- edited on a desktop computer prior to uploading to a handheld.
- saved to the handheld’s memory for viewing offline without a network connection.
- A - MOBAC (on desktop) + ORUXMAPS (on Android).
** OR **
- B - GOOGLE MAPS (on desktop) + GPS ESSENTIALS (on Android).
OPTION A - MOBAC + ORUXMAPS
STEP ONE - DOWNLOAD MOBAC & LOAD MAPS
- MOBAC is a free map-making program for desktop computers which provides access to online maps. An excellent online tutorial is at: mobac.sourceforge.net/quickstart.
- Create a ‘NEW ATLAS’ during each session. When selecting the ‘NAME OF THE NEW ATLAS’ from a dropdown menu, select ‘OruxMaps Sqlite’.
- After you have selected the map you want, MOBEC will chop it into picture files called ‘tiles’. The tiles get saved to various subdirectories, each entitled ‘LAYER NAME’, and each located within the ATLASES directory in MOBAC.
- Waypoints - can be added to your map (see bottom-right on MOBAC); these are saved separately as a GPX file.
STEP THREE - TRANSFER MAPS & WAYPOINT DATA FROM YOUR COMPUTER TO YOUR ANDROID VIA USB CABLE
- Maps are saved on your desktop in a subdirectory of the MOBAC program called ‘ATLASES’. To find or specify the location of the ATLASES subdirectory, start MOBAC, go to SETTINGS (left-bottom)-->DIRECTORIES-->SELECT.
- Within the ATLASES subdirectory, open further subdirectories until you find a subdirectory called ‘LAYER NAME’.
- Copy each LAYER NAME subdirectory from your desktop, to the following subdirectory on your Android: ORUXMAPS-->MAPFILES (don’t copy and paste individual files--copy and paste the ENTIRE directory).
- Find the subdirectory containing the GPX file you created using MOBAC.
- Copy this file from your desktop, to the following subdirectory on your Android: ORUXMAPS-->TRACKLOGS.
- On the main screen, select MAP OFFLINE.
- Refresh the map list, and then select each LAYER NAME.
- Select MAP OFFLINE (begin viewing a map).
- You will see 5 icons at the top. The centre icon resembles a road with an arrow. Select that icon, then select LOAD FILE. You should see your GPX file there.
OPTION B - GOOGLE MAPS + GPS ESSENTIALS
STEP ONE - CREATE A GOOGLE MAP
- Login to your Google account, go to MAPS-->CREATE MAP. Select EDIT (this lets you to add waypoints).
- When complete, select KML. This will allow waypoint data to be saved to your desktop as a KML file (KML and GPX files are similar).
- After installing, copy the KML file from your desktop, to a directory on your Android (I’d suggest placing it into the KMLZ directory).
- Start GPS Essentials. From the main screen select ‘WAYPOINTS’.
- Press the bottom-left control button on your Android. Select IMPORT-->SD CARD-->KMLZ. Select, and then import, your KML file.
- Go to SETTINGS-->MAP CACHE. Move the cache limit to maximum.
- Find a strong network connection. From main screen, select 'PORTABLE MAPS'. Every map you view in portable map mode automatically saves to the Android’s memory. Save maps you will need offline in as much detail as possible, and slowly zoom in on each waypoint.
- Disconnect from the network and view maps in portable map mode. If some maps lack detail, re-connect to a network and slowly zoom in on the map location you need.