Using Polygons/Areas

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    stephanieandblake

    I don't understand the purpose of an area in Giai.

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    Ashli Baldwin

    Steph - An area measures acreage and it's also helpful to those using Gaia for Search and Rescue or Wildland Firefighting to define search or work areas.

    Since you can download maps for an area - some people also use it primarily for that, because they like defining the area to download instead of using the normal box shape. 

     

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    BenGorges

    You should show how to do it on your website because I followed along and I cannot do it on my Android phone using the directions you provided. Is this feature only available on iphones? If so it would be helpful to clarify that at the beginning. 

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    Ashli Baldwin

    Ben,

    I'm sorry for the confusion. Areas are not available on Android right now - I've updated the beginning of the article to reflect that. 

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    ricky

    Hi Ashli,

    Is there an estimated time for when areas will be available for Android?

    Thanks!

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    menningw

    I agree, this would be a much more useful product if it would calculate area on android. Are there any steps being taken to make this available?

    Thanks

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    ggps4sx

    I created a long somewhat rectangular area stretching from NW to SE direction and then downloaded the map for the area. However, the system has gone ahead and downloaded a squarish area containing all corners of the rectangular area. 

    What am I missing, or is it the new behaviour? Based on what your explanation above, this is not how it should have downloaded consuming far more space on my device.

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    Nathan

    @ggps4sx
    Sorry for the confusion, as it is not possible to download a partial map tile.

    The extent of the offline map download beyond the borders of the defined area is based on the size of the tiles and the max zoom level selected.

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    toby

    When will this be on Android and gaiagps.com?

     

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    Nathan

    @toby
    Currently, we are working on an update for the mapping framework used in the Android version of Gaia GPS which will lay the groundwork for adding more features.

    Please vote and comment on the feature request for this so you will be notified on its progress:

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    bpchristensen

    What really needs to be explained better is how to create an area on the desktop web site and then download to a mobile device.  Why on earth would one spend hours pinching and scrolling on an tiny iPhone screen when they can do it SO much more easily on a 27" monitor at home?   I find this very confusing.  I'm assuming there must be a way to do it, but for the life of me I can't find an article explaining it.  All searches lead me to instructions on how to create an offline map using the phone...

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    ricky

    @bpchristensen

    Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I believe this functionality is only available on an iOS device. As in there is no way to create an Area via the website. This is why there is no documentation on how to create an Area on the website.

    Please vote up the topic mentioned above from Nathan which pertains to Android, but like he said could lay the groundwork for more features.

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    bpchristensen

    @ricky - yea, thats my assumption as well.   It would sure be a lot better to create offline maps on a desktop web site and then sync to a mobile device.  This would make Gaia superior to OnxMaps in a significant way if this was possible (Onx has a really bad UI for creating offline maps that is limited to rectangular tiles).

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    ricky

    I just saw an update that talks about a new map, vector based, still in alpha (https://www.gaiagps.com/map2/)

    This new map has the technological capabilities to incorporate this feature request. When this becomes available however I do not know. Just letting you know that it is coming.

    Here is the link to the thread about it. https://help.gaiagps.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/115008179148-Give-the-ability-to-Select-Map-download-areas-on-gaiagps-com-interface-for-Sync-to-iPhone?page=2#comments

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    bpchristensen

    @ricky - thanks for the info.  Now I can see that there has ben a big technological/architectural hurdle to implementing the ability to create areas and downloadable maps on the web site. But it looks like it is being addressed.  This is great news and I'll be following that other topic!   Thanks again!

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