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Version 5.0 released!

April 30th, 2014 | 1 Comment



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






TopoFusion displaying temperature data for a long ride

We’re happy to release TopoFusion 4.7! This version offers some significant improvements to the software in usability, some needed fixes and cool new stuff too. New is support for Garmin’s Tempe sensor, an inexpensive temperature sensor that can be paired with many Garmin GPS units. With that support comes temperature profiles (see above screenshot) and temperature-based track shading. In the new support department we also have new Edge 800/500 and Fenix support, in the form of .FIT file reading. Plug your Edge 800 up and you can pull up any file from your history in TopoFusion!

We’ve also got a new mouse tool mode — the info mode, which gives you track and waypoint data simply by moving the mouse near points in the map. This is a user requested and highly useful form of additional track/trip analysis. Thanks for the suggestion!

TopoFusion’s “Export View” function is a very powerful way to output high resolution maps, with any of TF’s map sets and user track/waypoint data as well. But one issue was that tracks and waypoint text were pretty tiny when exports are at 8000×8000 pixels. Now there’s a handy checkbox that adds automatic scaling of line width and font size.

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:

4.7 – [11/1/12] (Full Release)

Added support for per GPS point temperatures (e.g. Garmin Tempe sensor)
Including profile tool, track shading, track properties
Added ability to read .FIT files
Added support for Garmin Edge 800/500, also Fenix and any other units that
communicate by .FIT files
Added new mouse mode: Info Tool. Use to query tracks and waypoints to
get on-screen stats. Clicking on a point brings up it’s properties view.
Added option to scale line width, fonts and waypoint sizes when exporting maps
(Export View function). Checkbox turns on scaling to match what is seen in
current map view
Added shortcut to “Reset TopoFusion to default settings” to start menu on
install. Useful for debugging issues with the software (more effective than
uninstall/reinstalling).
Improved download queue behavior when a tileset (server) is unresponsive
Improved shaded relief quality in highest detail setting (when zoomed in)
Improved speed of filling track points table in File Properties
Files with less than 8000 points now loaded by default
Fixed access violation in using “Merge Files and save as…” when using edited
tracks with deleted points or files with multiple un-named tracks
Fixed crash in using the merge tool to save out empty files (nothing merged)
Fixed error disabling downloading with modal forms shown (about, options)
Fixed ‘Real Time Playback’ option in multi-playback when using skip stopped time

4.66 – [9/7/12] (Beta)

Changed Astro live tracking centering to only center, not zoom on track
Fixed off by one error(s) converting trackpoint to waypoint
Improved display of downloading tiles while drawing tracks
Added ability to save kml/tcx/shp file when creating a new file with waypoints





Original TF Logo / Site design

TopoFusion is 10 years old! The program has come a long way since the initial release on September 16th, 2002. It was a pretty bare bones piece of software compared to what it is today, but still had nice features and innovations that we take for granted today.

It was the result of an intensive summer spent programming and riding bikes. Alan and Scott Morris worked in different locals (Arizona and Utah) collaborating and sharing code and ideas as it went. They both had a full load of classes at the University of Arizona that started in the fall, but were able to push it out a few weeks after courses start.

Here’s the first announcement made, to the usenet newgroups “alt.satellite.gps”:

TopoFusion – New Topo/Aerial GPS Mapping Software

Back then the only map server was Terraserver (now there are over a dozen), no 3D, no user maps, no WMS support, no DEM data, and on and on.

We’d like to thank all the users of the software (registered or not) for supporting us throughout the years. TopoFusion has been a wonderful “job”, from getting to use the software ourselves (we love it), interesting programming challenges, to meeting lots of great folks and hearing about how they use the software. It really has been surprising to see the wide variety of people and uses that find the software to fit their needs.

To celebrate, we’re offering 30% off any version of TopoFusion. Use the following code at checkout.

(Sale is over, sorry!) Here’s to another 10 years of awesome GPS Mapping! Thanks!!



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





Color Aerials

We’ve pushed out a new version of both TopoFusion Basic and Pro to address some server changes. The changes on the server end have rendered older versions of TopoFusion unable or hindered in downloading tiles from the Color Aerial tileset (“Color”) and newly added US Topo tilesets. So if you have been experiencing “TopoFusion is having trouble contacting…” errors, or missing map tiles, you will want to update to the latest. We’ve also cleaned up a few things in the error handling of some other tilesets, and enabled batch downloading and combo blending for the reinstated MSRMaps tilesets, as requested.

We have bigger changes in the works, but not ready for prime time yet. Just needed to get this very important maintenance release out. Check it out below.



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





After announcing that MSRMaps.com (formerly Terraserver) will be closing permanently, Microsoft has decided to keep the service alive. They received enough requests from longtime users and folks that rely heavily on the service. If you sent a note in, thank you!

This has, in turn prompted us to release another revision that re-enables access to new MSRMaps tiles. So the traditional Topo maps, B/W aerials (still useful!) and urban imagery for some cities, are all back! The new USTopo layer is still available as well, so now there are three sources of Topo maps in Terraserver! The array of maps available to TF users continues to grow…

v4.6 also fixed a bug created by the massive size of this year’s Tour Divide race. The Trackleaders spot replay interface had a problem replaying the current race. Tour Divide is an exciting race that continues for weeks, so there is still time to get in on the action and do your own replays in TF. Check out more at:

Trackleaders / 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





We’re happy to announce the release of v4.5 of both the Pro and Basic product. The main new feature is the addition of the “US Topo” tileset, which replaces the now deprecated “Topo” tileset. The old Topo tileset was downloaded from MSRMaps.com (formerly Terraserver) which has been shut down (read details here: MSRMaps shutting down).

Previously downloaded maps in the old Topo tileset will still be available to existing users, but future downloads have been disabled. For more details, read the forum thread:

http://www.topofusion.com/forum/index.php?topic=7159.0



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


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