Track My Trip – Help

Navigation Drawer

Use the navigation menu for selecting the main functions of the app:

  • Track Recording
  • Management of recorded/imported tracks
  • Management of Points of Interests

Real-time Sharing of Locations and Trips

Real-time Sharing

Track My Trip Realtime Sharing

Track Recording

Start Recording

A new track is automatically created when the start recording button is pressed. The new track title and track description can be maintained in a corresponding dialog which is displayed when tracking is stopped. After starting the trip recording the recorder toolbar provides buttons for

  • stopping,
  • starting,
  • pausing tracking,
  • creating Points of Interest
  • and centering map on current location.

As soon as the tracking is started,  the recorder view provides buttons for stopping, pausing tracking and creating Points of Interest based and centering map on current location.

Start/Pause/Stop Tracking

Tracking is started, stopped or paused by pressing the corresponding icon in the recorder toolbar.

 

Create Point of Interest (POI)

A Point of Interest is created for the current location by pressing the corresponding toolbar button. After a button press a dialog is displayed, which allows to specify a POI title and a description. Apart from that images can be attached to a POI either captured via build-in camera or taken from the image gallery.

Trip Statistics during recording

Current trip statistics are displayed and updated in a sliding-up panel at the bottom of the recorder screen. The size of the sliding-up panel can me modified by a swipe gesture from the bottom to the top. Note that additional trip statistics are displayed as soon as the size of the sliding panel is increased.

Additional information related to the current track is displayed when tracking is active and the sliding-up panel is fully expanded. e.g.

  • distance
  • moving time
  • max. speed
  • average speed

Management of Tracks

List of Tracks

All currently available tracks (recorded or imported) are displayed in a list. Apart from the track title some basic track related information is displayed

  • tracked distance
  • marked Points of Interest
  • creation date/time

This view supports the deletion and import of tracks. Via a long-press on any list item, a corresponding context-menu is presented. The order of the tracks presented in the list view can be modified via the selection of the corresponding  drop-down-box entry in the action bar.

Track Details

Track details are displayed by a tap on the list item. The track details view presents all recorded information related to the track. From within this view different actions can be initiated:

  • Delete track (Geo data and content related to defined Points of Interest)
  • Edit track title and description
  • Display track on map
  • Export track
  • Show Points of Interests defined for this track (if created)
  • Display Charts based on recorded track data (speed, GPS elevation)

Export Track

Tracks can be exported either to local disk or to Google Drive. An export  to Google Drive is only available if the app is connected to a valid Google account (via preferences). As soon as the app is connected to a valid Google account, a folder “Track My Trip” is generated in corresponding Google Drive. The app can only use this directory for import and export operations. When choosing the export functionality (export icon or menu entry), an export-dialog is presented. The dialog allows to choose the export destination (local or Google Drive) and the export file format. When a track is exported to local disk a separate sub-folder of the application folder is created for each track which contains the track data as well as the content attached to the track POIs.

Import Track

Import functionality from Google Drive is only available if the app is connected to a valid Google account (via preferences). When choosing the import functionality (import icon in track list view), an import dialog is presented. The dialog allows to choose the import source and the import file format. The actual import track can be selected by pressing on the corresponding file entry in the file browser. Note that the files are filtered according to the file format specified in the import dialog (if GPX was selected as file type only those tracks are displayed which were exported as GPX files).

Supported Formats for Export and Import

Several file formats are supported during the export or imported of tracked locations.

  • GPX – GPS Exchange Format
  • KML – Keyhole Markup Language
  • KMZ – Zipped KML
  • CSV – Comma Separated Values

Note: For GPX, KML and KMZ not all specified features of the corresponding file formats are supported. Thus, when importing track information from other sources some information might get lost during import or the import fails. More file-format features will be supported in future. If some needed functionality is missing, please tell us via the feedback button in the app-preferences.

Track Map

Visualize a recorded or imported track on a map. Either a simplified track or the raw recorded track data can be displayed. Initially the simplified track data is displayed, where the simplification process is based on the simplification parameters defined in the preferences.

Set POI

Even after track recording has been stopped, a new POI can be manually defined by pressing the marker icon in the action bar. A target-icon is displayed over the center of the map. By dragging the map a new position can be moved to the center. When pressing the “+” icon (Set POI) a new marker is created at the center position of the target icon. Content can be attached to the POI via the POI creation dialog.

Simplify Track

The number of locations assigned to a particular track is reduced without compromising the overall quality of the tracked path (e.g. reducing the number of locations on straight path segments). The track simplification considers geometrical aspects of the tracked path as well a user defined reasonable speed. The maximum reasonable speed acts as a filter for bad GPS measurements.

Export of Simplified Tracks

A simplified track displayed on the track map can be exported via the “Export” menu-entry.

Management of Points of Interest

List of POIs

All currently available Points of Interest are displayed in a list. Apart from the POI title and some basic related information is displayed (e.g. current distance to POI and creation date/time). This view supports the deletion of POIs. Via a long-press on any list item, a corresponding context-menu is presented.

POI Details

POI details are displayed by a tap on the list item. The POI details view presents all information related to the POI. From within this view different actions can be initiated:

  • Delete POI (attached content – e.g. photo – is also deleted)
  • Edit POI title and description
  • Attach content (photo captured via camera or taken from gallery)
  • Change attached content
  • Show photo
  • Display POI on map

Show POIs on Map

By pressing the map-icon in the details view, the current POI is shown on a map. The position of the POI can be adapted by moving the map-marker (long-press on map marker and move marker to new location). A simplepress on the map-marker opens an info-window for the marker.

Export Photo to Google Drive

Export functionality is only available if the app is connected to a valid Google account (via preferences). When selecting the export functionality, a corresponding export-dialog is presented. The user can decide to add Geo-Exif tags to the photo. The photo is then exported to a sub-folder “photos” in the application folder on Google Drive.

Write Geo-Exif Information

During export Geo-Exif tags (GPS latitude, GPS longitude, GPS time) can be added to the photo (in JPEG format). This depends on the user selection in the export dialog.

App Preferences

Connect to Google Drive

The app can be connected to a Google Drive account. A sub-folder of the “My Drive” folder is created in Google Drive file storage. This folder can be used to export and import track information in various formats as well as photos attached to Points of Interests.

Preferred Track Color

The color for the track visualization (drawing) can be defined choosing an appropriate color via color picker.

Units

Different unit systems are supported. All displayed information is adapted accordingly after modifying the preference for the unit systems.

  • Metric
  • Imperial
  • Nautical

Tracking Precision

Precision Minimal Distance Update Interval Minimal Accuracy
 Exact  2 m  0.5 sec  20 m
 Fine  5 m  1 sec  30 m
 Normal  10 m  5 sec  50 m
 Coarse  25 m  20 sec  100 m
 Broad  100 m  60 sec  500 m

Track Simplification

The number of locations of a track is reduced by applying the Ramer–Douglas–Peucker algorithm. The purpose of the algorithm is, given a track composed of path segments (connection between two subsequent locations), to find a similar track with fewer locations. The simplified track consists of a subset of the locations that defined the original track.

Parameters for track simplification:

 

  • Maximum acceptable distance of location to path segment. Lower values for the maximum acceptable distance result in a higher compression rate for the track, but the accuracy of the resulting track might decrease.
  • Maximum reasonable speed. All path segments (two adjacent locations) where the corresponding travel speed from the start to the end location of the segment is higher then the maximum reasonable speed are eliminated from the track. It is assumed that these kind of “teleportations” from one location to the next location are caused by inaccurate GPS measurements.