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Complete Chronological Tutorial for Authors #3390
    Date first written: 2016.09.22   Review Date:2016.09.22

The problem when trying to organize the "Help" instructions is to put them into an order of complexity. Therefore I'm writing this document to be a complete buildup of all the terminology knowledge you need to be an experienced author. The general principle is that you can read it from start to finish and never run into anything you don't already know.

So we start with "Search" and "GMap". You need to know how to bring up a GMap for the area of interest. Usually this is done by searching for a given nearby mountain, then clicking the GMap link on that mountain page. For example, go to Mount Robson and click on it's GMap link. The best way to familiarize yourself with GMap is to complete the Introductory GMap Tutorial.

From now on, I assume you know how to use GMap. And that you would know what someone meant if they said the following: "The Gmap "t2" display has the classic topo maps, but the "t5" display has better labelled contour lines."

The first actual content is to insert a Road Bulletin. This introduces you to how the Bivouac input forms work, the little brown "insert" links on the road page, and the location of the actual "insert" button on the form.

Next in complexity is a discussion of downloading track logs to your GPS. There are probably lots of people that don't use a GPS so they could skip this. But with a smart phone, it is easy to click the "gpx20" link and then import the file into your GPS App. So we can introduce terms like "track log", "bivouac waypoints", and .gpx files, and from then on, we assume people understand these terms.

Next in complexity, we have a choice. We could discuss either photos or inserting trip reports. Photos are easier.

Trip reports is where you really get into needing lots of knowledge. This requires three big sub-procedures:

How to get waypoints from a GPS
  How to get waypoints directly from GMap
  How to Upload inline photos

Getting waypoints from a GPS involves the following:

Translate track log as gpx file
  Copy gpx to your computer
  Import raw gpx into trip report
  Trace raw gpx using "Draw and Save"

Now you are ready to insert feature photos. There are two main types of photo: feature photos and inline photos. This familiarizes you with the upload sequence in bivouac.

Insert Roads
 Next are discussions of Inserting Road Records. In these instructions I can assume the person has already done a trip report, so they know the basics of "draw and save" and know what I mean by GMap h satellite display. New will be all the discussions about using satellite, TRIM and OSM to get the waypoints. And labeling waypoint junctions.

Insert a Road
  Get Road Waypoints from GMap