- The view count will not increment immediately and make take some time to refresh (5 minutes)
- If a link is active people will still be able to access the information on your shared page. If it is deactivated, the shared page will no longer provide data even if someone tries to view the shared page by using the link
- A shared page can be de-activated and will not be viewable by others. It can also be re-activated when you wish others to view your shared page.
The shared page name column contains a clickable link. You can use this to get direct access to your shared pages. This allows you to see exactly what others will see when they access your shared page.
Even if you decide not to publish a public shared page, you might decide to create a password protected shared page that you will use to access your own messengers. You will then be able to take advantage of the new map and message features and bookmark it for easy access.
Viewing your new Shared Page
- If you had SPOT send the information for you, by default it will also send the email to you. (If you did not use this option, you will need to have a copy of the link or select it from the Manage Shared Page section.) When you click the link your browser will now begin to load the shared page. This may take a few moments.
- Messages are displayed in the panel on the left hand side of the shared page. 50 messages show per page, the page automatically refreshes every 5 minutes and messages are cached every 15 minutes before they arrive on the shared page.
- The map display shows the location of the messages. In this example, the shared page contains messages for 2 SPOT messengers.
Details about the message panel on the left of the display:
- By default, messages are grouped by messenger but can be grouped by type or time. The time of the message is automatically converted to the local time of your web browser. The age of the message is calculated and displayed in the time column.
- The detail for each message can be displayed by selecting the + icon to ‘expand’ the message row. Each messenger is colour coded to match the message icons on the map.
- Click on the arrow in the column title to show more options. Sort ascending, descending, hide and show columns, group by the selected column or switch off message grouping.
- Expanding a message row provides more detail about the message. This includes the local time (based on your browsers locale), exact co-ordinates in decimal degrees, nearest location and custom message (if available).
- Right click on the message rows to control the visibility of messages on the map, either individually or as a group. Messages are now connected to show the path travelled. Toggle the messenger route display on and off and display an altitude profile for the path recorded for any messenger.
- The shared page automatically connects to the SPOT servers to retrieve new data. If new messages arrive, the map will pan to the newest location automatically. It is not necessary to refresh the page yourself.
- As you move the mouse over messages in the message panel, the corresponding icon on the map is highlighted. Each location is numbered (The most recently transmitted message is given the highest number and the oldest message is always numbered 1.)
- The messenger path is now displayed. Each location is joined using a geodesic segment (a segment of a “great circle” representing the shorted distance between two points on the surface of the earth”). Remember that the visibility of the route can be controlled from the message panel using a right click.
- When you select a message in the message panel (using a left click) the map automatically pans to place the message in the centre of the screen.
- Select any of the location icons to display a google maps information bubble.
- SPOT have updated the SPOT map icons. Display the map legend to see how each message type is represented.
- You can hide the message panel. This provides more space to view the map. To slide the message panel on and off the display click the arrow button show here.
SPOT have also incorporated a new Altitude or topographic profile feature:
To view the plot for your messenger, simply click the right button over one of the messages in the message panel. Then select the Show Altitude Profile option from the menu. A topographic plot will be generated using all the points available for the messenger that was selected.
*Note that the SPOT unit itself does not transmit altitude information. The topographic plot feature provided in the shared page is generated using an external service. The topo data is a combination of SRTM and GTOPO30, its typical horizontal resolution is about 90 meters. The data includes all continents but Antarctica.
Also note that the altitudes in the charts are relative to the zero level in the WGS84 model and does not include the curvature of geoid.