Enhancements to Terrain Profile labels

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Keith D.

15 Nov, 2016 10:35 PM

Just a few thoughts I had recently while working with the Terrain Profile feature to measure distances along a hike. Not priority at all..just "nice to haves".

Would it be possible to implement any of these?

1) Wider detection radius for labeling a marker on the Terrain Profile. Say a water source (marker) is 1/4 mile off the main trail...it won't be labeled in the Terrain Profile line-graph because it's too far away.

2) Labeling for lines and polygons. This would be useful for trail junctions, scree-fields, meadows, etc.

3) Ability to show/hide labels, and adjust their positioning so they don't overlap.

  1. 1 Posted by Keith D. on 17 Nov, 2016 03:38 PM

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    I would like to add that the first part of #3 is already covered. Only markers which are visible (check-marked) in the left side of the screen are labeled.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by matt on 19 Nov, 2016 06:00 AM

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    I've thought about better ways to do it, but at the moment, 1 is by design. Say a line goes over a pass, and you've also marked a peak that is near (but 500' above) the pass. Showing that on the profile would make it look as if the line goes up and over the peak, when it doesn't. Marking the peak above the line at the correct elevation would compensate for that problem, but there are other use cases where that wouldn't work.

    Unclear what you're getting at for 2. Do you mean placing a label on the profile (similar to markers) when the line crosses another line/polygon?

  3. 3 Posted by Keith D. on 23 Nov, 2016 04:07 PM

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    Hi Matt,

    Appreciate the response. I had the same conclusion about #1...simply widening the radius could add misleading labels. What if you included the altitude/distance/heading from the route to the marker as part of the label: "Peak 500' above, 1200' NW". In that case, the label itself would still be placed directly on the profile.

    That's exactly what I mean for #2. See the linked example map, where you would have labels for the line @ 2.91 mi, the poly @ 3.46-3.55, and the poly @ 3.58. Sorry if this isn't a very realistic scenario!

    http://caltopo.com/m/D7DQ

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