Routeplanning

Overview

GPX files can contain tracks as well as routes and POIs. To make it really complicated, all conceivable combinations are allowed. A GPX file can therefore contain several routes, all kinds of tracks and a few POIs. The tracks can be divided into segments and a point of a route can in turn contain route points. Working with GPX files is extremely flexible, but it is not easy to understand the many possibilities.

The elements in the GPX file are based on points that reflect a GEO location. If you look at the GPX specification, only latitude and longitude are mandatory fields as longitude and latitude. Additional information such as time stamp, altitude above sea level, etc. is optional information. This restriction should always be kept in mind when dealing with GPX files.

If you open a GPX file with mixed content with Track of the day in version 4.x , all valid elements are read in and displayed.

Route versus track

Version 1.x was designed for the analysis of tracks that had been recorded with a GPX-compatible navigation device such as the BMW Motorrad Navigator VI. An important key function is the automatic import of devices that are connected to the respective computer via a USB cable. If breaks and refueling stops are made during a route, recorded tracks are often divided into many segments. The archive of the BMW Motorrad Navigator VI makes the analysis of tracks even more difficult because the segments of a track are often distributed over several GPX files. To look back on the tour of a specific day, i.e. a Track of the day To be able to display, all recorded waypoints are read in, sorted by date and time and assigned to new tracks for display.

After the initial release of version 1.x, many of the first users tried to open GPX files with Track of the day that contained routes. They only knew the difference and there was frustration and a lot of support inquiries.

Here is the difference again:

  • Routes are used for planning. You have routes before you set off and a navigation device can only navigate, issue turning instructions and avoid blockades with routes. A route usually does not contain any information on altitude or time stamps.
  • Tracks are created while driving and you usually have to activate the recording. With Garmin devices you can set a continuous recording. This is the best option for making good use of Track of the day . With TomTom devices you always have to keep an eye on the recording and, after refueling and photo stops, make sure that the recording continues without gaps.

Version 2.0

In order to simplify the use of Track of the day even for inexperienced users, support for routes in GPX format was added with version 2.0. From version 2.0, tracks can be converted into routes and vice versa. This makes it possible to create a track from a route and experience it virtually with the integrated street view function.

Version 3.0

To implement this street view function, Microsoft Internet Explorer was integrated into the Track of the day . However, Google uses a Java Script version for the Streetview websites that is no longer fully supported by Internet Explorer. As a result, some users often experienced Java Script errors while using the Google Streetview function. With version 3.0, Track of the dayexchanged. The new browser is based on the Chromium framework and is very largely compatible with the Google Streetview websites. However, it is not possible to log in with a Google profile, as Google only allows a few certified web browsers. However, you do not need to log in with a Google account to use the Streetview functionality, so nothing stands in the way of enjoying the Streetview.

When using Google Streetview you should always keep in mind that Germany in particular is a patchwork quilt with very large gaps in Google Streetview coverage. In all other EU countries, the USA, Canada, etc., even small branch lines are often very well recorded and can be viewed with Google Streetview while the route is being planned.

Self-explanatory software

The route planning with Track of the day was largely revised with version 4.0. In order to simplify the user guidance, new small dialogs are used, which have been implemented as popups. In contrast to conventional modal dialogs, popups do not have to be explicitly closed. If the mouse pointer leaves a popup or is clicked outside of a popup, it closes automatically.

Neither tracks nor routes selected

The contents of these popups are based on the elements opened in Track of the day . If neither a route nor a track is selected, a very simple popup opens as soon as the map is clicked with the left mouse button. This popup offers the following options

  • Capture Point of Interests (POI)
  • Start a new route at the currently clicked point on the map
  • Change the zoom factor of the map (enlarge or reduce the map to a fixed scale)

 

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