Favourite Import Export Ref Guide


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Favourite Import Export Ref Guide

  2. 2. FAVOURITE IMPORT / EXPORT NDRIVE FAVOURITE IMPORT/EXPORT REFERENCE MANUAL One of the new NDrive’s functions is the possibility to import geographic points previously defined by the user, in applications which allow saving “kml” format points, like Google Earth. The points imported by NDrive may be catalogued as “Favourites” or even as locations of stationary speed control cameras. Not only the import, but the export of those points is also possible, enabling a unique interaction in the world of Web communities. INDEX I – IMPORT / EXPORT FAVOURITES 3 II – IMPORT SPEED ALERTS 7
  3. 3. FAVOURITE IMPORT / EXPORT NDRIVE I – IMPORT / EXPORT FAVOURITES a) Process Structure If you explore the folders within NDrive (which you may do using the ActiveSync software), you will notice that within the NDrive folder, there is a folder named “favourites”. This is the folder where you should place the “kml” files before importing. b) Import Favourites To import a favourite or a group of favourites, please proceed as follows: 1. Start Google Earth (this application is free and may be downloaded from the Internet) 2. Set the desired points. Note: in order to successfully import the favourites, you must have in your NDrive, the map(s) of the country(ies) where you have set the points. After selecting the described tool, place the pin on the point of the map you want to save;
  4. 4. FAVOURITE IMPORT / EXPORT NDRIVE You can name this point as you wish Once you have created all the points you want to import to NDrive, create a new folder in Google Earth and drag those points inside it. Rename the folder as you wish. The name you give to the folder of Google Earth places will be imported as a new favourites group by NDrive. In this guide, we will refer to the folder as “Meetings”. Now click with the mouse’s right button on the folder you created and choose “Save as”. In the dialog window you must choose to save the folder to your desktop in “kml” format. 3. Import into NDrive In your desktop you should have an icon with the following appearance (similar to the following):
  5. 5. FAVOURITE IMPORT / EXPORT NDRIVE At this stage, you should connect your NDrive device to the computer using the supplied USB cable. The ActiveSync application (which you may download in Microsoft’s website) will start up immediately. Click the “Explore” button. A new window will appear with NDrive’s folder structure. Open the folder where NDrive is installed, which in most cases will be either “SDMMC”, “Storage Card”, or “Resident Flash” (if NDrive is installed in the device’s internal memory). Next, open the “NDrive” folder and then “favourites”. Now, copy the file “Reuniões” you saved to your desktop, into the “favourites” folder. Start NDrive and proceed as shown in the pictures. The favourites were now imported. You may check if the import was successful and edit some features, such as the icon associated with the new favourites group.
  6. 6. FAVOURITE IMPORT / EXPORT NDRIVE The favourite import process is now complete. b). Favourites Export Along with the import of saved points, the favourites export from NDrive allows a close interaction with external applications and other users. This functionality enables the export of your favourites groups into the “favourites” folder and from there share them with other users or view them in applications like Google Earth. To export a favourites group select it in NDrive’s favourites search and select “Export”. You will now have a copy of the set of favourites you have exported in your NDrive’s “favourites” folder, in “kml” format.
  7. 7. FAVOURITE IMPORT / EXPORT NDRIVE II – IMPORT SPEED CAMERA ALERTS Important: NDrive considers that the import of speed alert points is only an additional information tool for the driver, aiming to increase the driver’s safety. NDrive will not be responsible for the data imported by the user. Note: Every time you import a set of speed camera alert points, NDrive will consider it as a package per country. In this case, the coexistence of the default alerts of your NDrive and the ones you will import is not possible. Whenever you import a group of speed alerts, the previous one will disappear. You should make a backup of the “alerts” file. a) Process Structure As previously referred, NDrive also allows the import of geographical points defined as locations where there is presence of fixed radars. The process of importing these points is basically equal to the favourites import process, with the difference that every location saved on Google Earth shall have some additional information so that they can operate as a speed control point on NDrive. b) Import speed control points Observe the following example, which explains how to determine a point as a location of a fixed radar: 1. After placing a marker in any position of the map in Google Earth, you should fill in the following fields: When you select the properties of the new point, you should fill in the field “Description” as follows: • “speed” – indicates the maximum speed allowed in the road ;
  8. 8. FAVOURITE IMPORT / EXPORT NDRIVE • “units” – indicates the measurement unit of instantaneous speed you intend to use. In this example, we used miles per hour (kph); • “type” – this field should have “fixed” as characteristic. Important: always use lowercase, without spaces, separating the characteristics with a semicolon, just as the picture shows. 2. Once the speed alert characteristics are defined, it is necessary to indicate in which direction the alert should be effective. In order to do that, you need to open the tab “View”, still in the properties window. Now it is necessary to define two very important characteristics: the direction and the distance from which you wish to be alerted of an approaching radar. The warning distance is customizable according to your preference and should be indicated in meters: The direction of the road may be defined in the line “Heading” and should be indicated in degrees, considering that the degrees measurement is done as follows:
  9. 9. FAVOURITE IMPORT / EXPORT NDRIVE Nevertheless, there is an easier way to define the direction of the alert: you may use Google Earth’s compass to rotate the map, so that the direction of the way stays vertical; then click on the button “Snapshot current view”. Google Earth will apply the correct angle in the line “Heading”. Instructions of the figure on the next page: 1. Rotate the compass so that the direction of the way stays totally vertical. 2. Click on “Snapshot current view”.
  10. 10. FAVOURITE IMPORT / EXPORT NDRIVE When you have completed this process, click “OK”. The new speed alert point is now saved. 3. After defining and saving all your alert points, you should copy them into a folder and save it on your desktop. 4. Now explore NDrive’s folder structure and copy the recently created “kml” file, into the folder “speedcams”. 5. Start up the NDrive and select “Settings” “Data Import/Export” “Import Alerts”.