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Archived:How to implement a Relative Map using GPS in Flash Lite 3.0

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A Relative Map is known as an in-scale map according with the distance in the real world. For example: You retrieve your current coordinates by GPS and, after that, move 100 meters ahead and then you want to know the pixel distance on the mobile phone's screen regarding with the scale you chose. Would be better show where you are in the Relative Map in agreement with your moviments. Well, I'll explain step-by-step how to do it from, implement the geometric functions to calculate the relation between the real world distance and the relative distance to retrieve asynchronously GPS location informations.

Frames Design

1.1 - For starts you must create a new mobile project and select Flash Lite 3.0 and ActionScript 2.0 as player version and ActionScript version, respectively.

1.2 - Insert 4 (four) KeyFrames as in the order shown below:


Tip.pngTip: To make easy the application's screens creation set the first frame as the same shown above (Frame 1) the add the next ones; Thereby you won't need repeating code for the repeated components on the diferents frames which have the same functionalities.

Relative Map Scheme

Let's understand what 'area_limit' is; It is the maximum value in meters which you can move vertically or horizontally. As the name says 'scale' represents the scale between the drawn rectangle height on the frame and the 'area_limit' double. This value means that every walked meter M in the real world there are P 'walked' pixels on the mobile screen. So, we had found the 'd_x' and 'd_y' meters distances multiply each one of them for the 'scale' to acquire the horizontal and vertical disntances in pixels. For more details see the scheme shown below:

Scheme relative map.PNG

Code Explanation

Aqui irei discorrer um pouco sobre os códigos usados em cada frame para a implementação do Mapa Relativo.

3.1 - We must disable the keypad (beacuse this example is for touch screen mobiles, precisely the Nokia 5800 ExpressMusc) and set fullscreen mode. Create the variables which represent the central point latitude and longitude and the map area limit. The limit can be whatever numeric value you want; if you want to change it the only thing you have to do is modify the ComboBox labels. Finally, coding the actions of the buttons, all as shown in the code:

fscommand2("DisableKeypadCompatibilityMode"); // Disable keypad
fscommand2("Fullscreen", true); // Set FullScreen mode
fscommand2("SetQuality", "high"); // Set high quality
var UPPER_X_RELATIVE_MAP:Number = 10;
var UPPER_Y_RELATIVE_MAP:Number = 130;
var HEIGHT_RELATIVE_MAP:Number = 340;
var WIDTH_RELATIVE_MAP:Number = 340;
var ICON_HEIGHT:Number = 6;
var ICON_WIDTH:Number = 6;
var longitude_center:Number = new Number();
var latitude_center:Number = new Number();
var area_limits:Number = new Number();
get_center_location_btn.onRelease = function() {
area_limits = int(area_limit.text.split(" ")[0]);
exit_btn.onRelease = function() {
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