Map & Settings Overview


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    Zooming & Panning: Pinch in & out to change zoom level. Zooming is done with respect to the center of the screen. Panning is done by using one finger and dragging the map the way you want it to move.

    Track Timer: The timer is located at the bottom of the map screen and can be tapped to bring up controls that allow you to start, pause, resume, and stop tracking. This feature is very useful for timed expeditions (running, cycling, etc).

    Map Menu: The map menu is new in version 4.1 and allows users to measure distance @ area, drop a waypoint, add a photo waypoint and post their current location to Facebook or Twitter.

    Measuring: Toggle the measuring tool on by tapping it once. There are three modes for measuring. The first is putting one finger on the map. This gives the distance from that point on the map to your current location. The second mode is by placing two fingers on the map. This gives the distance between your two fingers. The third is placing three or more figures on the map to measure an area. NOTE: while in measuring mode panning and zooming are disabled.

    Creating & Placing a Waypoint: Create a waypoint by selecting the ‘add waypoint’ icon or long pressing any area on the map. A pin will drop, and the screen will darken around it. When the screen is darkened, you can move the map around the waypoint to place it more accurately. If you know the exact coordinates where you would like a waypoint you can tap the coordinate fields to edit them. Press ‘Place’ to set the new coordinates.

    Creating a Photo Waypoint: Create a photo waypoint by selecting the ‘add photo waypoint’ icon (looks like a camera lens). You will be prompted to take or add a photo from your library. Once you’ve taken or selected a photo it will appear on the map. Photo waypoints are treated just like other waypoints.

    Creating a Weather Station: Create a weather station by selecting the ‘add weather station’ icon (looks like a tower w/ windsock). The weather station will drop in the middle of your current map view. You can position a weather station the same way you position a waypoint. To see more weather data, tap the ‘more’ icon in a weather station’s on-map menu. You’ll be taken to a screen with multiple weather variables and graphs displaying forecasts. You can edit the bottom variable of your on-map weather display by swiping the graph of the desired variable and turning it ‘on’.

    Posting to Facebook & Twitter: Select the icon of the social site you where you would like to post your current location. You will be prompted to login in via Facebook Connect or Twitter Connect is you haven’t already. Type in a custom message and publish your location.

    Waypoint Menu: The waypoint menu is new as of version 4.1 and allows users to add/edit a photo, add/edit a description, reposition or delete a waypoint, post the waypoint’s location to Facebook or Twitter and access the waypoint’s detail screens. The top of the menu also displays the waypoint’s name and your current distance from the waypoint.

    Digital Readout: This text, located directly above the map, works like the cells on the Dashboard. Tap it to change the type of data or units.

    Settings: The settings panel is accessed by tapping the gear in the upper right corner. This panel offers several features that allow you to customize GPS Kit to your needs.

    Map Type: This feature allows you to choose from the many map types GPS Kit comes with. You can also tap on the blue arrow to the left of a map type to see/edit its name & URL. You’ll also see options for offline maps on this screen. To learn more about offline maps, see ‘How to Cache Maps’ below.

    Distance Units: This sets the units for tracks, waypoints and maps. M/km shows all distances in meters below 800 m and km for anything higher. The cutoff for ft/mi is 5000 ft. Nautical miles and yards will always show nautical miles or yards.

    Background Tracking: This feature will allow you to track in the background permanently. The app will keep tracking, even if you close it when this option is enabled.

    If you have any additional questions on how to use the features found on the Map tab, please contact us: support@garafa.com