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Thread: 100 Virees a moto - A labour of love (of sorts)

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    Took me a while to work out that in Windows/Chrome you have to right click the link and request that it opens in a new window.
    I'm slow like that!
    Now all I have to do is to find a way of getting gpx files associated with Mapsource (it doesnt appear on the list of available progs for some reason,) then I'm away.

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    I have had a change of plan.

    1. I am going to break the routes up regionally, following how Michelin did it originally.

    2. I am going to save the routes only as tracks, not as routes. Why?

    a) I think tracks (though not sometimes perfect when ultimately converted into routes) are much less prone to the foibles of bods' own preference settings on first import.

    b) It should be possible for bods to convert the tracks into routes at the touch of a mouse. Failing that it wouldn't take long to trace over them.

    c) Very few bods will want to ride the routes exactly as they stand, not least they may not always be starting from the same start location.

    d) Tracks have no pre-set announced via points and no shaping points. This makes them tidier and maybe easier to use. Bods can add their own via or shaping or way points as they see fit.

    e) I think tracks are more easily transferred into non-Garmin software and non-Garmin devices.

    3. I am going to simplify the names of the routes, simply calling by the name of the start location and giving the distance. For example, Grenoble - 282 km - 180 miles.

    First flush of the first three, hosted on Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7xvqwgyqyo...20wip.gpx?dl=0

    PS I am torn between creating them in green or in Michelin blue.

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    I notice that on one of the routes coming out of Grenoble, the blue track line differed from the Garmin map, when viewed in Pocket Earth. I have no idea why. I guess it’s just a glitch in the data or the two maps are a little different.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    I do wonder how long the Pocket Earth app might last, given the apparent problems with the Open Street Map site. As a thread in the GPS section suggests, for all its assumed faults, Garmin BaseCamp is pretty good and reliable. If it only it were available on an iPad, life would be perfect.
    I have just had a trawl through the OSM forum, and yes, there are big issues with Lambertus’ .nl website/service which obviously affect getting both tiles and counties downloaded to MS and BC. The basic OSM operation however seems unaffected so I hope there are no headwinds ahead for apps such as Pocket Earth

    The two guys who designed and run PE released a major update just a couple of weeks ago (V 3.7.2 now) and some equally improved features will come very shortly, including a much more efficient routing engine, in 3.8. They have not hinted at any concerns with OSM data supply in the beta version so
    I’m confidently optimistic for PE’s future

    Yes, the ability to whip out an iPad or phone at a coffee stop and overview the next leg is great - as is the facility to split screen PE with Google Earth/Streetview and really drill down and challenge the leader’s choice of route! The embedded Wikipedia entries have often provided us with options to divert and visit en route interesting sites

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    Thank you, Kritou. I too, use the the split screen capability, though I haven’t done too much with the Wikipedia stuff.

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