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Easy Android Waypoint Creation And Management With SavePoint

Application Name: SavePoint

Description: GPS waypoint acquisition and management.

Publisher’s website: 3trust

Cost: Free

Version/date reviewed: v.1.1  /  11-7-10

Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2

Android Market link (mobile app only)
Android Market link (browser)

Lots of Android map apps include the ability to save a location as a waypoint, but you often have to wade through multiple app levels to get to it, and keeping them organized by category can be difficult. SavePoint does only one thing, save waypoint positions in user-specified collection tags, but it does it pretty well.


Figure 1: The installed program comes with a single “Example” collection for storing points; you can add additional collections by tapping on the “Collections” button, then choosing “Add New” from the menu. I’ll add a new collection called “Near My House”


Figure 2: Tapping on the Get Position control at bottom brings up the form for saving a position. Tapping the other “Get Position” button at lower left in the form starts up the GPS for constant position coordinate acquisition, and in this mode the app will take the GPS position. With GPS acquisition stopped, you can also enter coordinates manually.

Tapping on the dropdown near “Collection” lets you choose the collection in which the point will be stored. Tap “Save”, and the point will be saved after you enter a name for it. In this example, I’ve collected three data points and put them in the “Near my house” collection. Going back to the Collections section, and tapping on the “Near my house” collection listing …


Figure 3: … I’m given the option to “Edit” the name of the collection, view/edit/map individual points in the collection, or map all the points in the collection …


Figure 4: … in a Google Maps view. Tapping on a waypoint flag brings up a popup with coordinate/altitude/date/time info for that point


Figure 5: Tap on the checkbox to the left of the collection name, and you’re given the option to delete it, empty it, or export it into the “savepoint” directory on the memory card. Currently, the only two export options are CSV (comma-separated variable) and SQL; I would prefer a GPX or KML export option. Version 1.1 now has KML and GPX export, in addition to CSV and SQL. Also, the default delimiter for CSV is not a comma, but a semi-colon; you’ll probably want to change that to a comma in the app’s Settings section. Finally, you don’t have a choice in the export filename; it’s always “savepoint” with the date and time appended (plus .csv), stored in the “savepoint” directory.

Other Issues:

None – program never had a glitch or force close.

Final thoughts:

Now that SavePoint offers a GPX/KML export option in addition to CSV/SQL, its strong waypoint organization features make it very handy to have on hand. Recommended.

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