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Help: The Map Screen

The main map screen is where everything really happens. Two versions of the map screen are available, the standard Google Map view and the Google Satellite view (think ariel photography). You can switch between them by tapping the Layer icon in the lower left corner or the screen. To move it around, just drag it with your finger.

In the middle of the screen, assuming you are displaying Your Location (if not, just touch in the upper-left corner of the screen), you’ll see the green compass arrow which shows not only your location, but also the location you’re looking.

Also on the main map screen, you’ll find plenty of different icons representing Points of Interest. Some of these Points of Interest are very interesting, like mountain peaks, waterfalls, ruins, etc. Some of the Points of Interest aren’t so interesting, but are still important, like toll booths, restrooms, and parking lots. Tapping any Point of Interest will display its name. Want more information about the last Point of Interest you touched, just tap the library icon at the bottom of the screen.

Top navigation bar

At the top of the screen is the Navigation Bar. This gives you information about where you are right now, where your last Point of Interest is location, and where you left your car.

Starting at the top left corner, you have everything about your current location.

This shows your current latitude, longitude, and elevation (in meters). It also gives the current GPS accuracy (also in meters). Tapping this part of the screen will move the screen to center your current location on the screen.

In the center of the top bar is the information about your last Point of Interest.

This part of the screen shows the latitude, longitude, and elevation for the Point of Interest, as well as the distance from your current location. Touching this part of the screen will scroll the map to center that Point of Interest. A point of interest can be nearly anything, from a parking lot to a scenic view to a waterfall and more. More on Points of Interest later.

The right side of the top bar is all about finding your car.

The first time you click it, it’ll place a car icon in your current location on the map. If it’s already been placed, you’ll be given a choice of either moving your car to your current location or scrolling the map to center the car. You can use this app to find your car anywhere, not just at **Hudson Mills Metropark*, but remember, you can only park your car in one place at a time.

Feature Icons

At the bottom of the screen are the feature icons.

In the bottom left corner of the screen is the Layer icon:

Clicking this will let you switch the map view between the standard Google Map view and the Google Map Satellite/Photo view.

To the right of the Layer icon is a camera icon:

Clicking this will take you to your camera app. All photos are placed into a gallery named for this location, so you can tell them apart. When you exit your camera app, you’ll be given a chance to send the picture to email, FaceBook, or other locations, depending on what’s set up on your device. If you don’t want to send it anywhere, just hit the Back button.

Next is the Library icon:

Clicking the Library icon will take you to a web page with more information on your last Point of Interest, where available, or to the main **Hudson Mills Metropark* page, if there’s no special information about the Point of Interest (parking lots, for example, aren’t especially deserving of their own web pages).

Finally, in the lower right, are the zoom buttons:

Use these buttons to zoom the map in and out.

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