mappite.org - create routes easily, feedback wanted!

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

  1. Macho Man2

    Macho Man2 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the information and I will try that this morning...Thank you for taking the time to help!
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  2. gspeed

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    Mmh, guess he tried, it worked but now he is lost somewhere in the wild ;)
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  3. Macho Man2

    Macho Man2 Been here awhile

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    I just got back from Hamburg,New York attending the BMWMOA rally and used the route I created on mappite.org to get there and all I can say is it worked Great, thanks to the op for his work!
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  4. theregulator

    theregulator Shut Up and Ride

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    Just discovered Mappite - GREAT PROGRAM.

    No problems creating a route and using it in an iOS app like Galileo if you use Safari as the browser.

    Would it be difficult to have the map show your current location when opening to allow for easy routing from there?
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  5. gspeed

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    @theregulator thanks! That is in the todo list, for security reasons localization works on https (encrypted) connection only and currenlty mappite does not support that.
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  6. theregulator

    theregulator Shut Up and Ride

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    I believe the program knows where you are. It gets really close to my location when I zoom in from the original view as long as I don't move the map.
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  7. gspeed

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    Right, from your IP address a geolocalization service provides an approximate location and mappite center the map there. To know exactly where you are the gps of your device needs to be used and that requires https!
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  8. patrick2wd

    patrick2wd pop-pop-pop-pop-etc.

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    just new to all of this...
    but is there a how-to??
    I have the site onn my pc, and there are some buttons (one can select) of which I have no idea what it does..
    looks pretty cool IMO!

    thanks,
    Patrick
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  9. gspeed

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    Patrick... you're right an how-to would be nice. If you click on the i on the bottom left box a pop-up appears containing a link to a video: although pretty old it shows the basics.

    Need to think about a better howto!
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  10. patrick2wd

    patrick2wd pop-pop-pop-pop-etc.

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    I'll be having a look at that!
    thanks!
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  11. sajor

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    How is this different than Furkot, is there any benefits do you using this instead, i use osmand for navigation.
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  12. gspeed

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    @sajor , Furkot seems to have a lot of features, mappite has just what you need ;) Jokes apart, I guess it depends on what are the needs, mappite was an exercise to create "a fast and simple tool to create a route with a few clicks and export it to GPS devices". Furkot is more an overall trip planner, linked to lodging etc.

    Mappite is open source and based on open source services (openstreetmap), Furkot is a commercial product based on google maps.
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  13. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    Mappite is so much easier than Garmin Basecamp.
    Thank You.
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  14. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    The only thing about Basecamp that I like over Mappite is that dirt roads or unpaved roads on Basecamp have a dashed line. The roads on Mappite all look the same. Otherwise, great program. Thank You.
    Please make it the same in Mappite.
    Thank you,
    Simba
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  15. gspeed

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    Well... did you try to change the map layer? If you pick OSM or mapsurfer tracks are rendered with dashes.

    [​IMG]

    Anyway the topic is not that simple: the rendering is based on road type, tracks are dashed, primary, residential, highways etc are not. In some countries there are unpaved primary roads...
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  16. Starstruck

    Starstruck Been here awhile

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    I'm glad I found this - really nice, and very user friendly tool. Very nicely done!!! A couple of suggestions:
    • It would be very nice if there was a way to allow users to add and store their own list of "places they want to go" (or personal points of interest). This would allow people who want to collect and map out places they want to go before doing actual route planning. For those planning major trips (i.e., RTW travel, extended trips, expeditions), this would be a really cool feature - although it might be a bear to implement.
    • The information set with mountain passes, wikipedia entries, gas, and groceries is useful - but once you click on an icon (i.e., the wikipedia icon) it adds icons to the map but I can't find a mechanism to get rid of the resulting clutter when you are through, for example, looking at the wikipedia entries. Is there a way to remove icons from the map once they are added?
    • It would be nice to add restaurant information or link to some search engine that will list restaurants in a given map area. If you use the current search function for restaurants or food, you just get a weird scattershot of options from around the world.
    In any case - really well done and a great service.
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  17. hennessyktm

    hennessyktm Still here...

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    Preface - I am an absolute noob and suck when it comes to route planning software and GPS. I'm trying to figure this out. That being out of the way...

    I create a route in mappite. The route looks great and there is green line showing the incredible route I just created. Awesome!

    However, when I export/download the .gpx file onto my computer, and upload into Garmin BaseCamp, all I get are the straight line "routes" between waypoints.

    Where did my route go?

    What am I doing wrong?

    I also tried sharing the .gpx file I created in mappite to 2 x of my buddies and they have the same problem.

    Obviously, it is something I am doing incorrectly.

    If it matters, I am using an old Garmin 276c, but one of my buddies has a new Garmin Montana and the other a newer Garmin Nuvi. Exact model #s I forget.

    Thanks in advance for any advice/help.
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  18. gspeed

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    Starstruck thanks for input. One by one:
    • that's an interesting feature and not too difficult to implement actually. Maybe an anchor or star icon within a waypoint balloon could allow to save a waypoint and ... need to think about a light user-friendly way to review/add to map once saved
    • ah ah! Right I was so happy that I could make that part working that I did not finalize the way to remove the icons - so for now just reload the page. This feature should be there soon or later: maybe by right click/long tap on the bar icon?
    • Search bar is very basic and limited, it shall work for base addresses and some poi (mainly land-related) plus as you mention, it is not contextualized (i.e. does not give priority to the area of sight). If foursquare/tripadvisor/booking would offers API to inquiry for places returning the coordinates I could link to those ones, I did not dig on that option (yet)... if anyone has suggestion it's more than welcome!
    Thanks for the feedback!
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  19. gspeed

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    hennessyktm - any gpx "route" file just contains waypoints: I guess all you need is to tell Basecamp to just recalculate the route. On the other side if you want to export all the points exactly as you see on mappite, you can export it as a track - but likely this is not what you need.

    By the way, you do not need basecamp at all: just connect the GPS device to your PC, it will appear as an external drive, copy the gpx route file in /GARMIN/GPX folder. That's all, disconnect&turn on your GPS and you should find the route within your "Routes" menu (note: that's true for the Montana and most Nuvis, on some navigators you might have to reach another menu and import the route first).

    Let me know if you succeed!
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  20. hennessyktm

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    Thank you for the prompt reply. As soon as I get home from work I will try it out and report back!