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Map Making Support / Splitting polygons
October 12, 2009, 03:01:07 PM
In gpsmapedit, is there some way to split polygons like you can a polyline?  I have tried converting to polylines, splitting it, and then converting back to polygons but they don't convert back right. 

I want to do this for a cople of things.  Some rivers have changed course and I want to cut out the old location and replace it with the new.

When making transparent maps a major river or big lake crossing a road covers it up.  For a small stream, it is not a problem, but for a major river like the Mississippi, it is a problem.  I usually just edit the nodes and move them close together so it is just barely visible crossing the rd.  But splitting it may be easier. 
Map Making Support / River Navigation Charts
April 10, 2009, 09:02:49 PM

Anyone look at this site?  In the last couple of months they have posted shapefiles for navigation charts for several rivers like the Mississippi, Illnois, Ohio, etc.  They have PDFs of the charts and all the parts of the charts in shapefiles.  I cannot figure out what most of the stuff is, but there is some interesting data in there that I am starting to add to my trail maps.

If someone understands navigation charts, it would probably be pretty easy to make a Garmin map of the navigation charts.  I do not know anything about river navigation (other than canoing) so I do not understand what all the stuff is.  I started out trying to convert them to a map but gave up.  Maybe someone else might be interested.
Map Making Support / NHD Data download
December 07, 2008, 08:41:34 PM
I got a new computer (vista for the first time) and I got the emails for the NHD data and it will not download.  The messages state:

Please Note:
If you are having problems connecting to the FTP site, you may need to disable you passive FTP setting in Internet Explorer.
To change this setting click Tools -> Options -> Advanced and scroll down
about half way until you find a checkbox for 'Use Passive FTP...'.   
If you uncheck this box, you should be able to get to the FTP site.

I did that and it will still not download.  I seem to remember a long time ago I had to change another setting to get it to download.  Anyone know what the setting would be or why I cannot get it to download? 
Site Support / Uploading maps
November 14, 2008, 09:28:03 AM
Are there directiosn somewhere on how to upload your maps to the site?  I figured out the install compile now I cannot figure out how to add my maps to this site.  I get to the screen and it asks for one state when my maps cover several states so I am not sure how to handle that.  It also has a screen for content that I have no ideal what that is for.  And how to you get the map bounds for your map set?  Thanks.
Map Making Support / Installer
November 11, 2008, 05:45:57 PM
I am trying to make and installer for my maps with the directions on this site and I get this error message:

MakeNSIS v2.40 - Copyright 1995-2008 Contributors
See the file COPYING for license details.
Credits can be found in the Users Manual.

Processing config:
Processing plugin dlls: "C:\Program Files\NSIS\Plugins\*.dll"
- AdvSplash::show
- Banner::destroy
- Banner::getWindow
- Banner::show
- BgImage::AddImage
- BgImage::AddText
- BgImage::Clear
- BgImage::Destroy
- BgImage::Redraw
- BgImage::SetBg
- BgImage::SetReturn
- BgImage::Sound
- Dialer::AttemptConnect
- Dialer::AutodialHangup
- Dialer::AutodialOnline
- Dialer::AutodialUnattended
- Dialer::GetConnectedState
- InstallOptions::dialog
- InstallOptions::initDialog
- InstallOptions::show
- LangDLL::LangDialog
- Math::Script
- NSISdl::download
- NSISdl::download_quiet
- Splash::show
- StartMenu::Init
- StartMenu::Select
- StartMenu::Show
- System::Alloc
- System::Call
- System::Copy
- System::Free
- System::Get
- System::Int64Op
- System::Store
- TypeLib::GetLibVersion
- TypeLib::Register
- TypeLib::UnRegister
- UserInfo::GetAccountType
- UserInfo::GetName
- UserInfo::GetOriginalAccountType
- VPatch::GetFileCRC32
- VPatch::GetFileMD5
- VPatch::vpatchfile
- nsDialogs::Create
- nsDialogs::CreateControl
- nsDialogs::CreateItem
- nsDialogs::GetUserData
- nsDialogs::OnBack
- nsDialogs::OnChange
- nsDialogs::OnClick
- nsDialogs::OnNotify
- nsDialogs::SelectFileDialog
- nsDialogs::SelectFolderDialog
- nsDialogs::SetRTL
- nsDialogs::SetUserData
- nsDialogs::Show
- nsExec::Exec
- nsExec::ExecToLog
- nsExec::ExecToStack


Changing directory to: "C:\Program Files\Garmin\My Topos"

Processing script file: "C:\Program Files\Garmin\My Topos\My topos.nsi"
!include: "C:\Program Files\NSIS\Include\MUI2.nsh"
!include: "C:\Program Files\NSIS\Contrib\Modern UI 2\MUI2.nsh"
NSIS Modern User Interface version 2.0 - © 2002-2008 Joost Verburg (C:\Program Files\NSIS\Contrib\Modern UI 2\MUI2.nsh:8)
!define: "MUI_INCLUDED"=""
!define: "MUI_SYSVERSION"="2.0"
!define: "MUI_VERBOSE"="3"
!include: closed: "C:\Program Files\NSIS\Contrib\Modern UI 2\MUI2.nsh"
!include: closed: "C:\Program Files\NSIS\Include\MUI2.nsh"
!define: "MAP_DESC_NAME"="My Topo Maps"
!define: "MAP_SHORT_NAME"="My Topos"
!define: "MAP_URL"=""
!define: "MAP_EMAIL"="[email protected]"
!define: "MAP_COPYRIGHT"="Copyright (C) 2008 Jim Bensman"
!define: "MAP_VERSION"="1.0"
!define: "MAP_REL_DATE"="Nov 11 2008"
!define: "MAP_ID"="8081"
!define: "DIRECTORY"="C:\Program Files\Garmin\My Topos\"
!define: "EXE_FILE"="C:\Program Files\Garmin\My Topos\my_topos_install.exe"
!define: "INSTALL_MSG"="This wizard will guide you through the installation of My Topo Maps version 1.0 (Nov 11 2008) for Garmin GPS Units.

Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments or if you paid for this map.

It is recommended that you close all other applications before starting Setup.  This will make it possible to update relevant system files without having to reboot your computer.

Click Next to continue."
Name: "My Topo Maps"
OutFile expects 1 parameters, got 3.
Usage: OutFile install_output.exe
Error in script "C:\Program Files\Garmin\My Topos\My topos.nsi" on line 29 -- aborting creation process

Here is what I have where you enter stuff:

; install.nsi
  !include "MUI2.nsh"

; Configuration parameters
  !define MAP_DESC_NAME       "My Topo Maps"
  !define MAP_SHORT_NAME      "My Topos"
  !define MAP_URL             ""
  !define MAP_EMAIL           "[email protected]"
  !define MAP_COPYRIGHT       "Copyright (C) 2008 Jim Bensman"
  !define MAP_VERSION         "1.0"
  !define MAP_REL_DATE        "Nov 11 2008"
  !define MAP_ID              8081             ; Family ID = 4644 (dec) = 1224 (hex) = 2412 (hex flipped) -->
;  !define MAP_TYPE            11224          ; only if using custom types
  !define DIRECTORY           "C:\Program Files\Garmin\My Topos\"
  !define EXE_FILE            "${DIRECTORY}my_topos_install.exe"

I do not have custom types on this maps set , but one of the mapsets I want to make an installer for has custom types.  Do you do any thing different for that set?