Using SolidSync Trip Tracker

Thank you for using SolidSync Trip Tracker, the quick and easy way to create recordings of your journeys using your Android device. This help information can be viewed at any time by clicking on the Help button on the bottom of the application’s main screen.
Using SolidSync Trip Tracker you can:

  • See the current location information in a simple display.
  • Save your GPS location over time during a drive or a run.
  • Pause and resume the trip recording: perfect for long trips and/or trips with extended stops.
  • Add notes to your trip of noteworthy events.
  • View a map of your saved trips from within the application.
  • Make a record of GPS data available to any other software that can understand KML files by sharing records.
  • Configurable update intervals.
  • Runs in the background.
  • Export your trip using SolidSync Network/Bluetooth GPS to other applications that can use GPS NMEA data over Bluetooth or TCP/IP, including applications such as ESRI’s ArcGIS, Wireless InSSIDer, and others.
  • Tested with applications including Google Earth and others.
Starting the application
Tap the application icon to start. When the application starts up the first time the release notes will be shown as in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1: release notes

Tap the OK button to show the application help screen, as shown in Figure 2 below. This will be automatically shown the first time the application is started.

Figure 2: initial help screen

Tap the OK button to show the main application screen as in Figure 3 below: it includes the recording control button, status indicators and location details.

Figure 3: main application screen

You can tap the Help button to show the help screen (Figure 2 above) at any time.

Tapping the Menu key will show the control menu as in Figure 4 below.

Figure 4: control menu
Starting a new trip
Tap the Recording Start button to start a new trip. If the GPS sensor is disabled, you will be shown the Location and security settings screen as shown in Figure 5 below.

Figure 5: Location and security settings

Ensure the GPS sensor is enabled by checking the appropriate item as shown in Figure 6 below.

Figure 6: enable GPS sensor

Tap the Back button to return to the main application screen. If you do not enable the GPS sensor, the service will not be started and an error message will be shown as in Figure 7 below.

Figure 7: GPS sensor not enabled

If the GPS sensor is enabled then the GPS recording will start immediately, as seen in Figure 8 below.

Figure 8: recording a new trip

The new trip will be given the name Untitled: you can tap the button to edit the details as shown in Figure 9 below.

Figure 9: edit a trip’s details

The trip details view will let you set a name and a description for the trip as shown in Figure 10 below. You may also disable the option to record NMEA data: this is enabled by default. If you wish to export the data through SolidSync Network/Bluetooth GPS, do not clear this option. If you want to export to KML only, you can uncheck this. Once this setting is cleared it cannot be re-enabled.

Figure 10: trip details

Tap OK to save your changes and return to the main application screen. As data is recorded the screen will update to show you the status of the recording. Once a GPS fix is obtained, the location details will be shown as in Figure 11 below.

Figure 11: GPS location details

To pause the trip recording, you can tap the Pause button: it will switch the button to Resume, as shown in Figure 12 below.

Figure 12: Resume option

Tap the Resume button to continue recording, as shown in Figure 13 below.

Figure 13: Resuming the trip recording
While recording, you can add notes by tapping the Add button () as shown in Figure 14 below.

Figure 14: Adding a note

A note entry popup will show as in Figure 15 below.

Figure 15: note entry dialog

Type in the note as shown in Figure 16 below and tap the OK button.

Figure 16: note details

The status will update to indicate the note has been saved as shown in Figure 17 below.

Figure 17: updated status

When a recording is taking place and the main application screen is not active (either another app is running or the home screen is visible) a notification will be displayed as shown in Figure 18 below.

Figure 18: notification about Trip Tracker status

Opening the notification panel shows the indicator that Trip Tracker is running as shown in Figure 19 below.

Figure 19: Trip Tracker notification.

Tapping the notification opens the main application screen, as shown in Figure 20 below.

Figure 20: main application screen from notification

To stop the trip recording, hit the Stop button. This will stop the recording as shown in Figure 21 below.

Figure 21: recording stopped
Managing saved trips

Selecting the Saved Trips menu item from the control menu (shown in Figure 4 above) will open the log listing as shown in Figure 22 below.

Figure 22: list of saved trips

Tap on any trip as shown in Figure 23 below to view it.

Figure 23: selected log

This will open the trip’s map view: the trip details will be loaded and then displayed on a map as shown in Figure 24 below.

Figure 24: Viewing a trip on a map.

The map will show colored markers for the start and end of the trip: tapping any of the markers will center the map on that marker and show the relevant information for that marker, as seen in Figure 25 below.

Figure 25: viewing details about a trip on the map.

Tapping the Close button () will close the popup. Markers are displayed for pause/resume events, and for each note you record: tapping a note marker will show a summary of the note as seen in Figure 26 below.

Figure 26: viewing a note summary

For longer notes, tapping on the next of the note will open up the entire note as shown in Figure 27 below. Tap OK to close the note.

Figure 27: viewing the entire note

Press the Back button to return to the trip listing.
Tap and hold on a trip to open the context menu for that trip: this provides a series of options as shown in Figure 28 below.

Figure 28: trip context menu options

To delete a trip, select the Delete context menu item as shown in Figure 29 below.

Figure 29: deleting a log

A confirmation will be displayed, as shown in Figure 30 below.

Figure 30: confirming the delete request

Tap Cancel to cancel the request. Tap Delete to delete the request: the trip will be removed, as shown in Figure 31 below.

Figure 31: deleted trip removed from list

The contents of a log can be exported as a KML (Keyhole Markup Language) file, allowing the file to be displayed/imported by any program that understands KML, including Google Earth and Google Maps. To export a KML file, select the Export KML context menu item as shown in Figure 32 below.

Figure 32: exporting a KML file

If this is the first time a KML file is being exported for a specific log then a dialog will appear that shows the KML file being generated, as shown in Figure 33 below.

Figure 33: exporting to KML

Once the export is complete, the standard Android share menu will be shown as in Figure 34 below, allowing the user to pick the desired sharing method.

Figure 34: sharing menu options

Once the appropriate sharing method is chosen (in this case, GMail), the KML file is passed along as shown in Figure 35 below. You can now enter an email address and send the file.

Figure 35: sending a KML file using GMail
Playing back a trip

A saved trip can be replayed using SolidSync Network/Bluetooth GPS to other applications that can use GPS NMEA data over Bluetooth or TCP/IP, including applications such as ESRI’s ArcGIS, Wireless InSSIDer, and others. Select the Publish with Network/Bluetooth GPS context menu item for the log, as shown in Figure 36 below.

Figure 36: publishing with Network/Bluetooth GPS

If SolidSync Network/Bluetooth GPS is not installed then the Android Market page for SolidSync Network/Bluetooth GPS will be shown as seen in Figure 37 below.

Figure 37: SolidSync Network/Bluetooth GPS Android Market page

If SolidSync Network/Bluetooth GPS is installed, then the trip will be loaded as shown in Figure 38 below (see the SolidSync Network/Bluetooth GPS documentation for more details).

Figure 38: log loaded into SolidSync Network/Bluetooth GPS
Application settings and information

Tapping the Settings button on the front page will open the settings page as shown in Figure 39 below.

Figure 39: application settings

Options are available (you may have to scroll down) to review information about the software, terms of service and the privacy and content policies. You can also adjust the GPS update interval. After making changes to these settings you will need to stop and restart the GPS service.

Sending Feedback

We really want to hear from you about errors you encounter, features you would like to see or suggestions on how to improve the user interface. To send us feedback, scroll to the bottom of the Settings screen and select the Feedback item, as shown in Figure 40 below.

Figure 40: selecting the Feedback option

Enter an email address (this is required, so we can get back to you about your requested change) and your comments and press the Submit button as shown in Figure 41 below to send it.

Figure 41: sending feedback

Your submission will be confirmed as shown in Figure 42 below, and that’s it. Thank you!

Figure 42: successfully submitted feedback

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