Sendero PC Maps and

Sendero PC GPS

User Guide

V2014

 

 

 

 

Sendero Group LLC

Davis, CA

Telephone (888) 757-6810. Fax (888) 757-6807

E-mail: gps@senderogroup.com

World Wide Web: http://www.senderogroup.com

 


 

 

 

 

 

COPYRIGHT NOTICES

 

 

 

 

 

Trademarks:

All products are trademarks of their respective owners.

 

 

Copyright Notice:

Copyright (c) 2002-2014 Sendero Group, LLC.

Limited Map/POI data copyright (c) TomTom / Here.

A limited license to reproduce this user guide is given for the purpose of providing copies to people with visual or reading disabilities (including individuals with motor or learning disabilities) for their individual use. 

Note: At the writing of this manual, Australia, New Zealand maps and POIs are provided by and copyright © NAVTEQ®. Data suppliers may change. See the Sendero site for the latest countries and suppliers.

 

For additional program copyright information look in SenderoMaps/Documents/copyright.txt.

 

 

 


 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL USERS

Sendero PC Products are designed to convey similar information as displayed on GPS receivers, commercial maps and location databases to people with visual disabilities.  However, Sendero PC Products have similar limitations as commercial map products.  These limitations include:

·        Lack of information about the physical road characteristics such as: elevation, overpasses/underpasses, bridges, sidewalks, traffic controls, unsafe neighborhoods, construction and other hazards.

·        Map accuracy in newly developed areas

·        Traffic and weather conditions.

·        Loss of GPS signals due to tall buildings or other interference.

·        Created Routes may not be safe or possible to follow. 

 

The individual user is wholly responsible for all issues related to personal safety and mobility.  Sendero Group and its distributors advise all users that GPS is not a substitute for orientation and mobility with a cane or dog guide and recommends that users have good mobility skills before using GPS orientation information to travel.  Extreme caution should be used when operating GPS as a pedestrian and should never be actively used while navigating busy traffic situations. Sendero Group and its distributors assume no liability for accidents or injuries that occur to users while using any GPS product.

 


Table of Contents

1         Foreword. 1

1.1          Scenarios. 1

2         Getting Started with your Sendero PC Product 4

2.1          Installing Sendero PC Products. 4

2.2          Registering Sendero PC Products. 5

2.2.1     Copy Protection. 6

3         “Check for Updates” Feature: Automated Downloading and Installing  6

3.1          Maps. 8

3.1.1     About Maps and Commercial POIs 9

3.2          User Submitted POIs. 9

3.3          Install Packages. 10

3.4          GTFS Feeds. 11

4         Sendero PC Products Basics 11

4.1          Starting Sendero PC Products for the first time. 12

4.2          Exiting Sendero PC Products. 12

4.3          Switching Between Applications. 12

4.4          Getting Help from within Sendero PC Products. 12

4.5          Description of the Main Screen. 14

4.5.1     Visual Map Description. 15

4.5.2     Textual Map Description. 16

5         Exploring with Sendero PC Products 18

5.1          Setting your position. 18

5.1.1     GPS position. 19

5.1.2     Address Lookup. 19

5.1.3     Zip/Postal Lookup. 21

5.2          Address Action Dialog Box. 23

5.3          Setting Latitude and Longitude (Lat/Lon) Positions. 25

5.4          Miscellaneous Location Lookup Items. 28

5.5          Important Virtual Explore Mode Commands. 29

6         GPS Basics and Accuracy. 30

6.1          Use Good Judgment. 30

6.2          About GPS Satellites. 30

6.3          Installing GPS Receivers. 30

6.4          Picking Up Satellite Signals. 31

6.4.1     Signal Blind Spots. 32

6.4.2     Using GPS Indoors or in a Vehicle. 33

6.5          Accuracy of GPS Announcements. 33

6.6          Getting Oriented Using GPS. 34

6.7          Important GPS Commands. 35

7         Points of Interest (POIs) 36

7.1          Nearby Points of Interest 36

7.2          Advanced POI Find. 36

7.3          Using Points of Interest 38

7.3.1     Navigating a POI List 38

7.3.2     POI Action Dialog. 38

7.3.3     Editing Points of Interest 39

7.3.4     Deleting Points of Interest 40

7.3.5     Points of Interest Categories 40

7.4          Creating User Points of Interest (POI) 41

7.4.1     How to Record a POI 41

7.4.2     Sharing User POIs with other Sendero Users 43

7.5          Media Content 44

7.5.1     Attaching media to a POI 45

7.5.2     Playing Media Content 45

7.5.3     POI Media Action Dialog. 45

8         Routes. 47

8.1          Setting a Destination. 47

8.1.1     Setting a Destination by Address 48

8.1.2     Setting a Destination by Point of Interest 48

8.1.3     Setting a Destination by using a Lat/Lon coordinate. 48

8.2          How to Create an Automatic Route. 48

8.2.1     About Automatic Routes and Waypoints 49

8.2.2     Street Classifications 49

8.2.3     Heading and Distance Announcements 50

8.2.4     Destination Side of the Street Announcement. 51

8.2.5     Tips on Following a Vehicular Route. 52

8.3          Virtual Manual Route Creation. 52

8.4          Route Commands Menu. 53

8.4.1     Route Announcement Commands 54

8.4.2     Route Options Dialog. 54

8.4.3     Frequently Used Route Commands 56

9         Looking Around in GPS Mode. 59

9.1          Automatic LookAround Mode. 59

9.2          Multiple Repeat Options. 63

9.2.1     Multiple Repeat Time Interval. 63

9.3          Manual LookAround Mode. 64

10      Putting it All Together. 66

10.1       Enable Virtual Side of Street Tracking. 67

11      GPS Replay Files. 71

11.1       Recording a GPS Replay Session. 71

11.2       Using a GPS Replay Session. 72

12      Other Functions 73

12.1       Copy to Clipboard. 73

12.2       Synchronizing Maps and POIs with Sense Navigation or BrailleNote GPS or external media  73

12.3       Annotate Intersection. 76

12.4       Annotate Intersection List 77

12.4.1        Working With the Intersection Annotations List 77

12.4.2        Annotation Action Dialog box. 77

12.4.3        Deleting Annotations 78

12.5       Where Am I? Summary of Current Location. 79

12.6       The Odometer 79

12.7       Compass Heading. 79

12.8       Show Route Details. 80

12.9       History List 80

12.9.1        Working with the History List 80

12.9.2        History Action Dialog. 81

12.10    Favorites List 82

12.10.1     Adding Favorite from Location Lookup. 82

12.10.2     Add Favorite from Point of Interest Search. 82

12.10.3     Working With the Favorites List 83

12.10.4     Favorite Action Dialog box. 83

12.10.5     Deleting a Favorite. 84

13      Program Options 86

13.1       Heading Orientation. 86

13.2       Units. 87

13.3       Long Street Names. 87

13.4       Automatic Destination Tracking. 87

13.5       Virtual Side of Street Tracking. 87

13.6       POI Author Name. 88

13.7       Font Name and Size. 88

13.8       Disable Start Up Screen and Audio. 88

Sendero PC Products v2014 Command Summary. 89

Appendix A: Manually Downloading and Installing Sendero PC Products Using GoSendero.com.. 92

Login to the Sendero Download Web Site. 92

Downloading  and Installing Sendero PC Products software. 92

Downloading Maps. 93

Installing Maps. 93

Maps and Points of Interest Folder 95

Changing Map and POI Folder Location. 96

Downloading additional User Points of Interest 97


1      Foreword

Welcome to the world of location literacy, the power to know your location and surroundings to assist in finding your way.  Before we get into the details of how the many features work, we will take a moment to describe the big picture, offering you access to information about your environment never before available.

GPS technology and map and location databases combine to create the potential for every square meter on earth to have a label.  Add a portable computing device with GPS capabilities to this equation and every location label can be accessible.  Commercial maps and databases are continually created with millions of points in most developed countries.  Increasing consumer demand for these technologies is driving improvements for more accurate location information.

Here is how Sendero PC Products bring this Location Information to you.  Depending on which product you purchased, Sendero PC GPS, or Sendero PC Maps, you will access the information virtually or using real-time GPS positioning. If you are virtually exploring, you will input your starting address and can wander along the maps or input another address and create a route to that location.   If you are using GPS positioning and you are tracking satellites, the latitude and longitude for your position is communicated by the receiver to your computer.  That position can then be compared with the database of maps on your computer. There are various commands that will give you directions and distances to specific points, streets or Waypoints along an automatically created route. 

1.1          Scenarios

So, now that you have electronic maps and a database of landmarks and Points of Interest (POIs) loaded on your PC, what can you do with it?  Here is where the fun begins!

 

For example:

 

I am a blind person in a car or bus, with minimal knowledge about the environmental information whizzing by my vehicle.  I turn on my Sendero PC GPS and the Point of Interest “look-around” feature automatically announces Points of Interest when I am traveling.  When I want to look further away, I use the Simple Find command (F) to see where to stop for lunch.   

 

I have Sendero PC Maps and need to familiarize myself with the street layout and restaurants in downtown Chicago before my visit.  I type in my hotel address, using the ALT-S command, and choose Explore Position to set my virtual position at the hotel.  I can use the Explore mode commands to wander around the streets.  Once I feel comfortable navigating the streets, I then use the advanced Find command (CONTROL-F) to search for nearby restaurants.  I will then print the directions and the name of the restaurant for my colleagues. I can search for points in a circle or in a specific direction.

 

I want to find a restaurant called Abe’s Diner and to be routed to it.  I know it is roughly 3 to 5 miles away.  I input my home address using the Address Lookup (ALT-S) command, then press the advanced Find (CONTROL-F) command, select restaurant for the category, all for the sub-category and Abe’s Diner in the matching text field.  After the POI list is created, I locate Abe’s Diner in the list of POIs then press ENTER to bring up the POI Action dialog. I select “Vehicle Route: ALT-V” from the menu to create a vehicular route from my home to Abe’s Diner, complete with Waypoints, turns and distances.  I am now literally the blind back-seat navigator informing the driver of upcoming turns and exits.

 

We have friends visiting and once we finish lunch, we want to do a little sightseeing.  To find out what is in the vicinity of Abe’s Diner, I load Sendero PC GPS on my notebook.  My last known GPS position is Abe’s Diner.  I use the Find a POI command (F) to hear what Points of Interest are near the diner.  Everything from museums to recreational horseback riding facilities may show up as I scroll through the database of nearby points with the UP or DOWN ARROW keys.

 

 

As you can see from reading these scenarios, there are two ways to use Sendero PC Products.  If you have the Maps only option, you will learn about your environment by virtually exploring the map street layout and points of interest.  If you have GPS capabilities, you can become aware of your surroundings with the “look-around” options as you travel.  Traditionally, a blind person might get one percent of location information through a sighted friend. With Sendero PC Products, a blind user can independently “look around” and hear what streets, addresses and intersections are nearby.

 

The second and probably most popular use of Sendero PC Products is to create a route to a specific destination.  One can create pedestrian or vehicular oriented routes.

 

 

Sendero PC Products provide the opportunity for users to get information beyond the reach of their other senses.  Information can be discerned far beyond the reach of the visual sense if the user chooses.  Sendero PC Products and the continually evolving vast quantity of electronic location information give the blind user entertaining and valuable access to the environment through which he or she can travel more independently.


2      Getting Started with your Sendero PC Product

This User Guide is for use with Sendero PC GPS and Sendero PC Maps, all to be referred to henceforth as Sendero PC Product.

 

The information in this User Guide covers the items specific to the Sendero PC Product software.  General operating instructions for the PC and screen readers are in their respective User Guides.

 

Note: A high speed connection is recommended for faster download.  By downloading maps and POIs, you are agreeing that you are the authorized Sendero license holder for the account you have entered and for the country data you are downloading.
 

2.1          Installing Sendero PC Products

When your account is set up, you will receive an email from Sendero containing a link to the Sendero PC Product Install program. In order to install your Sendero PC Product select the link to download and begin installing the program.

 

 

The installation screens are:

 

1.     Welcome screen.  Press TAB to move to the Next button and press ENTER. 

2.     License Agreement screen.  You can select I do not agree, at which point the installation will not continue, or I agree.  Once you have selected I agree, select the Next button to proceed to the next screen. 

3.     Select Installation Folder location and check disk cost. The program installation folder defaults to C:\Program Files\Sendero Group LLC\SenderoMaps on 32 bit operating systems, or C:\Program Files (x86)\Sendero Group LLC\SenderoMaps on 64 bit operating systems. If you are satisfied with the defaults select the Next button.  If you want to change the Installation folder, select the Browse button and choose where you would like to install the program files.  The installer will always install to a new folder called “SenderoMaps” under the Installation folder.  For example if you install to drive D: the program will be installed to D:\SenderoMaps.

4.     Confirm Installation. Select the Next button to install.  Note: If you are running Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, the User Account Control (UAC) dialog is displayed,  Using Windows Vista, TAB to the allow button and press ENTER, or press ALT-A to allow the installation to continue.  Using Windows 7 or 8, TAB to the Yes button and press ENTER, or press ALT-Y to allow the installation to continue. 

5.     ReadMe document.  Read the document and select the next button to continue. 

6.     Installation Complete. Select the Close button to complete the installation and exit the install program.

2.2          Registering Sendero PC Products

Now that the program is installed, you need to register your product. In the same email that gave you the link to download your Sendero PC Product software, you will also find your Account ID and password.  Once you have this information, you can register your product.  First, start the product by: 

 

1)    Selecting the Sendero shortcut  from the desktop and press ENTER. 

 

2)    Using the Start Menu, scroll to the Programs menu item or All Programs, depending on your version of Windows and how your Start Menu is configured.  Scroll to the sendero program group and press enter.  Finally scroll to the SenderoMaps item and press ENTER.

 

3)    In Windows Vista or later, bringing up the start menu and in the search box type in "SenderoMaps" and press ENTER.

 

Once the program is loaded, you will be prompted for your Account ID.  Type in your Account ID, then press TAB to move to the password field. Type in your password and press ENTER.   

 

If you have a firewall installed it may prompt you to allow communication with the Internet.  Please allow communication with the internet.  No personal information is sent to the Sendero servers.

 

If you are running SenderoMaps in trial mode your trial is activated for 30 days.  If you are running Sendero PC Product as a registered user, your software and maps will automatically be licensed.

 

After your registration information has been verified, you are prompted to install the maps. 

If SenderoMaps is unable to connect to the Internet, you can do a manual registration.  To register manually, please log into your Sendero account at http://www.GoSendero.com using your Account ID and password.  Once you register online you can go to the link ‘Manage PC Licenses’ under the heading ‘License Keys’. There you will be asked: Enter New PC ID.  This computer’s PC ID is given below. Enter this into the website. Then copy the ‘License Key’ provided on the website for your PC, and enter this ‘License Key’ below.

2.2.1  Copy Protection

 

Each copy of the Sendero PC Product software is licensed to a specific user.  Sendero PC Product can be licensed on up to three computers. The software, Points of Interest and map data for the countries you purchased are also licensed for use only on computers you have activated.  User defined Points of Interest can be shared and are not copy protected.  You may also hear copy protection referred to as a license key or as Digital Rights Management. 

 

 

 

3      “Check for Updates” Feature: Automated Downloading and Installing

Once you have installed your software and registered it, you are ready to use Sendero PC Product’s automated, “Check for Updates” feature, to download or update Maps, User Submitted POIs, Install Packages and GTFS Feeds.  

 

To activate the “Check for Updates” feature, press F3 or select check for updates from the help menu. You are presented with a dialog box with the following 11 items:

 

a.     Event Log: This is a read only edit area where you are given the status of what is going on.  You may see the number of updates available, the name of the Map or user submitted POI that is currently being downloaded.

 

b.     Maps: This is a list of all available maps you have access to download.  If you have access to multiple map bundles all countries are listed here.  Use your arrow keys to scroll up and down the list.  Press SPACE to select or unselect multiple Maps.

 

c.      POIs: This is a list of user submitted POIs.  You can read more about the benefits of submitting user POIs in the section dealing with Points of Interest.  Use your arrow keys to scroll up and down the list.  Press SPACE to select or unselect one or more POI files.

 

d.     Install Programs: This is a list of all install programs you have available to you.  Updates to Sendero PC Products are listed here as well as your GPS program for the BrailleNote or Sense Navigation if available.  Use your arrow keys to scroll up and down the list.  Press SPACE to select or unselect one or more install packages.

 

e.      GTFS POIs: This is a list of transit feeds by Google.  They are additional bus stops for those cities who put their transit bus stops

into the GTFS standard format.  GTFS stands for General Transit Feed Specification which was initiated by Google a few years ago.  Use your arrow keys to scroll up and down the list.  Press SPACE to select or unselect one or more of the offered GTFS feeds.

 

f.       Update: Pressing this button will download and install all selected items. Your screen reader will announce each item as it is being downloaded even when you are working in other programs. 

 

g.     Unselect all: This button will unselect all selected items.

 

h.     Display: This is a combo box where you can tell Sendero PC Product to show you updates only or all files you have access to.  Note: if you check for updates and you have none available, you are automatically switched to show all.  In this way you can download any additional files without changing this item.

 

i.       Account: This is a list of all available accounts you might have access to.  This is good for those that have multiple GPS products.  If you had Sendero GPS for the Apex and Sense Navigation you would select each account and the proper install package and license key will be retrieved for you.  If you only have one GPS product, it is safe to ignore this option.

 

j.       Add new account:  If you have multiple GPS products, here is where you can add an additional account.  Pressing this button will prompt for your ID and password.  If you only have one GPS product you can safely ignore this option.

 

k.     Cancel:  Pressing this button will cancel the check for updates function and return you to Sendero PC Product.

 

As you can see from this list, the Check for Updates feature allows you to check all the types of updates: maps, POIs, install packages or GTFS feeds.  The Check for Updates feature does it all.  In the following sections we will discuss each update type separately.

3.1   Maps

 

The first time you start your Sendero PC Product, the program looks for maps in a specified map folder.  If it does not find maps you are asked if you would like to download maps.  If you answer yes the check for updates feature is automatically launched.  If you need to manually launch this feature, press F3 or select “check for updates” from the help menu. 

 

The program will then check for updates, playing a sound while this is taking place.  Press ALT-M to move to the list of maps or press TAB repeatedly to move to the list of maps.  Use your arrow keys to move up and down the list of available maps.  Press SPACE to select or unselect the currently highlighted item.  TAB to the Update button and press ENTER or press ALT-U to start the download process.

Note, if you have updates available all updates are automatically selected for you.

 

Your screen reader will announce each map as it starts to download.  This information is sent directly to the screen reader, because of this, you will hear this information while working in other programs.  For example: Downloading Australia_2014.  When all downloads are complete a different sound will be heard.

 

After all maps have been downloaded they are automatically moved to the proper location.  In order to update Maps on your GPS device, see the section for synchronizing to card or remote device for details.

3.1.1  About Maps and Commercial POIs

 

The map data is developed and maintained by TomTom and licensed to Sendero Group for use in the Sendero Products.  Note: Australia and New Zealand maps and POIs are provided by NAVTEQ®.  It is anticipated that map data updates may be available about once a year.  Updated Maps and POIs can be downloaded from within Sendero PC Products by using the check for updates function, or manually from your account at http://www.gosendero.com (see Appendix A for these instructions). 

 

For countries not currently offered by Sendero, please contact Sendero Group to see if that country is within the Sendero license.  Additional countries will be rolled out as demand and funding permits.  Check the Sendero Group web site for the status of available countries at http://www.senderogroup.com/shopgps.htm.

 

 

3.2   User Submitted POIs

The previous section discussed how to download the necessary map and commercial POI files to run Sendero PC Products.  In addition to these core files, you may also choose to download additional User POI files.  Say, for example, you are a hiking enthusiast or you regularly use public transit, you would download the additional User POI files that include hiking trails or the Google Transit POIs.

 

To see what User Submitted POIs are available to you, press F3 or select “check for updates” from the help menu.  The Sendero PC Product will then check for updates, playing a sound while this is taking place.  Press ALT-P to move to the list of user submitted POIs or press TAB repeatedly to move to the list.  Use your arrow keys to move up and down the list.  Press SPACE to select or unselect the currently highlighted item.  TAB to the Update button and press ENTER or press ALT-U to start the download process.

Note, if you have updates available all updates are automatically selected for you.

 

Your screen reader will announce each file as it starts to download.  This information is sent directly to the screen reader, because of this, you will hear this information while working in other programs.  For example: Downloading World_Extra_POIs.  When all downloads are complete a different sound will be heard.  Once the user submitted POIs are downloaded, they are copied to the proper location. 

 

3.3   Install Packages

You can download install packages from within Sendero PC Products. 

To see what Install Packages are available to you, press F3 or select “check for updates” from the help menu.  The Sendero PC Product will then check for updates, playing a sound while this is taking place.  Press ALT-I to move to the list of install packages or press TAB repeatedly to move to the list.  Use your arrow keys to move up and down the list.  Press SPACE to select or unselect the currently highlighted item.  TAB to the Update button and press ENTER or press ALT-U to start the download process.

Note, if you have updates available all updates are automatically selected for you.

 

Your screen reader will announce each file as it starts to download.  This information is sent directly to the screen reader, because of this, you will hear this information while working in other programs.  For example: Downloading SenderoMaps_2014.  You will be notified when all install packages have been downloaded and given instructions.  To update a Sendero PC Product you must uninstall any previous version by using the normal method to uninstall any other program.  Sendero PC Products are also downloaded directly to the default location where your computer downloads files.  Navigate to that location and run the setup program.  Follow the instructions at the beginning of this section for step by step details.  When all downloads are complete a different sound will be heard.

 

 

3.4   GTFS Feeds

GTFS POIs are additional bus stops for those cities that put their transit bus stops into the GTFS standard format.  GTFS stands for General Transit Feed Specification which was initiated by Google a few years ago. 

If you would like your local Transit agencies Bus stops to be offered by Sendero, please go to:

http://www.gtfs-data-exchange.com/agencies/bylocation

If it is listed then email Sendero the name of the transit agency, city and

state/province or country.

If your transit agency does not exist in GTFS format then you will need to contact your local transit authority and ask them if they can put their bus data in GTFS format so Sendero can convert the data into an accessible format.  For more information on GTFS you can go to:

https://developers.google.com/transit/gtfs/reference

 

To see what GTFS Feeds are available to you, press F3 or select “check for updates” from the help menu.  The Sendero PC Product will then check for updates, playing a sound while this is taking place.  Press ALT-G to move to the list of GTFS feeds or press TAB repeatedly to move to the list.  Use your arrow keys to move up and down the list.  Press SPACE to select or unselect the currently highlighted item.  TAB to the Update button and press ENTER or press ALT-U to start the download process.

Note, if you have updates available all updates are automatically selected for you.

 

Your screen reader will announce each file as it starts to download.  This information is sent directly to the screen reader, because of this, you will hear this information while working in other programs.  For example: Downloading Ohio_Central_Ohio_Transit_Authority_GTFS.  When all downloads are complete a different sound will be heard.

 

4      Sendero PC Products Basics

 

4.1          Starting Sendero PC Products for the first time

After installing and registering your Sendero PC Product, start it by selecting the Windows Start Menu, type Sendero in the search field.  Select Sendero Maps to run the program.

 

If you have purchased Sendero PC GPS, the program asks if you would like to set up your GPS receiver.  Select Yes or No. If you select Yes, the Automatic GPS Configuration dialog box will appear and connect the GPS receiver that you have previously paired with your PC.  See the GPS basics Section for more detail on pairing your GPS receiver with your PC. If you select No, you will go directly to the program and can set up your GPS receiver by selecting GPS Receiver Set Up from the GPS file menu. 

4.2          Exiting Sendero PC Products

 

When you exit your Sendero PC Product, the destination you have set, Explore Position and mode settings are saved.  When you press ALT-F4 from the Sendero PC Product application the program will close.  If you have a modified route open, you are first asked if you wish to save the changes.  Answering Yes will save the changes and exit the program.  Answering No will not save the changes and exit the program.  Cancel will not exit the program and will leave the route open.

 

 

4.3          Switching Between Applications

 

You may use the Windows standard methods for switching between applications.  You can then switch back to the Sendero PC Product application in the same way.  You will be returned to where you left off.

 

 

4.4          Getting Help from within Sendero PC Products

 

Press F1 for context sensitive help.  For example, while looking up an address press F1 to read the help information pertaining to the address lookup dialog.  The help section on address lookup is automatically selected.  Press ENTER then F6 to move to the text and scroll with your arrow keys.  Press ALT-F4 to return to the program. 

Select "Manual from the Help menu to read this users guide.  You can also find information about your  Product by pressing ALT-H.  Using the menu bar, press ALT, then scroll to Help and press ENTER.

 

You are presented with the following nine items.

 

1)    Command summary:  Pressing ENTER on this item will launch the command summary.

 

2)    Manual:  Selecting this item launches this manual.

 

3)    Check for updates:  Pressing ENTER on this item allows you to check for program updates as well as maps, user submitted POIs and even installers such as Sendero GPS for the BrailleNote and Sense Navigation. F3 is the hot key from the main screen to activate this item.

 

4)    Remove software license and Exit: This item allows you to remove the registration from this computer so you can install on another computer.  After uninstalling some files are left behind such as your installed Maps, favorites and user Points of Interest.  If you wish to remove the user data, remove the "SenderoMaps" folder under your Documents folder.

 

5)    Update Login Information: Use this item to change your Account ID or password.  In this dialog you will also see a forgot password button.  Type in the account ID and tab to the forgot password button. An email is sent to the email address associated with your account containing your password.

 

6)    Install previously downloaded Maps and POIs:  If you have manually downloaded maps from the web site and have not installed them yet, activating this option will scan your download folder for maps and allow you to install them.

 

7)    Enter new license key: Pressing enter on this item will prompt you to enter a license key.  Perhaps you are behind a firewall and are unable to connect to the internet.  You could go to www.gosendero.com from another computer and retrieve your license key from the web site and enter it here.

 

8)    Contact us: Pressing enter on this item allows you to send feedback to Sendero.  You have the option of sending technical feedback or general feedback.

 

9)    About: Pressing ENTER on this item will display a dialog box with program information such as the current version, number of Maps and POIs loaded.

 

Each menu item has an underlined character.  For example, to find the program version, press ALT-H, this brings down the Help menu, then press the letter A.  This closes the help menu and selects the About Sendero PC Products Dialog box.  Press TAB to move through the dialog box and view the information.  Press ENTER on the OK button to close the About dialog box. 

 

Note: Some screen readers are configured to announce the underlined character before the menu item while others announce the underlined character after the menu item.  Still, some screen readers will prefix the underlined character in the menu bar with the word ALT.  While moving left and right through the menu bar you might hear "HELP ALT-H," "HELP H" or "H HELP" for the HELP menu item.  The same applies for the File, Routes, Location, Explore, GPS (if available) and Tools menu items.  For example in the File menu the underlined character is F, Routes is R, Location is L, Explore is E, GPS is G (if available) and Tools is T. From the main program window, press ALT-F to pull down the file menu, or ALT-L to pull down the location menu.  Using the first letter of a menu item is not always the case.  It is a good idea to take note of what your screen reader announces.

 

4.5          Description of the Main Screen

The main screen is split into two parts, the top half contains a visual map and the bottom half contains textual map information. The horizontal line that separates the top from the bottom area of the screen may be repositioned by dragging this line up or down with the mouse.  This will enlarge one area while shrinking the other.

 

4.5.1  Visual Map Description

 

The visual map shows the street layout of your location with your current position indicated in the center of the map by a solid red triangular arrow.  This area cannot be scrolled, but you may zoom-in by pressing the Page Down key, or zoom-out using the Page Up key.  Your screen reader announces an approximate area that is displayed.  For example: about 0.5 miles displayed on map.

 

You may change the size of your current position indicator on the Visual Options dialog (found under Tools on the toolbar).  In the default “North always Up” configuration, this arrow will rotate as you make turns to point in the direction you are facing.  You can change this configuration to “Up showing what’s ahead” on the Visual Options dialog.  If you make this change, the map will be re-oriented as you make turns, so that your current direction of travel is always at the top of the screen and the current-position arrow always points up.  The compass in the lower-right corner of the map area will always indicate the orientation of the map as well as the direction of your current heading.  A distance scale and the latitude-longitude coordinates of your current position are located in the lower-left corner of the map area.

 

Map features will be described here using the default color scheme.  You may change the map color scheme using the Visual Options dialog (described elsewhere).  Some features may be removed from the map by changing their color to “Not Visible”.

 

On the map, roads and their names appear in the Dark Blue Foreground color.  The minimum road width may be changed on the Visual Options dialog.  Freeways are Red, and bodies of water are Blue.  Most Background real estate is colored Light Golden.  Parks are colored Light Green and Schools are colored Light Brown.  One-way streets are shown with superimposed Magenta arrows indicating the direction of travel.  Overpasses are shown with short Cyan lines on either side of the top road.  If you have set a map destination, it will appear as a Green flag on the map. 

 

When you open a route, the screen may be automatically zoomed-out if needed to display the entire route on the screen. When a route is open, the waypoints appear on the screen as red arrows within a green circle.  The red arrows indicate the direction for turns and the direction of travel along the route.  The starting point for the route is indicated by a red “A” within a green circle.  The ending point of the route is indicated by a red “B” within a green circle.

4.5.2  Textual Map Description

 

The bottom portion of the screen contains text describing the attributes of your position.  This area may be tabbed through or scrolled up or down using the vertical scrollbar on the right side.  When reviewing the textual descriptions, you can review the following items:

 

Detailed Intersection: announces type of intersection and street names and orientations

Odometer: announces distance traveled

Nearest POI: announces nearest POI

Heading: announces current heading

Address: announces address

City Info: announces available information about your current city

Nearest Intersection: announces nearest intersection

Event: field shows the last event.  It could be your nearest POI or your last turn information. 

 

When you have a destination set, a Destination information field will be added to the top.

 

When you have a route loaded, in addition to the Destination field, you will also see the fields Route Distance, Next Turn, and Route Progress.

 

Here are some additional commands to announce information, without moving your position on the map.  If you press C for city, city information is spoken but your cursor remains in the address field.  To view a list of announcement commands at any time, activate the Location menu and select the Location announcements submenu, ALT-L, then N.  Use your arrow keys to scroll through the menu and press ENTER.

 

a.     Announce Intersection: X; announces the nearest Intersection name, heading and distance.  The cross street is announced.  Remember that the distance to the intersection refers to the center of the intersection.

 

b.     Announce Detailed Intersection Information: ALT-X;   announces a more detailed description of the intersection like direction of travel and the compass orientation of the cross streets.

 

c.      Announce Nearest Address: A; Queries the nearest known street address by pressing the letter A.  If you have “virtual side of street tracking” enabled, you are also told the side of the street you are standing on, for example 998 Parkwood Drive, right side.  If you are on a highway or if the address number is not known, only the name of the street is announced.  If you get a message saying the Address is unknown, move a bit and try again. 

 

d.     Announce City, Feature, State,  Zip/postal code: C; announces the current city, Map Feature if there is one, state and zip/postal code announced.  If you get a message saying it is unknown, move and try again.  There may be some small towns which do not have address level data, only street names without house numbers.  If the city name is not found, the nearest township will be announced.  If no township is found either, the county or district may be announced.  If there is a body of water, college campus or other map feature in the database, this will appear after the city and before the state. 

 

e.      Where Am I?: SPACEBAR;  announces a brief summary of your current location.  For example, nearest address and current street, nearest intersection, nearest POI and current city.

 

f.       Latitude/Longitude: CONTROL-Y; brings up a dialog box with the latitude and longitude displayed.  To copy the current latitude and longitude to the clipboard press CONTROL-Y then TAB to the copy to clipboard button and press SPACE.

 

g.     Announce Nearest POI: P; announces the nearest POI to your current location.

 

h.     Nearby POIs:  F; brings up a list of nearby POIs, use your arrow keys to scroll through the list.

 


5      Exploring with Sendero PC Products

   

SenderoMaps provides a means of accessing information about your environment, through speech, Braille or both.  This information can be invaluable for getting oriented in a strange, unfamiliar or even familiar environment. 

 

If you have purchased Sendero PC Maps, you will have access to the virtual exploration features described in this manual.  For example, to familiarize yourself with your neighborhood before you actually walk or drive through it, Virtual Explore Mode allows you to look at the maps without having to be in the location being explored.  This means that you can explore the layout of the streets, preview a route, or virtually walk around the vicinity of a Point of Interest, address or lat/lon.  You might set your destination to a particular point of interest and then wish to know what else is in the vicinity of that destination.  The Virtual Explore Mode allows you to do this. 

 

If you have purchased Sendero PC GPS, you will have access to both virtual and GPS exploration. In fact, a good way to get started with GPS is to understand how the virtual exploration commands work before you set foot outside to explore in real-time. When you are in GPS mode, your position will be updated as you move around.  You can have Points of Interest automatically announced as you pass them or you can create turn-by-turn route directions to your destination and you will even be notified if you are off course.

 

5.1          Setting your position

Your position can be set by using your GPS position (if you have GPS capabilities), by inputting an address or lat/lon, or by selecting a Point of Interest (POI).  This section will discuss the first three ways to set your position, while setting a position by POI will be discussed in the Points of Interest section.  Once you have established your position on the map, you can explore around the map, search for a nearby POI, or create a route.  Setting an address or lat/lon position is one way to explore an area hundreds of miles away.

 

 

5.1.1  GPS position

If you have GPS capabilities in your Sendero PC GPS, you may set your position using your GPS position.  If you are in GPS mode and tracking satellites, the program will automatically set that location as your position on the map.

5.1.2  Address Lookup

If you are not using GPS or would like to virtually explore a map, you may also set your position on the map by inputting an address.  The Address lookup is one of the most commonly used features of SenderoMaps.  You will use it, for example, to set your friend’s house as your destination or to virtually explore a new city.   A step by step City Lookup and Zip/postal search will be discussed in detail in the following sections.

 

A few pointers for a successful Address Search:

 

* If you are uncertain as to the spelling of a street name, enter the first few letters of the name and press ENTER.  You will then be presented with a list.  Press DOWN or UP ARROW to scroll through the list until you find the street name.  Then press ENTER to accept.

 

* If you are not sure if a street is a lane or a court, just enter the name and you are presented with multiple options if there are any.  If you know for sure how the suffix is written, you can type it in for an exact match.  However if the street name is written as Maple Ln, then you must type it in that way rather than as Maple Lane.

 

* If you are searching for West 8th Street, it must be entered as, “8th St, W.” If you are not 100 percent sure of the proper syntax, just type in “8” or “8th” and you will be given a list of streets with that basic name.  Then you can choose the one you want and press ENTER.

 

* If your city is not found using the city lookup, there are rare times when the map data differs from the common name of the city, you should use the zip/postal Search Type.  Most cities aren’t this tricky but it is good to know that even the smallest towns are probably in the map database, it may just take a little ingenuity to bring them up. 

 

* There are occasions when you will not be able to find streets within the city you've chosen.  This may be because the selected city contains only those streets TomTom considers to be within the built-up area, e.g. the center of town.  If this happens, please try again and select another city from the choices presented. 

 

The steps below show how to look up the address, 10999 Amor Avenue, Cleveland OH 44108, which is one of the locations where Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman. 

 

1)    From anywhere in the Sendero PC application, press ALT-S.  This brings you into a dialog box with the following fields:

 

a.     Maps - a list of all installed maps. Use your arrow keys, or first letter navigation to select a map.

b.     City or Zip/postal code: This is a combo edit box that changes depending on what is selected in the search type combo box.  If city is selected, you type in the name of the city, for example Cleveland.  If Zip/Postal code is selected you type in the Zip/postal code, for example 44108.  If you need to view a list of all cities or zip codes on the selected map, press ENTER.

c.      Number: This is an edit box where you can type in the address number, or leave it blank if unknown.

d.     Street:  This is a combo box where you can type in all or part of the street name.

e.      Lookup:  This is the button you select when you have filled out all fields.  This is the default button so just press ENTER to start the search.

f.       Cancel:  Activate this button to cancel the lookup and return to the program.

g.     Search Type:  This is a Combo box where you select the type of search, by city or zip/postal code.

h.     Cross Streets:  If you leave the address number blank, this button will be available.  Press ENTER to bring up a list of cross streets.

2)    If you have multiple maps loaded, a list is displayed.  For example, if you have Ohio, Texas, and Utah in your maps folder you would hear, “Ohio: 1 of 3.”  If you only have one map in your maps folder, it is chosen automatically and focus is moved to the city field.  Scroll to the desired map and press TAB.  You will be prompted “City:”

3)    Type Cleveland and press TAB. 

4)    You are in the address number field:  Type 10999 and press TAB. 

5)    After typing in 10999 and pressing TAB, you are prompted, “street:” type “Amo” and press ENTER.   

6)    You are placed in a list of streets found. Amor Avenue: 1 of 2.”  Meaning there are 2 streets beginning with the characters Amo in the city of Cleveland.  Using your arrow keys scroll through the list of streets.

7)    Scroll up to the first item Amor Avenue: 1 of 2 and press ENTER.  You are placed in the address action Dialog.  The action dialog is a group of 9 buttons: explore position, destination, pedestrian route, vehicle route, create user POI, add to favorites, send position to Google Maps, create a walking route and cancel. Press TAB to move to the explore position button and press ENTER, alternatively press ALT-E to activate the Explore Position button.

 

You are now virtually near the address.  Note: your position is as if you were standing at the street with the building behind you.  In this case you would see the following: “At 10999 Amor Ave heading southeast. 1 feet left to Parkwood Drive, 0.29 mi right to East 105th Street.”  To begin exploring you must turn left or right first.

 

 

5.1.3  Zip/Postal Lookup

In the previous section, we described in detail how to lookup the address where Superman was created by using the city search.  The steps below show how to lookup the same address, 10999 Amor Avenue, Cleveland OH 44108 by using the Zip code of 44108. 

 

1.     From anywhere in the application, press ALT-S.  This brings you into a dialog box with the following fields:

 

a.     Maps - a list of all installed maps. Use your arrow keys, or first letter navigation to select a map.

b.     City or Zip/postal code: This is a combo edit box that changes depending on what is selected in the search type combo box.  If city is selected, you type in the name of the city, for example Cleveland.  If Zip/Postal code is selected you type in the Zip/postal code, for example 44108.  If you need to view a list of all cities or zip codes on the selected map, press SPACE then ENTER

c.      Number: This is an edit box where you can type in the address number, or leave it blank if unknown.

d.     Street:  This is a combo box where you can type in all or part of the street name.

e.      Lookup:  This is the button you select when you have filled out all fields.  This is the default button so just press ENTER to start the search.

f.       Cancel:  Activate this button to cancel the lookup and return to the program.

g.     Search Type:  This is a Combo box where you select the type of search, by city or zip/postal code.

h.     Cross Streets:  If you leave the address number blank, this button will be available.  Press ENTER to bring up a list of cross streets.

 

2.     Press SHIFT-TAB to move the keyboard focus to the Search Type combo box.  Press down arrow to move to the Zip/postal item, then press TAB.  If you have only one map loaded, you may need to press SHIFT-TAB twice.

3.     If you have multiple maps loaded, a list is displayed.  For example, if you have Ohio, Texas, and Utah in your maps folder you would hear, “Ohio: 1 of 3.”  If you only have one map in your maps folder, it is chosen automatically and focus is moved to the zip/postal field.  Scroll to the desired map and press TAB.  You will be prompted “Zip/postal:”

4.     Type 44108 and press TAB. 

5.     You are in the address number field:  Type 10999 and press TAB. 

6.     After typing in 10999 and pressing TAB, you are prompted, “street:” type the word “Amo” and press ENTER.   

7.     Because Amor Ave is the only street in the zipcode of 44108 you are placed in the address action Dialog.  The action dialog is a group of 9 buttons: explore position, destination, pedestrian route, vehicle route, create user POI, add to favorites, send position to Google Maps, create walking route and cancel. Press TAB to move to the explore position button and press ENTER, alternatively press ALT-E to activate the Explore Position button.

 

You are now virtually near this address.  Note: your position is as if you were standing at the street with the building behind you.  In this case you would see the following: “At 10999 Amor Ave heading southeast. 1 feet left to Parkwood Drive, 0.29 mi right to East 105th Street.”  To begin exploring you must turn left or right first.

Note: If you are presented with a list the city the street is in is also displayed.  This is because a zip/postal code can span multiple cities.  Having this information will ensure you pick the correct street.

 

 

5.2          Address Action Dialog Box

 

The Address Action dialog helps you determine your next action once you have entered an address.  In other words, you have entered an address, now what do you want to do with that address.  In the previous sections, we used the City and Zip/postal Search to set an address as an explore position so that you could virtually explore around.  With the Address Action dialog, you can also set an address   as a POI, as a destination, or create routes.  The previous section shows how to lookup an address in great detail.  You will find another example below:

 

1)    Press ALT-S or select "Address Lookup" from the Location Menu.

 

2)    You are presented in turn with fields for search type (city or zip/postal), map, address number and street name. Select the map from the list presented and press TAB, continue to fill out the information.  Once you have entered the address, the address action dialog is displayed.  The items are as follows:

 

 

a.     Explore Position:  Sets your explore position to the address.

 

b.     Create Vehicle Route: Creates a vehicle route from your current position to the address.

 

c.      Create Pedestrian Route: Creates a pedestrian route from your current position to the address.

 

d.     Destination: Sets the address as your destination.

 

e.      Create User POI: Creates a user point from the address you just looked up.

 

f.       Send position to Google Maps: Pressing this button will load your default web browser to Google maps with the location you have looked up.

 

g.     Add to Favorites:  Pressing ENTER on this item adds the selected address to your list of Favorites.  After the favorite is added you are returned to the Action dialog to make another selection, for example create a pedestrian route.  This saves you from having to lookup the address again. 

 

h.     Start Creating a walking route from here: Pressing this button sets your explore position and starts creating a manual route.  You can use your explore commands to stroll around the map.  Your movements are tracked and you can then save the route when you are done exploring. Note: this item is only available in virtual mode.

 

You can press ALT with the first letter of the button you wish to activate or press TAB to move through the buttons and then press ENTER or SPACE on the desired item.  For example ALT-A will add to favorites. 

 

3)    Select the create pedestrian route button from the action dialog, Sendero PC Products creates an automatic pedestrian route as described in the Routes Section.

 

The below commands work in the Action dialog:

Set Location as your Destination; ALT-D.

Set Location as your Explore position; ALT-E.

Create Vehicle Route to Location; ALT-V

Create Pedestrian Route to location; ALT-P 

Create User POI; ALT-U

Add Location to Favorites; ALT-A

View/play Media (if available); ALT-M

Return to Previous Screen; ALT-B

Cancel Operation and return to the program; ESCAPE

 

 

 

5.3          Setting Latitude and Longitude (Lat/Lon) Positions

Setting positions by latitude and longitude means that any point in the world can be given a name and saved in your personal database of points.

You can find out about your current position relative to any other point in the world.  Finding latitude /longitude positions on the Internet is fairly easy to do – using a search engine like Google.com, type in the name of the location and either 'latitude' or 'longitude' and you should get the information in the first two or three hits.

 

Other possible web sites where latitude/longitude information might be available are http://www.geocode.com or http://www.wayhoo.com.  Let’s say for example you were going to take a trip to the Galapagos Islands and wanted to know which Central American city was closest to fly into, San Jose Costa Rica or Guayaquil Ecuador.  Use Google on the Internet to find the lat/lon for these three locations.  Then, set your current position to the Galapagos and set the other two cities as a destination or point of interest.

 

If this sounds like your kind of fun, play the worldwide GPS treasure hunt game by joining http://www.geocaching.com.

 

To hear the latitude and longitude of your current virtual position, Press CONTROL-Y.  A dialog box is displayed with three edit boxes.  The first two items are the latitude and longitude.   The third option allows you to name the lat/lon position.  There are three buttons, Next, Copy to clipboard, and Cancel.  Press the Next button to move to the lat/lon action dialog.  Press Copy to clipboard to copy the lat/lon to the windows clipboard.  Press ESCAPE to exit the list and return to the application, this is the same as pressing the Cancel button.  All Sendero products use Latitude and Longitude coordinates in the WGS84 datum.

 

To set a position by latitude and longitude, do the following:

 

1)    Press CONTROL-Y and you are placed in the latitude field. 

2)    Enter the two digits for the degrees, for example, 37 followed by SPACE.

3)    Repeat this for the rest of the coordinates:

 

Enter latitude minutes.” 46 then press SPACE.

Enter latitude seconds.” 30.7 then press SPACE.

Press N for North or S for South”.  N, then press TAB to move to the longitude field.

Enter longitude degrees.” 122, then press SPACE.

Enter longitude minutes.” 25, then press SPACE.

Enter longitude seconds.” 5.15, then press SPACE.

Press W for West or E for East.” W, then press TAB.

 

4)    Enter the name for this location.  Type the name of the location and press TAB to the next button and press ENTER.  All fields are required.  These example lat/lon coordinates belong to the city of San Francisco, CA.

5)    Finally, you are presented with the action dialog with 8 buttons: explore position, destination, create pedestrian route, create vehicle route, create user POI, send current position to Google Maps, create walking route and add to favorites.  Press ALT-E for explore position.

6)    You can now explore points near this virtual lat/lon for example by pressing F.

 

Note: Do not enter a minus sign before any of the lat/lon values as this is determined when pressing S for South or W for West.

 

There are three possible ways to input lat/lon information.  The first is outlined above in the example; this way is called Degrees, Minutes, Decimal Seconds.

 

The second way to input a lat/lon is called the Degrees, Decimal Minutes; you will not need to enter seconds.  To search a Degrees, Decimal Minutes latitude and longitude, do the following:

 

1)    Press CONTROL-Y and you are placed in the latitude field.

2)    Enter the two digits for the degrees, for example, 37, then press SPACE.

3)    Repeat this for the rest of the coordinates:

 

          Enter latitude minutes.” 46.512, then press SPACE.

Press N for North or S for South”.  Type N, then press TAB.

You are placed in the longitude field. Type 122 followed by SPACE.

Enter longitude minutes.” 26.286, then press SPACE.

Press W for West or E for East.” W, then press TAB.

 

4)    Enter the name for this location. Type the name of the location and press ENTER.  All fields are required.  These example lat/lon coordinates belong to the city of San Francisco, CA.

5)    Finally, you are placed in the action dialog: you are presented with 8 buttons: explore position, destination, create pedestrian route, create vehicle route, create user POI, send current position to Google Maps, create walking route and add to favorites.  Press ALT-E for explore position.

6)    You can now explore points near this virtual lat/lon for example by pressing F. 

 

Note: Do not enter a minus sign before any of the lat/lon values as this is determined when pressing S for South or W for West.

 

The third way to input a lat/lon is called Decimal Degrees.  Simply, enter a complete string for the lat and lon in the corresponding field if you have the full decimal value of the string. 

 

For example:

 

Press CONTROL-Y, you are placed in the latitude edit box.  Enter: 37.7751997.

and press TAB to move to the longitude edit box. 

Enter: -122.4180997.

Be sure to enter the - sign when appropriate.  the - sign is used for South and also for West. 

Press TAB to move to the name field, type in a name and press ENTER to activate the next button. 

You are taken to the “Lat/Lon Action Dialog:” Press ALT-E to activate the Explore position button, or press TAB to explore the dialog box.

 

5.4          Miscellaneous Location Lookup Items

 

This section discusses miscellaneous items for you to keep in mind when doing location lookups.

 

1)     For the city fields, you have the option of an exact match, accepting the default from your current position, entering a partial match, or getting an entire list.  You can press ENTER to accept or scroll through the list to see the other choices.

2)    If you choose accept the default from your current position, the system will use your current position to offer suggestions.  For example, if your current position is in Boston Massachusetts, when prompted for the state, Massachusetts is selected, just press TAB.  If you are doing a city lookup Boston is offered as a suggestion.  Similarly while performing zip/postal code lookups, your current zip/postal code is suggested. 

3)    If you leave the address number empty and type in just the street name or the address number is not found, you will be presented with a list of address ranges along the street chosen.  For example, if you type Beach Road, you will hear, “1-199 Beach Road, 200-299 Beach Roadand so on.

4)    The street field does not offer the last street name entered. For a list of streets, press ENTER at the street prompt.  

5)    To obtain a list of all cities or zip/postal codes, press ENTER at the respective prompt.  The above also applies for a list of streets.

6)    To obtain a list of cross streets leave the address number blank.  When the list of address ranges is displayed TAB to the cross streets button and press ENTER.  The cross streets are in order from the beginning of the street to the end.  The purpose of this list is so that the user has a choice of potential address ranges or can retrieve a list of cross streets.

7)    If you do not wish to hear index numbers while scrolling through a list, consult the documentation that came with your screen reader as this is a screen reader function.

 

 

5.5          Important Virtual Explore Mode Commands

 

Once you have set your position using a Location Lookup function, you can use the following commands to virtually explore around the map:

 

Move forward an intersection;         I.

Turn left at an intersection;            J.

Turn right at an intersection;          L.

Move to previous virtual position;   K.

Cross the street if virtual side of street tracking is enabled; U

 

From the Location menu, selecting the Set virtual to map menu item will set your virtual position to a pre-defined spot on the map. You will either be taken to the capital of the state or country, or be placed at a tourist attraction. This allows you to start exploring quickly.  If you have multiple maps installed you will be presented with a list.

 

If you have purchased Sendero PC GPS, you will have access to the virtual exploration and GPS exploration.  See the following section for details on exploring in GPS Mode.


6      GPS Basics and Accuracy.

This section covers some of the concepts, issues and background information about the Global Positioning System.  Feel free to skip the sections relating to GPS if you have purchased Sendero PC Maps.

6.1          Use Good Judgment.

This product is an excellent navigation aid, but it does not replace the need for careful orientation and good judgment.  Never rely solely on GPS or any one device for navigating.

6.2          About GPS Satellites.

The U.S. Government operates the Global Positioning System (GPS) and is solely responsible for the accuracy and maintenance of GPS.  Certain conditions can make the system less accurate.   

There are 24 U.S. military satellites in the Global Positioning System, 12 in each hemisphere and they circuit the earth twice a day.  Although your receiver may be able to pick up as many as 12 satellites, three or more signals are necessary to determine the GPS position.  Some GPS receivers offer additional accuracy through the use of a fixed (geostationary) satellite called WAAS, Wide Area Augmentation System.

 

It is possible to get a reading of Good with 4 or more satellites or Poor with 5 or more satellites.  A Good reading is better than a Poor reading no matter the number of satellites.  The quality of the satellite signal determines the quality rating announced to you.  The user has no control over the WAAS satellite detection; this feature will automatically turn on and report when it is available from the satellite.

 

A similar system in Europe called EGNOS is also implemented.  Having WAAS or EGNOS improves the accuracy, so you might hear accuracy distances lower than 16 feet or 5 meters.  However, if all the satellites are coming from the same angle you could have WAAS/EGNOS enabled and still have a poor reading.

 

6.3          Installing GPS Receivers.

Before Sendero PC GPS can find your GPS receiver it needs to be paired with your PC using Windows “Add Bluetooth Device” function. Once you have done this, Sendero PC GPS will be able to find your GPS receiver for you.  When you start the program for the first time, it will prompt you to configure your GPS receiver.  If you choose to set up your GPS receiver, the Automatic GPS Configuration dialog will appear.  Follow the prompts to configure your GPS receiver. If you choose not to configure your GPS receiver right away, you can go to the GPS Menu and cursor down to “GPS Receiver Set Up” to start the process when you are ready. 

 

6.4          Picking Up Satellite Signals.

See the GPS receiver manual for details and functions not addressed in this user guide.  To get started, turn the receiver on and place it in a location open to the sky where you can begin acquiring GPS satellites.  The receiver should have a relatively unobstructed view of the sky.  When you travel to a new area or if the unit has been off for several days, for instance when you first use the receiver, it may take longer to determine a position fix.

 

The GPS receiver needs to track at least 3 satellites to determine a position.  Some receivers may provide an approximate position with less than 3 satellites.  Once the receiver acquires a position, the information is sent to your PC through the Bluetooth connection.  It can take anywhere from 1 second to five minutes before a position is tracked depending upon how long it has been since you last turned the receiver on and how clear a view of the sky you have.

 

Once you have acquired a GPS position you will be given a summary of your current location and the estimated GPS accuracy.  For example: "Acquired position, 10999 Amor Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, WAAS 13 feet, 9 satellites." In the above example 10999 Amor Avenue is the nearest address, Cleveland is the city and Ohio is the state.  Once you begin to move, the receiver calculates the change in your position approximately every second using the satellite signals.  The average of your heading is calculated to minimize the variations in heading due to GPS fluctuations.  After moving in a consistent direction for 15 to 20 seconds, your direction of travel is determined and can be announced on the PC. 

 

When you stop moving, your heading should be locked on your most recent direction of travel.  So keep in mind which direction you were heading before you stopped walking. If you spin around in circles, you must begin walking for 10 to 15 seconds before your new direction of travel will be accurate although you may obtain a heading sooner.  When you make a turn, walk for several seconds before using the heading command.

 

6.4.1  Signal Blind Spots.

Since the GPS receiver detects information from satellites orbiting the earth, the antenna needs to have a relatively unobstructed view of the sky.

Large obstructions such as buildings, cliffs and overhangs may interfere with signal reception, reducing accuracy or eliminating tracking altogether.

This is called the “urban canyon effect.” For example, if you were in a city with 50 story buildings on all sides, the satellite signals would be blocked completely.  However, if there is a tall building on one side only, you may still be able to receive enough signals from other satellites to determine a position.

Changing your location by even a few feet can make a difference.  For instance, walking on the outer edge of a sidewalk versus up against the building may help.  Positioning yourself on a corner at an intersection may also help.  There is a better view of satellites while in a car in the street versus up against a building.

 

The location of the receiver on your body may also make a difference to reception.  If you are among tall buildings or near an overhang, you may begin tracking faster if you hold the receiver up and away from your body.  Face away from the building.  Once the receiver begins tracking, it should continue doing so.  If you need to have it inside a backpack or enclosed because of rain or snow, the GPS signals should be picked up through clothing or vinyl materials.

 

It so happens that among tall buildings in big cities, where GPS is less reliable, there are more people to ask for directions.  Out in the open where there are fewer people to ask for directions, the GPS availability and accuracy is best.  Isn’t this convenient?

 

6.4.2  Using GPS Indoors or in a Vehicle.

GPS signals cannot usually be picked up in-doors; however you may be able to pick up signals inside a house with a wooden roof or inside a bus with a fiberglass roof.  You may also be successful in picking up signals with the receiver in the window of a bus or train.  The best location for the receiver is on the dash or window of a car.  (Note: highly tinted and mirrored windows can block satellites.) It is best to secure the receiver as it may become a projectile if you stop suddenly.

Although you can often pick up a signal from a plane, you must get permission to use the GPS receiver on commercial airlines.  You may pick up signals from the window of an aircraft but you have a limited view of the sky because of the small window.

 

 

6.5          Accuracy of GPS Announcements.

 

To maximize the information and navigation benefits of your Sendero PC GPS, it is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the

Global Positioning System.  You can improve your use of the GPS location information by knowing how the system works. First, check your accuracy a couple times by pressing the GPS Status command, G.  If you are tracking satellites when you press G, you will hear:

 

WAAS (if available), Approximate accuracy distance, Number of satellites being tracked

 

For example, you might hear “13 feet, 10 satellites.” If it first says “WAAS,” that indicates the receiver is tracking the extra WAAS satellites, which enhance accuracy. Note that the word WAAS may be heard in countries where the enhanced accuracy is not fully implemented. 

 

The accuracy scale in the Sendero PC GPS software is geared so you know how much to trust the information.  If Sendero PC GPS says “1050 feet, 3 satellites” before giving your location, note the large accuracy distance of 1050 feet, this is the best indication how much to trust the GPS information.  Move a little and try again to double check.  Try to get in a more open area so you can get better accuracy.  Bear in mind that you must be tracking satellites for 30 feet (10 meters) or more before your direction of travel can be determined.  If you are tracking more than 3 satellites, the receiver will determine which satellites are more accurate and will use the best signals.  It is not only the number of satellites that determines position quality but also the relative position of the satellites to each other.  Because of atmospheric anomalies, there are times when positions are inaccurate for no obvious reason.  If you are tracking less than 3 satellites when you press G, you will hear:

 

"Searching for satellites and the number found.  For example “Searching for satellites, 2 found.” 

 

Another way to check how well you are tracking is with the Heading function in the GPS program.  Once you are heading in a given direction of travel, press the Heading command H repeatedly to ensure that you are getting consistent compass heading information.  This will not only impact your heading but all information relative to your heading such as Points of Interest or your destination.

 

6.6          Getting Oriented Using GPS.

 

You can start walking and get a compass direction from your PC.

If you do not intuitively know the cardinal compass directions, having a talking or tactile compass can assist you in heading directly to your destination as announced by Sendero PC GPS.  Even if you do not start moving, the absolute position of your destination, as announced by Sendero PC GPS, should be reliable.  If you have a pedestrian route loaded and walk in the wrong direction for 30 feet (10 meters), you will hear a warning sound.  In a vehicle route, the wrong direction warning comes after being 100 feet (30 meters) off-route. 

 

If you do not have a route recorded, you can still work your way to your destination using the “getting warmer” method.  Try to get the destination to be announced ahead of you at the 11 o'clock, 12 o'clock or 1 o'clock positions.  Once you get close to the destination, the announcement starts to move away from the 12 o’clock heading.  When it gets to your 3 o’clock (right) or 9 o’clock (left) position, it is time to make a 90-degree turn.  This does not tell you if there is a through street, but it gets you in the vicinity.  You also want the destination distance to steadily decline as you move toward it.  If it suddenly increases, double and triple check the distance so you know you are not getting a bogus reading.  You may very well have veered off track but it is best to make sure. 

6.7          Important GPS Commands

The following commands can be used if you are running Sendero PC GPS:

 

Check GPS Status; G.

Altitude; Z.

Distance from GPS to virtual; CTRL I.

Set Virtual position to GPS position; CTRL G.

 

 


7      Points of Interest (POIs)

There are more than 13,000,000 commercial Points of Interest for the U.S. and Canada.  See the Read Me document for up-to-date POI details for these and other countries.  Just like User POI files discussed below, the commercial .pdb files can be modified.  If a POI goes out of business, or its name changes, it may be modified or deleted. 

 

The user point of interest file is called User.PDB and it is automatically created in the SharedPOIs folder.  If you are upgrading from a previous version the user.pdb file was located in your maps folder.  The software will automatically move the user.pdb file to the new location.

 

7.1          Nearby Points of Interest

 

To view a list of nearby POIs in any category and in any direction press F. The list of POIs is sorted in order of proximity.  Scroll through the list by pressing UP or DOWN ARROW. As you scroll through the POIs you will receive additional information such as its name, the category and sub category if it has one, the street the POI is on, the city the POI is in if the city is outside your current explore position, heading and distance to the POI from your current location, the side of the street the POI is on if known, the compass direction and if the POI has media attached.    For example “Burger Palace, Restaurant, Main ST, Phoenix, 330 feet ahead, right side, west.”  Notice you are told the street the POI is located on and the city the POI is in.  This is a good way to quickly determine if this is the POI you are looking for without opening its details.  If you are looking for Burger Palace, you can type the first letter, B, to go to the POIs that start with the letter B.

 

 

7.2          Advanced POI Find

 

Use the Advanced Find command, CONTROL-F, if you want to find a specific POI.  When you press CONTROL-F you are presented with a list of search criteria. TAB through the various fields starting with category, then the subcategory, search field, Matching text, direction, and starting distance.  For example, you want to find a restaurant called Burger Palace that is 20 miles away.

First you would press the Advanced Find command, CONTROL-F, this brings up the advanced find dialog box.

 

Next, you will be prompted for the category.  Press the letter R to move to "Restaurant" and press TAB. 

 

You are prompted for the subcategory.  Select a subcategory from the list and press TAB.  Note: you can press the first letter of the subcategory you are interested in to move directly to it. 

 

Next choose the field type, for example, name, phone number, address number, street or zip code.  Press DOWN ARROW to scroll through the choices until you hear name and press TAB.  You can also press the first letter of the field type such as S for street and press TAB.

 

Finally, you will be prompted for the matching text, this is the specific name or number that you want to find.  In this example that would be Burger Palace and press TAB. 

 

After this item, there is a checkbox if you want to match only if the POI starts with above text.  In this example we do, so we would press SPACE to check that item.  If we only typed Palace above, we would leave this check box unchecked because Palace isn’t the first word of the POI.

 

Next, you will be prompted for a search direction.  If you are unsure of the direction choose “All”.  You can also choose North, South, East, West.  Press DOWN ARROW to cycle through the choices until you hear All and press TAB.  You can also press the first letter of the direction such as S for south and press TAB. 

 

Next, you will be prompted to enter your starting POI search distance which would be 10 in this case.  Press ENTER to start the POI search. 

 

You will be placed in a list of POIs.  Scroll through the list by pressing UP or DOWN ARROW. 

 

The following scenarios illustrate examples of when you would use the Advanced Find command:

 

1)    I was hungry when going from San Pablo to Stockton, which is about an hour and a half drive. I was able to do a search for restaurants south of us.  I found a good place to eat, set it as our destination and created a route to it.

 

2)    I knew that the POI I was looking for was in the Shop/Service category and that it was on Trinity Pkwy, but couldn’t remember the name or phone number.  I was able to search by specific category, Shop/Service and by street name search, Trinity Pkwy.  Seeing the POI name triggered my memory. I was then able to view the POI details, locate the phone number and call them to find out if they were open.

 

3)    Out of curiosity, I searched for all Chinese Restaurants in the city of Lodi.  I will have to visit some of those places the next time I am there.

7.3          Using Points of Interest

Now that you know how to find POIs, it is time to discuss how to efficiently use the POIs that you find.

7.3.1  Navigating a POI List

When your POI search returns a long list of POIs, you can use the following commands to quickly review the POI list:

Go to the top of the list; HOME.

Go to the end of the list; END.

Move backward through the list one item at a time; UP ARROW.

Move forward through the list one item at a time; DOWN ARROW.

Also, if you know the first letter of the POI you are searching for, you can press that letter.

7.3.2  POI Action Dialog

 

The POI Action Dialog box is a collection of the most common actions associated with searching and locating POIs.  For example, if you are searching for a restaurant, most likely you will want to create a route to that restaurant.  Additionally, you might want to get the phone number to call that restaurant to make reservations.  To get to the POI Action Dialog, from a list of POIs press TAB to move to the Next button, or just press enter. Once in the POI Action Dialog, you can choose from up to eight actions, namely:

A.   Explore position:  Sets your explore position to the POI.

B.   Destination: Sets the POI as your destination.

C.   Create vehicle route: Creates a vehicle route from your current position to the POI.

D.   Create pedestrian route: Creates a pedestrian route from your current position to the POI.

E.    Show POI Details: Allows you to view and edit the POI details such as address and phone number.  You can also copy or print the details by pressing the copy to clipboard or print button.

F.    Add to Favorites: Pressing ENTER on this button adds the selected POI to your list of Favorites.  After the favorite is added you are returned to the list of POIs to make another selection, for example create a pedestrian route.  This saves you from having to find the POI again.

G.   Send current position to Google Maps: Pressing this button loads your browser with the current position in Google Maps.

H.   Create Walking Route: Pressing this button sets your position and starts creating a manual route.  Use your virtual explore keys to stroll around the map and save the route when complete.  Note only available in virtual mode.

 

You can press ALT with the first letter of the button you wish to move to or press TAB to move through the dialog and then press ENTER on the desired option.

7.3.3  Editing Points of Interest

Because POIs are constantly changing, it is inevitable that some of the data will be out-of-date.  Just like User POI files discussed below, the commercial .pdb files can be modified.  A POI might move, go out of business or change phone numbers. 

 

To view and edit details of the announced POI, such as address and phone numbers, Perform either a nearby or an advanced POI search, scroll until you locate the POI you want to edit and TAB to the Next button and press ENTER, alternatively, just press ENTER.  This will bring up the POI Actions dialog, Press ALT-S for Show Details or TAB until you reach this button. 

 

When in the POI details list, press the UP and DOWN ARROW KEYS to move through and read each detail. You may also press the first letter of the detail you wish to edit, e.g. press S repeatedly until you hear Street. 

 

Once you locate the detail you wish to edit, press TAB to move to the Edit Item Button.  Press ENTER.  Type in the new text and press ENTER.  You are then brought back to the POI details list.  You may select another detail to edit or if you are finished editing the POI, press TAB to the Save Button and press ENTER to return to the POI search results list.  You can also copy or print the details by pressing the copy to clipboard or print button.

 

7.3.4  Deleting Points of Interest

 

To delete a POI, perform either a nearby or an advanced POI search, scroll until you hear the POI you want to delete and TAB to the Next button and press ENTER.  This will bring up the POI Actions Dialog, Press ALT-S for the Show Details button or TAB until you reach this item.  Once in the POI Details, press TAB to move to the Delete This POI button and press ENTER.  You will be asked to confirm the POI deletion, press Yes to delete the POI.

 

7.3.5  Points of Interest Categories

There are several POI Categories which make up the Core POIs.  Some have subcategories to help refine your search, some examples from the restaurant category are "barbeque" and "German."  These points are the equivalent of electronic yellow pages on electronic maps.  The core POIs include everything from fuel, hotel/accommodation, park/beach, government services, schools, restaurants, travel/entertainment and shop/service.  These files should be placed in the Maps folder.

 

A complete list of the POI categories and sub-categories can be found by pressing CONTROL-F, a dynamic list of categories and sub-categories will be displayed.

By selecting Find My POIs from the location menu or pressing CONTROL-M you are given a list of the POIs you have created.  The find my POIs dialog contains the following options: 

·        A list of your POIs,

·        A combo box with two items, my private POIs and public POIs.  Private POIs are POIs that you created but have not made public, such as your house or a friend’s house.  The My public POIs item shows all of the POIs you have made public or have submitted to Sendero’s user submitted POI database. See the next section for a discussion of creating your own POIs. 

·        A next button that brings up the POI action dialog

·        An expand search button, and

·        A cancel button. 

 

7.4          Creating User Points of Interest (POI)

Despite the plethora of commercial POIs, there are still points that you may want to record for your own use.  Some examples of User POIs would be a friend’s house or the brand new (not in the commercial database yet) coffee shop that just opened on your block.

 

When you first try to edit or create a POI for the first time you are prompted for the POI author, this could be your full name or initials.  The information you provide will be displayed in the author field when viewing the POI details.

 

The first time you record a POI, a file called User.pdb is created.  It will store all the POIs you create.  You can have only one User.pdb file active at a time and it must have this name.  Therefore, if you swap user.pdb files with another user, it is a good idea to change the filename of your own and ensure it is backed up before sharing.

 

The User POIs are automatically sorted along with the commercial POIs when you use the POI Find commands. 

 

7.4.1  How to Record a POI

There are three ways to record a User POI.  The first way to Record a POI is by capturing your position and assigning a name to that location.  For example, you are at a location that is not currently in the database and you would like to save this location for future use. 

To set your position as a POI, follow these steps:

 

1)    Press CONTROL-D to bring up the Other Actions on Current Position Dialog box.

2)    Press ALT-U for Create User POI or TAB to the Create User POI button and press ENTER.

3)    You will be in the POI details dialog, so you can edit your User POI as you wish.  Press TAB or SHIFT-TAB to move between the following fields:

a.     Name: This is the name of your POI.

b.     Description: This is a short description of your POI

c.      Category: This is a tree of all available categories and subcategories you can select from.  Use your arrow keys to find the category then right arrow to expand the category and browse through its’ available subcategories.  Press left arrow to close the subcategories.  For example, scroll to the restaurant category and press right arrow.  The next time you press down arrow you will be viewing the subcategories of the restaurant category.  Pressing left arrow will close the restaurant subcategory. 

d.     Phone: You can type the phone number here if it is available.

e.      Address: Street address number can go here.  By default the current position is automatically filled in for you.

f.       Street: You can type in the street name here.  By default the current street name is automatically filled in for you.

g.     City: By default the current city is filled in for you.

h.     State/province/region: By default the current information is filled in for you.

i.       Zip/postal code: Type in the zip/postal code.  By default the current zip/postal code is filled in for you.

j.       Country: The current country if known is filled in for you.

k.     Hours of operation: If you know the hours of operation type them in here.

l.       Web site: If the POI has a web site, type it here.

m.  Add tags: Press this button to add additional tags to the POI such as Wi-Fi free.  Another dialog box opens where you can select from a list of predefined tags.

n.     Add media: Pressing this button allows you to add additional media to the POI such as an audio or text file.  When submitting POIs with media it is your responsibility to make sure you own the copyright.  If you record your voice, a church bell or other outside sounds that is okay.

o.     Save: Pressing this button saves the POI and returns you to the program main screen.

 

If you change the category from anything other than user/private you are asked if you would like to make the POI public so you can submit it to the public database for others to enjoy.  Submitting POIs is completely optional.

Remember to TAB to the Save button when you are done and press ENTER. 

 

The two additional ways you can record user POIs are by setting an address with ALT- S or establish a Lat/Lon with CONTROL-Y.  Once you have entered either an address or a Lat/Lon, you will be in the Actions dialog.  TAB to select Create User POI and press ENTER.  For more information about addresses and Lat/Lon, refer to the respective sections.

7.4.2  Sharing User POIs with other Sendero Users

User.pdb files can be shared between users.  Simply copy or attach the POI file from the Shared POIs folder and send it to another user.  Only one User POI file can be active at a time as the program is looking for a file called User.pdb.  If you swap your user POI file with another user or vice-versa, you should rename and back up any shared POI file you wish to save so as to not accidentally overwrite your User.pdb file with another one.  Note if you would like to merge another users favorites or user POIs, just copy the favorites.fdb or user.pdb file into the Maps folder.  When you start SenderoMaps those files will be merged into your respective files in your SharedPOIs folder and your friends favorites.fdb and user.pdb files are removed from the maps folder.

You can also share your public POIs with other Sendero users by uploading them to the Sendero Group servers. Follow the steps in the previous section to create your own user POI.

Note: if you have created user POIs on your BrailleNote or Sense Navigation they can be submitted just by syncing between your computer and remote device.

Once the POI is created press F5 or select “Submit public POI changes to Sendero” From the tools menu.

A dialog appears with the following message: “This option will share the user points of interest you have created or modified with other users. No private POIs or personal data will be uploaded.  By uploading your public POIs, you enrich the data content for other users.”  You are also informed of the number of POIs waiting to be submitted or removed.

Pressing TAB moves through the following fields: The message area that was previously discussed, a POI list that shows the names of POIs that will be submitted, a submit changes button and a cancel button.

Pressing the submit changes button will send the changes to the Sendero servers.  It will then download the updated databases to your computer.  After you submit changes, it is a good idea to synchronize the updates to your Sense Navigation or Sendero GPS for the BrailleNote.  This way you will have the most up to date collection.  When all downloads are complete a different sound will be heard.

The submissions are done in real-time so feel free to check for updates whenever you wish.  In the past the POI submissions were done once a month.  Now they are done instantly providing you have an internet connection.

 

7.5          Media Content

This section will discuss the use of attaching additional media content to Points of Interest.  There may be times when you would like to record a sound to be associated to a POI name.  For example, you wish to record the sound of Big Ben in London.  You may also wish to associate a text menu to your favorite restaurant.   Pressing enter on this item will launch an external application such as Windows Media player for audio and Notepad for text files.  Note: you can only have 1 media file attached to a POI.  If you try to attach a different media file your existing one will be replaced. 

7.5.1  Attaching media to a POI

Follow the below steps to attach media to a POI: 

 

1)    Use any of the previously discussed methods for finding POIs. 

2)    Once you find the POI you would like to add media to, press TAB to move to the Show Details button and press ENTER.  Alternatively press ALT-S. 

3)    Scroll to the Media option or just press M to move to the media option quickly.  Press TAB to move to the Edit Item button and press ENTER.

4)    A windows standard file open dialog box appears.  Navigate to the file you wish to add to the POI just as you would when opening a document in Notepad.

5)    A file can be either an existing audio file or a text document.   You are unable to attach word documents.  They must be text files for compatibility with all users.

6)    Once the media file is attached, press TAB to the Save and Exit button and press ENTER to return to the main information screen.

 

7.5.2  Playing Media Content

Now that we know how to attach additional media content to a POI lets discuss how to view the content.

 

1)    Search for the POI using any of the previously discussed methods. 

2)    In the list of POIs press enter to bring up the POI Action dialog.

3)    Press TAB to move to the View/Play Media Button or press ALT-M.  Pressing ENTER on this button launches the default program, for example Windows Media Player for audio files and Notepad for text documents.  Use your standard reading commands to view the text of the document.  When done with the media file close the program by pressing ALT-F4.

7.5.3  POI Media Action Dialog

In previous sections we discuss the Address Action Dialog and the POI Action Dialog.  These dialogs allow us to perform a specific action on a specified item.  There are three actions we can perform on media content; we call this the POI Media Action Dialog.  Follow these steps to view the POI media Action dialog.

 

1)    Search for the POI.                                          

2)    View the POI details.

3)    Scroll to the "media" option and press TAB to the Edit Item button and press ENTER.  Note the name of the media file is displayed.

4)    You will be placed in the POI Media Action dialog.  There are 3 items:

a.     Playback:  Pressing ENTER on this button allows you to view the attached content as discussed in the previous section.

b.     Delete Media file:  Pressing ENTER on this button removes the additional media file.

c.      Replace Media File:  Pressing ENTER on this button will prompt to attach an existing file as discussed in Section 7.5.1.


8      Routes.

The second general use of Sendero PC products is to navigate to a specific destination along an automatically planned route.  This section will discuss how to create automatic or manual routes using the map information for either pedestrian or vehicle use.

 

The Location Lookup section discussed how to set your position, but that is only half of the information needed to create a route.  The other piece of information that you need to create a route is your destination.  Basically, you need to tell the program where you are starting and where you want to go.  If you are in GPS mode your current position is assumed as the starting position.  If you would like to create routes between states each state must be loaded.  If you would like to create a route and your destination is two or three states away, you must also have the states your route will travel through loaded.

 

8.1          Setting a Destination

 

Before you can create an automatic route, you must have a starting position and a destination.

 

There are four ways to set a destination:

 

1)    by address,

2)    by Point of Interest,

3)    by Virtual Explore position, or,

4)    by latitude and longitude.

 

Address uses map information to pinpoint a location based on city, street and number.  A Point of Interest destination however comes from the point of interest information, either commercial or user-defined.  This variety of options for setting a destination means it is almost always possible to pinpoint an address, regardless of the information you have with which to work.

 

An automatic route is created, from the beginning point of your current position to the end point of your specified destination.  If you choose to save this route, it will always open exactly as you have created it.  So if you create a route from home to the bank, it will always open ready to take you from home to the bank.  If you need to reverse the route, so that it will take you from the bank to home, you can use the Reverse Route command, ALT-R, then R.  Although this might work in pedestrian routes, it will not work with vehicle routes.  It is recommended that you re-create the route because there is the possibility that the reversed route is impossible to follow due to one way streets.

8.1.1  Setting a Destination by Address

 

For more details on how to set a destination by address, refer to Section 5.  To get you started, here is an abbreviated list of steps:

 

1)    Press ALT-S

2)    Fill in the Address Search prompts

3)    At the Address Action dialog, select Destination.

8.1.2  Setting a Destination by Point of Interest

 

To set a POI as a destination, search for the POI, see the section on Points of Interest for complete details.

8.1.3  Setting a Destination by using a Lat/Lon coordinate

 

To set your destination using a Lat/Lon coordinate press CONTROL-Y.  TAB through the fields to input Latitude, Longitude, and Name.  TAB to the Next button and press ENTER.  Once in the Actions dialog, press ALT-D for Destination.

 

8.2          How to Create an Automatic Route.

 

In order to create an automatic route, you need a beginning and an ending point and you must have the street maps loaded for the area where you want the route created.

 

Follow these steps:

 

1)    Decide if you wish the starting point to be from your current position, i.e. where you are currently located, or from a different Explore position.   

2)    Set a destination by address, POI or lat/lon as described in the above sections.  From the Action dialog, select either the “Vehicle route” or “Pedestrian route” buttons.  You can also use the Route Commands, ALT-R, A, then V or ALT-R, A, then P to create the route when you already have a destination set.

 

8.2.1  About Automatic Routes and Waypoints

 

The quality of map data varies from place to place and it will continue to be improved by the map supplier over time. 

 

There is no guarantee that the automatic route is completely accurate or safe to travel.  However, you should find that the automatic creation of routes is very efficient and useful most of the time.

Automatically created routes provide a wealth of information and a variety of options.  Numerous factors go into the software calculation of a recommended route and these routes may not always be desirable. 

 

8.2.2  Street Classifications

 

In addition to map quality factors, the route calculation software must deal with road classification and a multitude of street options.  A couple of examples of road classification are Highway and Arterial.  Each classification has attributes assigned to them such as one-way or vehicle only.  For example, Highway means that only vehicles can access the road.  This classification can change along the same road such as Highway 29.  It is a major highway approaching Napa California but becomes accessible by pedestrians going through small towns where it switches from Highway to Arterial.

The Sendero software takes these classifications into account when calculating routes.

 

Notes:

 

* In automatic route calculation, Waypoints are placed at street intersections.

 

* Routes may take many seconds or even minutes to create depending upon the length of route and speed of your computer. 

 

When traveling in explore mode you may encounter a split street.  This is a street that is split in the middle, perhaps divided physically by a medium.  One way to know is if you are only seeing some cross streets.  Going up one side of the street you may only hear cross streets which intersect this side only.  When crossing a split street you will hear the same street again when you move forward a short distance away.  For example, you might hear on Main Street 40 feet ahead to Main Street.  This may signify you are crossing a split street.  To go down the other side of this street you cannot just turn around and head in the opposite direction, as this will keep you on the same side of the split street.  You must instead turn onto a cross street move forward a short distance to the other side of the same split street you were just on and then make another turn onto the other side of this split street.

 

Note, direction of travel is not an issue in Virtual mode where your heading is determined by the automatic route creation and you are locked to the direction of the streets.

8.2.3  Heading and Distance Announcements

 

Once a route is loaded, you can hear a heading and distance announcement to the Current Waypoint, Next Turn or Destination by pressing H, T, or D.  These message announcements contain three pieces of information described below.

 

1)    The orientation reading.  There are four orientation methods for obtaining the Waypoint heading information, Clock Face, Left/Right, a combination of both and Left or Right plus Compass Degrees.  The default is Left/Right.  To switch among the four announcements, go to the General Options Menu, Heading selection.  From the main information screen press ALT-T for the Tools menu, then G for General Options, then H for heading orientation.  A detailed description of these modes is also available in Section 12.

 

2)    The distance reading.  The key here is to hear the distance to your next Waypoint or destination decreasing.  If the distance is consistently getting smaller, you are headed in the correct direction. If the distance is increasing, you are headed the wrong way.  If there is one essential piece of information to be aware of when navigating, this is it!

 

3)    The compass heading.  The compass announcement tells you if the Waypoint is North, South, East, or West.  This is given after the clock face or right/left position announcements. For example, “at 10 o’clock, South.

8.2.4  Destination Side of the Street Announcement.

When you have a route loaded, pressing the D key announces the side of the street the destination is on.  For example, “895 feet to Starbucks, Destination Left Side.”

Your destination must have either a street number, or be at least 50 feet from the street for this feature to function.  The three examples of a destination with a complete address are:

 

1)    Set your destination using the ALT with S.  You must have an address number, for example, 123 Main Street, or select an address range.

2)    Choose a commercial POI that has an address.  To check whether or not a commercial POI has an address, press CONTROL SHIFT with P then move through the POI details.  If the address is in the database, then it will be announced if there is one.

3)    Choose a User POI that has an address.  You must record your User POIs with the street address in the User POIs address number field for this to work.  For example, you are recording your house as a User POI. Enter “My house,” then press ENTER.  Select “user private” as the category and press ENTER three times to skip the addition of tags and media content.  Next, press CONTROL SHIFT with P to bring up the POI details.  Press the letter A to move to the address number field, then S for the Street Name field. 

All other fields should automatically be populated for you including the name of the Street, City, State/Province, Country and Zip/Postal code. 

Once the program detects the address of your destination, its status as an odd or even address number is then compared with the ALT with X command details to determine the side of the street.  The address data is not 100% accurate so this side of street indication could be incorrect.

If the POI is 50 feet or more from the street and does not have an address, you will be told if the destination is on the left or right side of the street.

8.2.5  Tips on Following a Vehicular Route

 

When traveling on a freeway or highway, your next turn might be announced as “0.50 miles to Waypoint 12, proceed right on Ramp, connecting to Main Street.” The most effective way to review a vehicular route is to use the I command to move you through your route turn by turn and the L command to explore Waypoint by Waypoint.

You may have to press the letter L a couple times before you move past the exit ramp to the nearest intersection.  The name of the intersection is your major clue as to the exit name from a highway.  Ramps may have a couple Waypoints because they curve.  The intersection at the end of the ramp isn’t always the name of the exit.  There may also be exit numbers in the database.  Exit numbers are included in the turn instructions.   They are also automatically announced when virtually exploring.

 

If you are on a highway, these individual Waypoints may not be legal exits or entrances from the highway.

 

8.3          Virtual Manual Route Creation

You can create a route just by virtually exploring.  There are many reasons why you would want to create a manual route.  An example might be, if you knew a shortcut to a location and the automatic route creation took you down a different street or you just feel comfortable walking down a specific street.

 

To create a manual route, you will:

 

Switch to virtual explore mode.  Set your starting position by using any of the following methods: GPS position, Address lookup, POI search, Favorites list or history liyst.  See specific sections for examples.

1.     Select the Routes menu, from the routes menu select the manual routes submenu.  Select “Start creating manual route” and press ENTER.

2.     Go through your route from start to finish, while using the virtual explore keys.  You can only create manual routes in virtual mode, the sound of someone walking will play to indicate that you are creating a route and not just exploring. If you have virtual side of street tracking enabled you are informed of the street crossings as all those movements are recorded. 

3.     When you are done creating your manual route, select “Finish creating manual route,” from the manual routes submenu.

4.     Press CONTROL-S to save.

 

Note: if you make a wrong turn or pass the street you meant to turn down just press the letter K this is the undo command. You can press the letter K to move back to the beginning of the route to start again.

8.4          Route Commands Menu

This section outlines the commands that affect the way a route is announced, presented, or calculated.  Route commands are available anywhere within the program.  The route parameters you set using these options will be saved along with the route, even after exiting the program.

 

Route Commands are separated into two categories, followed by frequently used commands.  The two categories are:

 

1)    Route Announcement Commands

2)    Route Options

 

To hear the list of frequently used route commands, press ALT-R for the routes menu, scroll through the menu with your arrow keys to locate the item of interest and press ENTER if you wish to activate it.  The route categories are outlined in the following sections.

8.4.1  Route Announcement Commands

 

The route announcement commands are available from the main application when a route is loaded.  You must be using a supported screen reader for the announcement and virtual explore commands to speak automatically.  As of the writing of this Users Guide Window-eyes, NVDA, System Access, Hal/Supernova and JAWS are supported.  The program attempts to detect the presence of a supported screen reader and communicates with it directly.

 

Next turn or road transition: T; To hear the next turn announced, press T at any time when following the route.  This command announces the distance from your current location to the next turn in the form of the distance and direction of the turning point plus the name of the turning street and the direction it travels.  For example, "1 mile to Turning Point 10, proceed right on Market heading West.” It is an announcement only and does not change the current Waypoint. 

 

Announce Route distance from current position to end of the route: R; This command announces the total distance between your position and the end of the route.  The distance announced is the distance still to be traveled, not "as the crow flies." 

8.4.2  Route Options Dialog

 

Select the Route Options dialog box from the tools menu.  Press ALT-T then scroll with your arrow keys, or press the letter R.

 

Pedestrian Turn Preference: ALT-T, R, ALT-P; Default is shortest distance.  This option defines how pedestrian routes are handled.  If you want a route created by shortest distance select shortest distance, the route may have 10 turns.  If you select fewest turns the system tries to create a route with less turns.  It may take you longer to arrive at your destination but you will not need to make as many turns.  For example a route that has 10 turns for shortest distance could have 6 turns when set to fewest turns but could be 0.5 miles longer.

 

Vehicle Turn Preference: ALT-T, R, ALT-V; Default is favors right. This item is a combo box containing three choices: fewest turns, favors right and favors left.  The fewest turns option works the same for vehicle routes as it does for pedestrian routes.  The system attempts to create a route with the fewest number of turns.   If you select the favors right item, the system attempts to create a route favoring right hand turns.  If you select the favors left item, the system attempts to create a route favoring left hand turns. 

 

Vehicle Route mode: ALT-T, R, ALT-M; Default is fastest.  This item is a combo box containing two choices, fastest and shortest distance.  The fastest item looks at the speed of the road and calculates based on that.  If you select shortest distance the system ignores the speed in the road and calculates the route based on the shortest distance between you and your destination.

 

Highway Preference: ALT-T, R, ALT-H; Default is normal.  This item is a combo box containing four items: normal, none, preferred and avoid if possible.  None ignores highways completely, the system will not route you on highways.  Selecting preferred will prefer highways and avoid if possible will avoid highways if possible.  Note: it is not recommended to create a long route when the highway preference is set to none as this may take a long time to create.

 

Toll Road Preference: ALT-T, R, ALT-T; Default is normal.  This item is a combo box containing three items: normal, none and avoid if possible.  None ignores toll roads completely, the system will not route you along toll roads.  Selecting avoid if possible will avoid toll roads if possible.

 

Roundabout Preference: ALT-T, R, ALT-R; Default is normal.  This item is a combo box containing three items: normal, none and avoid if possible.  None ignores roundabouts completely, the system will not route you through roundabouts.  Selecting avoid if possible will avoid roundabouts if possible.

 

Route WayPoint Mode: ALT-T, R, ALT-W; Default is turns only.  This item is a combo box with two different route types– by Turns Only, or by all Waypoints.  You can toggle between them while in a route without having to recalculate the route.  A more complete description of each mode follows:

 

Turns-Only mode: In this mode, Waypoints will be created at turns or bends in the route, in the form of the distance and direction of the turning point plus the name of the turning street and the direction it travels.  For example, "1 mile to Turning Point 10, proceed right on Market heading West.” It is common for highways to change names in the map database when passing through towns.  This may cause a Turning Point to appear when there is one of these name changes.

In practice, you aren’t turning, just making a transition.  Press the letter I to go to the next turn. 

 

All Waypoint mode: In this mode, each Waypoint is created at an intersection.  At this point you need to press L to advance to the next Waypoint.

 

Announce nearby POIs: ALT-T, R, ALT-A.  When this checkbox is checked nearby POIs are announced when exploring the route.

 

Print Route Directions: CONTROL-P; When you press this command, you are prompted with the standard print dialog.  Here you can change the default printer, the number of copies you’d like to print etc.  Press TAB or SHIFT-TAB to explore the print dialog.  Just press enter to start printing.  If you want Waypoint numbers ignored, change the option include waypoint numbers in the Route options dialog box. Route information such as route type and route total distance is also included.

If you would like to modify the font type, stile, size or script for the print out, select the printer font options dialog box.  In this way you can have a large font for the display then have the printer print using a regular size font.  For example, size 18 for the screen and 12 for the print out.

 

Waypoint numbering on/off: ALT-T, R, ALT-N; Default is On.  The Turning Points will still be announced, just not the interim Waypoints.

Beginners may wish to keep Waypoint numbering on to be very clear about his or her position in a route.  Once the user is more experienced, the Waypoint numbers aren’t as important and they are just extra information on the print out or speech.

8.4.3  Frequently Used Route Commands

 

Create pedestrian route: ALT-R, A, then P; Use this setting when automatically creating a route suitable for walking.  The automatic calculations disallow vehicle only roads such as highways and allows for two way travel on a one way street.  If you receive an error message that a route cannot be calculated, it could be because the map data has a street classified as a highway when in fact it may allow pedestrian access in an area where you wish to travel.  You can try calculating a vehicle route to confirm that this is the problem.  As we indicate with the caution notes at the beginning of this manual, you should realize that the data and route calculation can be incorrect and unsafe and you should always use alternate information to ensure safe travel.

 

Create vehicle route: ALT-R, A, then V; Use this setting for automatically creating a route suitable for a car, van or other vehicle.  The calculation includes all road types and respects one-way streets and highway ramps.  If a route cannot be calculated, the data may be classified incorrectly and you can try calculating a pedestrian route to see if this is the problem.  Be aware that a pedestrian route allows going the wrong way on a one-way street.

 

Open route:  CONTROL-O or select from the routes submenu; To select a previously saved route, Press CONTROL-O.  You will be placed in the File Name edit box. This is a standard file open dialog box.  Press TAB and SHIFT-TAB to navigate through the dialog box.  This is just like using the open dialog in Wordpad.  When you open a saved route the system attempts to optimize the route.  It does this by quickly going through the route and comparing features of the road.  You are then asked if you would like to optimize your route, answer yes to recreate the route or answer no to continue loading the route.  If you optimized the route, it is a good idea to save the route as you will be asked to optimize each time the route is loaded.

 

Note: If you are in an unsaved route and create or open a new route, you will be prompted as to whether you want to save the current route.  Press Y to save, or N to close the route without saving.

 

Save route: CONTROL-S or select from the routes submenu; You can save a route any time by pressing CONTROL-S.  Windows brings up a standard save in dialog box.  This is the same as saving a document in Wordpad.

 

Close route: CONTROL-F4; To close the route you are in, simply select close route from the routes menu, or press CONTROL-F4. If you haven't saved the route, you will be prompted to do so at this point.   Press Y to save or N to close without saving.  If you decide at the last second that you want to keep the route open after all, press ESCAPE to cancel closing.

 

Explore Route next Waypoint: L; This command moves your explore position forward through the route Waypoint by Waypoint.  You can do this as many times as you like and each time the next sequential Waypoint in the route will be announced.

 

Explore Route previous Waypoint: J; This command moves your explore position back through the route Waypoint by Waypoint.  For example, if you miss a point, pressing this command would move to the previous Waypoint number in the sequence.  You can do this as many times as you like and each time the previous sequential Waypoint in the route will be announced.  Note: If Route Waypoint Mode is set to turns only, Waypoints are placed at turns or transitions along the route and not at every intersection. 

 

Explore Route next Turn: I; This command moves your explore position forward through the route turn by turn.  Regardless of how many Waypoints may be between your current position and the next turn, by pressing the letter I, the program will move to and then announce the next turn in your route.

 

Explore Route previous Turn: K; This command moves your explore position back turn by turn.  Regardless of how many Waypoints may be between your current position and the previous turn, by pressing the letter K, the program will move to and then announce the previous turn  in your route.

 

Reverse route: ALT-R, then R; To Reverse the route so that the opposite end point becomes the destination in the Waypoint sequence, you can press ALT-R to open the Routes menu, then R to reverse the route.  It is best to recalculate the route to your new destination.  Reversing your route might work in manual routes, pedestrian routes and routes created from replay files, it will not work with vehicle routes.

 


 

9      Looking Around in GPS Mode.

Sendero PC GPS provides a means of accessing information about your environment, through speech, Braille or both.  This information can be invaluable for getting oriented in a strange, unfamiliar or even familiar environment.

 

The announcement of nearby Points of Interest (POIs) and street information may let you know you are in a familiar area as well as allowing the opportunity to choose one as a destination.  This is often the way sighted people orient, by using nearby landmarks and signs to know that they are in a familiar or unfamiliar area.  The local maps and Points of Interest databases allow the environment to talk to you through the PC so a blind person can also orient in this fashion.

 

You can look around to get oriented to your surroundings in three distinct LookAround modes: Automatic, Multiple Repeat and Manual.  LookAround Mode allows you to get a sense of the environment around your current location.  The information can be very useful indeed in assessing what type of route you wish to create and follow, what type of heading information is going to be best suited to the environment etc. as well as being useful in its own right.

 

The commands for looking around will work while you are in either the GPS or Virtual Explore modes and while tracking or following a route, relative to your current position.  If you are not tracking, they will work relative to your last GPS position, or if in virtual mode, they will work relative to a specified virtual position.

9.1          Automatic LookAround Mode.

Automatic LookAround Mode searches for POIs and intersections in the vicinity and will scan for POIs every 15 seconds by default.  If no POI or intersection is found, the software looks around again 5 seconds later.  Nothing is announced until it finds a POI or intersection within the trigger distance or direction.  If the same POI or intersection is announced and then found a second time, it will not be repeated.  It can be set to announce nearby POIs and/or intersections, or turned off depending on user preference.  If you are actively following a route, it may be less distracting to switch off the LookAround mode so the POIs are not interfering with the Waypoints.  If you press another command at the same instant as the program is “looking around”, there may be a delayed response.  Note that the nearest point is announced but not all points within the LookAround range.  If you want to hear all the points, press F for a proximity list.  Using the default of 15 seconds when you approach a turn all LookAround announcements will be switched off for 45 seconds.  If you adjust the LookAround time interval the announcements will be switched off accordingly. 

 

Some LookAround options like POI distance will automatically adjust based on speed of travel, direction of search and category chosen.  If you are in a densely populated area with a category containing lots of POIs the automatically announced POI may be close to your current position.  However, if you have a category selected with few POIs the distance between you and the automatically announced POI may be farther away. 

 

The following distances are based on your speed of travel:

0 - 5 MPH (0 feet to 300 feet)

5 - 15 MPH (300 feet to 600 feet)

15 - 40 MPH (600 feet to 1200 feet)

40 - 200 MPH (1200 feet to 6000 feet or just about 1 Mile)

Greater than 200 MPH (1 Mile to 5 Miles)

 

When you press ALT- M for the LookAround Options, you are presented with the LookAround Options dialog box.  The LookAround Options dialog box contains fourteen items:

 

1)    Turn LookAround Mode On or Off - Default is on.  To simply switch status, press L for On or Off.  Alternatively, tab down to the prompt Turn On or Off LookAround and toggle the status with the SPACEBAR.

2)    LookAround time interval:  Selecting this option allows you to change the number of seconds in which the system scans for and announces a LookAround event.  Default is 15 seconds. The minimum is 15 seconds and the maximum is 10 minutes.

3)    Intersections- Default is on.  You can see the status of intersections i.e. if the item is switched on.  Press SPACE on this item to toggle its status.

4)    Silence intersection announcements when speed reaches: The intersection announce feature of LookAround mode allows you to automatically hear an intersection as you approach it.  To minimize the constant announcements of intersections, you will only hear about intersections when you are traveling under a certain speed.  The default is 50 MPH.  If you are traveling at a higher speed and would like to hear the intersections announced, change the speed setting accordingly.  Intersections are checked once a second.  When traveling above 15 MPH you will only hear the cross streets announced, this number is not user definable.  A unique sound signifies the approaching intersection. 

5)    Street Changes- Default is on.  Use this item to be notified when the street you are moving along changes.  When you make a turn onto a new street, the street that you are now traveling on is automatically announced.

6)    City changes- Default is on. You will be notified when you enter a new city or section of the city. For example, Cleveland, or Davis University of California. Parks and other sections of a city may also be denoted.  With a LookAround time interval set to 15, it can take up to 60 seconds (4 times the LookAround timer) before a new city is announced.

7)    Map Changes- Default is on. You will be notified when you cross into another state or province.  With a LookAround time interval set to 15, it can take up to 90 seconds (6 times the LookAround timer) before a new state/province is announced.

8)     Commercial points - Default is on.  Turns commercial POI announcements on or off.  If you are moving down the street near a POI, the side of the street the POI is on will be announced.  For example “Burger King, Restaurant, right side.”  Note: POIs are announced if they are within one mile or one kilometer.

9)    User POIs- Default is on.  This item is for turning on or off the announcement of user Points of Interest.  Note: User POIs are announced if they are within one mile or one kilometer.

10)                       Include tags in LookAround and POI lists- Default is on.  Selecting this option extra tag information will be identified if it is included in the POI.  For example Bus stop, Bench.  Bus stop is the POI name and bench is the additional tag.  If you turn this option off you would only see the POI name, Bus stop.

11)                       Include distance and direction in LookAround POI events- Default is off.  When a POI is announced you can have the distance and direction included.  If this feature is turned on the distance and direction to the POI will be announced.  For example, Starbucks, Coffee shop, 431 feet, ahead, right side.  If this feature is turned off the distance and direction is not announced. For example, Starbucks, Coffee shop, right side.

12)                       POI search direction - Default is ahead.  You can use this item to only have POIs announced ahead of you, behind you, or in any direction.  Use your arrow keys to scroll through the list of five items.  These items include around me, ahead, behind, left, and right. If you have this item set to ahead and do not have a heading, around me will be used until you obtain a heading. 

13)                       Change commercial POI category- Default is all categories.  Use your arrow keys on this item to make changes in the POI categories you wish to select for announcement.

With Route Loaded - Default is Route and intersection announcements: This item lets you set a preference for the LookAround events you want active while following a route.  The choices are:

a.     Route announcements only: All LookAround events are turned off.  You will only receive route announcements such as the approaching turn message.  When the route is closed your normal LookAround announcements will trigger.  This may cut down on the extra chatter while following a route.

b.     Current LookAround settings: All LookAround events you select in the LookAround menu ALT- M, are active while following a route, for example Intersections, POIs and city change announcements if you have them enabled.

c.      Route and Intersection announcements: Selecting this item announces intersections as well as route instructions such as the approaching turn announcement. 

d.     Route and POI Announcements:  Selecting this item announces Points of Interest as well as route instructions such as the approaching turn announcement. 

 

The Route LookAround preference will not override the LookAround settings you have selected in the LookAround options.  So if you have commercial POIs turned off but have "Route and POI announcements" active, POIs will not be announced.  Also if you have LookAround announcements turned off by pressing ALT- M then L, the route LookAround preference settings are ignored, only route instructions are triggered.

 

When you are finished adjusting the LookAround options, tab to the OK button and press ENTER.

 

9.2          Multiple Repeat Options.

The Multiple Repeat Options command, M, followed by one of several single-letter keys repeats the respective single-letter function every X number of seconds.

This repeat interval defaults to 15 seconds and can be changed under the Multiple Repeat Time Interval, M then T,  see the next section for a description.  The following is a list of multiple repeat commands, which you can access through the dialog box.

 

M then A; Multiple Address Announcement.

M then L; Multiple Altitude Announcement.

M then C; Multiple City/State Announcement.

M then D; Multiple Destination Announcement.

M then G; Multiple GPS Status Announcement.

M then H; Multiple Heading Announcement.

M then I; Multiple Intersection Announcements.

M then O; Multiple Odometer Announcement.

M then E; Multiple Route ETA Announcement.

M then R; Multiple Route Next Turn Announcement.

M then S; Multiple Speed Announcement.

M then V; Repeat Distance to Virtual Announcement.

 

You can activate several multiple repeat commands at the same time.  For example, Press M to open the multiple repeat dialog box, then I for Intersection while the multiple repeat dialog box is open, press D to move to the Destination check box.  They will both repeat one after the other, every 15 seconds by default.  Press M then M to turn all repeat items off.  You can tab through all the items to see the status of each item.  Press the space bar once to turn it on and a second time to turn it off.  For example, M then D Moves to the destination check box.  Press space to toggle Destination repeat on then one more time to turn it off.  If you get confused as to what is turned on or off, just press M then M or tab to the Unselect All button to turn all items off. 

9.2.1          Multiple Repeat Time Interval.

Under the Multiple Repeat Time Interval you can change the repeat interval, or the length of time between the items selected as multiple announcements.  The default interval is 15 seconds and you can select a longer time interval by scrolling down the Time Interval list box. The time interval choices are 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes and 10 minutes. 

 

9.3          Manual LookAround Mode.

Manual LookAround mode allows you to spot check your location.  You can manually enter the LookAround commands such as:

 

SPACE for Current Location Summary.  You will hear information such as nearest intersection, next turn and destination if a route is loaded, heading, nearest address including city and GPS status.  This is a great way to get a summary of your current location with one keystroke.

 

X for Announcing Intersections.  This announces the nearest Intersection name, heading and distance.  The cross street is announced.  If you are moving, X announces the nearest intersection in a 90 degree arc ahead of you, so if ahead is 12 o'clock, between 10:30 and 1:30 o'clock.  If you are not moving, X gives you the nearest intersection, in any direction.  A unique sound differentiates the nearest intersection from the next intersection (no sound).  You can hear the intersection announced repeatedly by pressing M then I.  Map data quality and GPS accuracy impact the preciseness of intersection announcements.  Once you are within 100 feet (30 meters) of the center of the intersection, no distances will be specified and the X key will announce that you are near the intersection.  Remember that the distance to the intersection refers to the center of the intersection, so you might be stopped at the intersection and hear that the intersection is 105 feet away.  If you want more details about your intersection press ALT-X.   This command will announce intersection details like direction of travel and the compass orientation of the cross streets. 

 

A for Nearest Street Address.  Query the nearest known street address by pressing the letter A.  If you are on a highway or if the address number is not known, the name only will be announced.  You can also be off the street itself, say in a nearby park and hear the nearest address.  The wider the street, the more likely the address will correspond with the side of the street you are on.  If you are near an intersection, you may receive the address of the cross street and not the one you are physically on.  If you get a message saying the Address is unknown, move a bit and try again.  If you are more then 50 feet from the street you will receive a distance and direction.

 

C for City, Feature, State.  To hear the current city, Map Feature if there is one and state announced, Press C.  If you get a message saying it is unknown, move and try again.  There may be some small towns which do not have address level data, only street names without house numbers.  If the city name is not found, the nearest township will be announced.  If no township is found either, the county or district may be announced.  If there is a body of water, college campus or other map feature in the database, this will appear after the city and before the state. 

 

P for the nearest POI. 

 

F for all Nearby POIs.  See Section 7.2.1 for more details


10          Putting it All Together

 

Let’s use the example from the Foreword where I am in Chicago and want to know what is around my hotel, so that I can plan a business meeting.  First, I want to know the layout of the streets.  I load my Sendero PC Application. Once the application is loaded I press A, this will announce that my virtual position is 150 Main Street, the address of the hotel.  I press the letter I to move forward one intersection.  I hear “136 feet north, Now on Main Street heading north at Dodge Street, right.” If I move ahead one more intersection, I hear “363 feet north, Linwood Avenue, left and right.” From this I can conclude that Main Street intersects Dodge Street, then Linwood.  If I want to turn left or right on Linwood, I press the letter J or the letter L respectively.  I can start to mentally picture the grid of the streets around my hotel.

 

To hear about nearby restaurants, I conduct an advanced search by pressing CONTROL with F.  Next, I will press R to move to restaurant for the category and press ENTER to accept the defaults.  Finally I select the restaurant from the list of POIs and TAB to the next button and press ENTER.    From the Actions dialog I create a pedestrian route by pressing TAB to move to the Pedestrian Route button and press ENTER, or by pressing ALT-P.

 

Now with my explore position set to the hotel and my destination set to the restaurant, a pedestrian route is automatically created.  You can virtually explore routes by pressing the letter I to move forward turn by turn, K moves back by turn.  The letter L moves forward by Waypoint and the letter J moves back by Waypoint.

 

You have two ways to explore a route.  These commands can be executed by using one hand.  When a route is loaded the letters I, J, K, and L have different functions, they are described below.  You can move from Waypoint to Waypoint with the Turn left and turn right commands, J and L respectively.  Each Waypoint intersection will be announced as you reach it.  You can explore the route turn by turn with the letter I to move forward and the letter K to move back.  Each press of the letter I will move you to the next turn, skipping the interim Waypoints.  You will first hear the Waypoint intersection you have reached and then the instruction which way to turn.  Exploring by turns allows you to focus on the overview of the route.

 

Your explore position moves with you but you cannot turn right or left while the route is open.  You can only follow the route.  You can use the backward command, K, as many times as you like whereas in Explore mode, you can only back up once.

 

Once you close the route, all Explore functions such as left and right are again active and your Explore position is at the location of the last Waypoint in your route.

 

This is particularly useful for looking at routes in another town.  It is also helpful when in a vehicle and you need to be several Waypoints or turns ahead of the driver on the route.  This gives you enough time to figure out what is coming up so you can advise the driver.  You may wish to preview a route on your netbook and then navigate strictly by memory, or use the GPS functionality if purchased.

When exploring a route you can always set your virtual position to any Waypoint along the route.  Just move to the Waypoint or turn and then set your explore position to that point by activating the routes menu or press ALT-R, then select the close route menu item or just press CONTROL-F4 from the main screen.

 

10.1      Enable Virtual Side of Street Tracking

 

In Virtual Explore Mode there are two ways to explore the street layout.  By default when you explore you move from intersection to intersection.  Think of yourself walking down the center of the street, you are not taking into account the side of the street you are walking down, you are just moving from intersection to intersection.  When you enable side of street tracking it is as if you are walking along a virtual sidewalk.  For example if you set your explore position to your house the street is in front of you.  Pressing J will turn you to the left and you will be on the left side of the street.  Another difference is when you reach an intersection you must press the letter U to cross the street.  This is because when you reach the intersection, you could cross the street ahead of you or you could turn right and cross to the other side of your street, turn right again and walk along the opposite side of the street.

 

To turn on virtual side of street tracking: from the tools menu, select the general options item press TAB to move to the “enable virtual side of street” checkbox and press SPACE then ENTER, alternatively press ALT-T, G, ALT-S and press ENTER to close the general options dialog box.

Lets explore around one of the addresses where Superman was created 10999 Amor Avenue, Cleveland OH 44108.

 

Use the address lookup command ALT-S to set your explore position to this address.  See Section 5 for details.

“At 10999 Amor Ave heading southeast. 1 feet left to Parkwood Drive, 0.29 mi right to East 105th Street.”

 

Press L to turn right.

“southwest on the right side of Amor Avenue at Parkwood Drive, behind and right”

 

Now press A to find out the nearest address.

“Address: 10999 Amor Avenue, right side”

Notice you are told you are on the right side.  Picture yourself walking along the right side of the street.  The side of street information is also announced when you turn.

 

Now press I to move forward.

“You must cross the street before moving forward.”

 

Press U to cross the street.

“Crossed Parkwood Drive”

 

Press I to move forward.

“0.29 mi west, East 105th Street, right and left and Amor Avenue, behind.”

You are now standing on the right corner and are still on the right side of Amor Avenue.  We have some choices.  We can cross East 105th Street and continue ahead, turn right and walk along the right side of East 105th Street, or turn left and cross Amor Avenue. Because Amor avenue ends here, we can only turn left or right.

 

Lets turn left by pressing J.

“south on the left side of East 105th Street at Amor Avenue, left”

 

We have not crossed the street, we just turned at the corner.  To cross Amor Avenue we must press U.  If we press I to move forward we will be told to cross the street first. 

 

Press U to cross the street.

“Crossed Amor Avenue”

We are now walking along East 105th Street on the left side.  Press A to confirm this.

“Address: 976 East 105th Street, left side”

 

Now that we have crossed the street, press I to move to the next intersection.

“126 feet south, Adams Avenue, right”

 

Press I to move to the next intersection. 

“170 feet south, Morison Avenue, left”

 

As you can see, you  did not need to cross the street as Adams Avenue is on the other side of East 105th Street. 

 

Finally, turn to the left by pressing J.

“east on the left side of Morison Avenue at East 105th Street”

 

Confirm the side of the street by pressing A.

“Address: 10501 Morison Avenue, left side”

 

As you can see from the example above, this is a powerful way to explore an area and get great details down to the side of the street you might be walking along. 


11  GPS Replay Files.

This section discusses how to create and playback a GPS Replay file.  A GPS Replay file is just as the name implies.  It is a file that records the GPS information while you are out traveling so that you can play it back later to review your trip.  It would be similar to having a tape recorder while traveling with your GPS.  Instead of recording sounds, a GPS Replay records your movements.  Your movements can be played back as if you were actually out exploring in real time.  This feature is highly beneficial in the following situation.  You are out training with a mobility specialist.  You start recording the GPS Replay file at the beginning of your training and let it run in the background while you are learning a new trip.  The system will record your movements so you can play them back and study the trip you took.

 

Note: A GPS Replay file records only your position, speed and number of satellites (i.e.  the GPS data available).  If you issue a command while recording the file, for example, you press A to find out the nearest Address, this will not be recorded.  You can use GPS replay files from Sendero GPS for the BrailleNote or Sense Navigation.

11.1      Recording a GPS Replay Session.

To record a GPS Replay file, do the following:

 

1)    Enter the GPS application and ensure that you are tracking satellites  (press G for GPS Status to double check)

2)    Select Start recording GPS replay from the GPS menu.  you will be prompted for the file where you wish to record. 

3)    Type in a unique, meaningful name and press ENTER. 

4)    The program then Starts recording GPS data to the GPS Replay file.

 

Begin traveling around.  Your movements will be recorded until you stop the recording by selecting Stop recording GPS replay from the GPS menu.  Note: to append to an already created GPS Replay, all you need to do is re-open an existing replay file.  The data will be appended to the end of the file. 

 

11.2      Using a GPS Replay Session.

Now that you have successfully recorded a GPS Replay file, let's put it to practical use.  After your mobility lesson you may want to sit down on your couch and review the trip.  You must first open the GPS Replay.  To do this, make sure you are in the GPS application.

 

1)    Press ALT-G for the "GPS Menu."

2)    Press the letter P for "Start playback GPS Replay"

3)    A standard windows file open dialog appears.  Press SHIFT-TAB to move to the list of replay files you have recorded.  Note: depending on your version of Windows, you may need to press SHIFT-TAB more then one time.

4)    Press ENTER to open the GPS Replay file.  You will hear acquired position, the current location and number of satellites you had at the time you started recording the file.  For example "Acquired position, F Street, Cleveland, California, WAAS 13 feet 9 satellites."

 

Press G to hear your GPS status.  You will hear, for example, "WAAS, 13 feet, 9 satellites, GPS Replay."  Notice the words "GPS Replay."  This assures you that you are not working with live data.  The name of

The system is currently moving through the trip that you took.  If you have LookAround mode switched on you will hear Points of Interest as you pass them.  Press A and you will hear the nearest address.  You can also see how fast you were moving by pressing S for speed. 

 

If you have a route you wish to follow with the GPS Replay file, you may open it at any time.  Open it just like you would if you were outside tracking live GPS.  Also remember if your route recalculated while you were recording, it will recalculate at the same spot during playback.  Note: When you have a replay running, you may also use the Multiple Repeat commands, just as you do when traveling outside with a GPS receiver.  Remember, a GPS Replay file is just that.  It plays back a trip you took at a specific time.

 

When the file is done playing, you will hear "GPS replay has ended."  To start the replay over select Start playback from the GPS menu.

 

 

12  Other Functions

This section covers a range of miscellaneous general functions available while using Sendero PC Products. 

12.1      Copy to Clipboard

 

CONTROL with C is used to copy text to the clipboard.  If you would like to copy the nearest POI information to the clipboard, press TAB to move to the nearest POI, press CONTROL-A to select all text in the field, then press CONTROL-C to copy the selected text.  The Windows clipboard is left alone until the first time you use the copy to clipboard command in the program.  At that point, the clipboard is wiped clean and the data is copied. 

 

12.2      Synchronizing Maps and POIs with Sense Navigation or BrailleNote GPS or external media

Now that we have successfully downloaded Maps and POIs, we can synchronize them along with your GPS installation program to an external device.  This could be a Sense product connected by USB or a compact flash or SD card in a card reader attached to your computer. 

From the SenderoMaps main screen press F4 to bring up the “Sync data with external card or device” option, or select it from the Tools menu.

 

If you have multiple GPS products activated with SenderoMaps you will be presented with a list of accounts. Select the account you would like to sync with.  This insures the proper license key and installer is transferred.  For example, if you are authorized for an Apex and you select that account in the list, only the Apex installer and license key will be sent, not the mPower or PK.

 

Note: if you have Sense Navigation, it is recommended to connect your Sense device to the computer before synchronizing, this ensures the license key is copied to the flash disk of the Sense device as well as the installer. If you only have one product this dialog is not displayed.

 

SenderoMaps attempts to locate your device or media card by scanning all removable media for specific folders.  If it finds the folders the location is selected for you automatically.  If, however, SenderoMaps is unable to detect the card you are given the opportunity to manually browse to the location containing your SD card, Compact flash or removable media.   

 

If you have public user POIs located on your media card or PC a dialog comes up asking you if you would like to submit the POIs to Sendero Group for others to enjoy.  Your License key, favorites and user POIs are automatically synchronized between your computer and the remote device. 

 

Finally the Synchronize dialog appears with the following 10 items:

 

a.     Status area: This is a read only edit box where you can see what is happening.  It might show you how many files are selected to synchronize or it might show you the file that is being sent to the remote device as it might take a while if you are copying large maps.

 

b.     List of files waiting to be synchronized: This is a list of files waiting to be copied.  It may say PC list or remote list.  This depends on the next option.    All files that need updating are automatically selected for you including Maps, user submitted POIs, GTFS feeds and your installer such as mPower or Sense Navigation.

 

c.      Synchronize direction: This is a radio button where you can specify the direction that you would like syncing to take place.  For example, if you do not have internet access and a friend has their maps configured you can take the card from your friend and select the remote to PC option.

 

d.     Include Maps: This is a check box that allows you to turn off the synchronizing of maps.  For example, you have the entire United States loaded on your computer but you don’t want the entire US loaded on your Sense device, turning off this option will no longer synchronize maps.  This way you can update the user submitted POIs without having to unselect the maps each time.

  

e.      Map Optimization: This is a combo box with two items.

 

a.     Improve performance by separating Maps. If this item is selected when you synchronize your maps are automatically sorted into predefined folders.  For example, if you are synchronizing California it is automatically placed in a folder named maps1westcoast.  This is recommended for older devices where having a lot of maps could slow down or make the device crash. 

b.     None.  No automatic sorting is performed.  If you have all of your maps in one folder on your computer you can send all maps in that folder to the removable media.  This is not recommended but is available if you choose to use it.  Note: Because of the low memory constraints of the PK and mPower, maps will always be sorted and this option is not displayed. 

 

f.       Select all: This is a button where you can select all files if they are currently not selected.

 

g.     Unselect all:  Pressing this button will unselect all selected files.  Perhaps you have 25 files waiting and you only wish to send the installer for your Apex over.  Press this button then move to the list of files, then select the Apex installer by arrowing to it and pressing SPACE.

 

h.     Synchronize: This button will start the process of synchronizing the selected files.

 

i.       Delete selected files: This is an easy way to delete selected files from either the PC or remote device.  Be careful when deleting files and remember to verify the selected direction.

 

j.       Cancel: Pressing this button will cancel the synchronize dialog and return you to the SenderoMaps main area.  You can also press ESCAPE to cancel out of the dialog.

 

Once you start the process of synchronizing each update may be announced.  You will also hear the background sound while the copying is taking place.  Because announcements are sent directly to your screen reader it is possible to hear announcements while you are in other programs.  When all files have been synchronized a different sound will be heard.

 

Here is a brief example of how synchronizing installers and license keys can be beneficial.

 

1)    Check for updates to make sure you have the latest installer for your product.

2)    In the case of Sense Navigation, connect your Sense device to the computer by USB.  For BrailleNote users, insert your SD or Compact flash card into the card reader of your computer.

3)    Press F4 from the main SenderoMaps screen to start the syncing process.  Your license key and installer is sent to the Sense device if connected or the SD card if it is detected for BrailleNote users.

4)    Disconnect your Sense product or insert the media card into your BrailleNote and follow the installation process for your specific product.

5)    After a successful installation, the next time you start Sense Navigation or BrailleNote GPS your product is automatically registered.

 

Note: when purchasing additional map bundles your new license key is transferred and installed the next time you start GPS.

 

12.3      Annotate Intersection

The annotate intersection feature allows you to add notations to an intersection.  Let’s say you are virtually exploring, you reach an intersection that has a stop sign and you would like to be reminded of this. 

1.      Virtually explore to the intersection you would like to annotate.  From the location menu, select the annotate current intersection menu item.  Alternatively press CONTROL-D and select the Annotate intersection button.

2.     If you have not setup a POI author name you are prompted to do so.  Type in the POI author name and press enter.  Next you are prompted to type in the annotation name.  Type “Stop sign” and press ENTER.

3.     You are in the details of the annotation.  Edit the details the same way as editing a POI or favorite.

4.     TAB to the save button and press enter.

 

The annotation has been added.  Press ALT-X to view the details of the intersection.  This will include the new annotation.

Note: items are added to the annotate intersection list in ascending order, most recent first.  The annotations are located in a file called Annotations.adb contained within your current maps folder.  If you switch map folders a new list is created

 

12.4      Annotate Intersection List

 

The annotate intersection list is a list of annotations or notes you have added.  You are not limited to the number of annotations you can add.  You can also view/edit the details and remove the annotation from the list. 

 

12.4.1      Working With the Intersection Annotations List

 

In the previous section we discuss how to add annotations to an intersection.  Let’s work with the intersection annotations list. 

 

From the Location menu select the “intersection annotations” menu item.

 

When you enter the intersection annotations list you are placed on the last annotation added.  Press UP or DOWN ARROW to scroll up and down the list.  You can also press the first letter of the annotation name in order to jump to it.  You will see the annotation, the street name, city name, distance and direction and if the annotation has media attached.  For example, Stop sign, Main St., Reno, 753 feet, South, (media).

 

Press ENTER on the desired item to bring up the Annotation Action dialog.  The intersection annotation Action dialog is discussed in the following section. 

 

12.4.2      Annotation Action Dialog box

 

The annotation Action dialog box helps you determine your next action once you have found an item in the annotations list.  You can also view its details, set as a destination, or create routes.  The previous section shows how to use the annotations list in detail. 

 

Once you press ENTER on the annotation, the annotation action dialog box is displayed.  Press TAB to move through the dialog box.  The Annotation Action dialog is a collection of the most common actions associated with annotations.  For example, if you are searching for a saved annotation, most likely you will want to view its details or create a route to it.  Additionally, you might want to remove the annotation if it is no longer needed.  To activate the Annotation Action dialog, press ENTER from within the list of annotations. Once in the Annotation Action dialog, you can choose from up to eight actions, namely:

 

1)    Create vehicle route: Creates a vehicle route from your current position to the annotation.

2)    Destination: Sets the annotation as your destination.

3)    Show /Edit Details: Allows you to view and edit the details of the annotation such as if it has media.  You can also copy or print the details by pressing the copy to clipboard or print button.

4)    Explore Position:  Sets your virtual position to the annotation.

5)    Create pedestrian route: Creates a pedestrian route from your current position to the annotation.

6)    View/Play Media:  This button is only displayed when the annotation has additional content such as an audio file or document.  Pressing enter on this item will launch an external application such as Windows Media player for audio and Notepad for text files. If you view the details the name of the attached media file is displayed.

7)    Send current position to Google Maps: This item sends your current position to Google Maps in your default web browser.

8)    Create Walking Route: This button sets your position and starts creating a route.  Use your virtual explore keys to stroll around the map and save the route when done.

 

12.4.3      Deleting Annotations

 

There might be times when you wish to delete annotations from your intersection annotations list.  Follow the below steps to delete an annotation.

 

1)    In the intersection annotations list find the annotation you wish to delete and press ENTER.

2)    TAB to the Show/edit details button and press ENTER or by pressing ALT-S.

3)    Press TAB to navigate to the delete this annotation button and press ENTER.  The system asks if you are sure.  Answer yes. 

 

The list will automatically close after the annotation is deleted.

 

 

12.5      Where Am I? Summary of Current Location

The Where Am I command gives you a brief summary of your current location.  Pressing the SPACEBAR will announce the following information: Nearest address, nearest intersection, nearest POI and current city.  For example, Address: 10999 Amor Avenue, right side. Nearest Intersection: Parkwood Drive, right and left. Nearest POI: Parkwood CME Church, 397 feet, behind, southwest. City: Cleveland, Ohio, 44108.

 

12.6      The Odometer

The Odometer allows you to check how much distance you have traveled in GPS or Virtual Explore mode.  It operates in the unit of measure setting you have chosen in the Unit setting of the General Options dialog.

 

Any time you want to check how far you have traveled, press B and the Odometer distance will be announced.  To reset the Odometer back to zero either choose a new explore location, press CONTROL-B, or simply exit SenderoMaps.

 

12.7      Compass Heading

To hear your current heading in terms of a compass reading, press H. East equals 90 degrees, South 180 degrees, West 270 degrees and North 0 degrees.

 

 

12.8      Show Route Details

Selecting this item from the routes menu allows you to view route details in an easy to use dialog box.  The dialog contains a read only edit box and three buttons, OK, copy to clipboard and print.  Use your arrow keys to scroll through the route details.  Press TAB to move to the three buttons.  Select copy to clipboard or press ALT-B.  This command copies the route details to the clipboard.  You can then paste them into a Word document or an email message to send to a friend. Press the print button to print the route details.   Press ESCAPE to cancel the dialog and return to the main screen.

 

12.9      History List

 

The history list is a list of your 25 most recently used locations.  Each time you create a route to an address or POI the destination is automatically added to the history list.  Other events are added such as set an explore position (virtual mode), set a POI as a destination by searching for it, a Lat/Lon location, performing a location lookup and setting the address as your virtual position or destination. 

 

12.9.1  Working with the History List

The following paragraph demonstrates the power of the history list: 

You decide you wish to explore around your area then create a route home.

 

1)    Using the location lookup set your home as your explore position.  Explore your area for as long as you wish.  When you are ready to return home bring up the history list.  You can accomplish this in two ways.  The first way is to use the Location menu and select "History" from the menu, or Press CONTROL-H.

2)    The first item in the history list should be your home address, Street name, and City name.  In the above example the item would be, "123, Main Street, Reno."

3)    Press ENTER to bring up the history action dialog.

4)    TAB to "Create pedestrian route" and press ENTER.

 

A route is created from your current position to the position in your history list, guiding you back to your house. 

 

In the previous paragraphs we discuss the different ways items are added to your history list, from an address search, Point of Interest and using latitude and longitude.  Let’s work with the history list.  Perform a location lookup for a friends address, set it as your explore position then bring up the history list.

 

There are two ways to bring up the history list. The first way is to use the location menu and select history from the menu. The second way is to press CONTROL-H.

 

When you are in the history list you will be placed on the most recently added item.  Press UP or DOWN ARROW to scroll up and down the list.  You can also press the first letter of the history name in order to jump to it.  Press enter on the desired item to bring up the Action dialog.  The History Action dialog is discussed in the following section. 

12.9.2  History Action Dialog

 

The History Action dialog helps you determine your next action once you find an item in the history list.  In the previous section, we used the history list to locate your home so that you could create a route back home.  With the History Action dialog, you can also set a history location as a POI, as a destination, add to the favorites list, or create routes.  The previous section shows how to use the history list in detail. 

 

Once you press ENTER on the history item, the history action dialog is displayed.  TAB to cycle through the dialog.  The items are as follows:

 

A.   Explore Position:  Sets your explore position to the history item.

B.   Destination: Sets the history item as your destination.

C.   Pedestrian Route: Creates a pedestrian route from your current position to the history item.

D.   Vehicle Route: Creates a vehicle route from your current position to the history item.

E.    Create User POI: Creates a user point from the history item you just looked up.

F.    Add to Favorites:  Adds the selected history item to your list of Favorites.  After the favorite is added the dialog closes, returning you to the application.   

G.   Send current position to Google Maps: This item sends your current position to Google Maps in your default web browser.

H.   Create walking route: This button sets your position and starts creating a manual route.  Use your virtual explore keys to stroll around the map creating a route as you go.  Save the route when done if desired by pressing CONTROL-S.

 

12.10  Favorites List

 

The Favorites list is a list of locations you may wish to work with at a later time, just like when browsing the Internet on your PC.  Unlike the history list discussed in the previous section you are not limited to the number of locations you can add.  The different location types are Points of Interest, Location lookups, Lat/lon and your current virtual position.  You can also view/edit the details and remove the favorite from the list. 

 

12.10.1   Adding Favorite from Location Lookup

 

To add a favorite by address: first perform a location lookup by pressing ALT-S.  Choose the type of lookup, i.e. city or Zip/postal lookup.  See sections city search and zip/postal search for step by step examples.  At the address action dialog, TAB to the Add to Favorites button and press enter or press ALT-A.  A message box is displayed confirming the favorite was added.  Press ENTER to dismiss the dialog.  After the address is added you are returned to the action dialog box.  This saves from having to look up the address again in order to perform another action.

 

12.10.2   Add Favorite from Point of Interest Search

 

To add a POI as a favorite, search for the POI by using any of the POI search methods previously discussed.  See section 7.2 for details and examples.  In the POI search results list scroll to the POI and press ENTER.  From the POI Action dialog TAB to Add to Favorite or press ALT-A.  A message box is displayed confirming the favorite was added.  Press ENTER to dismiss the dialog.  After the POI is added you are returned to the POI search dialog, i.e. the list of POIs.  This saves from having to find the POI again in order to perform another action.

 

Note: items are added to the favorites list in ascending order, most recent first.  The favorites list is located in a file called favorites.fdb contained within your current SharedPOIs folder.

 

12.10.3   Working With the Favorites List

 

In the previous sections we discuss how to add a favorite from an address lookup and Point of Interest search.  Let’s work with the favorites list.  Using any previously discussed method add a favorite, then bring up the favorites list.

 

There are two ways to bring up the favorites list. The first way is from the Location menu and select Favorites from the menu. The second way is to press CONTROL-1.

 

When you are in the favorites list you will be placed on the most recently added favorite.  Press UP or DOWN ARROW to scroll up and down the list.  You can also press the first letter of the favorite name in order to jump to it.  You will see the favorite name, the address number if specified, the street name, city name, distance and direction and if the favorite has media attached.  For example Home, 123 Main St., Reno, 753 feet, South, (media).

 

Press ENTER on the desired favorite to bring up the Favorites Action dialog.  The favorites Action dialog is discussed in the following section. 

 

12.10.4   Favorite Action Dialog box

 

The Favorites Action dialog box helps you determine your next action once you have found an item in the favorites list.  You can also view a favorite’s details, set as a destination, or create routes.  The previous section shows how to use the favorites list in detail. 

 

Once you press ENTER on the favorite, the favorite’s action dialog box is displayed.  Press TAB to move through the dialog box.  The Favorites Action dialog is a collection of the most common actions associated with favorites.  For example, if you are searching for a restaurant you have saved as a favorite, most likely you will want to create a route to that restaurant.  Additionally, you might want to get the phone number to call that restaurant to make reservations.  To get to the favorites Action dialog, press ENTER from within the list of favorites. Once in the Favorites Action dialog, you can choose from up to eight actions, namely:

 

A.   Create vehicle route: Creates a vehicle route from your current position to the favorite.

B.   Destination: Sets the favorite as your destination.

C.   Show /Edit Details: Allows you to view and edit the details of the favorite such as address and phone number.  You can also copy or print the details by pressing the copy to clipboard or print button.

D.   Explore Position:  Sets your virtual position to the favorite.

E.    Create pedestrian route: Creates a pedestrian route from your current position to the favorite.

F.    View/Play Media:  This button is only displayed when the favorite has additional content such as an audio file or document.  Pressing enter on this item will launch an external application such as Windows Media player for audio and Notepad for text files. If you view the favorite's details you can see the name of the attached media file.

G.   Send current position to Google Maps: This item sends your current position to Google Maps in your default web browser.

H.   Create walking route: This button sets your position and starts creating a manual route.  Use your virtual explore keys to stroll around the map creating a route as you go.  Save the route when done if desired by pressing CONTROL-S.

 

12.10.5   Deleting a Favorite

 

There might be times when you wish to delete a favorite from your favorites list.  Follow the below steps to delete a favorite.

 

1)    In the favorites list find the favorite you wish to delete and press ENTER.

2)    TAB to the Show/edit details button and press ENTER or by pressing ALT-S.

3)    Press TAB to navigate to the delete this favorite button and press ENTER.  The system asks if you are sure.  Answer yes. 

The favorites list will automatically close after the favorite is deleted.

 


13   Program Options

You can access the Program Options by pressing ALT-T to move to the tools menu and then selecting General Options.

 

Within the Program Options, you will be able to modify the settings for Heading Orientation, Units, Long Street names (on/off), Automatic destination tracking (on/off), Enable side of street tracking (on/off), POI Author Name, Font name, Font size, and Disable Start Up Screen and Audio on startup. 

13.1      Heading Orientation

There are four orientation methods for receiving heading information, Left/Right, clock face, a combination of both Left/Right and Clock face, and a combination of left/right, degrees and compass directions. The default is Left/Right. In Left/Right mode, directional information is expressed in terms of left or right and ahead or behind. For example, the "Golden Gate Bridge is slight left, 1.3 miles."

 

In clock face mode, think of yourself with a clock surrounding you, where straight ahead is 12 o’clock, directly behind you is 6 o’clock and your right and left are 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock respectively.  When you are heading in the correct direction the program tells you that your destination is at 12 o’clock or directly ahead.  It will also add a compass heading after the clock heading which tells you if the point is North, South, East, or West.

This is given after the clock face or right/left position announcements.  For example, “Golden Gate Bridge at 10 o’clock, South.” In the combination mode your 12 o’clock position is announced as ahead. Slight right would be announced as 1 o’clock or 2 o’clock depending on the number of degrees.

 

In the last mode, directional information is expressed in terms of left/right, relative degrees and absolute compass direction. For example, the "Golden Gate Bridge is 1.3 miles south, 90 degrees left."  The above example assumes your current heading is west, you would need to turn left 90 degrees and start moving towards the Golden Gate bridge.  Once you make the turn and your heading is updated, you will see "Golden Gate Bridge is 1.3 miles south, 0 degrees ahead." 

 

To select a different heading orientation, tab to the Heading Orientation item, highlight one of the four heading modes.  Then press ENTER.

 

 

13.2      Units

This option allows you to change the units of distance between Imperial (feet) or Metric (meters).  Scroll to the option you wish to change then press ENTER to confirm.  You are then returned to the Maps application. 

 

The default unit is Imperial.

 

An Imperial mile equals 5280 feet. An example of distance is: 0.80 miles.

A kilometer equals 1000 meters.  An example of distance is: 1.30 kilometers.

 

 

13.3      Long Street Names

Using this option, you can choose between Long or Short forms of street names.  If a highway has both a name and a number, you can hear both by selecting Long Names.  For example: Long form is El Camino Real, CA-82, while the short form is just: El Camino Real.  Short Names is the default.  Press SPACE to toggle the checkbox for Long Street Names if you wish to change this setting. 

 

 

13.4      Automatic Destination Tracking

Using this option, you can choose to have the heading and distance announced to your destination each time you move forward through a route.  For example: 271 feet, waypoint 2, Amor, and E 105th. Turn left on Amor Avenue heading east. Destination: 430 feet left, 10999 Amor Ave, Cleveland, destination, right side.

 

13.5      Virtual Side of Street Tracking

Using this option, you can choose between two different ways of exploring in virtual mode.  When this option is turned off you can explore from intersection to intersection without worrying about the side of the street and having to cross the street.  With this option enabled it is as if you are walking on the sidewalk along the side of a street. You could be walking along the left side or the right side.  Pressing the letter A will announce your nearest address along with the side of the street you are virtually standing on. 

See section 10.1 for details and an example of the benefits of having the Virtual Side of Street Tracking enabled.

13.6      POI Author Name

When you create a user POI the Author name is displayed when viewing the POI details.  Some people may use their full name, while others will use their initials.  If you wish to change the author name that is associated with the POIs you create you can do so by selecting this item.  You are told the current author name.  Type in the new name and press ENTER.  The Author name is updated.  The new name will take effect the next time you create a user POI.

 

13.7      Font Name and Size

 

You can change the font name, the default font style is Verdana .  The font size range is 8 point font to 36 point font.  When you change the font size or name, you must restart the application for the font change to apply.  The default font is Verdana and the default size is 18.  It is recommended to have your screen resolution set to at least 1280 by 800.  Note some screen readers are unable to reliably read large fonts. 

 

13.8      Disable Start Up Screen and Audio

The start up screen is the image and the audio rain stick chime that runs while the program is loading.  If you would prefer to disable this, check the box next to Disable Start Up Screen and Audio.

 


Sendero PC Products v2014 Command Summary

 

Description

 Command

 

Where am I Commands

Nearest Street Address

 A

Current City

 C

Nearest Intersection

 X

Detailed Description of Intersection

 ALT X

Where Am I

 SPACE

Heading

 H

 

Explore Commands

Look up an Address

ALT S

Move Forward One Intersection

 I

Turn to Next Street on Left

 J

Turn to Next Street on Right

 L

Move Backward One Intersection

 K

Cross the Street

U

Other Actions on Current Position

CTRL D

 

Destination Commands

Heading and Distance to Destination

 D

Clear Destination

ALT R then D

 

Points of Interest Commands

Find Nearest POI

 F

Find POI by Category

 CTRL F

Announce Nearest POI

 P

Find My POIs

CTRL M

Show POI Details

Ctrl Shift P

 

Route Commands

Next Turn or Road Transition

T

Route Distance

R

Route Options

ALT T, then R

Create Pedestrian Route

ALT R, A, P

Create Vehicle Route

ALT R, A, V

Open Route

CTRL O

Save Route

CTRL S

Print Route

CTRL P

Close Route

CTRL F4

Move Forward One Turn

I

Move Backward One Turn

K

Move Forward One Waypoint

L

Move Backward One Waypoint

J

Explore Route Next Turn

T

Route Progress

%

                                                                         

GPS Commands

GPS Status

G

Distance to GPS

CTRL I

Set Virtual to GPS

CTRL G

Lookaround Options

ALT M

Multiple Repeat Options

M

Altitude

Z

 

Miscellaneous Commands

Zoom Out

Page Up

Zoom In

Page Down

Zoom to show full route

HOME

Odometer

 B

Reset Odometer

CTRL B

Copy

CTRL C

 

Help

About Sendero PC Products

 ALT H, then A

Command Summary

F1

Exit Program

ALT F, then X

 


Appendix A: Manually Downloading and Installing Sendero PC Products Using GoSendero.com

This section explains the second way to manually download and install Sendero PC Maps or GPS software, Maps and POIs.  We encourage users to install using the automated way described in Section 3, but have included instructions to download manually in case your computer set up requires you to do so manually.

 

 

Login to the Sendero Download Web Site

 

1)    When your account is set up, you will receive an email from Sendero Group with your Account ID and password.

 

2)    Go to http://www.GoSendero.com

 

3)    Select the first edit box and enter your Account ID. Do not press Enter yet.

 

4)    Tab to the Password Edit box and enter your password.

 

5)    Tab to the Login button and press ENTER.

 

You will now be taken to the map download page. If the login fails, close your browser and try again.


 

Downloading ownloading and Installing Sendero PC Products software

 

When you first log into the Sendero download website, you will see four headings:

a.     Points of Interest

b.     Conversion Utility

c.      Products

d.     Maps

 

Navigate to the heading Products and select the link to download SenderoMaps2014.zip.

 

Save the file to your PC, making a note of where you save it.  Once the file is downloaded, locate the file unzip it and select Setup_SenderoMaps2014.msi to begin the installation process.  Refer to Section 2.1 for installation specifics.


 

Downloading Maps

 

Once you have installed the software, you will need to download the necessary maps to run the software.  To do this login to your account at GoSendero.com as described above, then navigate to the Maps heading.

 

1)    Select the Combo-box and arrow to the state, province or country you wish to download.

 

2)    Tab to the "Show Downloads" button and press ENTER.

 

3)    Navigate through the links and press ENTER on the map you wish to download.

 

4)    Tab to the Save button and press ENTER. You are downloading a zip file.  Choose the Save button.  Tab through the Download dialog to select the location of the download folder. A file name is suggested. Press ENTER on the Save button to begin the download. Large maps could take 15 minutes or more to download depending upon the connection speed.

 

To download additional map files, use the Combo box to highlight the new item and select the "Show Downloads" button again. Repeat the steps above.
 

Installing Maps

When you download the maps from GoSendero.com, you downloaded the zipped map and POI files to your computer.  You still need to install the maps and POIs.  When you run your Sendero PC Product for the first time, it will search for Maps in your default Maps folder. If it is unable to locate any Maps, the Map Installer will automatically start. TAB to the Yes button and press ENTER or press Y to begin.

 

The Map Utility dialog box will open and your keyboard focus is in the list of maps waiting to be installed.  If you downloaded your maps to the default Windows Downloads folder, this list will automatically contain the maps you just downloaded. 

 

Press TAB to cycle through each field as you would normally do in any dialog box.  You will discover the following:

A.   List of Maps: Press UP and DOWN ARROW keys to scroll through the list of Maps you have downloaded to your PC.  Press SPACE to select or SPACE again to unselect.  You can select multiple maps at this time.

B.   Number of Selected Maps and POIS: This is a read only edit box that shows the number of Maps and POIs currently selected.

C.   Currently installed Maps and POIs: This is a list of Maps and POIs you currently have installed in your maps folder.  If this is the first time this list will be empty.

D.   Select all:  Press this button to select all maps the system has located for you.  Alternatively, you can press CONTROL-A to select all from the list of maps.

E.    Unselect all: If you have one or more maps selected press this button to unselect all maps.  You would use this if you made a mistake and wanted to start the selection process over.  Note this button is disabled if there are no selected maps.

F.    Install Maps and POIs:  If you have one or more Maps and POIs selected, press this button to begin installing downloaded maps.  Note: This button is disabled if there are no selected Maps and POIs.

G.   Cancel: Press this button to cancel the dialog box and return to the program.

H.   Browse to Map and POI source location:  If the program is unable to detect where your maps were downloaded, use this button to tell the program where the zip files are.  Perhaps you downloaded them to your desktop.  Point the program to the new location.

 

Select the Maps or POIs you wish to install and press ENTER.  The program will unzip the maps and copy them into your default Maps folder.   A message box is displayed confirming the number of maps that were copied.  Press ENTER to dismiss the dialog. 

 

After installing Maps you hear: "X Maps loaded," where X is the number of maps that were loaded.  If there is a corrupt map file, the map in question will be indicated.  If you get a message saying “unable to initialize map engine”, restart the program.

 

If you wish to add additional maps at a later time, download the maps if they are currently not on your computer.  From the Tools menu select the “Install Maps and POIs” menu item.

 

If you are upgrading from a previous version, the program will remove older maps and POIs from your maps folder.  For example, if you have the Alabama map from last year installed, once you install the current Alabama map, last year’s Alabama Map and POIs are automatically removed. 

Maps and Points of Interest Folder

 

Now that you have installed the maps, you might be wondering where those maps and POIs are saved on your computer.  The default location is in the users documents folder. If you browse your documents folder you will notice a SenderoMaps folder.  Selecting this folder reveals a Maps folder with four additional folders, Installs Routes, Shared POIs and Settings.  These additional folders are automatically created when you installed the program. If you have a computer where multiple people login, each person has their own SenderoMaps configuration.   Each user can, however, define a different location under the Switch Map Folder option from within the File Menu, see the following section for instructions to do this. 

 

You can have up to 255 map sections in a given map folder on the PC, however, access times and software are more stable with fewer states loaded.

 

The entire U.S. map data occupies around 13 GB.  These maps are compiled by states for the U.S.  There are at least 3 map files for each state map section.  Some states are broken up into more than one section, for example California is split into 6 sections.  There are 9 map files for California.   When deleting or moving map files manually, be careful that the entire group of files per state or country are selected.   Also, be sure to copy the files directly into the map folder as opposed to having the state as a subfolder.  POIs for each map must also be located in the Maps folder.

 

Changing Map and POI Folder Location

 

To change the Map and POI folder location, press ALT-F, then M for Map and POI Folder.  You are presented with a dialog.  The first item shows your list of available maps.  You might see something like California with Washington and Oregon.  If you have multiple maps in a map folder you are given this information.  You might also see New York by itself. This means that New York is the only map within that folder.

 

Use your arrow keys to scroll to the map or group of maps you would like to switch to and press ENTER.  If you switch to a group of maps your virtual position is not on one of those loaded maps, you are presented with a list of maps so that you can set a new virtual position.  This gives you a starting place. 

 

The next button is a browse button.  Use this button to choose the drive and folder containing the Map files, for example if your maps are on another drive or the automatic detection is unable to locate the maps you are looking for.  You would browse to a different drive or folder in the same manner as selecting any folder on the computer.  Take note of the confirmation message after you set the folder to make sure the appropriate number of maps and POIs were loaded.  If you pick a folder that does not have any maps in it, the system will prompt you to copy maps.  The next two buttons are OK and cancel.  Pressing OK will switch to the currently selected map in the list.  Pressing cancel will exit the dialog without making any changes.

 

If you are likely to be changing maps often, we recommend keeping each group of state files in its own folder.  For example, Maps Southeast, Maps Northwest, etc.

 

Note: If you manually unzip maps to your maps folder make sure the Maps and POIs are not in a subfolder of the folder you have selected, the maps will not load.  It is recommended to use the check for updates utility instead of installing manually.

 

 

Downloading additional User Points of Interest

 

The previous section discussed how to download the necessary map and commercial POI files to run your Sendero PC Product.  In addition to these core files, you may also choose to download additional User POI files.  Say for example you are a hiking enthusiast or you regularly use public transit, you would download the additional User POI files that include hiking trails or the Google Transit POIs.

 

To start downloading additional User POI files, navigate to the Points of Interest Heading.  There are two links under this heading; User and Other POI content and Google Transit POI databases.  Select either link to view the available files to download.  Repeat steps 3 – 6 from the Downloading Maps section above.  It is recommended to use the check for updates feature to download user submitted POIs.