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Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by levain, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. SRTie4k

    SRTie4k Northeast Explorer

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    Anyone that wants to try the Adventure theme for Locus can download the most current version from my Dropbox account. This link will always provide you with the latest version (I periodically update the theme).

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/yy8exchhjsm31wy/Adventure.zip?dl=0

    To use, unzip it and place the Adventure folder in the Locus mapsVector/_themes directory. You can then enable the theme by opening Locus, clicking the blue tab at the bottom of the screen (when vector maps are active), clicking Map themes and selecting Adventure from the External Themes section.
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  3. gpsdualsport

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    Another thumbs up:clap for your Adventure theme SRTie4k!
    Finally got Locus to read the themes folder. Required a Locus reinstall to get it fixed.
    Really looks good. Much better than the Elevate and Elements themes from the LoStore downloads. The topo contour lines are much thinner and the dirt roads are wider and easier to see.
    Even with the zoom level at 1 mi the dirt roads are clearly visible. This is worthy of it's own thread. At least can we talk #ohgood into editing his #2 post with a link to STRie4k's post with his dropbox Adventure zip file? This discussion is over 90 pages and the good stuff is suffering a 'signal to noise ratio' issue.
  4. SRTie4k

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    Glad to hear you like it. It's still a work in progress, I made a few modifications today including no access markings (red tick marks), changed private access to orange tick marks, changed one way zoom level, and standardized the display of unmaintained roads at all visible zoom levels.
  5. ThomasD

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    Themes issue

    Coming from Osmand+ the first issue for me is to find a theme for onroad motorcycling only. Reasons for switching to locus: I would like to have the database structure and the poi handling with personalized icons.

    Locus themes I have testet show me to much details - even when getting in overview. Let me show you what I mean.

    First: Osmand showing 2km scale in the Eifel, Germany. Preferred motorcycling area with lots of small winding roads. Osmand shows them all - and does not display all the forest and resident roads, that are closed for public.
    Osmand-2km.jpg

    Second: Locus with road theme and lomaps. I have to go to level 3 km, but have smaller overview. Notice the secondary roads in the small villages - they are of complete desinterest. Zooming in gives more roads mentioned above which are closed to public.
    Locus-3km.jpg

    Third: Locus with Voluntary UK theme. Same thing with need to go to 3 km scale but having less overview (left). Going to 2 km scale Voluntary UK theme gets useless, showing almost closed roads:
    Voluntary-UK-3-2km.jpg

    Fourth: Locus with Adventure theme. Useless for me:
    Adventure-3km.jpg


    As in newbie status to locus - do I miss some sort of configuration, do you know a good road theme or is the the way to go for me staying by Osmand?
  6. SRTie4k

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    First, let me emphasize that there is no one theme that will fit all use cases all across the world.

    Unfortunately the density of objects and roads in Europe is MUCH greater than it is in the US. If you look pretty much anywhere in the state of New Hampshire in the US (where I live and where I base my theme), at zoom level 14 there can be a whole lot of nothing on the screen at any given time. See here:

    2018-02-15 09.32.34.png

    Which is why I display unmaintained roads (what appears as broken brown roads in Adventure theme) at zoom levels as low as 13. Because of the density of roads in your area as well as the abundance of unmaintained roads, this theme will obviously not work for you if you only plan on doing road riding. Here in the US, especially the northeast, most unmaintained roads are open to the public, so it makes sense to show them so people can plan ahead in low zoom levels.

    Lastly, remember that this is an "Adventure" theme, so all roads, including dirt and unmaintained, are emphasized as much as any other.

    The only recommendation I can give you is to try the internal Road theme. It will still show "residential" roads at zoom level 14, but that's the best you're going to get without going custom. I'd also try increasing your map resolution. It will make maps more legible and decrease some of the clutter. I recommend 150-200% for motorcycle riding.
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  7. Cyclepath

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    Hi SRT. I have been using your "adventure"" theme and I really like it. Are you open to some suggestions ? And if you are then here they are. Keep in mind they are only suggestions and constructive ideas. If there is such a thing coming from me...hehe :-)
    #1 The secondary roads that are light yellow need to be a darker yellow. They are a bit hard to see at certain angles and next to the white ones. Also when they pass over a part of the map that is yellow in color they are really hard to see.
    #2 Can you give us the ability to turn off the contour lines like with Elevate ?
    #3 Also a way to turn off the Amenities like churches, teeter totters and other buildings. Stores and buss stops, hospitals, RV centers, camp sites and things that clutter up the map.
    #4 make the very small back roads and trails and such stay visible at a smaller zoomed out level so we can see where the trail goes to without scrolling all over the map. Also when you get zoomed out to level 13 those unmaintained roads look just like the contour lines, another reason to be able to turn off contour lines. :-)

    Thanks for taking the time to make a cool theme like this and for lending an ear. :-)
  8. SRTie4k

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    As far as road color, I also had some reservations about the road color variation. I wanted to keep almost all roads a similar color as I feel that some other themes go a bit overboard with color differences (red roads seem like a terrible idea to me). Maybe I can find a better spread between orange (trunks) and yellow (primary, secondary and tertiary roads).

    I can certainly look into being able to turn features on and off. I think contour lines and POIs are two categories to start with.
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    Contour lines toggle is done.

    Currently working on POIs. Right now, POIs covers several "categories" including natural features (such as peaks, designated forests, parks, waterfalls, deserts, basins), as well as man made such as shops, hotels, restaurants, gas stations, etc. Trying to decide whether to separate these out into separate categories or just grouping them all together into the POI category.
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  10. WF_Jester

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    Need some help please. I can import POI files but when I try to get a custom icon I cannot get that to work. Every time I try to add one it just takes me to the web site where it gives directions which I have followed. I am sure I am missing something really simple well because I am pretty simple :lol3
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    You mean to change the icon on n existing waypoint?
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    Well, regardless of it being existing or not...

    click on the waypoint which will give you a popout. Click on ">"
    and then "Edit"

    Under Icon & Name click on the icon.
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    Ok let me try to be more clear. I am trying to import a gpx of distilleries there are 89 points. I want all the distilleries to have a custom icon so that when they show up I know they are a distillery and not a ghost town lets say. The custom icon is located in \SD card\Locus\icons\navigation as Distilleries.png I also have it in a zip file (My_Icons.zip) as instructed also. I have manually edited the gpx to add it I have tried the following

    <locus:icon>file:Distilleries.png</locus:icon>
    <locus:icon>file:\Locus\icons\navigation\Distilleries.png</locus:icon>
    <locus:icon>file:Locus\icons\navigation\Distilleries.png</locus:icon>
    <locus:icon>file:\navigation\Distilleries.png</locus:icon>
    <locus:icon>file:\locus\icons\navigation\My_Icons.zip:Distilleries.png</locus:icon>

    All give me errors saying file not found on import. example -> file '\Locus\icons\navigation\Distilleries.png' Didn't find it
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    Maybe it's the file size you're trying to use?

    Thy reading though this: Custom icons.
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    Yeah. I hear you about the color variations of roads. For me so far the only thing is the light yellow color, it just needs to be darker. Just my opion though. :-)
    Oh yeah..... maybe the brown color of your dotted back roads or trails could be something different because they are close to the color of the contour lines,....just a thought.
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    Thank you for working on this. This is so cool.:-) When you get this version ready please post a link. And tell us noob how to install it like you did the last one. And do we just need to delete the old theme ?
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    icon is 32 x 32 I have tired / and \ with and without leading slash no joy.
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    OK FYI for the win it is

    <locus:icon>file:my_icons.zip:distillery.png</locus:icon>
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    I use V-S2_Cycle_OAM theme for high definition of all roads. It shows every road at 20km scale...
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  20. ThomasD

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    That is exactly NOT what I want. Was my description so unclear?
    I am looking for a theme to show only roads that a suitable and legal for onroad motorized traffic. I really donĀ“t need roads to be shown that I am not allowed to ride. And showing this roads makes the overview just confusing.