[Loadstone] Grmapa - talking map - version 1.0 beta released.

Jacob Kruger jacob at blindza.co.za
Wed Dec 2 10:41:09 GMT 2015


Ok, in error log: Error 14: out of memory.

The .osm file is 57Mb file, for Johannesburg, South Africa, and this is on 
my windows 7 64 bit machine, with 4Gb RAM, if relevant.

Stay well

Jacob Kruger
Blind Biker
Skype: BlindZA
"Roger Wilco wants to welcome you...to the space janitor's closet..."

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jacob Kruger" <jacob at blindza.co.za>
To: <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2015 9:36 AM
Subject: Re: [Loadstone] Grmapa - talking map - version 1.0 beta released.


> Downloaded the local .osm file from an online source, and when initiated 
> importing it from map menu, program just seems to close?
>
> Jacob Kruger
> Blind Biker
> Skype: BlindZA
> "Roger Wilco wants to welcome you...to the space janitor's closet..."
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Grzegorz Złotowicz" <grzezlo at gmail.com>
> To: <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2015 12:07 AM
> Subject: [Loadstone] Grmapa - talking map - version 1.0 beta released.
>
>
>> Hello.
>> Maybe a bit off-topic, but this tool is very useful, especially for
>> Loadstone-gps users, which I'm still one of.
>>
>> Grmapa is a computer software ,making possible nonvisual browsing of
>> geographic maps with text and sound, instead of graphic.
>> Program works under Windows operating system. It requires a sound card,
>> and screen-reading software for blind users. Currently Grmapa
>> communicates with NVDA, Jaws for Windows, Window-eyes, or - if none of
>> above is running - texts are spoken via default SAPI5 synthesizer.
>> Maps for program can be imported from OpenStreetMap project.
>> Grmapa map file contains 3 categories of geographical informations:
>> points, lines and areas.
>> Points are most frequently roads intersections, and so called points of
>> interest: shops, banks, restaurants, etc. Lines are paths, roads,
>> rivers, boundaries of regions etc. Areas are e.g. forests, lakes, larger
>> rivers, parkings, factories etc.
>> Virtual space of loaded terrain can be compared to giant chessboard.
>> Each of its' box is a square which side is 10 meters long. User's
>> direction is north. Using arrow keys moves one square in choosen 
>> direction.
>> Few squares around user are illustrated by sounds, so it's important to
>> have speakers or headphones properly positioned.
>> Name of object on current square is automatically announced by used
>> screen reader. If it's not enough information, using Space key , we can
>> hear more, e.g. object type, city, region etc.
>> If we're located at line, for example road, direction of this line is
>> automatically spoken.
>> Initial user direction is north. It can be changed at any time.
>> Initial one square size set to 10 meters, can be changed in range from 2
>> meters (maximum accuracy) to 10 kilometers (viewing huge areas). Using
>> arrows to move around the map is not only method of navigation. Second
>> one is navigation using mouse or touchpad.
>> Program announces the name of current object, and sounds ilustrate few
>> squares around the user. If we want to know more about further area, it
>> is possible using commands from "Area" menu or shortcut keys.
>> Bookmarks are user-defined orientational points, having geographical
>> coordinates and name. Can be useful during map exploration, for defining
>> some places we want easily return to, or for marking stages of planned
>> route. Bookmarks can be saved to disk in Loadstone-gps file format. Such
>> file can be copied to phone and used in real navigation. Some programs
>> can import Loadstone-gps database text file, and not checkpoints file.
>> It's possible to switch bookmark save format in the settings menu.
>> Grmapa lets play GPS log, saved in NMEA format. Such log can be
>> generated e.g. in Loadstone-GPS software, using "Start logging" function.
>> Connection of Grmapa and GPS device works similar to log playback, but
>> in real time. It's possible after pairing bluetooth GPS receiver and the
>> computer using system tools.
>> First public Grmapa version was released in june of 2012, in Polish
>> language only.
>> Grmapa used maps build on a server from UMP (Universal Map of Poland)
>> project.
>> Last months, an OpenStreetMap import feature was added, and whole
>> program and documentation internationalized, so it became ready to be
>> presented for international blind computer users community.
>> English language translation is initial, so please report all language
>> errors.
>> After correcting most language errors, it'll be possible to translate
>> Grmapa to other languages (requires translation of two .po files).
>> License: Freeware.
>> Author: Grzegorz Zlotowicz.
>> Website: http://grmapa.zlotowicz.pl/test/
>>
>> Greetings, Greg.
>>
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