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  1. What a great idea, but what about format? MiniDV, MicroMV, Digital8 (plus analog 8mm, SVHS, VHSC, Hi-8...) - No matter what you choose you are going to eliminate some cachers with video cameras, but I do think it is a awesome travelbug idea. Cheers Nick.
  2. I have been chatting to Gavin via email, and I am always up for a challange so I am in. Cheers Nick.
  3. I have been chatting to Gavin via email, and I am always up for a challange so I am in. Cheers Nick.
  4. Since the upgrade to the message forums, all my MyPop email notifications are showing in my mail application (Mail on OSX) with a black background, and black text - I am assuming that it is a change in the CSS and Mail does not render it correctly... any chance of going back to the old CSS? Cheers Nick.
  5. quote:weird.. it gave me a route, but no waypoints and total distance was 0 km It appears that some of your TopoMapPro files have the WGS84 information, but others don't... I suggest you use the G7ToWin files, which hopefully all have the NZGD49 information (which I convert to WGS84). On a side note, I have updated the conversion tool so you can now batch process a whole folder of files in one go (the resulting .loc files appear in a seperate directory) I have also changed the program name, as it now does more than just TopoMap conversion, so I have put it in a different folder on my server, you can now find it here. Have fun, Nick.
  6. quote:weird.. it gave me a route, but no waypoints and total distance was 0 km It appears that some of your TopoMapPro files have the WGS84 information, but others don't... I suggest you use the G7ToWin files, which hopefully all have the NZGD49 information (which I convert to WGS84). On a side note, I have updated the conversion tool so you can now batch process a whole folder of files in one go (the resulting .loc files appear in a seperate directory) I have also changed the program name, as it now does more than just TopoMap conversion, so I have put it in a different folder on my server, you can now find it here. Have fun, Nick.
  7. Today I stopped in at the Boat Expo here in Christchurch to have a look at the GPSr gear that they had on sale and ended up having a very interesting chat with John from Electronic Navigation Ltd (he is based in Nelson, but it is an Auckland company) and he showed me a very nice Magellan SporTrak GPSr unit but much more interesting was the Magellan Meridian Platinum GPSr, the reason that it was so interesting (apart from the great features and fantastic user interface - better than my basic eTrex) was the fact they they are about to do a big push in New Zealand of their land based products (Electronic Navigation Ltd is primarily involved in boat navigation) because their R&D division are just finishing up a New Zealand base map for the Magellan mapping range of GPS units - he has seen a beta version that was Auckland only and said that it went all the way down to street level, the full NZ coverage version is due out soon (initially ENL were hoping for an October release, but some delays have pushed this to the New Year (though I would imagine that they would be trying to get it out in time for Xmas purchases) so that should be something to look forward to if you are planning on upgrading your GPSr. It will be interesting to see if this prompts Polymedia and Integrated Mapping to release Magellan compatible upgrades to NZMapped and TopoMapPro as currently I don't think either support the upload and download of waypoints from any GPSr other than Garmin (I guess because Magellan is pretty unknown here in NZ)(hopefully they do, as the Magellan interface protocol is easier than Garmins from the look I have had at the SDK) Cheers Nick
  8. I have just posted a new version, this one will open and convert the G7ToWin files (fingers crossed) - for anyone else reading, this was because the TopoMapPro files that THG had only had NZMG co-ords and the routine to convert NZMG to WGS84 I had written only runs on the Mac - so he was not going to get any data in the EasyGPS files. The new version opens G7ToWin files that contain their co-ords in NZGD49, these are converted to WGS84 using the LINZ grid transform before conversion to EasyGPS (the .asc file that is contained in the archive contains the grid and must be located in the same directory as the program in order for this to work) Cheers Nick.
  9. I have just posted a new version, this one will open and convert the G7ToWin files (fingers crossed) - for anyone else reading, this was because the TopoMapPro files that THG had only had NZMG co-ords and the routine to convert NZMG to WGS84 I had written only runs on the Mac - so he was not going to get any data in the EasyGPS files. The new version opens G7ToWin files that contain their co-ords in NZGD49, these are converted to WGS84 using the LINZ grid transform before conversion to EasyGPS (the .asc file that is contained in the archive contains the grid and must be located in the same directory as the program in order for this to work) Cheers Nick.
  10. I have uploaded it, you can download it from here My only concern is that I have based it on the filespecs for TopoMapPro v2, there is a chance that the files with the book are for v1 (depending on how old the book is). The v2 files store the co-ords in both WGS84 and NZMG, so I did not have to include any NZGD49-WGS84 conversion - I have not idea what format the v1 files are (they may be NZMG and NZGD49) so what I might get you to do is send me the first few lines of your TopoMap file, so I can check if it is in v1 or v2, and if it is in v1, modify my program to do the correct transformations. Cheers Nick [This message was edited by BigNick on August 31, 2002 at 05:59 PM.]
  11. I have uploaded it, you can download it from here My only concern is that I have based it on the filespecs for TopoMapPro v2, there is a chance that the files with the book are for v1 (depending on how old the book is). The v2 files store the co-ords in both WGS84 and NZMG, so I did not have to include any NZGD49-WGS84 conversion - I have not idea what format the v1 files are (they may be NZMG and NZGD49) so what I might get you to do is send me the first few lines of your TopoMap file, so I can check if it is in v1 or v2, and if it is in v1, modify my program to do the correct transformations. Cheers Nick [This message was edited by BigNick on August 31, 2002 at 05:59 PM.]
  12. All done, I will upload the program when I get home from work and you can have a play with it. Cheers Nick.
  13. All done, I will upload the program when I get home from work and you can have a play with it. Cheers Nick.
  14. If you can get them to the eTrex, the download from the eTrex to EasyGPS should work - except that you will loose any of the descriptions (ie, you will only get the waypoint name) in EasyGPS... I have been working on a Mac version of TopoMap in my spare time, and while I have not yet looked at the format TopoMap uses, I have been planning on doing it. If you don't mind waiting, I am going to be doing some programming this afternoon (on my Minutewar program) but I will also have a look at TopoMaps format (I am pretty sure it is just a Tab delimited text file) and see if I can hack together a TopoMap to .loc converter (as I was planning on this for TopoMac (my program) anyway) - this means that you will be able to keep the description in EasyGPS. I will keep you posted. Cheers Nick
  15. If you can get them to the eTrex, the download from the eTrex to EasyGPS should work - except that you will loose any of the descriptions (ie, you will only get the waypoint name) in EasyGPS... I have been working on a Mac version of TopoMap in my spare time, and while I have not yet looked at the format TopoMap uses, I have been planning on doing it. If you don't mind waiting, I am going to be doing some programming this afternoon (on my Minutewar program) but I will also have a look at TopoMaps format (I am pretty sure it is just a Tab delimited text file) and see if I can hack together a TopoMap to .loc converter (as I was planning on this for TopoMac (my program) anyway) - this means that you will be able to keep the description in EasyGPS. I will keep you posted. Cheers Nick
  16. Could you not just enter the co-ords into the GPSr set to WGS84, then when you go hunting change the GPSr to UTM?
  17. I may be able to help... I assume you are talking about this book, I am also going to assume that the co-ords given are in NZMG or NZGD49 - if you need to convert these to WGS84 then the LINZ website has what you are after. An online conversion tool can be found here (but you would need to do them 5 at a time then cut and paste into easyGPS. The better option will probably be the software found here - I have only looked at the C source code (for a project I am doing) and that will let you load a text file containing a list of co-ords, and output a converted list - this should then be able to be converted to a CSV file (using something like excel then converted to .loc using geobuddy) I have done a bit of work with the .loc files and NZMG-NZGD49-WGS84 and could probably whip a conversion tool up quite quickly, so your other option would be to let me know what the datum the co-ords in the book are, and I should be able to put a conversion program together for you. (but you will still have to enter all the points into a text /excel file - but this is probably what you are trying to avoid ) Cheers Nick.
  18. I may be able to help... I assume you are talking about this book, I am also going to assume that the co-ords given are in NZMG or NZGD49 - if you need to convert these to WGS84 then the LINZ website has what you are after. An online conversion tool can be found here (but you would need to do them 5 at a time then cut and paste into easyGPS. The better option will probably be the software found here - I have only looked at the C source code (for a project I am doing) and that will let you load a text file containing a list of co-ords, and output a converted list - this should then be able to be converted to a CSV file (using something like excel then converted to .loc using geobuddy) I have done a bit of work with the .loc files and NZMG-NZGD49-WGS84 and could probably whip a conversion tool up quite quickly, so your other option would be to let me know what the datum the co-ords in the book are, and I should be able to put a conversion program together for you. (but you will still have to enter all the points into a text /excel file - but this is probably what you are trying to avoid ) Cheers Nick.
  19. No, I actually got it trade from one of the wholesalers where I buy my computer parts for work - though saying that, by the time you add GST onto my price, I am not saving much over design_design's prices. (a camera that used CF cards rather than SD cards would have made the transaction a lot cheaper - thats a tip for anyone planning on buying a digital camera) Cheers Nick.
  20. Congrats - I thought about bidding for it, but then thought that Bernadette would kill me if I bought something else expensive without telling her (I just got a 128Mb SD card for my camera ) Cheers Nick.
  21. Congrats - I thought about bidding for it, but then thought that Bernadette would kill me if I bought something else expensive without telling her (I just got a 128Mb SD card for my camera ) Cheers Nick.
  22. An update from Gav: The order has arrived in his hot little hands, but he is away from his home base in the US for a week, so will ship them when he gets back. All going well they will arrive in NZ in about 4 weeks from now. At this time we will know how much each item costs, and will contact people who placed orders to get money and then they will be couriered to you. At this stage, payment will be made by money transfer into Gavins bank account, once he has confirmed to tgsnoopy or myself that he has the money, we will pop your items into a courier bag and send them off (In my case, if you are in Chch, I can probably drop them off, saving you a courier, but costing you a beer/coffee and a chat with my ugly mug ) Looking forward to seeing lots of NZ travel bugs in our caches. Cheers Nick.
  23. An update from Gav: The order has arrived in his hot little hands, but he is away from his home base in the US for a week, so will ship them when he gets back. All going well they will arrive in NZ in about 4 weeks from now. At this time we will know how much each item costs, and will contact people who placed orders to get money and then they will be couriered to you. At this stage, payment will be made by money transfer into Gavins bank account, once he has confirmed to tgsnoopy or myself that he has the money, we will pop your items into a courier bag and send them off (In my case, if you are in Chch, I can probably drop them off, saving you a courier, but costing you a beer/coffee and a chat with my ugly mug ) Looking forward to seeing lots of NZ travel bugs in our caches. Cheers Nick.
  24. Wow, there is actually quite a lot of GPSr on trademe at the moment - wish there was when I wanted to buy my GPS. Garmin 12 (as endorced by tgsnoopy) Trimble Scoutmaster Casio GPS Watch GPS Chartplotter (ok, this is not really suitable for geocaching, but if you could get land maps, it would be cool for in the car, look here) Nick.
  25. See they have two GPS for sale. Nick. [This message was edited by BigNick on August 25, 2002 at 07:18 PM.]
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