Pocket Earth GPS navigator

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by markinthailand, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. markinthailand

    markinthailand Been here awhile

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    Is anyone else using Pocket Earth or Pocket Earth Pro for off-line maps?

    They have OFF LINE vector topo maps -- this is the one thing lacking from Galileo Pro and others -- and it is easy to download regions/states/countries. Much easier than the bit-mapped tiles from Motion X GPS and others.

    I've been through all the documentation, as well as their videos, etc., and have an email off to the developers (a small 2 person shop) for a couple of questions.

    Overall I think a potentially very useful contribution to the iPhone GPS mapping app ecosystem.

    Here are my questions if any of you are using it or figuring things out:

    1. Is there a way to turn off the label on the top that tells you what GPS tracks you have displayed?

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    2. Is there a way to record a GPS track and ALSO display the already recorded tracks? It seems like you cannot view other tracks while recording -- which will probably be a deal breaker for me for exploring new areas, as I'm usually trying to link up routes, etc.

    Thanks! I'll try and get the developers to chime in here if I can.
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  2. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    I've been using PE Pro and have asked the same two questions. No 'deal-breakers' for me as there are many other Apps that will record your Track - like Galileo Pro. :-)

    As for the PE developers joining in here, they hardly participate in their own Forum. I'll be...confused if they join in here.
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  3. markinthailand

    markinthailand Been here awhile

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    ha ha, yes.

    Yeah, I know I can use two different apps, but am hoping to be able to not have to switch between apps. The topographic maps is just great. I don't know why, however, you can only see one track or set of tracks at a time, and NOT see the track you are recording.

    Have you found any work-around?
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  4. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    No workaround that I can find. PE seems to be a very single-threaded App. I hope they put some effort into this area of the app in the coming months.
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  5. markinthailand

    markinthailand Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the confirmation. It isn't necessarily the most intuitive, but I think it was built for the backpacker/hostler wandering around Europe and not motorcyclists in the backcountry....

    Yes, a small change that would be rally nice. I'll use it for following tracks, but a bummer to have to switch back to other apps for recording. That also means correcting tracks will be a challenge. I'll let you know if I hear from them, as unlikely as it sounds...
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  6. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    I use Galileo and I think it is WAY better. Galileo supports many different map sources. I have Google satviews, the same Topo maps etc. Further, I can have the same Openstreetmap data offline as PE.
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  7. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    I suppose our definitions of "WAY better" are somewhat different. If Galileo Pro supported Route creation and offline Route navigation and adhered to the GPX Syntax I would agree with you. Oh, and it would be nice if Galileo Pro could convert a Route to a Track like PE - all this in the name of data sharing.
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  8. markinthailand

    markinthailand Been here awhile

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    How do you do topographic maps in Galileo? That is, which map source are you using? Since Pocket Earth has vector topographic maps you can do a lot of nice things with that. I don't think you can get those in Galileo -- but if you can, let me know!

    I agree in some ways Galileo is a lot better -- easier to stop/start tracking, etc. But the ability to pull a full topographic map of a state or country is pretty good.
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  9. markinthailand

    markinthailand Been here awhile

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    Realized I wasn't clear earlier. Do you mean "same" as in vector or bitmap? What source are you using for your topographic maps?

    One other thing about PE, it is very "jerky" when following the GPS at speed -- the map jumps around a lot ("jiggling" for want of a better word), which makes me think that it is optimized for walking speeds, not vehicle.
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  10. markinthailand

    markinthailand Been here awhile

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    They wrote back!

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    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for contacting us! The Info panel can not be hidden currently and the only way to show multiple tracks is to display a whole group of them as you have shown in the screenshot. You also cannot record a new one while displaying other ones.

    We hope to fix these limitations soon.


    Best Regards,
    Abe Heckenbach
    Founder & Developer
    GeoMagik LLC
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    So it sounds like it is on their radar and hopefully they will get onto it soon. If other folks write them and encourage them that might help get it moved on sooner rather than later.
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  11. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    The offline maps provided by galileo are vector maps based on openstreetmap, same as PE.
    However, Galielo support third party map sources, i have google maps, google satellite, Navionics sea maps, swedish topo maps etc.
    For the us topo maps use http://blog.galileo-app.com/post/49508755114/usgs-topo-maps
    Galielos main strength is its ability to handle a large amount of custom poi in categories.
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  12. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    Well, the op liked to display multiple tracks while recording and I must say Galileo is better in that regard.
    Regarding your other remarks, i agree, but I dont see that requirements from the op.
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  14. theregulator

    theregulator Shut Up and Ride

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    I just spent a week in the Dolomites and used PE each evening to produce the next day's route. It works SO well for my needs. I'm curious if others find it as useful or if you've moved onto another routing solution while on the road.

    I start a new route by entering the start and finish points then move the route on screen by placing control points with my finger. Got me to some amazing roads. Great rendering of maps. Easy to export to Android via Dropbox, Google Drive, email, etc. Import to OsmAnd, Locus, etc. and follow along.

    There might be comparable Android or web based tools to accomplish the same thing with the same ease of use, but I've not experienced them yet.

    It's one of the interesting things about living in the age we do, so many technology choices evolving so quickly that it's hard to keep up....
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  15. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    I use PE too, much for its better view of OSM maps than Galileo, ie roads and paths are more visible from a distance than Galileo.
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  16. markinthailand

    markinthailand Been here awhile

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    Is anyone getting Pocket Earth to orient when riding so it rotates to show you where you will be going (like most GPS apps do) with direction of travel at the top?

    I have tried it both ways in settings (Map Rotation: Course/Heading and GPS Arrow: Course/Heading) and it would work for a while then seems to go back to North at the top. I've clicked on the icons as well, same results.

    Is there some combination that will make it work? I just want to have the PE App rotating with my direction of travel at the top.

    Thanks!
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  17. HBSURFDAD

    HBSURFDAD Oops, Sorry

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    For me the only issues with the direction is when I mount it too vertical, if it is flatter I seem to not have problems.
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  18. Gatornation

    Gatornation Ayatollah of Rock n Rolla

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    I have imported GPX routes from another app. It seems to have done it correctly, but it also shows a generic shape of the route in the same color as the route. Is this normal? Can it be removed?
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  19. navydive

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    So how do you import GPX routes into PE?
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  20. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Using iOS you just select the GPX file and Share (Copy It) to the App you want to use.
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