[Loadstone] Beginners guide to Loadstone.

Aedan O'Meara aomeara at IOL.IE
Sat Sep 9 23:09:29 BST 2006

Beginners Guide to Loadstone.

1. After installing the software package, find the program on your phone
2. Select "open" under the Options menu.
3. After opening, you will find the following under Options:

If you have no satellit reciever attached then you will be offered the
Exploration Mode
Auto announce ON
Position  sub menu
Label cell
Enter point
Record memo
Play memo

Position will only refer to "Cell"

If you have a satellite reciever attached then you will be offered:
Exploration mode/Navigation mode
Auto announce ON
Find point (only in Exploration mode after points have been stored)
Position sub menu
Label point
Label cell
enter point
Record memo
Play memo
Back to start menu:

second option is
File sub menu:
Load points list
Import database
Export sub menu
Load database
Start logging

Back to start menu
Third option
GPS sub menu
Connect default GPS
Find GPS

back to start menu
Fourth option
Gives details of version.

The next step is to start making points. These can be imported from the
Loadstone web site or made by you where ever you like.
Be sure your satellite reciever is on and properly setup under the
connectivity settings on your phone. The usual code for pairing the GPS to
your phone is "000".
Open Loadstone.
You are automatically in "Navigation mode".
Go to the Functions option in the Start menu and arrow once to the right
This will announce "Exploration mode" as an option to change to, indicating
that you are currently in "Navigation mode".
Then arrow down three times to  "Label point"
Select this and you will be prompted to enter a name for the point.
You may add further detail if you wish by arrowing down to the subsequent
fields in this area.
When finished select options on the phone function1 key.
You will be offered two options here:
1. Save from commencement (of typing)
2. Save from current.
The first will save the lat and long references for the point as they were
when you started typing in the details. The second will save these
coordinates to those now current which may not be the same as above if you
are on a bus or train.
This way build up a database of points of interest in your area.
This general database is different to a further function which is to creat
routes and save these.

Making routes:
To do this you must first of all "mark" chosen points.
This requires you to first change from "Navigation mode" to "Exploration
mode" by pressing the phones select key  on the first item to the right in
the Functions option. Remember the spoken title here is what you can change
to, not what is current. This is a toggle.
Once in Exploration mode you will now find a new command under "Functions"
called "Find point"
Using this by typing whole or part of a name, or using the numberic keys 1
to 9 bring a chosen point into focus. You may now press the "Star" key,
bottom left, to "Mark" or "unmark"this point.
You may also press the Hash key, bottom right, to enter update mode for the
point in question wherein you may edit all settings.
As soon as you mark your first point new options appear on the Functions sub
You will now notice "Rout on" and "point on".
After marking all points of interest for your route go to "File" on start
Here you will see new options as well and choose Save point list to store
your route. Upon entering this you will be offered a "slash sign" or "new
file". Choose the latter and enter a file name for your route.
All your currently marked points but no others will now be saved into this
After turning off the program and re-entering it you will have to "Load"
this file in again to get back your route. Without doing this the program
will automatically bring in its general database of unmarked points that you
have previously made but none of these will be "auto announced" as you
travel towards them.
A nice feature of this program is that no matter what mode you are in, if
you press any arrow key you will be told the nearest point of interest to
you in that direction.
Remember uparrow is always the direction you are heading unless you have set
"points" to "Cardinal" in the main settings, in which case it will be always
If there is no point in that direction or if the point is out of range then
you will be told "No point found".
Another feature is that in "Navigation mode" all the numeric keys report
different information about your position.
These are:
1. Speed of travel and compass heading
2. Accuracy(A feature of the GPS)
3. GPS fix
4. Altitude
5. Latitude
6. Longitude
7. Number of visible satellites.
8. Label cell name
9. Current cell name
*. Atomic clock time(gmt unless corrected in main settings)
0. Toggle Exploration and Navigation modes
#. Label current point.

It can be very confusing when changing mode from Navigation to
Exploration mode as Talks calls the mode that you may next change to and
this could be thought to be the current mode which it is not.
Sometimes Talks speaks the last state just after you have changed it. This
out of place echoing could lead to confusion as to whether the change you
want has actually taken place. i.e "not connected" just after it connects to
your GPS.

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