At some point I applied my programming habits to my car. I keep it clean now; empty bottles and garbage are long gone. Ironically, this is driven by laziness. Among the things that are still with me and my car is a routing atlas. Its right to exist stems from its independence of battery power and satellites. Occasionally I complement it with printed routes, the single-use atlas mostly useful when driving alone.
Back in the days when Google was only a search engine I used a free (as in beer) service — was it called Map & Guide? — to create these printed routes. Even short routes resulted in four or five pages, quite a mess in a car. Todays services are much better, creating customizable, short printouts. Tomorrow I want Marble to print my routes.
Soon I realized that this feature is easier realizable than expected: Marble already has printing support for maps and Qt’s QTextDocument simplifies creating printable pages with a nice layout. Below is a screenshot from my printing Git branch:
But adding each and every piece of information just because I can is not the goal: I rather have a slick user interface and leave confusing information out. Things that I’d call clutter, however, may be useful to someone else. At which point I thought that collecting some feedback on usefulness and clutter would be a good way forward. Ten questions on a single page, nothing more. Thanks.