iPhone Bitmap app

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 17:43
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Has anyone actually got this to work? It can use all manner of other maps apparently but not the ones most us use, Natmap Raster 250k series.

The actual graphic files containing the Natmap maps are in a format called .ecw which needs to be converted to png or jpg etc, apparently for the Bitmap app to work. Has anyone actually successfully converted one?

Or have we just all paid the few dollars the app costs to achieve absolutely nothing such that the designer gets a truckload of money but we get nothing, albeit without losing much either. Certainly not enough to go after this thieving bastard.

Love to hear, Paul B Kalgoorlie
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Reply By: Gary.L - Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 20:07

Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 20:07
I feel your pain Paul, as its mine as well:)

I have
1. Converted the .ecw file into a png file,
2. Converted that file to a file optimised for bit maps, from the programmers site for Mac.
3. Put that file, the map file and others from Raster maps into a folder, which was subsequently zipped.
4. Finally added the zip file to the Bit Map app, in itunes

I think that I have done all the steps but the program is still not picking up any of the maps that I am trying to add.

The Mud maps app is okay for 1:250K scales, but they dont have any 1:50k scale maps for the kimberley

I believe that OziExplorer will be releasing an app for our iphones/ipads. Their site states that they will pour their resources into it, when the andriod app is released, which is currently in beta testing. Might have to wait:(

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Reply By: Willykj - Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 21:33

Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 21:33
Yes - I have Bitmap on my iPad and am using the Natmap Raster 250K series. Did a 4 month trip last year & it was great. Currently getting ready for an upcoming trip & have already prepared a route on Google maps - converted it and have it on Bitmap.

Now the tough bit - it is not easy & you have to follow the instructions carefully. To convert all of Aussie is time consuming. It is now some months since I installed it & Bitmap has updated several times since. I got help from the Developer & another person. They do respond to emails quickly. I have all the zipped files for the Natmap series but the total file size is huge.

So it does work.....but it will be great when Ozi comes out with their app,
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 22:46

Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at 22:46
Yeah thanks very much guys. I don't think I'll bother further if Ozi have an iPhone/iPad app in train.

What ticks me is why they would design something that doesn't work on the most common map format. A bit like designing a car that won't work on the existing roads!

But thanks very much for your feedback, Gary L & Willykj.

Cheers, Paul B, Kalgoorlie
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Reply By: chisel - Sunday, Feb 13, 2011 at 21:41

Sunday, Feb 13, 2011 at 21:41
I too had problems with Bitmap. I did have some success at one point but then struggled with other maps - I think the size of the map was important but can't recall exactly.
I gave up and started using Memory Map which is quite good although still a bit complicated to convert oziexplorer maps. Also Memory Map is more expensive ($40 for the ipad version plus more if you want to play around on the PC).
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