by Arthur Digbee » Fri May 14, 2010 12:57 am
by Bill Reed » Fri May 14, 2010 2:02 am
by CheesySciFi » Fri May 14, 2010 2:15 am
by Ze » Fri May 14, 2010 3:16 am
by MoapaPk » Fri May 14, 2010 4:48 am
by QITNL » Fri May 14, 2010 9:22 am
by MoapaPk » Fri May 14, 2010 12:53 pm
by simonov » Fri May 14, 2010 2:49 pm
MoapaPk wrote:If you don't mind paying on a state-by-state basis, memory map or maptech generally have high-quality scans. All mapping software that I've tried have some bizarre flaws. My favorite is ExpertGPS -- but it relies on the terraserver maps, which are badly misregistered in some places (e.g. the Sierra by Whitney Portal, 24K series). Memory Map also has extremely annoying steps for printing maps.
by Buz Groshong » Fri May 14, 2010 3:26 pm
MoapaPk wrote:I need software that allows me to draw potential routes on maps, than allows me to upload the tracks directly to my GPS in track format. Nat'l Geo TOPO will do that, but painfully. But Google Earth (free version) will also allow you to draw the tracks, and you can upload them by other means.
by simonov » Fri May 14, 2010 3:39 pm
Buz Groshong wrote:If you can't draw routes and upload and download GPS data, I'm not paying good money for it. That simple. National Geographic TOPO! will allow me to do that easily. Only tried to upload data to Google Earth once; it was slow and it bogged down 1/4 of the way through - maybe I'll try it again.
by nhluhr » Fri May 14, 2010 3:54 pm
by Buz Groshong » Fri May 14, 2010 4:40 pm
nhluhr wrote:I don't know why anybody would use TOPO! unless they REALLY need the ability to center the area of interest on a print-out. But then you're limited by crappy print quality, smaller sheet size, badly aliased graphics, and you're still paying for each map you download!
USGS quads are the way to go. If you can't find what you want locally, order it directly from the USGS! http://store.usgs.gov You can even preview the full resolution pdf version of it first.
by Ze » Fri May 14, 2010 5:19 pm
Using GPS Visualizer, it's easy to use GPS data with Google Earth. The problem with Google Earth, however, when trying to trace trails is that you often can't see them.
What I do is trace a trail or a route on my mapping software, then convert the GPS track to a Google Earth KML or KMZ file so hike participants can preview the route.
by MoapaPk » Fri May 14, 2010 6:58 pm
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