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We’ve released version 5.30 of the software, featuring a number of enhancements to both the Pro and Basic version. A few days ago Mapquest started requiring an API for use of their mapping services. Previous versions of the software started showing an error tile. This update restores access to the Open Aerial and Mapquest OSM layers.

The ‘file properties’ dialog has seen a revamp, such that individual tracks within a file are now listed, and can be deleted, highlighted and drilled down into. (See dialog above). This has been a weakness of the software before. It should be easier to work with files containing multiple tracks now.

Some improvements to the elevation functions have been added. There’s a ‘smooth elevation’ function in Climbing Analysis and File Properties. This is useful for noisy data, processing with a box filter of width 5.

Speaking of box filters, the default climbing algorithm used in TF now employs a filter. This is something that is long overdue for being dealt with. Now that most people collect data at 1 point per second (or greater!) the possibility for error in computing climbing numbers has risen since the humble release of the software some 14 years ago. We changed to include some basic filtering by default, to bring our numbers more in line with popular ‘apps’ like Strava and Garmin Connect. Climbing Analysis is still there and has received a bit of an update, as well. It’s still a great place to look at different ways of computing that all important number — how much vert did I log?

Lots of other small fixes — we definitely recommend updating!

Update your TF and check out the new version (full list of changes below), or if you are new to TopoFusion, go ahead and try the demo. And as always, let us know what you think, especially if you have a suggestion for a new feature or different way the software should work.

Thanks!

Team TopoFusion


Head over to the Download Page to try TopoFusion out, free of charge.

Registered users refer to your registration email for the download link, or go here to request your code and the download URL.

Full list of changes

For a complete list of changes see the Revision History, or keep reading here for what has changed since the last public release:

5.30 – 7/17/2016

Restored access to Mapquest’s Open Aerial and Street tilesets

5.26 – 7/2/2016

Fixed additional issues with waypoints coming up in right click when not near
Fixed zero length segments (tracks within a file) in new Tracks area of File
Properties

5.25 – 5/27/2016

Added a Tracks area in File Properties, giving a list of tracks within the file
Double click to zoom map to a track. Right click to fill the table with
points and for other options (delete, edit track properties).
Added Smooth Elevation data (filter) button to Climbing Analysis (and File
Properties dialog). Button applies a box filter of width 5 to the data for
each press.
Changed global elevation gain algorithm to include a box filter of width 5.
This affects the profile tool and elevation gain stats in active file list.
The change was made to help give more realistic climbing numbers.
Added shortcut key for opening/closing the active file list – Spacebar
Fixed issue with cursor changing to magnifying glass with certain files loaded
Fixed issue with waypoints always coming up in right click with certain files
Improved response of Climbing Analysis when missing DEM tiles or with
downloading disabled
Changed “Training Center” preset to “Strava/Garmin Connect”
Fixed individual point NO_TIME loading .KML files without time
When saving, filled element in GPX with name of file, if file only has
one track




2016 Pro splash screen – Alexis Ault, bikepacking near Castle Peak, Idaho. Sadly now closed to bikes due to Wilderness designation

We’ve put the final touches on version 5.20 of the software. We had a nice suggestion from a user that works in trail design — how about a way to quickly measure grade (steepness) while drawing out a track? Brilliant idea — why didn’t we come up with it earlier?

TopoFusion author Scott Morris just spent a couple weeks doing a trail design / survey on a re-route of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, outside of the town of Kelvin. Measuring grade and not exceeding tolerances (like 10%!) is key to designing and building sustainable trail.

Even after many years of use, the software still continues to get a little bit better with age. Thanks to everyone that has used the software over the years, and especially those that have offered their feedback.

In this release we’ve also brought back the Juicy Trails tileset, fixed some simplifying/splining issues and added a clarification for the MSRtopo maps (old style Topo 4M, etc). We still believe that server will continue to be up, but it’s proving quite unreliable these days. So it is really better to move toward using MyTopo instead.

Update your TF and check out the new version (full list of changes below), or if you are new to TopoFusion, go ahead and try the demo. And as always, let us know what you think, especially if you have a suggestion for a new feature or different way the software should work.

Thanks!

Team TopoFusion


Head over to the Download Page to try TopoFusion out, free of charge.

Registered users refer to your registration email for the download link, or go here to request your code and the download URL.

Full list of changes

For a complete list of changes see the Revision History, or keep reading here for what has changed since the last public release:

5.20 – [2/08/16]

Added instantaneous Grade display to track drawing
New 2016 Splash Screens
Fixed potential crashes with splining and simplifying, especially multiple times
In a session
Fixed access to Juicy Trails tileset
Clarified text on spline dialog
Added text to Download Disabled dialog when using MSRmaps tiles (server
Continues to work intermittently)




TF’s address search

Version 5.13 of the software is now out. We’ve brought back the mapquest/nominatim address search function. A week or so ago it was disabled since mapquest now requires an API key to use it. Every version 5.13+ of TopoFusion will now work with our API key.

The Map menu has be reconfigured to be more intuitive — it’s grouped by map type. Thanks to TF user Wayne for the excellent suggestion on that one.

We’ve also fixed a couple of long standing and very difficult bugs — one is a persistent one that affects crashes on startup. We’ve counseled lots of folks over the years to use the “Reset TF to default settings” option in the Start Menu in order to get their copy of TF to be able to start up. That should not be needed nearly as much now!

Another is in saving out the ‘live track’ in Live Tracking. We believe intermittent (and system-dependent) issues should now be a thing of the past. Thanks to the several users that helped us debug that one.

There’s a new button in the Download Tracks dialog that helps you determine if you’ve already downloaded a day’s ride/run/hike/drive/whatever — it’ll highlight files that are not in your logbook — meaning you haven’t downloaded it yet.

In other news,msrmaps.com, the old Terraserver, has been serving up maps again. The server can be a little finicky yet, but maps are coming down.

Update your TF and check out the new version (full list of changes below), or if you are new to TopoFusion, go ahead and try the demo. And as always, let us know what you think, especially if you have a suggestion for a new feature or different way the software should work.

Thanks!

Team TopoFusion


Head over to the Download Page to try TopoFusion out, free of charge.

Registered users refer to your registration email for the download link, or go here to request your code and the download URL.

Full list of changes

For a complete list of changes see the Revision History, or keep reading here for what has changed since the last public release:

5.13 – [9/26/15]

Reworked ‘Map’ menu to be more intuitive and grouped by map type
Created ‘Toggle’ menu, with toggles originally in Map menu
Set ‘US Topo’ minimum zoom to 15, while server continues to give 503 errors
Added ‘Highlight files missing from Logbook’ function to download tracks dialog
Fixed crash issues in Live Tracking when saving out live track to GPX
Fixed issue with uploaded tracks not showing up on newer Garmin units (due to
being stored as not in GPX). (e.g. files from 14ers.com)
Fixed Address Search function (due to Mapquest requiring API key)
Fixed issues with startup crashes due to invalid starting UTM position
Fixed issues with crash reporter
Removed Trackleaders SPOT replay function – replays available direct at
Trackleaders.com




v5.11 new 2015 splash screen

We’ve released version 5.11 of our software — both the Pro and Basic versions. This mostly improves on a number of areas in the software. Notably, it fixes access to my-Topo tiles, and adds a new European topo map tileset, courtesy of OpenTopoMap.org. We’ve made things a little faster, added support for Fenix units, fixed a long-standing and seemingly un-squishable bug in the insert points command, among other things.

We are still seeing issues with msrmaps.com, the old Terraserver, which has been returning a 503 (service unavailable) error for the last week. We do expect that server to return to working order, but it appears to be an extended downtime right now.

Update your TF and check out the new version (full list of changes below), or if you are new to TopoFusion, go ahead and try the demo. And as always, let us know what you think, especially if you have a suggestion for a new feature or different way the software should work.

Thanks!

Team TopoFusion


Head over to the Download Page to try TopoFusion out, free of charge.

Registered users refer to your registration email for the download link, or go here to request your code and the download URL.

Full list of changes

For a complete list of changes see the Revision History, or keep reading here for what has changed since the last public release:

5.11 – [7/03/15]

Added new European topo maps (OpenTopoMap.org)
Fixed access to my-Topo server
Added support for gpxx:DisplayColor attribute in GPX files
Improved memory usage for files with large number of waypoints
Added support for KMZ exports from google maps ‘engine’ (.kmz without doc.kml)
Improved speed (clipping) for selection and manipulation of large files
Added download support for Garmin Fenix units (.fit format)
Fixed Insert point not always inserting points (after deleting points)
Fixed Canadian Topos access string (2 insignificant layers removed)
Fixed reading missing elevations in .FIT files
Fixed access for GM tiles
Removed reporting of elevations below -200m
Fixed bug loading .kml files with more than 100 track segments




author Scott Morris, thru-rode the CDT, summer 2014

TopoFusion author Scott Morris is back from the trail, after a 4+ month break from the computer. He spent the summer cycling and hiking the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) along with his partner Eszter Horanyi. It’s believed they are the first people to traverse the trail from end to end by mountain bike.

Scott is back on the computer now and a new version of TopoFusion is out, version 5.06. This revision updates a number of server access methods, so if you are getting lots of stuck ‘downloading’ tiles, it’s time to update! It also fixes a number of bugs, including one that has been longstanding and difficult to squash. See below for full revision details.

To read more about “CDTBike” — traversing the CDT by bike, head over to Scott’s CDT 2014 Journal for full journal entries, tons of photos, and of course, some GPX data.

Thanks!

Team TopoFusion


Head over to the Download Page to try TopoFusion out, free of charge.

Registered users refer to your registration email for the download link, or go here to request your code and the download URL.

Full list of changes

For a complete list of changes see the Revision History, or keep reading here for what has changed since the last public release:

5.06 – [10/20/14] (Full Release)

Fixed “Access Violation in Paint” bug when dealing with bad server tiles
-Possible source of many intermittent crashes
“Correct Elevation using DEM” button now affects/assigns waypoint elevations
(previously only trackpoints were affected)
Fixed D3D errors when using GPS Livetracking and coming back from
Hibernation/Sleep mode

5.05 – [10/8/14] (Beta)

Fixed Color Aerial tileset due to server change
Fixed USTopo tileset due to server change
Fixed USGSImagery tileset due to server change
Fixed source of crash in Live Tracking with Garmin USB devices
Added experimental auto track join to Debug menu




v5.0 new splash screen

We’re excited to announce the release of TopoFusion version 5.0! Over four years of development went into version 4.0, arriving at where the software is today. The list of new features, fixes and improvements is too long to list here. Thanks to all our users for coming along for the ride. You see, much of TopoFusion development is user driven. We love to hear about cool projects or off-the-wall ideas for cool things you can do with maps, GPS, trackers, trails and everything in between!

Since the last revision 4 release the most notable change is in the map tilesets. We’ve improved download reliability, added a very high res “USGS” color aerial layer, and replaced the dragging “US Topo” with a unique topo layer.

Update your TF and check it out (full list of changes below), or if you are new to TopoFusion, please try the demo. And as always, let us know what you think, especially if you have a suggestion for a new feature or different way the software should work.

Thanks!

Team TopoFusion


Head over to the Download Page to try TopoFusion out, free of charge.

Registered users refer to your registration email for the download link, or go here to request your code and the download URL.

Full list of changes

For a complete list of changes see the Revision History, or keep reading here for what has changed since the last public release:

5.0 – [4/30/14] (Full Release)

Public release of version 4.86. New version 5.0!

4.86 – [4/18/14] (Beta)

Added new “USGS Imagery” tileset (Color Aerials, some very high res). Find it
in the map menu. Shortcut key “U” reassigned from Urban to USGS Imagery.
US Topo DRG server deprecated. Replaced with new USGS Topo basemap server, with
faster response and more up to date maps. Not topo quads, though.
Color Aerial tileset response significantly improved. Less “retry” tiles and
server errors.
New 2014 Splash/About screens
Added 38400 baud rate to GPS dialog
Added error message for newer google map kml files (while https support is being
investigated for addition to TF).
Updated google sat tileset request string.
Fixed runner icon coming up on profile when profiling tracks without elevation
Fixed intermittent crash when switching from merging tracks to drawing a new one
Fixed issue removing (clearing) a track segment’s name
Fixed erroneous elements in .FIT download (e.g. Edge 800)
– Caused uploaded tracks to be invisible on some GPS units
Updated NSIS installer, to remove “This program may not have installed
Correctly” message on Windows 7/8.

4.85 – [11/14/13] (Beta)

Added Trackleaders off-road penalty scoring system to debug dialog (under dev)

4.84 – [11/6/13] (Beta)

Added auto track splitting for MiniHomer download

4.83 – [10/31/13] (Beta)

Fixed issue saving out live track, causing “TopoFusion is not responding”
Added debug dialog support for MiniHomer GPS, via GPSBabel
Further forced Garmin mass storage GPS units to upload in GPX, not TCX

4.82 – [10/13/13] (Beta)

Added true north bearing to comment field of PhotoFusion placed photos/waypoints
Fixed date input for NMEA raw log imports (.txt)
Fixed double clicked GPX file association when TF not already running
Changed Garmin 705 (and others) upload from TCX to GPX
Fixed jittery playback in profile tool (single track playback) when zoomed out
Fixed profile tool positioning for tracks with sub-second GPS data


Two of the tilesets available in TopoFusion have been rendered inoperable due to the government shutdown. From usgs.gov: Due to the Federal government shutdown, usgs.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable. Only web sites necessary to protect lives and property will be maintained.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused, however, luckily there are good alternate tilesets available in TF. Both myTopo and the ‘old’ MSRMaps topos are coming in fine, and Open Aerial is server color aerials quickly. We suggest you use those tilesets until the USGS servers are back online.

Thanks for the patience.



new Landsat, new elevation data

As posted earlier, our trusty OnEarth server ceased giving out Landsat and Elevation tiles in the last week. Version 4.81 replaces OnEarth with a different NASA server, and there are some improvements! First, elevation data is global — earlier versions of TopoFusion had no elevation data in extreme latitudes (60 degrees+). 3D in Alaska! Second, the Landsat imagery is higher quality, better true color, and still covers the whole world. This is definitely an improvement for non-US users of TopoFusion.

We also added the Juicy Trails tileset, which is a very nice rendering of OSM street, topo and (most importantly) trail data. See http://juicytrails.com for more info, but this is a very nice tileset to have available in TF. Please consider adding trails to the OSM database (which will then be reflected on Juicy Trails, too).

Update your TF and check it out (full list of changes below), or if you are new to TopoFusion, please try the demo. And as always, let us know what you think, especially if you have a suggestion for a new feature or different way the software should work.

Thanks!

Team TopoFusion


Head over to the Download Page to try TopoFusion out, free of charge.

Registered users refer to your registration email for the download link, or go here to request your code and the download URL.

Full list of changes

For a complete list of changes see the Revision History, or keep reading here:

4.81 – [8/18/13]

Added new server for Landsat and Elevation data
OnEarth server has been retired
Elevation data now available above 60* and below 60*!
Removes issues between NED (US only) and SRTM (global)
Option for force SRTM removed
Landsat imagery now true color reflectance (instead of Mars-like color)
Better resolution, especially outside the USA
Fixed moving time calculation for reversed tracks in profile tool
Increased possible size of KMZ tiled map exports
Fixed profile errors with tracks missing time, introduced in 4.78
Added Trackleaders FastMarker export
Added Juicy Trails tileset – ‘J’ key shortcut
Fixed KMZ tiled map exports for over 500 tiles at a time
Fixed speed display for sub-second GPX files


At this time the NASA OnEarch server has ceased operation. I’m not 100% certain that it is a permanent downtime, but it may be.

I am working on replacements, and will have a new release out as soon as I can.

What this means is that current copies of TopoFusion cannot download Elevation Data or Landsat tiles. You’ll get a “TF is having trouble contacting…” error.

Thanks for the patience, and stay tuned for further updates.

Scott
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TopoFusion displaying Person Last Seen distance rings, and new address search feature

TopoFusion v4.76 is out and ready for download! This version adds a handy tool for navigating to new places — a much improved address or city search feature. CTRL-F brings up the search window, or find it in the “Goto” menu. It’s tied to Mapquest’s nominatim service, which is built from Open Streetmap data. So that means your copy of TopoFusion needs to be connected to the internet to search addresses, but that isn’t much a problem since it needs to be in order to download new maps as well.

Address search was a feature requested of us by the Search and Rescue community. And we’ve added a PLS (Point Last Seen) feature for them as well. Mark a waypoint as a PLS symbol type and you can get user configurable distance search rings around that point.

We’ve also significantly improved the handling of bad and slow server responses. Red cross marked appear on the download tiles now, showing when downloads are being sluggish. With so many awesome servers that TopoFusion pulls from, they can’t all be up all the time. So these tiles, and better handling of them, can clue you to use a different server for the time being. Luckily there are 3 or 4 sources of Topo maps and 3 sources of Color Aerial data, so there’s always other choices. Not to mention other cool maps like Open Street, Open Cycle, Landsat, colored Elevation and BLM Land ownership.

Update your TF and check it out (full list of changes below), or if you are new to TopoFusion, please try the demo. And as always, let us know what you think, especially if you have a suggestion for a new feature or different way the software should work.

Thanks

Team TopoFusion


Head over to the Download Page to try TopoFusion out, free of charge.

Registered users refer to your registration email for the download link, or go here to request your code and the download URL.

Full list of changes

For a complete list of changes see the Revision History, or keep reading here:

4.76 – [4/30/13]

Added address searching feature (Goto->Search Address)using MapQuest’s nominatim
service, based On Open Street Map data. CTRL-F brings up search dialog. Requires
Internet access. Replaces old “GIS Layers” city search.
Improved handling of bad/down/slow server responses
“Downloading disabled” message only appears when tileset you are viewing is
having trouble
Added “Retrying” tiles to better show server response times/errors
Increased size and length of time photos stay visible in upper/right during
Single track playback
Improved time/elevation reading of raw NMEA log files (.log import)
Fixed reporting of free memory, disabled display of tile memory cache size
Fixed thread errors loading networked KML files
Fixed memory leak in tile downloading stack
Reordered Map Menu to better reflect priority/reliability of tilesets/servers

4.73 – [2/7/13]

Downloading from .FIT devices (eg Garmin 800) retrieves only last 24 hours
by default.
Fixed temperature plots and shading for sub-zero (F) temperatures
Added support for new SPOT-API .spot files (read/write), also “save as..”
for .spot files.

4.72 – [1/3/12]

Fixed files not opening when double-clicked and TF already opening
Additions to Mariposa UA GPS analysis tool.

4.71 – [11/8/12]

Added range rings for PLS type waypoints (Search and Rescue). Choose PLS for
waypoint symbol, then set interval between range rings in the “Comment” field
Fixed non-functional “Old Topo” menu item in the map folder


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