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Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by levain, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I've played with the app a few times. This is the free version, btw. I can tell that it is very powerful, but I'm not very smart. Is there a thread or a how to somewhere?
    Also, how different is the free version vs. the paid? Mostly, I'm wondering if the search function worked better? I really like OSMand, but the search function is poor at best.
    Does it only work with tracks, or can I upload a route? If so, I can't figure out how, but, well, as I said, I'm not very smart:1drink

    Locus for dummies! :freaky
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  2. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    1 locus has a forum, but you're better served to play around with it initially to get familiar with the UI and functions. it's gaining users FAST and could blow up to be the next BIG thing in (user base) navigation apps. if you search in "laying down tracks" you'll see a few smartphone threads, which have good replies. i put video tutorials on youtube for osmand, locus, and oruxmaps occasionally like this one

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVUXqlFBR7Y

    and you can cruise my youtube channel to find more.

    2 check out locus 'settings' and you'll see a few that are 'pro' only. my favorite is the zoom-to-speed option in maps. it's FANTASTIC for riding/driving/etc because the user can define 6-7 different zoom levels like -they- want it. a few other things, but most importantly (like osmand+) you're supporting the developers, and it's very very cheap compared to other nav suites.

    3 use the 'google' options from the search dialogue. it's very good, but like anything on the net, requires a connection. once you play around with QUICK WAYPOINTS you'll see 'load more info' and it's a REALLY GOOD SERVICE for setting up waypoints. telephone numbers, addresses, business hours, very very good stuff.

    4 agreed. that is -all- that osmand is lacking.

    5 a) tracks are trivial, routes are really easy, waypoint navigation a breeze, and routes vs tracks really doesn't matter. you can have 50 tracks and 50 routes on the screen at once, PLUS waypoint guidance, with AND navigation, for those times when the route vs your intended waypoint aren't quite the same.

    b) yes uploading provides LOTS of options. when you export a track (or route that you've planned, or imported, or EDITED !) from your device to the sdcard or internal memory, there is an option to 'share after export' which opens up GMAIL, FTP/SFTP, GPSIES, and quite a few other sharing services for gpx's.


    keep in mind, routes and tracks can be interchanged on locus ;-) so it's not like you're limited with garmin stuff.

    the more you use it, the more you'll wonder why the 'real' gps devices can't be this good.
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  3. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Thanks. That helps. Clearly, I need to spend some time with some videos.

    I was just looking at adding offline vector maps. What I found was the maps from Locus that you purchase with the Lo-coins. I assume there is a way to add OSM maps for free? The maps in their store are certainly cheap enough, but just so I know the options.

    The zoom to speed option sounds great. Esp. for use on a bike. I assume that means it will zoom in/out as needed when approaching a turn?

    Its super easy to upload routes/tracks, but so is osmand. I guess I wonder what I'm getting in Locus that I'm not in OSM? Is it possible to overlay weather over map in Pro?
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  4. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    maps are a breeze, either in the application or down load yourself for free:
    download.mapsforge.org/maps/north-america/us

    the zoom is speed based, not "fuzzy logic" so it's going to shoe current view until your speed changes.


    hill shading, contuor lines
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    and
    weather overlays work,
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    but is much boxer to just do this once in a while with the map centered over the desired location:
    [​IMG]
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  5. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Thanks for the help and the remedial questions.
    I downloaded the RI map onto my laptop. Saved it in Dropbox. Exported to Locus (into mapsvector, and it doesn't show. I figured it would. How do you move the maps onto your phone, in the correct folder?

    My maps don't zoom, and I don't see anything about it in the settings. I purchased the full version, since I can tell this is going to be badass. Now I just to learn how to use it!
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    from the maps dialogue, chose "add maps" and navigate to the directory it's in, select the map. it should be available after it's initialized.

    make sure you've killed the free version, wait five seconds, start the pro.
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    What is the feasibility of using the Monterra to run Locus? Is there any value in doing that?

    I've never used a Monterra, but I like the idea of the waterproof case, the mount, etc.

    Right now, I'm using a Google Nexus 4 held by a RAM X-Grip. I do not have a waterproof solution.
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  8. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I get an error message...
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    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    weird :what:
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    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Other than above, really liking locus.

    I prefer the map in landscape, but I can't find a setting g to adjust the display. I lose half the map with all the gobbledygook! Can that be adjusted? Either lose some of that info or minimize it? [​IMG]
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  11. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    yes, some stuff to interest you:

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    once you've found and set those to your liking, check it the Dashboard templates and settings. mine looks like this during turn by turn navigation with the current speed overlayd nice and big:
    [​IMG]


    the bunker I'm in right now has no possibility of acquiring satellite lock, soooooo it won't show where I am
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  12. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    Beat me to it, ohgood :) I was just about to upload the screenshots...
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  13. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Thanks. That's much better. Now, if I could just figure out how to get the OSM maps. They're dirt cheap through Locus, but I'm being stubborn:lol3
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    You guys are awesome! Im almost certain to pass on garmin for a dedicated gps phone.

    John
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  15. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    there's no substitute for RIDING with the device to see what works and what doesn't. i'll take a week to use exclusively one app on the bike, to find out what rocks/sucks about it. i keep coming back to Locus and Osmand for the incredible amount of features and adaptable user interface. wether i'm geocaching, hiking, tracking, ROUTING ON PHONE, or just futsing around with places i might want to ride one day, locus keeps getting it all done the easiest.
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    Has anybody else noticed that GPX files generated by Locus cannot be loaded directly into Garmin BaseCamp?

    I have to use GPSBabel or GPS Visualizer to convert them to GDB and then import the GDB. I will write a filter to massage the GPX file generated by Locus when I get some time.
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  17. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    if you export them to a directory, then push them to bc they'll work. i tried v 1.0 and 1.1, both track and route tagged versions. bc threw up about 10,000 waypoints instead of a track, but i don't know why.
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  18. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I keep going back and forth playing with Locus Pro and OSMand. They're both great, but the more I play with Locus the better it gets!

    I'm going to Europe for a month in a few days. I was just playing with the UK vector map in London. It doesn't show tube stops (Underground-subway), which just seems odd. It'd be great to add an overlay if possible, but I can't figure it out. Does anyone know how to do that?

    Here's a wiki that shows some maps, but of course I got more confused the more I played..
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  19. EmmEff

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    Same here...

    I like the featureset and overall usability of Locus Pro, but the (same) maps display more legibly in OsmAnd for me. Streets are physically wider on-screen and the street names/labels are more legible.

    Either POIs of the tube stations or an overlay map of the same?
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  20. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    How the heck do you get rid of street and POI labels in Locus? I set them to be on. I wanted to see what they looked like, now I want them back off the screen and haven't been able to figure out how?
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