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

David dbannon at internode.on.net
Tue Oct 30 15:16:18 PDT 2012

Thanks heaps Joshua, that sounds great !

Its going to take me a day or so to test it I am afraid. I am about to upgrade to new release of Ubuntu and don't want to pull down the tools i need to build foxtrot until after the upgrade.

Further, I will be in Melbourne (big city) for a week or so and that not a great place to really test it out. But I can have a quick look to ensure it seems Ok....

Thanks again.


Joshua Judson Rosen <rozzin at geekspace.com> wrote:

>"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:
>    https://code.launchpad.net/~rozzin/foxtrotgps/tracklog-toggle-toolbutton
>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
>       respectively.
>     * "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))))."
>>     ----- Original Message -----
>>     From:
>>     "Open Source GPS-related discussion and support"
>>     <foss-gps at lists.osgeo.org>
>>     To:
>>     "David Bannon" <dbannon at internode.on.net>
>>     Cc:
>>     "Open Source GPS-related discussion and support"
>>     <foss-gps at lists.osgeo.org>
>>     Sent:
>>     Sat, 27 Oct 2012 14:47:36 -0400
>>     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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