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Map Making Support / cGPSmapper hangs
« on: May 10, 2016, 11:09:35 AM »
I recently completed a map of New Hampshire and was not happy with the contour data so I went ahead and created my own 20ft vector data from the National Map DEM files using QGIS. 

For what ever reason cGPSmapper gets to 34% of processing through the "lines" elements (109,557ea.) of the first Final_MP file(566KB size) then just hangs there. Granted the file sizes have grown but the entire map is under 2 gig which I suspect would take approx 2 hrs to process.

What did I miss in creating my own contour data that cGPSmapper is having trouble with?
All that remains in the attribute table of my new vector file is NAME and MP_TYPE so no extra fields for the .exe to have to process through.

Map Making Support / Any way to fix missing contours ?
« on: April 30, 2016, 09:12:50 AM »
I completed a topo of New Hampshire but I am less than happy with the fact that some parts of the map have 20 foot contours lines that just dead-end. The original TNM data is not as nice as I would like it to be and there is no State data set that I could find.
See attached.
Is there some method to fix this?

I have a small number of maps in BaseCamp .When switching from one to another I notice that some maps open to a previous location and zoom level but others do not. I have to zoom way back to find the map.
What is BaseCamp looking at/for to determine what is displayed in the map screen?

General Discussion / Future of Garmin and dedicated GPSr ??
« on: April 25, 2016, 06:14:00 AM »
I have owned only three individual Garmin GPSr's over the past ten years and have been happy with what each successive unit has provided. My current unit is an Oregon 600 which I am building my own basic topo maps for. It has been fun and educational but I'm wondering if I should start focusing on what other technologies have to offer in respect to map building and GPS use.
I'm probably in a very small minority of persons who don't actually own a cell phone so I have no experience with such devices in regard to using them for purposes other than communication.
Thoughts from anyone?

Map Making Support / Map viewed on PC vs iMac looks different.
« on: April 13, 2016, 06:33:25 PM »
Does anyone have any idea why the same map looks vastly different on a iMac vs a PC.
I set up a .typ file on the Windows machine. The color tones in Basecamp and on my Oregon 600 look very similar. I like it.
 The same map viewed in BaseCamp on my iMac looks like a carnival.Color tones are different and much more saturated.
I calibrated the display. Typical photos in iPhoto look natural.  ??

Map Making Support / How to delete lines created by cGPSmapper?
« on: April 09, 2016, 08:02:56 AM »
It appears after compilation that additional line data (looks like tile grid) is generated by cGPSmapper and causing visual conflict with actual line data.
It is all straight lines running through the map. Some of it is fragmented, some of it is continuous.
Most if it has labels like "This map has been made with cGPSmapper" or a contour elevation number label or a county border label. It is totally out of place but I have no idea how to edit this.
Can someone offer some ideas?

Map Making Support / Installing a copy of a map.?
« on: April 02, 2016, 04:01:01 PM »
I have two GPSr units. A 60Cx and an Oregon 600. I created a map of my home state which looks fine on the 60Cx but I would like to make a copy of the map to make changes to be used on the Oregon 600. So I basically need two versions of the same map. One I'll keep for the 60Cx and one I will continue working on for the Oregon 600. How do I go about doing this?
I don't have MapsetToolkit figured out just yet.

Map Making Support / BaseCamp map vs GPSr map
« on: March 30, 2016, 10:59:26 AM »
I finally had a chance to view the most recent revision of my map and discovered some  aspects that I hope to be able to change.
When viewing the map in BaseCamp the map looks great. I'm happy overall.
The same map viewed on my 60Cx however is a bit different.
Road and Flowline labels have the first letter of the name capitalized but the remaining letters are just odd characters(or so it appears). The number of characters for the name looks correct but the letters for the complete spelling have been substituted with a repeating character too small for me to see what it is. Its possible the characters I am describing are the remaining letters of the name but they are so small I cannot confirm. Town,city and POI labels look correct.
Also the small creeks and brooks that you could physically step over look like rivers that you would have to swim across. 
Is there a way to correct this ?

Map Making Support / "Buildings" polygon layer
« on: March 24, 2016, 06:23:19 PM »
I tried adding a "buildings" polygon layer to my map using Hex Code "0x6402" but that did not work. Is there a different code number I should be using ? It is a very small amount of data. About 5MB.

Map Making Support / Editing a map
« on: March 24, 2016, 08:08:02 AM »
I noticed that my newest map has an odd behavior that I would like to address .
It has to do with labels and zoom levels.
When viewing the map in BaseCamp I notice city/town names do not show at the same or appropriate  zoom level.  It would seem to me that cities with the greatest population would be displayed at a higher level and as you zoom in the smaller cities/towns would then be displayed.
At certain zoom levels (where there is more than enough room for all the labels) typical small town names are displayed in some sections of the map and not others. If I zoom in one or two levels the remaining town labels are displayed. 
Also I have a few street labels displayed at the top most zoom level which show the entire state. Then they turn off as I zoom in.

How do I go about fixing this ?

I just created my first map (State of Vermont) using QGIS on my Mac OS X 10.8 then completing the last few steps on my Windows laptop from work.
I am happy that I actually completed the task thanks to the very helpful tutorial and assistance  from this site.

Now that I have the map loaded into BaseCamp I see some aspects of the detail that I dont understand.
First: There are no road labels regardless of settings. Zoomed in with map detail set to highest does not yield any labels.
Second : I used data that included State Forest,Parks and Wildlife Management Areas but none of that shows up either.(polygon data). National Wildlife Preserves are shown.(similar data from the same layer). 
I suspect this must be some kind of MP_TYPE attribute that I need to change?
Third: There are no contour interval labels .
Also why does the map render artificial paths over water bodies in BaseCamp?

Map Making Support / Questions regarding Part 9 Setup Files
« on: March 11, 2016, 08:11:47 AM »
I'm making my way through the final step of my first map and need some guidance.

 I'm unsure about how to address MAP_URL,MAP_EMAIL,MAP_COPYRIGHT ?

For the time being I left the default info as is and tried to compile the setup files but I received an error:
Processing script file: "C:\MapTemp\map_install_x64-x86.nsi"
Invalid command: ;--------------------------------
Error in script "C:\MapTemp\map_install_x64-x86.nsi" on line 1 -- aborting creation process.

I moved all the files to a more Root location as suggested (C:\MapTemp\ if it didn't compile the first time-which it did not) but it still did not work ?

Map Making Support / Question regarding compiled .img files
« on: March 08, 2016, 11:52:39 AM »
I just compiled my first map and noticed that the compiler created five .img files. At the beginning an error occurred -  ERROR E017: cannot parse coordinates on Final_0000_0000. I let it continue to see how it would turn out. I was expecting six .img files as there were six individual Final_.mp files to compile.
Although I see in the mpcompile_log.txt the following:

Tue 03/08/2016 11:22:24.47 Completed cgpsmapper on Final_0000_0000
Tue 03/08/2016 11:22:24.47 Completed cgpsmapper on Final_0000_0001
Tue 03/08/2016 11:22:24.47 Completed cgpsmapper on Final_0000_0002
Tue 03/08/2016 11:22:24.47 Completed cgpsmapper on Final_0001_0000
Tue 03/08/2016 11:22:24.47 Completed cgpsmapper on Final_0001_0001
Tue 03/08/2016 11:22:24.47 Completed cgpsmapper on Final_0001_0002

If the data was compiled correctly without error should  there would be a .img file for each Final_xxx_xxx files? I also see no .idx files

Map Making Support / Cannot install GPSFileDepot shp2mp Tool
« on: February 29, 2016, 10:17:46 AM »
When trying to run the shp2mp app I get a error message : missing msvcp140d.dll.

Installed on a Windows 7 Pro 64 bit machine.
Any advice would be appreciated.


I am at Part 8 of the map making tutorial . Step 30 states: Move to the additional options tab and select "all in one folder" and make the prefix Lines_ .
Unfortunately the prefix option is missing for this plugin on Mac OS X. ?
Can someone offer some advice on this?

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