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24
Oct

Magellan Active Website Version 1.2 Released

Announcement

Magellan Active Website Version 1.2 has been released.

Overview

The focus of this release was mostly bug fixes and behind the scenes improvements, but one cool feature has been added that shows the corresponding location on the map when you place the cursor over the chart on the Activity page. This works for both minimized and maximized views. Click on the image of the public activity below and give it a try!

Change Log

  •  Intermittent “The server unable to fulfill the request.” errors when uploading activities or navigating to pages that access and display activities or activity data
  •  Uploaded date in the Device Information section of the Activity page does not conform to user’s date preference
  •  Popup that appears after pressing Facebook Like button on a public activity has corrupted UI
  •  Improve the message used during auto-posting of activities to Facebook and Twitter
  •  Show corresponding location on Map when cursor is hovering over the Chart on the Activity page
  •  Maps do not show enough detail, need to refresh the Map tiles with the latest changes made to OpenStreetMap
  •  Update the image in “Step 1. Register or Log In” of the Getting Started page to reflect the latest UI
24
Oct

Magellan Active API Version 1.1 Released

Announcement

Magellan Active API Version 1.1 has been released.

Overview

The initial release of our API was missing the authentication method for retrieving a user’s access token given their username and password. This authentication method has been added, so the API is now ready for 3rd party developers.

Change Log

  •  Add method for retrieving a user token given a username and password
  •  Update the API documentation with “/<api>/<api_version>/” in the URL structure of all URLs
  •  Update the API documentation with return values for Activity Sport Type and Session Sport Type
18
Oct

What exactly is the Activity Pacer feature?

Overview

The Activity Pacer feature is a unique training and racing tool exclusive to the Magellan Switch series product line. It utilizes a combination of predefined goals, average speed/pace since the start of your activity, as well as current speed/pace to help you achieve your goals and predict your final outcome.

Example

The easiest way to explain the Activity Pacer feature is with an example. Let’s start with a pretty common one, “I would like to run a full marathon in under 4 hours”. It just so happens that’s the default setup for the 3rd Activity Profile named “MRTHN”. Distance is set to 26.2 miles and time is set to 4:00:00 (pace is auto calculated to 9:09/mi). Let’s assume the race starts at 7:00:00 AM and that’s when you begin recording your activity.

Scenario 1: Ahead of Goal, On/Ahead of Target Pace

Let’s say you have run the first 20 miles in 3 hours giving you an average pace of 9:00/mi. Good job, you’re ahead of your goal! Based on your average pace, you are 3:12 and 0.35 mi ahead and your estimated remaining time is 55:48, estimated total time is 3:55:48 and estimated time of arrival is 10:55:48 AM.

You can slow down to a Target Pace of 9:40/mi for the last 6.2 miles and still achieve your original goal. Since you’re Current Pace (9:28/mi) is as fast or faster than your Target Pace, you will achieve your goal if you continue at your current pace. Way to stay on pace!

 

Scenario 2: Ahead of Goal, Behind Target Pace

Let’s say you have run the first 20 miles in 3 hours giving you an average pace of 9:00/mi. Good job, you’re ahead of your goal! Based on your average pace, you are 3:12 and 0.35 mi ahead and your estimated remaining time is 55:48, estimated total time is 3:55:48 and estimated time of arrival is 10:55:48 AM.

You can slow down to a Target Pace of 9:40/mi for the last 6.2 miles and still achieve your original goal. But since you’re Current Pace (9:52/mi) is slower than your of Target Pace, you will not achieve your goal if you continue at your current pace. Pick it up!

 

Scenario 3: Behind Goal, On/Ahead of Target Pace

Let’s say you have run the first 20 miles in 3 hours and 6 minutes giving you an average pace of 9:18/mi. You’re a bit behind your goal. Based on your average pace, you are 2:47 and 0.31 mi behind and your estimated remaining time is 57:40, estimated total time is 4:04:40 and estimated time of arrival is 11:03:40 AM.

You must speed up to a Target Pace of 8:42/mi for the last 6.2 miles if you still want to achieve your original goal. But since you’re Current Pace (8:40/mi) is as fast or faster than your Target Pace, you will achieve your goal if you continue at your current pace. Way to pick it up!

 

Scenario 4: Behind Goal, Behind Target Pace

Let’s say you have run the first 20 miles in 3 hours and 6 minutes giving you an average pace of 9:18/mi. You’re a bit behind your goal. Based on your average pace, you are 2:47 and 0.31 mi behind and your estimated remaining time is 57:40, estimated total time is 4:04:40 and estimated time of arrival is 11:03:40 AM.

You must speed up to a Target Pace of 8:42/mi for the last 6.2 miles if you still want to achieve your original goal. Since you’re Current Pace (9:20/mi) is slower than your Target Pace, you will not achieve your goal if you continue at your current pace. Pick it up!

 

Configuring Your Goals

The Activity Pacer feature can be enabled/disabled and configured for each Activity Profile. That means you can setup different Activity Profiles, some with the feature enabled, others with it disabled, and different goals for each Activity Profile that has the feature enabled. To access the Activity Pacer configuration, first go to Settings Mode (hold Down button until a Menu appears and select Settings). Then navigate to “Activity Profile > All Profiles > [Activity Profile] > Activity Pacer”. From here you can enable/disable the feature, set what goals to specify, and specify the distance, time and/or speed/pace goals. Make sure you’ve activated the Activity Profile you’ve configured. You can select the Active Activity Profile by navigating to “Activity Profile > Active: [Activity Profile]” and selecting the Activity Profile from the list.

Tracking Your Progress

Head back to Activity Mode (hold Down button until a Menu appears and select Activity). Depending on the goals specified, you will be presented with either 1 or 2 additional data screens (press Up and Down buttons to navigate between available data screens). Begin your activity recording (press the Record/Enter button). The values of the data fields on those additional data screens will constantly update to help you achieve your original goals as well as present you with estimates based on your progress thus far.

When specifying 2 goals instead of just 1 (distance & time, distance & speed/pace, or time & speed/pace), the Activity Pacer feature is able to tell you not only whether you are ahead or behind your specified goals, but more importantly exactly how fast you need to move from now until the end (Target Speed/Pace) in order to achieve your goals as well as your estimated finishing results if you continue moving at the same Average Speed/Pace. The color of the Target Speed/Pace field will inverse if it is slower than the Speed/Pace goal specified/calculated to give you a visual indicator to pick it up if you want to achieve your original goals. The color of the Target Speed/Pace, Time Behind and Distance Behind fields will inverse if your Average Speed/Pace is slower than the Speed/Pace goal specified/calculated to give you a visual indicator you are behind your original goals.

All the Nitty Gritty Details

There is 6 different ways you can setup the Activity Pacer feature depending on the goals you choose to define. The following shows what additional data fields and indicators are displayed based on the goals specified.

  • Distance + Time:
    • Goals: Specify a distance & time and the speed/pace is automatically calculated. Used to complete an activity of a predetermined distance within a specified time goal. For example, “I would like to run 26.2 miles in 4 hours (9:09/mi pace)”.
    • Data Fields: Displays two additional data screens with Current Speed/Pace, Target Speed/Pace, Time Ahead/Behind and Distance Ahead/Behind on one screen and Remaining Distance, Estimated Remaining Time, Estimated Total Time and Estimated Time of Arrival on the other screen.
    • Indicators: If your Current Speed/Pace is slower than your Target Speed/Pace, the color of the Current Speed/Pace field will be inversed to alert you to pick it up if you want to achieve your original goals. If you are behind your specified goals based on your Average Speed/Pace, the color of the Target Speed/Pace, Time Behind and Distance Behind fields will be inversed to alert you that you are behind your specified goals.
  • Distance + Speed/Pace:
    • Goals: Specify a distance & speed/pace and the time is automatically calculated. Used to complete an activity of a predetermined distance within a specified speed/pace goal. For example, “I would like to run 26.2 miles at 9:09/mi pace (4 hours)”.
    • Data Fields: Displays two additional data screens with Current Speed/Pace, Target Speed/Pace, Time Ahead/Behind and Distance Ahead/Behind on one screen and Remaining Distance, Estimated Remaining Time, Estimated Total Time and Estimated Time of Arrival on the other screen.
    • Indicators: If your Current Speed/Pace is slower than your Target Speed/Pace, the color of the Current Speed/Pace field will be inversed to alert you to pick it up if you want to achieve your original goals. If you are behind your specified goals based on your Average Speed/Pace, the color of the Target Speed/Pace, Time Behind and Distance Behind fields will be inversed to alert you that you are behind your specified goals.
  • Time + Speed/Pace:
    • Goals: Specify a time and speed/pace and the distance is automatically calculated. Used to complete an activity of a predetermined time with a specified speed/pace goal. For example, “I would like to run 1 hour at 7:30/mi pace (8 miles)”.
    • Data Fields: Displays two additional data screens with Current Speed/Pace, Target Speed/Pace, Time Ahead/Behind and Distance Ahead/Behind on one screen and Remaining Time, Time of Arrival, Estimated Remaining Distance and Estimated Total Distance on the other screen.
    • Indicators: If your Current Speed/Pace is slower than your Target Speed/Pace, the color of the Current Speed/Pace field will be inversed to alert you to pick it up if you want to achieve your original goals. If you are behind your specified goals based on your Average Speed/Pace, the color of the Target Speed/Pace, Time Behind and Distance Behind fields will be inversed to alert you that you are behind your specified goals.
  • Distance:
    • Goals: Specify a distance (time and speed/pace are irrelevant). Used to complete an activity of a predetermined distance with no time or speed/pace goal. For example, “I would like to run 8 miles, let’s see how long it takes me.”
    • Data Fields: Displays one additional data screen with Remaining Distance, Estimated Remaining Time, Estimated Total Time and Estimated Time of Arrival.
    • Indicators: None.
  • Time:
    • Goals: Specify a time (distance and speed/pace are irrelevant). Used to complete an activity of a predetermined time with no distance or speed/pace goal. For example, “I would like to run for 1 hour, let’s see how far I can go in that time.”
    • Data Fields: Displays one additional data screen with Remaining Time, Time of Arrival, Estimated Remaining Distance and Estimated Total Distance.
    • Indicators: None.
  • Speed/Pace:
    • Goals: Specify a speed/pace (distance and time are irrelevant). Used to complete an activity of a predetermined speed/pace with no distance or time. For example, “Let’s see how far and long I can go at 7:30/mi pace.”
    • Data Fields: Displays one additional data screen with Current Speed/Pace, Average Speed/Pace, Time Ahead/Behind and Distance Ahead/Behind.
    • Indicators: If Average Speed/Pace is slower than your specified Speed/Pace goal, the color of the Average Speed/Pace, Time Behind and Distance Behind fields will be inversed to alert you that you are behind your specified goals.

Take Away

Activity Pacer is a powerful feature that can help you achieve your training and race goals. Don’t let this comprehensive explanation scare you. Once you use Activity Pacer, you’ll see that it’s easy to set up and intuitive to use. You’ll no longer have to burn calories doing math in your head and you can re-purpose that energy to achieving your personal bests!

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2
Oct

Magellan Active Website Version 1.1 Released

Announcement

Magellan Active Website Version 1.1 has been released.

Overview

The focus of this release was almost entirely on the Upload Web Widget. It’s now capable of handling device software updates for Switch & Switch Up. Yes, that means a device software update for Switch & Switch Up will be available shortly. When it’s is available, you’ll see the below message, “A software update is available for your device.”

Stay tuned. We’ll create another post when it’s available.

Change Log

  •  User prompted to download browser plugin for the Upload Web Widget when browser plugin is already installed.
  •  Can’t manually upload file because “Choose Files” icon automatically changes to “Select activities to upload” text before user clicks “Choose Files”.
  •  Bug with automatic line wrapping of user warning and change log fields on device software update screen in the Upload Web Widget.
  •  Same warning message needs to apply to both Switch and Switch Up when the device software update will clear user data.
  •  Remove “Download satellite data to device” option from the Upload Web Widget since we are not going to support SGEE (server generated extended ephemeris data) on Switch & Switch Up.
  •  After uninstalling the browser plugin, the Upload Web Widget is completely empty.
  •  Error generated on Switch & Switch Up devices when installing software updates from Upload Web Widget.
  •  Add support for downgrading device software as part of the device software update process just in case we need to revert.
  •  Improve the software update message on the Device Activities Screen in the Upload Web Widget.
  •  Support for html tags in user warning and change log fields on device software update screen in the Upload Web Widget.
  • Update links for Australia and New Zealand on Start Page.
2
Oct

Mack’s Ironman – A Complete Picture


We all know that actions speak louder than words—here’s a story about Mack, a Magellan customer that trained and finished a half-Ironman with Switch.

A few months ago, Mack was training for Timberman, a 70.3 triathlon. After doing some research, he purchased Switch Up. One feature that interested him was Multisport Mode. This feature allows you to record multiple activities as a single event. Multisport Mode is extremely flexible. Whether you’re doing a duathlon, triathlon  or adventure race, you can configure activities in any order, with or without transitions. This feature resonated with Mack, “The ability to record swimming, cycling and running was extremely important and the multisport mode option was a very interesting and attractive feature.”

When looking at Mack’s race on Magellan Active, you’ll see a complete picture of his race from start-to-finish. Magellan Active is the first website to show an entire event in a single view. While this may not seem like a big deal, it’s a nice convenience for multisport athletes. No more spreadsheets, True Multisport does the math. You can see the distance and duration for the total event and each activity.

After successfully completing 70.3 miles, with a medal to show for it, Mack is already thinking about his next race. “Now that I have completed the 70.3, I am planning on continuing to use Switch for my future training, as soon as I finish recovering,”said Mack.

Thanks for the note Mack, and good luck!!

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