Canadian Orienteering Federation
RouteGadget: Viewing routes & Drawing your route
allows orienteers to use the web to draw their routes from recent events
and compare them to other orienteers on their course. It also allows the
race to be replayed, either with staggered starts or with a simulated mass
start. You will actually see little squares run across the map. It adds
another dimension to post-race analysis.
RouteGadget is quite intuitive and easy to
use. Here's a short summary to give you a quick start. To begin, surf to rg.orienteering.ca.
You will see something like this...
On this screen you will see all events in
the Canadian database. You can sort these either by Date or by Club by
clicking in the top left corner...
You can scroll the events by clicking on
the "<<<<" or ">>>>" in the bottom left corner...
It an event has a blue "i" beside it you
can click on this to get some information about the event.. This might
include weather conditions or perhaps event officials, depending on what
the organizer provided.
By clicking on "Latest Routes" you can
quickly see the most recent routes that have been drawn.
How to view existing routes
- First you need to select an event. You
will then see a screen similar to this...
- Once you've selected an event, you can move the map around by pressing
and holding down the left mouse button somewhere on the map while
moving the mouse in the desired direction. You can zoom in/out using
the big blue "+" and "-" buttons on the right side
of the screen.
- Select a course from the
"Choose class/course" box on the right side of the screen.
The top right corner of the screen should now look like this:
- To view competitors' routes click on
their name. Competitors with an asterisk besides their name have
entered their route. Up to 10 competitors can be selected at once. Press the "View
Routes" button to see their routes and their splits (which appear
in the upper right window).
- To start the animation, press the 'View
animation' button, and then press the 'Start' button. Small squares representing the
selected competitors should start from the triangle.
- During the animation you can move and
zoom the map. You can also increase/decrease the animation speed with
the 'Speed+/Speed-' buttons.
How to draw your route
Drawing your own routes is equally easy.
- Begin by clicking the "Draw your
route" box in the top right corner of the screen. Then a list of
courses will appear. Select your course and then a list of names
will appear. It is critical that you choose your
correct name - otherwise you will draw someone else's route and it
is not easy for us to fix this. Also, once you have finished
entering your route, you will not be able to re-enter it. So please
be a little bit careful at this point.
Once you have
(carefully) selected your name, a small red dot will appear in the
start triangle and a faint grey line will extend from there to the
center of the first control circle. Simply click at various points
along your route - the red line will follow you and the faint grey
line will continue to point to the center of the next control.
If you make a mistake,
press the blue "Undo" button at the top right of the screen.
If you want to include a
hesitation on your leg, press the blue "+3 sec" button at the top of
the screen. Alternatively you can draw lots of short sideways (back
and forth) segments at the point of your heistation.
When you click on the
center of the control circle you will notice that the faint grey
line will change and lead to the center of the next control. If this
does not happen you have not "hit" the center of the control yet -
be sure to keep an eye on the faint grey line!
Here's some additional suggestions:
- RouteGadget spreads your time out evenly
along the route that you draw for each leg. This may not be accurate,
particularly if you had trouble with a particular portion of the leg.
If you wandered around in some location make sure to include a lot of
fine detail in your drawing, even if you don't know exactly where you
were. This will appear to slow the animation in that area (and not on
the part of the leg where you did well). You can also artificially
introduce a pause, if, for example, you stood for a minute relocating.
You can show this by creating a small tick mark across your route and
oscillated back and forth in place on the tick mark for awhile when
you are drawing the route. Then the animation will also appear to
pause at the same location.
- In some cases the routes will speak for
themselves, but there is also a comment field for you to use. You can
write to the comment field when you think of things while you are
drawing your route. This can be particularly helpful for beginners
looking at the animations and wondering what was going on. Was the
route planned or accidental? If it was planned, what was the thinking?
Make sure to include the leg number in the comment since the comment
is associated with the entire course.
- The RouteGadget administrator can remove
your route if you realize that you made a drawing mistake after having
saved it. Just send an email to the contacts below.
The COF RouteGadget database is created
and maintained by
Dave Graupner (MOA) & Adrian Zissos (FWOC)
Dave Graupner Dave 'at' cottonwood.ca
Adrian Zissos adrian 'at'
RouteGadget software is created
and maintained by Jarkko Ryyppo (Finland). Many thanks to Jarkko who
provides this software free of charge.
Original User Guide (and
photos) provided by Tapio
Karras of BAOC.