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General Discussion / Re: GPS for Idiots
February 28, 2012, 09:41:44 AM

  Kmz will not show up unless you have an underlining map in the specific area. Ex.. I have a kmz of a local park, but it will not show up unless I select NY Topo map..

hope it helps.   Reinhard
Using The Maps/Garmin Software / Re: Terrain View...
September 24, 2011, 12:51:07 PM
sorry, it is only Windows compatible.

Using The Maps/Garmin Software / Re: Terrain View...
September 24, 2011, 07:50:15 AM
Quote from: targabill on September 24, 2011, 06:27:42 AM
Hi All, Just wondering if is is possible to get the Terrain View, like in google maps, into Basecamp.. It is a much nicer to view TOPO the the flat 2D topo..

Also, Garmin removed the terrain view from Garmin Connect, because the use bing maps..

Now I use which is awesome for loading your track into...

Here is a view of my hike last weekend...


   Take a look at a program that I have been using for a couple of months now. It is called OKmap. It is a great program, and the best of all it is free. If you like program, support the programmer.
   The best of the program that it can calibrate raster maps and create customs maps. Also part of Okmap  is a map server that it can create customs KMZ. One of the map servers that it can create KMZ is Google's terrain. With the custom map you can imported into Basecamp.
    You can also import gpx file into the program as well... The program's link  -- Any questions let me know...

I just about to say to import the gpx into google earth ( if you have it ), then export as Kmz. Then convert the Kmz to a gpx again using gpsbabel.
Quote from: Boyd on April 27, 2011, 01:40:28 PM
Yeah, the release notes do not mention this. But it wouldn't be the first time Garmin added undocumented changes to a firmware release.  ;)

This is what I saw, which is third-hand info so it may be wrong:

The only way is to put in a kmz file that contains more than 100 tiles -- in which I did.  Sorry to say, for x00 units  that the Kmz file is still limited to 100 tiles. I got a screen saying that I pass the limit and it will not be displayed.  :'(
Quote from: Boyd on April 27, 2011, 05:38:50 AM
Quote from: maps4gps on April 26, 2011, 07:55:20 PMThe major limitation with Garmin's Custom Map format is it is limited to 100 tiles

In Garmin's forums I just read that the new beta software now permits 200 tiles. It may only be for the Oregon x50 and GPSMap 62 series however. Have been meaning to check and see if this is true...

i read that to . All the beta comments that I read, whether be x50, x00 or 68s, does not say it increased in the Kmz files to 200. The only increase in tiles I see in the Beta releases are the JNX files to 250 tiles. This includes x00 series too.
General Discussion / Re: Download Track
April 07, 2011, 05:17:51 PM
Quote from: Rob24189 on March 31, 2011, 07:12:25 PM
Can I download a track from wikiloc and:

1) see it on my computer on a map i've downloaded from GPSFileDepot?

2) see it on that same map that I've installed on my GPS?



Yes, you can download the gpx tracks from Wikiloc and see it both on your computer and gps. I do it all  the time.
General Discussion / Re: taiwan topo map
April 07, 2011, 05:07:17 PM
Quote from: maps4gps on April 03, 2011, 07:33:46 PM
The scale of the source data for my world map is 1:1,000,000 or about 16 miles to the inch.
It would not be suitable for a hiking adventure any more than a paper map at that scale.
Have you looked at  It is the OpenStreetMap project data.  May or may not have the trails you would be hiking.  Somewhere on their wiki is also a program to convert SRTM elevation data to contours. 
What GPSr unit will you be using?
You might be able to make an overlay mapset of contour lines along the hiking trails using gpsmapedit.

Thanks, I have looked at the website and it just have routable maps. No topo. I have found map that contains the topo information of Taiwan but no road info. So got a pdf of the national park that outlines the trails and roads, and using OKmap I calibrate the map. Thus showing the topo information and plus road info.
Put this on my 400t and it works. As I said before this will be a purely referral not base it on navigation. That would be up to Trip leader...

thanks, Reinhard
General Discussion / Re: taiwan topo map
April 03, 2011, 06:25:37 PM

   Thanks for you concern, but I always bring a paper topo map of the area that I hike and a compass. This way  I am not depending on the gps alone -- can not depend on the batteries lasting too long. I wanted a topo map on my gps so I can referring to my gps once a while without take out the paper topo map...Buying a 200 dollar  topo map is still expensive for a 2 week trip.

General Discussion / taiwan topo map
March 31, 2011, 06:03:36 AM

    I am going on a hiking trip in Taiwan  this October, and I was looking for some free topo map. I don't want to buy Garmin's topo map since it is expensive for a trip that would last two weeks. I have tried making my own with Mobile Atlas Creater in conjunction with OK map, but the amount of data is too massive due to the limit of 100 tiles when making raster maps.  I also tried the topo map that is offer here, but it is to primitive for my taste.
    Does anyone know any other map deposit that have a good topo map of Taiwan...

Map Making Support / Re: How to make Customized Map...?
October 22, 2010, 11:18:29 AM
If you want to just make graphs that you can send your friends, check out GPSVisualizer...

hope it helps.
General Discussion / Re: accuracy of trip odometer
June 23, 2010, 02:26:29 PM
if you look at Oregon's wiki, there is a whole discussion about the inaccuracy of the trip odometer. Here is the link.
If you looking for some trail gpx there are several websites that offer free gpx. One of them is  Even though their gpx are gear to backpackers, some of the trails can be used for day hikes.  Another site that ordinary people contribute their gpx is Everytrail. This website is gear to cell phone gps, but there are still wonderful hikes on the site.


  I am new to this site, but noticed that one of tutorials show you how to import img file into mapsource. After you import the img file into mapsource, you can select  the area you are looking for and then exported to your GPSr.

hope it helps.