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GPS Visualizer now has detailed Europe maps

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Hello Nordic cachers,

 

I'm the guy behind GPS Visualizer, a free on-line program that draws SVG maps from GPS data (including .LOC files from geocaching.com). I thought I'd post a note about it in this forum because I've finally found a source for street-level maps of all of Europe, including Scandinavia.

 

Please check it out and let me know if the new map option (labeled "Europe, US, Canada: political maps") works as well as I hope it does!

 

The URL: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/

 

Have fun!

 

Adam Schneider

adamschneider.net

 

[This message was edited by adamschneider on September 25, 2003 at 01:02 PM.]

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N.B.: the new background map option ("Europe, US, Canada...") is only 100% accurate on small scales (less than 100km or so) -- beyond that, the curve of the earth affects it too much.

 

So, it works very well for plotting single caches, or all caches within a city. But for really wide areas (like "all the caches I've found in Sweden"), I recommend the map labeled "Worldwide: physical"; it does NOT lose its accuracy at any scale. ("MODIS imagery" stays accurate also, but it's somewhat ugly.)

 

[This message was edited by adamschneider on September 26, 2003 at 07:39 AM.]

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I will have to check this out. I am hoping to do a geocaching/exploring trip to Iceland/Norway within 1 year. I will definately need some help to set this up ahead of time, and maps of where the caches actually are will help greatly.

 

How about an Iceland Cache Machine? Hit all 12 within 3 days in the middle of winter, if that's even possible...

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Hmm, I hadn't checked Iceland yet! Now that I do, however, it seems that it's not covered very well by this new map source. icon_frown.gif

 

You won't have any problems using GPS Visualizer to get an overview of the whole island, but it looks like street-level maps of Rejkjavik are unavailable. Bummer.

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A minor update of interest to Nordic GCers: I just fixed GPS Visualizer so that accented letters in geocaching.com LOC files are now displayed properly.

 

(The bug was on Groundspeak's side, not mine; they are not properly outputting "special" characters in their text files.)

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