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Implemented / Switch for locking orientation
« on: December 23, 2010, 17:02:51 »

so it would be great if there would be a switch in the settings to ignore the orientation of the phone to set a different layout when holding the phone horizontally for example. Most of the times I don't want that and it takes up to 2s to re-adjust.

Thanks and Merry Christmas ;)

Released / Re: [APP] - version 0.8.0 released
« on: December 23, 2010, 15:46:10 »

I attached a KML-file that couldn't be imported ... I think it came from Google Earth.


Released / Re: [APP] - version 0.8.0 RC
« on: December 22, 2010, 12:31:36 »

Thanks for another great update. I really like the "online shared mode". Once it was telling me that the database could not be opened but after I revisited the download page I continued and it worked fine. I think the old model (TAR) can be removed. The download into a separate map can be useful if you want to offer downloads of whole cities for example or, as you said, to make some room on a limited sd card ;)

I imported some POI from an gpx file which went fine. However no luck with kml-files. I would like to see a feature where you can move POIs from one category into another, since I don't want to delete and recreate one, just because I added it to the wrong category. Another small improvement would be to switch off a category completely instead of unchecking all containing POIs.

Handling of POIs if fast and easy ... it's great that it shows a list of POIs if there are more than one within the touched region!

Another small issue: if top panel is hidden and you touch something on the bottom panel, then the other panels will appear which is not wanted I guess!?

1) I was waiting for the hiding panel feature, since I want to be able to move and look at the map, without disturbing panels. However it takes too long until they disappear, or I would appreciate a different behaviour. Maybe a thin toggler that just takes a small area on the screen. When clicking on it the panel slides/appears in or out. So it would be possible to move the map around without showing panels.
Another way may be an onTap-display of the panels. One tap on the map for showing the panels and another to hide them again.

2) not using yet

3) Another panel makes the map area even smaller. If you want to add more panels then try to use more transparent icons, so that they do not disturb the main function of this application.

4) I would love to see a routing feature, that creates a route from my position (or one that I define) to the place I long-clicked at. It also should work in offline mode, which is useful when adding a point/POI/destination where I want to be guided to. Maybe it's possible to show the menu immediately and load the address data (if possible) in background ... and activate street view when it is available.

Go on with the great work :)

Discussion/New features / Re: [DISCUSSION] Which map format USE?
« on: December 09, 2010, 19:04:00 »
Hey :)

this is a really nice list of the other programs around here. My favourite app is Maverick by the way, but Locus might replace it soon ;)
I am also getting to know how to program a maps application on my android phone and use "MapsForge" as a helpful framework. They also developed an efficient map format which you can check out here http://

Having thousands of files really is not a good style and it also takes more space depending on the format of the storage (FAT, FAT32,...). I would also prefer a one file solution as long as it's possible to achive everything efficiently.
Since you want to rewrite the map creation process it would be nice to be able to merge downloaded data with another offline map (for example I just downloaded a part of a city and need now another area ... so I don't want to switch between several maps). In Maverick all downloaded data is stored to its type of map and you only switch between the different types of maps (having all ever downloaded tiles available) instead of choosing a special single file with just one region of map tiles. I don't know what to prefer ... since the Maverick-style is more user friendly I think that the "one file - one region" solution might be faster and more efficient.

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