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Other features / Re: Mapsforge 0.5
May 06, 2015, 15:21:58
I should probably add that I only think the style selection is good as it it. The whole MapsForge 0.5 concept of overlays sounds pretty great and it would really love to see something like that in Locus, at least the ability to choose what POIs are shown as part of the map.
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Other features / Re: Mapsforge 0.5
May 06, 2015, 15:13:21
Menion understood me correctly. And thinking about it again, I think he's right: It's not that big deal. I prefer the internal theme with switching dialog, but this is only "proof-of-concept", as the user has to download the theme file manually.
I just hope that other theme developers will support the Locus solution soon. However, I'm not very optimistic about the Elevate themes, as the developer already implemented MapForge 0.5, and I'm not betting on them to support two different solutions at the same time...
Quote from: balloni55 on May 06, 2015, 13:19:56
Quote from: slarti76 on May 06, 2015, 13:06:18

That is very nice, but I can't see why only navigation waypoint? There's a lot of cases when I would later like to add a waypoint to a recorded track that I forgot on the road - but I can't. I can only add "global" points,
take a look on last section Insert/edit trackpoint[]=add&s[]=trackpoint
Sorry, I think you got me wrong: Editing trackpoints is not the issue, it's the new converting into a waypoint. I know, the words can be confusing and are used differently by different people, but I just used the same terminology as in Locus.
So I have a track (consisting of trackpoints) and want some of those points to be waypoints, just like when I added them while recording. Right now, that's only possible for that specific set of navigation waypoints.
Something else:
New in 3.8.x is the ability to "convert [a trackpoint] to a navigation waypoint".
That is very nice, but I can't see why only navigation waypoint? There's a lot of cases when I would later like to add a waypoint to a recorded track that I forgot on the road - but I can't. I can only add "global" points, but that often makes no sense (example: "Begin of climbing part" is specific to a track and not to the map).
I can't imagine that's a technical problem - the dialog would be the same as the one opened while recording.
Other features / Re: Mapsforge 0.5
May 06, 2015, 12:28:15
OK, yeah, tried it and works fine. Now if there only were a way to hide the 5 internal themes so to get a cleaner quick-switch dialog (got several OAM themes plus the V-Scale2 Pure...). Is that planned?
Other features / Re: Mapsforge 0.5
May 06, 2015, 09:55:28
Thx a lot! Now I'll have to try this out, from the discussion I'm not really sure yet what this feature offers...
Other features / Re: Mapsforge 0.5
May 06, 2015, 09:01:21
Wanted to try this out, but the link above ( doesn't work?! Also trying it manually (Advanced -> Advanced Map Tools -> Locus Map Theming) gives error message "This topic does not exist yet".
Update to new version removed my current controls in top panel, have to add them back again. It's not a big deal, but it's always a little annoying if you have to redo settings.
Probably you did this so we have to test the new system to set up the controls

And a tiny typo: When opening the new setting "Tracks popup content", the dialog title is "Points popup content". Settings are those for tracks, that's correct, just the title wrong. Somebody copied & pasted  ;)

I just realized that the new flowing of icons between top and right panels offers an easy way to improve display in landscape mode. Please check this out:
I tried two BT-GPS devices (Garmin Glo and GNS 2000), and returned them both.
Main reason was that the precision wasn't better (or even worse) than my Galaxy S4 itself. Especially annoying was that both transmitted a precision that was obviously nonsense (GNS 2000 almost always had <2m), whereas the S4's values are usually reasonably close to reality.
The second reason was that the battery saving effect was much less than I had hoped for. I was surprised to learn that the internal GPS alone doesn't draw that much anyway (put your phone into flight mode and do some GPS logging to check out). Especially when you got mobile network on anyway, the difference is hardly noticeable.
Of course, your experience may be different, especially depending on phone. But obviously, some more or less current high-end phone already has very low power consumption and good precision with internal GPS.
Quote from: Tobias on March 04, 2015, 18:26:16
Quote from: john_percy on March 04, 2015, 10:34:47
There are three possible answers to limiting the vector map symbols:
A different one is the possibility that mapsforge 0.5 style menus could be added to Locus, as discussed here:
This allows adding different map items to categories, which can be switched on and off. Have a look at the preview version of Elevate 3, which isn't compatible with Locus (yet), but I added different groups of switchable POIs:
It can be easily tested with Atlas on the Desktop:
Best regards,
That's all very interesting, but will make things even more complex.
Now we have the ability for the theme creator to define switchable layers, but also, the user wants to be able to turn on/off specific POIs.

I'm wondering if this could be combined:
If the layer mechanism of the themes is integrated in Locus, then it could offer to add user-defined layers that have the same abilities. So no additional/differing logic, "just" (yes, I know...) a GUI to define a layer in the app. The layer could then be stored interchangeably in the same XML format (not in the theme, of course). These user-defined layers would be independent of the theme and could be applied to any theme. Now we only need a quick-layer button for the sidebar, which opens a dialog (which also contains the theme's layers) with layer toggle switches, and we're done  8)
(I hope you can understand what I'm writing...)

I know, this is rather a big development effort, but I think it would be the biggest most useful feature for Locus imaginable (apart from my favorite, the points/tracks sync).
Quote from: menion on March 03, 2015, 10:06:44
Yes, I'm aware of this and I was already thinking about it. But, I just not yet know, how to simply implement it, because I still miss a mouse with two buttons :). There is missing a too to manually by finger select an area, which should be little bit problematic .. hmm, I'll think about it more
Yes, sometimes a mouse is just best...
What about the following:

  • Select point
  • Choose "Edit on map"
  • Tools menu: "Remove from here"
  • Select last point of the part that should be removed
  • Now the same screen appears as when you're removing all points before/after, user has chance to accept or cancel
That sounds rather straightforward to me, but of course you're the develope ;)
Quote from: menion on March 03, 2015, 08:20:02
2. mainly for gynta, finally - . Try to start "Edit location" in bottom menu and you will see. It is not exactly what you wanted, but it is something "between". Not sure if will be clear how to use it.
Well, not only for Gynta ;)
Question: While you're at this, is there a chance you could also include deleting a section from within a track ( I think it's a very related feature and it would be odd if you could add a bunch of trackpoints in the same step, but not delete a bunch at once.
Quote from: menion on February 04, 2015, 22:29:29
guys, do not worry too much and try to understand me, because

"do you know settings "Center cross"? I want to completely remove it" - means I wants to remove this settings (which already happen), not center cross itself.
Yeah, reading it again now, I have to say that was obvious and I jumped to conclusions (because others did before  ;)). So all happy  8)
Quote from: 0709 on February 04, 2015, 18:41:00
QuoteHovering the center cross over a point ?
See menu:
Style on map -> Points Popup -> Basic Setting -> Labels on map:  Never, On hover or Always.
Thanx for pointing me to this. I saw that new setting, but I just assumed "Never" would turn off the popups completely. I was wrong.