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1. Starting the application

To start gvSIG Mini go to your device's applications menu. If the installation was successful you will see the gvSIG Mini icon from where you can run the application.

2. Main screen

Once you run gvSIG Mini you will see the splash screen
After a few seconds, you will be probably prompted to allow the app to network connections, read/write user files or location data, if so, you'll have to allow it.
gvSIG Mini will then show the main screen

  • GPS status icon
    Show the status of localization data. If the icon is spinning, then localization data is being received otherwise it remains still.
  • My location icon
    A marker of the current (or last) location fixed by the GPS.
  • Compass
    This marker represents the direction where the device compass points.
  • Zoom in button
    By touching this button a zoom in the map is performed.
  • Zoom out button
    By touching this button a zoom out the map is performed.
  • Layers/Maps
    By touching this button show Layers/Maps menu.
  • Exit menu
    By pressing this button, you will exit the application. (Buttons position depends on devices)
  • Main menu
    By pressing this button, the main menu will be displayed. (Buttons position depends on devices)

3. Main menu

Pressing menu button will display the main menu.
You can select an option pressing the right app button.

  • Search Address
    Find an address using the NameFinder service.
  • My Location
    Focus your current Location on the map.
  • Maps/Layers
    Show Layers/Maps menu.
  • Download Layers
    Download internet shared new Layers.
  • Navigator
    Enable or Disable Navigation Mode with Map rotation.
  • Disable Location
    Disable GPS Location services.

3.1 Contextual menu

Long press any point of the device screen and gvSIG Mini will show the contextual menu with the different contextualized options.

  • Search POI
    Find a point of interest using the NameFinder service.
  • Delete POI
    Delete the Points of interest at Screen.
  • POI List
    Show Points of interest results.
  • StreetView
    Show Street View at center point from the Contextual Roulette.
  • Delete Route
    Delete the calculated route.
  • Start Route
    Set the route start pushpin at center point from the Contextual Roulette.
  • Finish Route
    Set the route finish flag at center point from the Contextual Roulette.
  • Weather
    Show the weather from a selected Location.
  • Share Location
    Share a selected Location using SMS, E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter..

4. Panning and zooming the map

You can pan the map by touching and dragging it to the desired position. When you release the finger, the full map will be shown. You can also 'zoom in' and 'zoom out' the map by touching the "+" and "-" soft buttons or using Zomm SlideBar tapping screen device.

5. Calculating routes

With gvSIG Mini you can calculate routes from a start point to a destination point. The service used to perform the calculation is YOURS. Sometimes, it is possible that the server could not calculate a valid route between the points selected or it was out of service. Please consider setting start and destination points near roads, streets, etc.

Depending on your device's application memory, it is possible that very long routes cannot be displayed, the application can spend several minutes calculating it or the performance when panning the map decreases.

5.1 Route from here

You can set the route's origin by pressing the 'Pushpin' interface option. A pushpin will be displayed at the center of the screen symbolizing the origin of the route.

5.2 Route to here

You can set the route's destination by pressing the 'Flag' Contextual Icon. A flag will be displayed at the center of the screen symbolizing the origin of the route.

If you previously set the origin route point a new route will be calculated.

Once the route has been calculated it will be shown on the map. At this point you can pan and zoom the map, keeping the route displayed until you clear the screen or calculate a new one.

5.3 Cancel route

This menu option will be activated when you set a route point or a route has been calculated. By pressing you will erase the route out from the map as well as any route point set.

6. Searching points of interest

You can search points of interest and view the results on the map by following the next steps:

You can access 'Search points of interest' dialog by clicking on the corresponding option menu.

You must focus the text box touching it, so that you can type what you want to find near from map center. For example, you can type: hospitals. A loading dialog will appear while retrieving the server answer.

Once the response is received, a list will be displayed with the results sorted by distance, press the desired POI and a new menu will pop up with different option: 'From here', 'To here' and 'Center on Map', you must touch the desired app option to show it.

You can focus any result Long Pressing over it, new dialog will pop up with option to perform new actions.

These are the actions you can perform for each result:

  • Route from here: Sets the location of the point of interest as the route's origin point
  • Route to here: Sets the location of the point of interest as the route's destination point
  • Center on map: Goes back to the map view and show the select point centered on screen.

With contextual roulette you can show again the POI list, also you can delete all POIs.

7. Address searching

You can access 'Search address' dialog by pressing its corresponding menu option.

'Search address' dialog is similar to 'Search points of interest' one.

8. Centering on my location

Centers the map on the current GPS location. The map will center on every new GPS location received.

9. Managing layers

You can manage the layers configured in gvSIG Mini through the 'Maps/Layers' option menu.

gvSIG Mini has several layers preset by default. You can shift from one layer to the following one by pressing 'Maps/Layers' option menu.

  • Tile map service
    Show Maps/Layer List.
  • WMS layers
    Show WMS Maps/Layer Added List
  • Add layer
    Add new layers to gvSIG Mini.
    * From WMS server
    A dialog will appear for add your new WMS server to the WMS layers list.
    * From layers file
    A selector dialog will appear for select a new layers file located on /sdcard/gvsig/layers/*, our new Maps/layers will be added to "Tile map service" menu option.

9.1 Adding layers

There are different ways if you want to add new Layers to gvSIG Mini:

Creating a new *.gvtiles file with layers from a tilecache server (TMS)

Structure of a .gvtiles file:

_n layers_
  • v0.2.1 -> Version of the file, try to read the actual gvSIG Mini file for version control and use the same.
  • 1| -> Number for list and order the layers separated using |.
  • ICC_ORTO;3, -> Name of the Layer and kind of layer, Type 3 TileCache(TMS) like this example.

Finally save your file at /sdcard/gvsig/layers/ and open it using the Add Layers dialog or just open it from internet or your Android File Explorer.

Adding WMS Layers using "Add Layers" dialog

If you use this option to add new WMS Layers just tap it and enter a TMS URL like:

Just save it and new layers will show at WMS Layers section.

10. Using Twitter

gvSIG Mini can tweet your location, just enter your twitter user and password an press 'Tweet', your location will be tweet it.

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