Rally Navigator - Create Rally Roadbooks with Google Earth and GPS

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  1. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Sorta related question...Any idea what printer a guy could buy that will print out the two inch roll charts? aka not have to have folks tape sheets together...

    Thanks in advance, keep up the good work :thumb
  2. rinho

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    Cool, I was just thinking about these 2 points, Size and printer!

    Ted, I forgot to speak about that this afternoon but some Sharp "last generation" copiers can print "non-stop" (with the correct driver and latest firmware), using the by pass as paper source
    But I'm affraid 2 inches is to narrow to be sure the paper is correctly pulled in a straight way (the wider the paper is the easiest)

    Laser printer is good, because water resistant, but an old matrix printer epson or HP could be usefull to print roll chart

    The next step will be "where to buy the paper" (2 inches, cash register is a good source)

    Edit: Labels printer (Dymo) could be a good way to go but dealing with the label size to fit the roadbook may need some test
  3. Bluebull2007

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    I prefer the traditional look.

    Also it would be good to be able to enter in some text on the tulip window if that is doable, like this:

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    Not the best example I know, but what I have noticed missing is that sometimes you have say two compressions 100m apart and you want to be able to indicate that somehow on the the same tulip diagram.
  4. RenoMoto

    RenoMoto Rally Navigator

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    Here is the latest Rally Navigator feature - "Reset to Zero"

    Simply drag and drop the "Reset to Zero" Icon (In the Signs tab) into the proper Waypoint and Mileage is reset and recalculated.

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    BAM!!

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    Doesn't that get you PUMPED!! Maybe just a little?
  5. rinho

    rinho Rinho Féroce

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    Thanks!
    Easier/faster than adjusting the trip, very helpfull for those who can't
    Also easier and more professional than splitting the RB in 2 or 3 parts
  6. Bluebull2007

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    Thats a good mod! Keep them coming!! :clap
  7. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    This came up this weekend while we were marking up our rolls at colonet. Ned mentioned that two tulips with a Δ of say a few tenths, this recommendation would have been much more convenient.
  8. DaveRMS

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    You CAN enter text, just not in the middle cell yet. So, choosing to NOT include text just because it's not in the middle is not a great call. With the software "as-is" you can write (using the Baja Rally example):

    "Exit wash for 100m then re-enter wash"

    Then while marking the roadbook you could make your own annotation.

    I'm not making excuses for not having the feature, but just saying that not having it perfect isn't an excuse for not including the correct information either.

    Dave
  9. Bluebull2007

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    :deal Yip. Describing what the route should look like is not equal to a 1,000 words so its all about the tulip IMO.

    Dave, its a revolutionary product - we are just trying to improve on that, and there is no harm in that....apart form hours and hours of programming probably! :rofl

    I was once heavily involved with some 3D mining software development and adapting it based on feedback from the engineers that have to use it everyday was a critical factor that ultimately lead the company to taking the market by storm. Software development is a process that does not stop, but with time makes a very comprehensive and powerful product that becomes more valuable, also with time. Obviously a balanced approach is also important, or you can end up with something that is more difficult and cumbersome to use!


    Beechum: Now that I have used this product for a couple of longish stages, I have been thinking about a couple other things that might be worth taking a look at:

    Sometimes its very hard/impossible to fit the shape of the road using just the three editable points and one fixed one that is allocated to each tulip. The ability to insert a fifth point would solve these situation and allow for more complex looking tulips. Not sure how hard this would be to do? Perhaps the way to do it is to edit the bottom part of the main route (from the dot up to the middle), by simply dragging the middle part of the tulip (top of the line circled in yellow below):
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    It would be great if the all the pictures that are dragged and dropped were defaulted to 80% of their current size, it would speed up the editing required in very cluttered tulips.

    The option to choose km versus miles still shows miles in the left column (albeit in small writing), any chance of dropping that out?

    Cheers! :thumb

    Neil
  10. DaveRMS

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    Neil, can you show us a pic of what you want the tulip to look like in your yellow example? I am having trouble visualizing it.

    BTW, I agree with the text-in-tulip suggestion.

    We also have an "upload custom tulip/icon" feature in the pipeline. That will handle all the edge cases.

    Dave

  11. Bluebull2007

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    Hi Dave - Sorry it was a bad example tulip, all I wanted to suggest is to be able edit the (straight vertical in this case) line segment by the optoinal addition of two more edit points; this which would accommodate to much more complex "main route" in your tulip diagram if need be, but without upsetting or over complicating things too much. I believe the current setup is a really good and simple editing tool/functionality you have (the segment above the yellow circle).

    I know that if you click and drag the dot at the bottom, the whole tulip moves. This is great and should not be changed, but nothing happens if you click on the "corner" in my example tulip (top of yellow circle). Imagine if you were to click there or on that fixed vertical segment and two more editable points below popped into view for making a really complex shape?

    What I'm saying is that a lot of time you would not need to use this, and the default 4 points above the vertical bit would be more than enough, but there is the odd occasion where you have say a D/G though say, a gate, followed immediately by another sharp D. The number of points you have to generate this is too limited, and I think a few words like "D after Gate" on the RHS is not enough. The problem is having too many points available each time you create tulip would make it onerous (you really dont want to edit more points than necessary), but in the event that you did need additonal points on the main route, if one were to click on the (normally) vertical line segment at the bottom it would be really cool to have three more points to play with (including the original 'corner' point.

    Clear as mud now? :lol3 If you still don't understand let me know and I will make a series of pics for ya.
  12. Uller

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    BlueBull2007,

    I believe I understand what you are explaining and that what you desire is already available in the Premium Version.

    From this post: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=21976318&postcount=279

    Premium Version - Detailed Tulips, Icons, Headings

    • Print Roadbooks with Complete Tulips and Navigation Icons
    • Show and Hide CAP Headings and GPS Coordinates for each Waypoint
    • Create Rally Route From Imported GPX tracks
    • Utilization of Google Earth Roads & Routing Function - Snap Track to Road
    • Support for Continuous Roll Print Output
    • Import Captured GPX Tracks Over Existing Routes to Correct Route After Pre-run
    • Export GPX Tracks of Routes to GPS Units for Pre-Running
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    Free Version Printing - Basic Info Only
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  13. Bluebull2007

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    I have the premium version, and no, its not.
  14. Uller

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    Please pardon my misunderstanding. :shog
  15. GTinAus

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    Hi

    pardon my interruption, but I have been trialling Rally Navigator, Premium version for a couple of weeks.

    I am the Clerk of the Course for a fairly major Australian Rally/Raid event for Autos and Motos (Condo750, do a search in the Australian Forum)

    I was interested in using the the Pro Version (commercial), for the scrolls for the next years event. I would like to make the tulips more professional, by a program such as this .


    I have been talking to Mike, via email for the last few days, and explained my dilemma as to this program.

    Perhaps if I list some of the problems here as well, there may be some useful solutions.

    Firstly...The total distance needs to be editable, why, because, our event uses ground truthing, ie the event is set in a vehicle , with a terratrip, and hand drawn instructions (ie not from Google Earth, but this is a handy feature, for overall terrain checking).
    To put in extra points, eg, rocks, holes gutters, at the present, a point needs to be inserted, at approx. the right spot, then dragged up or down the string line, till the correct distance is registered, them a tulip drawn. Tedious when there are hundreds of them.

    A couple of my biggest bugbears are, 1, you need the internet, it is not a stand alone program, and you do not always need to have google earth attached, a layover of a moving map program as an either/or would be really good (Oziexplorer).... and I do not always have access to the internet.

    2. Printing. The program, as it stands, appears to only allow 1 section. We have several sections per day, both Liaison and selective, and the day's instructions are completely printed on 2 (sometimes 3) scrolls.

    The finish of one section, and the start of the next follow smoothly on the scroll (without the disclaimer statement). There are usually 2 (sometimes 3) scrolls per day, and they usually are 20 to 30 metres in length.

    Below is an example of the end of a section, and start of new section, from last year,

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    The way the system stands, the sections would be have to be taped together, or dozens of scrolls printed and issued.

    In reality, the scrolls cannot be changed after every section, as time does not permit.

    Add to the fact, there can be up to 80 competitors, means 2 scrolls per day each (or more), times 2 days, 320 scrolls in total....in the current setup it appears one scroll to be printed at once. (our current scrolls are printed on a roll 6 wide, and cut into individual rolls after printing (individual section scrolls, there would be thousands of them....confusion would reign supreme).

    Also, scrolls must be given to competitors, with the start of the day, or section, on the outside, which means the scroll must be printed from the last instruction to the first, to end up the right way, without a lot of rewinding. There appears to be no way of doing this either.

    Don't get me wrong, the concept is fantastic, but to be a good COMMERCIAL route chart maker, it needs a lot of work, and input from professional directors, as to what is required versus what is viable.

    I look forward to some constructive discussion on points raised.
  16. DaveRMS

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    Hi

    Mike and I received your email. We have been away racing ourselves. You have a number of requests--some universally appealing, some specific to your own preferences. I'd say the most productive way to move forward is to have a conversation with Mike and I about what we can tackle. We have 3 commercial rallies using the software successfully. We model after Dakar and FIM specs mostly.

    Dave

  17. RenoMoto

    RenoMoto Rally Navigator

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    Hello:

    Thanks for the detailed feedback - that's how we keep improving Rally Navigator.

    I have answered a few of your points inline below...IN BOLD



    Again, thanks for the feedback.
  18. The_Italian

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    Good Morning inmates.

    Mr Mike,
    I tried to get in touch with you a couple of times with no luck.
    I was part of the beta testing team since the start.
    I would be interested in buying a licence and supporting you but I would need you to reply to my emails.
    My name is Enrico.
    can you please try to have a look in your mailbox ?

    thanks
    Enrico
  19. homerj

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    I've been using RN almost every weekend and it is friggin fantastic. Thank you guys so much for putting this out there for us.

    Has there been any movement on inserting tulips indepent of the track points in GE?

    Rallye On!
  20. RenoMoto

    RenoMoto Rally Navigator

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    Regarding HomerJ's request...short answer, NO. We haven't made any headway on inserting WP along an existing route at a specific distance.

    However: on our short list of feature development is the ability to include manually dropped GPS Waypoints within a GPX route file when importing a route into Navigator. As you ride along, simply drop a Waypoint in your GPS at a specific location (a ditch or road intersection) and that Waypoint will be automatically included in the route when it opens in Navigator as part of the GPX Import.

    Sort of achieves the same thing, you just have to gather the Waypoint locations in the field before importing them to Navigator.

    Other stuff on our short list:

    • Narrow Format Dual Sport Roll Charts - 2 inches wide
    • Ability to "Show or Hide" the roadbook image to open up more screen real estate to the Map image
    • Advancing Waypoints with the arrow keys
    • Ability to Delete multiple Track Points
    • Processing credit cards
    • Facebook and Google log-in
    Alright - now we will see how all of that comes together.


    While I have you - is anybody still having trouble saving routes??


    Any other feature requests??


    Thanks for the feedback so far - it appreciated!