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If you are using a Nuvi 550 then there should not be a problem combining maps on a pre-loaded data card with maps from here. That restriction would only apply to older models like the GPSMap 60csx or eTrex series which can't have maps loaded into internal memory as well as a data card.

One advantage to buying maps on a data card is that you can use them on any GPS you choose, although only one at a time (the cards cannot be copied so you must use the original one).

If you buy maps on DVD, they must be unlocked for a specific GPS unit, and they cannot then be installed on another one - even if you sell the GPS or if it gets stolen. But as Oz says, they have the advantage of being usable on your computer for trip planning. The pre-loaded data cards cannot be used on a computer.

The "lower 48" maps are a reduced size mapset which doesn't include Canada, Hawaii or Alaska. This is used on some of the cheaper Nuvi models like the 200 and 205.

GPSr Units / Re: loading Maps on NUVI
« on: July 10, 2009, 07:30:23 AM »
Oz and Maps4gps: Yes, this is the way the new Oregon software works. However, from what I've read, when you look at the list of maps on the Oregon itself it will only display the mapset names and not the name you gave the file. This is pretty much the same as the classic Garmin system where the filenames are not shown. But the ability to just drag and drop map files is terrific. There were some reports of problems when this update came out, so I did not install. But now there's a new version which fixes the bugs, so I will probably put it only my Oregon soon.

I read that the newest series of Nuvi's also support this, probably because of the new CityXplorer maps which Garmin sells via download. This makes it likely that people could install a lot of different small map files since they each only cover one city.

The Dakota looks pretty cool, but the screen has such low resolution.... 160x240. But if you don't mind that on the 60csx it's probably fine.

General Discussion / Re: Spend my money!!!
« on: July 09, 2009, 08:49:13 AM »
What kind of files have you tried to open? Mapwel cannot open Garmin .img files. It opens "Polish" format .mp files.

But if you haven't yet figured it out I would agree... it's not for you.  :)

GPSr Units / Re: loading Maps on NUVI
« on: July 07, 2009, 11:05:23 AM »
No, you won't destroy the pre-loaded maps unless you start monkeying around with the files in the Garmin folder. The pre-loaded maps are called "gmapprom.img" but Mapsource will only create files named "gmapsupp.img".

Garmin is finally changing their goofy map naming system as well. The latest software update for the Oregon lets you name map files anything you want as long as they have the .img extension. My understanding is that the new Nuvi 1200/1300/1400 series are also like this. No idea if they will update existing Nuvi models with this new feature though.

GPSr Units / Re: Venture Hc
« on: July 04, 2009, 11:16:52 AM »
Do you mean you have entered waypoints but your GPS does not show you at the location you expected? More likely than not, you are just seeing the limits of its accuracy and it doesn't have anything to do with settings. The specs call for 10 meter accuracy. So if you record a waypoint one day, then return to the same spot the next day, the gps could show your position 20 meters (66 feet) from the waypoint and still be within spec.

The position format just changes the way the numbers are displayed on the screen and doesn't change where it is shown on the map.

General Discussion / Re: Spend my money!!!
« on: July 03, 2009, 11:04:03 AM »
Since you're inviting us to "spend your money".... it really isn't too hard to make your own map which shows the boundaries of wildlife management areas, etc. The first step is to find the data, which should be available at your state's GIS website. Try some google searches - you are looking for shapefiles, so something like "Montana WMA shapefiles" or similar queries will probably yield some hits. Alternately, start with the state's main website and look for the Geographic Survey, dept of natural resources, or similar agencies.

Once you have found the data it can be pretty simple, but here's where I'm going to spend your money. Buy a copy of Global Mapper: http://globalmapper.com/ You can play with the free demo first to see what you think. It should be able to open any shapefiles you find (files with a .shp) extension. It can even open files inside a .zip (compressed) archive... it's really quite easy to use (but also incredibly powerful).

After opening the file, just export it as "polish format" .mp file. You could use cgpsmapper to compile the result into a Garmin-compatible map, but if you want something easier to use.... spend some more of your money on Mapwel: http://www.mapwel.eu/ It can open the .mp file, display it on your computer where you can edit as desired, compile it as a map and even send it to your GPS.

Mapwel can export .img files with no problem. But you actually have to buy the advanced version: http://www.mapwel.eu/exportmap/hw_export.html

I use this myself and it works great.

Map Making Support / Re: Hand drawn maps
« on: June 30, 2009, 09:38:35 AM »
Yep, that's actually from instructions I posted on another site. Unfortunately you can't run it on the cheaper Tritons. The touchscreen is heavily integrated into Ozi CE and only the 1500 and 2000 have that feature. For starters, you need the touchscreen to enter your registration code.

If you want some of the nice extra features you need to install one of the "unlock" packages on the Triton. It works fine using the instructions above, but you can't do things like suspend the program or change the screen brightness. For more info, visit the Custom Software forum at TritonForum.com.

It depends on what's in the files, but you might have a look at Mapwel. It should be able to read the shapefiles and load them onto your GPS in Garmin .img format. That does not necessarily mean they will look nice, but it's a start and the software is pretty easy to use: http://www.mapwel.eu/

You can download the trial version and see what you think. The trial version will not export the fully detailed map, but it should display it correctly on your computer screen. Also, have you looked at the Garmin format maps here? http://gpsmapsearch.com/

GPSr Units / Re: Nuvi 5000
« on: June 24, 2009, 07:01:10 PM »
Why would you want to use it outside a car?  ???

Aside from an external battery you would also need the cradle to properly power it. You can power it through the USB connector on the back of the unit, but the maximum brightness will then only be about 50% of what you would have if using the cradle. I gather this is a "feature" and not a bug, since other Nuvi's with cradles behave the same.

GPSr Units / Re: NUVI 5000 vs 855
« on: June 24, 2009, 06:58:50 PM »
No need to call. I have a Nuvi 5000 and it records tracks. In fact, all Nuvi's in Garmin's current lineup record track. Only the older models (which may still be on sale some places) don't track - Nuvi 200, 300 and 600 series.

In fact, the new models are always recording track - you can't disable it. You can only clear the log and choose whether or not to show it on the screen.

Map Making Support / Re: Hand drawn maps
« on: June 20, 2009, 03:16:29 PM »
Have a look at Mapwel, it would do pretty much everything you need (including "rubber sheeting"). You can play with the free version to see if you like it: http://www.mapwel.eu/features.htm

Mapsource is really not the right tool for making this kind of map. But for that matter, a Garmin GPS is really not the right tool for this application either. OziExplorer is a program specifically designed to work with scanned maps (raster images) on the PC, and it has a companion program, OziExplorer CE which runs on Windows CE based gps'es. Raster images can consist of just about anything - scanned maps, satellite photos, USGS quads. I am using it on a Magellan Triton 1500 and it's very impressive. It assumes a certain amount of technical/computer knowledge to get everything working though so it's not for the average consumer. See their site here: http://www.oziexplorer.com/

More likely than not, maps on this site will have used TIGER road data. I assume you are the same person who asked about this at GPSFileDepot and you are looking for Oregon maps. Since the maps here are free, why not just download one for your area and have a look yourself?

I believe the OpenStreetMap project has also used TIGER data (please correct me if I'm off base here!). You can browse their maps here: http://www.openstreetmap.org/

GPSr Units / Re: Can I pop the hood on my Nuvi 500?
« on: June 01, 2009, 12:27:35 PM »
Assuming the 500 is like other Nuvi's, here's how to save a favorite to include the coordinates. Press Menu > Where To > Coordinates. You will get a screen which shows your current coordinates. There should be a Save button at the bottom of the screen. Tap that and you will save your current position as a waypoint with coordinates.

This is just from memory and I don't have a Nuvi here at the moment. So it might be slightly different but this is the basic concept.

GPSr Units / Re: Garmin 855
« on: May 21, 2009, 12:23:59 PM »
Some of the maps on the site have Macintosh installers. If not, then you would have to install on a PC and run Garmin's mapconvert program.

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