GPS tracking - user manual
Available in the full version .
From version 4.0 you can also record your automotive/driving activities automatically.
Tap on a MENU button here:
“NEW TRACK” button in the menu shows you options that track recording will start with and also provides a settings button to change these options:
Tap on a “NEW TRACK” button to start a new track and then “START”.
Following tracking controls and indicators are provided:
#1 - Pause the track button
#2 - Stop the track button
#3 - Tracking indicator. Green square means that GPS tracking journal is recorded and recording is optimized (data are filtered so track is smooth on the map, but some of the non-important points can be filtered out).
#4 - BCK - Background mode indicator. It is a very reasonable default behavior that when you start a new track app stays working even in the background until you pause or stop the track recording. This way when you run other apps on top, have a phone call or phone locked, app still keeps recording the track until you do MENU > PAUSE TRACK or STOP TRACK. You can surely use controls #1 and #2 for the same actions.
When you stop the track, the app stops working in the background and GPS tracking dash will return to showing a start button (#5):
Plus you’ll see pause indicator (#6) blinking. This way, between recording the tracks, current counters are paused by default. Starting new track recording will reset and un-pause them.
You can also always stop the track recording via MENU > STOP TRACK.
VIEWING SINGLE TRACK
MENU > TRACKS will show you the list of tracks:
“Last 100” is a filter button - to give you ability to filter tracks by start or end date or just show last X tracks.
Swipe from left to right to assign the track category if needed (Business, Personal, etc).
Swipe from right to left to move track to another trip or attach/pin it to the main map.
Tap on a track row to see the detailed track view:
Functions common to all track view types:
- (#1) Settings button on top of the screen allow to switch between different track views.
- (#2) Action button on top allows to share the track in many different ways. We encourage you to try sharing as a “track image”, we tried to create a “postcard” sharing experience for this. Should be looking lovely when sharing via email, Facebook, etc.
- (#3) Grid button top-right allows to either move the track to a different trip or pin it to the main map so you can retrace it.
Functions specific to a Map + Chart type of view:
- Use +/- button in the time span area to zoom in and out the area around the light blue point line.
- Move the light blue point line to focus on any point in time, light blue arrow on a map also moves to show you the corresponding location on the map.
- Pan and drag on the chart black area to zoom in and out and focus on the part of the track you are interested in.
- When chart is zoomed, you can either tap on it to move the light blue point line to the place of your tap or you can use the grey area at the chart bottom to control the light blue point line
More on a track view types:
What else can be done?
- View tracks colored by speed or altitude
- Retrace a previously recorded track
- Move track to a different trip (just swipe on a track row to see the “Move” option)
REVIEWING ALL TRACKS UNDER THE TRIP
When in the “Trips” list:
Tap on the “list” button to see all the tracks in this trip:
In this list of tracks that belong under the trip, you can also swipe right or left on the track to reveal track options as assigning category , moving to other trip or attaching/pinning to the live map.
You can show all tracks under this trip on the map at once by tapping on “Show all” button.
To backup or share the whole trip data to continue with it on a different device.
MENU > TRIPS and then there is a “list” button on the left of each trip row:
In the screen that opens, use right bottom action button:
“Save file” will offer to pick the sharing format (whole “Trip archive” or Google kmz) and will offer to save to iCloud, Dropbox etc. “Email file” option only gives email option.
When saving file pick “Trip archive” and save it to iCloud or Dropbox. Then on any iPhone or iPad you can open this trip archive (with extension of .trk) in speedometer app. Trip with all its tracks will be imported as they were on the original iPhone/iPad.
To share the whole trips with all its tracks as a single KMZ (Google Earth) file.
Same as above, but pick “Google Earth KMZ” when using “Save file” or “Email file” options.
Exporting list of trips.
Use filter to only show trips started or finished in the certain month if you need to create a list only for that month.
Then use action button to open the preview with the list of the filtered trips. Preview window has its own action button to do “whatever” with the list, open in Numbers/Excel, send by email, save to iCloud/Dropbox, unlimited options here.
SHARING SINGLE TRACK DATA
Exporting tracks in GPX, Google Earth KML (gx:Track or gx:Geometry) formats
Use action button on top of the single track view to open the export and sharing options:
Pick either “Save file”, “Email file” or “Share track image”.
Options “Save file” and “Email file” will ask for the target format. You can pick from GPX, Google Earth gx:Track or Google Earth gx:Geometry.
From version 1.8 “Share track image” is a very nice looking option to share via Facebook, email or even attaching track to notes app. Try it!
In version 1.9 (currently in beta) new option is added - “Photo GPX”. This option guarantees that you’ll have a timestamp with a location for every second in the exported file. This is needed to match GPX track to photos in the Adobe Lightroom.
Exporting list of tracks.
Use filter to only show tracks started or ended in the certain month if you need to create a list only for that month.
Then use action button to open the preview with the list of the filtered tracks. Preview window has its own action button to do “whatever” with the list, open in Numbers/Excel, send by email, save to iCloud/Dropbox, unlimited options here.
MOVING TRACK BETWEEN TRIPS
In the track list swipe on a track row from right to left to reveal the Move option:
PIN EXISTING TRACK TO THE MAP
This option allows you to repeat the track forward or backwards. Your active track will be shown on the map in red, the pinned track to follow will be blue.
As shown in the previous section, swipe on the track row from right to left and pick “Pin to live map”.
When you share the whole speedometer trips archive/backup as described in section “Sharing trips” you just open the .trk file with Speedometer and it automatically recreates all of the data in the trip backup/archive.
Another option is open GPX file with Speedometer. Speedometer supports importing tracks, waypoints and routes from the GPX. More information here:
Importing tracks, waypoints and routes.
This feature is available only in the full version.
You can upgrade by tapping here.
Track categories: Business/Personal
Track fields editor - name, note, start/end address
Pinning track to the main map.
Real-time location sharing via web browser.
Voice coach to remind you on you travel duration and current speed.