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RACELOGIC Support Centre

01 - Circuit Tools - iOS Getting Started

Circuit Tools is a data-analysis package designed for Racelogic GPS data-loggers, including VBOX Video, Video VBOX and VBOX Sport.

The software is designed by racing drivers, for racing drivers, so aimed to automate many tasks and quickly present a driver with the crucial information required to improve lap-times.  

This removes the complexity normally associated with analysis software, which is often aimed at experienced race engineers.

The software can work with or without video, but this guide will assume you are using video as this is the most effective way of analysing circuit performance.

Installing

To get Circuit Tools for iOS, download the application from the Apple App Store.

Supported iOS Devices

Circuit Tools iOS will run on any Apple device with iOS version 8.4 or later installed. However, the app is to be recommended to be used on the latest OS and latest apple hardware, as this provides superior processing power. Performance may be limited on older variants.

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Features

  • Easy To Use - Designed by racing drivers for racing drivers, with none of the complexity normally associated with data analysis software
  • Huge Track Database - Automatically detects the country, circuit and track configuration from a database of over 800 circuits.
  • Side by Side Video - Watch video side by side in slow motion to see the lines taken by each driver. You can move the video one sample at a time with a simple key combination.
  • Fastest Lap First - The fastest lap from your latest session is automatically chosen and displayed on the graph window. The video is moved to the start of this lap.
  • Time Difference Channel - Time difference or 'Delta-T' is a very useful channel that shows the lap time difference between two different laps.
  • The Quickest Way To Go Faster - The software automates many tasks and quickly gives you the crucial information required to improve lap times.
  • Free Analysis Software - Circuit Tools data analysis software is free to download and use. We even supply example data.

Supported File Types

Currently, only data files that contain laps of tracks within the Racelogic track map database are supported. If you attempt to load a file that doesn't contain any recognised laps, a 'No laps detected. Custom tracks are not yet supported' message will be displayed. For data logged at other locations, Circuit Tools for Windows software must be used.
 

Product SD Card Files Dropbox
Data Video Data Video Data Video
VBOX Video HD2
Video VBOX Lite/Pro/WP
Video VBOX HD
Performance Box Touch N/A N/A N/A
DriftBox/PerformanceBox N/A N/A N/A
VBOX Sport N/A N/A N/A
VBOX Touch N/A N/A N/A
VBOX 3i N/A N/A N/A


IMPORTANT - Video is not supported when using Dropbox, only the data file can be viewed!

Loading Data

As iOS devices do not have accessibility for media devices such as SD cards or USB sticks, data must be loaded into the application either via online storage or a wireless Wi-Fi connection using an SD card.
 

When the app is loaded, the file selector window will open automatically.
 

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You can either select the Dropbox logo to load data from a Dropbox account, the Files option to load data from your Files app or the Rav Power option to load data from a wireless SD card reader.


It is possible to load up to 2 files, as long as they are from the same track and using the same track configuration, even if the start / finish lines are different. If the start / finish lines are different, the start / finish line from the first file loaded will be used.


Pressing the Help Button on the bottom right of the screen will open up a loading files guidance information screen.

Note: Files from different locations cannot be loaded at the same time.
 

To load another file, the file selector screen can also be accessed by pressing Load button CTiOS Load.pngon the the top left of the screen.
 

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Dropbox

Tap the Dropbox icon to load and view files from a Dropbox account, you will be prompted to log in if it is the first time you are accessing the account.


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Once you have located the file you would like to use, tap on the file to view a preview of it. A popup window will be presented notifying you that video is not supported when using Dropbox, press OK to confirm.

Within the preview screen, information on file length, number of laps, best lap time and detected circuit are displayed across the bottom of the screen, allowing the correct file to be chosen more easily.  

Press Open in the top right corner to open the file.
 

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Files

Tapping on the Files icon will open the Files application on the device, enabling you to either load files saved locally on the iOS device, from a connected device or from online storage such as iCloud Drive or Google Drive.

When the Files app is open, you can view recent files or click on the Browse button at the bottom of the screen to open files from different locations. Once you have located the data .vbo file you would like to use, tap on the file to load it in to the Circuit Tools for iOS app. If you are wanting to load files from online storage, ensure that the .vbo files are downloaded locally to the device before you open them, this can be done by pressing and holding on a file and then selecting Download.

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If you would also like to load a video file associated with a data file, press on the Track/Video View Flip Button  CTiOS Video Flip.png in the top left hand corner of the screen to switch to the Video screen and then press the Load button CTiOS Load.png to reopen the File Selector menu. Once again, tap on the Files icon and then browse to the corresponding video on your device.

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Tap on the video file to then see a preview of the video, you press the play button in the middle of the screen to play the video. The thumbnails at the bottom of the screen can be used to scroll through the video.

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To load the video, press the Share icon in the top right of the screen and then select Circuit Tools from the application list.

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Notes:

  • It may take a long period of time to copy a video file to an iOS device. During the copying process, a 'Sharing files with Circuit Tools. This may take some time' message will be displayed.
  • If you would like to return to the Circuit Tools app without opening a file, you will have to manually switch between the Files and Circuit Tools apps.

Wireless SD Card Readers

This is the easiest method of loading data into the Circuit Tools iOS application. Our recommended hardware is the RAVPower FileHub Plus - Model RP-WD03 or the RAVPower FileHub Plus - Model RP-WD007 (other card readers must be readable from third party applications).

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RP-WD03
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RP-WD007

Tap the Rav Power option to load data from a wireless SD card reader. Once you have located the file you would like to use, tap on the file to view a preview of it.

Within the preview screen, information on file length, number of laps, best lap time and detected circuit are displayed across the bottom of the screen, allowing the correct file to be chosen more easily. If there is a corresponding video associated with the file, it will also be displayed within the preview screen. To play the video in preview mode, tap the video screen once. To skip through the video in 5% increments, swipe to the left or right across the video window.

Press Open in the top right corner to open the file.
 

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