Troy Almeida

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  1. Tom's profile on this forum shows he's up in Maine, so I just checked my Maine Gazetteer, and then my NH, VT, and MA ones too. In a section labeled "Design of the Atlas," each book states that "the <state> Atlas & GazetteerTM includes <#> quadrangular maps covering the entire state," mentions the scale (e.g., ME is 1:135K), and tells the reader how many minutes of Lat & Long are represented on each page (e.g., it's 25 for the ME maps). Under "Orientation," it says "the sides of the maps are aligned with true N/S" and "the tops & bottoms of the maps run true E/W." A quick discussion of magnetic declination follows, and they provide the offset one should use if you're in the western or eastern parts of the respective state. Under "GPS Users' Information," it mentions what GPS is and says that the map has tick marks at 1-minute intervals and grid lines at 5-minute intervals. The ticks & grids represent the WGS84 datum. Hope this helps give a little add'l insight before your own copy arrives at your door! -Troy
  2. Hey Dan, I think I'm sort of in the same boat as Tom, where I understand coordinates but grasp projections mainly at a conceptual level. I do understand that projections really matter across large distances - a lesson I learned last year when I made a poster-size map of the eastern seaboard stretching from North Carolina to Nova Scotia. (You may recall helping me out on a font issue for that project!) Aside from that very large map, my typical scanned maps almost always cover just a small geographic area, and I've always used Equirectangular by default. Having just installed 83, I see that that projection is no longer available for new scanned maps. Do you recommend using one of the other projections (following your rules above) even if the map actually does use Equirectangular? Thanks! -Troy
  3. UPDATED: Added screenshot showing the actual waypoints on the Aerial map [attachment: waypoints.JPG] Attached the GPX [attachment: White House.gpx] Hey Dan, I'm still struggling with the new calibration tools. Here's what I did, with some screenshots to match: View the White House with Aerial maps Take a quick screenshot of the map as it appears in EGPS [attachment: White House.JPG] Using the Aerial maps, set four waypoints: north lawn fountain, south lawn fountain, a car on 17th St NW, and a bus on 14th St NW Add "White House.JPG" as a scanned map Press "1" to open calibration tool for 1st point Click & drag waypoint "North Lawn Fountain" to the center of the north lawn fountain on the scanned map Press "2" to open calibration tool for 1st point Click & drag waypoint "South Lawn Fountain" to the center of the south lawn fountain on the scanned map Visually check the car & bus waypoints - they're completely out of alignment to the scanned map [attachment: calibration_1.JPG] Speculate that the calibration was off because of the vertical alignment of the two calibration points. Change 2nd calibration point to the car. The other waypoints get even more out of alignment. [attachment: calibration_2.JPG] Am I doing something wrong? Thanks, Troy White House.gpx
  4. Thanks... now I see the map adjusting itself on the fly. I think my error was that I assumed the calibration tool operated the same way as Move Selected - click to select, then drag to move. But click-and-drag yields the results you described. I am seeing some errors in the calibration though. The waypoints land correctly on the scanned map, but once I go back to a Topo/Aerial/Street map, they are not lined up properly anymore. (I'm trying to calibrate a screenshot of an Aerial map just to eliminate any issue with bad source data, but even that results in a mismatch.) I'll keep playing with it and let you know if I figure out what I'm doing incorrectly. Thanks!
  5. Dan, This is how I've wished the calibration could work for a long time... thank you! Can you elaborate on the process to drag the calibration points on the map? I can't quite figure it out. Here's what I've tried: 1. Add a new map image to the library 2. Use Street or Aerial views to create two waypoints at a known location 3. Switch back to the new scanned map, press "1" and "2" to jump into the calibration tool 4. Attempt to calibrate by dragging the waypoints to their corresponding map location I think I'm definitely doing something wrong, but am not sure what I need to do to make it right! Thanks, Troy
  6. Hi Dan, As a functional workaround, could you implement hover text on the file tab instead to show the full path, or at least the full filename? If that's a pain, could you add a read-only field in the File --> Information about this GPX File dialog, showing the full path? Thanks, Troy
  7. Hi Dan, A really small request: Can you please display the complete filename in the title bar? Path + filename would be great too, but just the filename would be appreciated. Truncated filenames in the tabs is fine. I'm just looking for a way to quickly identify which specific file I'm looking at when I have several open files that are named sequentially. Thanks! Troy
  8. Hello Dave, I recently printed a 34" x 44" map as a PDF, and then had Staples print the PDF as a poster. Mine was a large map of various commercial fishing boundaries in the Atlantic, imported from NOAA GIS data as shapes in ExpertGPS. It printed fine, both as PDF and as a poster. Can you upload your GPX file so we can take a look? -Troy
  9. Hi Heather, Those instructions look correct. The Symbols folder isn't created by default though. If you go to Help --> Open Program Data Folder, ExpertGPS will open the data folder in Windows Explorer. Create a new folder named "Symbols" and then create additional sub-folders inside of Symbols. Make sure you create the readme.txt file in each of the sub-folders, as well. Hope this helps! -Troy
  10. Hi Dan, Garmin GPSMap 60CSx: Waypoint Name: 14, Waypoint Comment: 30, Track Name: 13 ExpertGPS allows for 14 characters on the Track Name field. Off by +1. Garmin Nuvi 855: Waypoint Name: 30, Waypoint Comment: 30, Track Name: 13 Oddly, the UI on this Nuvi allows an infinite number of characters for Waypoint Name during creation of the waypoint. But when you hit Save, it truncates to 30. The Nuvi has a library of waypoint symbols that are not displayed in ExpertGPS. EDIT: The basic Garmin symbols are displayed in ExpertGPS for this unit, but not the extended set: a variety of human faces, an alien, some animals, and a cartoon smiley face ... you know, all the important ones. -Troy
  11. Hi Dan, 5.64 is still exhibiting the same issues I had with the prior versions. It might be an off-by-one bug in the backend, but it's not an obvious off-by-one in the UI. e.g., when I select my custom "AMC 4000 footer" type, I get a preview for my custom "Kayaking" type which uses an NPS paddler symbol. The two types are very far apart in the Type drop-down, which is why I say the off-by-1 isn't obvious in the UI. Maybe it's an off-by-1 in the way you're parsing the types and/or symbols behind the scenes though. I've been testing this stuff from a new GPX document, not an existing file. You already have my Symbols folder. Should I send my registry settings too? Troy
  12. Hi Dan, I think the behavior with custom waypoint icons is still a bit off. Here's the experience I just had with 63: new document new waypoint Type is defaulted to Airport Map Marker dropdown is "AMC" and selected symbol is one of my icons for an AMC 4000 footer Sample shows AMC 4000 footer waypoint Change type to "Blue Flag" Map Marker / symbol / Sample do not change Change type to "Gas" Mark Marker changes to GPS Symbol, sample changes to a gas pump icon Change Type to AMC 4000 Footer Map Marker changes to "NPS Water Recreation," symbol changes to NPS boater, sample shows NPS boater If I keep toggling the Type among selections that use custom icons and others that use GPS symbols only, I continue getting unexpected behavior. It's as if Type still isn't the primary driver of the child objects. Am I missing something? --Troy
  13. Look for the "listgeo" utility. I think it'll do the trick for you. I have exported World files from geotiffs in the past, but it was so long ago that I can't even remember how I did it. You may be able to export it via Google Earth too.
  14. Hi Dan, Thanks for the continued improvements! I don't know if this is related to the bug you described above, but I'm seeing really inconsistent behavior in Edit Waypoint. When I change the Type, it usually also toggles the GPS Symbol and Marker on Map. The symbol in the Sample is usually not updated, however, unless I had manually set Marker on Map to None prior to changing the Type again. Can you elaborate on the hierarchy of rules that this dialog follows when the user changes the features of a waypoint? My pre-caffeine thought is that Type should be the parent which drives GPS Symbol and Marker on Map, so toggling the Type would also reset those two fields to whatever was actually assigned to that Type. I'm also seeing weird behavior when the waypoint Types use custom map symbols. I know that the support for custom symbols hasn't been a priority because not a lot of people were using it, so I don't know if this comes into play here too. Troy
  15. I opened a GPX file tonight and noticed that ExpertGPS appeared to freeze for ~30 seconds at the point when it would normally start to display the maps. My waypoints were visible in the list, but the program was totally unresponsive. I was opening the file from a network share, and just figured there might be a problem there, so let things sit for a while until it came back to life. When it did, I tried to load my scanned map library, and it was totally empty. I checked the registry and the Topografix hierarchy was totally reset as if it was a clean install for the first time. I did recently upgrade to 5.48, and used the full installer to do that. But that's the way I always do my upgrades, and I've never once had an issue with my settings being wiped out. Anyone else see this behavior? I was fortunate to have a backup of my registry settings from 5 or 6 weeks ago when I did a clean upgrade to Windows 10, so I didn't actually lose anything. I'm just curious if this was a bug in the installer, a bug in the program at runtime, or if some unknown force blew away my settings. I'm a bit stumped, to be honest! Troy