mappite.org - create routes easily, feedback wanted!

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by gspeed, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. gspeed

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    Folks, I've been a long-time lurker on ADVrider and it's time to give something back (hopefully). Just to play with latest web techniques I put together some existing open source pieces linked to OpenStreetMap, the result was promising so I got a domain and created:

    mappite
    http://mappite.org
    Here is a short demo video:


    It's not intended to compete with google maps, basecamp, tyre or similar, it's beta, lacks in functionalities but imho it can be an handy one to use:
    • web based, works nicely from smartphones&tablets (iOS&android)
    • clean and light, one click to add a via point
    • routes/waypoints/tracks can be exported directly in GPX format, routes can be exported in ITN format too
    • routes can be saved in the browser, shared to facebook or via short urls
    I welcome any feedback/suggestions etc! :ear

    Use a recent Firefox/Chrome or Safari browser, in IE export does not work. Have fun! :freaky

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  2. desmodab

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    Thanks for this - I tried it out today doing some routes around where I live/ride and it works pretty good.

    A suggestion is make it so when we press and hold the marker icon it moves the waypoint and add delete to the menu when the user taps it... Seems more intuitive, or maybe it's just that's how Google maps works so it seems like that.

    I really like how quick and easy it is to create routes. I have exported one gpx and will try loading it to my Garmin (yuk) and motionx on my iPhone and report back.

    Thanks for your efforts on this!

    Desmodab aka David
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  3. gspeed

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    Thanks David! Yep, the waypoint "drag&drop" would be a nice feature to implement.
    Pls let me know if the gpx works as expected, I did not test it that much. Thanks!
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  4. spacekadet

    spacekadet Been here awhile

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    HI there,

    I'm a bit handicapped when it comes to testing any "mainstream" app because I only have an Android phone as a backup, with a miserly pay for data plan.

    My main phone is Windows, which I bought specifically for the Nokia maps because I can download whole country files offline, for free, and store them on the phone. The showstopper for me with Google maps is that they only work online, which is by no means guaranteed when I'm in the most interesting places. Plus they chew up a lot of roaming data for roaming downloads, which is scary when traveling internationally.

    So keeping that in mind, if you have not implemented it yet, it would be sweet to be able to store the points on the phone and upload them when you have connectivity.

    cheers
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  5. gspeed

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    spacekadet, thanks for the feedback. Mappite target is to provide a simple way to plan trips and export GPX routes/tracks to GPSr or other device navigation software. Offline navigation is above its goal - at least for now, your advice would be in fact key for that purpose!

    Mappite maps are directly sources from OpenStreetMaps, there are several ways to get OSM Maps for offline navigation with smartphones (or Garmin devices of course): mappite should be used to plan trips, export tracks and use these tracks with other software and offline maps. Actually, not sure if with the Windows phone you can import gpx files in the Nokia apps – let me know in case!

    gspeed
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  6. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    I should try mappite with openstreetmaps on my Garmin - I'm about to throw it (the Zumo 660) away because Garmin is such a POS, but perhaps this could help?

    Any recommendations or a thread or tutorial to walk me through it? I'm tech savvy just haven't played with or used OSM at all...

    Thx!

    p.s. I for one LOVE the target you have set out for Mappite - it's perfect and exactly what we need. Good job.
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  7. gspeed

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    Thanks - I'll check that out...
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    Titlerider Been here awhile

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    I just tried to see how the route it chose compared to the route I'd choose using the 'avoid highways' parameter. It did nicely. I haven't tried exporting a route or anything like that because I'm using an iPad and haven't figured out how to get a route into a Garmin without a cable. I mostly use routing software to get a general idea of the route I want to take, and use the GPS once I get within the city limits and need to get to a specific address. So, Mappite works great for my purposes.
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  10. gspeed

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    Titlerider - thanks for the feedback!
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  11. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    I downloaded the opensteetmaps now need to load them and play with it. Sorry, been really busy bug haven't forgotten.

    Will post updates as I have them.

    DD
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  12. DucatiManic

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    So I just tried to export the GPX for the following track Venice to Singapore and I got the Chrome Awww Snap something went wrong error and could not download the track.

    I tried downloading this track using Internet Explorer and nothing happens at all.

    (I was, however, able to download the route .gpx through Google Chrome but not the Track. Seems like a great tool, but it is of limited functionality if you can't download the tracks.
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  13. gspeed

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    I'm travelling now but I'll check more later - note that wp 10&15 are not on a land and the route does not calculate propely, when removing them route appears and my android phone export the gpx file for track ok, but the browser shows the Aww Snap somethinf error. Need my pc to debug more.

    PS: your starting point is a few km from where I live :)
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  14. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad World's Foremost Authority

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    Super sweet and easy to use! With the recent changes to Google Maps I've been looking for something this easy to plan my routes and convert to GPX. Thanks for your effort & sharing this!
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  15. gspeed

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    @Strong Bad - thanks!

    @DucatiManic - interesting enough, your Italy-Singapore trip track (gpx) is exported fine on Firefox but in fact Chrome seems to run out of memory when generating the ~1.8MB file. Using Chrome on Android the same issue appears however the file is exported. As a workaround if you can't use Firefox is to split your trip in two pieces, 1-7 and 7-15: the gpx track gets exported correctly in Chrome too. I submit a bug request to Google...

    Success with your trip :freaky
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  16. ALinUTAH

    ALinUTAH Been here awhile

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    So this is for paved roads only? It won't route me on known good graded gravel roads.
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  17. swaan

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    Wow this stuff is great. I presume it uses OSRM?

    I would like an option: avoid paved.

    Extra bonus: strictness slider. (e.g. avoid at all costs<->avoid only when actually shorter)

    Thanks for making this!
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  18. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Messed with it today, i like it.
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  19. gspeed

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    Well it is not for paved road only, however some limitations:

    • to select a point in a unpaved road, go to "options"->"on Click"->"~allow unpaved" - otherwise the normal behaviour is to find the nearest paver road
    • an unpaved road needs to be defined correctly in OSM, i.e. not restricted (try with "walk" or "bycicle") and segments needs to be properly "connected" among them or with the paved road from when you arrive/go
    • mappite will route over it only if the route matches with oprtions (shorter etc) - so you might have to set various point to get what you want...
    Example: here
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  20. gspeed

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    @swaan - thanks! For routing, I'm not using OSRM since it is too limited in features, but mapquest direction api - just great and with many other functionalities I did not implement (yet...!)

    @Honkey Cat - thanks!
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