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Routes, tracks and waypoints

To understand how RouteConverter works and how it displays GPS data, it is essential to understand the differences of

Please take your time to read the Wikipedia pages given above.

If you're in a hurry, here is a short summary:

  • a track is the record of a driven/walked/flown trip
  • a route is a list of waypoints that, given a street map and a routing algorithm, give a tour to drive or walk; if you log the waypoints during this, you get a track
  • a waypoint list is an aggregation of waypoints, used for points of interest (POI) data collections, which may be used for routes

The generic term position list is used for tracks as well as for routes and waypoint lists. The following examples show how RouteConverter displays the same position list as route, track and waypoints on a map:

Route on map

Route on map

The color of the route has the following semantics:

  • red beeline: the routing service couldn't calculate a valid route
  • dashed beeline: the data required by the routing service is still downloaded
  • continuous blue line along the roads: that is the route

Track on map

Track on map

Waypoints on map

Waypoints on map


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