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Released / [APP] - version 1.0.x
« on: March 17, 2011, 19:57:37 »
Hi excellent community,
  so I already uploaded new FREE and PRO version on market. Hope that you'll enjoy it.

for all who help me, please read this, it's important for me!!

So, hope that all works fine for you after new map initialization. Don't forget to new function on offline maps (you can set center for map and then move on this center), also is added first attempt for arrow during map rotation and some small tweaks ...

And question is ... what now? You have count that I'll release new version with some fixs if will be needed. And then I really need some time on few other stuff. So expect slowly work on Locus during March and maybe at start of April. It bring enough time to find some troubles and think about next steps.

So, here is few possibilities.
- test and release Augmented reality addon
- test and release My Maps
- improved guiding ("navigation" on map, arrow, some better sounds, ...)
- support for another maps (maybe WMS service) or maps overlays (like traffic)
- some social services as berkley talk about somewhere?
- some support for aerial navigation, like HSI?
- any other tips?

16.3.2011 - Locus 1.0.x
already done but not published
  • online map selected on one click when only one online map of this type available
  • popup window on long click on map can be touched immediately now
  • when you save new point from long click on map, you can firstly edit it before save
  • fixed problem with displaying downloaded Bing maps and probably Yahoo maps also (this not tested, anyway use them anyone?? they're terrible)
  • fixed problem with not working multi-maps in one sub-directory

16.3.2011 - Locus 1.0.1, AR 0.1.5
Ready for testing? Fine ...

Solution for testing version
I was thinking about it and here is solution. Free testing version published here, will have SAME functionality as PRO version. This means also no advertisement. But this version will be time limited. Actual version is valid only until 25.3.2011. Then if will not be able to run and stop right after start. So, if anyone don't want to pay, he can also use this version. For those, who have payed version, this will not overwrite payed version and also not overwrite any settings in payed version! So is this good for you as testing version?

  • added Russian translation! - thanks neserg, you're really fast :)
  • added possibility to hide some online maps in settings
  • added possibility to re-initialize offline maps by long click and choosing re-init from menu (I noticed some issue on market that offline maps not work. Don't know why but this should help with this)
  • moved rotation arrow (when you rotate screen) to top part
  • I also loaded here RC for augmented reality. I want to allow this addon for Free also but only for limited time (say after cca 1 minute, addon close itself and you'll be returned to map). Do you think it's now usable? Keep on mind that this is just a toy, not a regular and professional toll!
  • My Maps enabled here again but still only for testing purpose. Anyway I would like to add them directly to Locus, not just as addon. My Maps are really too much integrated to whole system that is very hard to create addon. Anyway about this later

Information / PAID VERSION for My Favorites!
« on: March 17, 2011, 12:58:37 »
Hi whole who help me lot with work on locus by translation, donation, reporting bugs and more and more.

As you already know, I want to publish payed version on market (probably today evening). I'm working on Locus as almost full-time job for around half and year and now I need to know, if there is chance to have some reward for this or not.

Anyway, this is not why I'm writing this post. Many people sacrifice time and money to Locus and I want to give payed version to them for free of course. After my examination on google checkout, I discovered that there is no chance to return money to buyer and keep him as valid user of Locus PRO.

So, here is list of people who helped me a lot and I really want to give them payed version for free. So if you want (and I'm not pushing you of course) write me email with some credentials like paypal or bank account and I'll send you cost of payed version back!!

So, if you think you should be here on list, write me. If you want money for payed version (if you buy it of course :) ) back, write me (day when you buy version, donators - day and amount you send me). If you feel cheated, write me. And if you want to let me enjoy time and money you gave me, please do not write me anymore :D

donate on paypal
Greg Matsuo
Marek Bobis
Reg Smith
Thor Anders Aarhaug
David Macek
erfaldo France
Ryan Hovland
Friedrich Fabri
Radoslav Baca
Alexander Nijborg
Marko Zlatic
Ready Iman
Steve Schmidt
Jan Schmidt
Uwe Schirmer

excellent translators
Zsolt Acsai
Szymon Kłoda

people that help me a lot here on forum or over email

Discussion/New features / Google Maps in China
« on: March 16, 2011, 12:38:15 »
Hi to all,
  so I thought about adding Google maps for China. It's simple, they're there or can be added from

anyway, basic google maps have one problem. They're shifted by unknown value. Simple try. Looks in Locus with OSM maps on any place in china, then switch to google hybrid. Everything nice right? Fine, then switch to google basic ... still nice?

So, I want to add some fix to this. Few guys from China already asked me for this and now looks we'll have also China translation ...

so possibilities are two as I know

1) someone find any algorithm that do this shift!

2) if this shift is changing slowly, someone create for me some raster with identical points and shift value at these points and I'll do some interpolation in application from these values.

so, any idea?

Released / [APP] - version 0.9.28
« on: March 13, 2011, 10:14:18 »
16.3.2011 - Locus, AR 0.1.3
All maps well tested, so old maps should work well after first init. Hope that no one have now no problem with map visibility! This is RC before release. Difference is only that this version have enabled AR in menu and My Maps and also is disabled advertisement which will be enabled in market version.
  • import of geocache into old category (anyway better is to create new now)
  • finally fully working check wheather same point is in database
  • some other fixs and little speed improvements

15.3.2011 - Locus
So recommendation from, 2 is STILL VALID! so do backup of Locus dir before update
  • when I'm updating SQLite map database, I did second update! Now map contain information about center in database. This is created also during initialization. You can also set center manually by long click on offline SQL map. I think this is handy feature, what you think?
  • added Italian translation, thanks guys!
  • many fixs, slowly going to be RC

14.3.2011 - Locus,, ...
Hi, now come a little changes. I have finally all what I need to sell on market. I have this prepared for a long time but now it come to be true. Locus is separating into two branches.

I really hate to take back something what I gave, so all features that are actually in Locus will remain in free version too!!! Only difference will be advertisement in free version. New features that are something like bonus (so not really necessary to full work of app) will be usually created in two versions. First is Augmented reality addon. It will work in both, only in free will be killed after one minute of usage.

Also will be easier for you to test new versions. Pro version will be updated slowly and only well tested. All new features will be first tested on free version. You can have installed both at same time, they have different signature, but will work with same data on SD card of course.

I'll write about it something more later.

And one think. I have not tested this all yet and it's my first payed app on market, but I really want to add this payed version for free to those who help me a lot with work on locus here on forum as well as with translation and more, so if I'll not be able to refund money on market back to you, count that I'll send you directly on bank account or paypal!! We'll talk about this later ;)

So news finally ..

Important!! - database for points and maps has changed. So beforu update, backup rather whole Locus directory. I tested it really long but rather. Also count then when you use new version, database will change and it will not work well if you return back to old Locus version. So really rather backup whole Locus directory. You can then revert this dir as well as version to older if you want. Also when any problem, something do not work as before. Write me immediately!!

NEWS: new version with fixed support for MOBAC maps.

  • re-writted handling of sqlite map files. Now all intializing things are stored in SQLite map file. So if you create map in Locus, initialization of 2GB map, takes cca 1sec ;). (already created maps need reinit). Initialization of external map is long same as actually. Anyway, when you delete cache directory, init values will be still stored in your SQLite map file, so init for second time will be fast!
  • fixed problems with Yandex map (online/offline too!!). For offline, Yandex maps have to be created with new locus version. Old will not work. If you have downloaded big SQlite map and don't want to download all new, I can write description how to convert this, but count that this is not so simple
  • new way how to import duplicate data points. Now are geocaching data tested on GC code, normal points then on name
  • some other small tweaks and fixs

13.3.2011 - Locus 0.9.28
  • new version released on market
  • same version as on market with enabled AR and My Maps again published here ...

Discussion/New features / addons
« on: March 10, 2011, 20:39:11 »
Hi guys,
  I want to start talk about addons for Locus. I already created and published one "Locus - addon Contacts". This works fine and allow to access contacts data without needed permission directly in Locus. Actually second addon is almost ready - Locus - addon Augmented reality". I have also plan to take all code from My Maps and create next addon but it looks to be really complicated because My Maps are integrated into whole Locus system.

Anyway what I want by this topic. You should write me some idea on another addons of course, but this is more into "wishlist" category. I want to know if exist anyone who want to create any addon by himself. So I'm interested if I should create any interface that allow other developers create addons to Locus. If so, I'll also need some helo with this because I actually have no idea how to do this :)

so, let's talk about it a little ...

Released / [APP] - version 0.9.27
« on: March 09, 2011, 08:46:26 »
11.3.2011 - Locus
Some thinks looks to be easy and are so tough :)
  • multi-export of tracks
  • support for rte tags in KML files. These tracks have then visible points clickable as normal waypoint. Anyway when you click on guide on, you'll be guided as on normal track
  • removed from settings "guide by third party app", to guide by for example GPS status, click on point and in last button is "RADAR". Did you used it before and this is really wrong for you?

10.3.2011 - Locus, AR 0.1.0
So let's continue with developing, right? so ...
  • new language version, mainly fixed slovak and german issues
  • full support for import from zipped files (now import all data correctly also together with geocaching wpts)
  • importing fuction is now more stable (also handle screen rotate)
  • AR addon greatly rewrote so now works +/- buttons, display some info and increased speed so now handle nearest 100 points. Also correctly refresh by your actual location (only location of points. Whole AR work only with first 100 points you send with AR start). If this will be a problem, I'll do something with this later. Do you miss anything important in this AR mode or should this almost be release candidate?

9.3.2011 - Locus 0.9.27
  • new version released on market
  • and for impatient is attached same version as on market with enabled AR and MyMaps again ...

Tools / [UTIL] - converting OZFX maps for Locus
« on: March 07, 2011, 14:00:22 »
  here already exist topic about this, here viewtopic.php?f=21&t=3.

Anyway ImageCutter is really old project, that I wrote few years ago for Locify project on which I was working (mapping application for old java phones). Actually I received two emails and some other info, that ImageCutter throw some OutOfMemory errors. Anyway I have not enough time and also taste, to improve this application. so ...

On here, is created project with complete source of ImageCutter. I released it is GPL3 project. If anyone at least little experienced with Java, want to use OZFX or another raster images and want to improve this tool, it will be welcome for many users. There is wide range to improve.

- fix problems with OutOfMemory
- improve whole GUI which is really terrible (best to be close to Locus application ;) )
- implement automatical conversion of ozfx maps to png thanks to ozfx2img tool (packed on
- and more and more

Discussion/New features / manual pages
« on: March 07, 2011, 09:08:06 »
Hi guys,
  look you all here are experienced users who after few minutes of fight, find out how all locus works. But not all users are like you, you know, so I after more and more emails, feel that there is need for some manual. I don't want to anyone write this for me. I just want to ask if you have idea which topic I have to cover in manual first. Or if you are not as experienced user, which topic you would like to have documented first for yourself.

Actually I created manual for "Creating POI categories" and "Simple way to map download". So what next ... aghh ... I really hate creating manuals :)

Released / [APP] - version 0.9.25 & 0.9.26
« on: March 03, 2011, 16:35:53 »
8.3.2011 - Locus
Release candidate for tomorrow ...
  • probably finally fixed "White dead"!!!
  • another tweaks like: better selection of points in "Points screen", "Clear cache" button in settings, separated settings for speed, altitude and length units, many small improvements on track recording (top panel info, notification info), added NearMap (Australia), ... and bunch of fixs!

7.3.2011 - Locus
  • fixed crash after map download
  • next big improvements to track record. now more battery efficient, also you can continue when app crash or battery is out or whatever ...
  • improved a little satellite screen
  • fixed some importing problems and also increased importing speed ;)
  • another fix to MGRS coordinate system
  • updated all languages from crowdin
  • many few small improvements as usual ..

6.3.2011 - Locus, AR 0.0.2
Another bigger update.
  • fixed problem with AR plugin on A2.1. hope ... so?
  • rapidly rewrote big part of AR, new design. Count that plus/minus buttons not work! ;)
  • completely new menu under Locus title on map screen. Just tap on Locus
  • completely rewrote track recording part.
  • new info button on track recording panel, that show actual track recording starts (without refresh, just in time of press) ... hmm?
  • added German translation
  • added Portuguese translation
  • added partial Swedish, Dutch and Slovak translation

4.3.2011 - Locus, Contacts 1.1.1, AR 0.0.1
So, this is bigger update. A discovered possibility to add some permission request into own library. This is reason for new contact addon version. Otherwise there is no need to update this addon, or anyone have any "Contact" request? When you install this addon and then Locus itself, you should now see permission request also on this addon. Same is with Augmented reality addon. I want to prevent of usage by another 3rd party app without you knowing.

And please. I know about any problems on Galaxy TAB and Track recording which I want fix. But when you discover any other, create new topic in Troubles section and help me fix this. Thanks

  • new Augmented reality addon - first try
  • improved NMEA record. Check settings
  • when you click on track - guide on, guiding will start on nearest point

3.3.2011 - Locus 0.9.25
  • new version released on market, testing version with My Maps and AR (maybe) come tomorrow... (if you install app from market and you used previously testing version and have My Maps or AR button on right panel, crash is not a bug in app, just missing permissions. Wait for next testing version)

Information / [INFO - CZ] - aplikace roku
« on: March 02, 2011, 15:49:36 »
Zdravím bando ...
  tak jsem se dneska dozvěděl o akci Aplikace roku. Víte o tom něco?

  docela bych se i zapojil. Nemyslím si že by byla u nás tak velká konkurence mobilních aplikací. Stačí tedy jedna nominace až později bude umožněno nějaké hlasování? Jsem z toho nějaký zmaten ...

Free chat / forum addons
« on: March 02, 2011, 00:07:16 »
Hi guys,
  I have changed graphics style of forum into default PHP BB3 style. I wanted to add some addons and old one do not support this.

So I added ability to set topic as "Solved" into all categories Troubles & Questions. So please use this if you're satisfied with actual final progress of your topic.

Also into categories Wishlist and Troubles & Questions is now added ability to rate topic. Try to rate topics, that are important for you (or that have no sence for you by low rating value). I'll try to implements more required features first!

Any more tips how to improve work with forum? Discussion is welcome ...

Released / [APP] - version 0.9.23 & 0.9.24
« on: March 01, 2011, 10:20:19 »
2.3.2011 - Locus
morning testing version
  • added recording GPS data to NMEA!
  • fixed problem with track recording (there were problem with not functional settings)
  • ... and I can't remember what more I did but I'm sure there was something ... hmm :)

1.3.2011 - Locus
Testing version
  • added augmented reality, uff
  • enabled My Maps (only 2.2+, will be disabled also in market version, so count with this)
  • fixed MGRS problem

1.3.2011 - Locus 0.9.23
  • new version released on market

Released / [APP] - version 0.9.22 and more
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:30:15 »
25.2.2011 - Locus
This is exactly same version as on market with one change. Enabled My Maps (add them to right panel to use). After hour of thinking I decided, that is almost unrealisable to create My Maps as addon to Locus. I also want to add support to google fusion tables and more and this will be still problem, if all will be only as addon. Contact are only one screen called from one place but this need to be integrated in whole application and this is problem. So, all this will be as regular part of application. If any negative comments, you have to help me say them truth (truth that I really need all your contacts and account information ;) )
  • My Maps enabled

PS: Huge maps testing remain ... more in topic about Huge maps here viewtopic.php?f=21&t=139

Information / [TRANSLATION]
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:24:02 »
If is here anyone who want to help with translation, this should be very welcome.
As Locus grow during last years, there is really a "huge" amount of texts, so expect lot of work (!)

Needs translation (2016-08-28):

If you're interested, register to crowdin web service and start translating.

Some more info:
  • you should translate even a language that is already translated. If you don't agree with some translation, you should fix this. Every translation in crowdin is market by number of people that agree with this translation. When you don't agree, you press "-", or if you agree, you press "+". Only translations with more positive values will be added to final app release.
  • also, translation contain a lot of weird characters like html tags <b><br /> and others. Keep them in your translation file also!! Same with some characters like n or ' and others. This is same. All escape characters have to remain otherwise I'll have to fix this myself
  • [s:357ra285]if you want to help even after translation, here is link to rss which will inform you about new (mainly if new texts was added)[/s:357ra285] - hmm, not work

Released / [APP] - version 0.9.15 and more
« on: February 09, 2011, 21:21:54 »
Hi to all,
  Locus slowly come to "final" 1.0 version and I'm doing some main improvements!

actually I need some testing because some important things have changed! so ... please test and report bugs, if any!

Important warning! Database for tracks have changed but I created method to move old data to new one. Anyway, before update, backup your track database (in Locus/poi/dbtracks.sqll) if any problem occur!

16.2.2011 - Locus 0.9.16
  • release on market!

15.2.2011 - Locus
  • This is Release Candidate on new version. Contain all required icons, hints on all buttons and many small fixs. May you please test this and let me know if anything goes wrong?? Thanks. I would like to release new version tomorrow!

13.2.2011 - Locus
  • new style of dialog of points, waypoints, ...
  • and of course many many small improvements.... :)

10.2.2011 - Locus
hmm, I have for you something - you always say "Killer feature" ;)
  • compute track path (car, cycle, foot) on OSM server (when you draw path manually)!!! So, new question (next to question on icons, track export, etc ... on which I still not have any answer!) is how to create any as simple as possible "navigation" along computed or manually created route! Any ideas? Do you think that is enough to draw arrow on next point and just in settings set any value which determine if you moved along point or still not? (This is actually working, distance is 100m)
  • fixed problems with conversiont of track database, please try now!
  • and of course many many small improvements.... :)

9.2.2011 - Locus
  • track recording can now be paused! Test if all stats are correct now! (Question - if track was paused during record, do you want to export this track into one line or separate by break point into more then one?)
  • updated track style handling (you'll maybe have to change styles manually to correct value)
  • new really amazing icons in main data screen. Do you like them?
  • better handling of manually created path, you can also add waypoints by click on them
  • many many small improvements. I don't like to write them all ... :)

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