Mapsource on android?

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  1. BK

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    Is there any way to put Mapsource on a tablet computer that uses Android?
     
    BK, Apr 5, 2012
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  2. On Thu, 5 Apr 2012 15:56:18 -0500, BK wrote:
    > Is there any way to put Mapsource on a tablet computer that uses Android?


    No.

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    Peter H. Coffin, Apr 7, 2012
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  3. On Thu, 5 Apr 2012 15:56:18 -0500, BK wrote:

    >Is there any way to put Mapsource on a tablet computer that uses Android?


    As has already been said, so far no.

    You may have to make do with one of the following Android
    programs, but there are many others.

    Google Maps - convenient, many functions, can display your
    routes and tracks if you upload them to Google's My Maps first.
    Example:
    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=207756100542168758704.0004a2c7cd7cfc9a3f496

    Maverick - slick, easy to use program that uses Open Street Maps
    and others and can record your track in GPX format.

    Locus - complex program, almost impossible to use because of its
    weird user interface, but capable. Also uses Open Street Maps
    and others.

    Note that I have yet to find any program that can record a track
    reliably. Maverick works well for short tracks, but if you run
    it for hours or for a whole day, it will always stop recording
    at some point, just like every other program I've tried. If
    anybody knows the exception, please report!

    Hans-Georg
     
    Hans-Georg Michna, Apr 8, 2012
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    Alan White Guest

    On Sun, 08 Apr 2012 18:44:14 +0200, Hans-Georg Michna
    <> wrote:

    >Note that I have yet to find any program that can record a track
    >reliably. Maverick works well for short tracks, but if you run
    >it for hours or for a whole day, it will always stop recording
    >at some point, just like every other program I've tried. If
    >anybody knows the exception, please report!


    ViewRanger at http://www.viewranger.com/ ?

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    Alan White, Apr 8, 2012
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  5. On Sun, 08 Apr 2012 18:48:28 +0100, Alan White wrote:

    >On Sun, 08 Apr 2012 18:44:14 +0200, Hans-Georg Michna
    ><> wrote:


    >>Note that I have yet to find any program that can record a track
    >>reliably. Maverick works well for short tracks, but if you run
    >>it for hours or for a whole day, it will always stop recording
    >>at some point, just like every other program I've tried. If
    >>anybody knows the exception, please report!


    >ViewRanger at http://www.viewranger.com/ ?


    Thanks for the link!

    Have you ever recorded a whole-day track with it? Have you ever
    successfully recorded a track with a GPS interruption, like
    driving through a tunnel? What makes you think that it is more
    reliable than the other track recording programs?

    Does it create files in any standardized format?

    Hans-Georg
     
    Hans-Georg Michna, Apr 10, 2012
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    If you want it there is likely an app for it.
    I know I'm a big fan of the android/google maps hybrid app.
    I use that on occasion when my GPS is in another vehicle.
     
    Phantom, Apr 10, 2012
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    Alan White Guest

    On Tue, 10 Apr 2012 18:25:36 +0200, Hans-Georg Michna
    <> wrote:

    >>ViewRanger at http://www.viewranger.com/ ?

    >
    >Thanks for the link!


    :)

    >Have you ever recorded a whole-day track with it?


    The most my partner's recorded is six hours on her iPhone. By turning of
    the display when it's not needed, we estimated that battery life would
    be about ten hours.

    >Have you ever
    >successfully recorded a track with a GPS interruption, like
    >driving through a tunnel?


    Haven't tried that but we've only been using it for about eight weeks
    and haven't encountered any tunnels in that time. As it uses the iPhone
    GPS, any problem would not be unique to ViewRanger. In a situation where
    her Garmin Vista was suffering from persistent multipath, the
    iPhone/ViewRanger track was rock steady. Tree cover is also handled
    without a problem.

    >What makes you think that it is more
    >reliable than the other track recording programs?


    I haven't tried any of the others, so can't answer that.

    >Does it create files in any standardized format?


    Track files can be converted into GPX format which we've successfully
    imported into Garmin Base Camp and into Memory Map. This requires the
    use of iTunes as a transfer medium. How Android and Symbian systems
    handle this is no doubt covered in their respective manuals available, I
    think, on the ViewRanger site.

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    Alan White, Apr 10, 2012
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  8. Thanks for the good information!

    I have tested the program on an Android phone, but had to give
    up on it for a number of reasons.

    A more obvious one is that I had to save each track
    individually. I usually record some 30 to 60 tracks per month,
    so the tedious work of saving each one of them separately
    already rendered the program unusable for me.

    Another reason is a defect in the program. Apparently it hogs
    the GPS receiver and thus prevents other programs from using it
    in their different ways.

    Another reason that may be specific to Android is that any
    program can get killed at any time, particularly if it had
    already ran for a number of hours. This means two things:

    1. The program must regularly write its result to external
    memory, i.e. the SD card, to avoid losing all data at once.
    Alternatively it might be possible to make sure that internally
    stored data remains usable under all circumstances, but I have
    already seen another program, My Tracks, lose a week of track
    recordings all at once. I have observed this more than once, so
    there seems to be a problem there.

    2. The program must restart itself automatically and resume
    tracking after the unlucky event that it got killed.

    Otherwise the program makes a very good impression on me. I like
    its user interface and its functionality.

    The best program for the purpose I have seen so far is still
    Maverick, which I recommend. But it still has some problems.

    Hans-Georg
     
    Hans-Georg Michna, Apr 14, 2012
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    Yes the screen is the number one killer of smartphones.
     
    Phantom, Apr 16, 2012
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    try oruxmaps for android..

    www.oruxmaps.com

    Em quinta-feira, 5 de abril de 2012 17h56min18s UTC-3, BK escreveu:
    > Is there any way to put Mapsource on a tablet computer that uses Android?
     
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