App tracks automatically convert to Lines?

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13 Apr, 2020 12:27 AM

After a few of our recent SAR calls I noticed that some (possibly all) for the App Tracks, that is the tracks created by team members using their phones, seem to later create a duplicate Line on the map. The App Track is still there, but now there are Lines there identical. Is that supposed to happen? If so, is there a reason for that?


  1. 1 Posted by Ben Lantow on 13 Apr, 2020 01:42 AM

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    There should not still be an app track. When you finalize a track you're recording it should finish the recording and save as a line object.

  2. 2 Posted by Stephen Dougher... on 13 Apr, 2020 03:00 PM

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    OK, I see that on some maps but not on others. For example has some App Tracks that were converted to Lines
    and closed and still shows some App Tracks and their corresponding Lines.



  3. 3 Posted by Ben Lantow on 13 Apr, 2020 03:15 PM

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    So if the app track isn't finished by the team recording it, it will not convert to line. When it is recording in the app, and you have service you can see position of that team in realtime which is why it remains a track. Once finished, there is not a team moving anymore so you can see profile, all the other features of the line.

    Now that said we did find a glitch that if you double tapped the record button you could accidentally generate two app tracks for one device, which would make it impossible pretty much to finish the second track. That problem is fixed in the next release, and may or may not have played a part in the behaviour you're seeing here.

  4. 4 Posted by Stephen Dougher... on 13 Apr, 2020 03:47 PM

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    OK, I think that explains it. I was also puzzled by the double tracks
    which I had seen several times, so that explains that as well.

    The app has really been helpful on our SAR calls in Santa Barbara.

    A big thank you to you and the entire SARTopo/CalTopo Team!


  5. 5 Posted by rmarcucci on 13 Apr, 2020 07:49 PM

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    Thank you for the kind words. Let us know if strange behavior continues after the next release, we think it should solve the problem.

    All the best,

  6. rmarcucci closed this discussion on 13 Apr, 2020 07:49 PM.

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