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Locus Map / Re: [APP] - version 4.5.+ ( 1. 12. 2021+ )
« on: Yesterday at 19:08:59 »
@Menion: after rereading carefully I understood that the backup folder can be outside of the private Android/data realms.
I tried and it worked.
From your earlier explanations I do not understand why such would work. And why not for all the other needs.
Can you pls enlighten me?
TXs and cheers
Michael
I think with this function only writing is allowed but not reading.
So it is only usable for backup.
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Locus Map / Re: [APP] - version 4.5.+ ( 1. 12. 2021+ )
« on: Yesterday at 17:28:50 »
@Menion: after rereading carefully I understood that the backup folder can be outside of the private Android/data realms.
I tried and it worked.
From your earlier explanations I do not understand why such would work. And why not for all the other needs.
Can you pls enlighten me?
TXs and cheers
Michael
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Themes - Vector maps / Re: [Theme] Voluntary UK
« on: December 03, 2021, 19:05:56 »
The latest versions of the Voluntary theme are now available in the first post in this thread.
They have been revised for the excellent V5 maps from OpenAndroMaps.

In V5 maps, hike, bike and MTB routes can be displayed and highlighted independently of each other. The highlighting can optionally be colour-coded in the Hiking and Cycling styles.

I have updated the naming conventions and file locations. If installing into Locus, please delete all earlier versions first (long press in theme manager).

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Discussion/New features / Re: Android 11+, changes
« on: December 02, 2021, 21:15:07 »
@Menion:
I could not wait until next week because I am so curious ...
So I started trying, not on my S10 for daily use, but on the Tab S6 light (64 GB total internal space, large external SD) and found some essential problems.
My plan was to use the private section of internal SD (/Android/data/menion/...) as the main Locus location, then set the external SD for mapsVector and SRTM.
What happens?
1 long start - question: do or postpone
2 offers move
3 LMP loss of access warning
4 selection private - long pause 3 GB free - not enough - cancel
See attached for the situation: need for 1 GB (see external SD option), 3 GB free on internal SD.
Why is that? Most probably because of the SRTM and mapsVector that sit on external SD and require 75 GB in total. So I should have unchecked the two choices, right?

Which brings me to an overall judgement:
1) the steps and explainations are quite OK, but
2) it lacks overview for the user and
3) a plan

And there is a good chance that a user has ONE view of the storage reality, while Locus has another. Recipe for disaster, pain and discussions.

Hence I propose you do not offer the migration immediately, but produce a full storage picture how Locus sees it.
All the elements, with their sizes, and the options how and where to move them. And send this as a mail (share ...)
Something like:

Current Locus storage layout
=======================
Locus main: internalSD/Locus 1 .5 GB
Locus mapsVector: externalSD/LocusMaps/mapsVector 20 GB
Locus mapsVector: externalSD/LocusMaps/SRTM 55 GB

Internal SD capacity total/free: 64 GB / 3 GB
External SD capacity total/free: 256 GB / 151 GB

Next: what should a non-IT person do with a non-trivial situation?
1) understand the picture
2) understand the options

Can people derive that themselves? Hardly, hence they need advise.

A text that explains the options given various scenarios should be added to above report:
1) the total Locus storage fits fully into internalSD: do whatever you want, but internal preferred for data safety and performance reasons
2) current data on externalSD does not fit into internalSD: ...
3) ...
some homework here for all potential cases.

My setup above would need the following actions:
1) /Locus goes to internalSD
2) AT THE SAME TIME (!!!) current SRTM and mapsVector need a choice for their final target (I know you could uncheck both and doe manual stuff later, but that is not good, because it leaves a number of people stranded, in particular as the file managers fail so far)

Also: give warnings about long wait times for steps that take long, and tell users to click "Wait", not abort. Some of the steps 1-4 take unexpectedly long. I trust for a good reason, but people may wonder ...

So far my 2c

Cheers
Michael

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Locus Map / Re: [APP] - version 4.4.+ ( 23. 9. 2021+ )
« on: December 01, 2021, 21:03:33 »
Hmm ... these were a damn hard two months for me  ::)

Final version generated (almost identical to the latest Beta version) and published for 10% of users on Google Play (Locus Map 4 only). On Monday, where there won't be any serious problem, I'll publish it for the rest of the users.

Thanks for the help as usual! I Hope, you will excuse my pauses in answers, the file system took almost all my time.
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Locus Map / Re: [APP] - version 4.4.+ ( 23. 9. 2021+ )
« on: November 26, 2021, 20:45:50 »
Was very much looking forward to sort per folder, thx for that one.
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Locus Map / Re: [APP] - version 4.4.+ ( 23. 9. 2021+ )
« on: November 26, 2021, 15:46:19 »
Uff, hard 14+ days ...

Version MapGooglePlay_4.4.3.28_1045_beta published as Beta.

Major change
- final version 1.0 of the filesystem on A11+. More & discussion in a separate topic here, thanks

Minor changes
- few fixes & as usual, check the latest news after the app start. I'll also comment on your latest comments here later.
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Discussion/New features / Android 11+, changes
« on: November 26, 2021, 12:13:57 »
Hi guys,

there were not too many changes in the Android itself during last years, that affect Locus Map. The big one was of course battery optimizations  :o.

And now, tadá, we have another one as most of you know.

A11+ devices bring a limitation in access to the device file system. Task, which firstly was not looking so complicated, in the end, took more than a month of work for me and half of the Locus team.

I started this topic so I may answer and discuss any changes that the next update brings independently on the main app version topic(s).

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Summary
- app can no longer access the root of the internal memory directly, only over very limited so-called "Scoped storage" access. This brings some limitations. Mainly fact that the neesd to move its main directory to the private storage (/android/data/...). Also no support for the custom "srtm" and "mapsVector" directory, no support for custom "geo tagged photos" directory, and no support for "external maps" defined over the app.

- app can't directly detect installed apps, so the content of the function panel may be limited

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Michal is already writing a bigger blog post & manual for a better understanding of these changes and how to solve the most common use-cases.
You may watch the creation process of the main manual page in progress here.

Feel free to ask here, I'll gladly answer.

I'll also today finally publish the new Beta version where all these changes will be presented.
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Locus Map (4+) / Re: Web planner / portal
« on: November 15, 2021, 10:05:09 »
@lor74cas, @Andrew Heard thank's a lot for the clarification. Now I totally understand and believe I have a good news for you. I am just working on extension of elevation chart. After that you should have distance / time toggle for x axis.
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Tools / [Tasker] Remove timestamps from GPX files
« on: November 14, 2021, 18:09:56 »
With the following Tasker task you can remove all timestamps from GPX files, a privacy option. Locus does only export GPX with timestamps.
Backup your files. It's not too thoroughly tested.

https://taskernet.com/shares/?user=AS35m8kdDIMDeveQcQfRglam%2Fah1mTW%2FWcg05FZ39c0i1q%2F77iY3E7cIwxCkXqJTaTA%3D&id=Task%3ARemoveTimestampsGPX
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Locus Map (4+) / Re: Web planner / portal
« on: November 14, 2021, 09:11:58 »
By timestamp I mean that the tracks recorded by gps and imported into the planner have no time references. It is not possible to make simple assessments
@lor74cas - do you mean display of timestamp in the chart popup? RWGPS makes this aspect so easy. Would be great to display the timestamp at any point of the track. +1
Exactly now we have just distance and elevation, we should change then graph to toggle distance/time from start/ time of the day or for each point in the pop up we need the info of timestamp

Inviato dal mio SM-A520F utilizzando Tapatalk

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Troubles & Questions / Re: Search address without tap and hold?
« on: November 14, 2021, 08:51:16 »
This is really interesting topic.
We already have prepared a server-side feature for creating a completely new "long click" experience: "What is here", where should be united address search + search in nearest interesting poi categories.
This brings me close to removing this "disable long click" option.

And here comes a question: how does this happen @claesh1 that you trigger long click by accident? The slow device with lags? How we may solve this? Increase time necessary to trigger "long click" may help here?
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Locus Map (4+) / Re: Web planner / portal
« on: November 13, 2021, 16:37:32 »
By timestamp I mean that the tracks recorded by gps and imported into the planner have no time references. It is not possible to make simple assessments, for example: "What time was I on top of the mountain?" Or: "How long did it take me to go up and how long to go down?"
I always prefer to use my pc than my smartphone (although unfortunately they now have huge screens) to check my tracks and it would be very convenient to do so in the planner.
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Locus Map (4+) / Re: Web planner / portal
« on: November 13, 2021, 11:32:49 »
Hi there, I am sorry to miss your latest posts. As mentioned by @Menion I didn't receive or just overlooked notification in email.

First of all, thank you for your feedback! From now on I am not publishing release notes here - I have finally integrated it into web planner. You can access it here: https://web.locusmap.app/?show_changelog or by clicking version located in the bottom right of the map.

@francisco - via Points. Yes, it is on our list but not a priority right now. Please, feel free to create it as an idea and collect votes for it - https://help.locusmap.eu/topics/idea/status/all/category/30/sort/popular/page/1

@balloni - sorry, custom icons are not supported.

@lor74cas
1) timestamps - please, can you describe this in more detail? Importing via web planner is not supported ...
2) Undo button - it's on our list but not a priority for next months.
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Locus Map / Re: [APP] - version 4.4.+ ( 23. 9. 2021+ )
« on: November 11, 2021, 15:56:13 »
The pattern (at least) is 4 very experienced users now report the same issue. That's a good start.
I created a Helpdesk entry for it:
https://help.locusmap.eu/topic/26347-shaping-points-get-lost-from-saved-route-planner-tracks
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