Edit POI’s

If the edit window is in POI mode, trackpoints cannot be added or deleted (they can be moved though). POI modus is meant to manage the interesting points (POI = Point Of Interest) one will encounter while walking your walk. A POI can be anyting worth notifying on a walk : a building, a monument or even routing instructions.

The Edit Window in POI modus

The delete and reorder buttons disappear. You can now slide the individual trackpoints to the left to open POI specific options :

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  • Choose the blue button with the pencil to modif an existing POI. If there is no POI linked to the trackpoint, this button will not be shown.
  • Choose the green button with the star to a a new POI to the trackpoint.
  • The red button with the trashcan removes all POI’s from the trackpoint. This button is hidden if there are no POI’s linked to the trackpoint.

If – in POI mode – you select a trackPoint in the table, the corresponding point will be moved  into view on the map and highlighted. If a photo is linked to that point, a iniature of that foto will be shown. If you press hard or long on a point in the table, then

  • If no POI is linked to the tapped trackpoint, one will be added (after confirmation on your part).
  • If a POI exists, the POI window will open.

If you are using iOS10, this behaviour occurs when you just tap a point.

If you tap the button with the 3 dots – bottom left of the window – a menu with these options opens

  • Clean : Remove unneeded points. One point when you change direction is mostly enough. Generated or imported tracks often contain way too many points.
  • Reverse: Start becomes end and end becomes start.

Modify or create POI’s

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This is the window that opens when you create a new POI, or modify an existing one. You can change the name and description of the point, or click on the ‘Coordinates and Image’ button to add a photo or to set the geographical position of the POI. If you tap on the globe next to the name or description, you can enter that name or description in several languages.

Multilingual names and descriptions

Tap the globe next to the name or description, and you will be taken to the screen below :

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If you never add descriptions in other languages, TrackGuide saves that description for the fictional language ‘all’. If you want translated descriptions for other languages, click on the plus in the middle of this screen, select the language and enter the translation.

The list of possible languages ​​is quite long, and scrolling can be cumbersome. That is why you can simply type in the language code. Click on the keyboard symbol next to the plus in the middle and the language dial changes into a keyboard. If you now enter the first letter of the desired language, and then tap the button (the same button, now with an icon representing a list of choices) the dial will replace the keyboard again and turn to the first option starting with the entered character. You can of course enter the full language code, as long as it exists in the list and no translation for that language exists.

To change the language code of a description, choose that description in the table above and simply change the language code. Attention: the language ‘all’ is mandatory!

And of course, you can also change existing translations : select one in the upper table and change the text.

Coordinates and Image

Tap ‘Coordinates and Image’ in the POI window to open the window below :

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In this screen you can add a picture (URL) to a POI or adjust the coordinates of the point of interest. (The position of a POI does not necessarily coincide with that of the walking point, for example the view of the Arc de Triomphe from the Place de la Concorde.)

  • To adjust the coordinates, drag the pin to the desired position on the map. Dragging is done in two steps: first tap to select, then tap / hold / drag to put it in place.
  • If you know the URL of a photo that you could use for your POI and you have the necessary rights to that photo, you can enter that URL in the field below the map. Then tap the arrow. TrackGuide will now take that picture from the internet, scale it down and show it in the lower part of the window. An even further scaled down version of that photo will be send to your watch next time points are synchronized.
  • If you do not tap the arrow next to the URL in order to download the phote, that photo will not be saved on your phone, but will be picked from the net every time you walk by that point. Photos that are not saved in TrackGuide on your iPhone will not be sent to your Watch.
  • If you share your pasteboard with a Macintosh computer, you can also copy a photo on your computer (Command-C) and then tap the empty phote placeholder in  TrackGuide. The photo is then pasted into the screen fom your mac. It seems a bit of magic when you see it happen.
  • You can also choose a photo from your photo library, or make one with the camera of your iPhone. This is what the two buttons on the bottom of this window are for.