CalTopo GPX Waypoints

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12 Nov, 2021 09:10 PM

I’m not sure whether this is a bug, an unexpected feature change, or just my lack of knowledge. Whatever it is, I need help.

I use the same GPX files with CalTopo (Windows 10 PC) and Backcountry Navigator Pro (Android phone). My GPX files include “<sym>navred</sym>” for all waypoints. Waypoints that I import from GPX files and markers that I manually create in CalTopo used to appear as a red point. If I edit them, they show a style and color. Recently, waypoints that I import from GPX files show a black point, no style, and no color. When I export a GPX file, CalTopo does not include any color or style information, even for waypoints that have this information. (This may not be a new behavior.)

Defaulting to no style and no color on imported waypoints is causing me considerable grief. How can I get this working again? Also, I would love to see documentation on what CalTopo does and does not support in GPX files. Thanks!

  1. 1 Posted by caver456 on 12 Nov, 2021 09:17 PM

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    Hi Bob - just another user here - I also started seeing the same
    GPX-imported-markers-are-now-black-instead-of-red issue in the last week or

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Julie on 16 Nov, 2021 07:47 PM

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    Hi Guys,

    This is a new bug, and the team is taking a look at it. Thanks for alerting us!


  3. 3 Posted by bob.pickering on 14 Jan, 2022 05:46 PM

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    It’s been two months. Are you going to fix this, or just “take a look at it”?

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Meghan on 15 Jan, 2022 12:59 AM

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    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for reaching back out! We did fix the original issue where the imported marker had no symbol and instead rendered as a big white circle. Imported markers should now render as a black point. However it does appear that the color is not selectable and is instead showing up as N/A, which may be a different bug. I've submitted this our development team to address; however we are in the midst of some pretty large projects right now so it will be a while until they are able to dig into it.

    As a workaround for the time being, you can make the color selectable though by changing the style of the marker.

    Hope that helps,

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