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#265008 - 12/28/04 10:07 PM Really cool FREE Mapping and GPS Software
Titanium Cranium Offline
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Registered: 09/30/02
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Loc: Sequim
I found this program called USPhotoMaps. It's a program that downloads map images from Microsofts TerraServer. The best thing of all is it's free and it integrates with a GPS. You can load Topo maps, Satellite images, and in some areas color high definition Urban maps (Greater Seattle is covered). There are also a few utilities that can be used with it to help download regional data, obtain landmark data, and elevation data. This is the coolest free software of it's kind I have found yet, and the latest revision is 12-19-2004, very current.

You can locate the areas you want to go to on a topo map, create a waypoint and upload them to your GPS. Fun times with the GPS I got for Christmas!

Here's the link -> >> JDMCOX Software <<

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with JDM Software nor do I obtain any benefit by supplying a link to this site.
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#265009 - 12/28/04 10:18 PM Re: Really cool FREE Mapping and GPS Software
Starfish Offline
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Loc: Richland, WA
I just found that today and was planning to download it tonight. Have you tried uploading the maps to the GPS yet? What model are you using?

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#265010 - 12/28/04 10:44 PM Re: Really cool FREE Mapping and GPS Software
barnettm Offline
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Registered: 07/12/02
Posts: 622
Loc: Maple Valley, Wa.
great subject. if the maps are windows biitmaps then you can use them in a freeware chart plotter program called seaclear. you can find it at http://www.sping.com

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#265011 - 12/28/04 10:49 PM Re: Really cool FREE Mapping and GPS Software
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Registered: 12/02/04
Posts: 29
Loc: Port Orchard
USAPhotoMaps is rock. I've used it for the last couple years now.

Here's a great freebie to go along with it: EasyGPS . Do yourself a favor & grab it now. In addition, I have State files for it with tons of landmarks, etc. PM & I'll make them available for you.

Degree/Minute/Second Converter is a must have in any GPS toolbox. It converts to/from different formats which REALLY comes in handy when your unit & any programs you like to use together displays in disparate formats.

I've got some other programs for astronomy like Sunrise/Sunset calculators etc.. Just call me Mr. Utility. I'll be happy to answer any questions, search, or try to provide utilities for your use. I don't program anymore but if I ever need anything, I'll download 6 or 7 5-STAR programs, install them all, & throw away all but 1 or 2. Ease of use, small memory footprint, practical, nice standard interface, etc are all requirements I adhere to. Free is good too ;P

Have fun!
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#265012 - 12/28/04 10:50 PM Re: Really cool FREE Mapping and GPS Software
Titanium Cranium Offline
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Registered: 09/30/02
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Loc: Sequim
So far I don't think you can upload the maps, which is what I was originally after, but you can load the waypoints you develop in the program onto your GPS, and that's half the battle right there. Combine the way points with a laptop and your GPS and this is crazy cool but then I'm a GPS neophyte so what do I know :p

I'd really like to have a full topo of the state in the GPS including elevations so I'll keep looking too.
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#265013 - 12/29/04 09:07 AM Re: Really cool FREE Mapping and GPS Software
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Registered: 02/19/04
Posts: 283
Loc: Richland, WA
It's way cool-- thanks for the tips. I wish I could upload the maps themselves but it looks pretty easy to upload the waypoints.

I've noticed that the Lakes and Hotspots maps for Washington are pretty lame-- they only include a few of the lakes I would want (Moses and Roosevelt) and not Potholes, Chelan, or the rivers. I got Bluechart, which is great for the Columbia and Snake, but it overwrites the upper Columbia portions of the basemap on my GPSMap 76CS with a really bad map-- no islands or usable shorelines. I didn't expect to get depth readings for that area since it's not officially navigable (and I already know the depths anyway) but it would be nice to have shorelines for navigating in the fog.

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#265014 - 12/30/04 10:35 AM Re: Really cool FREE Mapping and GPS Software
AJ Hartwell Offline
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Registered: 09/19/04
Posts: 280
Loc: Duvall, Wa.
I like QuakeMap - http://www.earthquakemap.com/. It has all the features of the previously listed application but it leverages both the usgs topo database and color aerial maps. It also has built in support for geocaching (http://www.geocaching.com/) if you're in to that.

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#265015 - 12/30/04 02:25 PM Re: Really cool FREE Mapping and GPS Software
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Fry

Registered: 12/02/04
Posts: 29
Loc: Port Orchard
Don't forget the cool application NASA World Wind !
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#265016 - 12/30/04 11:10 PM Re: Really cool FREE Mapping and GPS Software
barnettm Offline
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Registered: 07/12/02
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Loc: Maple Valley, Wa.
it can all be done for free using seaclear from http://www.sping.com

if you can get the map up on your screen you can save it using prnt screen. then use seaclear and laptop and gps to put a dot on the map that is you.

you can also photograph paper maps using your digital camera.

get seaclear and read instructions

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