK counties by grouping togther Parishes=9/10, Districts=7/8, Counties=5/6, National=2/3/4
Changed pharmacy amenity symbol to also include chemist shops (non OS symbols).
Changed order of options, putting least changed options towards bottom of list.
Changed embankments to draw at a higher level priority to avoid them being overdrawn by water ways and residential areas.
Changed footbridges to draw at a higher level priority to avoid them being overdrawn by water ways.
Changed tunnels to use smaller dashes for better match OS map style.
Changed 1:50k trunk_link and motorway_link roads to use correct/matching outline widths on bridges.
Changed highway labels at zoom levels 7-12 to use captions instead of pathtext for OS labels
Changed priorities of several symbols to improve visibility of churches, information and museums at lower zoom levels.
Changed car parks at lower zoom levels (upto zoom 15) to only show ~|destination|customers|public car parks.
Changed hill name sizes slightly larger
Changed (corrected) selection of national hiking routes to only include iwn|nwn, i.e. remove rwn|lwn|uwn.
Changed (corrected) selection of national cycling routes to only include icn|ncn, i.e. remove rcn|lcn|ucn.
Changed (corrected) wells so they now get displayed.
Changed doctors captions from red to black text.
Changed v3 theme place names to match/harmonise to style used on v4 theme.
Removed tourism brown dashed ways accidentally left in from donor theme (UK Voluntary)
Removed access cross hatchings on footpaths accidentally left in from donor theme (UK Voluntary)
Removed surface dashes on 'white' roads accidentally left in from donor theme (UK Voluntary) - If this is going to be in the theme then I need to think about how to do it in an OS style way...

Fixed validation errors (one was a real issue in V4 theme for railway stations at zoom 13, rest were technical errors but not impacting display of maps).

Split v3 and v4 theme files into separate day and night theme files so they can have different map=background tags, different PDF legends and increase performance.
Added night mode symbols for transmitters, windmills, wind turbines, lighthouses, ruins/archaeological, battlefields, telephones, helipads, bollards.
Added night mode PDF legend.
Added four .lnk files to map the two PDF legends to relevant four theme files.
Changed priority of cemetery symbol lower than church symbol.
Changed night mode track core colour to match service/residential roads.
Changed night mode tunnels to use own night equivalent of day tunnel colours.
Changed night mode steps to look similar to day time steps and less like a ladder.
Changed night mode turning circles and passing places to be more visible.
Changed area ways for residential roads to match residential road outlines for all map themes.
Changed AED, playground and shooting symbols to remove white outline/background to match other symbols.
Changed 50k toilet synbol to fix errors in tiny-svg rendering.

Attached is a copy of the day time legend for the theme, but I can't attached the other legend or the theme ZIP because of the 2MB attachment limit of the forum... so I have placed all the versions of the theme onto google drive:

     OS Map Theme Releases

Link to latest release:

     OS Map

Links to the OS Map Legends:

     OS Map Day Legend
     OS Map Night Legend

Install in the usual way of unzipping in Locus Map's _theme folder, e.g.:


If you have already started using the earlier OS Map theme version then you probably should delete it before installing this updated version as it uses the same theme folder called "OS Map" but now uses four different named theme files - to cover day/night themes for v3/v4 maps.

Note that the legends are now included in the theme and can now be viewed directly from the theme menu in LM 3.46+ via a long press of the theme icon.
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das Theme ist bei dir nicht aktuell oder nicht richtig installiert. Bitte das aktuelle von Github verwenden.
Alle markierten Punkte werden von activeRT5 dargestellt.

Bitte Beispiele wo es Informationsverlust gibt und bitte auch genauer beschreiben was mit den Möglichkeiten der Anpassung nicht stimmt.
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Locus Map (4+) / Re: Locus Map 4, discussion
« on: May 09, 2020, 01:11:59 »
@balloni55 - green dot indicates unviewed notifications.
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Ich frage mich für was man die Caches in der Datenbank haben muss. Ich klicke einfach drauf und öffne ihn. Ob da im Hintergrund etwas läd ist mir egal. Wenn ich ihn dann gefunden habe, logge ich einfach und alles ist erledigt. Da gibt es also nichts händisch zu machen.
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Locus Map (4+) / Re: Locus Map 4, discussion
« on: April 21, 2020, 19:20:20 »
I just found it. On one side I can choose the map and on the other side the theme. Very brilliantly solved.
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Themes - Vector maps / [Theme] OS Map (v20200427 for v3 maps only)
« on: April 19, 2020, 01:38:58 »
Having used UK Ordnance Survey (OS) maps all my life, when I started using Locus Map I was desperate for a map theme that looked similar. After using both Voluntary UK and OS Style themes for a while, I still hankered after something closer to the style of the original UK OS maps. So I decided to create my own theme that tries to emulate the Ordnance Survey 1:25k and 1:50k map styles as closely as is possible within the constraints of Locus Map and data provided by the vector maps. It should work with both LoMap and OAM maps. I must give credit to John Campbell for his Voluntary UK theme that I used as a starting point (v. 190101).

There are 6 maps styles provided in the theme:
  • Explorer 1:25k
  • Landranger 1:50k
  • Dynamic Scale
  • Night Mode 1:25k
  • Night Mode 1:50k
  • Night Mode Dynamic
Dynamic Scale automatically switches from 50k to 25k at zoom level 16.
Night Modes provide a darker colour scheme for night usage that preserve the OS colour, but muted a bit. I don't like the built in night mode as it inverts all the colours.

There are also several overlay options:
  • non-OS  symbols
  • non-OS road furniture
  • demanding paths
  • hiking routes, national
  • hiking routes, local
  • emphasise hiking routes
  • cycling routes, national
  • cycling routes, local
  • emphasise cycle routes
  • fill in residential areas
  • grow 50k buildings into town masses
  • emphasise land access
  • OS style road labels
  • level road labels
  • boxed road labels
I used google translate to define the translations, so let me know if there are more appropriate translations.

I also created PDF legends for the 25k and 50k themes to show what is supported/different using a similar style to the original OS legends with screenshots from Locus Map and the theme's own symbols etc.

Last attachment is a ZIP of the theme. (now with .nomedia files, thanks Henk van der Spek for pointing that out).

Install in the usual way of unzipping in Locus Map's _theme folder, e.g.:


I've only tried this on my phone (Samsung Galaxy A3) and tablet (Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014). It is quite a big theme file now (~10,000 lines)  because it contains so many different categories and overlay options. I am interested to know if it works OK for everyone. I have considered creating a "lite" 25k only option to see it is works faster or not...

I am putting this theme out there as I feel it might be of interest to others. It is provided as is.
I am not inclined to spend a lot of time working on it, but you are welcome to modify it for your own purposes.

Let me know if there some major problems with the theme.

Here is a comparison of the same map rendered with: Internal Theme, Voluntary UK, OS Style and my new 4 OS map styles (also attached as ThemePreviews_LORES.jpg but lower resolution):


UPDATE 2020.04.27
I have fixed:
   - couple of  mistakes in the legends
   - added to the legends some additional overlay footer notes.
   - country borders to include admin_levels 2, 3 and 4 now.
   - rounded locks in rivers now square
   - some syntax errors I found during porting to v4 (which is now about 50% completed).

I've updated the attachments with new versions, hence their counters are reset.
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Locus Map (4+) / Re: Locus Map 4, discussion
« on: April 17, 2020, 16:14:23 »
Round trip
is always created from GPS position, or if GPS is off, from last known position.
How can i use mapcenter of shifted map for round trip calculation?
In my Opinion it is created from the first set waypoint.
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Locus Map (4+) / Re: Locus Map 4, discussion
« on: April 15, 2020, 11:54:46 »
I do not understand why this option is the top voted "Long click on "Route type": toggle between "manual" and "selected" routing".
"Toggle" function is a shortcut to change the profile to manual and back, it does not to draw directly a manual point.
With the direct manual point (on the + or on the profile icon, does't matter) if you need to concatenate more points you have two options:
1) with few points, use the long touch for each point
2) with a lot of points just toggle to the manual mode as always

With one point, no contest, just one long touch

I think I do not understand because someone else has different needs than me, but I'm curious.
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Locus Map (4+) / Re: Locus Map 4, discussion
« on: April 02, 2020, 23:22:43 »
Experts and novices alike will always suffer from changes, yet changes are key to improvements and progress.
Hence - AGAIN - my advise to spend energy into a 21st century help and function (*) search capability. Android settings in many new devices deliver that: you type a word about what you want to do and get a number of matching functions/settings at your fingertip.
That does not address the ongoing UI discussion, I know. But the overwhelming (yet USEFUL!!!) settings have been a reported pain since years.
(*) each function and setting needs to have a number of keywords and synonyms associated. In the selected language and always plus English.
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Wie gesagt. Ich habe verschiedene Einstellungen im Höhenmanager getestet.

GPS Höhenangaben optimieren oder z.B. ersetzen.

Als ich Ersetzen ausgewählt habe, wurde mir die Höhe laut SRTM Daten sowohl angezeigt als auch angesagt.

Sind denn sonst alle Höhenangaben gleich ? In der Trackaufzeichnung, dem Dashboard und auch in der GPS Anzeige in der oberen Funktionsleiste müsste überall die gleiche Höhe stehen ?

Eine andere Frage. Sind Deine Höhenangaben sehr gleichmäßig ? Oder springen die Werte stark ?

Mir ist nämlich aufgefallen, dass meine Höhenwerte nach dem Start von Locus und  nach dem ersten GPS FIX stark springen. Das ist normal. Bis sich die hereinkommenden Sat Daten stabilisiert haben.

Beim Umschalten zwischen Trackaufzeichnung und Dashboard hätte man in dieser Zeit den EIndruck haben können, dass die Höhenangaben unterschiedlich sind.
Das war aber dem Springen der Höhendaten während der Umschaltung geschuldet.

Wenn Deine Höhenangaben auch sonst etwas sprunghaft sind, dann könnte natürlich folgender Fall eintreten. Die Höhenansage soll erfolgen, durchläuft den Prozess im Audiomanager und muss dann den Text to Speech Prozess starten und ausführen. In dieser Zeit ist die Höhe in der Ansage vielleicht 2 sekunden alt, während die Höhe in der Trackaufzeichnung realtime angezeigt wird.
Ist die Höhe sehr sprunghaft, können das schon mal 30 m ausmachen. Das ist aber nur eine Spekulation

Mache doch mal folgende Tests :

1.) Lege im Audio Manager ein neues Profil an (oder verändere ein Altes). Gib für die Höhenansage ein Intervall von 5 Sekunden an.
Starte auf dem Balkon oder im Garten die Trackaufzeichnung und vergleiche die Höhen in den 5 sek. Intervallen.

Stimmt die Höhe immer noch nicht überein :

2.) Vorgehen wie in 1). Aber lege das Smartphone bei gestarteter Trackaufzeichnung mindesten 15 min. auf einen Tisch.
Nach 15 min. vergleichst Du wieder die Höhe der Trackaufzeichnung mit den 5 sek. Intervallen der Ansage.

Hintergrund : Der GPS Empfänger braucht ca. 15 min. bis alle Sat Daten eingegangen sind und sich der Empfang eingependelt hat. Es gbt dafür eine spezielle Bezichnung.
Nach späestens 15 min (meistens früher) sollte die Höhe jedenfalls nicht mehr ungenau sein oder springen, weil noch nicht alle Daten vorhanden sind.
In Zeiten von AGPS hat man diesen Faktor stark reduziert, in dem man die zuvor genannten Daten per Mobilfunk Download dem GPS zur Verfügung stellt.

Ich gehe auch davon aus, dass Du Locus aus der Akkuverbrauch Optiierung rausgenommen hast, dass evtl. andere Stromspar Einstellungen für das GPS deaktiviert wurden und dass Locus so eingestellt wurde, dass der GPS Empfang während der Trackaufzeichnung immer aktiv ist, auch wenn der Bildschirm aus ist.

Ach ja. Wenn das alles nicht geholfen hat. Stelle im Höhenmanager unter SRTM Daten die Option "GPS Werte ersetzen" ein.
Hast Du keine SRTM Daten runtergeladen, müsste in der rechten oberen Ecke, unter den Funktionsleisten, ein Kästchen mit einem roten Dreieck auftauchen. Tippst Du das an, kannst Du die Höhendaten runterladen.

Dann Vergleiche die Höhe am Cursor, mit dem GPS, Dashboard und auch der Höhenansage.
Jetzt müsste es gleich sein, da der Faktor GPS ausgeschaltet wurde.

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Locus Map (4+) / Re: Locus Map 4, discussion
« on: March 02, 2020, 12:20:08 »
Nice to read it Jonny :). I also have problems to work with recent public Free/Pro version now  ;D

I spend an unfortunately unbelievable amount of time (more than a month) on creating united screen for points and I'm still not perfectly satisfied with it  :(. Anyway, I'll try to close most of remaining problems and generate a new Alpha version hopefully during this week.
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Versions / Re: [APP] - version 3.44.+ ( 20. 2. 2020 )
« on: February 28, 2020, 11:44:23 »
Themes window while using "OpenAndroMap V4"
- 3 icons are grayed
Realised that too.
But this is due to a change of the theme-zips, where Tobias (delveloper of Elevate-theme) 'missed' to include Elements.png and Elevate.png, which have to be next to the .xmls in order to let Locus take them, guess so.
I had a look: happens first with Elevate of 2019-09-30 - I am currently using the Elevate 4.4RC, same here.
Copy both pictures from Elevate4_Locus 4.3.2 of 2019-07-08 next to the .xmls and the pictures are shown 8)
Let us inform Tobias soon if he should not be here around..
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