New functionality: enhanced track organization

Posted by Breadcrumbs on November 29, 2011 under News | Be the First to Comment

A bundle helps you organize you GPS tracks within Breadcrumbs. You can think of a bundle like a folder on your PC where you group tracks logically together. Once you have uploaded tracks to a

Bundles can now contain tracks of any activity type.

bundle you can also look at the bundle statistics to view stats such as the total distance, total time and total elevation gain for all tracks.

Previously in Breadcrumbs we initially designed it so that an activity (i.e. Hiking) could contain bundles and then each bundle contained tracks. What we (and you guys) quickly came to realize is that often you want to group tracks from different activities in the same bundle. For example, let’s say you create a bundle called Summer 2011, within that bundle you don’t want to be limited to just uploading hiking tracks. Our latest release solves this problem and lets you assign tracks of any activity type to a bundle.

What this means is that when you login to the Breadcrumbs application the tree panel will look slight different. Rather than expanding an activity and then a bundle you will just expand a bundle (see right). This is a minor change and it won’t affect your current organization but moving forward it will give you much more flexibility in how you organize your tracks.

Order your bundles by dragging to the desired order in the tree.

Don’t forget to move tracks between bundles you simply drag and drop tracks from one bundle to another in the tree panel. New for this release you can also control the order your bundles appear in the tree by simply dragging and dropping the bundles.

Introducing the new grid view

Posted by Breadcrumbs on July 21, 2011 under Features, News | Be the First to Comment

Organization has been a key focus of the gobreadcrumbs GPS track management app and the tree view has been at the heart of that, providing a great way for you to visualize and organize your tracks.

Tracks Tree View

Tracks Tree View

You can quickly move tracks between bundles by dragging and dropping…

Moving tracks between bundles

Moving tracks between bundles

…and delete and rename tracks directly within the tree view by right clicking on the track and accessing the menu.

Rename or delete track

Rename or delete track

Grid View

As the number of tracks you imported increased it became apparent there needed to be a way you could quickly access tracks and sort based upon the track name, activity, date imported and bundle name. So we created the grid view. The grid view is accessed by clicking on the grid icon just above the tree panel (see screen grab below).

Track Grid View

Track Grid View

The grid view provides a completely new way for you to find and interact with your tracks. You can sort by several different columns. My personal favorite is the date imported column as you can now import a track and access it instantly by viewing the grid view (we sort by date import by default).

Sort tracks

Sort tracks by date imported, title, bundle and activity.

So login and give it a go, you may well end up finding tracks and reliving adventures that you had long forgotten about! Thanks to everyone who gave feedback asking for the feature too.

Issue with GPX file produced by MotionX GPS v16.2

Posted by Breadcrumbs on July 13, 2011 under News | Be the First to Comment

We wanted to make you aware of an issue with the most current release of the MotionX GPS application which I know many of you use to track your adventures on the iPhone before uploading the GPX file to Breadcrumbs.

I have had confirmation from MotionX that there was an issue with the GPX that the app produced in version 16.2 which causes it to fail to upload to Breadcrumbs (and any other mapping application). This issue will be fixed in version 16.3 which should be available from the app store shortly.

Embed your GPS track on your blog or website

Posted by Breadcrumbs on April 7, 2011 under News | Be the First to Comment

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.

View Paul’s Ridge Garibaldi National Park by stewart on Breadcrumbs

Powered by Breadcrumbs: manage, edit and share GPS tracks for free.

Announcing the launch of our new public track page

Posted by Breadcrumbs on March 11, 2011 under Features, News | Be the First to Comment

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!

New features: Share your GPS tracks on Twitter and get Bundle statistics

Posted by Breadcrumbs on December 7, 2010 under News | Be the First to Comment

Bundle statistics
When we started working on Breadcrumbs, one of the things we most wanted to do was group and organize our tracks in a meaningful way. To fulfill this we created the concepts of Bundles. Bundles are to GPS tracks, what albums are to photos.

We now take the concept of Bundles a step further and we are pleased to introduce Bundle statistics. Bundle statistics are essentially overview statistics for all tracks within the bundle. We provide statistics such as total distance, total time, total elevation and more to give you enhanced information on your activities. This is really useful as you can see statistics such as how far you have skied all season, or the total elevation you have hiked that summer. All you have to do to access the bundle statistics is click on the bundle in the tree view inside the application.

Depending on the activity, some statistics will be more valuable than others, lets say you are interested in backcountry skiing you might be interested in total elevation gain, for geocaching it might be more valuable to have total time spent. Since we have more than 40 activities in our system, we would love to hear which statistics make sense for the activities you are most interested in.

Share your GPS tracks on Twitter
Another heavily requested feature was the ability to post Breadcrumbs tracks directly to Twitter. You will now find a new Twitter button inside the app allowing you to share your track easily on Twitter. We generate a short url for you so you have more space to write your message. Please use the hash tag #Breadcrumbs!

Cheers,
The Breadcrumbs Team

Showcase

Posted by Breadcrumbs on September 10, 2010 under News | Be the First to Comment

3D experiences are everywhere  - cinema, computer games, TV… Breadcrumbs is all about reliving your adventures, and we put 3D at the heart of the experience by building a cutting-edge platform around Google Earth. Everyone loves the desktop experience Google Earth offers, but until now you have not been able to share your adventures in 3D. Breadcrumbs allows you to do this and much more.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few screenshots of some public tracks uploaded by our Breadcrumbs users. Click on the link to see the complete track.

One of our users climbed 7 peaks in a day:

Seven Summits Schroecken

Another user went on an epic 42 km downhill mountain bike trip:

Warner Lake to Tyax Resort

A third user went on the Bromo volcano in Java, Indonesia!

Gunung Bromo Vulcano Java Indonesia

Remember, you can signup for free!

Check out our public tracks page to see more great adventures.

Automated geotagging now supported

Posted by Breadcrumbs on June 25, 2010 under News | Be the First to Comment

Breadcrumbs provides a free and easy way for you to bring together your GPS tracks, photos and videos.

What is geotagging?

Geotagging allows you to associate a photo/video with a geographical location. This provides huge benefit, as it gives  a lot more context for anyone looking at the photo/video. In Breadcrumbs you can really get a feeling for a track, as you can view your photos/videos while also interacting in a 3D world. Geotagging therefore gives you a whole new way of organizing and sharing your media.

How we do it?

There are three ways to geotag photos in Breadcrumbs:

  • Photos which were taken on a device which have an inbuilt GPS (such as an iPhone) already contain location data (stored in the Exif data), so Breadcrumbs extracts this information and the photos are geotagged automatically.
  • For photos which do not contain any location data we use a different technique. Each point which makes up a GPS track contains not only a geographical location, but also the time at which the point was recorded. Because cameras also record the time when a photo is taken, the timestamp on the photo can be matched with the the associated timestamp on the GPS track, and so your photos can be located in the correct place on the map. This technique requires that the clocks on the camera and video have been synced to the clock on your GPS device, so don’t forget to do this before you start snapping!
  • For any photos/videos which are not geotagged by one of these methods, manual geotagging is also possible in Breadcrumbs. All you have to do is drag your photo/video from the thumbnail viewer along the bottom of the page onto the correct location onto the map (see image).

manual geotag

Future Plan

Currently we rely on our users syncing the times on their GPS device and camera/videocamera. We know that this is not always possible so we will be providing a semi-automated solution in the near future to enable you to sync all your media based upon the correct placement of one photo. Watch this space…!

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Enhanced video quality

Posted by Breadcrumbs on June 5, 2010 under Features, News, Technical | Be the First to Comment

In our latest update we have upgraded our video encoding to bring you faster encoding and enhanced quality. In the future this change will allow you to check out your GPS tracks and videos on smartphones, such as the iPhone or Android-based phones.

For those of you interested in more technical details, we have now switched to H.264 encoding. We are closely following the latest WebM developments and are planning to switch to it at some point soon once the browser support is ubiquitous, as we are open source advocates. We will watch the release of the next Flash versions with interest, as it should push the support for WebM to the masses.

Outline of features

Posted by Breadcrumbs on April 25, 2010 under Features, News | 2 Comments to Read

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:

Upload Tracks

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.

Search Tracks

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.

Export Tracks

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!

Share Tracks

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.

And Finally…

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…