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Map Making Support / Loss of "Cycling" routing option
« Last post by glendeni on April 29, 2021, 08:44:32 AM »
I've been creating routable Garmin maps since 2012, first generating a .mp file and then using mkgmap to produce a Garmin IMG file.  Last year I noticed that the routing had changed, directing me along short-cut paths which were supposed to be blocked for the chosen "Activity".  This week I delved into that problem and found that setting the the .mp "RouteParam" "denied_bicycle" flag to 1 now does not have that effect - bicycles are always routed just as automobiles are. FYI I tested all the "RouteParam" "denied" flags and could not find any which could deny bikes but not deny autos, or vice versa.

I could not find any mention of this change on the forums except for popj noting that "GPSMAP 66, Edge: Bicycle routing uses highways"  in the recent topic "Garmin .img maps" (I know that most people do not make routable maps.) So I wanted to note here that this routing change seems general since it occurs on my GPSMAP 64 as well as my 66.  Hopefully it is a bug that Garmin will later correct.

Any additional info that others have would be appreciated.  The loss of the additional "Cycling" routing option, leaving only "Automobile" and "Pedestrian" options, has affected both how I make and how I use my maps. [Background: my maps are hiking maps and previously I could control routing over roads, official trails, and use trails - but now in order to preserve ability to route or not-route along use trails I cannot discriminate between roads or trails in the routing.]


PS: forgot to mention that the "denied_pedestrian" RouteParam now does not block the "Pedestrian" activity!

PPS: later found that the expected behavior works for my 66 only when I also select the "Minimize Time" option - for "Minimize Distance" it routes along "denied" paths.  A still trying to figure out how the "Minimize Time" and "Minimize Distance" choices affects things.

General Discussion / Re: Downloading Map onto Mac
« Last post by Boyd on April 24, 2021, 10:16:08 AM »
Could just be a problem with your specific map. In my experience, most of the mapmakers on this site don't have Macs and have not tested their Mac versions. Try another map or two and see if they work. If so, you could try to contact the author of the map that doesn't work. You could also try downloading again, corrupted downloads are not unheard of here.

I have used Macs since 1985 and it's my only computer today - I run Windows in a virtual machine for mapmaking. If none of the maps here work for some reason, you could try the Mac version my NJ map as a test, I know it works properly. If that doesn't work either, the first thing I'd do is re-install the full Basecamp package directly from Garmin's site.

General Discussion / Downloading Map onto Mac
« Last post by JoshuaB on April 24, 2021, 09:58:04 AM »
I have downloaded multiple maps onto my Mac from various locations, but this time I can't get a map to work. I download the file for Mac, and then I have the option to open with Garmin MapManager. I click to open with MapManager and a popup is shown that gives me the choice to install, but there is no map listed, it is just a white box. When I hit install, it immediately says it was successful but the map I want to install does not show up anywhere, because I don't think anything has actually happened. Does anyone have any remedies for this?
Using The Maps/Garmin Software / Lost my 1.50000 mapping
« Last post by David Bolster on April 19, 2021, 08:11:17 AM »
My 62S Garmin has worked perfectly for 5 years. Then last week the OS 1.50000 mapping for the UK just dropped out. I have checked that the card is still there and have also tried to reinstall software on to the Garmin. No luck so far
Using The Maps/Garmin Software / Re: oregon 600 stopped reading gps file maps
« Last post by Boyd on April 12, 2021, 04:31:56 AM »
What is a "600"? Oregon? Montana? Seems like a number of things could cause a problem like that, could be as simple as an SD card that isn't firmly seated, bad battery connection or a hardware problem with the GPS.

Try removing the card and install a map in internal memory. Does that work? Is your firmware up to date? Did you recently update it before this happened?
Using The Maps/Garmin Software / oregon 600 stopped reading gps file maps
« Last post by verdesardog on April 11, 2021, 05:13:14 PM »
my 600 has several gps file depot maps on an sd card. they used to work but now don't?
Plus the unit just decided to totally screw up all of the sudden, all my set up settings got deleted or something?
Map Making Support / Re: Garmin .img maps
« Last post by staggart on April 09, 2021, 12:29:13 PM »
I have written a free web-based tool that converts gpx, kml/kmx files to a garmin .img file.  You can see it here: https://www.tricktracks.org/
Map Making Support / Re: No data map available
« Last post by popej on April 08, 2021, 04:07:05 AM »
Hi matias,

I'm sorry but procedure for creating a mapset from gmapsupp with GMapTool doesn't preserve address search.
General Discussion / Re: lLoading Garmin custom maps to eTrex Vista HCx
« Last post by sockmonkey on March 30, 2021, 05:44:18 PM »

One of my GPS unit is also the HCx Vista!  Mine still works great.  You didn't say exactly what kind of map you are looking for but you might take a look here:  https://alternativaslibres.org/en/downloads.php

Some maps require donation/registration others request a donation.  Down towards the bottom of the page are the links for several versions the guy offers for Australia.  If you choose the GPS version, after extracting you may need to rename the .img file to gmapsupp.img as this is the only name our model will take.  Also the sd card must be 4>gb or at least formated for no more that 4>gb fat32 (larger cards work but excess space must be unused)

Prior to making my own maps I tested these guy maps, on basecamp, gps and orux they worked on all of them.  These maps are quite "loaded" fyi as most every poi etc is included.

Australia is kinda under represented but start here.  It will get a map on your unit and give you time to seek out other possibilities if needed.

General Discussion / Re: lLoading Garmin custom maps to eTrex Vista HCx
« Last post by Boyd on March 30, 2021, 04:36:04 PM »
The message means exactly what it says. The eTrex Vista is a very old GPS that was introduced before Garmin developed their "custom map" format.  Just to be clear, I assume you are trying to use the maps on this page


If so, I'm afraid the message is correct. None of those maps are compatible with your GPS.
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