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PathAway User Manual


Table of Contents

Getting Started
Tutorial
Terminology
Reference


Getting Started


Download the software from the download page.

To see how PathAway works, go to the PathAway Components page and download the sample data, maps, point icons, and vehicles in either gray scale or color format.

You will need Mathlib.prc as well. MathLib is free, and many applications use it. To determine if you have MathLib, Go to the home page on your device, click the menu button and choose Apps-Info. MathLib will be listed if it is installed. If you need MathLib, you can download the latest version here

Ensure all of the components are in your HotSync® folder by running the Palm desktop Install tool.

HotSync® to your Palm Powered™ device.

Now, try following the short tutorial to get an overview of PathAway's features.


Tutorial


Be sure you have downloaded and installed the PathAway optional components. To determine what maps and other data is stored on your device, go to the Options menu and first select Maps. This will show you all of the maps installed on your device.

From the device home page, tap on the PathAway Icon to start the application.

Screen Views

The first screen you see is the Full Screen Map View. PathAway has 5 different views. To see the different views, select PathAway's menu bar. Note, on most Palm Powered™ devices you can bring up the menu by tapping the title bar, otherwise select the menu icon button. Choose the View menu. Now choose one of the four screen views listed. Here is an overview of what you will see.

Full Screen Map View
Utilizes most of the screen to show as large a map area as possible. Long/Lat, speed, elevation, and direction of travel are displayed. This data is the “navigation” data in the program.

Tracking View
Shows the map and navigation data. Default travel stats are trip time and distance, current, average, and maximum speed.

Proximity View
Shows the map and “navigation” data, plus full info for point and route proximity. Time and distance to destination, and next point on track are shown. Position off or on track is also displayed.

Route View
Shows the map and “navigation” data, plus full info for point proximity. As you approach a point, distance from and course to are displayed. Points in proximity are displayed by closest point.

Point View
Shows the map and “navigation” data, plus access to the point/route and track databases. Useful for selecting items from the databases and displaying them on the map or placing them into a route. Details such as Position, Proximity, Elevation, Time, Leg Time, Leg Distance, and Leg Speed can also be displayed.

Tip. You can also traverse through the screens by pressing the Phone Book hard key.

Choosing a Route

The sample data includes a route for you to try out. Go to the Options menu and choose Route. Select the route entitled Footes Bay to Rosseau. You're about to take a nautical tour through the lakes of Muskoka Canada!

Press OK to return to the main screen.

You should see a red line on the map at Footes Bay. That is your route line. A route is a series of points connected together indicating a travel route. When navigating you'll follow this route to get to your destination.

Simulating Navigation

PathAway provides a nifty feature to animate your route before actually traveling. Under the GPS menu, Select Simulate. The travel simulation has begun. The simulator works just as if you are actually traveling. In fact, if you're following a recorded track, the simulator will display the actual speed and time. (See Following Tracks later on in this section).

Watch the simulator until it stops at your destination, the town of Rosseau.

Note: When you're actually connected to a GPS, you'll see a blue line indicating your line of travel. This is your recorded track. Each dot on the line represents a recorded point.

Try running the simulator with the different views. Each view shows you a different set of interesting information. See Screen Views for details.

Scrolling Maps

Maps in PathAway can be larger than the screen, so scrolling maps is important. Besides scrolling automatically as you move, maps can be scrolled using your stylus in 2 ways.

1. Tap and drag a point on the map to drag the map around. Release the stylus when you've reached the position you would like to view.

2. Tapping and holding on the edges of the map will scroll the map towards the edge tapped on.

Try it out. See if you can find the Joseph River on the map. Scroll the map by following the red route line.

Tip. To quickly go to the start or end of your route, go to the Goto menu and select Goto Start of Route or Goto End of Route.

Changing Map Layers.

The samples come with a few different resolutions of maps. These maps are layered on top of each other. The buttons at the top right of the screen allow you to move into and out of these stacked maps. You don't need a map to increase or decrease the view, but if there is a map available, it will be shown. These buttons change shape to show you whether there is a map available.

A square button indicates there is a map available. A round button means there is not. Scroll around the Joseph River. You'll see the buttons change. When the button changes to , press it. You'll be shown a closer up view of the river. You can also select maps by name by going to the Options-Maps dialog, selecting a map, and pressing the Display button.

Please note, moving between stacked maps should not be confused with map scaling where you zoom into or out of a single map by expanding or shrinking the map. PathAway does not scale maps at this time. (Memory and performance limitations on the Palm OS™ prohibit reasonable performance for map scaling at this time.)

Capturing Points on a Map

Run the simulator until it stops at the town of Rosseau. Lets say there is a marina close by that you'd like to mark for future reference. I.e. you're almost out of gas and can't afford to go searching for the nearest marina.

Center the map at a shoreline near Rosseau. Press the Add Point button. The Edit Point dialog is displayed. Here you can enter information about this point such as its name, description, icon, position and elevation. Position will be already entered because the point has a location on the map. If you were actually tracking using a GPS, the true position and elevation would be entered.

Alternatively, you can tap a point anywhere on the map. A menu pops up with some options. Select Add Point.

Tip. You can also add a point to the map by pressing the "Calendar" hard key.. Press the key again to save the point and exit the Edit Point dialog. This is a quick way to capture a point as you travel. You can go back to the point later to enter its other details.

One of the coolest features of PathAway is that you can use your own icons to display your points on the map. In the Edit Point dialog, select the Icon popup. You'll be shown a list of available icons available to attach to a point. If you installed the icons.prc database, an extensive list of icons will be displayed. For the marina, choose the Gas Station icon.

Tip:. Check out PathAway Tools - Icon Manager for creating your own icons.

Creating Routes

To create a new route go to the Options - Route dialog and select New. You will be presented with a dialog for naming the route, and setting the mode of transportation. Select your vehicle for the route. For this tutorial, select the Boat icon.

To add points to your route, select the Edit Points button. This brings up an empty list of points. Choose Add... Select Footes Bay Marina as your starting point. Press OK. Select Add... again. Select Rosseau and OK. Now you have a basic Point A to B route. Lets go with it and press OK until you get back to the map screen.

On your map you should have one red straight red line heading from Footes Bay to Rosseau. But you're not flying there, so you'll have to choose to alter the route. Pick a point along the water, and tap on the map. Choose the Add to Route button. Press OK from the Edit Point dialog to accept the point. The point will be added to the route, and the route line is altered to reflect the change. PathAway will insert the new point between the two closest points along the route.

 

Connecting a GPS

Now that you've got the basics, its time to get on your PathAway. PathAway works best with a GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) device. Most GPS devices transmit location information through a serial cable attached to the PDA. Other units attach directly to the device. See the support page for a listing of compatible GPS devices and accessories.

To setup your GPS device for use in PathAway, select the menu GPS-Configure. Choose your GPS device protocol from the list. Most GPS devices use NMEA standard protocol. If your model is not specifically listed in the list box, then NMEA will most likely work.

Select how you are connected to the GPS. If you attach via cable, choose Cradle. If your device works through the device infrared port, choose Infrared. Ensure your GPS device is setup to communicate and match up the baud, parity, bits, and stop bits settings. Most (if not all) GPS devices use Parity=N, Bits=8, Stop=1. 4800 is the most common baud rate.

Attach and turn on your GPS unit. Ensure you can get a signal. Most GPS units require a direct line of sight to the satellites. Press the Connect button to test the GPS. You should see the data stream messages flowing from the unit. Once your position is fixed, the longitude, latitude, elevation, and UTC (Universal Time Clock) are displayed.

Press OK to exit the dialog. Congratulations, you're now ready to navigate with PathAway. Press the satellite icon to connect and disconnect from the GPS.

Tip. You can also connect and disconnect the GPS by pressing the Memo hard key. When you first connect, the New Trip dialog will appear. To accept the defaults (Follow last route, and record a new track), press the Memo hard key again to begin tracking with GPS.

Navigating with GPS

Now that you're connected to the GPS, you can begin to travel. At this point you should have acquired your own maps and installed them into PathAway using PathAway Tools - Map Manager. You can acquire maps from online web mapping sites, or you can scan your own from paper maps, use digital pictures, or get maps from CD-ROM.

Note: In order to use maps with a GPS, you need to calibrate them to their proper geographic (longitude/latitude) coordinates. This can be done in map manger by specifying the top-left and bottom-right coordinates of the map, or in PathAway using positions of known points. Refer to Calibrating Maps for more information.

Once calibrated, PathAway will center the map to your current location. As you move, the map is re-centered to show your position. If you are recording your track, you'll see a blue (or dark gray) line showing your line of travel.

Recording Tracks

You can record tracks for later use, or to see where you've been. This is especially helpful in case you start going in circles!

Tracking databases can get quite large, especially if you are capturing constantly. This can slow screen refreshing down and consume a large amount of memory. The Preferences section under Tracks, has some options for controlling track database size, and recording precision. A good detailed track for traveling between 30 and 60 mph is to set the precision to record position every 10 seconds. To keep individual track database sizes down, you can turn the GPS connection off and on again. This will save the track, and start a new one. Screen refreshes will only draw the current recorded track.

Following Recorded Tracks

Once you're recorded a journey, you can now use the track to follow. This is an extremely useful feature for finding your way home.

To choose a track to follow, select the Options-Tracks menu. The tracks are automatically named using the date and time they are created. You can change the name for your track and indicate the method of transportation by pressing the Details button. Select the track you've just recorded. Press Follow reverse. This will set activate the track to be followed in the reverse order it was recorded in. You will see the red route line on the map. You can now use this track in the same way you would a route.

You can get additional information when following a recorded track. To get the recorded track time as your ETA data, go to the Options-Preference menu, and select the Time section. Under the heading Time estimates based on, turn the check box on entitled Recorded Track Speed. You'll see your time remaining in the Route view screen. This is the actual time it took you when you recorded the track. This includes any stops along the way.


Terminology 


Map Data

A database containing a map. The Map Manager is used to create maps for PathAway. The current version runs under Windows 95,98,2000 or higher. Original maps can be in Jpeg, or BMP format. User can create their own maps in a Paint program, or acquire the maps through scanning, CD-ROM,  or download from the Internet. You must ensure you do not violate copyright rules applied for the maps acquired. In the Map Manager you can enter the Long/Lat coordinates for the top-left and bottom right corners of the map, as well as the color depth. Gray shade, 16 color, 256 color, or 64 million colors (depending on capabilities of your device). Maps can be as large as the user desires providing there is enough memory on the Palm Powered™ device. Maps should be in longitude and latitude format. Meaning the actual curvature of the map is stretched onto a flat surface and all longitude and latitude lines are straight.

 Dashboard

Customizable Border around navigation map screens. Contains useful travel statistics and information. Dashboard items can be modified by tapping on a particular item, and selecting a new data item from the popup menu. See Dashboard-Context Menu.

GPS

Global Positioning Satellite system uses a series of satellites to transmit data to receivers enabling them to accurately pinpoint their location and elevation on earth. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Defense as a military system, GPS has become a global utility. It benefits users around the world in many different applications, including air, road, marine, and rail navigation, telecommunications, emergency response, oil exploration, mining, and many more.

PathAway utilizes connections to GPS devices to provide accurate positioning data.

 Routes

Routes can be created by linking points together in a sequence. When following a route, the distance to next point, and time and distance to destination are displayed. Also, the distance and direction off of the route is shown.

  Travel Mode

Define your mode of transportation, for easy searching for routes and tracks. Time Estimates can be made by the default vehicle speed or a custom speed you choose. Vehicles are currently defined PC-side.

 Tracks

Tracks can be created by recording GPS movement. These tracks can then be “Followed” to perform as an accurate guide for the travel.

Icons

Icons in PathAway can be created and modified by using the PathAway Tools - Icon Manager. Original Icons can be created from a paint program in Jpeg or BMP format and imported into your Icon database. These icons can then be used in PathAway to mark Points.

 Points

Points are locations marked by the user. Each point can be identified by a name, icon, and description. The icon you choose for your point, will be displayed on the map. In PathAway, points are stored in the Points database. You make create multiple points databases to store points. To Create and Edit these databases, go to the Points Dialog, and select Options-Edit Databases.

  Proximity

While traveling, PathAway will display the points on the map that are in close proximity. If following a track, the distance to the closest point on the track, and the distance to the end of the track are displayed.

  Simulate

Simulates a route by moving the map to points along the route in sequence until the end of the route. Use the simulate to verify routes you've created, or to review tracks after they've been recorded.


Reference


Navigation Views

The main screens of the program are the navigation screens used for displaying maps, and other travel and location information. The screens are all composed of a map viewing area surrounded by a customizable dashboard. The dashboard can also be completely removed from the view in the "View" menu. There are 5 different screens available for targeted use.. They are shown as follows:

Full Screen Map View
Utilizes most of the screen to show as large a map area as possible. BY default, Long/Lat, speed, elevation, and direction of travel are displayed. This data is the “navigation” data in the program.

Tracking View
Shows the map and navigation data. Default travel stats are trip time and distance, current, average, and maximum speed.

Proximity View
Shows the map and “navigation” data, plus full info for point and route proximity. Time and distance to destination, and next point on track are shown.

Route View
Shows the map and “navigation” data, plus full info for point proximity. As you approach a point, distance from, and course to, are displayed. Points in proximity are displayed by closest point.

Point View
Shows the map and “navigation” data, plus access to the point/route and track databases. Useful for selecting items from the databases and displaying them on the map or placing them into a route. Details such as Position, Proximity, Elevation, Time, Leg Time, Leg Distance, and Leg Speed can also be displayed.

Tip. You can also traverse through the screens by pressing the Phone Book hard key.

Navigating without Maps

PathAway works with or without maps. When used without maps, PathAway will display all points in a virtual Longitude and Latitude world. You can Zoom In and out to increase and decrease the Scale factor of your view. If you have points, routes, or Tracks defined, PathAway will display them on the screens. GPS connectivity works well with or without maps.

Navigating with Maps

When navigating with maps, PathAway will center the map on your current location. When not connected to GPS, you can scroll the map to view different portions in the following 2 ways:

- Tapping and holding on the edges of the map will scroll the map in the direction towards the stylus. The map will continue to scroll until the stylus is released.

- Tapping and dragging will scroll the map in the direction you move the stylus.

Navigating with a GPS Device

PathAway supports any NMEA0183 v2.0 or higher compatible GPS device. This encompasses the majority of GPS devices on the market. Delorme Earthmate™, and Tripmate™ proprietary protocols are also supported. A GPS is not required to use the software. A GPS device can be cable or infrared. Special serial cable can be purchased from GPS device manufacturer. Palm Powered™ device serial cable adapter can also be purchased separately.  Some devices may come with the required cables for connecting to your Palm. See the section on GPS Sites for information and links to get your device attached to a GPS.

Current location on map is shown by the cross-hairs in the center of the map window or with an arrow showing  direction of travel. When connected to a GPS , direction is shown by course required to reach the next point on route.

To navigate with your own maps, you need to convert and install them into PathAway using PathAway Tools - Map Manager. You can acquire maps from online web mapping sites, or scan them from paper maps, use digital pictures, or get maps from CD-ROM.

In order to use maps with a GPS, you need to calibrate them to their proper geographic (longitude/latitude) coordinates. This can be done in Map Manger by specifying the top-left and bottom-right coordinates of the map, or in PathAway using positions of known points. Refer to Calibrating Maps for more information.

Once calibrated, PathAway will center the map to your current location. As you move, the map is re-centered to show your position. If you are recording your track, you'll see a blue (or dark gray) line showing your line of travel on the map.

 

Navigation Menus

The following menus are available from all Navigation screens.

GPS Menu

 

 

  Connect/Disconnect Controls connection to GPS device.
  Simulate Simulates a route by animating travel along the points of the route.
  Start New Trip... Start a new trip. Options to start with a new track log, or continue current, and choose a new route to follow.
  End Trip Clear the track log, reset odometer. Next connection will start with a new track log.
  Configure GPS... Setup for GPS device. Choose device type. Confirm communications.

View Menu

 

 

  Full Screen Map View Shows Full Screen map view.
  Tracking View Shows Tracking view.
  Proximity View Shows Proximity view.
  Route View Shows Route View.
  Point View Shows Point View.
  Map Display... Show options for Map Display.
  Show/Hide Dashboard Turn Dashboard On/Off.
  Default Dashboard Restores original Dashboard for current screen.

Options Menu

 

 

  Routes... Management of Routes. Shows list of routes. Options to Create new routes, rename, delete, edit route points, duplicate, join 2 routes together. Beam route to others. Select a route to display on the map.
  Tracks... Management of Tracks. Shows list of recorded tracks. Options to rename, delete, edit track points, duplicate, join 2 tracks together. Beam tracks to others. Select a track to display on the map.
  Points... Management of Points. Shows list of points. Options to Create new points, delete, edit individual points, Sort, find, and go to selected points on map. Beam points to others.
  Maps... Management of Maps. Shows list of maps. Options to edit map location details, Display map, delete maps, beam maps to others.
  Preferences... Settings for options such as units of display, track recording options, map display options, time estimation settings, alarm settings, and GPS configuration.
  Calibrate Map... Adjust map location coordinates by selecting 2 known points on the map. Map location is adjusted by distances between the two points, by nudge controls, or by setting the top-left and bottom right longitude and latitude coordinates.
  About PathAway... Information about PathAway. Registration key entry.

Goto Menu

 

 

  Go to Start/End of Route Moves location to the start or end of the active route.
  Go to Start/End of Track Moves location to the start or end of the active recorded track.

Context Sensitive Menus

Tapping on PathAway screen brings up a context menu depending on the item selected. Tapping on the map brings up the Map Context menu. Tapping on a dashboard item brings up the Dashboard menu options.

Map Context Menus

Tapping on the map brings up a context sensitive menu. Tapping on an existing point will display its name and a menu of options. Tapping on another location on the map will bring up a menu allowing you to create points, add to a route, center the map, or zoom in or out.

   
The following menus are activated when the map is tapped on, based on the condition
Name Description Action
Add Point Adds the selected location to the Points database. Calls up Edit Point dialog for naming and selecting icon. No point selected.
Add Route Pt Adds selected location to the route. Active Route, and location not on route.
Edit... Displays the Point Edit dialog for the selected point. Point selected.
Adjust Location Allows adjusting the location of the selected point by tapping it's proper position on the map. Point selected.
Delete Point Deletes the selected point from the Points database. Point selected.
Delete fm Route Removes the specific point selected from the active route. Point remains in point database if there already. Route Point selected.
Center Map Centers map at selected location. For all Taps.
Zoom In Zooms into selected location. For all Taps.
Zoom Out Center map and Zoom out. For all Taps.

Please note, moving between stacked maps should not be confused with map scaling where you zoom into or out of a single map by expanding or shrinking the map. PathAway does not scale maps at this time. (Memory and performance limitations on the Palm OS™ prohibit reasonable performance for map scaling at this time.)

Dashboard Context Menus

12 Customizable Dashboard Options allow you to see the information you are most interested in.
Tapping on a Dashboard item allows you to have different information displayed at the dash location tapped on. If no information is selected for a Dashboard, or there is no information available, then a small bar is displayed. Clicking on the bar will also bring up the Dashboard menu. The following describes the Dashboard menu Options.
Name Description
Hide Removes the currently selected info from the selected Dashboard.
Heading
Shows current Heading (course) direction.
Elevation
Shows current Elevation.
Speed
Shows current rate of speed.
Location
Shows current longitude/latitude position.
Time
Current Time. Palm OS™ Time when not connected to GPS. GPS UTC + time zone offset when connected to GPS.
View Range
Map View range distance. Horizontal distance from left to right side of screen.
Trip Dist (odo)
Distance traveled since start of Trip (first GPS fix).
Elapsed Time
Elapsed time in minutes since start of Trip (first GPS fix).
Average Speed
Average speed since start of trip.
Max Speed
Maximum speed obtained.
Time to Dest (ete)
Estimated amount of time to reach destination. Available only if following a Route.
Arrival Time (eta)
Estimated time of Arrival at destination. Available only if following a Route.
Dist to Dest (dtd)
Distance to destination along route. Available only if following a Route.
Follow Heading
Follow this course to reach next leg point. Available only if following a Route.
Dist to Next Point
Distance to next leg. Available only if following a Route.
Off Track Warning
Displays distance and position off the route track. Available only if following a Route.
Heading Direct to Dest
Displays the heading direct to the route destination point. Available only if following a Route.
Dist Direct to Dest
Displays the straight line distance direct to the route destination point. Available only if following a Route.
Heading on Next Leg
Heading to follow after next point in route is reached. Available only if following a Route.
Dist of Next Leg
Distance to next point after next point. Available only if following a Route.
Turn Instructions
Display Right-Left turn instructions. Activates when next point is defined as an Intersection. Available only if following a Route.
Battery Status Battery charge status expressed as a percentage %.
Set Font... Set the primary font for the currently selected item.

Customizing Screens

All of the screens contain a customizable dashboard. Each screen has a dashboard setup associated with it. Here is how to customize the dashboard.

To Hide the Dashboard, choose the main menu select View, then Hide Dashboard. The screen will look similar to the this:

Hide the Dashboard for large screen map viewing

Choose the View menu option Show Dashboard to turn the dashboard back on.

To adjust individual dashboard items, simply tap the item you would like to customize. The Dashboard Options menu will appear showing the currently selected item and the options to available to set for the dashboard.

When there is no active information available for a dashboard control item, or the dashboard item is hidden, only a bar will be displayed. Clicking on one of the bars will bring up the dashboard menu.

 Toolbar Buttons

The top of the screen contains a set of tools designed for quick access to the most common functions.

Toolbar:

Main Menu Bar. Turns to hourglass when drawing screen.
Connect/Disconnect GPS. When connected to GPS, turns to a Lock icon when a GPS fix is obtained. Vertical bars shows # of satellites fixed on. Short dots indicate # of satellites in view.
Add Point at location.
Toggle proximity alarm on/off.
Show full map view.
Zoom Out - no Map.
 Zoom In - no Map.
Zoom Out - to another Map.
Zoom In - to another Map.

Please note, moving between stacked maps should not be confused with map scaling where you zoom into or out of a single map by expanding or shrinking the map. PathAway does not scale maps at this time. (Memory and performance limitations on the Palm OS™ prohibit reasonable performance for map scaling at this time.)

Hard key assignments

Add
Point and OK button

Cycle Screen Views

Zoom
In/Out

Databases

Connect/
Disconnect
GPS

 


 

 



Note some hard keys can also be used to press OK from a dialog.
New Trip Dialog OK key = Connect GPS hard key.
Edit Point OK key = Add Point button.


Dialogs

GPS Menu

Options from the GPS menu bar.

Start New Trip...

Easy selecting of route and track recording log.

 

Follow Route:
Select the route to follow from the list of previously created routes and recorded tracks.

Record to Track Log:
Turn on or off track recording. Choose to create a new track log, or to add to the current track database. If you choose new track, then all travel stats will be reset. I.e.. Odometer, travel time etc.

Tip: This dialog is launched when you first connect to the GPS. If you've connected using the Memo hard key, you can quickly accept the defaults (Follow last route, and record a new track), by pressing the Memo hard key again to begin tracking with GPS.

GPS Configure

Setup for GPS device. Watch GPS input stream to ensure communications is working properly.

Device Protocol:
This is the method that your GPS device uses for communicating with other devices. Choose your type of GPS device, or specify it's communications protocol.

NMEA is the most common protocol for serial communications in use today. NMEA stands for National Marine Electronics Association. PathAway supports version 2.0 or higher of NMEA-0183. Check your device for specifications on interfacing with other devices. Some devices have multiple interfaces that can be set. Ensure that NMEA-0183 is set as the active communications interface.

Port:
Choose the port your GPS is connected to. Most common is cradle port. This is the same port you use when HotSync is selected. For information on how to configure cables to connect your GPS device to your PDA, see the links in the GPS Sites page.

Baud Rate:
The Baud rate is the speed in, bits per second, which data is transferred from the GPS device. Some devices have a fixed baud rate, others can be selected on the GPS device itself. Ensure that your baud rate on your GPS matches the selected baud rate here. Check your GPS device manual for information on proper baud rate settings.

The most common baud rate for most GPS devices is 4800 BPS. Next is 9600, followed by 57,600.

Parity, Bits, Stop bits:
Serial communications settings. Most devices use N,8,1. Check your GPS manual for proper settings.

Log GPS input:
Used for debugging GPS communications. Checking this flag will record the GPS communications stream to a log file called PathAwayLog.pdb. When you HotSync, the file is transferred to your Palm Backup folder. You may be asked to send this log to PathAway customer support if you have problems connecting to your GPS.

Note: If your Palm User name is "Charlie Patterson" and your Palm folder is in C:\Palm, your Backup folder can be found at "C:\Palm\PatterC\Backup".

Connect:
Begins communicating with GPS device. If communications are working properly, you should see a stream of GPS information on the screen. When a "FIX" of your current position has been determined, then the current longitude and latitude position will be displayed, along with type of fix, number of satellites used for the fix, and total number of satellites in view.


View Menu Dialogs

Map Display Options

Control what layers are displayed on the maps.

Show Maps:
Display maps on the navigation screen. When not selected, navigation can be done by the virtual map, which will still place your recorded points on the screen based on the current zoom factor.

Auto Select Maps:
When Show Maps is selected, this option will automatically switch maps, when the position is no longer over the current map. When this option is checked, the zoom to No Map feature is not available if there is at least one map at the current location.

User Gray for 4-bit maps:
For color devices only. If you have created or acquired 16 color (4-bit) maps, they can be displayed in either 16 colors, or gray scale.

Show Tracks:
Show the currently active track log line. For color devices, the log is shown in blue. For gray-scale devices, the track log is gray and identifiable by the points that connect the lines.

Show All Tracks:
Display all the available tracks on the device. This feature may cause the screen to draw quite slowly, depending on the number of tracks in memory. This feature is useful to see all the tracks you've traveled on. To select a track to follow, tap on one of the track points and select Follow Forward, or Follow Reverse.

Show Points:
Show the recorded point icons and/or labels on the map screen.

Show Icons:
Show the point icons. When you zoom out you can specify the threshold when the icons are not to be displayed. This is useful to avoid screen clutter when viewing wide areas.

Show Text Labels:
Show the point text labels. When you zoom out you can specify the threshold when the text is not to be displayed. This is useful to avoid screen clutter when viewing wide areas.

Highlight Closest Point:
Show label, distance to, and pointer to the closest point in proximity.


Options Menu Dialogs

Options-Routes

Route management dialog. Lists all of your routes. You can create new routes, edit a route, or choose an existing route to follow forward or reverse.


Select Route to follow by highlighting a route in the list. Choose None for no Route.

New:
Create a new route. Will launch the Route Database Info Dialog.

Edit Points...
Add or Edit Route Points. Launches the Point Record Management dialog.

Details...
For modifying the details of the route, such as name, transportation mode, and individual points. Launches the Route Database Info Dialog.

Routes Dialog Menus

 

 

 

 

 

Name Description
Database Menu  
New Creates a new route.
Edit Points... Edit track records in the Points Record Dialog.
Duplicate... Duplicates the selected track.
Join

Select the a route database, select the Join menu command. It will go back to the Route database screen. Then you select the route you want to append to the previously selected one. Press OK. The Join will be performed.

Delete Deletes the selected route.
Beam... Beam route database to another Palm device.
Move To... Move route database to and from expansion card.
Send to GPS... Send route to Garmin GPS device.
Get from GPS... Download route directly from a Garmin GPS device.
Options Menu  

Unsorted

No sorting.
Sort by Name Sorts by name.
Sort by Date Sorts by creation date.
Sort by Transportation Mode Sorts by selected transportation mode name.
Sort by Location Sorts in order of closest proximity to current location.
Preferences Launches Track preferences dialog.

 

Route Details (Database Info)


For modifying the details of the route, such as name, transportation mode, and individual points.

Name:
Name of Route.

Add Points...
Add points to route. Launches the Point Record Editor.

Route points can also be added from the map view by selecting a point on the map and selecting "Add to Route" from the menu.

Edit Points...
Modify the points in the route. Add new points, delete points, or change order. Launches the Point Record Management dialog.


Mode of Transportation:
Select the transportation mode from the list. Icons can be created using PathAway Icon Manager.

Options-Tracks

Lists of your recorded tracks. Choose a track to follow for pinpoint accurate routing.


Manage your tracks by duplicating or joining tracks, and transfer between Garmin GPS devices.

Follow:
Selects the track as a route. Can follow tracks in the order they were recorded forward or in reverse order. An 'f' for forward or 'r' for reverse is displayed on the track list indicating the track currently selected to follow.

Show
Displays currently selected track on the current navigation screen.

Edit Points...
Edit track points in the Points Record Dialog.

OK, Cancel
Returns to the current navigation screen.

Details...
Allows editing of the track name, mode of transportation.

Tracks Dialog Menus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name Description
New Creates a new track.
Edit Points... Edit Track points. Brings up Database Record Edit Screen.
Duplicate... Duplicates the selected track
Join

Select the a tracking database, Select the Join menu command. It will go back to the Track database screen. Then select the track to append to the previously selected one. Press OK. The Join will be performed.

Delete Deletes the selected track
Beam... Beam entire track database to another Palm device.
Move To... Move database to and from expansion card.
Send to GPS... Send track to Garmin GPS device.
Get from GPS... Download track directly from a Garmin GPS device.
Options Menu  

Unsorted

No sorting
Sort by Name Sorts by name
Sort by Date Sorts by creation date
Sort by Transportation Mode Sorts by selected transportation mode name.
Sort by Location Sorts in order of closest proximity to current location
Preferences Launches Track preferences dialog
   

Options-Points

Lists all points. Points may be stored in multiple databases. Select a point to "Goto" on the map, edit point information, delete, add new points.


Point Databases Drop-down List
Select the point database to edit. Choose Edit Databases to add, or modify entire Point databases.

New:
Create a new point. Will launch the Point Edit Dialog.

Up - Down Arrows
Moves the selected point up or down in the list.

Add to Route
Adds the selected point to the active route.

OK
Closes the current dialog and returns to the previous dialog.

Show
Shows the selected point on the navigation screen.

Add...
Add points to current database from another point databases. A new list is displayed. Choose the point to add and press OK.

Edit...
For modifying the details of the selected point, such as name, geographical coordinates, description, and icon. Launches the Point Edit Dialog.

 

Points Dialog Menus

 

 

 

 

Name Description
Point  
New... Creates a new point.
Edit Points... Modify selected point details
Delete Deletes the selected point.
Beam... Beam entire point to another Palm device.
Move To... Move entire point database to and from expansion card.
Send to GPS... Send selected point or entire point database to Garmin GPS device.
Get from GPS... Download points directly from a Garmin GPS device.
Options  
New Database... Create a new Points database
Edit Databases... Edit point database list
Add from other Database... Add points from other database to current database.
Split Database Split database at current record.

Sort by Name

Sort by point name
Sort by Proximity Sort points in order of closest location to current location
Sort by Icon Sort by selected point icon name.
Preferences Launch Preferences...
Point Details

Edit point name, geographic location, description, and choose an icon to represent the point on the map.


Name:
Name for the point. Maximum length is 79 characters. All characters except (commas and quotes) are valid.

Note:
Describe the point. Maximum length is 4000 characters.

Longitude/Latitude:
Geographical coordinates for the point. See Entering Longitude/Latitude coordinates for specifying the top-left and bottom right coordinates of the map.

Elevation:
Altitude above sea level for the point.

Show on Map:
Center the map on the current point.

Add to Route:
Add point to current route.


Point Icon Drop-down list:
Apply your own custom made icons to your points.

See Icon Manager for details on how to import your own points.

Options-Points-Edit Databases

Lists of your points databases, Choose a point database to make the active database for which new points will be added to.

Points Database

Manage point databases by duplicating or joining databases, move to and from expansion cards, beam to others, and transfer between Garmin GPS devices.

New
Create a new Point database.

Edit Points...
Edit points in the Points Record Dialog.

OK, Cancel
Returns to the current navigation screen.

Details...
Allows editing of the point name.

Point Database Dialog Menus

Name Description
New Creates a new point database.
Edit Points... Edit points in the Points Record Dialog.
Duplicate... Duplicates the selected database
Join...

Select the a point database, Select the Join menu command. It will go back to the Point database screen. Then you select the database you want to append to the previously selected one. Press OK. The Join will be performed.

Delete Deletes the selected point database.
Beam... Beam entire point database to another Palm device.
Move To... Move database to and from expansion card.
Send to GPS... Send point database to Garmin GPS device.
Get from GPS... Download points directly from a Garmin GPS device.

Options-Tracks/Routes/Points-Get From GPS Device

For acquiring data from Garmin GPS devices.

Routes:
Downloads all routes from GPS. Each route will be downloaded to a unique route database.

Tracks:
Downloads recorded track logs from GPS. Garmin separates track logs into segments. The tracks can be downloaded into a single track log containing all track segments, or each segment can be placed in a separate database.

Points:
Downloads waypoints from GPS into selected Points database.

Options-Tracks/Routes/Points-Send To GPS Device

For sending data to Garmin GPS devices.

Routes:
Sends selected route to GPS. All points in the route may be uploaded as waypoints linking to the route.

Tracks:
Sends selected track to GPS as a track log.

Points:
Sends points from entire Points database, or only the currently selected point. Points are stored as waypoints on the device.

Options-Maps

Lists all loaded maps. Choose display to show the map on-screen. Transfer maps between memory expansion cards.

Maps

Show
Displays currently selected map on the current navigation screen.

Cancel
Returns to the current navigation screen.

Delete
Deletes the current map.

Details...
Allows editing of the map details.

 

Map Dialog Menus
Name Description
Calibrate Map Calibrate selected map to it's geographic coordinates.
Delete Deletes the selected map.
Beam...

Beam maps to another device.

Move To... Move maps to and from expansion cards.
Map Details

Edit map information such as name, and geographical coordinates.

See Entering Longitude/Latitude coordinates for specifying the top- left and bottom-right coordinates of the map.

 

Move To/From Expansion Cards

From the a track/route/point or map database dialog. Select the Move to... menu option.

Move or copy (Duplicate) database to and from expansion card.

Select database to copy or move before selecting Database-Move To... menu.

Options-Calibrate Map

Once maps have been transferred to the device, you can fine-tune the map coordinates by matching the positions of known points on the maps, with the actual position displayed by the map. Resolution, and offset of the map is adjusted. Or the map database can be edited and the top-eft - bottom-right coordinates of the map can be manually edited. 

First you should select the map you are going to calibrate. If the map to calibrate is not visible, go to the Options-Maps dialog, and choose the map by it's name, and tap the Show button.

To calibrate the map, select the Options-Calibrate Map menu options. You will be shown a dialog with calibration options.


 

 

Calibrate by known points
The easiest way to calibrate a map is to simply choose two points where their geographical location (longitude-latitude) is already known. These may be points you've already captured using your GPS.

Calibrate using Nudge Controls
Nudge Map Calibration controls are for making small adjustments to the maps. They work best when you have a map and have recorded tracks with the GPS and or have marked a few points. If the track doesn't exactly line up with a road, or points are not right on the place they should be, you can use the nudge controls to "Line up" the maps with the known points.

Calibrate Manually
Manual calibration means simply setting the top-left and bottom-right geographical (longitude-latitude) coordinates of the map.

Calibrate by known points

First you should select the map you are going to calibrate. If the map to calibrate is not visible, go to the Options-Maps dialog, and choose the map by it's name, and select Show. To choose a map. The screen will be changed to the Full Screen Map View. You are prompted to select the first point.

Scroll the map to a position of known coordinates. I.e. your home. Click on the map the location where the point SHOULD be. This brings up the Points list.

Select the point that should be displayed at the selected location. Press OK.

Do the same for the second point. It is best to try to pick two points that are as far away as possible. This gives the map calibrator more data to perform the adjustments. When you select the second point, the Points dialog appears prompting for the name of the known location.

Choose this point and press OK. This will perform the map calibration. The Map Details dialog will be displayed showing the new top-left and bottom-right coordinates of the map.


To accept the changes press OK. Your known points should be displayed on the map in their correct locations

- To ensure that the two points you will use are correct, physically go to the point, and capture the exact coordinates of each point from the GPS. I.e.. Point 1 = Corner Store, Point 2 = Home. If this is not possible, try to determine the coordinates from a paper map, or pinpoint them on an electronic map on the Web. I.e.. Mapquest.
- Select the Options-Calibrate Map menu options. The screen will be changed to the Full Screen Map View. You are prompted to select the first point. Scroll the map to a position of known coordinates. I.e. Corner store.
- Click on the map the location where the point SHOULD be. This brings up the Points list. Select the point that should be displayed at the selected location. In this case, choose the Corner Store point. Press OK.
- Do the same for the second point. I.e. Click where your home is on the map, then select the Home point you captured earlier. Note. It is best to try to pick two points that are as far away as possible, and not positioned horizontal or perpendicular to each other. This gives the map calibrator more data to perform the adjustments. Once calibrated, your known points should be displayed on the map in their correct locations.

Calibrate using Nudge Controls

When the option for calibrating using Nudge controls is selected, the nudge control screen is shown.

Nudge moves adjusting the calibration of the map by geographical coordinates. This amount of adjustment is set by the nudge factor. The nudge factor is set in decimal degrees.

This screen contains a number of buttons for adjusting the coordinates of the map. As well, a nudge factor can be set for adjusting the precision to which to move the map.

Adjusts the map towards the corresponding direction by the given factor (nudge).

Adjusts the map in both directions horizontally or vertically by the given factor.

Adjusts the map in both directions equally horizontally and vertically by the given factor. Effect is to make the map appear to cover a larger or smaller geographical space.

Note if the geographical width is not exactly the same as the height, then the map sizing movement will appear to be of different values horizontally and vertically, since the pixel coverage of a nautical mile (degree lat or lon) is different between width and height.

Calibrate manually

Set the top-left and bottom-right geographical (longitude-latitude) coordinates of the map.

Options-Preferences

Settings for options such as units of display, track recording options, map display options, time estimation settings, and GPS configuration.

Preferences - General

Distance, Elevation, Volume, Course, Position:
General settings for units of measure.

Point Naming:
Define how new points are auto-named.

Stay on when Connected:
Override handheld's auto shutoff feature.

 

Preferences - Tracking
Set track recording preferences.

Record Track History:
Saves recorded GPS location to a logging database while connected.

Track Data Size:
Control how large the track file can get.

Track Precision:
Control how often data is logged.

On Track when within:
Defines distance to right or left of track you can get before Off-track warning is triggered.

In Proximity when within:
Defines the radius to search for points to display in proximity list.

Preferences - Time Estimation
Control how time-based estimates are calculated.
Preferences

 

Time Estimates based on:
Recorded Track Speed: Report to the exact time it took previously on a followed track. Applies only when following a recorded track.

Average Speed: Estimates based on current average speed.

Current Speed: Estimates based on current speed.

Custom Speed: Base time estimates on the specified average speed.

Local time offset: Add or subtract time extracted from GPS (Greenwich mean time).

GPS calculates Speed/Course: When On, use the speed reported by the GPS device as the current speed and course. When off, PathAway will calculate the current speed and course. This option is provide because some GPS devices report course and or speed incorrectly.

Preferences - Configure GPS

See GPS-Configure GPS

Preferences - Map Display

See View - View-Map Display

Preferences - Alarms
Have audible alarms sound when you reach points of interest, or get off your route track. Set the distance threshold for the proximity point, and choose from one of the predefined alarm sounds.

Preferences

All Alarms
Enable/Disable alarms

Off Track
Set the Off Track warning alarm distance, and sound. This alarm will sound when you veer from the specified track by the off track distance. The Off track alarm will continue to sound every 30 seconds while off-track. Press the alarm clock to test the sound.

Proximity 1 and 2
Proximity alarms can be set to alert you at two separate proximity distances. Different sounds can be set to notify you of when you are approaching points. Proximity 1 is the early warning alarm. Proximity 2 is the Point approaching alarm.

Turn 1 and 2
Turn instructions can be created by setting a route point to be an Intersection. The Turn alarm settings will sound as you approach turns.


Entering Longitude/Latitude Coordinates

The geographical coordinates are specified vertical distance from the equator known as latitude, and horizontal distance from the Central meridian over Greenwich England, known as longitude. These coordinates are entered in one of three available formats: Hemisphere-Degrees-minutes, Hemisphere-Degrees-minutes-seconds, and decimal degrees. Latitude coordinates north of the equator are prefixed by 'N' or a positive number. Coordinates in the southern hemisphere are prefixed by 'S' or negative numbers.

Examples:

Hemisphere-Degrees-minutes:
N45 30.500, W79 30.500
* must be a space between degrees and minutes.

Hemisphere-Degrees-minutes-seconds:
N45 30 30.0, W79 30 30
* must be a space between degrees, minutes, and seconds.


Decimal degrees
45.505, -79.505


PathAway Tools

Installing

Install PathAway Tools on your Windows PC, by running the Install program PWTools.exe

Map Manager

Use the Map Manager to prepare maps for PathAway. The application is quite simple and straight forward. To prepare a map follow these steps:

Ensure the map is in either Jpeg or BMP format.

Run the Map Manager.

To import a map, choose from the menu Map-Import Map. Select your map from the dialog.

The Map Manager will convert the image into the format necessary to display in PathAway.

Next, give the map a name, and set its color depth. The color depth must at least match your device's. Most Palm Powered™ devices support color depths that are equal to or less than the maximum available on the device. I.e. if your Palm Powered™ device supports up to 256 colors, then, 4-bit gray-scale maps will work.

You can enter the longitude and latitude coordinates at this time, if you know them. If not, it is sometimes easier to match them up to known geographical points. This is done once the maps are transferred on the Palm Powered™ device. (See section on Calibrating Maps).

The position coordinates can be specified by one of the following methods:

1) By top-left and bottom right or,

2) By the map center coordinates, and the total distance covered by the map. Total distance is in statute miles. To convert from nautical miles to statute miles, multiply nautical miles by 1.151. For Kilometers to Miles, multiply kilometers by 0.621

When you're done, save the map by selecting File-Save Map As. You will be prompted to save it with a .prc extension. You can also send the map directly to your HotSync folder by selecting File-Send Map to HotSync. Then, simply press the HotSync button to install the map on the Palm Powered™ device.

Icon Manager

The Icon Manager allows you to create your own custom icons to represent Points, or mode of transportation icons.

If you haven't done so, download onto your PC, the sample icon and vehicle databases from the Download Optional Components page.

Once done, open up the Icon.prc file from the File-Open dialog. You'll see the list of icons already in the database. Each name for an icon must be followed by a ",P" (comma P). This is an indicator to PathAway that the image is a Point Icon. Similarly ",V" (comma V) indicates a vehicle icon.

Create your own icon using an application such as Windows Paint. Create an image no larger than 24 pixels wide by 14 pixels high. The average is 11x11. Save the file as a .BMP, or Jpeg.

Then, in the icon manager, choose Image-Add Image, and select the icon you just created.

That's it, now save the file, or send it to HotSync®. You're ready to use your new icon as a point.

 


   
 
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