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ICLOUD: iCloud is now mandatory for GPS receiver as of version 5.0. You must also enable iCloud drive. Your waypoints will be stored in the GPS folder in your iCloud drive as .csv files. I recommend that you not modify the files in this folder directly. Instead use the app import to get waypoints into the app. If you are going to change the files in the GPS folder, make sure you have backups! You can copy from this folder safely though.
iOS 8.2 or higher is required. The latest version of iOS is recommended.
See your GPS coordinates anywhere in the world. Simple, clean and bug free interface that has received a lot of excellent customer feedback. Allows you to record and name waypoints
as you go, wherever you are, see them on a map (if you have internet connectivity) and export the list of waypoints via email or via a built in web server (on wifi). Waypoint formats include html, csv, kml.
Works on iPad 1 and 2, 3G or wifi only models (on wifi only location is not accurate and requires wifi access point connection to work).
★★★★ (four star) Dec 8, 2010 by AntofagastaPhil Fast Working GPS - It works and it is fast. Last year the gps programs on my iTouch gave my present position in Antofagasta, Chile as some town in Austria. I am glad to say this app hits the nail on the head:Antofagasta,Chile with Lat = -23.67and Long = - 70.41And it is fast, I got my location in the blink of an eye.
★★★★★ (five star) Jun 26, 2011 by irandolph1 Great Navigation App - Very fast....easy to use. Would like to see all the enhancements suggested. I would pay for this app when it gets better.
★★★★ (four star) Jun 14, 2011 by Philippe HOFFMANN Practical - Practical and usefull for propel interested in geolocalisation. Gogo job !
★★★★★ (five star) Jul 3, 2011 by tttffd it is BEST GPS POINTER
★★★★★ (five star) Nov 20, 2011 by NBaumgratz Great APP - Love it!
★★★★ (four star) Oct 15, 2011 by Aivaday Gps - Muy recomendable
★★★★★ (five star) Oct 3, 2011 by wlperry Cool program with a nice simple design - I really like this program. It is clean and simple and does what it is supposed to. The author is also really helpful and responsive and I can see great potential in this program. If it had offline maps it would be awesome.
★★★★ (four star) Sep 24, 2011 by Areyt Nice tool - Simple to use waypoint tool. Would like to see ability to add a note to each waypoint.
★★★★★ (five star) Sep 20, 2011 by asksteevs Very responsive developer. - The app as it now stands is a strong 3 stars. I gave 5 because the developer has been nothing but helpful, prompt, and responsive in helping me resolve my small issue.Give us a unit preference, a better icon, a speed display, perhaps the ability to string waypoints together in the kml, and this app is a standalone 5 stars. Well done!
(9 four star reviews and 5 five star reviews in other languages)
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|I cannot create new waypoint lists!||Unfortunately this is a known bug with version 4.1 and will be fixed in version 4.2. The issue is that the keyboard often overlaps the Create and Cancel buttons on both platforms, meaning you can type in the name of the new waypoint list that you want to create but you can't see what you're typing and you cannot press the Create button to create the list. On iPad there is a work around, if you start to enter the name of a new waypoint list and rotate the iPad so the app goes into landscape mode and back out, you will be able to access the Create/Cancel buttons and create the list. Unfortunately on iPhone this isn't possible as the iPhone only supports portrait mode. As a work around, if you create the waypoint list on an iPad it should be available on iPhone once iCloud has synced. Otherwise if you don't have access to an iPad you'll have to wait until version 4.2 for the fix. I'm very sorry!|
|How accurate is GPS Receiver?||It depends on many things, first of which is the device. On an iPhone 4, accuracy down to 4m has been seen, on an iPod touch or a wifi only iPad you will be unlikely to see better than + or - 65m. For a GPS based device, like all GPS, the signal is better outdoors, away from buildings.|
|Do I need internet?||It depends. If you have a wifi only iPad or iPod touch, you will need wifi or you will not get a location. If you have a 3G iPad or an iPhone you can get a latitude/longitude in the middle of nowhere but you won't see map tiles.|
|How does the map work?||The map is the standard iPhone/iPod/iPad map, i.e. it comes from Apple/Google and the map tiles are downloaded from the internet as needed and some are cached locally. Without internet you will probably not see much on the map screen, though you can still record waypoints and view them on maps later.|
|What are waypoints?||You can record where you go by tapping the + button on the waypoints. This records the latest latitude/longitude and the time the measurement was taken.|
|Can I enter in waypoints by hand, if I have a latitude/longitude?||Yes. When you press the + button to add waypoints, as standard it will show you a record/add waypoints screen. There you may record them as you go or type in a waypoint by hand.|
|How do I enter or record multiple waypoints easily?||On the add waypoints popup, simple tap the multiple button once. Then the box will stay open when you record a waypoint and you can record or enter as many as you like|
|How about imperial units, or speed/direction on the GPS?||Go into settings, you can enable it there. GPS receiver tries to make an intelligent guess when you first run it.|
|In an urban environment my location seems off?||We have had reports of this and seen it ourselves. The location system in an iPhone/iPad is very clever and uses lots of detailed optimisations to give a fast, fairly accurate fix suitable for most uses of the phone/pad for most apps but this sometimes causes initial mistakes from a strict GPS perspective. One known and described thing is that the location gets more accurate with time, however I (and at least one customer) have seen where it reports a sharp accuracy (~5m) but the wrong location, sometimes up to as much as 35m away. Doing experiments, this looks like it's probably a multipath issue http://gpsinformation.net/multipath.htm. The solution (when you want a proper accurate fix) is to go outdoors, somewhere not too narrow, point your device at the sky, run the app and wait for a minute or two. You should see the location move occasionally and it will home in on where you are more accurately. This isn't a bug in GPS receiver but is how the location system on the iPad works and you will see exactly the same problem when you are using the built in maps (or any other app) on the system. Given time and clear sky, any iPad or iPhone with an aGPS chip in will give you an accurate reading down to a few metres. Sub metre accuracy is not available on current phone/pad hardware.|
The GPS receiver app is meant to act like a simple GPS receiver.Basic Use
When you start the app it will show GPS coordinates in an old style digital watch type display.
The first two readings are your latitude and longitude at the time of last reading, and are displayed to five decimal places. They also show a measure of how accurate the reading is, which is visible as +-65m (or 180ft if in imperial) for example. That indicates that the reading could be off by anything up to 65m, although usually it is not as far wrong as that. Accuracy should improve the longer you are on the page (see below) up to a point.
(note that if you have the new DDM or DMS modes switched on, the display will be updated accordingly)
The third box ("alt") shows the altitude above sea level. If you do not have a good GPS based fix (see below) then this is unlikely to show anything other than "unknown".
If the digital font is hard for you to read, you can turn it off on the settings page.
As an alternative, in settings it is possible to change this display to Uniform Transverse Mercator (UTM) style coordinates instead. This is of the form of "Northings" and "Eastings". These are like the distance north or east (in metres) from the centre of a specific "zone". There are many zones over the surface of the earth, for example much of England is covered by zone 30U and the eastern side by zone 31U. Due to the varying sizes of these (roughly) oblong zones, and the desire for all northings and eastings to remain positive, there is never a point at or near zero on eastings or northings. The centre of each zone should be around 500km easting for example but you can't find the place on the map that corresponds to a northing of 0m and an easting of 0m. This is a shame in a way because then it would be easier to explain. You could say that a northing of 1800789 was 1,800km and 789m north of some specific place. As it is, you are better to compare relative northings and eastings of places. However it still means that you can see a more direct relationship between how far you have travelled between two points (maybe marked as waypoints) in terms of if you've travelled 50km north your northing is likely to increase by 50000 (except in the somewhat unusual case where you change zones), which can be fun.
Finally, as a sort of guideline or amusement, you can display a map behind the coordinates - there is a setting to turn this on in the settings page.
For most users this screen may be all they will want to use, however there are also some more advanced features related to waypoints.
When you first start up the app it will just show whatever was last detected by the phone which may or not be up to date. However, once the app has been started it should start to search for an up to date location, so accuracy may improve and the location may change for a few seconds or so.
The readings come from the internal location systems of the iPhone/iPad/iPod. All these devices have some capability to deduce their own location, however (as with any location sensitive app) you will get the best results by far from a device that has a true GPS receiver built into it, such as the iPhone 3G/3GS/4.
GPS receives its signal from satellites and in direct line of sight. To get the best signal and the most accurate position YOU MUST BE OUTDOORS and with an uncluttered sky. Trees, buildings, and even nearby bodies can block GPS signal resulting in a slow and/or inaccurate reading. Some claim that pointing the camera at the sky should give the best results possible on the GPS as the sensor is located just under it (on an iPhone 3GS).
The iPhones with built in GPS will be able to give better accuracy but still bear in mind you will rarely get a better accuracy than 10-20m even in optimal conditions. (Other iOS devices will rarely, if ever, give an accuracy of less than a few hundred metres.)
Waypoints are just marking where you have been for later. To do so, simply press the Waypoint button on the top left of the GPS screen each time you want to mark your position.
The list of locations will be kept in the phone and can be seen on the Waypoints tab. Also they can be downloaded using the built in web server.
Also as a new feature on version 1.1 of the application, they are available in iTunes when the device is plugged in. Select the device from under the devices list on the left hand side in iTunes. Then on the right hand side, select the Apps tab. The screen below that will change to show you all the apps on that iPhone as usual. The bottom half of the screen will show "File Sharing". Under the Apps panel of "File Sharing" select GPS (or GPSHD) and the recorded waypoints will be visible in three formats, html, csv (for Excel) or kml (for Google Earth or Google Maps). Select the file you want and save it to your computer, double click to open as usual or drag and drop as you would with any normal file.
Finally, it's also possible to email a friend (or yourself) the recorded waypoints in the same three formats directly from the app. On the iPhone version, go into the email tab, on the iPad version there will be a toolbar button for the same feature. In either case, press the button corresponding to the format you wish to use. It will then create a suitable email with the file attached. You then simply enter the address you wish to send the mail to and press the Send button.
If the recipient reads the file using an iPad and has a suitable app, they can open the file directly in that app, which works very well. For kml files, the recipient should have the Google Earth app (or something similar) installed on their iPad. For the csv file they should have Numbers (or something similar).
The web server is one of the more unique features of the app but unfortunately one of the hardest to use.
It allows you to connect to the GPS receiver with a computer (Mac or PC) and view your current location or download the list of waypoints saved in the app.
First, you must switch the web server on in the settings page of the app and you must make sure that your iPhone is connected to wifi on the same network as the computer.
Next you must find out what "IP address" your iPhone is using on the wifi network. To do this, go into the iPhone settings and tap on the Wi-Fi setting. Your current wifi network should have a tick next to it. Carefully tap the blue circle with the white arrow on it located to the right of your wifi network name. You will be shown a page of information including the all important "IP address". Make a careful note of it (perhaps using a pen and paper). The IP address will be four numbers that are separated by full stops. So it might look something like 220.127.116.11
Quit the settings on your iPhone and go back into the GPS receiver app. Make sure that you keep it running then go to your PC and start up your web browser. In your web browser on your PC/Mac you must type the "IP address" into the address bar.
If all goes well, you will see your current location pop up in the web browser after a short delay.
It should look something like this:
|Time||2010-09-28 22:48:16 +0100|
If you do not see this then you can try using the prefix http:// before your IP address as some browsers prefer that format.
Above all, I hope you enjoy the application, have fun with it and at the very least it doesn't cause you any annoyance. If you do have any problems and are disappointed with it then of course feel free to email me and I'll try to help if I've got time. But please do remember that it's free, it took me a fair amount of time to write and I don't get any money from it (apart from a very small amount of money from the adverts on some clients), so always please try to be polite! :-)
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