Purpose of feature: to specify less transient (longer living) settings for behaviour of the App.
Behaviour is the second section of the Settings mainpage. It comprises settings that will seldom need to be changed, once they have been determined
It has four pickers plus three ON-OFF switches. Their default setting after installation is shown below. All can be set mutually independently, and are saved every time you press the home button.
Defines unit for measuring distances and speed. The options are:
Most sailors will probably prefer the default (Nautic), but for terrestrial use one of the other units may fit better.
Defines unit for measuring windforce. The options are:
The following table gives the relation between the measuring units:
|< 1 m/s: Calm (nil)||< 1 kn: Calm (nil)||0 B: Calm (nil)|
|1- 2 m/s: Light air||1–3 kn: Light air||1 B: Light air|
|2– 3 m/s: Light breeze||4–6 kn: Light breeze||2 B: Light breeze|
|4– 5 m/s: Gentle breeze||7–10 kn: Gentle breeze||3 B: Gentle breeze|
|6– 7 m/s: Moderate breeze||11–16 kn: Moderate breeze||4 B: Moderate breeze|
|8–10 m/s: Fresh breeze||17–21 kn: Fresh breeze||5 B: Fresh breeze|
|11–13 m/s: Strong breeze||22–27 kn: Strong breeze||6 B: Strong breeze|
|14–16 m/s: Near gale||28–33 kn: Near gale||7 B: Near gale|
|17–20 m/s: Gale||34–40 kn: Gale||8 B: Gale|
|21-24 m/s: Strong gale||41–47 kn: Strong gale||9 B: Strong gale|
|25–28 m/s: Storm||48–55 kn: Storm||10 B: Storm|
|29–32 m/s: Violent storm||56–63 kn: Violent storm||11 B: Violent storm|
|≥ 32 m/s: Hurricane||≥ 64 kn: Hurricane||12 B: Hurricane|
The designations follow this convention.
Defines how often an automatic event should be made during tracking - and kept permanently for display on the Map and in the Report.
Never is the default - the periodic events feature is maintained for historic reasons (a leftover from the paid edition of the App). Future use is discouraged - use the transient Periodic pins feature instead.
During tracking, the frequency can be changed freely.
Whenever a 200 meter plot is about to be made - caused by movement - it's examined if it's time for a periodic event, according to the selected frequency. If so, an automatic event is made and attached to the plot. It's similar to manual events - made by tapping New event... - though they have:
The text-note pattern identifies a plot as periodic. It cannot be changed by editing.
Their purpose is making it easy to follow Hrs-Dist-Avs calculations during tracks. And on maps to get an overall impression of travel progress. Distinguish them from other events by their color Dark grey.
Periodic events are not controlled by a precise timer, but by movement. Thus timing is not accurate: plots for periodic events may be delayed by up to the time it takes to move 200 meter. However, this inaccuracy doesn't accumulate. And higher speed gives better accuracy.
When tracking, a beep is heard when a plot is made, i.e. at start and end of tracking, when you have moved approximately 200 meter, or you make an event. This way you may check that the GPS works ok. The options are:
If you don't need or want any noise from the App while tracking, select the None option. Otherwise select a sound that doesn't conflict with other sounds, to avoid confusion.
The App is always silent in the background - irrespective of beep setting.
|Assume sails set at start||- ON: the Sail attribute will be set to Full sails in the first plot event (when starting a new track)
- OFF: it will be set to No sails in the first plot event. See below.
|Assume engine running at start||- ON: the Engine attribute will be set to Full ahead in the first plot event (when starting a new track)
- OFF: it will be set to No engine in the first plot event. See below.
|English time designations||As default, weekday names (Monday, Tuesday, ...) are shown in English. Likewise some time indications (hours, minuts, ...) are shown in English form. If your first preferred language is not English, this can be changes. See below.||-|
|Hide default Tzone number||- ON: the default Tzone number (zero) is hidden in both the black tab bar and in green navigation bars
- OFF: any Tzone number - including the default - is shown. See below.
You will probably want to have one and only one of the two Assume switches set to ON. Together with recorded values of the Sails and Engine attributes, these switches affect the Sails time and Engine time calculations.
Whenever the setting of one of the two switches is changed, a popup appears:
Set Assume engine running at start to ON if you usually depart from harbor by engine. And whenever you stop and start the engine during cruising, make an appropriate event.
You don't need to make an explicit stopping engine event at arrival, since ending a track implicitly signals engine stopped. Similar rule applies to setting and taking in sails.
Your iPhone / iPad Language is determined in the Language & Region section of the System Settings:
If your first preferred language is English (like above), the English time designations switch has no meaningful function. Trying to switch it OFF gives this popup:
However, if you first preferred language isn't English, but instead for example Spanish:
- then tapping the English time designations switch turns it OFF and opens this popup:
A second tap on the switch turns it ON again, and gives a popup, reverse of the above.
One benefit of 'changing to your own (non-English) language' is, that contents of the Breadtext subpage reflects this.
Once you have started Using Track zones, it's a matter of taste whether you like to display the default Tzone number (zero) in both the black tab bar and in green navigation bars.
In the example below, the default Tzone is selected for next track in the Track mainpage, but its number (zero) is hidden in the tab bar. In the History mainpage, the virtual Tzone (number nine) is set to access all Tzone's.
When the switch is ON, the tab bar could be like:
Setting the switch OFF and then tapping the History mainpage could produce a page like:
Now the default Tzone number (zero) appears in the tab bar. Other Tzone numbers than the default are never hidden.
The switch setting affects the Track mainpage and the History mainpage as well as their subpages. The remaining three mainpages, as well as any or their subpages are not affected, as Tzone's don't apply there.
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