Welcome to Firetail!
Firetail provides you with a blazingly fast environment for the visualisation and annotation of modern, large-scale GPS, burst and tracking data.
This manual covers all crucial steps to make Firetail productive for you!
Get started with our video tutorials!
Obtain and install the latest copy of Firetail from:
Good news: for “small” projects up to 100K GPS/1Mio ACC Samples, the ‘Firetail Free Edition’ got you covered.
If you hit this limit a license is required. License holders profit from our expert support. We have long-time experience in scientific setups, data science, GIS and general data processing.
For more details, see our licensing section.
For a quick start use one of our sample projects.
Where can I get data? Where can I archive my data?
The Movebank database is your first stop to download, archive and process datasets:
Loading a project
I do have a Movebank account
File > Download Data by Tag ID
File > Download Data by Individual ID
File > Download Data by Deployment ID
to download movebank data using your account. The account is required to access the API. See also Section Movebank Data
I do not have a Movebank account
Overview of Firetail
In the screenshot above we highlighted the most essential elements of firetail:
|A||Window Selection Tabs||hide/show panels|
|B||Open Files Panel||activate data subsets, bursts, focus regions|
|C||Event Data Panel||event data for a given timestamp|
|D||Acceleration Data Panel||acceleration data|
|E||Map Window||Visual representation of GPS tracks and tags/individuals|
|F||Time Control||control the active timestamp, time bracketing, speed|
|G||Burst Annotations||select and annotate GPS data|
For quicker workflows memorize Firetail’s Keyboard Shortcuts
If annotation data is present for a project Firetail can show this data as a table (starting from v3). For a more detailed description see section Reference Data
Firetail provides panels/windows for all essential features. You may switch acceleration and event panels to window-mode and place them to get the layout that best suits your requirements (menu:
Window > Acceleration Data and
Window > Event Data)
Firetail provides you with several layers of information like landmass, water, satellite images and sunrise information.
Working with local data
Firetail is designed with Movebank in mind in terms of download and annotation of published datasets. Nonetheless local data can be imported.
See section Working with local data for more details.
Previously downloaded movebank sets can be accessed directly from the
File > Open Downloaded Data menu.
Closing a project
File > Close to close the currently opened project.
This option will be triggered automatically on certain events.