[Loadstone] Groute - google route generator for Loadstone

Przemysław Rogalski Rogalski at o2.pl
Thu Nov 5 15:29:23 GMT 2009

The tool is really, really great, especially if it comes to its usefullness, because:
- Although Google Maps for Symbian are totally inaccessible;
- Although map drawings are not really informative;
- Although converting NMEA files to checkpoints requires many clicks and is impossible to do without an access to the PC;
- Although Loadstone can't follow a NMEA file in realtime vy giving turn-by-turn directions...
-- blind people can finally take advantage of Google maps' route creation, exploration and navigation :)
What's more, At least in Poland, maps provided for Google (PPWK) are most accurate in comparison to NavteQ or Teleatlas.
If only Loadstone payed attention to sequence in which points are present in the file - that would made checkpoint routes even much reliable.
----- Wiadomość oryginalna ----- 
Od: "Shawn Kirkpatrick" <shawn at loadstone-gps.com>
Do: <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
Wysłano: 5 listopada 2009 13:50
Temat: Re: [Loadstone] Groute - google route generator for Loadstone

I have to say this is a pretty good start for a route generator. The test 
route I tried did work and was correct. The only problem I noticed is 
there's a strange graphic character in the loadstone output between the 
and the unit. For example 30 m comes out as 30(graphic character)m. 
I'm not sure if the script is checking the length of the name and comment 
fields but it should, 75 characters maximum on both.
There should be some instructions explaining what format the address should 
be in. I tried going between two addresses and the script returned an error, 
something about an undefined value for foreach. When I tried it using 
coordinates it worked.
The next version of loadstone will have mime headers on its files to 
identify there type. The first line of your output checkpoints file should 
This will allow loadstone to automatically recognize it and do the right 
thing. Older versions of loadstone will treat this line as a comment and 
ignore it so it's safe to put in.
The one question I have is is this tool legal for public use? Does letting 
the general public use it violate the google terms of use? I hope not 
because this will be a very valuable tool once all the kinks have been 
worked out.

  On Thu, 5 Nov 2009, Grzegorz 
Złotowicz wrote:

> Hi,
> I just finished an initial work on the new online tool, which is very nice 
> welcomed by the Polish users of Loadstone...
> This tool let's you to generate route for Loadstone using the Google maps 
> (maps.google.com) website
> mechanism.
> After giving the starting and ending address (geographical coordinates 
> instead address
> are also allowed) the route between given points will be generated in the 
> selected
> mode. Calculated route will be displayed, letting user to estimate 
> reliability
> of given description. If it seems to be reliable, there is then possibility 
> to download
> a checkpoints file for Loadstone-gps, describing this route.
> The tool in english language version has the following address:
> http://www.loadstone-gps.pl/groute/?l=en
> All comments are highly apreciated.
> Greetings, Greg. 
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