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75065Deletion request: FR ViewRanger app - Lori P

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  • Lori Pontious
    Jan 21, 2013
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      I can't delete my original test file from the folder. Can someone help me?


      On Jan 13, 2013, at 10:31 PM, Christopher Nicolai <thebootfitters@...> wrote:

      > Lori,
      >
      > Thanks for your final report. I have a number of suggested edits for you outlined below. Most of them are judgment calls that I feel will help your readers better understand what you experienced with the app. It looks like a lot, but I just got a little wordy in some of my explanations.
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      > Let me know if you have any questions or if you would like me to take another look before you post. If you are happy with your report after making any changes you feel are appropriate, then go ahead and upload the report and delete from the test folder.
      >
      > Thanks for your efforts reviewing this app!
      >
      > Christopher
      >
      > Edit
      > > Once I got the hang of the downloading of the maps, things started to improve for me.
      > ---How did you get the hang of downloading the maps? Did you start downloading them while connected to wifi to make sure you got the entire map area that you needed? Was there any sort of progress or status bar on the app to indicate when the download was completed? Or how did you know when it was done? A little more explanation around your experience here would be a good addition to the report, in my opinion.
      > Edit
      > > I liked being able to go back to the Organizer and looking up my trip
      > statistics, such as speed, distance, elevation gains and losses, and reviewing
      > mileage.
      > ---This sentence structure needs some slight modification to read clearly and to be correct. If you remove the prepositional phrase "to the Organizer," the sentence should still make sense. However, you see that the words "looking" and "reviewing" seem out of place because they are not the same structure (infinitives) as the first in the list: "to go." Consider the structure below, which is consistent with your intent, but is cleaned up a bit.
      >
      > "I liked being able to go back to the Organizer and look up my trip statistics, such as speed, distance, elevation changes, and mileage."
      >
      > Edit
      > > I also got a recharger, which allowed me to use the phone over multiple days successfully. It helped that the battery pack will also recharge other devices such as my camera, taking away a little of the sting of not being able to manage the phone battery life without extra pack weight. This allowed me to get complete tracks for the last two backpacking trips using the ViewRanger app.
      > ---Consider calling the device a "portable battery pack" rather than a "recharger." I think that term will be more clearly understood by a wider audience.
      > ---Also consider reorganizing this paragraph a bit, perhaps moving the final sentence immediately after the first, since the first thought flows better to the current final sentence.
      >
      > Comment
      > ---Something to consider for future use is to purchase and carry an extra battery for your phone. Just make sure the spare battery is fully charged before you leave home. Less space and weight than a rechargeable battery pack. (Though it won't work for your camera and other devices, of course.)
      > Comment
      > > I did not successfully use the beacon while backpacking. I managed to get it to work from home, but it gave an error message about not being able to connect while on the trail in Point Reyes.
      > ---I suspect that in order to use the beacon successfully to transmit your location, you must have a data signal. Without a data signal, you will not be able to transmit any data from your phone. It may be worth looking this up in the FAQ for the app or contacting customer support to confirm this, as it could be an important question for potential users of the app.
      > Edit
      > > I had to use the app to export a *.gpx file, which I then imported from the phone (connected to my computer as an external drive) into my topographical software. The phone with the app running does not connect directly to the software in any way. I did not attempt connecting with Twitter, Picasa or Flickr - due to poor battery life and trying to conserve, I didn't take pictures with the phone.
      > ---Unless I am missing something, this latter half of the paragraph doesn't have anything to do with the first half. The first half dealt with the beacon, while this portion appears to discuss transferring data between your phone and your computer after a trip. This is not entirely clear, and deserves to be clarified, in my opinion. Perhaps it would be more clear to start a new paragraph and open with something as simple as "After collecting data on a trip and returning home, I had to use the app to export a..."
      > ---The final sentence here also seems to be a bit misplaced and confusing. When I read it, I am not clear what it is you are trying to communicate. You did not connect with Twitter, Picasa, or Flickr due to poor battery life? Does this have anything to do with the prior idea of connecting to your computer to download data? What were you trying to conserve? Consider the main point you are trying to communicate here and see if you can clarify for the reader. It may be worthy of a separate paragraph if it doesn't relate to anything in the first part of the paragraph.
      > Edit
      > > Navigating with the app was limited; it will zoom to within one mile (1.6 kilometers) and no closer.
      > ---What do you mean by "it will zoom to within one mile and no closer." This does not paint a clear picture for me when reading it. Do you mean that you only see a 1 mi x 1 mi area on your screen and you cannot zoom in further? Consider clarifying this a bit.
      >
      > Edit
      > > I primarily used USA Topo with Trails, and experimented with USGS plus Trails.
      > ---Consider adding something to clarify the context of what these two items are. Such as, "...and experimented with USGS plus Trails, which are two of the topographical map sources that are available for free download for use on the app."
      >
      > Edit
      > > I mainly used it to determine trail profiles and verify we were on the right trail where signs were absent.
      > ---You mainly used what? Your antecedent for the pronoun "it" is unclear here. I assume you probably mean "the app," but it is probably worth using "the app" here instead of "it" to make it more clear, since the most recent things you mentioned were the two topo map sources.
      > Edit
      > > Much of the trouble I had was due to my cheap phone, and some of it to user error.
      > ---It may be worth recalling at least one example of user error for your readers here, even if you just make a reference to something previously mentioned in the report in this summary paragraph. Regardless of your level of technical expertise and comfort, some readers will be able to identify with you. Knowing the frustrations and successes you experienced with the app can help them determine whether it will be worthwhile for them to try it for themselves.
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