Map Overview


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    The Map Tab in GPS Kit is where you'll see your location, current track, waypoints, weather stations, etc. The documentation below is meant to help you become familiar with this portion of GPS Kit.

    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. Note on elevation data: if you drop a waypoint somewhere other than your current location, the device will not be able to get elevation data. Also, if you more a waypoint manually, you will lose elevation data.

    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 (US only): 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.

    Map Overview Walkthrough Videos: iPad iPhone

    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.

    Arrow on Map: The arrow tells you of your current location and the direction in which you are moving. If you are stopped, the arrow will not update your direction. If weak GPS signal distorts the accuracy of your current position, a question mark will appear on top of the arrow.

    Path: When you start tracking, location data is recorded into temporary memory. These points are plotted onto the screen. If you would like save certain points you can do this by going to the tracks tab and creating a new track. You will then be asked if you want to add the points in memory to the track. If you say yes, the newly created track will start with those points already in it. The green dot is the point that the track started recording.

    Locate Me: When activated (the blue state), this button keeps the center of the map on your current location. If you decide that you don’t want the map to pan automatically simply press the button again.

    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 Panel

    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.

    Manage Offline Maps: This feature allows you to cache maps for use when no 3G or WiFi signal is present. 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.

    GPS: This section allows you to set your track color & enable your proximity sensor, background tracking & Squawk! background tracking.

    The proximity sensor is a power saving tool that will turn your screen off if the sensor (located by your earpiece) is covered.

    If Background Squawk! is enabled, GPS Kit will continue to run Squawk! in the background even if you exit the app (only is the Squawk! feature is generally enabled).

    Background Warnings is a courtesy feature that will notify you when you exit GPS Kit but you're still tracking (GPS is still in use). If you do not wish to receive these notifications, you can turn this feature off.

    A Note on Background Tracking: If you are currently tracking in GPS Kit (you started a track & have not paused or stopped) and you exit the app, GPS Kit will keep tracking your movements.

    How to Cache Maps

    Access the map caching feature entering your Map Settings & tapping ‘Manage Offline Maps’. Tap ‘Add New Cache Region’ to see a menu of enabled map types for caching. NOTE: If you don’t see the map type you want to cache here, you’ll need to navigate back to your ‘Map Type’ settings, locate that map type, tap its blue arrow & turn the ‘Offline Enabled’ feature ‘On’. Tap the map type to wish to cache. Now you’ll be asked how you want to define your cache area - select an option. Now you’ll choose your resolution - Basic, High or Very High. Select the option that best suits your needs. The ‘Selected Levels’ portion of this page will show you which tile levels are selected 91 being the lowest resolution, 21 being the highest zoom level). When you’ve selected your desired resolution, tap ‘Next’ in the upper right corner. Now you’ll see the map - pan and zoom the map to fit inside the area your specified. Once all the tiles you need to cache are inside the yellow area, tap ‘Cache’ in the upper right corner to to begin your download.

    You’ll see your new cache region populate in the list alongside its download status. Once downloaded, your tiles will be ready for offline use - there’s not need to activate them once you’re out of range. To delete a cache area, simply swipe from left to right on its field and tap ‘Delete’.

    Please respect the EULA’s provided by each individual map provider.

    Offline Map Walkthrough Videos: iPad iPhone