Using GPS Maps

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Oz and Kiwi Land' started by oops1, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. oops1

    oops1 n00b

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    Hi,

    I have recently discovered oruxmaps and now use that on the front of my bike to track rides etc. Im slowly getting the hang on how to use it. An app on an old phone works better for me than the garmin I used to have as its easier to read etc. I find the handiest thing is that I have setup a dropbox account for my tracks which I can then access via the phone

    But now I'm getting files of rides I have done and don't know how to combine them. Has anyone found a good program to use (preferably on the computer) where I can upload my tracks and then delete/combine certain sections? I have been pulling my hair out for a while now trying to figure it out.

    On another note. Does anyone know how to convert a pdf into something use able as a gps map? Reason Im asking is that the interactive forest map has some very handy detail on it which I would like to be able to get into orux. link to forest explorer http://nremap-sc.nre.vic.gov.au/MapShare.v2/imf.jsp?site=forestexplorer

    Thanks
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  2. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    oruxmap is pretty awesome sauce kind of stuff !

    you can merge tracks of rides , or plot new routes (assuming the road / trail has been mapped in openstreetmap) similar to what you already have recorded. i do it all in one app (locus) but oruxmap is flexible enough to do it also. you really have to play with it a while to get the hang of it. i would suggest using an online route creator like gpsies.com , or similar, to upload your tracks and manipulate them. there are like TWO offline track mainpulation programs, one of which is basecamp, but it's terrible, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone for fear they would give up riding.

    i use one app on my phone to create image overlays from IMG / JPG files, it's just locus I mentioned earlier. if you start with a PDF you'll want to use something like X2IMG ( x 2 img ) on the phone to convert from pdf to jpg. after that you can use the Image Overlay tools in locus to create a KMZ file and then either display that on your phone, or share with others. if you prefer to make an image overlay on a desktop/laptop instead, you can do it with google earth, pretty easily. i know you're probably already thinking "no way, screen phones are too small for THAT!" but give it a shot, the user interface for creating overlays is REALLY good.

    if you're getting handy with oruxmaps, you're going to be amazed just how fluid your route planning becomes very soon. whipping up a 100 mile route over and through it all is very quick.

    holler, i like messing with this stuff :)
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  3. oops1

    oops1 n00b

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    Thanks for the hint. I' downloading locus right now and Ill have a play with that.

    So far I couldn't be happier with the phone/app nav setup. I used to have a garmin but found the screen to small and slow. And the best part is that its an old phone with no sim which cost me nothing. 30 dollar lifeproof case and bar mount and away I go. I get a full day out of the phone and for multi day rides I just recharge with one of those portable chargers.
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