[FOSS-GPS] FoxtrotGPS: add track-logging toggle to the toolbar? (was: FoxtrotGPS - are suggestions welcome ?)

Joshua Judson Rosen rozzin at geekspace.com
Mon Oct 29 21:54:18 PDT 2012

"David Bannon" <dbannon at internode.on.net> writes:
> > Do you mean the popup/context menu, or the toolbar?
> If you mean where I would like a "logging on / off" icon and if by the
> 'toolbar' you mean the structure on the left hand side of the window,
> then its the toolbar.

OK. If my screen is any indication, it looks like there's enough room
on that side toolbar for a couple of extra buttons even when the window
is ~500 pixels high, and they gracefully `fall off the bottom' when
the window gets smaller down to about 400 pixels (below which there's
not even room to show the existing buttons). Let's try it.

I have a change that I think does what you're asking for:


It adds a toggle-button to the toolbar, synchronised with the checkbox
in the info/control panel.

Would you be able to try that out?

> > Also, what about the `split track', and `load track' functions?
> The split track function is useful but not useful enough to justify having the
> right hand side "Control Panel" (if thats what you call it) displayed all the
> time. So, I'd be happy to click the toolbar icon twice to achieve the same
> effect.
> The "load track" and "clear" buttons are really used once you are reviewing
> collected data and are fine remaining in the control panel tab. I'd suggest
> that tab remain where it is pretty much unchanged and regard the toolbar icon
> I am requesting as an alternative way to work.


> Keyboard shortcuts might also be another useful alternative, ctrl-l to
> toggle logging, maybe something to zoom in or out....


There are actually already few keyboard shortcuts in place:

     * "i" or page-up zooms in (as does scroll-up via they pointer)
     * "o" or page-down zooms out (as does scroll-down via the pointer)
     * Ctrl+t brings up the `Load track' dialog
     * Left, Right, Up, and Down pan the map West, East, North, or South
     * "a" toggles autocenter
     * "F11" toggles fullscreen mode
     * "m" shows/hides the info/control panel
     * 1-8 select different maps

None of those have been properly documented, though..., and it looks like
there's a bug where the wrong widget has focus by default, so you have
to hit Tab to move focus from the toolbar to the map-widget before any
of those keys will work.... I just pushed a couple of changes
to the bzr repository that address both of those issues.

Adding an "l for logging" key seems like it would make sense.
Though, now that I think of it..., I'm sort-of inclined to make it
"t for track-logging" just to keep the H/J/K/L keys free in case
someone asks for vi-style navigation keys....

"Don't be afraid to ask (λf.((λx.xx) (λr.f(rr))))."

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>     "David Bannon" <dbannon at internode.on.net>
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>     Subject:
>     Re: [FOSS-GPS] FoxtrotGPS - are suggestions welcome ?
>     "David Bannon" <dbannon at internode.on.net> writes:
>     >
>     > I contribute data to OSM and use FoxtrotGPS mainly for that
>     > purpose. At present, to control the stopping and starting of logging,
>     > I need to show the large "control panel" (? for lack of a better name)
>     > onf the right hand side. browse through several pages and then click a
>     > quite small text based tick box. This control panel takes up a whole
>     > lot of screen space and the tick box is quite awkward to find,
>     > especially if you are on the move. I would greatly prefer if this
>     > functionality was on the left hand menu, fronted with a reasonable
>     > sized icon that could (eg) change colour when active.
>     Do you mean the popup/context menu, or the toolbar?
>     Also, what about the `split track', and `load track' functions?

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