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RouteGadget

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For several years, most major Finnish orienteering events have offered an online utility, RouteGadget (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi), for competitors to draw and compare their routes. RouteGadget not only shows the routes, but when linked with E-punch results, it allows the race to be replayed, even simulating a mass start. You will actually see little squares run across the map. It really adds another dimension to post-race analysis.

After our Calero event in 2004 I thought that the Chase would be an ideal race to be replayed with RouteGadget. So, I contacted RouteGadget developer, , in Finland to find out in what terms he would let us try RouteGadget. It turns out that he developed it as a hobby and offers it free for non-commercial use. Jarkko has also been very helpful in tuning RouteGadget for our needs. For example, as RouteGadget didn't support SI e-punch file format, he was happy to develop that feature​—​not to mention all the little bugs he has fixed along the way.

RouteGadget is now available here (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi) on the BAOC website​—​I have set up many events with it. RouteGadget can be used on a PC or Mac, with most browsers.

Note that RouteGadget has an option to use the splits file to determine the order in which each competitor visited the controls. This is prefect for Score-Os, Goats, butterfly loops, etc.

Sections below explain how to use RouteGadget to view other peoples' routes and how to enter your own route. Also, there's a "functionality walkthrough" video (http://routegadget.net/download.cgi) that demonstrates the many features (there's no audio​—​pay close attention to the pointer).

You can see other RouteGadget events worldwide by visiting this website (http://www.routegadget.net).

RouteGadget No Longer Uses Java

I'm pleased to report that I have upgraded our RouteGadget to the latest Java-free version. With its touch-friendly user interface, the new version also runs on mobile devices. And, most importantly, our event database of 11+ years, with 370 events and 6000+ routes, is compatible with the new version. – Tapio (February 8, 2016)

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How To View Routes

RouteGadget is quite intuitive and easy to use. It also has its own set of instructions. Here's a short summary to give you a quick start:

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Special Note for Viewing the 2004 Calero Chase

To replay the real Chase in the 2004 Calero "Chase" event (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=1&kieli=), you need to combine the "Green Right" and "Green Left" courses. You can do this by selecting "All classes" from the "Choose class/course" menu. There is one drawback, however​—​the current RouteGadget version does not identify the courses in this mode, but the animation still works fine.

How to Draw Your Route

Drawing your own routes is equally easy. Simply follow the instructions at the bottom of the RouteGadget page. Here's some additional suggestions:

If an event did not use e-punch, the event is set up in RouteGadet using the "no results" mode, where competitors need to enter their name, total time, and any cumulative splits they might have taken.

How to Upload GPS Tracks to RouteGadget

As an alternative to drawing your route manually, if you wear a GPS tracking device you can upload your GPS track to RouteGadget. To do that, you need to open the GPS upload interface in RouteGadget by clicking the "GPS" link on the upper right-hand corner next to the "Help" link.

The first thing you do is to select the GPS format. As you can see, RouteGadget supports several formats, with GPX being the most generic. That's what I use to import my routes from my Garmin 405 GPS watch. (I first upload the track to SportTracks (http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/SportTracks), which can export GPX files. SportTracks is only for PCs​—​the Trial Version (http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/sporttracks/store/compare.php) is free.)

Note: Although RouteGadget supports several GPS formats, most people convert their files to GPS eXchange (.GPX) format, which is supported by RouteGadget. Whatever GPS program you use, it most likely allows you to export files in .GPX format. That's your best option.

From the GPS upload interface you can also open a GPS help page (http://www.routegadget.net/grgpshelp/) that is also very helpful.

Note that I typically add a point to every control to adjust my route properly.

The following write-up from Brad Wetmore gives more details:

I'm using a Garmin 305 and SportTracks to log most of my runs. The software included with the Garmin is quite limited​—​I just like SportTracks much better. I also need SportTracks to output my data to a GPX file.
Here are the steps for uploading to RouteGadget:
  1. Download your route into SportTracks.
  2. Export –> GPX. Enter a file name and save the data.
  3. Start RouteGadget. Select the course. Wait for the map.
  4. Click "GPS" at the upper right.
  5. Select GPX format, choose the desired file, and click "OK" to import the file into RouteGadget.
Here are some tips to adjust your uploaded route:
  • Select the course you did and your name. You should see the course with your route in red overlaid on top. They will have little relation to each other.
  • Zoom way out.
  • Find the three blue dots that mark the boundaries of your run. They are generally at the Start/Finish controls or when there's a big change in direction, but not always. Eyeball roughly where those should be located, and drag them to those locations.
  • Zoom in and fine tune those placements. Click OK.
  • Some maps are dead on and you're done, others take a bit of adjusting.
  • Note that the blue dots have probably changed now (e.g., in my case it was to a Start/Finish and one control).
  • I generally start at the Start, adjusting as I go. I will look at the first control, if it's not right on my path, I'll click "Add Point", add the point, and then turn off "Add Point" (if you don't turn off "Add Point", each adjustment click will add another point!).
  • As I adjust the point to the exact feature/control point, note that the paths between the two containing points on the run will have their paths adjusted to fit the GPS track.
  • If you have a path that is good up to a location that isn't a point, just add a point there, and then future adjustments will only adjust from that point forward.
  • In rare cases, I have to add a point for each control. But once I adjust to each control location, the path I took is pretty much right on.
I hope that makes sense.
Brad

Recent Problem Uploading to RouteGadget

A user reported the following problem:

I am trying to draw my route for Huddart using GPS import. I have saved the file to GPX format. I click import GPX file, choose my course and my name, and then select the box file using the browse button. But then only the locations of the controls show up, not the route.

Here's the explanation and solution:

It turns out that the GPX route included some bogus (latitude="0" & longitude="0") track points. Talking to Jarkko, the RouteGadget developer, the bogus points started appearing on some Garmin devices this fall after a recent Garmin Connect update. Many users have filed bug reports to Garmin, but it's unclear if they will fix the bug. (RouteGadget could be patched to ignore these bogus points.)
For now, you can remove the (latitude="0" & longitude="0") track points from the beginning of your GPX file. You can use any text editor (e.g., Windows Notepad, Mac TextEdit). The track points look similar to the following (note the zeros in the first line):
<trkpt lat="0" lon="0">
<ele>0</ele>
<time>2016-10-16T17:07:55.000Z</time>
<extensions>
<ns3:TrackPointExtension>
<ns3:hr>85</ns3:hr>
<ns3:cad>0</ns3:cad>
</ns3:TrackPointExtension>
</extensions>
</trkpt>
Deleting the bogus track points fixed the problem for the user.
This issue is discussed on Attackpoint (http://attackpoint.org/discussionthread.jsp/message_1195273#message1197806) in case anyone is interested in more details.
Tapio   (October 24, 2016)

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For Course Setters: What kind of files are needed?

Now that RouteGadget is installed on our Web server, it's quite easy to set up new events. All that is needed are the following 3 files:

  1. A JPEG or GIF image of the map, which can be exported from OCAD. Specs for the image are:
    • Resolution should be 100–200 dpi.
    • Dimensions should not be larger than 1700x1700 pixels.
    • File size should not be much larger than 500 KB for fast download. Thus, the image should be of only the immediate competition area. For example, the Calero map image is 200 dpi, 1800x1300 pixels, and the file size is 650 KB.
  2. Condes course data in XML format. Condes has an export option for doing this.
  3. SI E-punch splits in CSV format (semicolon separated).

RouteGadget has a layout tool that allows the courses to be placed over the map. This takes a few iterations, but is quite easy.

That's all there is to it, RouteGadget handles the rest.

Let me know if you have any problems. Go to RouteGadget (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi).

Enjoy!

Tapio