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GPSLogger II - Outdoor Navigation - Best Practice [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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Planing your Route

Preparation / Creation of your Route

All is starting with an appropriate planing of your trip - you might like to use an already existing route or you are going to create a complete new one - in both cases I recommend to create an additional navigation path for GPSLogger.

Why an additional Navigation Path?!

For the extended outdoor navigation features of GPSLogger (waypoint ahead notification & Display ON near waypoint it is recommended to have "special marked" points in your tour that indicate a junction or turn - these points in the path are very important and need your attention while you are on tour.
In an ideal world these special points would be simply marked inside the regular path - but right now I haven't found tools that would support this special marking so I have decided to use a second path (since GPSLogger is supporting multiple loaded parts since a long time).

The Background Path

Personally I prefer the track editor of gpsies.com to create/edit path and download them directly via GPSiesConnect to my BlackBerry but there are for sure plenty of other alternatives around that would allow you to create GPX or KML files that then can be imported into GPSLogger.
[Background Path (in gpsies.com track editor)]
So first you going to create the default path - This path should be the plotted line that is following the streets and tracks. This path will be later loaded as so called Background Path into GPSLogger and will be rendered semi transparent.
The only purpose of this path is to be displayed inside GPSLogger - it does not have any other function - it is just for your visual reference.
It takes a while to draw your complete path but I recommend to to it as accurate as possible. During this procedure you might already get the important points of your planed trip into your head - that can be very helpful in an case of emergency! Please do not have blind faith in your BlackBerry and GPSLogger - still use your brain - it can do amazing things!

The Navigation Path

While the Background Path is just for your visual reference the Navigation Path is (of course) the base of the outdoor navigation functionality of GPSLogger. So everything depends from this path and it's accuracy!
Allow me to describe again in some short words how the outdoor navigation in working in GPSLogger:
  • When you are loading a Navigation path into GPSLogger, the application is finding the point in the loaded path that have the smallest distance to your current location and takes this point as initial direction point.
  • GPSLogger is now pointing into the direction of this point (but does not take any natural barriers into account) - also GPSLogger is showing you the distance to this point.
  • Now you (should) approving this point and hopefully you will reach it.
  • In the GPSLogger options you can define the minimal distance to a waypoint. Once you have reached this distance GPSLogger is tring to find the "next" waypoint in your navigation path
  • The "next" waypoint will be the point in the path that have at least the defined "next waypoint distance". to your current location.
  • This "next" waypoint will become your current direction point and GPSLogger will show you again the course and the distance to this point.
Having this functionality in mind the creation of the navigation path should follow some simple rules. Below you are seeing the same section of the previously shown background path - you will instantly spot the differences.
[Navigation Path (in gpsies.com track editor)]
First (and most important) of all the navigation path should only contain points that are marking a junction (or other important points on your trip). Having in mind that GPSLogger is able to trigger a notification and/or automatically enable the backlight of your device once your are approaching a navigation point - that's why you should really use them when you actually need such a notification (all to save battery life).
When you would have only the junctions in your navigation path, then the arrow (to the next navi-path-point) which GPSLogger is going to display might be quite confusing since it might point into a direction where NONE of the tracks ahead is going to.
That's why I suggest to add after each junction marking nav-point an additional wayoint that will allow the device to point into the apropriate direction once the junction nav-point is reached.
With the right setting of the "Distance to next Waypoint" this will give you quite a comfortable outdoor navigation functionality.

Comparison Background vs. Navigation Path

Below you will see (again) a comparison between the a background and a navigation path of the same track. If you like to can get more details of both track versions directly at the gpsies.com website:
[Background Path]
The Background Path Version:
Grenzkamm Tour (Erweitert)
[Navigation Path]
The Navigation Path Version:
Grenzkamm Tour (Erweitert) NAVPOINTS
Continue with the Step 2: Configuration Section.

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