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Wanna waste some more time with GIS/GPS related activities? Try this. icon_wink.gif


1. Go to http://www.esri.com/software/arcexplorer/aedownload.html and download and install ArcExplorer - try the Java version, but you'll need to have Java installed.

2. Run it.

3. Layer > Add Layer

4. WWW > Add Web Site. URL = http://www.geographynetwork.co.nz then OK

5. NZTopo_wgs84_simple, Click the Add Layer button, and then close the Catalog window.

6. Start playing icon_wink.gif


I would like to make available NZ geocache information in a database for use in this software, and its something I'll try and work on over the coming weeks. I don't know what the speeds like on dialup, but it should be useable. You may be pleasantly suprised at the detail of the information icon_wink.gif


For more variety, click on the Geography Network icon, or add servers, and repeat.


http://www.geographynetwork.com or http://www.ecan.govt.nz


Some maps may not line up because they use different coordinate systems, but I haven't played around with that much yet.


Cheers Gav

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Originally posted by Adman:

Good stuff Gav! icon_razz.gif I didn't think it would take you long to find a way for the mass's to use http://www.geographynetwork.co.nz for geocaching. I'm downloading now icon_biggrin.gif


OK, I'll be honest and say I've known about it for a while, but I hadn't put the time or effort into looking at it icon_wink.gif Well with the time learning ArcViewGIS recently I had a much better idea how to use it hehe. Now I just have to look at building a database of geocaches etc so they can be easily imported into it and overlaid on the maps. Could be a very useful tool!


Cheers Gav


NB you are only receiving a raster image which the server builds, rather than true vector information. But the image is build from vectors, that's why it looks so good. Thats why if you check the image its called an image service icon_wink.gif

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Yeah I saw gazzanic's post a couple of weeks ago (re divespot) and was hoping the soon to be arc/gis legend would be on to it icon_smile.gif. I have been so busy with minutewar recently that I haven't had a chance to investigate further icon_rolleyes.gif


Originally posted by Gav

Now I just have to look at building a database of geocaches etc so they can be easily imported into it and overlaid on the maps. Could be a very useful tool!


... and maybe even getting Nick to export minutewar flags for import icon_wink.gif

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Originally posted by rediguana:

Originally posted by BigNick:

Stink, no Mac version icon_frown.gif

An Open Source GIS application is available here for OSX/Windows - I will download and have a play when I am back from holiday (then I can d/l at work and use their traffic allowance icon_wink.gif )


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Well I finally got a chance to download this using an ADSL net connection. Unfortunately I couldn't get it to work on the machine with the ADSL connection as it ran Windows XP. At home on my Windows98 Second Edition Machine all went smothly, although slowly with my lowly dial up connection. Anyone had problems running it with XP and ADSL connections? When I try to add the layer, it is unable to find the server online, the list of options where you would select WDS84 simple doesn't appear, you just get an error message. I don't get much time at this machine, so a quick fix would be nice, but I will persist next chance I get.

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