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    My driving route seems to be jumping all over the road and is not accurate enough

    The app reads GPS data every second and calculates the distance up to the last second and adds them up to give total mileage. This makes the total mileage captured very accurate.

    Every 2 minutes (configurable), the app saves the GPS coordinates and speed in the database, and uses that to draw the driving route on the map (the blue circles are the actual fixed GPS readings). This may cause some routes to appear zigzagged.

    Smart phones cannot hold too many data points, which is why every 2 minutes is the most frequent setting for recording data points.

    Trips vs. Legs

    In the TripLog app there are no legs or stops, only trips. A trip with two legs, i.e. point A => B => C, is represented by two trips A => B and B => C. There is no “round trip” either, instead you would create two trips A => B and B => A.

    The Pause button does not mark the location, it only turns off GPS to save battery temporality . Locations are identified only when you start and stop trips.

    The app appears to keep running on the notification bar

    The TripLog icon on the notification bar indicates the app is running GPS to track mileage. To stop the trip, open TripLog, then tap the Start or Stop Trip button to open the trip entry form. Click the Stop button with the red square icon.

    In MagicTrip mode, the TripLog notification cannot be cleared.  The reason is because the app needs to run in the background to monitor the speed, even you are not driving. Otherwise, the Android system will force close the app.

    Mileage Lock

    Usually when you change the beginning or ending odometer setting, the mileage will be updated. However, when the Mileage Lock is on, TripLog will instead update the other odometer reading and keep the mileage unchanged.

    Tags & Notes

    Notes are description of the trip or expense. Tags are also descriptive, but usually short and frequently used, e.g. project number, client name, etc. However, if there are only a few clients, or they have different mileage rates, it’s better to use Activities.

    Unlike notes, tags are separated by commas, and you can recall the previously entered tags. The popup list is collected from tags of all previous trips, and ordered by the frequency of use. If you need to remove unwanted tags, you have to remove them from all previous trips. Or if you are done with your previous year’s data, you can remove it from your device it altogether. First, back up your data. Then go to menu > Data > Purge Old Data > choose the year > check what records to delete > OK. This will clean up a lot of historic records.