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GPSLogger II - User Manual [100% free 100% offline]

A straight forward application, to record your movement with your BlackBerry® device over time

+ Simple Geocache Application for BlackBerry® devices

+ Outdoor Navigation

+ Lap Timer

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GPSLogger II - Application Options - General Settings

  1. GPS-Mode
    A BlackBerry device, depending on the type and carrier, supports all or a subset of the following modes.
    GSM based devices mostly support Standalone mode. Some GSM carriers have enhanced their GPS service offering, supporting assisted GPS fixes on these devices. However, this requires BlackBerry® Device Software 4.6 or above and the carrier must have provisioned the device with this service.
    In the CDMA world, BlackBerry devices support all the modes below. However, some carriers may not support some of these modes. Please check with your carrier to confirm.
    iDEN devices support Standalone, Assisted and the Celltower mode. However, availability of assisted and Celltower mode is dependent on the carrier.
    • Default (CDMA/GSM/iDEN)
      OS Default mode. This should be sufficient for most of the GPSLogger II users
    • Data Optimal (CDMA)
      • Preferred mode: MS-Based
      • Initial mode attempted: MS-Based
      • Fallback mode: MS-Assisted, if MS-Based fails
      • Minimum PDE/network access is allowed
    • Response Optimal (CDMA)
      • Preferred mode: MS-Based
      • Initial mode attempted: MS-Based or MS-Assisted
      • Fallback mode: If MB-Based is attempted first, fallback is to MS-Assisted; if MS-Assisted is attempted first, fallback is to MS-Based
    • MS-Based (CDMA) / Assisted (GSM/iDEN)
      • A PDE server, hosted by the carrier periodically assists the device in getting a fix
      • Requires data connectivity
      • Operates outdoors and indoors with a partial view of the sky
      • Average Time To First Fix is faster than Standalone
    • Standalone (CDMA/GSM/iDEN)
      • Device computes a fix by communicating with satellites only
      • Supported on all devices with an internal GPS chip
        • For BlackBerry devices operating on the Verizon network, requires BlackBerry Device Software 4.7 or greater
        • Requires a clear view of the sky
        • No data connectivity required
        • But cellular radio must be turned on
        • Relatively higher Average Time To First Fix (TTFF)
        • TTFF is improved by RIM’s ephemeris extension
    • Celltower (CDMA/iDEN)
      • Retrieves a fix based on the location of the nearest cell towers
      • Extremely fast
      • Accuracy is very low
  2. Sample Interval in Seconds
    With the sample interval you specify the frequency in which GPSLogger will look for an GPS-fix. For technical reasons the smallest values is 1 second.
  3. Test GPS Settings
    With the Button 'Test GPS Settings' you are able to test the current selected GPS-Mode.
  4. Path directory
    In order to be able to actually log your moment GPSLogger requires a working directory to be configured. During the initial Configuration GPSLogger have created a working directory on the file system of your BlackBerry. If you are not happy with the default setting or if the initial directory does not exist any longer you can specify a a different working path. When you like to change the path then it's recommended to use the 'Browse'-Button (that's the button with the folder icon).
  5. AutoSave
    GPSLogger will save the recorded path in the moment you stop the logging process. If you like to automatically store the current progress of your movement you can enable the AutoSave feature which will store the current recorded path in the specified time interval. You can select between the following options:
    • OFF
    • each 5 minutes
    • each 15 minutes
    • each hour
    • each 4 hours
    Using AutoSave can cause a short freeze of the application since the data have to be written in the background to the file system of your device.
  6. Use inverted Elevation values
    In older BlackBerry OS Versions there was a bug that returned the actual GPS elevation in a negative format. So instead of 235m the Code returned -235m. Since there is no good way to automatically detect, if your OS is effected there is a manual option to invert the elevation values. This will not effect newer OS like 5.0, 6.0 or 7.0. As example my own initial Storm running OS 4.7 had this issue. After it was updated to OS5 this problem was gone.
  7. Check for plausible Elevation values
    Using the GPS-Signal of your device does not always return meaningful data. Specially the altitude is jittering. Therefore GPSLogger is able to check for the plausibility of the Elevation changes. A altitude change of 20 meter while you just moved 1 meter horizontal sounds not plausible (as long as you do not log your parachute jump). By enabling this option GPSLogger checks for the plausibility of the elevation changes. Please note that this functionality will only take effect when you actually load a previously recorded path. When you log your movement GPSLogger will always store (& display) the actual values that have been provided by the GPS-Signal.
  8. Specify own Path names
    By default GPSLogger will auto name (current time and date) the recorded path. If you enable this option, you will be prompted to enter a name for the recorded path in the moment you stop the logging.
  9. Allow start without GPS-Signal
    When this option is enabled, GPSLogger will be automatically closed again, if your GPS Location provider (based on your GPSLogger GPS-Settings) could be found. This option can be quite useful if you do not have a build in GPS-Antenna in your device and you are using a Bluetooth GPS-Puck. So you instantly realize that you might have forgotten to pair the Puck with your device.
  10. Record only GPS-Locations with Speed
    For some people it is not convenient to pause/unpause the logging each time they make a short break (or when they have to wait at a traffic light). For this purpose you can specify a minimal speed that is required in order that a received GPS-fix will be added to the current logged path. Have in mind, that with each GPS-Fix also a speed will be calculated.
    Minimum Speed: Allows you to specify the minimal speed (in kmh or mph)). The input field is only active if the 'Record only GPS-Locations with Speed' checkbox is enabled
  11. Allow cursor movement while Logging
    When you are logging you can still move along the current path with the cursor navigation pad (or the key short cuts). With this option you can turn off this functionality completely.
  12. Automatic name for 'pause'
    With GPSLogger you can mark any location on your path and add a comment to this location. If you enable this option GPSLogger will automatically at the comment 'Pause' to your last recorded GPS-fix.
  13. Use 'brute force' LocationProvider recovery
    A observer process will be started who is monitoring the GPS-Provider - if the GPS-Provider is not providing a GPS-fix in a certain amount of time the GPS-Provider will be reinitialized no matter of the current status. This options hould be only enabled if you experienced "hang ups" of the GPS-Provider (no new GPS locations will be recorded).
  14. Confirm deletion of Paths and Points
    In the Location- and PathManager you can simply delete old entries by pressing the 'DEL'-Key. If this option is enabled each deletion needs to be confirmed in an additional dialog.
  15. Confirm Pause and Stop while recording
    Sometimes people have pressed 'Pause' or 'Stop' by accident (or even worse without notice). If you fear that you are also belonging to this group of people you can enabled this option which brings up and additional confirmation dialog before the the pause or stop logging action will be performed.
  16. Confirm Exit of GPSLogger II
    In order to avoid that you close GPSLogger by accident (e.g by pressing 'ESC' once time to often) you can enable this option which will show an confirmation dialog before GPSLogger will actually be shut down.

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