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Getting In Touch!
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Leaving Feedback!
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Upgrades!
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Introduction!
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Locations!
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Designed by Skiers and Snowboarders!
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Easy To Read Live Ski Statistics!
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Long Battery Life!
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Take Photographs on Route!
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User Interface !
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Quick Start Guide!
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Recording!
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Storing!
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Sharing!
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GPX
SKIZ
Photographs!
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Settings!
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Defaults
Activity
Units
Battery Monitoring & Level
Sharing
Default Email
Copy Us
About!
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Help
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Terms & Conditions
Credits
Legal Notices
Leave Feedback
Report Issue
Social Links
Main Displays !
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Tracking!
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History!
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Maps!
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Photos!
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Import SKIZ!
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Importing Via Email/Gmail!
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Importing Via Computer!
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Technical Information!
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Location!
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Accuracy!
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Troubleshooting!
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Future !
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If you have already purchased Ski Tracks V1.0 for your Android device, Core Coders
would like to thank you for your support and we hope that you enjoy your application.
We would like to thank all those involved in the testing of this application. In particular we
would like to thank our Beta Testers who gave up their time on the mountain to check out
all the features:
Peter Lymer
Melissa Collins
Rowland Spencer-Smith
Lorraine Wilson
Alison Pinder
Rossie Apps
Andrew Alcock
Nick Brookfield
Tory Potgieter
Michael Owen
... and many others.
We would like to thank all the engineers who gave us their time and advice in developing
this application.
Steve Wilson & Stuart Stirling (Lead Engineers)
Getting In Touch
If you have any suggestions, require support or just want to chat please use our dedicated
Android Ski Tracks email skitracks-android@corecoders.com and we will endeavor to get
back to you quickly.
Leaving Feedback
We want you to leave feedback for our product - it helps other potential customers make
the right decision when choosing a product. We do ask however that if you are going to
leave negative feedback then please get in touch with your concerns or problems and if
we donʼt help then feel free to rant. We have a very high success rate in getting people up
and running again so give us a chance first.
Upgrades
We are constantly improving Ski Tracks to allow new features, however we do not alter
your original track data but we will re-process the metrics and other displays with
improvements in accuracy from time to time and when this happens please do not stop the
application.
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Introduction
This section has some information relating to the application design and technology.
Locations
Ski Tracks uses a technology built into the majority of Android Devices called assisted
GPS (aGPS). aGPS uses a number of different ways to get your current location:
1. Phone mast triangulation.
2. WiFi Hotspot location database.
3. GPS using 3 or more satellites to calculate position.
By using these 3 different methods aGPS can get a fix on your location very quickly
compared to a standard GPS - usually in around 2-10 seconds. Once a location has been
retrieved getting following locations can be done in under a second1.
On a mountain however there are a number of limitations for example mast triangulation
may be difficult, WIFI is generally not available and if you are in a valley floor there is less
sky available to get satellites signals and so on.
Ski Tracks is also designed to be used with Data Roaming Off this can effect the aGPS
system - but means that you donʼt get home from your trip with a nasty data bill.
IF YOU ARE USING SKI TRACKS IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, ALWAYS MAKE SURE
DATA ROAMING IS OFF UNLESS YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC DATA ALLOWANCE FOR
THAT COUNTRY.
The amount of time it takes to get a first location fix varies between different devices. We
have seen whilst testing on the mountain the following fix times with the following phones:
• Samsung Galaxy S3 - ~10 seconds.
• Samsung Galaxy Ace - ~10 seconds.
• Sony Ericsson Xperia U - Anything from 10 seconds to 5 minutes.
• Samsung Galaxy S2 - ~10seconds.
Ski Tracks is designed to work as a background task and is fully operational at all times.
However we have worked hard to reduce the battery load of the application, so although it
is running all day you should expect anything up to 12 hours for the Samsung Galaxy S3,
12 Hours for the Sony Xperia U and 18-20 hours of recording on the Samsung Galaxy
Ace. Again these figures vary between device.
We have employed a series of efficiency savings.
1. Reduced the processing when the application is recording a track.
2. Advanced battery monitoring.
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Designed by Skiers and Snowboarders
Before Ski Tracks was developed, we spent a lot of time in the mountains trying to see
how users access their phones and what they wanted. Ski Tracks is the result of this
analysis.
However, before we developed this application we asked many Skiers and Snowboarders
what they really wanted from an application and this is what we were told.
1. Easy to Read Live Ski Statistics - Particularly speed and distance.
2. Long Battery Life - and please no dead phone at the end of the day.
3. Photographs - to be added to the track.
4. Export photographs and track to Google Earth™ (Coming soon)
With the success of the application on the iOS platform and the sheer number of request
for an Android version, we decided that it would be a step in the right direction to bring it
over to Android.
Easy To Read Live Ski Statistics
One of our main aims was to provide a simple to read set of Ski Statistics that would show
the current ski day unfold.
Also you’ll notice the Profile Graph included in the display. This gives you a graphical
representation of your elevation over your distance.
Long Battery Life
After many attempts on the iPhone at enabling track recording for long durations, the
current solution on we have on Android gives you the best chance to track your entire day
without your phone running out of juice. Many variables can affect your specific battery life
but our tracking solution has been optimised to last you all day.
Take Photographs on Route
You may take photos at anytime. When you take a photograph it is automatically added to
the main photo’s view.
Photo’s can be added to your devices Photo Gallery, emailed or deleted.
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User Interface
The user
designed to
Tracking running notification.
GPS Status indicator
(Solid = Fix.
Flashing = No Fix.)
the
interface has been specifically
make it easy to see the most
important information required by
Skier and
Save track.
Clear track.
Resume/Start Tracking.
Snowboarder.
Live track analysis tabs.
Camera
Track name and
description.
Edit Track details.
Distance display.
Speed display.
Altitude display.
Vertical display.
Runs display.
Track duration
Descent Slope
display.
Position display.
Distance profile
graph. (You may
need to scroll up
on some devices).
Menu Access.
Only accessible
from the Tracking
view.
Back button.
Navigate back
through the view
hierarchy.
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Quick Start Guide
This section describes the main functions you will use on the application.
Recording
The main purpose of this application is to record your location on the mountain and to
calculate useful and accurate statistics based on these locations.
When you start the application up for the first time, you will be presented with the Tracking
display as shown below:
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All the Ski Statistics should be empty, the location tracking is already active and should be
trying to get a location fix. Pressing the Start button will start the recoding. No data will be
recorded until the application receives a good quality location.
A number of things will happen once in record mode. The duration counter will start
increasing every seconds and the GPS will remain active even if you lock the phone or
navigate away from the application.
You may take pictures at any time using the photograph button. If you have a location and
you’re recording they will be added to that track with a location. If you haven’t got a
location they will still be added to the track but will not be shown on the map. If you aren’t
recording they will be added to the track thats ready to be begun.
Storing
Once you have completed the day you must
save your track to the Ski Tracks history. To
do this, simply press the pause button and
you will be presented with some options.
Once you have saved your track it can NOT be added to so make sure you have definitely
finished your day.
When you save your track it is added to the History section of the application.
Sharing
So you have done your day on the mountain and saved your track and now you want to
see where you have really been. When sharing files you can email them or use the “Export
to SD Card” option to export them into an external storage directory (Ski Tracks > Tracks >
“track format” > “track name”).
Share
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GPX
This file format is used by a large number of GPS receivers and software that can view
your tracks.
SKIZ
This is the Ski Tracks native file format and is designed for sharing and importing to friends
who are running Ski Tracks.
Photographs
The pictures taken on each Android device may vary due to the quality of the camera
hardware it contains. The majority devices however provide relatively good picture quality.
Settings
The settings display allows the customisation of the application. There are two types of
Settings that you have control over.
Defaults
Activity
Use this option to set which Activity you want to use as a default for a new track. (You can
change this at any time by editing the track).
The options are:
• Skiing.
• Snowboarding.
• Cross Country Skiing.
• Snowmobile.
Units
Both Metric and Imperial Units are available. After selection, all displays will convert their
values.
Battery Monitoring & Level
The battery monitor will constantly monitor your battery level and if it falls below the preset
level then track recording will cease and your currently recording track will be paused.
Sharing
Default Email
This is the default email that you wish to send your tracks to. This can be overridden at
any time by changing the “To” field in the email composition.
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Copy Us
We love to hear what our users are up to on the mountain - we have already received
thousands of tracks and photographs. So if you want us to be automatically copied on your
email then that would be great. We may use your tracks or photographs in our marketing
and testing. We will never give your email to anyone outside of Core Coders. We will, from
time to time, tell you about Ski Tracks related information.
About
This section of the application provides you with information resources and methods to
contact us and leave feedback. The version number is also displayed at the top of the
page.
Help
Useful help regarding Ski Tracks.
Terms & Conditions
In addition to the Google Play Store Terms & Conditions, we have put together an easy to
read set of conditions for using the application.
Credits
Who helped us during and post development of Ski Tracks.
Legal Notices
Legal notices for the application.
Leave Feedback
Allows you to rate & review Ski Tracks on the Google Play Store. If you have a problem
however, please give us a chance to rectify the issue before you leave negative feedback.
Report Issue
Email us your issue - We will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Social Links
Find us on a variety of social media to stay up to date in regards to the Android version
and also Ski Tracks itself.
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Tracking running notification.
GPS Status indicator
(Solid = Fix.
Flashing = No Fix.)
Save track.
Clear track.
Resume/Start Tracking.
Live track analysis tabs.
Track name and
description.
Speed display.
Camera
Main Displays
Edit Track details.
Distance display.
Tracking
Altitude display.
Vertical display.
Runs display.
Track duration
Descent Slope
display.
Position display.
Distance profile
graph. (You may
need to scroll up
on some devices).
Menu Access.
Only accessible
from the Tracking
view.
Back button.
Navigate back
through the view
hierarchy.
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History
This
is
where
access all of your past tracks data,
you
sharing options etc.
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Maps
The track’s map feature lets you view where you have been on the mountain. Your track is
display as a red line and helpful information tabs are displayed along the way depending
on what you select in the Map Tools.
Information
markers
Track Start
Standard view.
Track finish
point (Only
displayed on
History tracks).
Hybrid view.
Satellite view.
Terrain view.
Press this
to open the
map tools.
Distance
markers.
Time markers.
Duration markers.
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Photos
The majority of devices have some sort of camera hardware installed. The quality of this
hardware varies between device but the majority are to a pretty good standard.
If you take photographs they will be added to your track. If you have a location whilst
taking these photographs they can be displayed on the map in the correct location.
Share the photograph.
You can either share via
email or via your Photo
Gallery. This copies the
photograph to a directory
that can be read and
displayed by your Photo
Gallery.
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Delete the photograph.
Any photograph deleted
like this will be removed
from Ski Tracks and
unless you have shared
the photograph, it will be
lost.
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Import SKIZ
Ski Tracks can import native .skiz files into the application. There are a number of ways
this can be done on Android and it can vary between device. We have tried to make it as
easy as possible to import your SKIZ files.
1. Email a friend a SKIZ file using the export option and they can open the .SKIZ file and it
will get imported automatically.
2. Mount your device onto your computer via USB to gain access to its storage. Once
there you can place multiple files into the directory located at Ski Tracks/Tracks/ImportSKIZ.
Importing Via Email/Gmail
Importing a SKIZ from an email on email applications can vary in its effectiveness. Here is
a step by step method for importing from Gmail.
1. Open the email in Gmail.
2. Select either view/save. (If you press save you then need to press view)
3. When you press view you either get the option to open with Ski Tracks or it
automatically begins to import it.
4. Once imported, if you open Ski Tracks and go to the History section you will be able to
see your track.
Some Issues
• On some devices you do not get the option to view or open with Ski Tracks. If this is the
case, save the file to your phone and then locate the file using another application or by
browsing your storage via Settings. (When you save the file they’re usually stored in the
Downloads folder).
• If you do not get any options to Open/Save the file then either use a different email
application on your device or jump to the next section on importing via computer.
Importing Via Computer
If you can access your phone’s external storage and mount it onto your computer then this
is the easiest way to import .SKIZ files onto your device. It is also the only way to import
multiple .SKIZ files at a time.
1. Connect your device to your computer via USB.
2. Depending on your device and software version, you access the device differently. Here
are a few examples.
a. On a Samsung Galaxy S3 you use the Android File Transfer software to access the
storage.
b. On a Samsung Galaxy Ace, swipe from the top and tap the notification saying you’re
connected via USB. You then proceed to Mount the Drive.
c. On a Sony Ericsson Xperia U, you are prompted to install some software that allows
you to do this.
3. Once your device is mounted and you have access to the device navigate to the
directory Ski Tracks/Tracks/Import-SKIZ.
4. From there copy and paste any SKIZ files you want to import into this directory.
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5. Depending on the device, you have to either remove the device from the computer or
you can leave it attached. Eg. a Samsung Galaxy S3 can be left attached whereas a
Samsung Galaxy Ace can’t. (We recommend detaching and unmounting your device
from the computer to be safe).
6. Now its simply a case of navigating to the Ski Track’s Tracking display and it will
automatically start importing those tracks.
7. Once it is complete you can find all your tracks in the history.
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Location
Location Filter (Good Quality) Accuracy <= 50 metres.
Accuracy
Ski Tracks uses sophisticated algorithms for the measurement of distance, speed and
slope angle. We are constantly improving our analysis of run data from different mountains
and Android devices.
Our current tests show that our accuracy is about:
Speed +/- 5%
Distance +/- 5%
Altitude generally +/- 10 meters
Slope Angle +/- 4%
Obviously different conditions, different devices with different hardware and particularly
GPS in general has inherent inaccuracies and although we have strived to improve this
using filtering and other techniques, accuracies can vary depending on the quality of
locations.
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Troubleshooting
This product has been tested by a number of Beta testers and using a series of test scripts
and files to make sure this product is fully working before it reaches the application store.
However as with any complex software product there is always a possibility of a bug,
omission or an unknown fault that has got through the testing phase of the application. If
you see something that maybe a fault please read the following trouble shooting guide
first.
Symptom
Application will not start.
Cause
If the application shows a a black screen and
then crashes then first of all do the following:
1. Power off/on your device.
If this does not fix the problem then you may
need to uninstall and then reinstall the
application from the Google Play Store. if you
purchased the application from the Play Store,
you will not be charged again. You can also
reinstall it from your computer.
Application crashes whilst I’m
using it.
Please try Force Stopping the application and
starting again.
Also try powering on/off your device.
If it continues to happen please send a crash
report with your email address in the message
content so we can work with you to resolve your
issue.
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Symptom
My device does not get a
location.
Cause
Devices vary in their ability to get a GPS fix.
To check if you have a location, on the Tracking
display, there should be some Lat and Lon
values. If not then a location hasn’t been
received.
Also have a look in the top status bar for a GPS
status icon. If it’s flashing it means it hasn’t got
a fix and solid it has.
Lastly open the GPS section and look at the
time of the last location that came in. If it’s a
long time ago then the GPS has lost you.
If it simply doesn’t get a fix after a few minutes
you can try the following:
1. Hold your device so the screen points
skywards.
2. Make sure you’re standing away from
buildings, trees and other obstacles that
could obstructing the sky.
3. Make sure there are no items in your pockets
obstructing the GPS such as credit cards, ski
passes with RFID, wallets, other phones,
iPods, camera or electronic items.
4. Power the device off and on (seen this with a
few devices).
If this does not work check the following.
1. GPS locations is on in Settings.
2. The device isn’t in Airplane mode.
3. Check if you’re getting a location in Google
Maps. If so then Force Stop Ski Tracks and
reopen. If it still doesn’t work then please let
us now.
My statistics aren’t updating?
The most likely cause for this is you haven’t got
a location yet. Please see the “My device does
not get a location” symptom above.
Another cause could be that the quality of the
locations coming in aren’t good enough or our
algorithms determine that you haven’t received
any valid locations to update your statistics.
Begin moving around when you have a fix and
see if they update then.
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Symptom
My battery doesn’t last long?
Cause
Battery life can be affected by a number of
factors. These include the following:
Temperature - Batteries tend to work best
around room temperature between 18-25C.
Therefore, placing your device in an inside
pocket will work best.
Turn off unwanted features:
1. Bluetooth.
2. Wifi.
3. Push email.
4. 3G.
On devices where you can run multiple tasks in
the background, check you are not running
tasks that are working in the background such
as other tracking or GPS software, audio or
other applications that may be using battery
power.
Also if you are unlocking and using the screen
often, try turning down the brightness as this
greatly affects battery life.
Turn Battery Monitoring on in Ski Tracks so that,
just incase your battery drops low, you are left
with your phone alive.
Other problems
Please report them at http://
www.corecoders.com or email our dedicated
support email for Ski Tracks at skitracksandroid@corecoders.com. You can also use our
in-app “Report Issue” button in the About
section to email us.
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Future
We are already working on the next version of Ski Tracks for Android and these updates
will be free for those who have already purchases a copy of Ski Tracks. The upcoming
updates will be published to bring the Android product inline with the iPhone product in
regards to features.
If you have any suggestions then please visit our web site at www.corecoders.com and
contact us.
Thanks you
The Core Coders Team.
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