OsmAnd/OsmAnd+

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by EmmEff, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    Since Locus has it's own thread, I think OsmAnd deserves the same...

    Any comments on using "OsmAnd (offline)" vs. BRouter for navigation?
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  2. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    I use OSMAnd+ mainly for the offline download maps on my HTC One M8. Haven't gotten much use with it yet. Soon....
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  3. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    I've been switching back and forth between it and Locus Pro. I like Locus Pro a lot but the display of the maps is (far) better on OsmAnd. As somebody mentioned in another thread, it looks like Garmin like.

    I had a good experience with OsmAnd on the weekend navigating a ~100 mile track I created in Google Maps. Aside from a couple of minor glitches, it worked flawlessly.
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  4. worwig

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    I've been using OSMand+ for a long time.
    I've found that I am so familiar with OSMand, that Locus just feels too complicated to me. Not something I like when driving down the road.
    It also appears to display the road names and details better than Locus, at least on my phone.
    I've set up the tracks sub-directory to sync to the cloud. So I can create GPX files on my PC, and they are sent to OSMand+. Or the other direction too, the OSMand+ log files end up automatically on my PC.
    The routing engine in OSMand+ works well enough for me, though a bit slow if the distance is large. I still use CoPilot for good routing over long distances.
    At one time I developed custom rendering XML files for OSMand that had a higher contrast. That made the roads even more visible in sunlight. But it brought up other issues. I never did get back to it to clean it up.
    The only real OSMand negatives I have at this point is: 1) When I press the location icon in the upper right, it auto zooms to too close a level and I need to re-zoom to what I had. And 2) when routing, the zoom buttons are hidden as it must assume you are happy with their zoom level.
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  5. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    there are a lot of themes available, or you can edit the XML yourself to make it gender however you like.


    look in settings, you can set zoom buttons to shown also:

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  6. worwig

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    Funny, I just looked and noticed it there.

    I'm sure that it was NOT there a version or two back.

    It stills does the annoying 'autozoom' thing when I press the upper right 'locate me' button. As far as I can see, I have all of the auto zooms turned off.
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  7. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    osmand evolves very quickly.

    if where-am-i didn't center the screen zoom to street names, I wouldn't use it... by you're right there should be a seeing to set max zoom for that function. ping the Dev and request it?
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  8. motofan936

    motofan936 FNG

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    I'm new to osmand+ and I have a question. I am having trouble with routing after I create a .gpx file from itn converter. It shows up in tracks and if I select it it shows as a track, but it will not start navigation. I've shortened the track down to about 96 mi. and put as few points in as possible to stay on prefered streets. I've only tryed google maps and mapsource so far but have the same issue.
    Thanks,
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  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    even if you build a itinerary from just favorite/waypoints, osmand can still cope... a gpx is easy for it...


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  10. mirek-wroc

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    Hi
    I use the osmond from two month. I was check in my travel to Romania and it work a well. One problem was with scaling offroad road - with small zoom. But i find that when you push long time a icon of zoom you can changing scale preview (from 400% on the 75% or 100%) and you can see all forest track in small zoom it is very comfortable.
    Can anyone of you know how to change the stacking algorithm route to "avoid asphalt roads"?

    Mirek
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  11. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    That would be awesome, but I don't, no. The only option is 'avoid highways' so far. If you find one, please UPDATE US with what you find.

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  13. EmmEff

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    OsmAnd works very well in this regard. Locus complete massacres the routing between these waypoints (essentially routes between first and last, ignoring the intermediaries).
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  14. EmmEff

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    This should be easily possible since this information can be stored in road "information", but you will be entirely at the mercy of the accuracy of the maps. I would gather most maps do not have accurate information as to what roads are asphalt and which are not.
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    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    I've seen thata few times it did this, and thought maybe that's why track editing is part of the package... solution to a problem.

    there is definitely not a perfect application, hardware, or any combination for all users, but man some of it works great for a few of the folks. :thumbup:
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    EmmEff Long timer

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    Oops... hopefully a mod is watching so they can merge these threads together.
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  18. motofan936

    motofan936 FNG

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    Thanks for the replies. I will try again but probably not till this weekend. I went through the steps exactly as ohgood shows and the end result is it sits there thinking for as long as I'll let it(45min.). I'm sure I'm screwing up somewhere, but will not have a computer till sat. to try again.
    The itn converter gives more than one choice to export as .gpx I can't remember the differences. Is there a right and wrong .gpx or for longer milage tracks,150-200mi, would one program accel over another to set my track before exporting to osmand+?
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  19. mirek-wroc

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    I Was ask about this offroad rourting on the OSM forum - and I look for the answer.

    In my opinion when OSM is editing all road have some status - "paved road" or not. This "offroad algorithm" should choose just "not paved road" - or worst.

    In terms of GPX tracks - I sometimes prepare road at in the evening, made point etc... and all track export to GPX. To next day just open this GPX file form evening - and use as navigation track - it works a well - and I don't care about prepare track.
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  20. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    sounds like the problem started with ITN convertor. skip that, and build the route on osmand, and it should be 90 seconds at the very most to plot 90 miles via waypoints.
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