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

  1. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Osmand and Locus are similar programs.

    IMO, Osmand has better map rendering and is just easier to follow a route with. For everything else, including track management, Locus is superior. I hardly use Osmand because of this. On the road navigation for me isn't as important as off road navigation where I really need it. Just install the free version and look around.
  2. dflow

    dflow Been here awhile

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    I need to dive into Locus. All I really do are tracks and from what you guys say it's much better with them. The fact that Osmand is so easy to use slows my move.
  3. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Use both like I do. Switching from one to the other is so simple that there is no harm in having both. Plus if one, for any reason, craps out or is being a bitch, slide on over to the other.
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  4. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    I also use Google drive but I also transfer everything to Basecamp on my pc. I still use Basecamp for some track creation and as a database/backup.

    I also use locus the most of all the navigation apps, but I typically ride offroad and just follow tracks.
  5. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    Not at all. I are one ;-). And i live in eastern motorcyle nervana. However, if you've never ridden the CDR, the western part of the TAT or pretty much anywhere in the Rockies youve missed a great experience.
  6. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I just discovered an interesting thing about Osmand. I created a route using several via points and saved it as a gpx file. I assumed that the contents of the file would be a route, but when I looked at the file with a Hex Editor, it looked like a track file.

    So I did the GPSBabel xml conversion and loaded the file into Mapsource. Mapsource treated it as a track and not a route.

    I have been looking for a way to create tracks from scratch on the phone. Looks like this will do the job.
  7. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    Another thing I do with osmand when creating a route is to then save its shaping points only. That way when I reactivate the route with the shaping points I'll get turn by turn directions that are actually at the turns and not for every bend in the road.
  8. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    Can you explain how to do that in OsmAnd?
    I only have figured out how to save as a gpx track
  9. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    You have to build your route using map markers. Then you can save all the map markers as a GPX track, which in this case is a series of points.
  10. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    I donate to Osmand for the beta map update program. Not because I need the most up to date maps (hourly) but because I want to donate.
  11. Got_Carbs?

    Got_Carbs? n00b

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    How does one go about using the files from POI factory in OsmAnd? Most of the tutorial I come across are for Locus. My assumption is some sort of conversion needs to be made before OsmAnd can read it?
  12. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    no, copy it to where you want to use it from.
    On your phone just tap it and when it asks, use OSMAND to open it.
    Then you can import them and save them.
    Bad thing about OSMAND was the way it manged them. You may well have to edit them.
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  13. Got_Carbs?

    Got_Carbs? n00b

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    Didn't work OsmAnd threw an error. Something about error reading gpx file; data unterminated.
  14. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    @Got_Carbs? s a file from the POI factory?
    Did you try more than 1 file....I mean a different fiel with a different set of POI's?
  15. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    In playing with OsmAnd I am finding if I use Brouter the time estimates are significantly longer (to the point I consider them being wrong/unusable) than if I use Osmand.
    Anyone else find this or know a way to make it provide closer time estimates?