GPS Waypoints is a standalone application that includes both “free” and “premium” features. The Free features are flexible enough to offer general users a way to collect and create Waypoints and Paths with accurate coordinates. The Premium version provides additional advanced features for professionals to automate data acquisition and manage the collected data.
The application provides a Dashboard with the current position details (including accuracy) and shows the visible and active Satellites used during the acquisition. The users can create, tag and import points with the Waypoints functions while the Paths functionality supports lines and polygons used for tracking movements or measuring distances, areas and perimeters. A description of the free and premium functionalities are presented in the table below.
|Dashboard||Actual Position: WGS84 coordinates (Decimal Degrees or Degrees Minutes Seconds)|
|Acquisition Modes: Acquiring GPS Signal, Network, GPS, DGPS|
|Above Sea level: convert ellipsoid to geoid altitude|
|Compass: magnetic north|
|Satellites||Satellites available: at a given moment at user’s location|
|Visible satellites: satellites from which the user’s device is actually receiving information|
|Skyplot: plot with the satellites locations|
|Waypoints||Create: create a waypoint from your actual position.|
|Geocoding: find and set the address of a waypoint.|
|Tagging: classify a waypoint using your own tagging model.|
|Auto-create: automated creation and tagging of a waypoint using shortcut keys.||P|
|Sort & Filter (premium only): sort waypoints by creation time, alphabetic and proximity and/or filter by tag.||P|
|Get me there: get directions and distance to a Waypoint|
|Export: save your waypoints to KML, GPX and CSV (premium only) for further processing on GIS tools (e.g. google maps).||F/P|
|Share: send exported data via email, dropbox, gdrive, etc.|
|Paths||Create: manual create a path or a land polygon from a sequence of points acquired.|
|Auto-acquire: create automatically a sequence of points with a fix time interval.|
|Distances & Areas: calculate the distance or areas and perimeters from a sequence of points acquired on the field|
|Export: save paths to KML, GPX and CSV (premium only)||F/P|
|Configuration and Backup||Positioning Source: uses the built-in GPS receivers from mobile devices (up to 1.5m accuracy) or, alternatively, connects to Bluetooth external GNSS receivers (e.g. <1m)|
|Backup and restore: it is a professional feature for saving the user’s work (specially useful when acquiring a large number of points) or for transferring/migrating data for one device to another.||P|
GPS Waypoints on smartphones is an effective alternative to handheld devices and also provides an advanced application interface to high precision GNSS receivers.