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I usually can pick up new software, and learn how it works quite quickly, a day or so is the norm.

Have to say, this seems WAY to complicated, tried searching for answers, and that just confuses things more.

I know how to upload a trace, have opened the editor, but... it does nothing, found a few new trails in a popular trail area, and can see the traces, but...can not edit it , can't delete part of it that does exist, can not seem to add the trail that does not exist currently.

Seems there is only a simple 6 set tool box,...again...does nothing, read the help. double clicked, did what it claims to do, any rate...need some where easy to get the jist so to speak.. anywhere that explains this rather easily?


asked 18 Mar '12, 13:48

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edited 07 Apr '15, 10:38

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note (three years later): at that time "the editor" was likely Potlatch 2.

(06 Apr '15, 19:43) aseerel4c26 ♦

You might get some help from video tutorials which cover the basics.

If you still can't get along with Potlatch, you may give a try to JOSM or Merkaartor. Maybe one of them has an interface you find more easily understandable. You can find some video tutorials for JOSM from the first link and some documentation here. Merkaartor has little documentation here.

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answered 18 Mar '12, 15:29

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You may have already seen it, but just in case not - the beginners' guide and the links from it go through the concepts in OSM and is definitely worth a read.

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answered 18 Mar '12, 23:41

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I agree, it is complicated but OSM is a large project and making a good map needs theses details. As RM87 advises watch the videos and as SomeoneElse says read the beginners guides. The toolbox is used once you've drawn a trace, such as squaring a box to make a building look right, rounding nodes into a circle for roundabout, deleting a node,or splitting a way as it may have different street names for separate sections. Complicated but necessary so it will take time to learn. I have been editing for over a year and I'm still learning. If you wish to improve the learning side you could get involved in that by writing or filming guides, welcome and good luck

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answered 19 Mar '12, 08:20

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