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Some Naive Questions....

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Some Naive Questions....

Postby Phil.Gusta » Tue May 15, 2012 9:56 am

I am no expert on the program and have no experience at all in developing programs, so this may all make sense to more experienced users, but I am confused with the user interface of this product.

I can add a User Campground, or a User POI, or I can mark the location on a map using a "bitmap marker" from their drawing/cad toolbar. However, each one is done using a totally different interface, I have to search for a point that I added as a campground in a different dialog than a point I added as a POI, I am not prompted to save my campgrounds when I exit the program, but they automatically get loaded when I start the program, but I am prompted to save my CAD and POI files and they do NOT get automatically loaded when I start the program, I can't add any description to the points I mark with the CAD toolbar, but I can add a short description for my campgrounds and an even shorter one for my POIs. I can manage my Parks (edit them delete them from a list, etc.), but not my POIs or my points marker with the CAD marker, and so on...

In my mind, it's really simple. I click on a spot on the map to mark that location. Once the coordinates have been gotten, I should be able to type a description and then add a picture to identify it (why not one of the CAD bitmaps that are already there, if I don't want to go looking for a custom one), and decide to classify it as a campground, or whatever else I want. I mean a POI is just a pint of interest I want to mark on the screen. Isn't a Park I like a point of interest? Is POI some specific type of places I like, or something?

As I said earlier, it may just be me, but for the life of me I can't understand why someone would create a program with all these totally different "types" of marking a point of interest and all these totally different ways to search for them and use them.

Am I the only one?
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Re: Some Naive Questions....

Postby xavier » Sat May 19, 2012 9:56 am

Yeah, it sure sounds and is confusing. It would be interesting to know why they chose to implement all those *nice* features, in such a convoluted way! For now, I've just resigned to remembering the various (different) ways they all work.
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Re: Some Naive Questions....

Postby artmart » Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:19 pm

This was a major feature addition in 2011. In fact, I think I had asked for this feature from using prior versions that didn't have it and really appreciate that they put this in!

I think this feature will improve over time. Did you send an email with your suggestions to support@undertowsoftware.com yet? This is the best (not necessarily the quickest) avenue to use. Then Undertow will contact Trailer Life to make continuing improvements (they seem to release a new version every year). This is the method I use, since many have had little luck contacting TL directly. Most TL personnel no nothing about TLDCN/RTN or computers for that matter. They seem to be bookworms and not very computer proficient so I gave up contacting them directly. I'm not badmouthing them, I am just suggesting what works when it comes to getting SOFTWARE changes and fixes which is what Undertow provides to TL!
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