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.