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Marble's Guidance Mode assists you on your way to your destination. Once activated, the map follows your current location (GPS position) and adjusts the zoom value to your speed. When approaching turn points, driving instructions are shown.
Marble provides several means to create routes: Use search terms to find source and destination, use your bookmarks or just point at the desired place on the map.
The Routing dialog, available from the menu via a click on the Marble - Virtual Globe headline, let's you create routes using search terms and bookmarks. We'll look at an example that combines both. Open the Routing dialog to get a screen similar to the one below.
We'll enter Augartenstraße, Karlsruhe as our search term for the route source in the upper input field. Tapping on the Search button (or pressing Enter) starts the search.
More than one result may be found; you can select the correct one in the list at the bottom of the dialog. Of course you can also correct any mistakes and start a new search if the desired location is not among the results.
With the source of the route defined we head over to use one of our bookmarks as the target. We'll get a list of them to pick from when pressing the arrow (triangle) button next to the target input field. It opens a new dialog.
The selected bookmark is used as the route target. You are now ready to calculate the route. Tap on the Get Directions button to do that.
Once the route is calculated, driving instructions are shown at the bottom of the screen. In case more than one route was found, you can optionally switch to an alternative one at the bottom of the screen.
Your route is now ready. Tap on the Done button to close the dialog. You'll see an overview of the route.
If the start or the destination is visible on the map, you can also use the context menu to set the start or the destination of the route. Click on the map once (without moving it) and a context menu comes up. Select Directions from here to set the route start and Directions to here to set the destination. The route is calculated automatically (if both a start and a destination are set).
Once a route is calculated, you can insert via points (stopover points) with drag and drop. To accomplish that, use the pen of the N900. Click on any point of the route and move the pen to the desired location where a via point should be inserted. While dragging, a small green flag is shown as well as blue lines to the neighboring points on the route.
With the route planned you can now switch to guidance mode. Do you have Internet access throughout your journey? If not, switch Marble to offline mode to inform it that you don't want it to download any missing information from the Internet. Otherwise it's likely that your N900 will open popup dialogs asking you to connect to the Internet frequently. Marble's offline mode is activated from the main menu, accessible by tapping on the Marble - Virtual Globe headline of the main window.
Tap on the guidance mode icon to activate the mode with the same name. It is the left of the four icons on the bottom of the screen.
In guidance mode, the GPS and the two zoom icons are hidden. Instead a couple of other elements are shown. Let's look at the items relevant during your journey, one after the other: