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    Re: Free map making software

    Hi Joh

    Oooohhhh I am so jealous of you <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    I was on the understanding that the Garmins were able save the file as a KML and if so you can upload it to Google Maps <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Free map making software

    Jerry,

    Maybe the more upmarket models can do that. Mine can't. It is the bottom of the line but provides more than enough functionality for my needs. As far as I can tell, it needs software that creates the file. And I tried uploading to Google Maps, but didn't have a lot of luck. Maybe I need to go back to it.

    I also struggle with Google maps and Google Earth with my connection speed. Technically speaking I am on Broadband, but the reality is a lot slooooooower than that.

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    Re: Free map making software

    Got you, which model have you got and I will ask a couple of the guys at the club who have various types
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    Re: Free map making software

    Jerry,

    It is an eTrek. That is the model name. Garmin in the manufacturer.

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    Re: Free map making software

    The eTreks don't have direct KML export capability that I know of. I think waypoint mapping is only available in Google Earth Plus which is $20 US annual subscription, it's not in Free Google Earth. A while back I found some excel macro programs that create KML's you can plug into Google Earth Free, but haven't played with them.

    US$20 a year for GEPlus may be as good as it gets, the US map packages prices in $100 range have swayed me away from buying them (though I haven't looked hard for better deals). I'll be following this thread to see what is out there.
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    Re: Free map making software

    John,

    This may be a way for me to go. Do you have a link to the marcos?

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    Re: Free map making software

    I don't seem to have kept those macros/apps (I hope they would have been updated), but here are some links that look familar:

    http://processtrends.com/pg_google_earth.htm
    http://freegeographytools.com/2007/another...o-kml-converter
    http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthreaded.ph...0/Number/613667

    I 'd also recommend that you browse the GE KML Group Forum: http://groups.google.com/group/kml-support...ications/topics.

    (I'd also love to help on this, but doubt that I'll have time - so please post back what you find.)
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    Re: Free map making software

    You could try GPS Utility http://www.gpsu.co.uk/index.html . They have a free version. I use a full version with my Garmin GPSmap 76CXe.

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    Re: Free map making software

    Thank you, John

    I will check them out and report back

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    Re: Free map making software

    Teunis,

    This looks promising. I'll get back to you. It may be on the weekend.

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    Re: Free map making software

    This is a long shot, but if you're willing to share your traces you might find OpenStreetMap an interesting project, which includes converting your GPS traces to maps for you.
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    Free map making software

    Edited by HansV to provide link]
    Edited again by johbot to add link to mapMaker and to say thanks to Hans for previous edit

    I have a Garmin eTrek GPS unit with the necessary connections to get it to talk to my PC.

    I want to be able to download my routes / tracks to create maps. I found EasyGPS and that will download the waypoints and create a 'line' that represents my journey, but what I want is some way of putting that 'line' into context ie on a map.

    My searching in Google shows some software available that my do the job, but the maps are restricted to the US or North America. As my needs are for local (Australian) daytrips, I can't see those maps being of much value.

    I have also found Map Maker which appears to be able to do all the fancy illustrations for the map, but not the contextual part - unless I am missing something.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Free map making software

    Joh

    If I have this right your device produces GPX files, if so, I could shoot myself.

    I use http://mapmyrun.com and the mapping software on line allows you to import GPX format files and save them. This is one of the best mapping sites I have found so far and utilise the csv downloads for analysis
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    Re: Free map making software

    Jerry,

    Put that gun away! I hate violence and this matter is not important enough to deserve self inflicted punishment.

    The eTrek does not export files of any kind. I can use the EasyGPS software (for which Hans kindly edited my first post to provied the link) to read the waypoints, tracks and routes from my device. I should then be able to export those details to a .gpx file and use it with the webpage you have recommended.

    Thank you. I have been trying to get time to have a closer look at all this over the weekend, but my time is being siphoned off into other things. I will post my findings when I get there.

    You have made the same mistake the post office often makes when delivering to Griffith NSW. They send it the scenic route via Griffth ACT! I dont live that close to Geoff of Subway fame

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    Re: Free map making software

    I also ran across this: http://www.mcrenox.com.ar/gpx2ge/
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