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For all those interested:

 

Another week and another set of updates...the 1st one for 2014!

 

Over the weekend I have compiled the latest British Isles map tiles with contours into new maps for Garmin GPSrs.

 

The British Isles mapsets I compile include the following areas:

 

England

Wales

Scotland

Isle of Man

Channel Islands

Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

 

The GB and Ireland mapsets have been discontinued as they are superseded by the British Isles mapset, and as I now offer the OS 1:50K Look n Feel I have too many mapsets to try and squeeze in to my very limited spare time as these all take significant amounts of time to compile, assemble and test, not to mention uploading to the site:

 

The full British Isles mapsets come with contour data [the Scottish Mountaineering Club contours have been replaced by new 10m contours I compiled from raw NASA SRTM data] and are now routable.

 

The updated ones are prefixed with 140110 [the old ones are prefixed with 131213] and include all changes made to OSM British Isles data as at the 10th January 2014.

 

The latest OS 1:50K Look n Feel has had many of the custom POIs set to zoom level 24 (they only show at zoom levels 0.5 mile or less). These also now use the 10m contours I compiled. Some more tweaking has also been done, and will continue to be done. These are no longer considered experimental.

 

The new 10m contours solve the jaggy coastline/sea problems. The new contours are set at 10M intervals, so offer better resolution than the old Scottish Mountaineering Club ones. Both mapsets now have rendered sea, but without any of the issues experienced with the SMC contours previously used.

 

The contours have now had the Voids fixed and have been regenerated.

 

If you want to grab them then you can find them here: http://talkytoaster.co.uk

 

As these are new, please report any problems directly to me, via my profile on Geocaching.com or via my Gmail account [talkytoasteruk@gmail.com].

 

This update not only includes newer routable versions with contours for British Isles, but also routable versions without contour data.

 

All of the latest maps have been compiled using an updated compiler which has an improved routing engine.

 

More details about the routing features can be found in the FAQ on my site.

 

Details and the maps can be found here: http://talkytoaster.co.uk/ukmaps.htm

 

This should allow those that have Garmin GPSrs with limited memory to select small areas to upload to these devices complete with contour data.

 

If anyone wants similar maps (with or without contours) for other parts of Europe or elsewhere, then please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs.

 

CAVEAT: No mapping solution is perfect.

From OpenStreetMap:-

"By the very nature of the wiki-style process there is no guarantee of accuracy of any kind. Then again, few proprietary maps carry a guarantee of accuracy, either. In fact, some have artificially-introduced errors."

Furthermore, I and others have already confirmed this with even GB OS maps; deliberate errors and moved paths (some from 10 years or more after the change was documented by the local council/county are not reflected on the latest OS maps). Not everything is accurately mapped, even on 1:25K. All maps should be considered a guide and not a factual statement.

 

To participate and help improve the maps you just need to go to http://www.openstreetmap.org; create an account, upload your tracks from your GPSr and then edit the maps. Help on how to do this can be found on the OpenStreetMap site.

 

I have tested these maps on a Garmin Oregon 550, Etrex Vista Hcx and a Etrex 30 [the full British Isles versions with contour data] and also on a computer in MapSource/BaseCamp for those versions designed for use with it to ensure that they load and render as expected. I do not test all the map data or functions as this is not possible in a reasonable time-frame.

 

Hope this helps?

 

All feedback and comments are most welcome.

 

A big thank you to all of you that have given feedback or made suggestions (polite ones ;)) on how to improve the maps and/or my site. Keep them coming.

 

An even bigger thank you to those that have supported my site via a donation. It is really appreciated and helps to keep the site going and shows me that my efforts in compiling and making these mapsets available are appreciated.

 

Please be aware that some unscrupulous individuals have been selling my maps via car-boot sales and also on eBay. They have been offering my very old OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets and selling them as OS mapsets. The OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets include material I produced which is copyrighted. I offer them as FREE for personal use. Buying these maps from these unethical individuals means that you get inferior products, and they, and anyone who buys the maps from them, jeopardize the future of this project.

 

The original OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapset I created has now lost the EXPERIMENTAL tag; the routing is still unique and these will never be recommended for use as a road sat-nav.

 

However, I have released a NEW EXPERIMENTAL mapset using the OS 1:50K Look n Feel that should route in the same way as my standard mapset. You can find them on my site (clearly marked as EXPERIMENTAL), all feedback is most welcome.

 

The "original" talkytoaster.info site is now mirrored at talkytoaster.co.uk and talkytoaster.com (this adds a second physical hosting server in the UK, effectively adding redundancy to the existing, original one in the US). I will continue to run both servers as long as I can afford to.

 

The maps also now work directly in BaseCamp when the GPS with them installed on is connected to a computer with BaseCamp installed. This means that the separate BaseCamp version will only be updated monthly (or less often than that).

 

The maps now include the published date as part of the internal map name and the OS 1:50K Look n Feel version also includes Cycleway numbers and names. Other changes can be found in the change log page of my site.

 

This update does NOT include new BaseCamp/MapSource versions specifically for PC/Mac. They include new GPSr versions.

 

These are NOT sat-nav maps, so don't expect post-code level routing or routing performance to be the same as commercial sat-nav maps and solutions. They are, however, great for walking, and that was my intention in developing and offering the maps.

 

Please note: The OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets are no longer offered as free downloads, this change is due to copyright theft. They are now only available as either a one off electronic download, on a MicroSD card or as a subscription service. All of these options are paid. I know this will not go down well with some of you, but I've spent 5 years developing these maps and I am not prepared to put up with selling or re-selling of my maps via car boot sales and eBay. Yes, I have contacted both eBay and those responsible and as usual eBay do nothing despite their promises.

 

The subscription site for the OS 1:50K Look n Feel maps is up and running and can be found here http://subscription.talkytoaster.co.uk

 

The Standard mapsets will continue to be offered as free downloads for now.

 

Regards,

Martin

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Martin,

 

My Garmin Etrex 20 cannot cope with 2 contour maps installed at the same time. I used to have both the original and the OS 1:50K routable but no contours installed. I cannot see an option to buy the non contours version on the subscription page or am I supposed to use the A-1E option and choose UK ?

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Hi,

 

Martin,

 

My Garmin Etrex 20 cannot cope with 2 contour maps installed at the same time. I used to have both the original and the OS 1:50K routable but no contours installed. I cannot see an option to buy the non contours version on the subscription page or am I supposed to use the A-1E option and choose UK ?

 

Just download the FREE standard map set without contours and that will solve the problem when used with the OS 1:50K Look n Feel contours map set.

 

This is explained in the FAQ on my site (see point 3a).

 

Hope this helps?

 

Regards,

Martin

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Hi,

 

Martin,

 

My Garmin Etrex 20 cannot cope with 2 contour maps installed at the same time. I used to have both the original and the OS 1:50K routable but no contours installed. I cannot see an option to buy the non contours version on the subscription page or am I supposed to use the A-1E option and choose UK ?

 

Just download the FREE standard map set without contours and that will solve the problem when used with the OS 1:50K Look n Feel contours map set.

 

This is explained in the FAQ on my site (see point 3a).

 

Hope this helps?

 

Regards,

Martin

 

Ah yes that makes sense.

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For all those interested:

 

Another week and another set of updates...the 2nd one for 2014!

 

Over the weekend I have compiled the latest British Isles map tiles with contours into new maps for Garmin GPSrs.

 

The British Isles mapsets I compile include the following areas:

 

England

Wales

Scotland

Isle of Man

Channel Islands

Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

 

The GB and Ireland mapsets have been discontinued as they are superseded by the British Isles mapset, and as I now offer the OS 1:50K Look n Feel I have too many mapsets to try and squeeze in to my very limited spare time as these all take significant amounts of time to compile, assemble and test, not to mention uploading to the site:

 

The full British Isles mapsets come with contour data [the Scottish Mountaineering Club contours have been replaced by new 10m contours I compiled from raw NASA SRTM data] and are now routable.

 

The updated ones are prefixed with 140201 [the old ones are prefixed with 140110] and include all changes made to OSM British Isles data as at the 1st February 2014.

 

The latest OS 1:50K Look n Feel has had many of the custom POIs set to zoom level 24 (they only show at zoom levels 0.5 mile or less). These also now use the 10m contours I compiled. Some more tweaking has also been done, and will continue to be done. These are no longer considered experimental.

 

The new 10m contours solve the jaggy coastline/sea problems. The new contours are set at 10M intervals, so offer better resolution than the old Scottish Mountaineering Club ones. Both mapsets now have rendered sea, but without any of the issues experienced with the SMC contours previously used.

 

The contours have now had the Voids fixed and have been regenerated.

 

If you want to grab them then you can find them here: http://talkytoaster.co.uk

 

As these are new, please report any problems directly to me, via my profile on Geocaching.com or via my Gmail account [talkytoasteruk@gmail.com].

 

This update not only includes newer routable versions with contours for British Isles, but also routable versions without contour data.

 

All of the latest maps have been compiled using an updated compiler which has an improved routing engine.

 

More details about the routing features can be found in the FAQ on my site.

 

Details and the maps can be found here: http://talkytoaster.co.uk/ukmaps.htm

 

This should allow those that have Garmin GPSrs with limited memory to select small areas to upload to these devices complete with contour data.

 

If anyone wants similar maps (with or without contours) for other parts of Europe or elsewhere, then please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs.

 

CAVEAT: No mapping solution is perfect.

From OpenStreetMap:-

"By the very nature of the wiki-style process there is no guarantee of accuracy of any kind. Then again, few proprietary maps carry a guarantee of accuracy, either. In fact, some have artificially-introduced errors."

Furthermore, I and others have already confirmed this with even GB OS maps; deliberate errors and moved paths (some from 10 years or more after the change was documented by the local council/county are not reflected on the latest OS maps). Not everything is accurately mapped, even on 1:25K. All maps should be considered a guide and not a factual statement.

 

To participate and help improve the maps you just need to go to http://www.openstreetmap.org; create an account, upload your tracks from your GPSr and then edit the maps. Help on how to do this can be found on the OpenStreetMap site.

 

I have tested these maps on a Garmin Oregon 550, Etrex Vista Hcx and a Etrex 30 [the full British Isles versions with contour data] and also on a computer in MapSource/BaseCamp for those versions designed for use with it to ensure that they load and render as expected. I do not test all the map data or functions as this is not possible in a reasonable time-frame.

 

Hope this helps?

 

All feedback and comments are most welcome.

 

A big thank you to all of you that have given feedback or made suggestions (polite ones ;)) on how to improve the maps and/or my site. Keep them coming.

 

An even bigger thank you to those that have supported my site via a donation. It is really appreciated and helps to keep the site going and shows me that my efforts in compiling and making these mapsets available are appreciated.

 

Please be aware that some unscrupulous individuals have been selling my maps via car-boot sales and also on eBay. They have been offering my very old OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets and selling them as OS mapsets. The OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets include material I produced which is copyrighted. I offer them as FREE for personal use. Buying these maps from these unethical individuals means that you get inferior products, and they, and anyone who buys the maps from them, jeopardize the future of this project.

 

The original OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapset I created has now lost the EXPERIMENTAL tag; the routing is still unique and these will never be recommended for use as a road sat-nav.

 

The "original" talkytoaster.info site is now mirrored at talkytoaster.co.uk and talkytoaster.com (this adds a second physical hosting server in the UK, effectively adding redundancy to the existing, original one in the US). I will continue to run both servers as long as I can afford to.

 

The maps also now work directly in BaseCamp when the GPS with them installed on is connected to a computer with BaseCamp installed. This means that the separate BaseCamp version will only be updated monthly (or less often than that).

 

The maps now include the published date as part of the internal map name and the OS 1:50K Look n Feel version also includes Cycleway numbers and names. Other changes can be found in the change log page of my site.

 

This update does NOT include new BaseCamp/MapSource versions specifically for PC/Mac. They include new GPSr versions.

 

These are NOT sat-nav maps, so don't expect post-code level routing or routing performance to be the same as commercial sat-nav maps and solutions. They are, however, great for walking, and that was my intention in developing and offering the maps.

 

Please note: The OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets are no longer offered as free downloads, this change is due to copyright theft. They are now only available as either a one off electronic download, on a MicroSD card or as a subscription service. All of these options are paid. I know this will not go down well with some of you, but I've spent 5 years developing these maps and I am not prepared to put up with selling or re-selling of my maps via car boot sales and eBay. Yes, I have contacted both eBay and those responsible and as usual eBay do nothing despite their promises.

 

The subscription site for the OS 1:50K Look n Feel maps is up and running and can be found here http://subscription.talkytoaster.co.uk The maps on there are updated most weeks.

 

The Standard mapsets will continue to be offered as FREE downloads for now. However these will only be updated about once a month.

 

Regards,

Martin

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For all those interested:

 

Another week and another set of updates...the 3rd one for 2014!

 

Over the weekend I have compiled the latest British Isles map tiles with contours into new maps for Garmin GPSrs.

 

The British Isles mapsets I compile include the following areas:

 

England

Wales

Scotland

Isle of Man

Channel Islands

Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

 

The GB and Ireland mapsets have been discontinued as they are superseded by the British Isles mapset, and as I now offer the OS 1:50K Look n Feel I have too many mapsets to try and squeeze in to my very limited spare time as these all take significant amounts of time to compile, assemble and test, not to mention uploading to the site:

 

The full British Isles mapsets come with contour data [the Scottish Mountaineering Club contours have been replaced by new 10m contours I compiled from raw NASA SRTM data] and are now routable.

 

The updated ones are prefixed with 140307 [the old ones are prefixed with 140201] and include all changes made to OSM British Isles data as at the 7th March 2014.

 

The latest OS 1:50K Look n Feel has had many of the custom POIs set to zoom level 24 (they only show at zoom levels 0.5 mile or less). These also now use the 10m contours I compiled. Some more tweaking has also been done, and will continue to be done. These are no longer considered experimental.

 

The new 10m contours solve the jaggy coastline/sea problems. The new contours are set at 10M intervals, so offer better resolution than the old Scottish Mountaineering Club ones. Both mapsets now have rendered sea, but without any of the issues experienced with the SMC contours previously used.

 

The contours have now had the Voids fixed and have been regenerated.

 

If you want to grab them then you can find them here: http://talkytoaster.co.uk

 

As these are new, please report any problems directly to me, via my profile on Geocaching.com or via my Gmail account [talkytoasteruk@gmail.com].

 

This update not only includes newer routable versions with contours for British Isles, but also routable versions without contour data.

 

All of the latest maps have been compiled using an updated compiler which has an improved routing engine.

 

More details about the routing features can be found in the FAQ on my site.

 

Details and the maps can be found here: http://talkytoaster.co.uk/ukmaps.htm

 

This should allow those that have Garmin GPSrs with limited memory to select small areas to upload to these devices complete with contour data.

 

If anyone wants similar maps (with or without contours) for other parts of Europe or elsewhere, then please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs.

 

CAVEAT: No mapping solution is perfect.

From OpenStreetMap:-

"By the very nature of the wiki-style process there is no guarantee of accuracy of any kind. Then again, few proprietary maps carry a guarantee of accuracy, either. In fact, some have artificially-introduced errors."

Furthermore, I and others have already confirmed this with even GB OS maps; deliberate errors and moved paths (some from 10 years or more after the change was documented by the local council/county are not reflected on the latest OS maps). Not everything is accurately mapped, even on 1:25K. All maps should be considered a guide and not a factual statement.

 

To participate and help improve the maps you just need to go to http://www.openstreetmap.org; create an account, upload your tracks from your GPSr and then edit the maps. Help on how to do this can be found on the OpenStreetMap site.

 

I have tested these maps on a Garmin Oregon 550, Etrex Vista Hcx and a Etrex 30 [the full British Isles versions with contour data] and also on a computer in MapSource/BaseCamp for those versions designed for use with it to ensure that they load and render as expected. I do not test all the map data or functions as this is not possible in a reasonable time-frame.

 

Hope this helps?

 

All feedback and comments are most welcome.

 

A big thank you to all of you that have given feedback or made suggestions (polite ones ;)) on how to improve the maps and/or my site. Keep them coming.

 

An even bigger thank you to those that have supported my site via a donation. It is really appreciated and helps to keep the site going and shows me that my efforts in compiling and making these mapsets available are appreciated.

 

Please be aware that some unscrupulous individuals have been selling my maps via car-boot sales and also on eBay. They have been offering my very old OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets and selling them as OS mapsets. The OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets include material I produced which is copyrighted. I offer them as FREE for personal use. Buying these maps from these unethical individuals means that you get inferior products, and they, and anyone who buys the maps from them, jeopardize the future of this project.

 

The original OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapset I created has now lost the EXPERIMENTAL tag; the routing is still unique and these will never be recommended for use as a road sat-nav.

 

The "original" talkytoaster.info site is now mirrored at talkytoaster.co.uk and talkytoaster.com (this adds a second physical hosting server in the UK, effectively adding redundancy to the existing, original one in the US). I will continue to run both servers as long as I can afford to.

 

The maps also now work directly in BaseCamp when the GPS with them installed on is connected to a computer with BaseCamp installed. This means that the separate BaseCamp version will only be updated monthly (or less often than that).

 

The maps now include the published date as part of the internal map name and the OS 1:50K Look n Feel version also includes Cycleway numbers and names. Other changes can be found in the change log page of my site.

 

This update does NOT include new BaseCamp/MapSource versions specifically for PC/Mac. They include new GPSr versions.

 

These are NOT sat-nav maps, so don't expect post-code level routing or routing performance to be the same as commercial sat-nav maps and solutions. They are, however, great for walking, and that was my intention in developing and offering the maps.

 

Please note: The OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets are no longer offered as free downloads, this change is due to copyright theft. They are now only available as either a one off electronic download, on a MicroSD card or as a subscription service. All of these options are paid. I know this will not go down well with some of you, but I've spent 5 years developing these maps and I am not prepared to put up with selling or re-selling of my maps via car boot sales and eBay. Yes, I have contacted both eBay and those responsible and as usual eBay do nothing despite their promises.

 

The subscription site for the OS 1:50K Look n Feel maps is up and running and can be found here http://subscription.talkytoaster.co.uk The maps on there are updated most weeks.

 

The Standard mapsets will continue to be offered as FREE downloads for now. However these will only be updated about once a month.

 

Regards,

Martin

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For all those interested:

 

Another week and another set of updates...the 4th one for 2014!

 

Over the weekend I have compiled the latest British Isles map tiles with contours into new maps for Garmin GPSrs.

 

The British Isles mapsets I compile include the following areas:

 

England

Wales

Scotland

Isle of Man

Channel Islands

Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

 

The GB and Ireland mapsets have been discontinued as they are superseded by the British Isles mapset, and as I now offer the OS 1:50K Look n Feel I have too many mapsets to try and squeeze in to my very limited spare time as these all take significant amounts of time to compile, assemble and test, not to mention uploading to the site:

 

The full British Isles mapsets come with contour data [the Scottish Mountaineering Club contours have been replaced by new 10m contours I compiled from raw NASA SRTM data] and are now routable.

 

The updated ones are prefixed with 140411 [the old ones are prefixed with 140307] and include all changes made to OSM British Isles data as at the 11th April 2014.

 

The latest OS 1:50K Look n Feel has had many of the custom POIs set to zoom level 24 (they only show at zoom levels 0.5 mile or less). These also now use the 10m contours I compiled. Some more tweaking has also been done, and will continue to be done. These are no longer considered experimental.

 

The new 10m contours solve the jaggy coastline/sea problems. The new contours are set at 10M intervals, so offer better resolution than the old Scottish Mountaineering Club ones. Both mapsets now have rendered sea, but without any of the issues experienced with the SMC contours previously used.

 

The contours have now had the Voids fixed and have been regenerated.

 

If you want to grab them then you can find them here: http://talkytoaster.co.uk

 

As these are new, please report any problems directly to me, via my profile on Geocaching.com or via my Gmail account [talkytoasteruk@gmail.com].

 

This update not only includes newer routable versions with contours for British Isles, but also routable versions without contour data.

 

All of the latest maps have been compiled using an updated compiler which has an improved routing engine.

 

More details about the routing features can be found in the FAQ on my site.

 

Details and the maps can be found here: http://talkytoaster.co.uk/ukmaps.htm

 

This should allow those that have Garmin GPSrs with limited memory to select small areas to upload to these devices complete with contour data.

 

If anyone wants similar maps (with or without contours) for other parts of Europe or elsewhere, then please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs.

 

CAVEAT: No mapping solution is perfect.

From OpenStreetMap:-

"By the very nature of the wiki-style process there is no guarantee of accuracy of any kind. Then again, few proprietary maps carry a guarantee of accuracy, either. In fact, some have artificially-introduced errors."

Furthermore, I and others have already confirmed this with even GB OS maps; deliberate errors and moved paths (some from 10 years or more after the change was documented by the local council/county are not reflected on the latest OS maps). Not everything is accurately mapped, even on 1:25K. All maps should be considered a guide and not a factual statement.

 

To participate and help improve the maps you just need to go to http://www.openstreetmap.org; create an account, upload your tracks from your GPSr and then edit the maps. Help on how to do this can be found on the OpenStreetMap site.

 

I have tested these maps on a Garmin Oregon 550, Etrex Vista Hcx and a Etrex 30 [the full British Isles versions with contour data] and also on a computer in MapSource/BaseCamp for those versions designed for use with it to ensure that they load and render as expected. I do not test all the map data or functions as this is not possible in a reasonable time-frame.

 

Hope this helps?

 

All feedback and comments are most welcome.

 

A big thank you to all of you that have given feedback or made suggestions (polite ones ;)) on how to improve the maps and/or my site. Keep them coming.

 

An even bigger thank you to those that have supported my site via a donation. It is really appreciated and helps to keep the site going and shows me that my efforts in compiling and making these mapsets available are appreciated.

 

Please be aware that some unscrupulous individuals have been selling my maps via car-boot sales and also on eBay. They have been offering my very old OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets and selling them as OS mapsets. The OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets include material I produced which is copyrighted. I offer them as FREE for personal use. Buying these maps from these unethical individuals means that you get inferior products, and they, and anyone who buys the maps from them, jeopardize the future of this project.

 

The original OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapset I created has now lost the EXPERIMENTAL tag; the routing is still unique and these will never be recommended for use as a road sat-nav.

 

The "original" talkytoaster.info site is now mirrored at talkytoaster.co.uk and talkytoaster.com (this adds a second physical hosting server in the UK, effectively adding redundancy to the existing, original one in the US). I will continue to run both servers as long as I can afford to.

 

The maps also now work directly in BaseCamp when the GPS with them installed on is connected to a computer with BaseCamp installed. This means that the separate BaseCamp version will only be updated monthly (or less often than that).

 

The maps now include the published date as part of the internal map name and the OS 1:50K Look n Feel version also includes Cycleway numbers and names. Other changes can be found in the change log page of my site.

 

This update does NOT include new BaseCamp/MapSource versions specifically for PC/Mac. They include new GPSr versions.

 

These are NOT sat-nav maps, so don't expect post-code level routing or routing performance to be the same as commercial sat-nav maps and solutions. They are, however, great for walking, and that was my intention in developing and offering the maps.

 

Please note: The OS 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets are no longer offered as free downloads, this change is due to copyright theft. They are now only available as either a one off electronic download, on a MicroSD card or as a subscription service. All of these options are paid. I know this will not go down well with some of you, but I've spent 5 years developing these maps and I am not prepared to put up with selling or re-selling of my maps via car boot sales and eBay. Yes, I have contacted both eBay and those responsible and as usual eBay do nothing despite their promises.

 

The subscription site for the OS 1:50K Look n Feel maps is up and running and can be found here http://subscription.talkytoaster.co.uk The maps on there are updated most weeks.

 

The Standard mapsets will continue to be offered as FREE downloads for now. However these will only be updated about once a month.

 

Regards,

Martin

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Hi! I just upgraded my GPSr to the Garmin GPSMAP 64, it comes with the OS GB Discoverer 1:50k Map.

 

Excuse my ignorance as I've only been able to use either a basemap on my basic GPSr or the standard google earth maps on my smartphone, but what differences are there between your subscription OS look and feel maps and the one I'm getting? I'm going to be using my GPSMAP 64 mainly for caching but also for hiking and possibly some off the beaten path stuff so I just wanted to know what kind of advantages I can get from this mapping.

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Hi! I just upgraded my GPSr to the Garmin GPSMAP 64, it comes with the OS GB Discoverer 1:50k Map.

 

Excuse my ignorance as I've only been able to use either a basemap on my basic GPSr or the standard google earth maps on my smartphone, but what differences are there between your subscription OS look and feel maps and the one I'm getting? I'm going to be using my GPSMAP 64 mainly for caching but also for hiking and possibly some off the beaten path stuff so I just wanted to know what kind of advantages I can get from this mapping.

You could always add a second map, free or paid, to your unit and then switch to and fro between them and see if there is any difference.

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Hi! I just upgraded my GPSr to the Garmin GPSMAP 64, it comes with the OS GB Discoverer 1:50k Map.

 

Excuse my ignorance as I've only been able to use either a basemap on my basic GPSr or the standard google earth maps on my smartphone, but what differences are there between your subscription OS look and feel maps and the one I'm getting? I'm going to be using my GPSMAP 64 mainly for caching but also for hiking and possibly some off the beaten path stuff so I just wanted to know what kind of advantages I can get from this mapping.

You could always add a second map, free or paid, to your unit and then switch to and fro between them and see if there is any difference.

I find the OSM map complements the OS map and usually have both switch on. I find the most useful feature is that the OSM map often has actual tracks which are in addition to the official rights of way.

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For all those interested:

 

Another week and another set of updates...the 6th one for 2014!

 

Over the weekend I have compiled the latest British Isles map tiles with contours into new maps for Garmin GPSrs.

 

The British Isles mapsets I compile include the following areas:

 

England

Wales

Scotland

Isle of Man

Channel Islands

Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

 

The GB and Ireland mapsets have been discontinued as they are superseded by the British Isles mapset, and as I now offer the TT 1:50K Look n Feel I have too many mapsets to try and squeeze in to my very limited spare time as these all take significant amounts of time to compile, assemble and test, not to mention uploading to the site:

 

The full British Isles mapsets come with contour data [the Scottish Mountaineering Club contours have been replaced by new 10m contours I compiled from raw NASA SRTM data] and are now routable.

 

The updated ones are prefixed with 140613 [the old ones are prefixed with 140509] and include all changes made to OSM British Isles data as at the 13th June 2014.

 

The latest TT 1:50K Look n Feel has had many of the custom POIs set to zoom level 24 (they only show at zoom levels 0.5 mile or less). These also now use the 10m contours I compiled. Some more tweaking has also been done, and will continue to be done. These are no longer considered experimental.

 

The new 10m contours solve the jaggy coastline/sea problems. The new contours are set at 10M intervals, so offer better resolution than the old Scottish Mountaineering Club ones. Both mapsets now have rendered sea, but without any of the issues experienced with the SMC contours previously used.

 

The contours have now had the Voids fixed and have been regenerated.

 

If you want to grab them then you can find them here: http://talkytoaster.co.uk

 

As these are new, please report any problems directly to me, via my profile on Geocaching.com or via my Gmail account [talkytoasteruk@gmail.com].

 

This update not only includes newer routable versions with contours for British Isles, but also routable versions without contour data.

 

All of the latest maps have been compiled using an updated compiler which has an improved routing engine.

 

More details about the routing features can be found in the FAQ on my site.

 

Details and the maps can be found here: http://talkytoaster.co.uk/ukmaps.htm

 

This should allow those that have Garmin GPSrs with limited memory to select small areas to upload to these devices complete with contour data.

 

If anyone wants similar maps (with or without contours) for other parts of Europe or elsewhere, then please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs.

 

CAVEAT: No mapping solution is perfect.

From OpenStreetMap:-

"By the very nature of the wiki-style process there is no guarantee of accuracy of any kind. Then again, few proprietary maps carry a guarantee of accuracy, either. In fact, some have artificially-introduced errors."

Furthermore, I and others have already confirmed this with even GB OS maps; deliberate errors and moved paths (some from 10 years or more after the change was documented by the local council/county are not reflected on the latest OS maps). Not everything is accurately mapped, even on 1:25K. All maps should be considered a guide and not a factual statement.

 

To participate and help improve the maps you just need to go to http://www.openstreetmap.org; create an account, upload your tracks from your GPSr and then edit the maps. Help on how to do this can be found on the OpenStreetMap site.

 

I have tested these maps on a Garmin Oregon 550, Etrex Vista Hcx and a Etrex 30 [the full British Isles versions with contour data] and also on a computer in MapSource/BaseCamp for those versions designed for use with it to ensure that they load and render as expected. I do not test all the map data or functions as this is not possible in a reasonable time-frame.

 

Hope this helps?

 

All feedback and comments are most welcome.

 

A big thank you to all of you that have given feedback or made suggestions (polite ones ;)) on how to improve the maps and/or my site. Keep them coming.

 

An even bigger thank you to those that have supported my site via a donation. It is really appreciated and helps to keep the site going and shows me that my efforts in compiling and making these mapsets available are appreciated.

 

Please be aware that some unscrupulous individuals have been selling my maps via car-boot sales and also on eBay. They have been offering my very old TT 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets and selling them as OS mapsets. The TT 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets include material I produced which is copyrighted. I offer them as FREE for personal use. Buying these maps from these unethical individuals means that you get inferior products, and they, and anyone who buys the maps from them, jeopardize the future of this project.

 

The original TT 1:50K Look n Feel mapset I created has now lost the EXPERIMENTAL tag; the routing is still unique and these will never be recommended for use as a road sat-nav.

 

The "original" talkytoaster.info site is now mirrored at talkytoaster.co.uk and talkytoaster.com (this adds a second physical hosting server in the UK, effectively adding redundancy to the existing, original one in the US). I will continue to run both servers as long as I can afford to.

 

The maps also now work directly in BaseCamp when the GPS with them installed on is connected to a computer with BaseCamp installed. This means that the separate BaseCamp version will only be updated monthly (or less often than that).

 

The maps now include the published date as part of the internal map name and the OS 1:50K Look n Feel version also includes Cycleway numbers and names. Other changes can be found in the change log page of my site.

 

This update does NOT include new BaseCamp/MapSource versions specifically for PC/Mac. They include new GPSr versions.

 

These are NOT sat-nav maps, so don't expect post-code level routing or routing performance to be the same as commercial sat-nav maps and solutions. They are, however, great for walking, and that was my intention in developing and offering the maps.

 

Please note: The TT 1:50K Look n Feel mapsets are no longer offered as free downloads, this change is due to copyright theft. They are now only available as either a one off electronic download, on a MicroSD card or as a subscription service. All of these options are paid. I know this will not go down well with some of you, but I've spent 5 years developing these maps and I am not prepared to put up with selling or re-selling of my maps via car boot sales and eBay. Yes, I have contacted both eBay and those responsible and as usual eBay do nothing despite their promises.

 

The subscription site for the TT 1:50K Look n Feel maps is up and running and can be found here http://subscription.talkytoaster.co.uk The maps on there are updated most weeks.

 

Since moving to the subscription model for the TT 1:50K Look n Feel style maps, I have had NO piracy via eBay.

 

The Standard mapsets will continue to be offered as FREE downloads for now. However these will only be updated about once a month.

 

Regards,

Martin

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