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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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A few tips about formats and GPX

Adventures when enjoyed with friends, are twice as good. And yet unfortunately we cannot always head out with others, in which case we love to share our tracks! There are currently dozens of platforms dedicated just for this purpose. There are also those whose main function is to allow users to store and organize all the data on their training sessions however they like. Whether we use the former, the latter or both format compatibility is always a concern.

TwoNav has its own file format: TRK , but it also boasts the big plus that one can also use BTRK, an extension referring to a unique and fantastic navigation format known as Roadbook. There is no easier and more intuitive system today to follow a track: it features a navigation system that runs all by itself with both visual and acoustic signs all along the way, so users barely have to pay attention to the GPS screen. It also allows you to include all kinds of additional information, like coordinates, photos, videos, descriptions, links and icons for the most significant sites on your routes.

Our TwoNav devices, in addition to TRK, also work with almost all the universal formats such as GPX, TCX, PLT and even KML and KMZ. Amongst all these the most widely used is GPX, a format compatible with many other services. Most sports management platforms where you can share tracks support this format.

If  you are a regular user of this kind of platform you will probably be interested in the fact that our TwoNav devices records directly in the GPX format. It is possible and also very simple to set up your device so that it directly records in it. To do so you just go to the main menu on the TwoNav device and follows these steps:

>Settings (the gear icon in our main menu, shown in the pictures)

> Full Set-up

> Tracklog

> File

> File Format (Once here you will be able to choose the GPX format.)

However you may find yourself needing to share tracks that you had previously recorded in TRK. This is no problem because the format conversion can also be done later thanks to our Land software, and in a very simple way: just open the track in Land and, when you save it again choose the formatting option you want, in this case GPX. It´s that simple. The only thing to keep in mind is that this new format will not retain certain information, such as track color or width, although it will conserve the most relevant aspects: such as those recorded by the external sensors (heart rate monitor, cadence sensor, potentiometer), and obviously the path.

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OSM explained by TwoNav

Open Street Map, explained

OSM (Open Street Map) is a collaborative system that, to put it simply, is something like the Wikipedia of maps. The project came about in 2004, headed up by Steve Coast, but has needed years and, above all, the support of almost two million users who, free of charge, have added cartographic data daily to make it the great information source it is today.

The Open Street Map is a massive database of free and editable map data. The maps that make it up can be created by any user, using geographic information captured by mobile GPS devices, like our TwoNavs, orthophotos, and other free sources. It is estimated that the number of users grows 10% every month, and 90,000 km of new roads alone are added each week. The numbers would be even greater if we included types of data, like paths and trails, roads, points of interest, etc. The quantity and quality of information on the Open Street Map system varies greatly, depending directly on the work done by users. Countries like Germany and the Netherlands have succeeded in achieving very high levels of quality in their contributions to the project, while in less developed countries the information is more limited. In some regions Open Street Map may even include areas that are not covered by any commercially-available map product.

Open Street Map is a must for Outdoor lovers, and TwoNav wants to make it clear, with a great offer on OSM maps

In 2014 an update was carried out that significantly improved the system: in addition to expanding information, updating the street guide, and introducing aesthetic adjustments, automatic routing was incorporated. Now a user only has to indicate a starting point and destination on the map, and our software automatically provides the optimal route for his activity.

As is only logical for a project of this nature, neither TwoNav nor any other entity can be held responsible for the accuracy of the data provided. What do we have to do with this system, then? At TwoNav we have invested a lot of time and effort processing maps to make them more enjoyable, user-friendly and, above all, compatible with our Land and Air software and TwoNav devices. Now our users can take advantage of the information available on Open Street Map, easily and conveniently.

Despite all the work that this has entailed, at TwoNav we really strive to recognize these types of projects, and applaud all the users/volunteers who make them possible. Thus, we wanted to maintain this “open” spirit and offer maps at a very low price: €2 for an entire country. We also include maps from around the world with the purchase of one of our GPS devices.

Happy navigation to all!

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