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Map Making Support / Re: Rookie map making question
March 13, 2010, 02:41:56 PM
I have an Etrex Vista and an Etrex Vista HCx.  I have marked all of the trails/boundaries as tracks.  I would like to make them a part of the topos along with some standard POIs for others who I use these trails with to use.

I use the SE Topo and TN Topo from this site.  Can I get more info on the Mapwel program from someone who's used it?
Map Making Support / Rookie map making question
March 13, 2010, 05:42:28 AM
I've read the initial tutorial as to how to make a topo map for my Garmin GPSr(s).  What I'd really like to do is start with the basic topos and add certain trails to them.  I don't want to start from scratch.  Is it even doable?
General Discussion / Re: Thank you!!!
May 08, 2009, 08:37:54 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.

General Discussion / Re: Thank you!!!
May 07, 2009, 06:55:46 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.
I guess if the same census data was used for ibycus as the topo I'm loading it's a moot point then.  I'm using the TN topo right now.  I'll be using other states for hiking/hunting/camping too.
General Discussion / Re: Thank you!!!
May 06, 2009, 05:54:57 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
Is there any risk with loading components of both ibycus and a topo on my vista?
General Discussion / Thank you!!!
May 04, 2009, 06:18:21 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.