22360Re: [aprsisce] Re: Questions on creating an object
- Feb 10, 2013On Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 11:01 AM, KE6BB <rv6amark@...> wrote:
> Since my hands are old and shaky, and I am usually using a laptop with a touchHere in lies the problem...
> pad, I find it easiest to drag the map to the general coordinates I am interested in
>, and then switch to the cursor keys: UP/DOWN keys to zoom in and out, and
> CTRL-UP, CTRL-DOWN, CTRL-LEFT, CTRL-RIGHT to move the map in small
> increments until the coordinates match. It really takes longer to describe than
> to do it. I can now do it faster than using the copy-paste method. Once the object
> is positioned, I zoom in closer and check that it is where I want it. If not, I move
> it to where it should be (separate discussion, I'm sure).
Are you creating a new object (generic term, not necessarily an APRS
object), or trying to find out where that object is?
Let's pretend we are all standing in front of a big map on the wall.
There's a big X on the map which is labelled "You are here". We all
can see that big X on the map, and it is very easy for everyone to
understand where they are in relation to the map.
Now someone decides that it's time for a donut... "Where's the closest
Krispy Kreme?" they pipe up.
Someone else says, "Half a block west of the intersection of 5th
street, and 3rd avenue on the south side of the road."
What happens now? Maybe some people already know where it is located.
They are good to go, and start walking in the correct direction.
Others might be able to visualize where the donut shop is located, but
they still have to look closer at the map to see where it is in
relation to where they currently are. Still others who have no
knowledge of the area have to spend a bunch of time looking realy
closely at the map to read the street numbers, figure out where 5th
and 3rd intersect, and then determine how to get there from here.
Wouldn't have been much easier for all involved if someone just
pointed to the location on the map? Maybe even put a pushpin in the
map for everyone to see?
That's what we are talking about here. Someone has to know the
location of the Krispy Kreme to start with, and then locate it on the
map, but once the pushpin is stuck in the map, others simply have to
look for the pushpin, and don't have to worry about looking at the
street and avenue numbers.
If you have the latitude/longitude values given to you, it is easier
to simply enter the numbers into a dialog box and have the icon pop up
on the screen at the correct location than it is to
scroll/zoom/scroll/zoom/scroll/zoom until the coordinates display
matches the desired location.
Could you imagine how annoying it would be if APRSISCE/32 simply
created a list of stations on the left, with icons and lat/long
values, and it was up to you to have to scroll the map around to get
the lat/long values correct, and then drag the icon and place it on
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