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Christine
23rd August 2005, 07:29 PM
Hi,
I am very new at this game. I have purchased, some time ago, a GPSMAP76.
I have not yet purchased any software for it. Could some-one please let me know of their opinon which would be best. Garmin MetroMap Aust or OziExplorer. Do they work on the same principal? Or should I purchase the MetroMap first?
Hope some-one can help

helterskelter400
23rd August 2005, 09:33 PM
i have a magellan so i'm sure a garmin head will be able to clarify further where ive got it wrong,
but as far as i can make out, metromap is a mapping program with streets and stuff to download onto your garmin ??.

ozi expl is a mapping prog for your computer that references map images (pictures) that you get from somewhere else, onto your puker screen so you can build up waypoints, tracks and routes to transfer to your gps. also plug your gps into the computer and see where you are going on the referenced map images.

you cand put the ozi images onto the gps. ozi dosent come with any maps but you can find lots around - many on this forum for isntance.

if you want roads and streets and stuff, metromap sounds like the best first step. if your into hiking and stuff and you want to build up some routes off a digital topo map, ozi is great.

arthurking83
23rd August 2005, 11:25 PM
Some software to check out is at.......
Tracks4Australia (http://www.gpsoz.com.au/tracks4australia/)

Check out the yahoo group Graham has going.
There's nothing better than maps that are uploadable to a GPSr.
OziExplorer is great, for the ease at which you can PLAN your trips, creating routes waypoints etc.
But if your into biking/hiking, a laptop is not very convienient :cool:

BurnieM
25th August 2005, 07:22 AM
All of Garmins mapping products are known as 'MapSource'
MapSource format maps are the only maps that can be loaded into the internal memory of a Garmin mapping GPS receiver.

OziExplorer is a mapping program that runs on a PC or PocketPC.
You load Ozi to your PC. Load a map into Ozi then connect your GPS to the PC.
The GPS sends a position to Ozi which displays a moving map on the PC.

While you can use Ozi to load waypoints to your GPS, OziExplorer cannot load maps to your GPS.

For your GPSmap 76 you could buy Garmins MapSource MetroGuide Australia v4 and load part of these maps to your unit. MGA is $175
MGA is 48 MB for all of Australia
MGA has detailed metro area street mapping and ok rural area mapping.
It has an address find function and points of interest.

You could also download the Tracks4Australia from http://www.gpsoz.com.au/tracks4australia/
T4A is 52 MB and is free
T4A is a mapping project to develop better rural mapping.
It has only main roads in metro areas and does not have the search functions.

Your GPSmap 76 has only 8 MB of memory for loading mapping so you could load approx half of NSW
You can reload maps as many times as you like

Christine
25th August 2005, 02:41 PM
Thanks for your replies.
That gives me a good run down on how they work. Ozi sounds more like what I'm after. Unfortunately, a laptop is not very convenient for 4WD'ing.
Thanks again

The Explorer
25th August 2005, 03:48 PM
Hello - There is also a Pocket PC version of OziExplorer (OziExplorerCE), works on handheld PDA such as Ipaqs ....so if you dont like the idea of using a laptop it maybe an option to look into. Main draw back is seen by some to be small screen...but I use one and think its the go. Very portable - you can put it in your pocket and walk as well...though keep in mind tey are not really designed for outdoors so aquapaq (waterproof clear bag) is needed for protection.
Cheers
Greg

alpha993
25th August 2005, 07:28 PM
Thanks for your replies.
That gives me a good run down on how they work. Ozi sounds more like what I'm after. Unfortunately, a laptop is not very convenient for 4WD'ing.
Thanks again

Check out OziExplorerCE (http://www.oziexplorer.com/) - a version that runs on Pocket PC's. Note you need the desktop version as well.

A screen shot is available at http://gallery.geocaching.com.au/albums/Maps/Screen001.png (ignore the wide of track - the map was not properly calibrated when the screenshot was taken).

I use an iPAQ 4700 for street navigation (Destinator) and OziCE for geocaching (See http://geocaching.com.au/). When hiking etc. I use a rugged case to protect the ppc, which is not as hardy as a dedicated GPS unit. (See http://www.otterbox.com/products/pda_cases/1900/index.htm).

Good luck!

Pluto
26th August 2005, 06:59 AM
...Unfortunately, a laptop is not very convenient for 4WD'ing...I agree.

You will find that the GPSMap 76 mounted to the dash is more robust than any PDA. With the availability of Tracks4Australia maps mentioned, you might be better off getting the MetroMap software and using it to upload the T4A maps on to your 76.

Later on you can consider getting OziExplorer to gain access to the greater variety of maps it can manage, but leave it on your PC for trip planning rather than as a moving map. It is also one of the preferred formats for GPS data sharing.