Dashboard

On the bottom of the map screen you will find the dashboard as you can see in the figure below.

Dashboard Topo GPS

Figure 1. The dashboard on the bottom of the map screen.

With the dashboard you can operate Topo GPS. On the dashboard information about the speed, time and distance is displayed.

The dashboard consists out of three panels: the Position marker icon, a panel with counters and the route button. These panels are discussed in more detail below.

Position marker icon

By pressing the position marker icon in the bottom left you can center and rotate the map.

If you press long on the position marker icon, the location information screen will appear. In this screen you can find the coordinates of your current location among other things.

Route button

By pressing the route button on the right of the dashboard (arrowed icon) you can add routes to the map.

If you press long on the route button you will enter a screen in which you can import routes.

Panels

In the center of the dashboard you can find a panel with counters. There are three panels

The circles below the panel indicate the selected panel. By swiping a panel with one finger to the left or the right you can load the next or previous panel.

Hiking panel

The hiking panel is ideal for walking and is shown below:

Dashboard Topo GPS

Figure 2. The dashboard with the hiking panel.

The four counters on the hiking panel are subsequently the speedo- and altimeter, the route distance meter, the record clock and the record distance meter.

Speedometer and altimeter

The speedometer (km/h symbol top left) indicates the your current speed.

If you press on the speedometer the average speed while recording a route will be shown. This is indicated by the symbol ‘avg’ direct above the ‘km/h’ symbol.

If you press the speedometer once more, your maximum speed while recording a route will be shown. This is indicated by the symbol ‘max’ just above the ‘km/h’ symbol.

If you finish recording a route and start a new recording, the average and maximum speeds will be reset.

If you press the speedometer once more it turns into an altimeter. Your altitude in meters above sea level will be shown. This is indicated by the symbol ‘alt’.

If you press the altimeter, your current speed will be shown again.

Route distance meter

The route distance meter (-.- km top right) indicates the length of all routes that are loaded on the map, including planned routes. If a route is loaded the symbol ‘rte’ appears just above the ‘km/h’ to indicate that this is the distance of a loaded route.

If a route is loaded and you press the route distance meter, the route will be centered on the map.

If the route planner <sec-route-planner> is opened, the route distance meter indicates only the length of the planned route.

Record clock

The record clock (–:– h:m bottom left) indicates the time you are recording a route.

If you press the record clock you can start, pause and stop a recording. You can find more information in the section subsec-route_opnemen. If you are recording a route the symbol ‘rec’ appears just above the ‘h:m’ to indicate a recording.

Record distance meter

The record distance meter (-.- km bottom right) indicates the length of a route that is being recorded. By starting a recording you can see with the record distance meter how far you have been traveling. Above the ‘km/h’ symbol appears the symbol ‘rec’ to indicate that this is the recorded distance.

If you press the record distance meter while recording a route, the recorded route will be centered on the map.

Cycling panel

In the cycling panel your speed is somewhat more emphasized and your altitude can be seen directly. The cycling panel looks as follows:

Dashboard Topo GPS

Figure 3. The dashboard with the cycling panel.

In the center you will find the speedometer that functions in the same way as in the hiking panel (without an altimeter).

On the top left you will find the altimeter, that indicates your altitude above sea level in meters. This is indicated by the symbol ‘alt’.

In the bottom left the record clock is located.

The route distance meter is located in the top right.

The record distance meter can be found in the bottom right.

Coordinate panel

Using the coordinate panel you can straightforwardly read off coordinates from the map. An example of the coordinate panel is displayed below

Dashboard Topo GPS

Figure 4. The dashboard with the coordinate panel.

If the coordinate panel is loaded, a cross appears in the middle of the map, as you can see below:

Dashboard Topo GPS

Figure 5. The map with the coordinate panel.

The coordinate that is displayed on the coordinate panel is the coordinate of the point in the middle of the cross.

By moving the map around you can easily position the middle of the cross to the point from which you want to determine the coordinate. To quickly determine the coordinates of your current position, you can center the map by pressing the position marker icon on the left hand side of the dashboard.

If you press the coordinate on the panel, the coordinate will be shown in a different format or system.

Subsequently these are

  • WGS longitude latitude, decimal.
  • WGS longitude latitude, degree minutes.
  • WGS longitude latitude, degree minutes seconds.
  • UTM.
  • MGRS.
  • Other local coordinate systems. For example NZTM2000 is displayed when pointed on New Zealand and OSNG coordinates for Great Britain.