Now that you have Installed and Licensed your RouteBuddy Software and Maps, like most people you probably want to use RouteBuddy without reading the detail. This section aims to give you the basics so that you can start getting used to the software. However, to fully appreciate how much you can do with RouteBuddy, you need to familiarise yourself with the different sections of the RouteBuddy Window and then refer to the specific How to... section in the RouteBuddy Manual.
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Each time you load RouteBuddy you will be asked if you want to allow RouteBuddy to use your current location. If you choose to allow then RouteBuddy will locate the position of your computer using wifi signals in the area. If you also tick "Don't ask me again" then you will not be presented with the question each time you open up RouteBuddy. To reset this so that you are asked the question again then you need to go to:
Mac: System Preferences/Security/General and tick or un-tick Disable Location Services accordingly. Note for Lion users - System Preferences/Security/Privacy and tick or un-tick Disable Location Services accordingly.
Windows: Computer Control Panel/Location and Other Sensors and enable the sensor if it is installed. If the sensor is no installed then consult the information that came with your computer or the manufacturer's website.
Start adding waypoints routes and tracks...
Firstly... what is a track and what is a route? - the RouteBuddy definition:
A track is a connected list of points (coordinates) recorded by you or someone else on a GPS device. A track can be imported to RouteBuddy directly from the device (if the device is recognised by RouteBuddy) or as a GPX or KML file. The default is to display the track will be as a red line with arrows on it. You can change the track style in Tools/Options (Windows), RouteBuddy/Preferences (Mac OS X)
A route is a connected list of points (coordinates) which you click out in RouteBuddy to create a line which, by default, is displayed in blue. You can change the route style in Tools/Options (Windows), RouteBuddy/Preferences (Mac OS X) A route is a guide for you to follow either by taking a printed copy of the map with you; or by uploading the route to a device; or by exporting the GPX or KML for transferring to a device.
RouteBuddy allows you to edit a route and edit a track, but more of that later...
Now, before you start adding waypoints or a route to the map...
Set Preferences/Options for Routing
Windows: Select Tools/Options from the Menu Bar Mac: Select RouteBuddy/Preferences from the Menu Bar
For Routing with Road maps using the Network data contained within the map - change routing to "Vehicles"
For routing with Topo maps (e.g. IGN, OS or USGS) - change routing to "Direct Travel"
Select File/New Place from the Menu Bar or use the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+N (Windows) Cmd+N (Mac).
Place files are important in that they provide you with a snapshot of the data (waypoints, routes and tracks) contained in your overall Library/Locations database. Places are a similar to the Playlists in iTunes in that the playlist contains particular tracks you want to play on certain occasions, whilst Library/Locations are like Library/Music which in iTunes is your database that contains all your tracks.
You should always create and manipulate new geodata (waypoints, routes or tracks) in a new Place file. In that way you can have very clear view of the map, with only the data you want showing. The data you add will be automatically added to Library/Locations. We strongly suggest that you make a new Place file for each new activity you're working on. It's a very powerful way to have lots of views of the same area on the map. Creating new data whilst still in Locations is not recommended as it is more difficult to subsequently gather all the items for a particular activity from the Locations database and put them in a Place file. It is possible but could be a little tedious!
You can group Place files just as you want by dragging the Place Files into Place Folders which you can create by using the menu or the keyboard commands, more about that in the section: Place Files and Folders.
All your data is stored in the Locations database, so it can get hard to see what's there. That's why its best to work in Places. The advantage of one central store is that when you drag something (waypoint, route or track) to another Place, you don't move the original, or even copy it. Instead you're just moving a signpost that points to the data, safe in the Locations database.
The Place file acts as storage for your added data (waypoints, routes or tracks) for a particular activity e.g. walk, run, ride etc.
To re-iterate: A Place file can be considered as a snapshot of your overall database. The data in the Place file will also be stored in your overall Locations database so if you remove any items from the Place file by mistake, then you can gt them back from the Locations database.
Add data to the Place file by:
Adding waypoints or saving waypoints you drag and drop from search
Creating Vehicular (using Road Maps) or Direct routes (using Topo or Road maps)
(Windows) Cmd+O (Mac) waypoints, tracks, and routes from files or GPS devices
Anything you add to a Place folder will automatically be stored in the central RouteBuddy database Library / Locations
Deleting items from the Place File
Highlight the items you want to delete, right click and select Remove from Place
Deleting items from the Place file and the Library
Highlight the items you want to delete, right click and select Remove from Library - remember that this action will permanently delete the items from your RouteBuddy database.
Time for you to have a play. Add some waypoints, create a route, connect up your GPS, download and organise your data. Enjoy using RouteBuddy!