An Update for WalkLakes Supporters - November 2016

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By TallPaul on 21/11/16 at 11:31am

We sent this email out to all supporters on Friday.

Dear Supporter

Thank you for supporting WalkLakes. As a user who supports us you get early access to new features so we thought it was about time we did a round up of the features we've added over the last few months in case you've missed any.

We always welcome any feedback on these features: as a supporter you are probably one of the more active users of the software so your views are invaluable.

Anyway, here's the list. These are roughly in chronological order so the more recently you signed up the more you will already have been told about.

Uploading track offers to update log book

When you upload a GPX containing a track the software checks the track for any tops you've passed over or near and then offer to update your log book. As it knows the date and time you also get the date recorded if you use this feature.

Full details, including a screen shot, can be found here on the forum.

This feature only appears when you're logged in and is currently only for supporters.

It's optional and you can turn it on and off from the "Settings" option in the menu.

Speed field in walker mode

When you're looking at a track we have added two new fields to the "Your Track" box:

For supporters only we've also added some extra information. If you're in track mode then the "Walker" information now shows an extra field Speed which shows you the average speed immediately around the point where the walker is currently placed.

This is all described here, including a screen shot.

Direction arrows on tracks

For supporters only at present we now show direction arrows on tracks. Again it's optional and you can turn it on and off from the "Settings" option in the menu.

OS benchmarks layer

Adding to the water levels layer we now have all the OS benchmarks as a layer in the mapping which you can turn on and off. This was discussed here on the forum and again is currently only available to subscribers.

Reloading your GPX files

As we revealed on the forum this week we have been saving GPX tracks you've uploaded to, and the GPX tracks and routes you've downloaded from, our software since the start of the year. Since the start of this week we've also saved GPX routes you've uploaded.

We've been doing this for everyone but now supporters can re-load those GPX files and look at the routes and tracks again. This forum post has more details, including screen shots.

The Future

We are continuing to look at ways we can improve the software. Possible enhancements include:

We're also currently developing a whole new set of map tile layers using a mash up of OpenStreetMap and Ordnance Survey data which we hope might provide a useful resource for walkers and other leisure users as an alternative to straight Ordnance Survey mapping.

But if there's anything else you think might be useful then do post it on the Supporters forum and see if people think it's a good idea.

Anyway thanks again and good walking!

Paul and Beth


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