My current thinking is as follows:
P.S. I've not discussed here declination, or compass versus direction of travel. My thinking is, if we are moving, use direction of travel - direction between GPS fixings, into which declination I believe is not an issue. Whilst stationary, we have to go with the compass, and then declination is an issue, although I'm not sure on the accuracy of the internal compasses.
Overall your ideas for the compass control sound very logical. I think what you are proposing is not a replication of the OMNC mini compass but something rather more sophisticated. If I understand you the 'compass' button (when off) appears grey like the GPS button. When you then tap it (dare I say) it morphs into a mini compass (rather like in C) but in a addition the map rotates to align itself North with the compass? Tap it again and the map returns to align portrait or landscape and the button goes grey.
I agree that such a button would need to be a little bigger - same size as the mini on C maybe.
I very much like the idea of it expanding to cover the map. I wonder rather than swiping and then having to have another button to collapse it you double tap to expand then double tap to collapse.
In settings along with controlling colour, shape transparency I wonder if map orientation ie to orientate or not when the compass is on should be included and also a toggle to a) auto include the mag dec based on current location or b) manually set it.
1. Compass button when off is a greyed out mini
2. Tap to turn on - compass 'colours' up and, if enabled in settings, map orientates
3. Double tap to expand compass over map
4. Double tap to collapse to mini
5 Tap mini to turn off
Not sure whether these fit with your own ideas or whether I have misunderstood.
I have never used the compass on OMNC nor ever felt a need for it. Therefore I will let others comment on the proposed interface. I simply hope that an option in the settings menu would allow the user to specify whether the stats bar button and compass button appear at all.
I think your proposal is workable and I think a close button is better than a double tap to close, if only because I sometimes struggle with double tap in the cold... I like the north orientation display option.
Since you are in planning in OMNC I don't recall the degrees being displayed on the compass. If I'm at a location and I want to head in a bearing of 236 degrees, say, if I'm north up display then when the device is rotated I should be able to see when I get to 236 degrees. If in direction of travel display I should also be able to determine where 236 degrees is. (This is important if walking near Kinder Scout (say) when there is hardly any visibility).
Happy new year to you all
I had to paste your comments into word and add para breaks to really get to grips with what you are saying. With respect to "Track Direction" this would require an enhancement to OMN to say which track is being followed as multiple tracks can be simultaneously opened in gpx editor. Once you have that then the stats screen could display distance to next waypoint, distance left on the track, duration etc.per a previous comment when discussing stats.
I can't see the compass ever becoming redundant!
I am quite intrigued with what seems to me to be the level of complexity that some users seem to want to add to the compass function.
I have to confess that I very rarely use the compass so may well be missing the point.
If I have planned a route on my iPad mini, and am out walking this route, I track the route and if the track diverges from the route I can immediately see this and make an adjustment.
On rare occasions I am faced with a meeting of several paths and use the compass to check which one is going in the right direction. I might see a distant tower, building or hill and want to identify it but that is also rare.
@Graham, You say:
"Another option is to make the compass part of the Stats bar, but I personally can't see that working nicely."
I would have thought this was quite a good solution. It could be just another option to select in addition to the various stats and could be made sufficiently transparent for the map to still show up underneath.
@Dennis. Apologies if this is a daft question but ....Why would you have lots of tracks open and not know which one you are following?
I carry an old fashioned compass in case my electronics fail and also have a compass on my iPhone so this is not something that I see as having any priority.