The MotionX on the iPhone Thread

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by basketcase, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. white boots

    white boots maps=no batteries

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    Has any one tried to put Sam's TAT GPS maps on this app? Can they be uploaded onto Motion X GPS HD? I am a supper NOOB and am trying to figure out my nav system for a trip that will include part of the TAT. Like the versatility of a tablet over a dedicated GPS.
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  2. mpatch

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    as long as they are in a format that motionx accepts it shouldnt be a problem

    go to the motion x site and do some reading , it's super easy to import tracks by using gpsimport@motionx.com just email the track to that address and open the email you get back on your iphone/ipad and follow the link
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  3. AviatorTroy

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    You mean like this? ;)


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    I first laid out the TAT route on Google maps using the route making tool and the original maps. Some places where the TAT doesn't follow the road, you have to use the point to point function in GM to make it work. Once I was happy with all of it, I converted it to GPX (I think it ended up to be about 14 tracks total) and uploaded as per the instructions on MotionX. MotionX displays tracks, so it is just a matter of following the line, although it will not give you turn by turn.

    If you have questions PM me and I'd be more than happy to walk you through what I know. There is a rather steep learning curve.
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  4. cross-country

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    I'm really liking this app. Got rid of my old trusty 276c and have been using this and a TT Voyager.

    I just wish it allowed for use of the volume buttons to adjust zoom. Then a person could use a remote for a thumb switch and not have to mess with the touch screen.

    I have written MotionX about this and they say they will look into it. I think that without a lot more people asking for the same thing, nothing will happen. So, if you think this would be worthwhile...Write them!

    gps-support@motionx.com


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  5. edtheslowrider

    edtheslowrider Been here awhile

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    I've been using motionX for a couple years now, works great.
    I've been able to create custom routes via google maps, convert by various means to GPX and import to motionX, easy. Until now.

    I'm now on a Window7 machine and none of the convert utilities (takeitwithme, GPSVisualizer, GMap2GPX) seems to work - perhaps a function of updated google maps? (indication of that reading thru comments on GMap2GPX)

    I thought I had a work around by converting the google map to KML and converting that to GPX, but the resulting KML / GPX is the original google map route, not the customized route I created by dragging the route around, and saving it.

    Any other google --> motionX users having issues or have creative ways to import customized map into motionX?
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  6. webmonstro

    webmonstro A Aventura Continua....

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    I think it's a "new" google maps issue

    have you tryed using google earth instead of google maps to make your route ?

    Save it to KML and then convert to gpx ?
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  7. jeepster33

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    Try

    http://www.routeconverter.de/home/en

    I use it to convert GPX files into navigon files for my iPhone.

    Also, if you haven't tried www.furkot.com check it out. It will export GPX and it's a nice overlay to google maps. This comes into motionx pretty well.

    I just got motionx gps not too long ago. I am going to try it out for the first time going up to the Hiawatha rally in SE Minnesota for some of the TWAT gravel road sections. I'm used to voice turn by turn nav on the road, any tips for using motion x to nav ? It looks like I can follow a track and/or navigate to a waypoint.
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  8. edtheslowrider

    edtheslowrider Been here awhile

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    Well .... I didn't use google earth....but you are correct it is a 'new' (improved?)
    google maps 'issue'.
    I clicked the '?' in the lower right of google maps to use classic maps.
    GMapToGPX still didn't respond but importing the KML -> KML2GPX.com produced a GPX file representing my customized map that I loaded into motionX just like the old days. Awesome! thanks
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  9. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    I'm sure this is a stupid question, but I want to input a destination and have a track show up for me to follow. I've managed to do this exactly once. Now I can't figure out how I did it.
    Also, I have a serious block on the whole making a track/importing it process. I can't make a track in Google Earth for some reason.


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  10. XB12R

    XB12R Long timer

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    My wife and I just upgraded to new iPhones. I'll post our used ones in the flea market if your interested. We've been using MotionX for 2 years now.
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  11. mpatch

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    MotionX GPS doesnt support auto routing MotionX GPS Drive does. You can hit go to a destination in MotionX GPS but it will just straight line you there.
    As for importing tracks I just use the email method, just email the track to gpsimport@motionx.com and open the reply you get back on your iphone and follow the instructions. I find it easier to make tracks in google maps vs google earth mainly because my laptop is almost 10 years old and slow.

    To make a GPX in Google maps:
    1 go to google maps
    2 hit get directions
    3 enter starting and end point(s)
    4 drag to change route until you get the route you want
    5 scroll to the bottom of the directions and click "save to my maps"
    6 go to my saved places and save the KML file
    7 go here: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/convert_input
    8 convert the KML to a GPX file
    9 email the GPX file to gpsimport@motionx.com
    10 open the email you get back and follow the directions
    11 in MotionX hit menu then tracks and you should see the track you just added and be able to follow it


    Once you do this a few times it's a pretty easy process, if you use Google Earth I'm pretty sure you can skip the step of having to convert it because you can save tracks as GPX files using Google Earth.
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  12. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    That's probably the most concise explanation I've read. Thank you!!!!

    I did manage to import a track from Basecamp, emailing to motionx, and it doesn't have to be converted. I also figured out that some of my WABDR 'tracks' were actually waypoints, so when I imported what I thought was a route i would just get one spot. Which drove me crazy, as I was sure they were routes not waypoints, argh. The alleged tracks were from somebody's ride report, not the official site.
    How many of you have used the Harley Davidson Ride Planner? It's great, and free. Covers a fair amount of Forest Service roads, too.
    A question: Can you, in Google Earth or Maps, create a string of waypoints and turn them into a route? So, if you marked all your turns as waypoints, strung together they'd import as a route?




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  13. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Quoted for my own selfish uses someday, great information, thanks!
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  14. mpatch

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    Being a 1911 guy I figured you needed all the help you can get. :rofl
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  15. mpatch

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    No idea. For something like that I would either use basecamp or mapsource. I normally use mapsource for the same reason I use google maps (my pc is slow). All a track really is is a string of points (think of them as hidden waypoints). The problem with auto routing to a set of waypoints is the route may not be the one you want forcing you to keep changing/adding waypoints until you get the desired route.
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  16. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Lol, I like not too many moving parts.



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  17. atwater1

    atwater1 perpetually lost.

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    All,

    First of all, I am a n00b when it comes to using a gps in conjunction with my motorcycle. I have an iphone 5, which I use for gps on the road, but I am just now experimenting with using it on my mc. I downloaded MotionX, and have been testing it out in my truck before I put it on the bike.

    The thing that bothers me so far is that the gps seems "jumpy". What I mean by this, is that the gps only updates my position in about 1 second increments, rather than continuously. When I use my phone to navigate in my truck (using google maps rather than MotionX), my position is continuously updated, so I know my phone isn't problem.

    Also for reference, I pre-downloaded the area I was driving in, so I don't think it is an issue with the phone trying to keep up with the maps.

    Realistically, I'm not sure if this will be an issue on the bike, because I won't be focused on looking at the gps, but rather just occasionally looking at it to stay on track...but it still bothers me.


    Any thoughts on how (or if) I can make MotionX operate more smoothly? I've tried searching google, but I haven't been successful in finding a solution. I did see some discussions of the app being "choppy" earlier in this thread, but that was from 2011, and I didn't really see a solution to it...


    Thanks,
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  18. Aaen

    Aaen Adventurer

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    Why don't you just go to the applications section of iTunes and upload the gpx file directly into motionx. Works a charm and you can upload multiple files at once.




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  19. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    I haven't noticed anything like that, mine is smooth just like my Garmin was.
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  20. mpatch

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    I hate itunes and by using the email method you can upload a GPX file from somebody else while away from the PC or you can jump onto any random PC and build a track on Google maps/earth and upload it no matter where you are or what PC you are on.