Today's newsletter contains tips on the latest Pinch and Zoom functionality, and a warning about some slow servers.
Pinch And Zoom
Last Thursday, we were able to make our first update, 3.3, with Pinch And Zoom functionality for Android 2.01 and above. This means that you will be able to use two fingers to zoom out and in on the map much as you do with Google Maps or the Android browser.
This wasn't necessarily even planned for this date, but it was an opportunity with some of the hardware we just acquired to test. I've tried it and found it to be quite fun, and wondered how I did without it.
Slow Map Servers
Msrmaps.com (formerly called TerraServer-USA) seems to be having some issues in the last week. The site was completely down last Monday and has been slow ever since.
The two map sources affected by this are USGS Topos and USGS Black and White Aerial Photos. Based on stats, these sources are not widely used once users discover MyTopo.com maps and USGS Color Aerials, which don't have the same slowdown. For this reason, I've considered pulling them out of the menu of choices.
Does it do any harm to have those servers available? There is more confusion for the end user when having some Map Sources that we can't really recommend, unless they recover. Furthermore, they degrade the performance of the app to a tedious crawl,and lead to negative impressions and comments on the market. An alternative is to leave them on but push them deeper in the list.
Tracking Work Continues.
Work continues on track recording, and I'll be testing it out in the field within a few days. The option is already available to import a GPX file containing tracks by opening it in Astro Explorer or similar explorer.
Have a great day!
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