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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: JayMc on May 04, 2009, 05:18:21 PM

Title: Thank you!!!
Post by: JayMc on May 04, 2009, 05:18:21 PM
I just discovered this website and I have to say thanks for all of your hardwork.  I have not ventured into making my own electronic maps yet, but I hope to find some way to contribute.  The topos I've downloaded so far are quite remarkable....much better than anything I've purchased from Garmin.

Thanks!

JayMc
Title: Re: Thank you!!!
Post by: Indrid Cold on May 06, 2009, 07:38:38 AM
What area/maps are you using?
Title: Re: Thank you!!!
Post by: JayMc on May 06, 2009, 04:54:57 PM
So far I've looked at TN, TX, WY, and NE.  All are areas I hunt.

My Vista is 5 years old and has been great.  I keep waiting for it to die so I can justify an upgrade, but it's like an Energizer bunny.  It loads these detailed maps very slowly.  Will a newer unit load them faster?

I took a hike near home today and panning the map and zooming in/out was a slow process.  That might be my reason for an upgrade  ;D
Title: Re: Thank you!!!
Post by: Indrid Cold on May 06, 2009, 07:48:27 PM
Well the USB will be faster than the RS-232 serial interface. Those with memory cards can speed up the load time by using a high-speed card reader/writer.
Title: Re: Thank you!!!
Post by: JayMc on May 07, 2009, 05:55:46 AM
It's not the time to load it onto my GPS, it's the time to load while using the GPS.  I.e. the wait for the screen to refresh if I pan the map, zoom in/out, or move faster than a walking pace.

Does that make sense?  It's like the GPS is rendering the view much slower with more map detail.  That makes sense, but I'm wondering if a newer model will refresh the screen faster.
Title: Re: Thank you!!!
Post by: Indrid Cold on May 07, 2009, 06:30:42 AM
The new units have faster processors, so yes they are faster. Also note that 24K maps have larger data files so they will be slower than 100K maps on the same GPS unit.
Title: Re: Thank you!!!
Post by: -Oz- on May 07, 2009, 05:16:33 PM
Glad its working for you.

Which Vista, just the plain Vista?
Title: Re: Thank you!!!
Post by: JayMc on May 08, 2009, 07:37:54 PM
The plain Vista purchased in 2003 or 2004.  I've used it a lot through the years and it keeps right on going.  I do update the software as updates are available.

Title: Re: Thank you!!!
Post by: -Oz- on May 08, 2009, 09:33:54 PM
nice...