Sharing your GPS tracks with your friends and family is one of the great features of Breadcrumbs and it just got even easier! Breadcrumbs’ new plugin functionality allows you to embed the GPS track you uploaded directly into your own website/blog. The plugin allows your visitors to see on a map both the GPS track you uploaded from your Garmin device or GPX file and any associated photos/videos that were geocoded. For the first release we support the Google Maps view, support for the full 3D Breadcrumbs experience using the Google Earth plugin will come soon.
New Embed button within the app
Embedding the GPS track into your website/blog couldn’t be easier. Simply upload your GPS track and any associated media as you would usually do. Once uploaded select the track and then click on the new ‘Embed track’ button, this gives you the HTML code you need to copy and paste into your own website. You can also access the code on the public page.
See the new widget in action below. Don’t forget to post a link with the widget in action if you embed a track on your website/blog.
Here at Breadcrumbs we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our completely redesigned public track page (showcased here). One of our main aims at Breadcrumbs is to allow you and your friends to relive your adventures. The new public page does this by putting you in complete control of your track interactions and associated media. At the heart of the redesign we have introduced a new media view which puts your photos and videos as the main focus.
We also have a load of other great new features including:
Map, elevation/speed chart and statistics dynamically integrated: As you playback your track, watch the statistics and chart change. You’ll be able to tell exactly how fast you went on the steep line you skied or the trail you rode. There is no better way to visualize your GPS tracks.
Google Maps playback: Now play your track back in Google Maps as well as Google Earth.
Comments: A new Breadcrumbs comment system allows you and your friends to chat about your day out.
Don’t take our word for it, check out this track and let us know what you think!
If you have ever done any GPS tracking before whether it be hiking, skiing or riding you will have found that GPS tracks often contain errors where one or two points have jumped a long way off the correct path. This happens with every GPS device, it doesn’t matter if you are using a Garmin, Magellan or smartphone enabled GPS device such as an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy; the errors experienced are a limitation of GPS (although accuracy improves as the quality off the chip improves).
GPS Track experiencing signal errors caused by tall buildings.
GPS signal errors can be caused by many factors. The main reasons you will experience large jumps in accuracy is due to weak satellite reception and signal multipath.
Weak satellite reception: GPS devices rely on a line of sight to at least four GPS satellites orbiting the earth. Tall objects such as trees, buildings and the terrain can block the line of site and reduce accuracy.
Signal Multipath:This occurs when the GPS signal is reflected off other objects such as tall buildings or mountain faces. The reflected signal takes more time to reach the receiver than the direct signal and error is introduced.
Breadcrumbs Edit Mode
Fortunately Breadcrumbs lets you edit and fix those errors in a simple way. Once you have uploaded your GPS track, if you notice any errors, simply click on the Edit button within the Breadcrumbs application and select “Edit track”.
Breadcrumbs now enters edit mode and points appear along the track. To move a a section of track just grab one of these points and drag it to the place where it actually should be. New today is the ability to also delete points as well as drag them – simply click on the point and it will be removed from the track. Once finished press save and you have your perfect track. If you like you can then export the corrected track and use it in another application. Check out the video which shows how we fixed the issues in the image above using Breadcrumbs.
The Breadcrumbs GPS track management system alpha version is due to launch in March 2010, and will bring users an extremely rich set of tools for managing and interacting with their GPS tracks. Here, we will outline a few of the key tools:
Breadcrumbs will support every major GPS format on the market. On upload, track statistics (including max speed, average speed, elevation, etc) will be automatically populated to the track’s profile. We will also launch with an iPhone app.
Manage and Edit Tracks
Breadcrumbs is designed so that you can upload multiple tracks at once, for a range of activities We are extremely excited to be able to offer our users the ability to upload and manage as many tracks as they want, and hope that you will quickly start to realise that Breadcrumbs is so much more than just a website.
Once uploaded, Breadcrumbs will allow you to edit the track. As we know that there are often minor mistakes in GPS data we have provided an intuitive interface so that you can fix any errors (in 3D of-course!).
Interact with Tracks
The website revolves around Google Earth, which is embedded in your browser. What this means is that when you upload your track you will be able to interact with it directly in 3D in your browser! We think this is huge. You can interact with the track you just uploaded in a virtual 3D world. You can play back the track and truly re-live your adventure.
Add photos and videos to your Tracks
The next exciting component of the application is the ability to add media to your track. We have built an extremely simple interface (much of it automated), which allows you to quickly upload video and photos and tag it on the track. This allows you to not only view your track in a 3D world, but also to tag an unlimited amount of photos and videos onto the track, allowing your memories and future trip planning to be more in depth than ever before.
One of the main aims of Breadcrumbs is to provide a platform for sharing GPS tracks and experiences. You won’t have to share your tracks if you don’t want to, but we will encourage you to do so. As we are mapping experts with a huge amount of expertise working with spatial data we have a few tricks up our sleeve and think that your experience when searching for the track you want will be first class.
Of course, once you have found the track you want to follow, you can easily upload it to your GPS device or iPhone and follow the trail!
We will have direct Facebook and Twitters plug-ins so that after a long day’s activity you can easily let your friends play back your experience in 3D and see all the cool photos and videos of the mountain you rode, or the routes you sailed!
These features are the core of our application that will be released in our beta release later this year. We have a host of other features that we cannot wait to share with you so watch this space.
If you were wondering about our name, Breadcrumbs is taken from the fairytale ‘Hansel and Gretel’. The siblings laid a trail of breadcrumbs to help them find their way back to their house when their evil stepmother tried to keep them away. In the story, the breadcrumbs are not successful as a good guide, but we know that our digital Breadcrumbs will be more enduring! Our vision is to map the world with your Breadcrumbs. So please, start dropping and sharing now…
Breadcrumbs is a cutting edge GPS track management web application, allowing you to upload GPS tracks with photos and videos for all of your adventures. You will be able to share them with your friends and connect to people who have the same interest as you.
We believe that Breadcrumbs is an exceptional application that will become an important part of your active life and invite you to start using some of our exciting features:
Upload any GPS format to our web application using our simple import wizard.
Seamlessly tag photos and link videos to your track.
Play back and interact with your track in 3D directly in your web browser, so that you can really get a feel for the terrain!
Use a rich set of tools for editing your tracks, in 3D of course!
Share your tracks easily on Facebook and Twitter.
Create a social network allowing you to search for other Breadcrumbs user’s tracks and upload them to your GPS device.
We have planned many other features that we will share with you over the coming months including an iPhone app and enhanced social networking tools. Our main aim is to deliver an unprecedented user experience allowing you to find and manage tracks with ease.
We are extremely excited about what Breadcrumbs will offer. Stay tuned for details on the specific functionality of the application.