Sharing GPS routes - user manual

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1. Search a route

You can search a route with the interactive map on the homepage.

1.1 Adjust map size

By clicking the black triangle pointing to the right, you will enlarge the map. The map will show in full width of the window. Reset the map to the original size by clicking the triangel pointing to the left.

1.2 Select type of route

The routes are classified by use (walking, cycling, etc.) and outline (line, there-and-back, circle). On the enlarged map you will be able to set filter values for use and outline. After refresh, only routes are shown for the selected types of use and outlines. The filter settings will be stored in a cookie, so at a next visit they will be active right away.

1.3 Select area

All routes for the selected types of use and outlines are shown on the world map. Center the map on the area you are interested in and zoom in. The more you zoom in, the more details will be visible. You can use the controls top left on the map to shift the map and to zoom. You can also center the map on a certain point, by double clicking on that point on the map. You can shift the map by drag-and-drop any point on the map.

1.4 Select a route

Routes are represented on the map by a little coloured flag. The colour depends on the outline of the route: green=line, red=there-and-back, blue=circle. The stem of the flag is positioned in the middle of the route area. By clicking the flag, a balloon opens with information on the route. You can request the route details by clicking on the name of the route. You can close the balloon by clicking the cross in the right upper corner or on any place on the map.

2. Browse route details

2.1 Route map

At the left side of the page a map is shown on which the route is projected. Initially you see starting-point, endpoint and the routeline. When you zoom in, route points and points of interest will appear. When you click on a point symbol, a balloon will open with information on the point. You can control the map the same way you control the map on the homepage. If you wish, you can enlarge the map with the black triangle.

2.2 Route description

At the right side of the page you find the route description. With the button download GPS route you can request the page where you can download the route.

2.3 Photos

If there are links to photos attached to points of interest along the route, they will be shown at the top right. When more than 1 photo, a photo symbol appears with arrow to the right. With this button you will be able to browse through the photo collection.

2.4 Elevation profile

Below head "elevation profile" a graph is shown with altitude in meters of the earth surface relative to sea level projected on the route track (y-axis). The route is measured in kilometers from the starting-point (x-axis). The tracklog is used as source. The distance between the points can be a little shorter then the real track distance in the field. If there is no tracklog available, the elevation profile of the route points is shown. Be aware that in this case the distance between the ppoints will be considerably shorter then the real track distance in the field.

2.5 Route points

Below the elevation profile you find details per route point. The data course, length and distance are calculated. The course is the direction, measured at a route point, to the next route point. The length is the great circle distance between route point and the prevous route point. The distance is the sum of all great circle distances from the starting-point to the route point.

2.6 points of interest

At the bottom of the page you find information on the points of interest along the route.

3. Download route

On the tab sheet "download" you can download the route. To download, you have to be logged in. If you're not logged in yet, a login form shows on the page. The download button will become active after you successfully logged in.

3.1 File type

You can download the route in two formats:

  1. GPS Exchange Format (gpx), a widely supported exchange format;
  2. Keyhole Markup Language (kml), to show the route in Google Earth.

Select the desired format.

3.2 File content GPX format

In the file the following data are included:

  • route points and points of interest;
  • the route;
  • tracks.

Tracks and points of interest can be excluded. Select tracks and types of points of interest by checking them.

3.3 File content KML format

In the file the following data are included:

  • starting point, end point and points of interest as placemarks;
  • the route, presented by a yellow line;
  • tracks, presented by a blue line.

Tracks and points of interest can be excluded. Select tracks and types of points of interest by checking them.

3.4 Dialog

By pressing the button downloaden you can start the download dialog. You can save the file on your desktop or you can directly open the file with your route editing software or with Google Earth. The concerning program has to be installed on your computer of course.

4. Post route

By clicking on post route in the top menu bar you will start a dialogue with which you can post a GPS route to the site. The dialogue consist of two steps:

  1. submit route file
  2. compile route

Immediately after recording the compiled route the system shows function "Improve route", with which you can replenish the route description. To post a route, you have to be logged in. If you're not logged in yet, a login form shows on the page. The post button will become active after you successfully logged in.

4.1 Preparation

Before you post a route it is recommended that you prepare the route with route editing software. Some tips:

  • Clean the route: remove all waypoints, routes and tracks that you don't want to post.
  • Give all routepoints the same waypoint symbol (Trail Head, Bike Trail, Waypoint or any other symbol from the category "Marks"). If a point of interest is situated on the route, create a separate point and don't use that point for routepoint. Select an appropriate symbol for the point of interest.
  • If you want to post a photo with the route and the photo file is available on the internet, then you can connect the address of the file to a point of interest. If necessary you create a new waypoint at the location where the picture is taken. Use the symbol Scenic Area.
  • Clean the tracks: remove recordings outside the route (e.g. caused by a trip, turned the wrong path, a rest-break, etc.).
  • Correct routepoints that were set at the wrong location (don't match with your track recordings).
  • Create a meaningful description for all waypoints.
  • Save the route as gpx-file.

4.2 Submit route file

Type the location and name of the gpx-file that contains the route you want to post or select the file on disk with the button Browse.... The system accepts only files with extension "gpx". As soon as a valid filename is typed or selected, the button submit becomes active. Push the button to submit the file to the de site.

4.3 Compile route

Select items from the route file for recording:

  • routes to combine
  • tracks
  • points of interest

The system gives a warning message if track points or points of interest are far outside the route area.

4.4 Combine routes

If there are more routes in the file, you can indicate here which routes have to be posted. Selected routes will be combined into one route. On the page is indicated which routes connect to each other, that is to say: the endpoint of a route has the same coordinates as the starting-point of the connecting route. This point will be recorded only once in the resulting route. Routes will be combined in the order of appearing on the page. You have to select at least one route.

4.5 Select tracks

Select the tracks you want to post. The system doesn't combine tracks into one, but stores them separately.

4.6 Select points of interest

The system presents waypoints, other than routepoints, as candidates for recording as point of interest. If you don't want to record a point, you can deselect the point by unchecking the box in front of it.

5. Improve route

To complete and improve route data, the following functions are available:

  1. update route description
  2. update POI descriptions
  3. place and move waypoints
  4. correct elevation profile
  5. translate descriptions
  6. propose improvement

5.1 Update route description

Describe the route with the following characteristics:

Route

  • Name: give the route a unique name with 30 characters maximum.
  • Collection: if you posted more routes with a name starting with the same characters (5 minimum), the system asks you to create a collection of the routes. If you indicate yes, a collection will be created. If there is already a collection with a name equal to the first characters of the name of this route, the system asks you if you want to connect the route. If the route is already connected, you can disconnect the route here if you want.
  • Comment: give a short description of the route with 60 characters maximum.
  • Targeted at: select a target group from the list.
  • also suitable for: select, if applicable, a second target group from the list.
  • Outline: mark the most applicable shape of the route:

    • line: the route ends at another point than where it starts
    • there and back: the route returns from a turning point back to the start over the same way; the routepoints you pass on the way back will not be recorded in the file
    • circle: round, the route returns to the starting-point, but over a different way; if there are points that will be visited twice, those points will be recorded in the file twice
  • Distance: specificy the distance in kilometers and meters. The distance must be greater than the sum of the distances between the route points. If the shape is there and back, the route distance should be at least twice the calculated sum.
  • Starting-point: specificy a location indication (e.g. street address) and a town name (or community name) of the starting-point.
  • Endpoint: specificy a location indication and a town name of the endpoint.
  • Description: give more extensive information about the route here.
  • Photo: select a photo for the route description on the homepage. If this property isn't visible, you don't have photos added to the route.
  • Link: add 1 or more references tor pages on the internet where more information can be found on the route or its environment. Select the protocol and specify both the address (the URL) of the page and a link text.
  • Track: you can change the name of the track (log) here, if you want. It will be convenient to use the date of the recording. If this property don't appear, you didn't put a tracklog with this route.

Routepoints

  • Naming: indicate if the name of each individual routepoint has to be adjustable or if the system has to number the routepoints automatically. Give in that case also a prefixfor the names.

For each routepoint

  • Name: give the routepoint a name of maximal 14 characters. This property will be sent to the GPS-device.
  • Comment: give a short indication of the direction to follow from this routepoint of maximal 30 characters. This property will be sent to the GPS-device.
  • Description: give here, if desired, extensive indications of the way from this routepoint to the next.

Acknowledgement

  • From publication: if the route is described in a printed publication, make here a reference. If the publication has been added before, you can select the publication from the drop-down-list. If you select "An other publication ..." input fields will appear where you can enter a title and year of the publication and fields for publisher and author(s).
  • Released by: select the name of a publisher or select "An other publisher...". With the second choice an inputfield will appear where you can enter the name of a publisher.
  • Written by: select one ore more names of authors or select "An other author...". With the second choice an inputfield will appear where you can enter the name of the author. More than one author can be specified, separated by a semicolon (;).

Contributions to improvement the route

Check 1 or more areas where other participants can help to improve the route. You will act as moderator of the route yourself and will allways be capable to rollback undesired changes.

Primairy language

The system assumes that the preferred language, as set in your browser session, will be the language of this route description as well. If this is not the case, you can select the correct language here.

5.2 Update POI descriptions

In the right column you can select a point of interest of which you want to change some data. Describe a place with the following characteristics:

  • Symbol: select a proper symbol for the point of interest.
  • Coordinates: location of the point. (When desired the location can be changed with function "Place and move waypoints".)
  • Name: give the point of interest a name of maximal 14 characters. This property will be sent to the GPS-device.
  • Comment: give a short description of the place of maximal 30 characters. This property will be sent to the GPS-device.
  • Description: give here, if desired, an extensive description of the place.
  • Link: add 1 or more references to pages on the internet, where more information can be found on the place, or to an image file with a photo of the place. Select the protocol en specificy both the address (the URL) of the page or photo and a link text.

5.3 Place and move waypoints

With this function you will be able to add new waypoints and to make little corrections to the position of waypoints.

Move waypoints

Zoom in at the point you want to move. Place the pointer over the waypoint symbol. As soon as the pointer becomes an index finger, you can drag the point to another location. If you drop the point, a balloon will open, with a form that you can use to record the transfer.

Attention!

This function is ment for little corrections on the location. You can move a point over 300 meter maximum. At bigger shifts no nutton will appear to record the transfer. If you still want to dislocate a point over more than 300 meter, you can attain that in more steps. You have to record a number of transfers in a row.

Insert new waypoints

You can add a new waypoint by clicking on a free spot on the map. A balloon will appear with a form that you can use to record the new point. You must specify if it concerns a point of interest or a new routepoint. A new routepoint will be inserted in the existing route. The system will insert the point in the leg (route part), which is closest to the point. If desired, you can move a new waypoint before you record it. This is mandatory when you want to insert a new routepoint on the track. As it happens that insertion directly on the track is impossible.

After recording of a new point of interest, the page will open where you can add the details of the point. When you want to update the route description, you have to open the page concerned yourself.

Remove routepoints

When you are the original poster of the route, you will be able to remove a routepoint by clicking the point and not drag it. A balloon opens with a form that you can use to remove the point.

5.4 Correct elevation profile

The elevation profile is the altitude in meters of the earth surface at track points projected on the length of the track. If the route file doesn't contain tracks, the profile will be shown on basis of route points. If the route contains tracks, every route point will be connected to the closest track point and its altitude will be made equal to the altitude of that track point by the system. The altitude of a route point will be shown in a yellow bar in this case.

If you correct the altitude of a point, the altitudes of other points before and after the corrected point until a previous fixed point, will automatically be corrected proportionally. The point for which you changed its altitude, will be fixed. You also can fix a point, without changing its altitude, by double clicking the input field. You can undo this fixation by double clicking it again. A fixed altitude is shown in bold face. The first and last point will be automatically fixed by the system. This fixation can't be undone by double clicking. You wil still be able to change the altitude of these points, as you can for other fixed points.

Tip!

If you want to change the altitude of one specific point, without changing the surrounding points, you first can fix the points directly before and after the point.

Attention!

After every change the elevation profile will be calculated again and shown. This can take some time.

Attention!

Don't forget to record the corrections. You can make more than one correction, after each change the profile will be shown again. The changed profile however, will be recorded in the database only after you pressed the button record. If you want to cancel the corrections, just refresh the page without pressing the button.

5.5 Translate descriptions

Select a language to which you want to translate the route description. The translation fields will be filled with the version that was recorded earlier for this route and the selected language. If no previous version has been recorded, the translation fields will be pre-filled with the from translation.

At first page request, the source route description will be loaded from the original language. If you wish, you can select another available language for the source.

Attention!

Don't forget to record your translation with the button record at the bottom of the form. You can do this in between, as soon as you have translated one or more fields.

5.6 Propose improvement

If you have an idea for the improvement of the route in the field, the route deescription, the placement of waypoints or the description of a point of interest, you can record a proposal with this form. The poster of the route will respond to your proposal and make changes to the route if he or she likes your idea.

Respond to improvement proposal

Respond, as poster of the route, to every improvement proposal made by other members. Indicate if you want to take over the proposal completely or partly and if you will change the route.

5.7 Update route from file

With this function you will be able to change or supplement the route data by uploading a file with a route, tracklog(s) and/or points of interest.

Submit route file

Type the location and name of the gpx-file that contains the route you want to post or select the file on disk with the button Browse.... The system accepts only files with extension "gpx". As soon as a valid filename is typed or selected, the button submit becomes active. Push the button to submit the file to the de site.

5.8 Supplement route from file

With this function you will be able to supplement the route data by uploading a file with one or more tracklogs and/or points of interest.

Submit route file

Type the location and name of the gpx-file that contains the route you want to post or select the file on disk with the button Browse.... The system accepts only files with extension "gpx". As soon as a valid filename is typed or selected, the button submit becomes active. Push the button to submit the file to the de site.

Replace routepoints

Select the route from the uploaded file. If there is more than 1 route in the file and you select more than 1, the selected routes will be concatenated into 1 new route. With pushing the button record you can replace the current routepoints with the points of the new route.

When you select a route that is too far outside the original route area, the route will show on the map with a warning. It is not possible to replace the current route with this one.

This function is only available to the creator of the original route.

Add tracklogs

Select 1 or more tracklogs that you want to add to the route. After selection the tracklog shows on the map. With pushing the button record you can add the selected tracklogs to the route.

When you select a tracklog that is too far outside the route area, the tracklog will show on the map with a warning. It is not possible to add the tracklog to the route.

Tracklogs that has been added to the route before, will not appear in the selection list.

Add points of interest

Select 1 or more points of interest that you want to add to the route. After selection the point shows on the map. With pushing the button record you can add the point to the route.

When you select a point that is too far outside the route area, the point will show on the map with a warning. It is not possible to add the point to the route.

Move points of interest

If a point in the uploaded file shares the location with a point of interest of the same type in the route, the point will not show in the selection list. If a point shares its name, but has a different location, it will show. You can select the point for an update of the location. After selection the movement shows on the map. By pressing the button record the movement will be recorded.

Attention!

Don't forget to record the replenishments. After selection tracklog or place shows on the map. The replenishments however, will be recorded in the database only after you pressed the button record. If you want to cancel the replenishments, just refresh the page without pressing the button.

6. Improve collection

To complete and improve collection data, the following functions are available:

  1. update collection description
  2. translate descriptions
  3. propose improvement

6.1 Update collection description

Describe the collection with the following characteristics:

Description

  • Name: give the collection a unique name with 25 characters maximum.
  • Comment: give a short description of the collection with 60 characters maximum.
  • Description: give more extensive information about the collection here.
  • Photo: select a photo for the collection description on the homepage. If this property isn't visible, you don't have photos added to the routes in the collection.
  • Link: add 1 or more references tor pages on the internet where more information can be found on the collection or the environment of the routes. Select the protocol and specify both the address (the URL) of the page and a link text.

Acknowledgement

  • From publication: if the collection of routes is described in a printed publication, make here a reference. If the publication has been added before, you can select the publication from the drop-down-list. If you select "An other publication ..." input fields will appear where you can enter a title and year of the publication and fields for publisher and author(s).
  • Released by: select the name of a publisher or select "An other publisher...". With the second choice an inputfield will appear where you can enter the name of a publisher.
  • Written by: select one ore more names of authors or select "An other author...". With the second choice an inputfield will appear where you can enter the name of the author. More than one author can be specified, separated by a semicolon (;).

6.2 Translate descriptions

Select a language to which you want to translate the collection description. The translation fields will be filled with the version that was recorded earlier for this collection and the selected language. If no previous version has been recorded, the translation fields will be pre-filled with the from translation.

At first page request, the source collection description will be loaded from the original language. If you wish, you can select another available language for the source.

Attention!

Don't forget to record your translation with the button record at the bottom of the form. You can do this in between, as soon as you have translated one or more fields.

6.3 Propose improvement

If you have an idea for the improvement of the collection or its description, you can record a proposal with this form. The creator of the collection will respond to your proposal and make changes to the collection if he or she likes your idea.

Respond to improvement proposal

Respond, as creator of the collection, to every improvement proposal made by other members. Indicate if you want to take over the proposal completely or partly and if you will change the collection.