Software needed for moving maps

Submitted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 22:18
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Hello,

I am a novice in the computer world and I have seen from other threads that many of you have excellent mapping systems. I need some advice.

If I purchase the Australia 4WD Raster Map collection on DVD and Ozi Explorer Software on CD would that be sufficient to provide moving maps on my computer with a Magellan 210 GPS plugged in via USB.

Would much be needed to be done to make the system work or is it just plug and go.

Thanks in advance
Kev
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 22:51

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 22:51
It isn't quite as simple as plug and go, but it's usually fairly straight forward. You'll need to configure Ozi to communicate with your GPS which involves a few settings matching each other,baud rates, ports etc and you need to let Ozi know where to look on your hard drive for the maps. The help files in Ozi Explorer are excellent and easy to follow, they must be, because I understand them.
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 23:13

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 23:13
I've got the TrackramgerProgram and it is pretty much plug and play. I use a simple GPS mouse receiver plugged into the computer USB. Magellan will operate it also just a fraction more to set up. Cheers

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Reply By: Member - Longtooth (SA) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 23:45

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 23:45
The new version of Natmap Raster for 2008 is due out soon. Unless you are in a big hurry wait for it as it will cost no more than the current (soon to be obsolete) version. Would also recommend a GPS mouse to plug in to the computer - only sends NMEA data but works better for me than the Magellan and you also have two GPS systems to positively ensure a good cross reference.
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Follow Up By: obee - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 10:28

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 10:28
It would be nice if they could sell just the relevant maps that have been modified. I am on my third set now.

Oh well.

Owen
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Follow Up By: traveller2 - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 14:17

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 14:17
For the amount of change involved I still use the first set that came out on two CD's.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 14:41

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 14:41
You can download individual map sheets for free from the Geoscience Australia Website so there is no actual need to purchase a new set...assuming the ones for download are the latest available (?) Depending on the number of maps with changes and which ones you actually use plus the time it takes to download, using the "time is money" perspective just ordering a new DVD could be better option for some.

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Reply By: Kev - Wynnum - Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 07:26

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 at 07:26
Thanks for the replies. I should be able to fathom it all.

Kev
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