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Want to know which GPS is best suited to your type of hiking activity?

David Albert, Product Manager at TwoNav, kindly agreed to answer a series of questions about the new line-up of TwoNav hiking GPS units. If you’re still unsure as to which device is best suited to your activity, read on as David tells us the difference between them.

 

David, thanks for granting us this interview. Of all the GPS units for hiking, Horizon, Aventura and Trail, which is best suited to each type of activity?

First of all, it’s important to note that these devices are designed to satisfy the needs of all types of hikers, whether they are amateurs or experienced. The Horizon, Aventura and Trail all include TwoNav’s software, so it’s their physical characteristics that make the difference and determine which are more suited to a given activity.

 

 

Let’s start with Horizon. What’s its target consumer?

Horizon is the evolution of Anima, which in turn was derived from the old Sportiva. Horizon maintains the same look as its predecessors but it’s adapted to current needs. Horizon is an affordable solution that meets the needs of casual hikers and of those who are just starting out. Horizon is the GPS for nature lovers who are interested in doing medium or longer routes.

 

 

The name of the second device may be familiar to many TwoNav users, it’s the Aventura. What makes it unique?

That’s right! The first Aventura model was marketed in 2009. Many of our readers no doubt have an Aventura, it was a very successful GPS. Well, now we’re presenting the new generation of Aventura, one that’s much more technically advanced while keeping the essential aspects that worked so well in the first model. Aventura is an extreme GPS designed for mountain climbers. If you like to practise mountaineering in severe conditions, Aventura is the GPS for you! Aventura features exceptional worldwide coverage, which is very useful for getting around in unknown places knowing that you won’t get lost.

 

What can you tell us about Trail? How is it different from Horizon and Aventura?

Trail is an intermediate GPS between Horizon and Aventura. You could call it an affordable version of Aventura since it offers the same features but with fewer accessories. Trail has a larger display than Horizon, which is perfect for those who like to interact with the screen on the GPS. It’s also designed for specialised hikers who are used to going out more often. In other words, for enthusiasts who are actively involved in different types of hiking, both morning outings and more demanding activities, like treks lasting several days.

 

 

At the hardware level, what are the differences?

Horizon only weighs 125 gr. It’s a light and compact GPS measuring 60x105x23 mm, perfect for carrying in the hand or pocket. It has the same physical characteristics that were already used in Anima and Sportiva, namely the two side buttons. Aventura and Trail, on the other hand, weigh more than Horizon due to their much larger screens (3.7”). Another difference between Aventura and Trail with respect to Horizon is the buttons; both devices have four front buttons, two side buttons and a joystick, perfect for using the GPS even with gloves on.

 

 

How long does the battery on each device last?

Horizon has a removable battery that last 8 hours, which can be doubled with a spare battery. As for Trail, it has a built-in 20-hour battery. This completely weatherseals the unit and keeps mud and water from coming into contact with the internal circuitry. Aventura has a 24-hour battery life, the longest of all three. Its removable battery can also be replaced with a spare. Aventura is especially designed for climbers who travel for days or weeks and are unable to recharge the GPS.

 

David, what maps come with Horizon, Aventura and Trail?

All the units come with a base map and a topographic map of the user’s choosing. The maps are very accurate and provide a good land-based reference for finding alternative routes on any outing. Aventura also includes a TomTom road map, which turns it into a useful in-car navigation system.

 

 

Can you load more maps?

Yes, the internal memory on the devices is accessible so you always have the option to load more maps into the device. Horizon has an internal 8-GB memory and you can add a microSD card with more maps (topographic maps, road maps, satellite images, etc.). Trail doesn’t have a microSD card slot but it does have twice the internal memory of Horizon, so Trail lets you load up to 16 GB of maps. As for Aventura, it too has a 16-GB internal memory, which you can expand with a microSD card with maps of other countries.

 

David, we appreciate your time and thank you for giving us more insight into each GPS.

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Take one step further and discover more!

The holidays are finally here! With an energetic start, I decide to take my new bike out and enjoy the surrounding nature, taking the opportunity to visit new towns and trails along the way.

First steps… prepare my itinerary with Land, as the last thing I want is to get lost while out cycling. The software has many features and is intuitive to use. I more or less know the area I want to explore, so I mark the waypoints, define the route, then transfer to it to my Trail Bike.

The next morning, I get up at dawn to have an early start to the day, which during the hot summer days is highly recommendable! Making sure I have everything I need to spend a day out in the mountains, I grab my backpack and my Trail Bike. With the easy quick lock, I attach the GPS to my bike and begin my adventure!

What I love most about setting off this early in the morning is the silence and knowing that I have the entire day ahead of me! It’s also slightly cooler during this time of the day. I start pedaling, while my Trail Bike shows me the route that I have to follow. The track takes me to a small town full of colour in which I note a sweet smell of lime… taking me back to my childhood. I decide to keep moving forward, as there is much more to see.

I arrive at a dirt road and Trail Bike automatically displays a map adapted to the new terrain. Now the hard part begins! “Come on Marie, you can do this!”, I tell myself. As I keep going, from time to time I check the data to know the unevenness of the terrain and other values ​​that help me get an idea of ​​what lies ahead.

Suddenly a waypoint warning sounds! My Trail Bike is telling me that I am approaching one of the landmarks that I marked in Land… wasteland in the middle of the mountain. I rest here a few minutes and find a freshwater fountain. The green landscapes surrounding me are spectacular.

While leaving the forest, I approach a crossroad and wonder whether I should turn left or right? Luckily Trail Bike indicates the way and I quickly turn to the left. The last stage of my itinerary is a stoney path, making it difficult to handle the bike, however my GPS withstands the impacts and shaky terrain.

After several hours of pedaling, I can finally see the Romanesque church of Sant Llop d’Hortsavinyà. A few meters away from the church I let my bike rest and I start to walk through a field. The view is amazing from here, where the sea and the mountain come together in the same space!

A feeling of well-being takes over, I can not help but smile and admire the nature that surrounds me… what a wonderful way to spend my day off! Suddenly Trail Bike notifies me that I just synchronized my adventure with GO Cloud. I take advantage of the Wi-Fi connection to analyze the track I recorded from my space in GO. I decide to take the opportunity to share my experience and journey with friends.

I enjoy a few more minutes of the view, and finally I am ready to go home. Tomorrow another adventure!

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Ordnance Survey joins TwoNav for a product immersion experience

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming our UK partners, Ordnance Survey at our Barcelona headquarters for a product immersion experience.

Recently Ordnance Survey joined forces with TwoNav to create their own OS branded GPS devices. After many months of planning, meetings, business trips, skype calls… it was finally time to #GetOutside and extend our meetings from the office to the great outdoors.

We thought it would be a really valuable experience for them to get to know the true essence of where our inspiration comes from and how it goes into creating our products. The aim was to give them the full TwoNav outdoor, mountain user experience… the challenge was to make it to the top of the mountain alive! So what exactly was the full experience?

We started our day by planning our mountain route. Well, to be honest, David Albert, our product manager (who, not only knows everything about our products, but happens to be into hiking in an extreme way) planned our route for us, using our mapping and route planning Software, Land.

Once we uploaded the route into our GPS’s, we grabbed our survival essentials (sandwich and cold water) and set off into the wilderness. We were heading off to Montseny, renowned for being one of the most beautiful mountain areas in Catalonia (Spain). We started our hike from 1,200 meters and made our way up to “Turó de l’Home”, its highest peak at 1,700 meters.

When we finally got to the top, it was clearly time to take some selfies with the team, as we settled down for a well deserved lunch break. The views were spectacular and I got a chance to get some photos of my GPS from up there!

Experiencing what our customers do is an integral part of our company culture and being able to do it because of our location means we are constantly tweaking and improving our products and user experience, thanks to our great team!

To have these views practically on your doorstep is truly amazing, but still, I can’t resist to say that… “it was a hard day in the office!”

View or download our activity from GO

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Caroline Sas
Digital Marketing & Ecommerce Manager
TwoNav

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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.