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General Discussion / Re: Downloaded Map Not Complete
« on: June 01, 2018, 12:49:13 PM »
But the installation goes way to fast and only 1.36 mb ends up installed on my Oregon???
Isn't it the recent BaseCamp/MapInstall at work?

If you have installed BaseCamp 4.70, then downgrade it to previous version, it will transfer maps to GPS correctly (You will return to version, which sends reports to Garmin though).

General Discussion / Re: Map Manager Quits
« on: May 27, 2018, 04:31:38 AM »
I use the standard windows zip files for the maps I make because that way I know they will open on a Mac without any special software.
7-zip can create common zip archive too, but using 7z format I get file sizes about 10-15% lower. I feel like being kind of ecological saving space and data transfer ;)

IMHO 7-zip is one of the best file archivers available and is free.

General Discussion / Re: Map Manager Quits
« on: May 24, 2018, 06:31:35 AM »
Hi Tracy,

I don't use Mac and my knowledge about Mac OS is limited. Please watch this tutorial, maybe it will help:

It is about maps for fenix, but topo maps work exactly the same. The only difference is that you don't have to rename img file in device, which is shown at the end of video.

GPSr Units / Re: Best big screen GPS for custom maps
« on: April 02, 2018, 02:25:24 AM »
I doubt if it is really compatible with topo maps. There is no offer for topo maps outside US. I guess it works like any other nuvi and you probably won't see POIs on map.

Map Making Support / Re: Garmin Chip "Splash Screen"
« on: March 06, 2018, 04:19:09 AM »
Different units show different info. It could be map name from img header or MPS subfile, copyright from TRE subfile, license from LBL subfile. Garmin maps in GMP format contain some additional legal warning, which I have never seen presented in GPS.

For cgpsmapper copyright is fixed but you can set own license text. For mkgmap you can set copyright and license. Map names in img can be edited by GMapTool.

It is very new, one can expect some problems, but it works. I have published maps of Africa and South America with DEM. They become big.

BuildDEMFile creates subfile DEM based on given area or area extracted from subfile TRE (subfile as an internal part of an img tile). It is quite tricky to add DEM to existing map, but can be done with gmaptool.

Mkgmap is is easy. Just put some option like required resolution and path to SRTM files. Then mkgmap adds DEM to each tile. Actually I haven't tried with *.mp source, but with OSM data, maps compile without problems.

Garmin's 24k topo maps include DEM (Digital Elevation Model) data in their proprietary format that provides 3d shaded terrain. This feature is only available on Garmin products, there are no third party tools for using DEM in a map.
This is no longer true, mkgmap and BuildDEMFile can create DEM now. See:

Map Making Support / Re: Kashmir (Pir Pinjal) map in 1:100k or less
« on: January 18, 2018, 04:14:03 AM »
Hi Brian,

you could try my maps of Asia, based on OSM data:

Map Making Support / Re: POI type affects GPS "Find"
« on: January 05, 2018, 03:19:14 PM »
There is no clear rule, it depends on GPS. See some info here:

Using The Maps/Garmin Software / Re: FontStyle= for lines in .TYP file
« on: December 20, 2017, 02:51:04 PM »
I think there should be 2 lines, like:


Try to use some TYP editor, I recommend TypViewr:

GPSr Units / Re: Garmin Oregon 450T....address issue (country?)
« on: December 09, 2017, 03:42:24 PM »
Routable means, that map supports routing. A suitable GPS can trace a path between 2 points, which uses roads from the map. When map is not routable, GPS will use straight lines instead (well, probably great circle path).

Address search is a separate functionality, where GPS can convert street address into geographic location.

While maps created by Garmin usually include both features, this is not necessary the case for free maps, where creators often lack mapping data or programs to create fully functional map.

BaseCamp is a convenient tool to manage maps. You can easy transfer maps from BaseCamp to GPS but there is no perfect way to do opposite - transfer maps from GPS to PC. People usually want to use maps on both devices, so  IMHO better to offer maps for BaseCamp than a file for GPS.

GPSr Units / Re: Garmin Oregon 450T....address issue (country?)
« on: December 08, 2017, 07:46:32 AM »
Well, it's not all automatic, but I offer the same download for Windows and Mac.

I assume that you are using Window 7 or newer. I hope that you have already installed 7-zip. If not, please download it and install, its site is here:

Using Windows Explorer, find downloaded map archive on your HDD and right-click on it. You should see pop-up menu, which include some commands added by 7-zip. Use 7-Zip -> Extract files. This will open a window with some options. Please select destination directory (folder) on your HDD, you can use button "[...]" next to field "Extract to". You can create new directory if necessary. Then click "OK" and archive should be unpacked to selected directory.

Next navigate with Windows Explorer to previously selected directory and enter a subdirectory with a name like the map. You should find there files named like "install_US_South_Atlantic_OSM_Topo.bat" or install_US_South_Central_OSM_Topo.bat, depending on a map. Extension ".bat" could be invisible, it depends on settings of Windows Explorer. Files should have description like "batch file" (I'm not sure, how it is presented in English version). Double click at this file to execute it and map should be installed for BaseCamp.

I hope you know BaseCamp, it is a free program from Garmin. BaseCamp can be downloaded from here:

With BaseCamp you can browse map, design routes, collect POI etc. And you can install maps to your GPS. see this guide:

GPSr Units / Re: Garmin Oregon 450T....address issue (country?)
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:00:10 AM »
Yes, maps are routable and search for address should work.

GPSr Units / Re: Garmin Oregon 450T....address issue (country?)
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:19:49 AM »
Map can be routable but still without search index. Which one have you installed?

Are you currently in Europe? Please make sure, that your current location as shown by GPS is inside area of the map, that you are testing. If necessary you can fake position - switch GPS into demo mode (system menu - GPS), move map view to map area, find a POI or mark a point there, click it, select form point menu "Go" and then "Move to location". This is a procedure form Dakota, I hope Oregon works similarly.

When on map area, try to search for address.

However, long term I'm trying to decide if qGIS can meet my needs since it is free open source and looks pretty good. Pretty sure it can easily re-project too.
QGIS is a very useful program but a bit buggy. It can reproject maps.

Other tools for this task are command line tools like GDAL. It is bundled with QGIS distribution, so the easiest way to get this working is to install QGIS.

Reprojection is only relevant to Raster data as Vector data has no associated projection.
All Garmin maps are WGS84, but vector data in general do have projection, which should be converted to WGS84 for creating maps for Garmin.

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