Who is Tracks for?
Tracks is an application intended for recreational outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Photographers interested in geo-tagging images taken with non-GPS capable cameras can use Tracks as a GPS data logger.
What Does Track do?
Tracks lets you record your hikes, bike rides, walks, tours, jogs, cross country ski trips, boat rides and any other type of short trip. Once saved, you can review your sessions along with any photographs you might have taken during the journey. Tracks has a built in camera interface, but will also recognize photos taken with the built-in Camera app or any other app that saves to the camera roll (and is set to geo-tag photos). Tracks lets you export your activities to Google’s Fusion Tables mapping visualization tool, as well as uploading any photographs to Picassa. When you upload photos to Picassa, they are also automatically embedded in your Fusion table and appear as map annotations.
Tracks imports and exports GPX files, which you can use in fitness oriented applications like Ascent or Rubitrack to record your activities. Track’s GPX files can also be used by photo workflow applications for geotagging purposes.
What’s a Fusion Table?
Fusion Tables is a service offered by Google for visualizing geographic data (like the path of a hike, with pop-ups showing where your photos were taken). In order to use Fusion Tables, you need to sign up for a Google account. Tracks will allow you to upload each activity you save as individual Fusion Tables. Once you’ve created a Fusion Table, Tracks will let you post any photos taken during that session to Picassa, and automatically adds links to those images to the Fusion table. Read more about it here.
Do I need a Google Account to use Tracks?
Absolutely not. Tracks will still record and save your sessions. Tracks provides full photo browsing functionality and you can share photos via email without any type of third party account. At the moment Tracks does not offer other options for exporting your sessions, but additional export options are under consideration for a future update. If you have a preferred export format you’d like to see built into Tracks, leave a comment below and we’ll take all feedback into consideration.
What do you do with my location data?
In a word: Nothing. Your information is kept locally on your device and not shared with anyone unless you choose to export it yourself. By default, all exported track data is set to ‘private’ when posted to Fusion Tables, and images are set to ‘anyone with the link’ rather than public. From there it’s up to you to enable broader sharing if you choose to.
What is ‘geotagging’, and how do I do it?
We’ve got a whole page of geotagging information and resources.
4 thoughts on “FAQ”
Hi, beautiful app but the upload to Google fusion tables doesn’t work and always give a 400 error. Any way I can get sone help with this?
Vittorio, Thanks for sending along a GPX file showing the problem. The issue is caused when the session title contains extended or special characters. Version 1.1.1 will address the issue with improved encoding of text fields sent to Fusion Tables to support those characters. Look for it in the next week or two. Until then you can work around the issue by removing any accented characters or apostrophes from the session title and notes and trying the upload again.
Thanks again for using Tracks and taking the time to share your problem session file.
Best backtracked on the net so easy to use and I have try a lot, Alan
Love this app. I first started tracking my hikes using My Tracks on Android, but could never find something quite like it for iOS — until now. Well done!
I do have a couple of suggestions: the speed and altitude views tend to look very jagged. I think the information from the GPS has a lot of jitter, which you’re doing a good job of smoothing out in the map view (I’ve seen other apps where the path on the map is very jagged, and where distance and speed estimates tend to be wildly inaccurate as a result); if you applied a similar smoothing/filtering step in the speed and altitude views, they would be more useful.
The other request is to add an option of using distance, instead of time, on the speed and altitude plots’ X axes. That’s a pretty minor thing but I think it would be interesting.
Thank you and best regards,