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Anyone know if you can make custom maps using google or mapquest maps? I know you can using google earth. Anyone know?

 

Thanks

 

If you mean making custom Garmin maps...yes...Google Maps has the same tools as Google Earth for creating lines, polygons and placemarks. The following tutorials are for Google Earth but can be used as a guide for Google Maps.

 

Here's a video tutorial I made that plays in Windows Media player to get you started making basic maps by tracing map features in Google Earth and then making and installing the map into your Garmin GPS. Once you learn the basics you can add more detail to your maps. Search this site and the internet for more advanced map making help.

 

Download Video Tutorial Here

 

You'll need the following software packages:

Google Earth...trace features you want to appear on your Garmin map

GPSBabel...used to convert kml to gpx

GPSMapEdit...program used to make your map

cGPSMapper...used by GPSMapEdit and MapSetToolKit

MapSetToolKit...program used to install your map into Mapsource

 

Go from Google Earth map to Garmin Custom Map

GoogleEarthMap.jpg

 

Custom Map installed in Mapsource

MapsourceMap.jpg

 

Screenshot of Custom Map from a Garmin 276c

DevilsLake-1.jpg

 

Tutorial 2....adding more detail to the previous Tutorial map....roads, airstrip, resort and parking lots. When creating your own maps add as much detail as you want.

 

Download Video Tutorial 2 Here

 

from Google Earth map

GoogleEarthMap2.jpg

 

to Custom Garmin map (screenshot from Garmin 276c)

Tutorial2.jpg

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