Why was "number of points" for tracks removed?

Georg D shared this question 5 years ago

The "Updated to 3.18.4" screen tells "removed 'number of points' item from track statistics and also from sorting in track folders".

Why was it removed?

The number of points is not really important for me, as I used it only every now and then for a quick estimation of

  1. the track quality in terms of point density, e.g. does the track just contain the navigation points like turns on crossings, or also trackpoints along whole way? I sometimes used it to see which of the tracks I want to use, e.g. for guiding or to send the track to someone or for OSM mapping. Now the only way seems to hide all but one track, show it on the map & zoom in & see its quality, the hide this track and proceed with the next track. Of cause, this requires much more
    effort then just seeing "15 points on 5km" in track statistics. As I do it seldomly, it's not important for me.
  2. the track size i.e. occupied disk space. As I do not have so many tracks - just in the hundreds - the compressed Locus backup files have still a reasonable size, so it's not relevant to me (yet?), but for users with more tracks, it could be interesting to see which tracks are "big" so should be simplified/compressed by "intelligent" removal of "unimportant" points (currently only possible via track export + simplification in external tool like GpsPrune or GPX-Editor + re-import of smaller track - http://help.locusmap.eu/topic/track-simplification wished to implement Douglas-Peucker algorithm or the like within Locus).

Replies (2)


Good day Georg,

exactly this is the answer - "The number of points is not really important for me"!

We were thinking about this for some time in our office, and no one of us found a really good answer to "for what this is useful".

So we decided to remove it ... :). Your two points make sense, but as you wrote in both of them ... "from time to time".


We really would appreciate to see this information re-introduced!

We often share gpx files and the recipients do not always have the possibility to import our tracks in their system when a certain limit of points is exceeded. E.g.: some GPS-systems restrict the numbers op trackpoints to 500, some to 1000.

An indication of the number of points within Locus is important in order to assess if the number of trackpoints needs to be reduced before publishing.


Good day Marc,

understand you quite special need. I anyway believe here is working and quite simple solution. When you display a track on the map, simply tap on track close to last point to select it. Popup should appear and first number in top left corner is index of point since begin. With this, you may quickly get information about number of points. Hope this helps.

In your case, it a lot more look on something like this http://help.locusmap.eu/agent/object/2967 , that should solve these problems.


A solution is often just round the corner... but I failed to see this one.



Glad to hear, you are welcome!

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