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Map Making Support / Tiger Data vs OSM
« on: January 20, 2010, 10:58:04 AM »

Looking for opinions since I'm starting the update process for my maps.

Which data is better (in general) the latest Tiger data or the open street maps data.

I'm starting with Arizona and then moving to my other maps so which road data should I include?

Site Support / Site Updates
« on: January 13, 2010, 12:15:33 PM »
So, now that I'm home I've been working on some small and "larger" updates.

Completed Updates:
- Added Garmin Custom Maps as a checkbox option for the maps; if this box is checked then it will mark the maps as mac and windows compatible and change the download link
- Added editor's choice option (only admins can set them at this point)
- Enabled some more countries for map additions
- Change how maps are displayed on the maps listing page (15 Feb 10)
- Create a search function to allow you to filter maps by features (15 Feb 10)
- Update my topo maps (Arizona complete 10 Mar)
- Update how to load maps to GPS tutorial

To do:
- Update my topo maps (Hawaii next due to roads issue)
- Tutorial on how to upload maps
- Create a generic FAQ
- Add some more pop/options to the front page
- "Force" people to check out the tutorials after they download

I am open to suggestions...

Site Support / Site Updates: Maps View Updates
« on: June 11, 2009, 08:41:06 PM »
Hey All,

I've updated some of the pages on this site and wanted opinions on any possible improvements.

The largest update (which will soon grow into more) is this conversion on the viewing maps page:

To make the update more accurate I need people to modify their maps (i'm getting the ones I can) and check the appropriate map features boxes.  Try to click "Minor Modification" at the bottom so that it doesn't change the date you loaded the map.  I've tried to hit some of the most popular maps right now.

I've also added authors to the articles and creators to the map based on member name.

For the near future:
- Search by map features
- Sort maps page by newest; features; etc.
- View maps uploaded by user
- Select multiple countries when adding maps - Done 15 Jun 09

If there are any other improvements programming wise that you would like or have ideas for improvements (including map features to help narrow it down) do let me know in this thread.

Site Support / Gone Until May 5th
« on: April 22, 2009, 09:52:30 PM »
I will be in Japan for about 10 days.  I won't have internet for a lot of it.  I'll be back online May 4th or 5th Alaska time.

Any major issues will have to wait until I get back.

Site Support / Unavailable Until 17 Mar
« on: March 13, 2009, 09:26:36 PM »
I'll be away and without internet until 17 Mar so no installers until then :)

To new users: don't worry, questions will be answered by other users.

Map Making Support / North Carolina Error
« on: March 03, 2009, 09:55:36 PM »
Hey, found 1+ errors, look near: N36 01 36.0 W78 41 29.0

The contours are in the water...

Map Making Support / Topo Process Program (BETA!)
« on: December 14, 2008, 04:30:16 PM »
Development of this software has ceased. Feel free to follow the create a map tutorial.

I have been working on a tool that helps me create maps faster than the tutorial I wrote.  This tool is definitely not ready for full prime-time use but can be used by many people.

  • Transportation - Download and process the 2009 Census data automatically (2009 data downloaded added in v1.0.21)
  • Contours - uses fw-tools to process the contours; also uses postgis; this is free and easy (GeoTiff Files Required)
  • GNIS - points of interest; just like the program gnis_process; works until the usgs changes the file names
  • water data - automatic parsing of the water data, read the directions in gray for how the folder needs to be organized
  • Forest Service - VERY VERY BETA; I wouldn't use it (i do but in debug mode)
  • to .img - just point it to the folder with the .mp files and it'll convert them all to .img
- VB6 runtime files (if you have an error download these files and run vb6-support-Install.bat (need to run as an administrator in vista)
- Windows XP/Vista
- PostGIS (and make sure it works on vista, on my two vista computers postgis is failing)
- FWTools
- cgpsmapper

Known bugs:
- Inability to handle some encoding of GNIS files
- PostGIS failures in Vista (fix available in this forum)
- Forest Service processing very confusing

Possible bug:
- May not work with password protected postgresql databases

With all that said: feel free to try it out.  I'd highly recommend using it in place of dem2topo since the runtime files are hard to come by.

With that said, the current version is attached.
BETA: 1.0.21
Released: 8 Feb 09, 20:02 Alaska Time
Download: http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tools/topo_process.zip

Just put all the files in the zip file in one directory; don't edit them; run topo_process.exe

Site Support / New Anti-Spam Registration Method
« on: December 13, 2008, 06:58:16 PM »
I've implemented a new anti-spam measure.

If you're unable to register or have an error please use the contact form and email me so I can fix it.

Site Support / Increased attachment size
« on: October 18, 2008, 06:36:18 PM »
I've increased the attachment size allows from 128kb to ~5mb.  If anyone thinks they need a larger attachment size for logs, images, map files, etc; just let me know and I'll bump it up again.

Site Support / Out of the Country
« on: August 29, 2008, 06:52:45 AM »
I will be away from the internet as I travel to Alaska for the next 4 days.

Any support requests and so on will have to wait until Sep 3rd to get handled.

Map Making Support / GNIS to GPX Support Thread [Official]
« on: April 13, 2008, 07:19:59 AM »
THIS SYSTEM NO LONGER FUNCTIONS. Check out this tutorial here.

Discuss any issues you have regarding the GNIS to GPX converter program in this thread.

Map Making Support / GPS Sway Support Thread [Official]
« on: April 13, 2008, 07:19:16 AM »
Use this thread to discuss any issues, desires, wants, comments, criticisms of GPS Sway Coordinate Converter.

This is the official support thread for the Arizona topo map.

In addition, support requests can be posted at the Geocaching.com forums if you don't have a username here.

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