Direction in Track?

Wolfgang Schweitzer shared this question 2 months ago

Apart from navigation, I'm using Locus Map to create a track when I travel. I'm using Geosetter to geotag my photos using the track created by Locus Map. Geosetter has the ability to write also directional EXIF data.

Does Locus Map write directional data into the track?

This would allow me to mount my smartphone in my camera's hotshoe to record not only location but also the direction, pitch and roll. My (current) phone is a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, if I remember right, it has a 3D fluxgate compass, so it should provide the required data.

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Good day Wolfgang,

from what I understand, you do not need direction values of your movement, but direction values where your device is currently pointing, right? Unfortunately, such feature is currently not available in Locus Map. It is same with pitch and roll values.

I do not know from where Geosetter use directional values for write of EXIF information, but it probably use some custom tags for GPX files, because by default, this format does not support such values as I know.



Thanks for your quick answer, Minion!

You understood right. And yes, extension tags are needed to record direction, pitch and roll. Do you by chance know an app that records the required data, in a GPS track? (If not it's not a problem, just say no if you don't)


Hello Wolfgang,

unfortunately, I do not know.

Anyway, it is more about "what is Geosetter able to read" from GPX or any other format. Which application is able to provide this little special information should be known more on some Geosetter forum/blog.

I'm thinking how Locus Map may help here, but it is not so simple. To support these values, it should need to a) keep rotation sensors enabled for the whole time (currently they are enabled only when needed for some map rotation etc.), b) extend database because such values need to be stored somewhere before export and c) support it in export itself.

All these steps are doable, but little "overkill" for such special usecase. Thanks for understanding.


Okay, fair enough - thanks again, Minion!