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GPS Tracker

asked 2014-03-22 03:12:49 +0200

TomTomGalore gravatar image

Hi there, I'm starting to use OpenStreetmap and I want to submit some map information. So what I need is a GPS tracker. MaepQT is doing it's job nearly perfect, but I can't set waypoints with it. But I need this to make good maps.

Can someone please help me? Thank you

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May I ask how you would like to handle waypoints ? I'm developing Maep and I can implement missing features. The current way of saving tracks from GPS is not suitable for you ?

By the way, I'm working on the implementation of uploads of tracks to OSM directly from Maep. It should be available in a coming version.

Damien Caliste ( 2014-03-22 15:34:51 +0200 )edit

This would be a very welcome addition.

richardski ( 2014-03-22 16:26:18 +0200 )edit

I just want to add some points and give names to it. Like "busstation", "bridge" or "Factory XY" etc...do you know what I mean?

TomTomGalore ( 2014-03-23 00:54:54 +0200 )edit

Do you want to add information like bridge or street name while acquisition or later modifying an already acquired track ?

Currently I'm thinking about adding while tracking a small comment to the last acquired track point, so one can add notes for later proper OSM addition. Would it suit your need ?

Damien Caliste ( 2014-03-23 12:23:07 +0200 )edit

For me it's enough to save a point in the gpx data, and give it a individual name.

I can edit this on OSM later.

TomTomGalore ( 2014-03-23 15:23:51 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-03-24 16:38:24 +0200

updated 2014-04-22 15:23:59 +0200

Here is a mockup of how I plan to adapt the current UI of Mæp to be able to input user comments during tracking. What I have in mind is the following :

  • one can add a new comment on the last GPS point only (i.a. add comment while tracking) ;
  • one can modify previously entered comments.
  • points with comments are highlighted on the map view.

To add track comments, open the track management with the top pulley menu as currently in the 1.3.7-12 version. The track management drawer contains information about the current track, plus will contain a new text entry. Typing something in the text entry and validate will add a new track comment on the current GPS point. The two icons previous and next beside the entry can be used to navigate between the already entered comments and modify them if necessary.

editing track comments with Mæp

In the above example (current GPS is the blue ball), I'm editing / viewing the second comment specifying that it's the location of the Ta Cu temple, to be added later in OSM (all temple infrastructure is missing in this area).

Do you think it's a valid approach ? Am I missing something ? Would anyone like to modify something in the UI before implementing ? Is it too messy ?

EDIT 2014/04/22: the waypoint addition and modification capabilities are now possible in Mæp 1.4.0 in OpenRepos. The final UI implementation is a bit different from the mockup above not to take too much screen space from the map, but information should be there more or less.

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Is the edit field prefilled with the last text entered ?

Tucky ( 2014-03-25 00:20:45 +0200 )edit

Currently, nothing is implemented, we are in the brainstorming period, so it can be an idea if you think it is usefull. May I ask when do you think it's convenient to have for new comment the content of the previous one ?

Damien Caliste ( 2014-03-25 10:06:36 +0200 )edit

I guess if you focus on one kind of tag like traffic calming ?

Tucky ( 2014-03-25 21:09:30 +0200 )edit

Ok, I see. Yes, I'll try to implement it that way, with text entry being kept while adding new point comments.

Damien Caliste ( 2014-03-26 10:19:37 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-03-23 00:50:21 +0200

TomTomGalore gravatar image

Hi, thank you for the great wirk so long!

Maybe just adding a (+) Symbol to add a waypoint, and than type the name inside. That's it.

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The other idea I have, is a maep for tracking and OSM only. With many options for tracker.

And one for people who just want to use the maps for orientation. With less options, but easier usage.

TomTomGalore ( 2014-03-23 00:52:38 +0200 )edit

I'm separating the tracking options from the rest with the new track management drawer that one can open on the bottom of the screen. All tracking options will go there, so Mæp may still be used for it's OSM browsing capabilities without paying attention to tracking, while tracking can be expanded with new options in a separate drawer / page.

Is it going in the right direction ?

Damien Caliste ( 2014-03-24 16:41:36 +0200 )edit

This is excactly what I mean. Thank you

TomTomGalore ( 2014-03-25 08:54:09 +0200 )edit
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