Mileage in Maps

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Donnie Vick | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Dec 13 2016 8:34 AM

Is there a way to track the mileage from one biblical location to another on any of the maps? Some Bible programs will allow you to draw a line from one place to another and it will give you the distance.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 13 2016 9:13 AM

Donnie Vick:
Is there a way to track the mileage from one biblical location to another on any of the maps?

For some maps - not all - you can do this.

While holding down the Control key, click on the first place and then "drag" your mouse to the second place while still holding down the Ctrl key and you should see the distance.

This work in the Atlas and some other maps - but not all of them

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Sean Boisen | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 15 2016 8:57 AM

Graham Criddle:

Donnie Vick:
Is there a way to track the mileage from one biblical location to another on any of the maps?

For some maps - not all - you can do this.

While holding down the Control key, click on the first place and then "drag" your mouse to the second place while still holding down the Ctrl key and you should see the distance.

This work in the Atlas and some other maps - but not all of them

Specifically, this only works on two map resources produced by Faithlife:

On Macs, you use the Command key rather than Control.

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 15 2016 9:06 AM

Graham Criddle:
While holding down the Control key, click on the first place and then "drag" your mouse to the second place while still holding down the Ctrl key and you should see the distance.

This is how it works, yes. However, it only tells you the distance "as the crow flies," not the walking distance, which would be longer (almost?) every time, since foot paths (and donkey, horse, camel, chariot paths), would rarely be straight. This would be especially true through mountainous regions.

So, it gives you a general idea (which is usually enough), but the longer the distance, the more one would be justified in adding a mile (or kilometer) or two.

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 15 2016 12:27 PM

This is one big reason I like the Footpath app, on iOS anyway.  You can trace the early paths, and it shows the distance and also elevation changes. 

In the first example below, Jesus' family returned north (I illustrated with his later villiage). But the mapping shows the approximate 20 mi stops and at the bottom, the climb down from Jesusalem, relative to the Jordan, and Galilee.  Of course the map is modern.

In the second example below, I wondered about the judean king's side-ward attack on Necho ... in theory, he'd have to run above the Shephalah, which would have slowed him down ... 3days at least. Plenty of time to defend.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 16 2016 7:22 AM

Denise:
This is one big reason I like the Footpath app, on iOS anyway.  You can trace the early paths, and it shows the distance and also elevation changes. 

Wow that is so cool Denise. I'm going to look into getting that app. Did you get the standard or elite version of the app?

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 16 2016 7:53 AM

I have the Elite. I wanted access to the full range of mapping systems.  My main use is more prosaic ... planning driving routes relative to the VW camper's wheezing attempts at altitude. Ha. 'Checking up' I notice I can proably use it also for my new  Suunto Vertical.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 16 2016 1:25 PM

I decided to pick up the elite version of the app and I'm happy with what I have initially experimented with. Thanks again for pointing it out. Wish Logos would do this to the same degree.

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Sean Boisen | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 16 2016 3:35 PM

Bruce Dunning:

I decided to pick up the elite version of the app and I'm happy with what I have initially experimented with. Thanks again for pointing it out. Wish Logos would do this to the same degree.

No promises, but i agree it would be a useful feature, and I've added the suggestion to my list.

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Adam Olean | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 16 2016 4:35 PM

Sean Boisen:

Bruce Dunning:

I decided to pick up the elite version of the app and I'm happy with what I have initially experimented with. Thanks again for pointing it out. Wish Logos would do this to the same degree.

No promises, but i agree it would be a useful feature, and I've added the suggestion to my list.

Yes

Here's a similar tool that I recall seeing on these forums a while back: ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World. It includes a variety of parameters like different locations (including starting points and destinations), seasons, degrees of priority, modes of travel, etc. It also tries to estimate the average cost of traveling in time, money, and other resources (like food and fodder). The graphs are interesting as well. It appears limited, however, in what locations and road networks are available in regions like Israel/Judea.

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 16 2016 4:54 PM

Interesting, Adam.  Coincidentally, I'd always wondered the sequence of Paul's first journey, the second being more logical. The first, however, has a series of ranges that even today don't have a lot of paths/roads through.  But a (very) long hot route with springs was feasible.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 16 2016 4:57 PM

Sean Boisen:
No promises, but i agree it would be a useful feature, and I've added the suggestion to my list.

Wow, that is encouraging news. And I did read the "no promises" part. Smile I just am pleased that it might be considered.

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Steve Maling | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 18 2016 5:34 PM

I'm pleased too. Very much soSmile

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