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Tutorial for making navigation tracks in less than 5minutes!

 
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redhotiron2004



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject: Tutorial for making navigation tracks in less than 5minutes! Reply with quote

This is a tutorial for all those who want to make a navigation track, that is more than just a set of straight lines joining all the points. This is going to be helpful for all those 'noobs' like myself. Who want to make a full navigation track for driving etc.

1. Choose your track on 'Google maps'.
2. Once selected press 'GMapToGPX' bookmark to convert the route to GPX format. (For 'GMapToGPX visit: http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/gmaptogpx/)
3. A text box will appear with the points of the track. Choose 'Full' to show all the points on the track.
4. After that press 'Ctrl A' inside the box to copy all the lines inside the box.
5. Paste those lines in any text editor of your choice. I have used 'Notepad++' for that. (Link: http://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/v6.1.5.html)
6. Use the 'Save As' option. And save the file in 'Gpx' format. Not any other format.
7. Open the generated file in 'Route convertor'
(Download: http://www.routeconverter.com/downloads/en)
8. Change the 'Type' to 'Route'. Also, see the 'Position count'(It's 693 in the example).
9. Press 'Alt P'. And select 'Delete duplicate Positions' option.
10. Select 'Douglas Peucker Algorithm'.
11. After that, Press 'Delete selected points' to remove the redundant points.
12. After this observe the position count(It's reduced to 267 from 693 in the example). Without effecting the track flow.
13. Save the new GPX file. Upload it to your Trek buddy's 'Tracks' folder.
14. Load the 'Track' and use 'Route forward/Route Backward' option to view the full track and navigate using that.

Here, I have decreased the redundant points without effecting the turns and curves of the route. This would result in faster loading of the routes and also bigger routes can be added in this way. As 'Trek Buddy' doesn't seem to work with more than 500 points in one track.
This is my first tutorial. Hope it would be useful for someone. If you like the tutorial I might add more for other things in this thread in the future as well . Laughing



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redhotiron2004



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is an attachment of all the pics above. For more comfort.
I have also attached the gpx files as an example



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poutnikl



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good complement is http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx

It can interactively create the whole GPX navigation waypoints line,
based on either Google maps either Openstreetmaps.

Just few clicks, and it will add all necessery other waypoints.
Very handy web application.

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redhotiron2004



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

poutnikl wrote:
Very good complement is http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx

It can interactively create the whole GPX navigation waypoints line,
based on either Google maps either Openstreetmaps.

Just few clicks, and it will add all necessery other waypoints.
Very handy web application.


Looks very handy indeed for an expert user for making a track Smile .

I have basically concentrated on a ready-made map from Google which won't require you to plot the points on the map & have a familiar interface for most users.
The above software have a lot of customizations and options.
But, you would have to put the points yourself on the map. Which would take time and might not be a suitable option for the beginners.

This is a guide for beginners.
I might add a small tutorial for this tool as well (once I get to know it better). Because, 'GmapToGPX' is not so reliable(based on Google hack. It goes down whenever Google changes it's codes). It would be good if people would also suggest more tools like this in this thread itself Wink .
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poutnikl



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, in fact, my post IS for beginners,
you procedure seems to me quite complicated.

You have set in title "in 5 minutes",
but with this tool I would be finished much faster.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good online compacter is also here

http://www.coursemapper.com/coursecompacter.htm

Another good route planner,
based on Openstreemaps, very useful for bicycle
is here - Europe only AFAIK.

http://openrouteservice.org/

Major difference between Openrouteservice and Bikeroutetoster is

the former can use aside of pointing, also searching by place name or address and put in file excess of waypoint, good to be compacted.


The latter puts there rather essential waypoints.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

redhotiron2004 wrote:
But, you would have to put the points yourself on the map. Which would take time and might not be a suitable option for the beginners.


Only the starting and final point.
Optionally extra waypoints, if you explicitly insist to pass particular way.

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