OziExplorer

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I want to get started with the digital mapping, I purchased the CD from a camping show years ago and put it away for a later time. Now is that time, I suppose the CD is outdated, Version 3.95.
Does anyone know of courses or good sites for learning. Is this version still operable. What else dpo I need other than a laptop which I have. Need to start with the basics.
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Reply By: Time - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:34

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:34
Have a look herefor some good info on the "basics", and go to the Oziexplorer siteto update your software.

You will also need to connect a GPS to your laptop. If you don't have a GPS you can connect then there are many USM GPS "mice" on the market that will do the job, have a look at one of theseavailable on this site.
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Follow Up By: Time - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:35

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:35
Fat thumbs, USM = USB
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:42

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:42
Time,

LOL you were too quick for me

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Follow Up By: Margaret B - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 12:24

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 12:24
Time I have, recovering from a back injury
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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:42

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:42
Margaret,

There are quite a few experts who will reply in due course (they must be all out camping at the moment!) Meanwhile I suggest that the best place to start is the official Ozi site OZIEXPLORER

The current version is 3.95.4 It is a simple matter to install your disk and register it. The updates are always free and readily available on that site.

The best advice I can give is to set up your "configuration" and to install any digital maps exactly as described ie in a folder called "Maps" within oziexplorer.

I use the NATMAP raster maps (cost about $100 for all of australia) and HEMA Great Desert Tracks on disk. I also carry the paper Hema maps, but you can print them off your Ozi program too.

You will need a GPS input for your laptop if you want to see the moving map display. There are different ways of doing this and the experts will suggest many. I actually use a small handheld device called a PDA and "OziCE" in the car for this essential moving map display.

While OZIEXPLORER is a wonderfully useful planning aid and display, you probably won't use it much for regular road touring and even off road on the recognised tracks. The Ozi does not give "Turn by Turn " navigation instructions like the GPS/ navigation devices that you see in every store catologue. If you want this type of navigational assistance there are ways and means but I won't go into them here. Some "street navigators" do a quite good job with the addition of offroad maps (Garmin Nuvi 700 series for example) and then you don't need to worry about Oziexplorer at all!

Good luck

Kingo
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:46

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:46
Kingsley,

You can do a form of turn by turn navigation with Ozi but it's not intuitive/easy. It's take a bit of preparation beforehand.

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Follow Up By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:49

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:49
Gramps,

Yes I know that,thanks, and I have used it with my PDA and Garmin 2+. I thought it would only confuse the issue here.

I find that a lot of people are disappointed with the complexities of Ozi, especially when they find out it doesn't really tell them where to go.

K
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:49

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:49
OziCE that is. Have'nt tried it with the PC version
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 13:03

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 13:03
You may be even find the sand is relatively easy driving this year Kingsley if you are guided by Oziexplorer in the SD. Are you going back? Be nice around Lake Eyre in a few months.
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Follow Up By: Margaret B - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 15:01

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 15:01
Thanks, all these new words to learn, Raster maps etc, looking foward to the learning, I have a Hema GPS.
Margaret
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Follow Up By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 20:42

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 20:42
Gidday John,

That trip last year when we met your party was our sixth crossing in three years so we plan to give it a miss this season. It looks like there could be complications around Eyre Creek anyway. We will do some soft touring and camping in outback NSW with our Coromal Camper starting in April (after the Barossa Vintage). Our planned adventure trip for this year will be the Vic High Country in November.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:58

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 10:58
Hi Margaret
Do not despair with the version of Ozi that you have, it is the same version that I purchased about 4 years ago. Just log on to www.oziexplor.com and follow the prompts. On the left hand side of their home page, you will see under software, OziExplorer and click on that. Down near the bottom of the page that opens, you will see Download - version 3.95.4s which is the latest version. The upgrade is free and Des has a great support service via email if you need to contact him for any reason.
Apart from Ozi, you will need to have loaded maps that Ozi can work with. The best all round maps that I find great for all of Australia coverage are the Natmap Series, available from here at the ExplorOz shop.
To use the system as a moving map set up you will need to have some sort of GPS receiver connected to your laptop. The cheapest and most versatile little unit to purchase is the BU 353 GPS mouse, very easy to install and works a treat if you do not want to buy a hand held GPS unit.

All the best and welcome to the best thing since sliced bread.

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Follow Up By: Margaret B - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 15:02

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 15:02
Thank You, I will go online and download the upgrades, will be a good starting point
Margaret
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 15:11

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 15:11
Margaret,

Follow the advice that Stephen has outlined.

This will install the latest version of OziExplorer on your Laptop or PC but it will be an evaluation version.
To convert this to a fully authorised version with all features enabled, simply use the registration details contained on the inside of your original OziExplorer CD cover and click on Help - Enter Registration Details and enter the Serial Number and Keycode as displayed on the CD cover. (inside left on my copy)

I too recommend the NATMAP Premium 2008 set of maps.
If you allow both OziExplorer to be installed in the default location on drive C and NATMAP to be installed also in the default location you should need none, or minimal customisation for OziExplorer to pick up the maps.

The OziExplorer Website also has excellent help reference should you require it.

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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 11:01

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 11:01
Margaret,

If you want to learn from a book, I can recommend "Gps Vehicle Navigation in Australia" by Robert Pepper. It is available from this site or you can usually find it in specialist stores.

Kingo
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Reply By: bgreeni - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 11:02

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 11:02
Geoscience AustraliaAs others have said, updates are free once registered.

My suggestion is first go through the help files, they cover most of what you need to know.

Remember that Ozi is a very extensive program with a great deal of capability, but it is not necessarily simple to new comers. You really need some degree of understanding of mapping to use it.

Another good place for advise is here

Ozi users group where there are many people who are very experienced users who are always ready to answer your questions.

As for maps, you can download 1:25,000 maps as well as satellite photo-maps for free here

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Reply By: Zebra400 - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 14:15

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 14:15
Hi Margaret

I see you live in NSW. GPS Oz run OziExlorer/GPS courses in NSW. Check them out at http://www.gpsoz.com.au/training.htm

I have been dealing with Brian Somerville at GPSOz for many years. He does a great job. He has a retail outlet in Monavale as well.

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Reply By: Margaret B - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 14:59

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 14:59
Thanks, this is what i am looking for,
margaret
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