Osmand Help Needed – color coding tracks & displaying waypoints

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Vic5491, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. Vic5491

    Vic5491 Been here awhile

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    I am planning on riding the eastern TAT from around Deals Gap to the AR/OK line this fall and I am new to using tracks and track software for navigation. After trying several others, I found Osmand and installed it on my Nexus 7 Android tablet and generally like it a lot. But I have not been able to resolve a couple of issues that need to be resolved. I hope one of you more experienced users can help me.


    I am using gpsKevin’s 2016 gpx file that includes the track I need to follow and alternative ways to go when there is an easier of harder option available (these optional tracks are color coded blue for the main route, green for easier route or red for those who want a thrill). The gpx file also contains waypoints that are used to show various POIs like places where you can find gas, food or lodging.


    Problem #1:

    When I load the gpx file into Osmand, I get the full route including all “workaround” secondary routing options but they are all color coded red rather than red, blue and green for difficulty. Can this be fixed? If so, how?


    Problem #2:

    The second thing is the waypoints show up as red “Texaco Stars” rather than showing up using the symbols that show for food, lodging or gas when the same file is viewed in MapSource. Sure you can tap on them and see what they are but then you end up with one of those large ugly orange teardrops on your route that are a PITA to remove. The original author of the route had nice symbols that let you know at a glance what each marker way. Is there anyway I can get his markers to show up in Osmand?


    I have looked at every setting in Osmand and have not been able to find a way to solve these two problems. If one of you has a solution for them, I’d be greatly appreciative.
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  2. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I have just started using Osmand and have learned a few things. So far it seems that when I load a file with multiple tracks, Osmand treats it all as one track. So I have been having to load in one track at a time as a gpx file.

    Changing colors isn't too hard. Hit the menu icon, then My Places\My Tracks. Scroll to the track you want and click on it. The program will show a window below the map with info about the track. You can change track color by clicking on the track color area in the first or second line of that window.

    I haveln't been able yet to change the symbol used for waypoints and can't find anything in any of the help forums.
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  3. Vic5491

    Vic5491 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for your reply. Osmand seems great on many levels but it has a quirky interface that makes me think that there is some way to do what I want that I have just not found. Maybe not. Maybe someone else will come along and help both of us with this! :)

    Vic
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    wbbnm Long timer

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    I think all mapping software packages are really difficult to learn. They seem to all be different and thus nonintuitive. I have searched a lot and cannot find a comprehensive Osmand manual, just a beginners guide, some FAQs, and a focus group on Google.
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  5. Vic5491

    Vic5491 Been here awhile

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    Look what I just found! I have not yet found a solution to my issues but this is a heck of a resource to anyone using Osmand!
    https://code.google.com/archive/p/osmand/wikis
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    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    Please understand the link you provided is to the Archives.
    None of this is current or up todate.
    it may work....or not.
    Use at your own risk.
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  8. Vic5491

    Vic5491 Been here awhile

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    It is still better than nothing and nothing is close to what is available elsewhere as far as I can tell. There really needs to be an Osmand Forum!
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    Vic5491 Been here awhile

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  10. DaMonk45

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    There is and it is active with VERY good help.
    You said you found it?
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  11. Vic5491

    Vic5491 Been here awhile

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    I didn't say I found it. But I would like to find it. Can you tell me where it is?
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  15. Shawnee Bill

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    Get Locus, MUCH better handling of tracks than Osmand. And Kevins tracks, track sections, optional tracks, will automatically display in his original colors I believe.
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  16. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    I've looked at both OSMAND and Locus.
    OSMand changed all the track colors to one default color, and the track names to Track 1, Track 2, etc.... at least last time I looked.
    Locus handled tracks perfectly, it's just that the map rendering wasn't quite as good as OSMand.

    So OSMand is totally out for my purposes, Locus is close, but for now I'll stay with Garmin.
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  17. Shawnee Bill

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    I use either Locus or Garmin, depending on the bike and the type of ride.

    Road trips, almost always Garmin, following tracks on backroads and "offroad", Locus.

    So if riding the TAT, Locus.
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    I've debated downloading Locus, just to play around and see if I like it. I used OSMand all year this year and it worked well, but I didn't do much navigating with multi-track routes. I did discover that using point-to-point navigation with specific waypoints on the track helps to clear up some of the multi-track issues, but it's not perfect.
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