[Loadstone] A small suggestion

Jim Ruby jim at blindsea.com
Wed Sep 20 23:09:18 BST 2006

The hardest thing I find is to follow a road in exploration mode if it bends
you have to use the correct keys and often going back by using say sound
since you were exploring north can bring you back to a different place then
you expect.

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From: loadstone-bounces at loadstone-gps.com
[mailto:loadstone-bounces at loadstone-gps.com] On Behalf Of Shawn Kirkpatrick
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 7:33 AM
To: General discussion pertaining to the Loadstone GPS program
Subject: Re: [Loadstone] A small suggestion

Interesting idea for the exploration mode but it just isn't going to happen 
for a few reasons. List boxes seem to be limited in the number of characters

per item. The docs don't seem to say exactly what that limit is but it's 
quite short, maybe 30 characters if we're lucky. A point name can be up to 
75 characters, then add in the distance and the checked status and you're 
getting close to 100 characters per item. The other reason that the list and

the first letter search won't work is speed. On a very small database this 
would probably work but it wouldn't scale at all. On a large database a 
search may return a lot of results and take a very long time to do it. Maybe

on a newer phone the time might be workable but I doubt it. As it is now 
text searches take a long time even on my n70. and that's one of the fastest

phones I know of.
There's probably going to be changes to the exploration mode but I haven't 
figured out what they're going to be yet. I want to improve things but not 
lose any existing functionallity.

On Wed, 20 Sep 2006, Ari Moisio wrote:

> Hi!
>  About point searches:
>  Sorry, but current exploration mode  reminds about those 80's  text
> adventure games.
>  I'll suggest following  user interface in exploration mode:
> - Joystick will open a list dialog about nearby points. Up points  between
> northwest and northeast, rigth between northeast and southeast and so on.
> Pressing  joystick will bring list of nearest point in any direction.
>  In  this list there are points names, distances and some indicator if
> point is checked sorted by distance.
> Pressing joystic will move to selected point.
> - When pressing  number key application will list points with
> corresponding initial letters, for example: pressing '2' three times
> quicly will brin up all points whose name begins with 'c'.
> -- 
> arimo
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