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Pocket PC 2002 and Garmin mapsource


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Okay then, I'll rephrase...

 

If I'm heading out to a certain area, and want to do some caching in that area, and would like to have a usable map on my PPC, what software would you recommend?

 

I'm using Garmin Mapsource (TopoCanada) on my PC, and if I could find some PPC software that would handle exports from either gsak or Mapsource, and make a map out of them that can be used on the PPC, I'd be a happy camper.

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Is there any software out there that will allow a PPC to run .mps files from mapsource?

I have tried just taking a screenshot and using an image viewer but zooming makes it grainy (naturally)....

 

Are you trying to display routes or waypoints something from an mps file, or are you trying to view the maps (.img files)?

 

For the former task there are tons of software, as long as you convert your waypoints or tracks or routes or whatever to a more common format, like gpx.

 

For the latter task, you can use GIS Russa (http://www.gisrussa.com/). I've used it in Japan with the free Japanese maps, and also with US topo maps, and it works OK. It lacks some pretty fundamental features, but it does a good job of showing your location and track over the map. If you already have the maps, it's definitely worth the $30 registration fee.

 

If you are just looking for basic/topo maps, the other choice is to get a software like memory map (http://www.memory-map.com/) or back country navigator (http://www.backcountrynavigator.com/), and purchase/download/scan/build the state-level 24k topo DVDs, or individual 24k segments. This approach will be more expensive and/or labor intensive though (but it does get you 24k topomaps for any area you wish, and not just the sucky Garmin topo maps).

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Is there any software out there that will allow a PPC to run .mps files from mapsource?

I have tried just taking a screenshot and using an image viewer but zooming makes it grainy (naturally)....

 

 

A couple options are Pocket Streets (from Microsoft Streets and Trips), or for waypoint management, tracking and maps using Mapsource, get Garmin Que software with the GPS 10.

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