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Various & Bin / Map Calibrator
« on: July 24, 2011, 12:26:26 »
I just picked up a really great idea over in the XDA-Developers Forum which I'd second:

it would be very very useful to have - included in Locus - a tool that allows to calibrate a map. This map could be a map photo taken at the entrance of a park or a .pdf file. Basically I'm asking to the author to introduce the features of another software called Mapcalibrator.
Imagine, you can't find that map online but you have it on paper: you can take a picture, you can scan, you can load the .pdf file or the .jpeg or.tiff and then calibrate it (e.g. eith three points) so to use it.

I'd say it would already be helpful just to support it as JPG, so one could use the built-in cam (maybe even from within Locus), take the picture, and Locus would process it. This would be especially useful in (national) parks and large outdoor museums like e.g. "Ancient City" (a miniatur Thailand built up in Bangkok). They often offer their special maps with special details...

Implemented / KMZ/KML POI improvements
« on: July 23, 2011, 22:09:40 »
I just played for a few days with the free version of Locus and, amongst others, also imported some POIs from KML/KMZ files. Though that's great stuff, I'd suggest some improvements for this:

Map sources to POIs
As it is now, one imports a KML/KMZ into a category. Multiple sources (i.e. KML/KMZ files in this context) can be imported into one category this way. But if one finds a better source for parts of them, or want to get rid of some for some other reason,, it is "all or nothing": One can either delete all POIs of a category, or none. Or one has to delete each POI separately, which can be quite annoying.

Now, if the source would be stored along (and here I mean the file name), one could remove all POIs of a given filename.

Multiple files in one KMZ
KMZ files are not simply a "zipped KML file". Sure, they can be this -- but they can be much more: One could include icons and images this way. And as Locus supports an offline mode, those additional files could be used along. For example, not only a textual description for a POI (using the KML <description> tag), but, say, a photo of the location, contained in the description using a relative path with an <IMG> tag. And for sure one could use specific icons.

With that, I could provide some of my KMZ files for the POI sources here. If an example KMZ file is needed, just let me know and I will provide it.

Information / [MANUAL] Links to manual sources
« on: July 23, 2011, 21:56:37 »
As Locus is quite a complex app, I guess I was not the only one looking a bit helpless at the start. So I went around to google for information, and found some with I'm sure will prove helpful for other new users as well -- so I thought I'd share them here:

If someone happens to know more sources, I guess there are more users like me who'd be glad if you let us know  :D

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