Map representation

The Map view is - of course - the main function for caching.
On the map, all the caches from your cachelist are displayed. A cache can be selected - i.e. activated - from here. Likewise, you can navigate to a selected cache or waypoint (e.g. parking) with the map. You can do this either by calling up a satnav (e.g. Navigon/ Google Navigator), or a route provided by Openroutservice will be overlaid.

Navigating may require an active data-connection and may cause costs!

Features:

  • Display of caches on a map with name, cache type, D/T-rating and (optonally) GC-Vote-rating at a glance.
  • By tapping on the cache icon: Display of further information on a cache with owner name, size of the cache container, date of publishing, date of last find and number of coins/TBs in the cache.
  • Display of additional waypoints of the selected cache such as parking, stages etc.
  • Option of navigating to a waypoint (parking etc.) via Google Maps Navigation.
  • Use of Openstreetmap-maps (OSM) also possible online.
  • Use of different offline-maps, once the maps have been loaded with a tool.
  • In addtition, the OSM-Vectormaps by Mapsforge are supported! Maps can be downloaded here.
  • Display of the current position, direction and distance to the next target.
  • Automatic map rotation with your heading.
  • Switching between different maps is possible any time.
  • Display of any track in the map. The currently covered track will be overlaid in the map automatically when track recording is activated.

Die Hauptkartenansicht

Map © OpenStreetMap-contributors

The main map display shows an online or offline map and - of course - the caches and waypoints available in the database.

Zooming can be done with the zoom-buttons at the bottom right, by zooming with two fingers or automatically when car-mode is activated.

If you select a cache icon by single click, a "window" with informations on cache details pops up. The cache is selected by  tapping on this window.

Your own position is displayed by an arrow, that points in your heading direction. Its display can be switched to opaque. The colour of the arrow informs you about the source of the signal:

  • Red = Direcion provided by Magnet Compass
  • Blue =Direction provided by GPS Compass

Around this arrow, the accuracy of positioning (depending on satellite reception) can be displayed by a blue circle.

Elements:

  • Information bar: in the fadable information bar you can find a small compass showing the direction to the selected cache, the current speed, the distance to the selected cache or waypoint and your own position.
  • Button at the top right: Here you can change the performance of the map.
  • Free: the map can be moved freely
  • GPS: the map is centered to your own position
  • WP: the map is centered to the selected cache/waypoint
  • Lock: the view can not be moved
  • Car: Car-Mode is activated. This can be activated by long pressing the button.
  • Ruler: will be adapted according to the zoom level.
  • Zoombuttons: These buttons allow zooming in or out. After a short time the buttons will fade out but will fade in when touching the area. Simultaneously, the ruler displaying the current zoom level will appear at the bottom left.

 

  • Map type: you can select the map source
    • Online: Mapnik or OSM Cycle Map
    • Offline: A map by e.g. mapsforge (Germany for example, has a file size of only 800Mb :-)
  • Hillshade: A shading that mirrors the altitude outline of the landscape. Currently, this function is available online only and can be stored  in  a map cache for offline use.
  • Align to compass: The map will be  aligned to heading up (checked) or north up (unchecked)
  • Center => WP: The selected waypoint  is centered
  • Settings: Further settings concerning the map display can be made, e.g. minimal zoom level etc.Hier lassen sich weitere Einstellungen zur Kartendarstellung machen. Beispielsweise die minimale und maximale Zoomstufe etc...
  • View: Show or hide elements

Das KartenMenü

 

 Hint: Already existing tracks in GPX-format can be displayed on the map. To have them loaded automatically, the GPX-file must be copied to the folder "cachebox\User\Tracks\Autoload".

Via cachelist - tracks externally created tracks can be loaded and displayed in map view (for example if you want to re-hike or re-ride a route)

 

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