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Locus Map (4+) / Child waypoints LM4
« on: August 24, 2021, 21:11:04 »
When I create a waypoint in LM4, I get a wide variety of waypoint icons to choose from. This makes it easy to visually determine which is which while viewing the map.

With geocaches, no matter if I import a GPX with child waypoints or create a child waypoint myself, the selection of map icons is limited to just a couple and they are pretty small and don't show up on the map as well.

I understand that the waypoint TYPE has to be limited to those types that are supported by, but since the icons themselves do not get included with an exported GPX, can we get access to the full list of icons when creating child waypoints?

Troubles & Questions / Locus on my Laptop
« on: June 25, 2021, 17:21:34 »
Well, this is sort of fun.  Not sure of the value with this, but it's fun nevertheless.
Locus cannot access my laptop hard drive directly, which might be useful.
Currently, Win10 has a "your phone" app and Samsung phones have the companion app.
This is supposed to be released for all phones with Win11.

Troubles & Questions / LM4 - no startup screen
« on: April 15, 2021, 16:33:58 »
So I'm a recent upgrader to LM4 from LMPro. Really liking the extra features, especially the cloud sync between my tablet and phone. V4.0.2 on both devices. But I noticed a difference between the two when starting up.

On my phone, I get the customary "Initializing Locus" screen as shown in the attached. On my tablet, that screen does not show on startup. It just goes right to the map display. Much faster! Is the tablet not doing something at startup that it should? Or could I turn that off on my phone to make the startup faster?

Phone: Galaxy S20, Android 11, one UI 3.1
Tablet: Galaxy Tab S3, Android 9, one UI 1.1

Troubles & Questions / Takes a long time to save a Geocache waypoint?
« on: January 22, 2021, 04:25:37 »
Just since the last update, it takes approximately 5 seconds to save a waypoint when viewing a geocache.
Saving a waypoint from the map screen gets saved instantly.  But if I'm viewing a geocache and then select Add Waypoint so that it gets added as a child waypoint, it takes around 5 seconds for it to save after pressing the check mark to save it.  This just started after the last update.  I'm using 3.50.1

Troubles & Questions / Locus creates Projects in Google Earth
« on: November 05, 2020, 16:24:00 »
I've noticed something annoying with the communication between Locus and Google Earth. Let's say I open a waypoint and select navigate. A dialog opens to select a choice; Navigate to, Guide on, Compass, Earth, Navigation Apps, etc. I have the Google Earth app installed, so Earth shows up as a choice.

If I select Earth, it opens GE and creates a Project for that one way point and it gets saved in a Project list in GE. This has resulted in hundreds of Projects showing up in GE and I have to answer a couple dialogs every time I select GE from within Locus.

Other apps do not do this. If I tap the location pin in a Contact listing for example, GE shows as a choice and when selected, just opens and shows the view. No Projects dialogs or lists are created.

I suspect that Locus may not be using the correct API call when opening GE and passing the coordinates to GE.

Troubles & Questions / Obscure coordinate bug
« on: October 12, 2019, 03:20:14 »
This "bug" is pretty obscure - it requires two user mistakes to be made before it happens.  :-[
So it might not actually warrant a bug fix.

I copied coordinates from an email that someone sent me and then created a new waypoint using the 'Clipboard' option to paste the coordinates for the waypoint.  The email had the coordinates formatted as N41.48.392, W88.19.396.  (I use DDM format.)  I did not notice the additional decimal after degrees when copying, and did not notice it after pasting, either.  After tapping OK, Locus did not give me an error message about invalid formatting, it just entered something very different. Try it - it's easily repeatable.

Troubles & Questions / Left panel disappears
« on: September 18, 2019, 22:18:55 »
I have Quick Map Switch and Map Content set to display in the lower left of my display, as shown in my screenshot. These two panels randomly disappear and the only way I can get them back is to exit and restart Locus.

I'm probably doing something wrong but an app restart seems to be the only way to have them come back.

Troubles & Questions / Mapsforge maps list twice
« on: July 27, 2019, 15:36:09 »
I have some offline Mapsforge maps downloaded with another app. I have pointed to this folder in Locus and the maps work fine. However, some of the maps show twice in the maps list in Locus. There is only one map file but it shows twice in the list. The ones that are listed twice were recently downloaded. The ones that are listed once have been there a while.

Add-ons / GPS Averaging app is now malware
« on: June 16, 2019, 13:42:49 »
The latest version of the GPS Averaging app is now serious malware. Even when it's not running, it randomly puts up full screen ads. Even if it has never been run after a phone reboot, the ads still randomly pop up. I have Uninstalled.

Is there another averaging app that integrates with Locus Pro?

Add-ons / Geocaching4Locus and list problem
« on: June 10, 2019, 04:36:07 »
I have 3.0.2 and had an error loading a list from The list has 22 geocaches in it but it only loaded 10 of them. I do not have any filters set. I used the option online to save as a PQ and the PQ had all 22 geocaches. I downloaded the same list with another app and it got all 22 geocaches. So the list seems OK; it appears that the problem only exists with G4Locus. I made the list public so it could be looked at.

Has anyone else had an issue with importing lists?

Troubles & Questions / Question on Track Export
« on: August 13, 2018, 17:46:43 »
I thought I found a bug with track exporting because although I got a 'successful' message after my export to Dropbox, the exported file was nowhere to be found.

I had a track folder 'Jericho' with two tracks in it. Call them Track1 and Track2. From the Tracks folder list I selected the 3 dots next to the name Jericho and selected Export. My expectation was that the exported GPX file would be called 'Jericho' and contain the two tracks. Instead, it exported two separate GPX files of 'Track1' and 'Track2'.

So this is by design, not a bug, I guess. If I select a track 'folder' from the list page, I would really like the option to export the multiple tracks in the folder to a single GPX file export. This is how I am used to working with routes and tracks with my Garmin devices. So maybe you could consider this a feature request. 😉

Using v3.32.2

Troubles & Questions / Cache Note Upload Fails
« on: June 11, 2018, 15:43:31 »
When I select the option to upload a personal cache note, I get the error messages below. However, if I check on the web page, my note was actually uploaded. This just started after the last update.

Troubles & Questions / Create shaping points?
« on: April 20, 2018, 03:15:39 »
On a recent road trip, I created a couple routes with Garmin's Basecamp and imported them into Locus as well as our Nuvi. I noticed that the 'silent' route shaping points that I had created were announced while navigating the route with Locus. I did not see an option to change these waypoints to shaping points in Locus. Is this possible?

I've noticed something odd while using Live Map and puzzles/multi's with corrected coordinates.  I don't know if it's a Groundspeak API limitation or a bug in Locus.

  • I had solved a puzzle cache and updated the coordinates on the web site.
  • The solved coordinates were a significant distance away from the original posted coordinates.
  • I was only using Live Map with Locus.  The cache was not stored offline.
  • On the Locus map screen, the cache icon does not show on the map. See screenshot #1. The solved cache icon should be where the center crosshair is.
  • If I zoom out so that the map screen now includes the original posted coordinates and the corrected location, the cache icon now appears in the corrected location.  In screenshot #2, the cache now shows just below the center crosshair.

Is this a Locus bug, or just a limitation of the Groundspeak API?

Troubles & Questions / Can't access Dropbox
« on: October 05, 2017, 04:21:49 »
Using Locus Pro 3.25.5
I've been Locususing with Dropbox for a long time now.  Today, I get an error message,
"Whoops, a problem  v1_retired" when I want to import from Dropbox.

I logged Locus out of Dropbox and logged back in again.  I get the "allow" prompt and get the same error message as before.  I can access Dropbox from another geocaching app, so I know my login and permissions are correct.

What is the problem here?

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