I've been using bbtracker to track my running progress. I'm currently running twice and week and it's nice since it can with a little bit of effort on my part break down my 1km split times and show me my track on google earth with a reasonable amount of accuracy.
However, bbtracker has not been updated in a while so I did a little googling to see if there was anything better out there.
I found GPsed.com. So I installed it. I tested it on the car run to work and it was ok, but seemed to straight line some corners at times, then at other times track the road perfectly. But I was more interesting in the running aspect so embarked on a run last night.
All seemed to be going well, it tracked that I'd run 3.4 km in 21 min 45 secs (no comments on the pace please) and I'd managed to add way points at each km interval to see how those looked when downloaded.
Unfortunately that's where it all went horribly wrong. After I stopped the track all the summary info went fubar. It told me I had 43 points count, had 3 way points but then the distance was .1 km not 3.4 km. My max speed recorded as 123 km/h??? and my avg speed as zero.
Not good, so I decided to try and upload it and analyse it on-line instead. That failed for over an hour while the gpsed.com website was completely unacceptable.
So I decided to e-mail the track to myself and try upload it manually. The problem was the saved track (.gped file) was only 1 kb in size. practically empty.
Eventually, the website was accessible again and I tried to upload the file from the device. It gave every indication that it was uploading but after 5/6 attempts there's nothing showing under my tracks on the site. I even tried a manual upload from the e-mailed .gpsed file via the web upload interface and that failed too.
So overall a very disappointing experience. The software seems to have looked at my start and end point and average everything out between those 2 points, but how on earth did it calc a max speed of 123km/h?
I will give it one more go later this week with the GPS filtering setting switched off as this may be the culprit.
Which brings me to the final points about this software and website. The software looks good, the real-time data is clean and accurate and easy to read but there's no explanation of the settings and they are not intuitive. The website itself is confusing and it took me ages to find out where I'm supposed to see my uploaded tracks on the interface. You'd think it would be a clearly marked tab saying 'My tracks'.
bbtracker may not be flash and shiny but at least it gets me the info I need without hassle or confusion.