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The Motorcyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy –

“… I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
In my last article (follow these links to Yuval’s previous articles: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I explained what GPX routes and tracks are and how to use them in the satellite receiver. It is now time to move to the next level: creating and designing individual routes using a route editor.

Route Editor
The route editor is a software utility that enables creating, viewing, and editing of GPX routes. We have already seen how TyreToTravel, a free route editor, can be used to view existing routes and then upload them into the receiver.
A decent route editor, at a minimum, should provide the following 10 functions:

1. Add waypoints to the route by address or coordinates (latitude and longitude)
2. Interactively add waypoints to the route from the digital map using “mouse click/double click” functionality
3. Delete existing waypoints from the route
4. Reorder waypoints in the route (i.e., move waypoints up or down the list) or reverse the entire order of the route
5. Modify a waypoint’s coordinates interactively on the map using “drag and drop” functionality
6. Rename a waypoint’s title
7. Dynamically calculate and display the total distance and time for the route
8. Preview the route’s path on a map
9. Load and save routes as GPX files or other file formats
10. Upload routes to the satellite receiver

Some satellite receivers contain a built-in route editor. While not as easy to use as a personal computer-based editor, it can be useful when a rider needs to create a route in the middle of a trip, especially when a laptop or desktop are not nearby.

We typically know the starting point (e.g., home) and also the end point (e.g., camp). The question is how to design a great route that takes a rider from start to finish and still balances the important aspects of travel: time, distance, attractions, scenery, and fun (twisty roads). And at the same time, the route needs to be completed safely within one’s constraints such as group size, gas stations, food, rest time, etc.

I will present four methods to designing a route.

Quick and Dirty Design
With this method only a few waypoints are needed. The starting waypoint, ending waypoint, and a few waypoints in between (say up to four), which will anchor the route to a desired path. The rider expects the satellite receiver to get him or her through those waypoints. Compared to a simple two-waypoint ad hoc navigation, there is a refined level of control of the overall route but not really much more sophistication than that. One may consider this as multi-waypoint ad hoc navigation. This method can be useful for a quick and dirty route while on the road. This works well for riders who like to experiment but still have a high-level plan or for those who have little patience for detailed design.

Bottom-Up Planning Design
This method requires some prior research of the different roads and attractions along the way. It could be a collection of must-see places and recommended roads to ride gathered from books, forums, magazines such as RoadRUNNER, or advice from other riders.

Once this data is collected, waypoints are entered sequentially into the route editor, with the start waypoint first and the end waypoint last. The route is then composed of a fixed number of well-known waypoints, and from there the total time and distance can be examined. The route can be adjusted as needed. Some waypoints can be omitted or reordered to save time and/or distance. Every change causes the route editor to recalculate the route.

This is essentially a methodic bottom-up approach. It can be time consuming due to the in-depth research required; however, it’s rewarding as the route is carefully planned, no highlights are missed, and there should be minimal surprises (for better or worse).

Rubber Band Design
As opposed to the formal bottom-up design approach just described, the rubber band design method starts by entering just two waypoints into the route editor, the start and end points.

Gpx Route Editor

The route between those two points is automatically calculated and displayed by the route editor, typically using the shortest time route, which almost always will default to busy highways.

Now comes the interesting part. Using “drag and drop” techniques (using a mouse or touch screen), the original route is stretched like a rubber band onto a new waypoint (imagine a pin stretching the middle of a rubber band held in place between two other pins). Once the dragging is done, a new waypoint is created automatically and inserted in the correct order between the original route waypoints.

Hybrid Design
The bottom-up and rubber band design methods can naturally merge into a hybrid design mode. It starts by building a high-level skeleton of a route using several waypoints that must be included in the trip. Then, the rubber band design method is applied to dynamically decide on the best path between the skeleton waypoints. It combines the better of the two approaches. On one hand, there is some thought and research put into the route, but on the other hand it leaves flexibility and room for some adventure, fine-tuning, and experimentation.

Summary
I often use the hybrid method and recommend that riders use it as well, if possible.

For just getting to a destination, basic quick and dirty planning is fine. If the journey is the destination, then one may want to dig a little deeper.

Some people don’t have the patience for in-depth and time consuming research of attractions along the route and actually like to “get lost” and explore unknown paths, while others are risk averse and do not want to ride on routes that have not been previously ridden and confirmed by others. It is also a matter of timing, different trips call for different design methods.

All I can say is that some of the best adventures I’ve been on were a result of an error in planning or incorrect execution of the route.

Watch the instructional videos below on how to create a route using these techniques. The next article will describe best practices for route design.

Part A:

Part B:

Text and video by Yuval Naveh

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#12017-09-22 09:10:01

Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

Hello,

I'd like to find a good Windows application to edit GPX files, mainly to add/move/rename/delete waypoints, and sometimes edit tracks (move, slice, reverse, delete).

GPX Editor (1.6.18.1649):
Supports Google Maps or OSM as maps
Missing some features (double-click on a waypoint > doesn't show where it's located on the map)
Buggy (delete a waypoint: Not deleted from map)
Looks like abandonware (http://www.knackes.com/blog/ : no trace of app)

GPS Track Editor (1.15)
As the name implies, only reads tracks from GPX files, and ignores waypoints
Besides, it's officially abandonware.

JOSM
Does the job, and is obviously activally developped, but it's overkill just to edit waypoints on a map.

=> What I'd like, is an application like GPX Editor that would actually work as expected and under active development (and ideally, can read/write KML files, but I can live without). It doesn't have to be freeware/open-source, as long as it's affordable for home users.

Thank you.

Last edited by Shohreh (2017-09-22 09:10:34)

#22017-09-22 14:08:41

SwiftFast
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Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

I think JOSM is the best for this. I don't see how 'overkill' applies. You don't need to use any of its other features. I usually import GPX, convert to data layer, play with it, then convert back to GPX.

#32017-09-23 00:20:09

Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

Some years ago I used QLandkarte https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM … QLandkarte
Good for analyze gpx files (e.g. track colour depending on speed) and modify them.

#42017-09-23 14:51:52

SomeoneElse
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Registered: 2010-10-13
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Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

A couple of other options - Garmin's Mapsource https://www.garmin.com/us/maps/mapsource and Basecamp http://www.garmin.com/en-US/shop/downloads/basecamp (which are useful if you're doing stuff with maps for Garmin devices).

Personally, for editing GPS files I just use a text editor https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/?EmacsForWindows , but that may not be to everyone's taste

#52017-09-25 20:36:49

Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

What about the listing in the OSM wiki at

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Edit_GPS_tracks ?

#62017-09-26 12:37:27

Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

Gpx track editor manual

Thanks for the links.

The reason I said 'overkill' re JOSM, is that as much as possible, I prefer to use a tool that doesn't have a busy interface, ie. a bunch of features I will never use. Besides, I prefer native apps instead of Java/QT because of the occasional quirks in the look 'n feel, and the time to load the app.

For others' benefit:

QLandkarte GT
Developpement ended in 2015
https://bitbucket.org/kiozen/qlandkarte-gt/downloads/
QLandkarteGT.1.8.1.exe
Didn't find how to ignore Locale and force it to use English as the UI language.
Didn't find how to open a GPX file.

QMapShack
QLandkarte's successor
Last compiled for Win32 in 2015, so if you can, upgrade to Win64.
https://bitbucket.org/maproom/qmapshack/downloads/
QMapShack_Install_Windows32bit__1.2.2.exe
Didn't find how to ignore Locale and force it to use English as the UI language.
Didn't find how to display map after loading GPX

Garmin Mapsource
https://www.garmin.com/us/maps/mapsource
Development stopped in 2010
MapSource 6.16.3 October 25, 2010
Didn't find how to display map after loading GPX

Garmin BaseCamp
Successor to Mapsource
http://www8.garmin.com/support/download … sp?id=4435
BaseCamp software version 4.6.2
Heavily traffic-oriented map (shows road #'s)
Ugly, simplistic map: No way to get OSM or Google ?
To open GPX file: 1. Click on My Collection 2. File > Import
Can't use mouse to move map: Must use +/-

Viking
QT
Didn't find how to ignore Locale and force it to use English as the UI language.
Map static, not zoomable : MapQuest failed to download map
https://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/viking/ : 'Whoops, we can't find that page.'
Version: 1.6.2 (2015-12-21)

QGIS
Even bigger beast than JOSM. Didn't try further.

GpsUtility
View > Maps doesn't display map

Gps Track Editor
Development stopped in 2015
As the name implies, only handles tracks, not waypoints

Florb
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Florb
Version: 1.0 (2014-10-12): Didn't try.

GPS TrackMaker Free
http://www.trackmaker.com/main/en/
Had to close MyPhoneExplorer
Only includes (ugly, non-OSM) North and South America maps?

GpsPrune
Version: 18 (2015-07-01)
Slow to download map when zooming… or fails altogether
To rename waypoint: Point > Edit waypoint name
How to move waypoint with the mouse?

GpsMaster
'GpsMaster is based on GPXCreator'
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/GpsMaster
http://gpsmaster.org/download/
GpsMaster_0.63.00.jar
No menu bar, only icons
Failed to download maps (hourglass). Gave up.

JGPSTrackEdit
Failed opening GPX file and showing map: Only works with tracks, not waypoints

GPX Editor
Messes with Windows' LAN Proxy :-/
In the lefthand-side list, can't select multiple waypoints and delete them in one go
After deleting waypoint, still displayed on map
App doesn't support drag 'n dropping file: Must use CTRL+O
In LH side list, doesn't support renaming waypoints through F2
When selecting a waypoint in LH side list, doesn't show where it's located in map
To import KML files : File > Import from

OziExplorer
http://www.oziexplorer.com
3.95.6f
File > Load from File > Import GPX file : nothing happens
File > Load from File >Load Waypoints from File: nothing happens
No maps?

RouteConverter
https://www.routeconverter.com/stable-releases/en
Java
Launched RouteConverterWindows.exe: The logo is displayed for a few seconds, then it disappears, and… nothing happens. Upgraded to Java 8 Update 144, per instructions, re-ran installer: Same issue.

After trying all those, it looks like JOSM is the only app that fits my needs. Too bad GPX Editor is no longer developped.

Last edited by Shohreh (2017-09-28 13:41:57)

#72017-09-26 14:11:08

Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

GPS TrackMaker is my favorite. The included North and South American raster maps are for demonstration only but with the free version you can't import your own GeoTIFF maps. For plain vector work background maps are not needed. OziExplorer is not free either and it has old fashioned user interface but it does have good features for GPX editing.

Gpx Editor Windows

#82017-09-26 20:36:51

Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

#92017-09-27 10:27:24

Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

JRA wrote:

GPS TrackMaker is my favorite. The included North and South American raster maps are for demonstration only but with the free version you can't import your own GeoTIFF maps. For plain vector work background maps are not needed. OziExplorer is not free either and it has old fashioned user interface but it does have good features for GPX editing.

Does it mean the free version provides no maps? I don't see how I could work with waypoints from a GPX file with no maps behind.

QWE1234 wrote:

Thanks.

Quick test:

OziExplorer 3.95.6f
http://www.oziexplorer.com
File > Load from File > Import GPX file : nothing happens
File > Load from File >Load Waypoints from File: nothing happens
No maps?

RouteConverter
https://www.routeconverter.com/stable-releases/en
Java
Launched RouteConverterWindows.exe: The logo is displayed for a few seconds, then it disappears, and… nothing happens. Upgraded to Java 8 Update 144, per instructions, re-ran installer: Same issue.

#102017-09-27 19:31:24

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Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

Try Viking http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Viking

#112017-09-28 13:40:52

Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

#122017-10-02 14:58:49

Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

Shohreh wrote:

Does it mean the free version [of GPS TrackMaker] provides no maps? I don't see how I could work with waypoints from a GPX file with no maps behind.

It depends what you are doing with your waypoints, tracks, and routes. If you need background maps and are not willing to pay for the license and then acquire maps as GeoTIFFs for georeferencing them locally then it is not your tool.

OziExplorer 3.95.6f
http://www.oziexplorer.com
File > Load from File > Import GPX file : nothing happens
File > Load from File >Load Waypoints from File: nothing happens
No maps?

Something probably happens but you do not see it. OziExplorer is a moving map program from 90's and it requires a georeferenced map to start with. It is old-fashion but it does work. For serious use you will need a license perhaps it is not the tool for you either.

#132019-01-23 01:31:14

ivss_xx
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From: Christchurch, New Zealand
Registered: 2018-03-02
Posts: 19
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Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

Might be an old thread but GPX editor is still semi-actively being developed.
Can get a beta version that has come out September last year from SF here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/gpxedi … %20Editor/

A bearded man from Latvia in New Zealand.
ivss_xx on OSM

#142019-04-04 12:45:41

Re: Editing GPX files: Good Windows application?

The best Software I used is GPS Track Editor. You can see GPX data on Openstreet map and edit them wherever you want.

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