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GPSr Units / Re: Problem bringing up recent map download -60CSX
« on: October 29, 2009, 04:01:45 PM »
Have you seen this review of the Garmin 24k Topo maps? http://gpsinformation.info/penrod/24Kmaps/twofourmaps.html

The new "custom maps" feature for the Oregon, Colorado and Dakota which maps4gps mentions is very cool, here's an example: http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/245. Unfortunately it won't work on your 60csx though.

Map Making Support / Re: how to combine maps?
« on: October 29, 2009, 05:06:14 AM »
What kind of GPS do you have? With the Oregon, Dakota and Colorado you could make one of the new "custom maps" from the DNR data. See: http://forums.gpsfiledepot.com/index.php/topic,589.0.html

On an older Garmin unit, you would need to download the DNR data in the form of shapefiles (which should be available somewhere). The simplest way to turn this into a Garmin compatible map would probably be to use Mapwel: http://www.mapwel.eu/

Mapwel is not free however, and the files it creates are not compatible with Mapsource. But they work great on the GPS itself and the program is much more user-friendly than other methods of creating Garmin maps.

GPSr Units / Re: MTK vs SiRFStar
« on: October 29, 2009, 04:59:57 AM »
Personally that kind of error wouldn't upset me too much, but I don't do geocaching. I have a 60csx with the SiRFStar chip, and it's a good unit but I just don't place it on a pedestal the way some people do. I have used it extensively to map trails I built on my land, and everytime I walk those same trails I get substantial variance in the tracks. Try walking that same route several times with the 60csx and see how well the tracks line up.

FWIW, Garmin is no longer using SiRF chips in the 60csx, it is now MTK as well: http://forums.gpsreview.net/viewtopic.php?t=14007

General Discussion / Re: Map Quality
« on: October 28, 2009, 10:08:14 AM »
Not complaining and appreciate the work everone is doing but just wanted to set my expectations to reality

If you want the "real thing", have a look at the custom maps I have been uploading: http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/byuser/282/

Of course, you will also need to get a Dakota, Oregon or Colorado to use them.  :)

Ah yes, I didn't notice that part of the original post. I think you are right.

Have a look in your owners manual, or download it from Garmin's site if you don't have one. There should be a map setup menu that lists different kinds of map points. One of the parameters should be user waypoints. You should be able to either set it to auto (which is probably where it has defaulted) or else choose which the zoom level you prefer for them to become visible. You can also turn them off completely, and maybe that's your problem.

Or at least, all the other Garmin handhelds I'm familiar with have such an option.

Site Support / Re: Sloooow Download!
« on: October 26, 2009, 06:12:26 AM »
I have a couple new maps to upload later today (which is why I kept checking yesterday). Will let you know how that goes.

GPSr Units / Re: 60CSX - changing topo segment question
« on: October 26, 2009, 05:21:08 AM »
Good solution - your problem had me scratching my head because I've never seen anything like that myself.

Also... there's a little program called xImage for taking screenshots on your 60csx: http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=545

The newer Garmin units have a built-in screenshot capability, which is something I always missed on my 60csx.

Site Support / Re: Sloooow Download!
« on: October 26, 2009, 05:16:14 AM »
Possibly related? Yesterday (Sunday 10/25) the site was completely unavailable to me starting sometime in the afternoon - maybe 3:00PM? - until at least 9:30PM which is when I stopped checking. Both the forums and the download site would not open. My browser just timed out trying to open either one. No problem accessing other internet sites during the same period.

Map Making Support / Re: Adding additional boundaries to topo map
« on: October 23, 2009, 10:14:59 AM »
Sorry, I guess I don't understand then. It would help if you gave a link... I found lots of land use/ownership/landcover data in shapefile format for my own state, and have seen similar for other states.

Map Making Support / Re: Adding additional boundaries to topo map
« on: October 23, 2009, 09:33:34 AM »
Shapefiles are what you will want (.shp). But Globalmapper is usually quite good at figuring everything out all by itself. Since you haven't given us a link, I have no idea what you're looking at online. But there should be a way to download the files, and usually you will end up with a zipped folder containing multiple items.

You don't even need to unzip the folder, just start Globalmapper and choose the option to open all files in a directory tree, then browse to the zipped folder. When it asks for a mask to use, just keep the default of * (asterisk). More often than not, that's all you need to do and the program will display any shapefiles which are in the folder and load all the metadata.

GPSr Units / Re: garmin's downloaded maps not transferable
« on: October 20, 2009, 10:00:53 AM »
Phew, those downloaded maps are bad news all around - they have the worst qualities of both the DVD and pre-loaded cards but none of the the advantages. The preloaded cards don't work in Mapsource but can be used in any GPS. The DVD version works in Mapsource but can only be used on one GPS.

The downloads can only be used in one GPS and they don't work in Mapsource. Ugh.

Map Making Support / Re: State Plane coordinates?
« on: October 20, 2009, 07:03:02 AM »
Globalmapper makes this trivial. You can open files in any format, change the projection to whatever you like, then export. Maybe overkill for what you need, or maybe you would find other uses for it?

Map Making Support / Re: map making for mac
« on: October 18, 2009, 11:30:28 AM »
Yes  :)

I have Windows XP in a Bootcamp partition on my MacBook Pro, so I can either boot directly into XP or run it under Parallels. Globalmapper, cgpsmapper and Mapwel are all resource-hungry programs. I saw a significant increase in performance when booting directly in XP as opposed to running windows with Parallels. Also saw less crashes.

But after awhile I got tired of having to reboot my Mac to do mapmaking, so I picked up a Dell Core 2 duo 2.8ghz desktop system with 6GB of memory and Vista 64 bit on sale at Best Buy. In spite of all the Vista complaints, it works very well for me and I have fewer crashes than I had under XP. Eventually I will update to the 64 bit version Globalmapper 11.

That's what I use primarily now. It's nice to have a dedicated machine, because some of the things I do can tie it up for as long as a day at a time. For example, I merged a large number of OziExplorer ozfx3 files of aerial imagery together into one big 5GB map file; that took 14 hours. Couldn't be without my Mac for that long most of the time.

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