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Tech Talk => Help With Geocaching Software => Topic started by: 3-Bearss on August 13, 2010, 19:17:49

Title: Free Maps
Post by: 3-Bearss on August 13, 2010, 19:17:49
Ibycus is a free Canadian topo mapset that works with Mapsource and can be loaded on your Garmin GPSr. None Routable

http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustopo/

Youtube Step by step instructions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPVeyw0MyaE

Open Street Map - routable street maps you can down (choose the area you need)

http://www.openstreetmap.org/

Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: 3-Bearss on August 13, 2010, 19:36:30
Ontario Trails Project - Trail maps for the province.

http://trailmaps.torontogeocaching.com/?q=node/1

Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: tcort on August 13, 2010, 20:56:09
Open Street Map - routable street maps you can down (choose the area you need)
http://www.openstreetmap.org/

I really like OpenStreetMap because it has bike paths and some walking/hiking trails. It can also be edited by anyone (it's the wikipedia of maps!), so if you don't see a trail on the map you can add it. It's really easy to do with a GPS tracklog and a free program called JOSM (http://josm.openstreetmap.de/).
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: RDLtrekker on August 27, 2010, 20:14:55
OK, I've been trying to upload OSM maps onto my Garmin Map60C. I've managed to install the Ibycus maps just fine but now I would like some international maps for our upcoming trip (Cruise through the Panama Canal). When I go to export the mapset I want, I have to chose between 4 different file types - I've tried all four, but MapSource does not recognize any of them. I feel like I'm missing a step... can anyone help! I've updated MapSource and I use Windows7 as operating system.
 :-\
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: 5davee on August 28, 2010, 06:04:22
Free routable maps for Garmin GPS devices
http://garmin.na1400.info/routable.php (http://garmin.na1400.info/routable.php)

This is a website based on OpenStreetMap. It lets you download routable maps from anywhere in the world. I used it when I went to Costa Rica last year. It worked great!
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: 5davee on August 28, 2010, 07:40:53
Here are some better links for the OpenStreetMap wiki

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Main_Page (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Main_Page)
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_Map_On_Garmin/Download (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_Map_On_Garmin/Download)

Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: JSDAFM on August 28, 2010, 08:23:14
Bearss,  I remember the last forum you also posted about free maps in the Carribean?  care you share?
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: 5davee on August 28, 2010, 12:31:19
Bearss,  I remember the last forum you also posted about free maps in the Carribean?  care you share?

Take a look at the maps for the Caribbean on http://garmin.na1400.info/routable.php (http://garmin.na1400.info/routable.php)
They're pretty good
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: RDLtrekker on August 28, 2010, 16:17:16
thanks all! the garmin site that has the OSM worked great! I now have Aruba in my MapSource. Now, how do I change the name in my pull down menu - right now, my Aruba map is named OSM World Routable, and I would like to change it to.... your guessed it, Aruba!  ::)
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: 5davee on August 28, 2010, 16:58:26
thanks all! the garmin site that has the OSM worked great! I now have Aruba in my MapSource. Now, how do I change the name in my pull down menu - right now, my Aruba map is named OSM World Routable, and I would like to change it to.... your guessed it, Aruba!  ::)

I think the only way to change the name to "Aruba" is to edit the windows registry .... and I don't think you want to do that

Every time you download maps from the OSM World Routable site, the new maps are called "OSM World Routable" and it replaces the old ones. I haven't found a way to avoid that yet.
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: RDLtrekker on August 28, 2010, 17:37:23
Oh dear, I guess I really need to be care on how I select and load maps from OSM... thanks for all the help gang!
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: dcmg on August 28, 2010, 17:44:51
There is a way to rename the OSM world maps in mapsource. I just can't remember how I did it right now. There are a couple of programs that help out and basically edit the registry for you. I'm about to do this again for another mapset so I will document my steps and post here.

--dcmg
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: dcmg on August 28, 2010, 18:21:06
Ok I at least found the blog post that got me pointed in the right direction.

http://freegeographytools.com/2007/adding-garmin-img-files-to-mapsource (http://freegeographytools.com/2007/adding-garmin-img-files-to-mapsource)

I'm about to do this again so I will let you know any updates or changes that I did to what is on the blog.

--dcmg

Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: dcmg on August 29, 2010, 13:21:58
Alright ... I finally re-figured out how to do this. Yeeesh, it was driving me crazy, and I now remember it drove me crazy the last time too.

From the blog post that I mention above it talked about using MapSetToolKit and cgpsmapper, but I have yet to be able to get cgpsmapper to read the .img files from Free routable maps website (http://garmin.na1400.info/routable.php). So instead I do the following:


So, in essence, all you are doing is editing your registry using the MapSetToolKit GUI after using the Mapsource installer that comes with your mapset.

--dcmg
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: bluelamb03 on September 09, 2010, 21:45:05
http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/

A real treasure trove of FREE maps for anyone to use!

Blue -
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: Falach-fead on September 28, 2010, 21:21:56
http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/

A real treasure trove of FREE maps for anyone to use!

Blue -

This site has a great selection of New York State topo tiles, also downloaded Ibycus USA 2.0 and OSM Canada Routable and successfully loaded into MapSource.
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: imercator on March 17, 2011, 20:06:51
Just an FYI.

Canada Ibycus topo 4.0 is available as of this week as a torrent.

Torrent file is available at
http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustopo/IbycusTopo40.iso.torrent

MD5 Sum (for those who know what this is)
3ddd5edfaf793f9cadc6f449ec6d55e4 *IbycusTopo40.iso

Cheers
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: kirok on March 18, 2011, 06:53:42
Thanks!
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: Sakidoo on July 05, 2012, 12:51:15
http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/

A real treasure trove of FREE maps for anyone to use!

Blue -
Morning, I found the website http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustop however I was unable to download the maps for my sister.  At first glance, it seemed that the maps can no longer be downloaded.   AM I missing something?  My sister does not have CityNavigator and just has the basic Mapsource maps that came with her EtrexLegend  Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: RDLtrekker on July 05, 2012, 12:56:35

Morning, I found the website http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustop however I was unable to download the maps for my sister.  At first glance, it seemed that the maps can no longer be downloaded.   AM I missing something?  My sister does not have CityNavigator and just has the basic Mapsource maps that came with her EtrexLegend  Any thoughts?
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I think you now have to download from Torrent - try this link: http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustopo/IbycusTopo40.iso.torrent

Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: Redpoll on July 05, 2012, 13:28:38
From the Website:

The Download

Unfortunately, due to problems with hosting popular 3+GB files for download, I am no longer able to make the files available via direct download. They are available via BitTorrent (see YouTube videos) or you can contact me to purchase a DVD ($25)

If you'd like to support my efforts (I'm a poor starving student) feel free, but you are in no way obligated to do so.

I particularly like cash and geocoins.


I have used Ibycus Topo for a few years now -- first an earlier version on my Nuvi 255W and then v4.0 on the 450.  I have been very pleased and would recommend it.  Though it is not routable, the amount of detail makes it, IMHO, far more useful than Garmin's TopoCanada v 4 for caching and other siuations where you need more detail and information.

When I bought the 450, I wanted to update my version of Ibycus to v4.0.  I sent the owner (Dale Atkin) funds for the DVD with a little extra and it arrived in ten days.  No problems loading up.
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: Sakidoo on October 05, 2013, 12:42:18

Morning, I found the website http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustop however I was unable to download the maps for my sister.  At first glance, it seemed that the maps can no longer be downloaded.   AM I missing something?  My sister does not have CityNavigator and just has the basic Mapsource maps that came with her EtrexLegend  Any thoughts?

I think you now have to download from Torrent - try this link: http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustopo/IbycusTopo40.iso.torrent


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Hi Renee,
Do you not need to upload maps from Basecamp rather than Mapsource for your Oregon?   Did you try OpenStreetMap?   Ibycus sounded complicated to me.    Thanks Renee.   Perhaps we should talk rather than forum e-mail?
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: Sakidoo on October 05, 2013, 12:50:05

Morning, I found the website http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustop however I was unable to download the maps for my sister.  At first glance, it seemed that the maps can no longer be downloaded.   AM I missing something?  My sister does not have CityNavigator and just has the basic Mapsource maps that came with her EtrexLegend  Any thoughts?

I think you now have to download from Torrent - try this link: http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustopo/IbycusTopo40.iso.torrent

OK, I've downloaded Torrent.  Not sure where to go from here - you're probably thinking "doh".  What can I say.  Maybe it's not for me.   


Hi Renee,
Do you not need to upload maps from Basecamp rather than Mapsource for your Oregon?   Did you try OpenStreetMap?   Ibycus sounded complicated to me.    Thanks Renee.   Perhaps we should talk rather than forum e-mail?
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Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: Sakidoo on October 05, 2013, 12:55:18

Morning, I found the website http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustop however I was unable to download the maps for my sister.  At first glance, it seemed that the maps can no longer be downloaded.   AM I missing something?  My sister does not have CityNavigator and just has the basic Mapsource maps that came with her EtrexLegend  Any thoughts?

I think you now have to download from Torrent - try this link: http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustopo/IbycusTopo40.iso.torrent

OK, I've downloaded Torrent.  Not sure where to go from here - you're probably thinking "doh".  What can I say.  Maybe it's not for me.   

Oh Man, I got to a website that wanted personal info and credit card.  Can't be right.


Hi Renee,
Do you not need to upload maps from Basecamp rather than Mapsource for your Oregon?   Did you try OpenStreetMap?   Ibycus sounded complicated to me.    Thanks Renee.   Perhaps we should talk rather than forum e-mail?
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Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: F0restGrump on October 10, 2013, 07:26:04
I use this site most successfully with my Magellan

http://www.magicmaps.ca/ (http://www.magicmaps.ca/)

Cheers, FG
Title: Re: Free Maps
Post by: BigMandDJ on January 16, 2015, 21:28:02
Great thread. we took a shot at OSM and it seems to have worked for these 'tech challenged' geocachers. Thanks to all for the info to digest. Does the learning curve ever straighten out instead of looking like a cliff face? Cheers, and Take A Hike!