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  • James H. Reinholm

    BCN normally stores an imported file with track and waypoint data in one trip database. The app has no way of knowing how you’d like this trip data divided up into two or more trip databases.

    So once the file is imported, you probably need to create another trip database, and move selected tracks and waypoints into it. This is done with one of the ‘batch’ options explained in section 4.d.iii of the user manual.

    It would be nice to display trip data from two or more trip databases at a time on the map screen like Google Earth does. The BCN app currently allows only one trip database to be shown at a time. However, I think this feature can easily be added by letting the user select more than one trip database on the TRIP DATA -> ‘Click to Change Trip Database screen before returning to the map screen.

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  • Elliott, Bob

    I use trip databases when I go out.  I record each trip track in a new database so I can export them as a single trip and not have data from multiple trips in the tracks.

    It would be nice to be able to show and hide individual tracks from previous trips.  If I import all the trips I made in the past I would have many lines that would make the BCN display very confusing.

     

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  • James H. Reinholm

    The BCN app has a new feature now that allows you to show or hide individual tracks, and also to export individual tracks in a trip database. So you can have as many tracks as you like from previous trips in one trip database, and you can set it up so only one track is displayed at a time.

    This is done by clicking the new ‘Select All’ icon on top of the track list screen (TRIP DATA –> List View –> Tracks). This opens up the next screen with options for Delete, Export, Copy to, Show, Hide, and a few others. You’ll need to ‘unselect’ some of the tracks until one is left that you would like to display or export. These are more of the ‘batch’ options as explained in section 4.d.iii.2 of the user manual.

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  • Elliott, Bob

    What version of the software has this feature?

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  • James H. Reinholm

    The latest version (6.7.2) has it, and it's also on two versions previous to this. 

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  • Elliott, Bob

     

    I don't see the menu option TRIP DATA –> List View –> Tracks.  Am I missing something?

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  • James H. Reinholm

    You have the TRIP DATA menu shown here. Click the first of the five options where it says 'list view' in small print. The opens the track/waypoint list, and then you need to click TRACKS to see the listing for tracks. The new feature is then enabled by clicking the square (Select All) icon on top.

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  • Elliott, Bob

    Perfect, thanks.

    What is the best way to export tracks from a Google Earth?  When I bring tracks in from Earth they are segmented and I have tons of waypoints along the track.  I would like to bring them in in one piece with only waypoints that I created and not thousands along the track.

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  • James H. Reinholm

    It's possible to edit the KML/KMZ file so it only contains the tracks and waypoints you're interested in, but an easier way is to create a new folder under 'Places' on Google Earth, and drag and drop the tracks and waypoints you want into it from the original trip folder. Then you can export the new folder as a KML or KMZ file, which can set up as a new trip database in the BCN app.

    Combining segmented tracks into one track is a little more difficult, but in can be done by opening the KML or KMZ file in a text editor, and locating two tracks you want to combine. Just copy and place the coordinate string of the second track after the coordinate string of the first track. Make sure the connecting points are adjacent. Then delete the <LineString> </LineString> attribute section for the first track

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  • Elliott, Bob

    Thank you for your reply.

    The thing that is confusing is when I work with the tracks in Earth they are continuous but when I export them from Earth and import them in to BCN they come in segmented.  I am working with what I thought were single, continuous tracks not segments.  I can e-mail you a file if you send me your address.

    I tried opening a KML file in the Notepad text editor and found it to be large and complex.  Combining the segments as you suggest is a solution but will be a daunting task.  Do you know if there is an app that can do this for me before I begin editing the files?

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  • James H. Reinholm

    I think that if you look closer at the coordinate string for a track that is thought to be continuous in a KML file, it is divided up into several coordinate strings with a separate attribute section for each one. This is why the BCN app sees them as segmented tracks.

    Two desktop applications that are able to combine two or more selected tracks with a few clicks are Garmin Mapsource and BaseCamp. Many users prefer BaseCamp because it's free and does the job

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  • Elliott, Bob

    Thanks!  I'll dig into the files tonight.  I'll also look at Basecamp.  If it will combine the segments that will be the easiest option.

    Thanks again for BCN.  It completely changed the way we navigate off road.  Since I got my tablet and BCN two other members of our group bought tablets and BCN for use on our next trip the beginning of February.  It is a great product that is very useful.

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  • Elliott, Bob

    Garmin Basecamp will do what I want to do.  This is how I did it:

    Create a new list folder

    Import a track

    Click the first Active Log point.

    While holding the shift key click the last Active Log point.  Hit delete

    Do the same for any other points along route or waypoints you don't want.

    You should be left with waypoints and track segments you want.

    Click the first track segment you would like to combine

    While holding the shift key click the last track segment you would like to combine.

    Right click the selected segments

    click "join the selected tracks..."

    You can chose to delete the segments or not.

    Export the track:

    Click the folder you want.

    Click File; Export; Export 'FOLDER NAME'

    Import the file into BCN.

    This got me a single track instead of segments.  I can also choose the waypoints that come into BCN with the exported files this way.

    I hope someone else can benefit from this.  Thanks for all your help.

    Bob

     

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  • Boyan Boyanov

    I have a nearly identical request - be able to display trackes/waypoints from multiple databases, while writing only to the active database.  The current setup and proposed sworkaround  is very uniwledly for databases with a lot of entries.  For example, I have a gmaps database for Death Valley, with hundreds of tracks and waypoints.  Every time I go there I add dozens of new waypoints and a few additional tracks.  Manual selection for export of only the new stuff is a giant PITA.  BCNAV's main competitor supports this functionality, so I am currently exploring whether it meets my needs.  This is enough of a need for me to consider switching.

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  • Elliott, Bob

    Boyan,

    What is your e-mail address?

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