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beckett
2007-03-29 09:38:48
Re: GPS maps
Just to add some detail to my comment regarding creating Garmin maps. I take the SMC data. Load it up in MapEdit. I then trim the map down to a particular area, say the Galty Mountains. I take the paper OS map for the area and scan it into a tiff format. I then calibrate the scanned image in OziExplorer. The calibrated map can then be added to the Galty mountains contour data. Using the calibrated map as a base I then add a new level to the Galty mountains contour map and start tracing polygons, polylines and points of interest in to the new level. When this process is complete I compile the map as a Garmin image file using cGPSmapper, add it to mapsource and download it to the GPS. You end up with a detailed map with approach roads, water features, tracks and other points of interest that you gleaned from the OS map. When I walk I gather other features, for example, new tracks, streams etc. I then update the map with these over time and the map grows into a really useful topographical map of the area. The software I mentioned is freely available on the web. Some of the free editions have limited features, but they work fine for my purposes. The process seems involved, but it is actually relatively simple once you have done it a few times.
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