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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 :)

Locus Classic (LM Free, LM Pro) / [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 ...

Locus Classic (LM Free, LM Pro) / [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

Locus Classic (LM Free, LM Pro) / [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

Locus Classic (LM Free, LM Pro) / [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 ... :)

Discussion/New features / desktop widget
« on: February 08, 2011, 10:40:33 »
Hi excellent community!
  I want to ask you something also. During my programming for android, I still don't created any widget! And I want to try this :)

did anyone have any idea what should be useful together with Locus, to have as widget on screen? I have idea to create some controller for parking service, but I'm still not sure, how many people use this. So what you like to have as widget?

Locus Classic (LM Free, LM Pro) / [APP] - version 0.9.7.X
« on: January 24, 2011, 21:39:10 »
Hi guys,
  this is just my personal testing build and also for few of you that helps me find unwanted bugs and problems

28.1.2011 - Locus
looks like long time since last version ...
  • added handling with geocaching waypoints (adding, deleting, editing)
  • added support for geocaching field notes (stored in /Locus/gcFieldNotes.txt file)
  • new try of parking service - menu -> tools
  • improved quick access to points database from right quick panel
  • question on app exit (when no action like track record or parking is running. In this cases, app only hide but do not close)
  • many improvements by your feedback here or by email ... you'll see ...

24.1.2011 - Locus
  • fixed problem with huge icons on some My Maps maps (force close after you checked map and wanted to go back on map)
  • you can now set default track with relative (actual) in pixels, or absolute (in metres) - mainly for berkley ;)
  • some fixs of track style
  • few improvements with adding pois to category (mainly adding from address and contacts)

Locus Classic (LM Free, LM Pro) / [APP] - version 0.9.6.X
« on: January 23, 2011, 19:26:51 »
Hi guys,
  I just prepared new version which as usual, require testing!

23.1.2011 - Locus
  • hopefully fixed problems with login to MyMaps on android 2.1
  • added support for import GC PocketQuery packet in zip. Please try, I'm not premium member and don't have any sample zip
  • added "Navigation" item to context menu of points which lunch google navigation
  • some machination with advertisements. Actually, advertisement brings me around 3$/day. At least something. But advertisement on main map screen is really terrible. So what you think about adding it on screen with map choose and screen with data managing and without possibility to disable? Will you be angry? :) (It's just a little research)

Information / [INFO] - my personal TODO list
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:51:47 »
Here is my personal TODO list ...
it has two purposes!
  • I want to store anything interesting, that should became usable, on one place. And this is better then paper on my table!
  • You should see what I want to do and also add any comments or wish (into wishlist)!


already done TODO tasks
  • [s:puewu2r3]search function over POI database[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]route compute between two (maybe more) points[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]more usable and improved guiding along track function[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]ability to set absolute units to track width (like metres instead of current pixels)[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]support for maps bigger then 2GB[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]ability to overwrite already imported data[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]saving NMEA messages during track record[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]plugin for Augmented reality[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]full support for GPX rte tags (actually big problem due to actual database style)[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]create point as projection by distance and angle from another point - viewtopic.php?f=13&t=595[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]plugin for My Maps (looks they work again)[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]customizable screen with various info (map, compass, track record info) - viewtopic.php?f=13&t=529[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]rewrite and repair usability of external bluetooth GPS modul[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]dark screen Night Mode (email Mike 14.5.)[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]offset for map center (email Mike 14.5.)[/s:puewu2r3]
  • [s:puewu2r3]OSGB coordinate system - viewtopic.php?f=13&t=545[/s:puewu2r3]

Information / [MANUAL] - using SQL map files bigger then 2GB
« on: January 17, 2011, 06:53:14 »
needed version - 0.9.22 and higher

Android limitation
After some testing, seems that Android cannot handle files bigger then 2^31 b, so around 2GB!! Here I slowly create solution how to use maps bigger then this limitation in Locus software, so ...

OK, solution is out in version 0.9.22. It need to be tested!

How dows it work
In Locus/maps directory create new directory for your new SQL map. Into this directory upload all files that you want to be as one map. After Locus start, it initialize all map parts (you have to wait for a while, 1GB map takes around 2 minutes, so count with it) and then you can use it. All files in this directory now work as ONE MAP!

Also, for perfect usage, there should be any tool that help to create these maps.

In locus you should create maps lower then 2GB. Bigger cannot be created due to Android limitation. I should create some tool that help separate maps into more parts directly in Locus, but will not be used by many people as well as I have important thinks to do. So actually, to create these maps in Locus, you ahve to create every part separate and manually and then also manually copy them into one directory in Locus/maps!

Much better tool to create big maps. Only one disadvantage. It have no tool to separate maps into parts needed by Locus. So, best solution as I can see, if anyone wrote tool (in Python for example) that separate big maps into 2GB parts!

[s:1vycvo9h]In android device seems to be some limitation on external SQL database (on internal also). This limitation don't allow to go through simple sql query on whole table so you have to use this alternative method! (It's also useful if you want faster initialization or you have any other troubles with SQL map initialization process)

  • Download simple SQL database browser. I use this (http:// ... It's fast and easy to handle. You can download it here.
  • After download, extract (install) and run.
  • In program, press File->Open Database and choose you map file. Every loading and action takes a little time due to size of your map file so be a little patient!
  • After file load, do to last tab called Execute SQL and into SQL String insert this text
    Code: [Select]
    SELECT DISTINCT z from tiles and press Execute query
  • After process complete, you'll see in bottom Data returned area, zoom levels in map file. Copy all these values into separate text file named same as your map file and separate values with ";", not just new line.
  • So after whole process, you'll have one file MyMap.sqlitedb (original map file) and one file MyMap.txt which contains for example this text
    Code: [Select]
  • Copy both into Locus/maps directory or add them on Custom map page as externel map. Hope this works for you. Comments are welcome!

If you change map file, initialization process will run for this map again (it depend on time of last edit of map file) so TXT file will be loaded again.
But when you for example download any new layer into map file, but you do not change TXT file before initialization process run in Locus, no new layer will be visible. If this problem occur, change layers in TXT file to correct values and also DELETE cache directory. Initialization process will run again and now ... correctly![/s:1vycvo9h]

Information / [MANUAL] - importing Geocaching Pocket Query files
« on: January 14, 2011, 10:48:36 »
Many of you use Locus for Offline geocaching. It's not primary purpose of this app but it could be useful for this ...

Importing main files
so, importing of Pocket Query is quite straightforward. Just go to Data screen, press bottom import and choose category you want to store data in. Correct icons will be added to data automatically!

Importing waypoints
you have two choices
  • Import with the same way as main file. But this create big data pack of points with same icons and without any information to which cache point belong!
  • Leave file name with *-wpts.gpx name and Locus will take care of it. If you import main file and Locus find waypoint file, it will automatically import and attach correct waypoints to geocaches. When you then show screen of geocache, bottom center button allow you to show all waypoints attached to geocache!

Locus Classic (LM Free, LM Pro) / [APP] - version 0.9.3.X
« on: January 13, 2011, 22:23:45 »
Hi to all,
  seems that waiting for new My Tracks release is never ending ...

 ... so, seems that you really want track recording, I created one during today!

There is also missing many features but recording and viewing recorded track is now available!

BUT! I need any feedback from you! I'm personally not using track recording, so I don't know what is most important for that. Help me create simple and useful track recorder. Not any complex as My Tracks and many others is. Try this version, write me mistakes and things you really miss and want!! Exporting feature is prepared but not working. What formats do you like to export? Is important for you to select path of exported data or is enough to export to for example Locus root directory? Write, write, something :) thanks to all ...


19.1.2011 - Locus
Big update ...
  • support for maps bigger then 2GB actually disabled. No simple solution to Hack android device problems with these big files!
  • improved menu on map screen (when you press hardware menu button). There is enough space for new, simple "tools"
  • ability to draw (and save) track manually
  • created categories for tracks (currently only few types ... do you want more? which?), ability to filter them similar to point filter.
  • many fixs with My Maps. Now should work much better!
  • new dialog for creating new maps in My Maps
  • and many more, I don't even know what ... :)

17.1.2011 - Locus
One update after another ...
  • imporvements for SQL maps with TXT file works even on smaller maps if you have any problems or want faster initialization
  • small fix to Locus icon

17.1.2011 - Locus
One nice morning update!
  • added support for unlimited SQL file map size ;) (with some work before fully function to do - read after try to add map - works?)
  • rapidly improved importing of files (KML now support whole range of style tag, GPX, ...)
  • fixed some problems with map edit!
  • added custom filtering of POI's (by icon - usable for imported data, PQ, KML, ...)

16.1.2011 - Locus
Hmm, don't work on saturday and sunday I suggest. But I have to, you're waiting for new versions right? :) so ...
  • improved route record speed and stability. Now do not harm map speed anymore ...
  • added editable style of every single track!!
  • added settings for default track style and also settings for behavior of track record!
  • many fixs and improvements mainly with tracks ... uff

15.1.2011 - Locus
  • fixed stupid crashing mistake during track record
  • added Switzerland Maps+
  • re-writted online map handling. I founded source of OutOfMemory errors during Online maps viewing. But it need some testing, so Online maps may be a little slower now, just test and let me know ...
  • problem with Offline maps bigger then 2GB cannot be solved! It's limitation in Android devices, so offline maps bigger then 2GB aren't supported now!

14.1.2011 - Locus
  • added Google China (doesn't seem to work as have to ... same as MOBAC ... in Peking, around 500 metres out ... what you think?!)
  • added Google Korea maps
  • added ability to export Tracks
  • fixed problem with selection download "By state"
  • founded problem with SQLite maps bigger then cca 1.5GB! I cannot initialize them correctly! Not fixed yet. Currently only solution for me is that all zooms will be opened which means that you'll zoom through all zooms even when no tiles are downloaded ... stupid!
  • fixed some crashs when leaving POI screen too fast :)

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