Export courses to GPS dialog
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This dialog is used to create data for a GPS application.

A GPS application is one that you can use to analyze your route choice after your race, and to compare your route choice with other people's route choices.   The GPS application may run on your smart phone or it may be a web application.

In order for the application to do that, it needs your GPS track.  You may record the track directly on your smart phone or you may have to upload it from a GPS watch.

The GPS application also needs the map and the course.  Condes has this data, and it can be transferred from Condes to the GPS application.  This is where this dialog comes in.  As a course planner, when you have completed the course design, from Condes you export the map and the courses into a file that you import to the GPS application.

Condes exports data in two different formats:  KMZ and GPX.  Which one you choose depends on which format the GPS application can use.


Important:  The map must be geo-referenced
In order for Condes to be able to calculate Longitude and Latitude coordinates for controls and for the map, the map file used by Condes needs to have world coordinates (be geo-referenced), and use world coordinates in the UTM (WGS-84) coordinate system.  Most - but  not all - OCAD maps are geo-referenced, and the data is included in the OCAD file.  When you use a bitmap file, it must be accompanied by a World File.   See Setup Map dialog for more details.


Export format Options

KMZ format

KMZ is the format used by Google Earth.  A KMZ file contains the map and all the courses in one file.  When you have exported a KMZ file, you open it in Google Earth to view the map and the waypoints. 

The map is stored as a bitmap in JPG format, and each course is stored as a so-called GroundOverlay in SVG format.  Google Earth unfortunately cannot show the course SVG format - the course shows as rectangles with a red cross.  The advantage of the SVG format is that it is scalable. The lines and circles will remain smooth also when you zoom in.

In addition the the SVG image of each course, the file also contains a list of "waypoints", one for each course. The controls show as "push pins" in Google Earth

Alternatively, instead of the SVG format, as an advanced option, the courses may be exported as "KML graphics". KML supports graphics very poorly, so the KML graphics image is not very nice to look at.

GPX format

GPX is a format used by many applications to store GPS tracks.  A GPX file exported from Condes contains all courses (as "routes").  However, a GPX file cannot store the map.  So when using the GPX format, the map file comes from an other source.


Export options

Export file format

Select either KMZ or GPX.

Export only relay variations used by relay teams

When this option is checked, only those relay course variations are shown, which are used by relay teams created in the Relay Team Assignments window.

After export, open the exported file

When this option is checked, Condes asks Windows to open the exported KMZ file.  If Google Earth is not installed, and no other application is installed that can read KMZ files, Windows fails to open the file.


Advanced settings

Advanced settings are normally not used, and are hidden unless you click the "Show Advanced Settings" button.

Export Area

Use this option to select if the map area for each course is the "Defined printout page area" or the "Entire canvas area".  The default value is "Defined printout page area".

Map bitmap

Resolution

Use this to configure the resolution of the bitmap file that contains the exported map in the KMZ file.  The default value is 300 DPI.  If the map is very large, it may be necessary to reduce the resolution in order for Condes to have sufficient memory to create the file.

Dim map

When this option is checked, the map in the exported file is dimmed.

Courses

This controls the format of the courses when exporting to a KMZ file.  Select either "GroundOverlay as SVG file" or "As KML "graphics"" (not recommended).