How to list multiple tracks in order

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by byways, May 30, 2013.

  1. byways

    byways byways

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    I have a multi-track .gpx file. In BaseCamp (and MapSource) the tracks are listed in order as:

    01. blah blah
    02. blah blah
    02a. blah blah
    02b. blah blah
    03. blah blah
    10. etc
    11. etc

    ... and so on for 20 tracks.

    In BC and MS, they are listed in proper order and function properly.

    When I load onto the Oregon 450, which is accomplished without problem, some tracks appear in correct order in the track list, others appear in some random (it seems) placement that is out of order.

    What am I doing wrong?

    1,000 thanks ...
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  2. dlh62c

    dlh62c Long timer

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    Could they be ordered in approximation to your current location as seen by the gps?
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  3. byways

    byways byways

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    Hmm ... Thanks for that thought. I hadn't thought of that, but lemme look and see if there's something to that.

    UPDATE: It kinda does look like the Oregon has attempted to reorder the tracks (without renaming them) according to how close or how distant the track is from where I am. Most-distant tracks do appear farther down the list. So perhaps Garmin has set it up to do me a favor ... whether I want the favor or not. :-(

    I'll keep an eye on the issue.

    UPDATE II: Just spoke with Garmin, and while the woman wasn't sure, she did think the above is what's occurring. She thinks so because the units reorder waypoints according to proximity to one's current location; so it may be doing the same with the tracks, basing its judgment on the user's proximity to the starting point of each track.
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  4. Countdown

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  5. byways

    byways byways

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    Thanks, Countdown!
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  6. wbbnm

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    I know my Montana works this way, ie, sorted by distance. But I don't understand the algorithm.

    Often the track I am actually on is several positions down the list. I guess it must be some kind of centroid thing.
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  7. byways

    byways byways

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    The support person at Garmin I spoke with could only say it seemed logical that the order is based on proximity to the starting point. Not a definitive response.

    Is there a way to override this and retain the intended sequence?
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  8. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    I wish the search function on my Montana would work that way and find the closest results first without having to do a search near. Generally I don't care about items thousands of miles away.
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  9. Countdown

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    Like said most likely starting point.
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  10. wbbnm

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    I don't think the Montana uses the starting point. Several times on our last trip I wanted to look at the track we were getting ready ride. So we were at the starting point, but tracks that did not start where I was were earlier in the list.

    BTW I have started using track navigation on the Montana with almost no ill effects. The wide magenta line is easier to see than any color I have tried.

    The only slight problem was that I when I stop I can't tell the difference with where I have been and where I am going. I had to turn off navigation a few times at complex intersections to get my bearings.
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  11. Countdown

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    Probably uses the old engineering tool "Dart Board"

    That is a real problem with getting old!

    A cop found an old man on a park bench crying and said what is the problem. Old man said he had 20 year old wife that couldn't get enough sex. Cop said what's the problem with that? Old man said "I can't remember where I live".
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