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Version 1.8.0

Release date: work in progress 🚧

New features

  • Support for MPEG-H Part2/HEVC (H.265) codec
  • Preview the rendering of the map
  • Make the content of the information box configurable
  • Show the time left when rendering the video
  • Configure the width of the pre-draw line
  • Delete cached map tiles in preferences dialog
  • New configuration option to specify the user agent when downloading map data

Version 1.7.0

Release date: 2021-08-14

New features

  • Realtime preview while rendering is in progress (can be disabled)
  • System notifications when rendering stops or finishes
  • Map data update over the air (manually via File menu)
  • Specify a separate font for waypoints (optional)
  • Read speed from GPX file (if present) for more accurate speed data
  • All important features in the menu are now accessible via hotkeys
  • Recently opened files can be accessed via hotkeys
  • All dialogs can be closed using the Esc key
  • License information can be found in the Help menu
  • New plugin support for extending GPX Animator easily
  • Delay the start of the animation (keep first frame)
  • Force mandatory map attributions (if needed)
  • Disable tail color fadeout on request

Fixed bugs

  • Accidentally cropping of photos
  • Crazy path information with dots in filenames
  • Incorrect handling of keep last frame option
  • Incorrect handling of photo directory in saved configurations
  • Incorrect handling of background image in saved configurations
  • Fixed oblique right text alignment
  • Fixed incorrect path handling when saving a configuration
  • Fixed links in dialogs not opening the browser
  • Fixed NoSuchElementException when loading empty GPX files
  • Fixed a bunch of (possible) NullPointerExceptions


  • Improve some German translations
  • Replaced the end of life Xuggler library with JavaCV
  • Updating Java to v16
  • Switching to Zulu JDK in preparation for native Apple M1 support

Version 1.6.1

Release date: 2021-03-14

  • Fixing date time parsing error when time zone information is missing
  • Fixing date from the 1970s when forced point time interval option was set
  • Fixing waypoints do not require a time anymore
  • Fixing negative total time crashing the rendering process
  • Accepting uppercase file endings of GPX and PNG files
  • Adding trim options to command line help

Version 1.6.0

Release date: 2021-01-09

  • Adding multiple GPX files at once
  • Adding an animation to smoothly fade photos in and out
  • Providing alternative speed units (km/h, mph, min/km, min/mi, knots...)
  • Adding support for moving map
  • Adding support for pre-drawing a track
  • Adding support to change the pre-draw color per track
  • New error dialog with additional internal information for better error reports
  • New and clear error message on missing track data in GPX file
  • Fixing NullPointerException when starting GPX Animator the first time
  • Fixing NullPointerException when showing the Changelog
  • Fixing a bug causing image series export to stop working
  • Migrating to Java 15
  • Fixing a bunch of compiler warnings
  • Adding a Motorcycle icon
  • Adding support for choosing an external PNG file as a track icon
  • Track icons can now be mirrored to match the general direction
  • Adding font selection for the text in the animation
  • Margin for track, logo, attribution and information can be set separately
  • Positions of logo, attribution, and information are now configurable
  • Logo, attribution, and information can now be hidden
  • Adding support for background images (including transparency in PNG files)
  • Adding support for track point comments in GPX files
  • Fixing error in video frame size calculation with user specified bounding box
  • Fixing some errors in animation length calculation when total time was set
  • Fixing errors with incomplete latitude/longitude (bounding box) settings
  • Fixing 21 broken background maps
  • Removing 8 broken background maps
  • Up to 15 % faster rendering

Version 1.5.2

Release date: 2020-08-21

  • Improved error messages
  • Fixing a bug which prevented disabling the text in the animation.
  • Fixing a bug in percentage calculator (never reached 100%)
  • Fixing crazy behaviour of Latitude and Longitude spinner
  • Fixing spinners not being able to go negative using the down arrow on first attempt
  • Automatic repair of broken files produced by Sigma Rox 12 bicycle computer
  • Show correct version number when using a saved file from an older version

Version 1.5.1

Release date: 2020-08-07

  • Fixing a bug that prevents photos from being shown in the animation
  • Fixing a bug that does not load the photos' directory from saved files
  • Fixing a bug that broke the command line use since v1.4
  • Fixing a bug that shows an old status message on the progress bar

Version 1.5

Release date: 2020-07-03

Most important changes for users:

  • Show the changelog on the first start after install/update
  • Adding a button to easily select common video resolutions
  • Adding a bunch of new track icons
  • Adding profile picture / logo to the animation
  • Making video background color configurable
  • Fixing UI on HiDPI (high-resolution) displays
  • Fixing loading of Keep Last Frame configuration option
  • Default output directory is no longer the application directory
  • Saving a configuration as a default setting
  • New application wide settings (File > Preferences)
  • Adding preferences to set a custom default track color
  • Adding preferences to configure the map tile cache
  • Tile cache now enabled by default (24 hour caching)
  • New installers for Windows, macOS and Linux systems
  • Integration of automatic application updates using the installer
  • New translation for German users (give feedback, please)
  • New support e-mail address on the website
  • New application icon and splash screen

Most important changes for developers:

  • GPX-Animator now uses Gradle to build the project
  • Integrating Spotbugs to search for potential bugs automatically
  • Integrating PMD to search for potential bugs automatically
  • Default Java version for GPX Animator is now Java 11 LTS
  • Using logging instead direct console output
  • Internationalizing the codebase for easier translation

Version 1.4

Release date: 2019-12-20

  • showing speed in animation
  • adding photos to the animation
  • adding coordinates to the animation
  • asking before overwriting an existing output file
  • adding link to the FAQ in the help menu
  • adding "Open Recent File" menu
  • adding new map source: OpenTopoMap
  • adding optional map tile cache to reduce download size
  • adding optional icons to the current track position
  • allow negative time offset for GPX tracks
  • UI consistency: Make all labels upper case words
  • GPX-Animator now has a custom domain:
  • fixed incorrect zoom factor calculation
  • fixed time offset problem with negative time offset values
  • fixed a lot of minor issues

Version 1.3.1

Release date: 2018-07-31

  • fixed some issues and added compatibility for Java 9+

Version 1.3.0

Release date: 2015-11-22

  • configurable bounding box

Version 1.2.4

Release date: 2015-11-02

  • fixed #18 (error saving configuration)

Version 1.2.3

Release date: 2015-08-23

  • fixed NPE on empty attribution
  • fixed not showing marker when tail was empty or zero
  • updated maps
  • removed unused --debug option

Version 1.2.2

Release date: 2015-01-18

  • fixed NPE when adding new track
  • preselect different color to newly added tracks

Version 1.2.1

Release date: 2015-01-11

  • handle all ISO 8601 date formats in GPX
  • remember directory in file dialogs
  • store relative paths in project XML file

Version 1.2.0

Release date: 2014-02-03

  • preparation for interactive map view configuration
  • fixed bug in computing video dimensions

Version 1.1.0

Release date: 2013-06-24

  • configurable map attribution
  • display track label in GUI tab title
  • hide inactive marker after tail timeout
  • added program icon
  • fixed reading of alpha channel
  • fixed alpha channel interpolation for tail
  • fixed parsing of GPX dates with milliseconds

Version 1.0.0

Release date: 2013-03-23

  • added configuration GUI
  • direct video rendering support
  • minor rendering improvements

Version 0.8

Release date: 2013-02-09

  • added waypoint support

Version 0.7

Release date: 2013-02-05

  • added support for forced time intervals of GPS points
  • configurable flashback color and duration

Version 0.6

Release date: 2013-02-04

  • added video dimension settings
  • added track offset support (per track)
  • skipping idle video frames

Version 0.5

Release date: 2013-02-03

  • outlining texts
  • improved user experience ;-)
  • fixing some indexed PNG background map tiles

Version 0.4

Release date: 2013-02-03

  • indicate inactive locations
  • track multi-segment support
  • direct color specification

Version 0.3

Release date: 2013-02-03

  • background map support

Version 0.2

Release date: 2013-02-02

  • configurable hues
  • more parameters to configure
  • marker labels
  • multi-track support
  • improved tail highlighting - now based on time
  • customizable tail length

Version 0.1

Release date: 2013-01-31

  • initial version