Frequently Asked Questions
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What is GPSed?
GPSed, a location-based and geotagging service, is designed to enable real-time tracking from mobile devices and collecting track data in an online archive.
The service is designated for hikers, bikers, drivers, tourists, adventure travelers, scientists, sportsmen, photographers and GPS/GIS professionals working in various industries such as forestry, fishery, transportation and others. GPSed can also be used just for having fun.
GPSed consists of GPSed mobile application, GPSed web service and GPSed Photo Take'n'Pin.
Which devices are supported with GPSed?
GPSed is fully compatible with mobile devices equipped with the internal GPS receivers. Examples of some models: Nokia N95, latest BlackBerry models, Windows Mobiles. GPSed is also compatible with mobiles that can connect to the external GPS receiver via Bluetooth and with any GPS receivers that can record tracks in GPX, PLT, KML and other formats. Check the compatibility of your model.
What equipment is needed to use GPSed?
For trip tracking worldwide: Any GPS-enabled handset, any mobile phone where GPSed is installed with an external Bluetooth GPS receiver or any GPS receiver that can record tracks in GPX, PLT, KML formats.
For geotagging: Any digital camera (including embedded camera on your phone), GPSed Photo Take'n'Pin and Google Earth software on your computer.
Be sure the date and time are set correctly on your camera. Start track recording before taking photos. When you finish recording it will be possible to pin the photos to the map automatically, exactly at the place they were taken.
For viewing, managing and sharing Tracks: A PC or Mac with a web browser, Mozilla Firefox is recommended, or Safari browser on Apple iPhone™.
I already use GPS navigation and it suits me well. What can I do with GPSed then?
With GPSed you can upload your existing tracks to a map for organizing them in an online archive. You can share your tracks with friends, pin photos to a map at the exact place they where taken.
With GPSed mobile software you can record and upload tracks in real-time.
Is GPSed compatible with my GPS navigation application?
Yes, GPSed is compatible with all standard tracks format: GPX, PLT, KML.
If you have tracks in these formats you can upload them to GPSed for organizing in an online archive and sharing with friends.
With GPSed mobile software you can record and upload tracks in real-time.
Where can I buy GPS?
We recommend to order GPS receivers from BuyGPSnow.com, they offer good prices and fast shipping.
How can I share my tracks with frinds in Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc?
There two ways of track sharing:
1) by the web from GPSed.com
2) by mobile phone with GPSed Mobile application installed.
Please read Share your tracks with friends in Facebook, MySpace, Twitter for more information.
How can I be informed about new featured of GPSed which were recently developed?
To be informed on new features we strongly recommend to become a reader of GPSed Blog. Here you can also ask your questions to our staff and publish your comments.
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GPSed mobile application
GPS connectivity questions:
GPSed mobile application can not discover my external Bluetooth GPS receiver.
Please make sure that:
If you still can not connect:
I have successfully synced my mobile handset with GPS receiver, but GPSed application does not receive positioning data.
Yellow indicator in the upper-right hand corner means that GPS receiver is searching for satellites. You should find an open space, not covered with buildings and trees, and try there. Parking lot or square will be good. Fixing position may require up to 8-10 minutes depending on the last time GPS receiver was used, please be patient.
How can I switch from one GPS receiver to another one?
After the first successful connection to GPS receiver GPSed application makes it a default hardware and tries to connect to it at every start of the application ignoring other GPS receivers. To disable auto-connection to GPS receiver please go to Settings -> GPS Auto-connection -> Disable. To change GPS receiver during the current session go to Settings -> Change GPS receiver.
Positioning data transfer failed, what should I do?
Please make sure that:
Network coverage was lost during tracking. How do I upload tracks?
After application failed to transfer collected positioning data two times, it will automatically switch to tracking to a file mode (offline). Crossed data transfer icon in the status bar means that positioning data failed to upload. After tracking is finished you can upload the recorded file to the server via the Internet from GPSed application or upload it manually to GPSed web-service.
What do the track statuses Private/Public mean and what do I need them for?
All tracks recorded online are saved on the server and are available for review and management on www.gpsed.com. When you start a Public track you automatically agree to share it with other users. The more often you upload your positioning data to the server the more actual is your position on a map for other users. If you do not want to share your track with others please change it to Private.
What is the volume of traffic per unit time during periodical upload of positioning data?
GPSed application in online mode generates about 130-140KB per hour depending on Upload Rate. Please pay attention that some mobile carriers may round up traffic during one Internet session. Therefore volume of traffic per unit time may be higher during updates with Update Rates 30 and 60 minutes.
When I start an online track I am asked to enter my username and password. Where can I get them?
To record tracks online you require an account on GPSed.com web-service. Please go to www.gpsed.com, complete a simple registration form and enter your username and password in requested fields for online tracking.
Tracking to a file:
I can not find Manual Upload Data in Settings menu.
Probably your mobile handset has no support of FileConnection API (JSR 75). This API is strongly required for saving collected data to a file. If that's the case you can record tracks online only.
What format is used to saving tracks?
Your track will be saved in native GPSed format. For converting it to other GPS formats please upload the file to GPSed.com web-service and afterwards export it to a necessary format.
Do I require network coverage for tracking to a file?
When you record your track to a file you do not require any network coverage. In this mode application works completely offline. You should select Manual Upload Data mode to be able to send collected positioning data in convenient time, e.g. when WiFi network is available. Or you can get the recorded file with a track from the mobile device and upload it manually to GPSed.com web-service.
GPSed Mobile Application for BlackBerry:
How can I save my login and password on GPSed mobile application for BlackBerry?
Please go to GPSed -> press Menu button -> Settings -> Track's uploading -> Enter your login and password and press Menu -> Save.
How can I choose where to save my tracks?
Please go to GPSed -> press Menu button -> Settings -> Tracks -> Save on and select "Memory" to save your tracks to the device memory, or "SDCard" to save your tracks to the SD Card.
How can I see my older tracks (if I upgraded or reinstalled GPSed mobile application for BlackBerry)?
You can find your older tracks by following these steps:
If you saved your tracks to the device memory on your BlackBerry go to Applications -> Media -> then press the Menu button -> Select "Explore" -> Device Memory -> Home -> user
or if you saved your tracks to the Memory Card please follow Applications -> Media -> Menu button -> Select "Explore" -> Memory Card -> BlackBerry -> GPSed
You will see the list of your tracks.
How do I delete a track from the device's memory?
To delete a track from your device's memory on your BlackBerry please go to Applications -> Media -> press the Menu button -> Select "Explore" -> Device Memory -> Home -> user. Select the track you want to delete, press Menu, and select Delete.
How do I delete a track from a memory card?
To delete a track from your memory card on your BlackBerry please go to Applications -> Media -> press Menu button -> Select "Explore" -> Memory Card -> BlackBerry -> GPSed. You will see the list of your tracks. Select the track you want to delete, press Menu, and select Delete.
How can I pause the track and then continue from the same point?
When you wish to pause your track just press the Menu button and select "Stop". To resume your track press the Menu button and select "Continue the track".
Standalone GPS receivers
My GPS receiver doesn't support Bluetooth. Can I use GPSed?
Yes, you may use GPSed with any GPS receiver that can record tracks in GPX, PLT, KML formats. If your GPS records tracks in other format, we recommend converting tracks to GPX with GPSBabel free tool.
Attaching photos to GPSed tracks
Photo Attaching wizard asks me about date and time on my photo camera. What is it required for?
First let's understand how photo geotagging works. Every photo-file contains inside time when it was taken by photo camera. Every point of GPSed track contains coordinates and also time when it was recorded by GPSed mobile application or other GPS software.
If time on your photo camera was set in a different time zone or simply adjusted incorrectly, photo may be pinned to a map inaccurate or not pinned at all. So GPSed attaching wizard requires current date and time on photo camera to calculate possible offset automatically.