2 Years (and 1 week) ago we reviewed the GPSLogger application. Matthias (emacberry.com) originally developed the application in order to record your movement. Speed, elevation, direction, path; almost everything was captured effortlessly. In fact, GPSLogger didn’t just capture current values, but track and graph the values recorded at each interval throughout your trek. It even included a compass mode, import/export GPX and KML files, night mode viewing, and the ability to keep logs of POI along the way.
Now I speak of it in past tense because GPSLogger has been succeeded by GPSLogger II. Completely rewritten, it adds a slew of impressive functionality. Through BBM6 integration, GPSLogger II allows you to share your location (or direction) with your BBM contacts automatically. Now that’s definitely a new way to stay connected through BBM. No need to ask where they are, you’ll be able to tell instantly. Keep in mind that this feature is only available to BBM6 beta testers for now. If you aren’t one of them, you can still enjoy the following new features:
You’ll also be happy to know that, despite all of these new features now available, GPSLogger II is free. Check out the new features in detail after the jump.
Append Logging: With GPSLogger II it's possible to continue the recording of a Path (e.g. the next day - or after switching the battery). Simply load a previously recorded Path with the the Path-Manager and then select 'Append Logging' from the #Menu. This allows you to record different stages of a multiple day trip in a single log file. Please note that the original path file (to which you will append) will not be overwritten - for each appending session a new file (with the date of the appending day) will be created.
BlackBerry Maps: Beside the 'classic' PathView an additional MapView have been integrated - when this view will be used (only available if Blackberry Maps is installed) the logging path will be drawn on top of BlackBerry Maps. This implies that then GPSLogger II will use an online connection in order to draw the content of the map (if not already cached). If you like to avoid this additional data transfer you should use the classic PathView or you can turn of the Data Service of your device (especially when you are on Roaming). GPSLogger II will work like before if Data Service is disabled!
As additional option for the Map View you can:
Additional Views: With GPSLogger II you can have now up to three different Views on the Screen. You can specify in the 'Appearance & Startup' Options beside the 'Start View' now also an 'Additional View1' and an 'Additional View2'.
Emergency Alerts: Any sportive activity can have the risk of having an accident. Would it not be perfect to have somebody watching you? GPSLogger II does exactly that. Your device can send an automated Emergency Alert eMail when you are not moving for a certain (defined) time.
Sharing Location (spammy!): This is quite a simple solution to send every n-Minutes your current location to a email recipient
Configurable StatusBar: Finally the Status Bar information is customizable - decide which information you like to see
Additional new Keyboard shortcuts:
Elevation plausibility check: Sometimes the GPS-Antenna deliver strange values for your altitude -GPSLogger II have a new General Option that allows you to check for the plausibility of the Elevation values of a path. This check (& fix) will only be applied when you are loading a previously stored path so the original data will be untouched. The check will look for up/downhill grades that are larger then 150% and if such an implausible elevation is detected simply the previous value will be used. Please note that you should turn off this functionality when you use GPSLogger II to log your sky diving activities.
Additional information: When you use a Sample Interval that is smaller then 1 Minute, GPSLogger II can show you two additional information (Please note that both values depends from your selected Sample Interval):
The Distance Alert [GPSLogger: Special Options] can be now be configured in the AudioProfile Settings - Will be listed in the 'Others' Section as 'GPSLogger II - Distance Alert' - make sure that you modify the audio volume if you would like to hear the tune.
Additional BBM-Features of GPSLogger II (requires Blackberry Messenger 6.0 to be installed & configured)
Invite one or more of your BBM-Contacts to follow you. The invited BBM-Contacts will receive constantly the host location. Please note that the invited BBM-Contacts need to have GPSLogger II installed as well.
Start or Join a public Host. Create a public BBM-Channel that anybody (with BBM6.0) can join. GPSLogger II will update your Personal Message with the link information and additionally copy a join-link into the clipboard so that you can paste it in an eMail, SMS, Twitter or Facebook. Users who would like to join your public BBM-Channel can enter this link in GPSLogger in order to follow you. As host you can specify an additional audio signal (configurable in the BlackBerry Notification Settings) to get notified when a client have joined your session.
Client Options when joining a host
Send previously recorded Paths and Locations to your BBM-Contacts. Since BBM6 allows you to share files with Friends you can send previously recorded Path or Locations to your BBM-Contacts. This functionality is available from the PathManager and the LocationManager screens.
Invite BBM-Contacts to Download GPSLogger II