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Did you know that Land and TwoNav let you customise the look of your tracks?

This week in “Did you know…?”, we discuss the many possibilities that Land and TwoNav offer to let you freely customise your tracks so you can get the most out of them.

One of the most powerful tools in Land and TwoNav is track customisation, especially so you can see them clearly over any type of map, even when more than one map is loaded. You can modify tracks from:

  •  The properties of a specific track (the changes will only be applied to that track)
  • The general Land and TwoNav settings (the changes will be applied to every track loaded)

TRACK PROPERTIES

More than anything, any good user of Land or TwoNav loves the endless possibilities our software offers to change how tracks look. These are some of the most important customisation properties:

Track colour

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Track width

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Track line type

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Edit these and many other properties from:

  • Land: ‘Select track > Click on the button bar > Select View category’
  • TwoNav: ‘Main menu > Files > Tracks > Select track > Select View category’

Note: These properties will be saved in tracks with the *.TRK format (they will not be saved in tracks with the *.GPX format)

GENERAL LAND AND TWONAV SETTINGS

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Even using the above properties, it’s often hard to know what direction the track is going. If you enable this option, you will see the direction of the track overlaid on top.

Show directional arrows from:

  • Land: ‘Main menu > Options > Tracks > Draw arrows over the track’
  • TwoNav: ‘Main menu > Full settings > Map page > Objects on map > Tracks > Draw arrows over the track’

Variable colour tracks

One of the least-known features of Land and TwoNav is the option to show a track with various colours that represent the how a field changes over the course of a route (altitude, speed, slope, time, heart rate…).

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This tool provides visual cues to give you an overall idea of the track. In other words, if you select the “Altitude” field, Land/TwoNav will show you the altitude along the track route (the brighter the colour, the higher the altitude at that point).

Enable the track gradient from:

  • Land: ‘Button bar > Track variable color’
  • TwoNav: ‘Main menu > Full settings > Map page > Objects on map > Tracks > Track variable color’

Look of the navigated track

If you’re navigating, Land and TwoNav let you highlight the track so you don’t have to strain your eyes and can instead enjoy your outdoor activities.

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Of the many possibilities available, we would like to point out the option of showing the current track with a double line, of changing its thickness, or even its colour:

  • Land: ‘Main menu > Options > Navigation > Tracklog’.
  • TwoNav: ‘Main menu > Full settings > Map page > Objects on map > Tracks > Navigated track’
Track colour by laps

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If a track is divided into laps, open it and you can analyse the track laps with visual cues that show each lap in a different colour. To change the colour of a lap, go directly into that lap’s properties and change its colour:

  • Land: ‘Select lap > Click Properties on the button bar > Select View category’
  • TwoNav: ‘Main menu > Files > Tracks > Select track > Lap analysis > Select lap > Properties’

Both Land and TwoNav let you analyse automatic segments, in which case they will be shown in alternating colours. To turn off the alternating colours, press ‘Automatic laps on map’ in the advanced settings.

It couldn’t be easier. Now it’s time to practice.

 

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Did you know that Land 8… allows you to use information from a vector map to create a track automatically?

The third edition of our “Did you know that Land 8…?” section, following the same line as in previous weeks, brings you a function that is both practical, simple, and, thus far, unknown to many: how to take advantage of information from a vector map to automatically create a track. Enjoy it!

The new Land 8 will allow you to use the information available on a vector map to automatically create a track. It’s a very simple function, but, to make this possible the vector map on which you work needs to be “routable;” i.e. to have network information that can be used for automatic route calculation. TwoNav’s OSM and TomTom maps, for example, are “routable” maps, making them perfect to create tracks more easily.

To create a track, follow these steps:

1- In the map window, open the context menu at the exact location where you want to create the new reference.

2- Select ‘New> Start track here’. The first point of the track will be created in that position.

3- In the vector editor, press ‘FastTrack’.

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4- You will then see some arrows at each intersection. Each arrow indicates a direction to choose. Select the way you want to go at each intersection.

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5- Repeat the same action at each intersection until you reach your destination.

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6- You can also draw the entire track at one time by using the ‘Control’ button while selecting the destination. Land 8 will calculate the fastest route and generate the entire track from your current position until the selected destination.

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And remember: if you want to try out this function, you can download the new Land 8 free by here.
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Did you know that Land 8… lets you create your own customized maps?

After a successful first edition, we continue today with our “Did you know that Land 8…?” section, presenting you with a very useful and important function: creating your own custom map of a particular area with the new Land 8. In addition to being practical, it’s a very simple function!

The creation of the map of a particular area with Land 8 can be carried out based on any map that is not copyright-protected. However, with on-line maps it is especially useful, because they are very large maps that give you lots of possibilities when it comes to choosing the area you need. Land 8 offers a selection of online maps of different countries and types (topo, ortho, OSM …) that opens up a huge range of possibilities.

The steps for the creation of your custom map are:

1- Open the online map (or any other raster map that does not have a copyright)

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2- Activate the selection tool.

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3- Select the area and click on “Create new map for this area”.

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4- If you have files loaded as waypoints, routes or tracks, you can choose whether you want them to be superimposed on the resulting map.

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5- Give it a name and select the format (we recommend rmap, for its performance and compatibility with all platforms).

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6- Wait (it can take hours if you have chosen a very large area).

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7- Now you have a new new map that does not require a connection to function and that you can place on your TwoNav!

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And remember: if you want to try out this function, you can download the new Land 8 free by here.
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Did you know that Land 8… lets you customize windows and toolbars?

We’re rolling out a section that will really interest you. As you know, the new Land 8 maintains the features of the previous Land (when something works well, why change it?) but they are presented and managed in a much more intuitive way. In the coming weeks we will be showing you these little innovations that make it an even more responsive program. Here we have the first edition for you!

Did you know that with Land 8 you can customize windows and toolbars?

Land has several windows and toolbars that you can customize.

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You can show or hide different elements from the main toolbar, basically the following:

  • Data Tree
  • Properties window
  • Graphics window

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In addition to showing or hiding, you can also choose what position they are shown in:

  • Right
  • Left
  • Below
  • Floating

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This can be selected by clicking on the right mouse button.

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When there is more than one window on one side, you can select whether they appear in tabs or stacked.

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You can reselect by right clicking on the name of a window.

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The favorite bars and viewing tools can also be customized:

– Favorites: show/hide

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– Viewing tools: vertical / horizontal.

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The “window” section from the main menu also allows you to enable / disable the main windows, as well as to access the advanced tools, like:

  • Create New Window: Open a new independent map window to have more than one view at the same time
  • Thumbnail: Overview of all the elements loaded.
  • Zoom: A close-up of the place indicated by the cursor.
And remember: if you want to try out this function, you can download the new Land 8 free here.

By David Albert
Product Manager, TwoNav

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Did you know that with Land 8 it’s very easy to cut and join tracks to create a solution tailored to your needs?

When you want to design a customised outing or holiday and look for tracks in the area, it’s difficult for these to be perfectly adapted to the distances that you want to cover, the points that you want to leave from or arrive at, etc. In this case, the best idea is to join multiple tracks and/or cut them at the point of interest to you. Practical, isn’t it? It’s also very easy with the tools that the new Land 8 makes available to you.

 

‘Cut tracks’ and ‘Join tracks’ with Land 8

The steps to be followed are simple:

1- Load the 2 tracks you want to mix.

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2- Decide the portions of the tracks that you want to keep and those you don’t.

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3- Cut the tracks so as to separate the “unwanted” sections. To cut a track simply right-click on the cut point and select “Tools > Cut track here”. So, you’ll have to “Cut track here” at the beginning and end of the sections that you do not want to keep on each of the tracks.

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 Note:  Each cut, technically, will generate a new track for you, so you will see new tracks on the data tree.

4- Close the sections of the “unwanted” track. It is best not to close them on the map: i.e. right-click on the stretch of the track on the map and select “File > Close track.”  This will load only those track sections that you want to form part of your final track.

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5- Go to the main menu and select “Edit > Unify tracks”. You will be asked if you want to join them by proximity or time. In this case, the most advisable course is based on proximity. In this way you’ll have your unified track all ready.

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Note: You can also decide whether to keep the two parts of the track marked “Section” on the final track. For simplicity’s sake, say no.

6- The unified track may have a starting point that you you do not want. Selecting a new starting point is very simple: just right click on the new starting point and select “Tools > Start point here”.

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7- Don’t forget to save the final track!

Important:  As always, before starting to edit files, you should make a backup, since it’s easy to make a mistake when modifying them.

 

And remember: if you want to try out this function, you can download the new Land 8 free by here.
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Buff MTB Pro Team : elite riders using TwoNav Devices

There’s no place for boredom with the Buff Mtb Pro Team. This was demonstrated in 2015 a stellar season for the team, packed with big challenges and excellent results. Now they have everything set to begin 2016 and for another year they will seek to give it their all at the most demanding and prestigious stage-based mountain bike races, and as always accompanied by their Anima+ devices. TwoNav didn’t want to miss out on the chance to continue to support this great team.

The members of the Buff MTB Pro Team

This year’s team is headed up again by Pau Zamora, serving as both a rider and team manager and supported by the two very accomplished riders Joan Llordella and Antonio Ortiz, with whom he has already competed during previous seasons. This year they are joined by a fourth member Adriá Noguera, the youngest of the squad but boasting a long athletic career and strong results in XCO and marathon events. “Having teammates you are in tune with and you can relate to is vital when you’re on teams of two and pedaling for hours together, at times facing some very trying situations. Your trust in your partner is as important as in your equipment,” Pau explained.

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The Buff MTB Pro Team and the equipment it relies on

The team will be counting on the Anima+ GPS throughout the season. In most of the races in which it will participate the use of a GPS is already mandatory and of course on all of them it is recommended. As much of the calendar is international and the team usually gets to the area a few days in advance, our devices will be of great use to them to train on site. The bicycles are also an important element and there will be changes in 2016: the brand will be BH, one that “perfectly suits the demanding levels of the competitions in which we participate.”

An exciting calendar

After Orbea Monegros Bike Marathon, TwoNav Empordà BTT Extrem, Cape Epic, Transandes Challenge, Andalusia Bike Race (and currently Transsylvania Epic), The Buff MTB Pro Team will have many other exciting journeys all over the globe.

At TwoNav we appreciate their trust in us, and look forward to the start of a new season that promises to be spectacular.

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TwoNav devices and ANT+ technology

Interesting ANT+ technology has made a real splash on the market. More and more devices are featuring it, including some of our TwoNav devices, and practically all athletes hear about it at some point, with many even using it daily. But do you really know what it is and how it works? In this article we are going to clear up all your questions.

What is ANT+ technology?

ANT+ is a wireless communication system designed to render multiple devices interoperable, quickly and easily, while consuming very little power.

 

What advantages does its use in a GPS give?

The idea behind ANT+ is similar to that of a traditional Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct connection: they can transmit information between two devices without using cables, but there are some differences. While it has a small range and only allows for the transmission of a very limited amount of data, it boasts important advantages that makes it an ideal system for linking GPS devices to sensors like heart rate monitors, cadence meters, pacers, speedometers and potentiometers:

SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION. Battery life is one of the factors of greatest concern to GPS users. The battery consumption levels made possible by ANT+ transmission technology are far lower than those of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth systems, fully optimizing battery life.
MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS. ANT+ technology makes it possible to connect more than two devices. For example, a smartphone and a GPS device (obviously both equipped with ANT+ technology) can simultaneously receive information from the same heart rate monitor.
ADEQUATE SCOPE OF TRANSMISSION AND CAPACITY. ANT+ technology’s range of transmission is just a few meters, but this is more than enough for connection to GPS sensors. The same is true of the volume of data that it is capable of transmitting, which although much less than with other technologies, is sufficient for it to work perfectly.

 

What TwoNav devices benefit from ANT+ technology?

TwoNav offers this technology on some of its devices. The “premium” model of the Anima, the Anima+, boasts ANT+, making it particularly appealing for cyclists who value having data on their pulse, cadence, speed and power. The Ultra also features ANT+ technology.

Do only GPS devices incorporate ANT+ technology?

No, it is not only GPS devices that have it. Some high-end smartphones also have ANT+, enabling them to connect to sensors for sports. At TwoNav we continue to work constantly on the expansion and improvement of this technology, and in a few weeks we will introduce two innovations designed for users of the TwoNav application for Android:
– The TwoNav application for Android can draw upon ANT+ technology in those smartphones that have it.
– The TwoNav application for Android – as well as the Ultra – can be connected to potentiometers via ANT+ technology.

For a few years now some smartphones have also featured BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) systems, similar to ANT+. We also allow connection to sensors via BLE and TwoNav for Android.

There are sensors with a dual communication system; that means they work with both ANT+ and BLE, and in this way able to communicate with devices that have one system or the other. Our heart rate monitors and cadence meters have this dual system.