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  1. #1
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    Get 'own' Google maps for OziExplorer.

    From another forum I got a link to a downloadable program that allows you to download images from Google earth as calibrated OziEplorer maps.
    It took a bit of trial and error but I managed to get it working.
    The produced maps that I used are dead on.
    Maybe it's to some help for some of you.
    I don't know how reliable the program is in regards to use the google facility but I found it to be of good value.

    This is the message I reacted upon:
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    There is a free program that will take Google maps (and satellite
    images) and prepare them for use with Ozi. It is particularly useful
    for getting very detailed street maps of the US, Canada, and, maybe,
    parts of Mexico.

    The program automatically stitches map segments together as needed and
    it prepares the necessary .map file. So far, the maps I have used have
    been dead accurate for calibration.

    The program is called GoogleMV, and it is available at the following
    address: http://www.silber2004.narod.ru/GoogleMV1.zip (this is the
    download address). The program is a stand-alone that does not require
    installation. It includes a ReadMe file in English.

    The program intially starts in Russian, but you can switch to English
    by clicking on the "gear" symbol, then selecting "language" in the menu.
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    Edit: I used this program to get more detailed maps here in the Netherlands to find some Earth-caches. It delivered great 'maps'.
    But since Google doesn't cover the whole globe in hi-res, results will be different from place to place.

    Have fun,
    Last edited by Pocileh; 14th April 2007 at 06:37 PM. Reason: Addition
    Regards,
    Pocileh
    http://www.ourwebspot.nl/English_index.html

  2. I wonder how it sits with Google's and DigiGlobe's copyright though?

    Those images are a commercial product that you can buy from DigiGlobe.

    I often distribute maps and have to watch copyright issues.

    - Two Snakes
    http://www.envirotalk.com.au/forum/

    For a closer look at those two snakes...

    ...and they aren't friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pocileh
    From another forum I got a link to a downloadable program that allows you to download images from Google earth as calibrated OziEplorer maps...
    Love your work Pocileh

    Handy bit of kit
    Regards,
    Carlo
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    Improvise, Adapt and Overcome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two Snakes
    I wonder how it sits with Google's and DigiGlobe's copyright though?

    Those images are a commercial product that you can buy from DigiGlobe.

    I often distribute maps and have to watch copyright issues.

    - Two Snakes
    I think that, as long as you use it for your own purposes and keep it strictly private, there won't be much of an issue - if any at all.

    And be aware that if you download immense amounts of data (many/large maps) Google might ban you from their server temporarely.
    I just see it as a nice tool to use in conjunction with your existing maps to have more detail for certain area's
    Regards,
    Pocileh
    http://www.ourwebspot.nl/English_index.html

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    umm... how do you export the maps out to .map files? I cant seem to find a menu to do it in....

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncySpam
    umm... how do you export the maps out to .map files? I cant seem to find a menu to do it in....

    Looks like it is blocked in the freeware version. Does anyone have a full version?

    "Export of the Mapinfo and ArcGis files are limited in freeware version, those options are blocked because those programs are only for commercial usage.
    For 300rub I distribute full version of the program."

  7. #7
    seems it does work try the selection tool. it brings up a box that alows creation of map file. Trying it now...

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    sweet thanks

  9. download link seems to be dead. anyone else having trouble?

  10. #10
    I think there is a better tool:

    Try this one
    http://cypherman1.googlepages.com/home

  11. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by gigs
    I think there is a better tool:

    Try this one
    http://cypherman1.googlepages.com/home
    I had a quick look at this link, but it seems to be an application that works with Garmin MapSource. Have I missed something?

    The original post is for creating OziExplorer maps.

    I admit that I haven't downloaded the application, but the feature set on their front page doesn't even mention OziExplorer.

    Cheers,

    dak

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    No, I don't think you are missing anything Dak
    Regards,
    Carlo
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  13. #13

    Smile

    Sorry for the misinformation. You are correct this is a mapsource tool.

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    In addition...

    Just want to thank you for pointing to GoogleMV2. It works very nice and would like to share my experience with it:

    1. It seems that Google doesn't like someone downloading their images. After some time they block me and I can't download anything any more. My solution is to reset modem. Reconnecting gives me new IP address and I can go forward.

    2. What zoom? Don't be too greedy as detailed images need a lot of space and download time. 13x gives you quality similar to NASA satellite images. 14x is the best I can get in some parts of WA. 15x is my favourite: reasonable details, but not so big. 16x is very detailed and I wouldn't go any further.

    3. How to do it? My preference is to zoom at size I like and than scroll through the area of interest. Once you got everything, zoom to a smaller number, select the area you looked earlier and zoom you used before. Click Start and in Operating Mode set Cache Only. Accept it and image will be created within seconds. Selecting Cache & Internet will take longer and may not be finished if you are cut off by Google. If you select to create .map file, you can use it in Oziexplorer immediately. Cache stays on your computer and you can use it later to build on it.

    Hope this will help you!

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    Try this link

    GoogleMV!
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    Those who do and Those who don't
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