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Memory map - idiots guide

Postby Jim San » 05 Jun 2018, 18:03

Help needed on getting set-up please.

My sat nav is a techy as it gets in our van - but more often than not we (or rather Sal) uses maps/road atlas.
We do take our smart phones but avoid using them unless on free wi-fi so as to avoid nasty roaming charge surprises (probably over cautious)

however,

I've been offered memory map overlays for a trip to the Pyrenees this summer - and as we are going off road I think the memory map will be more useful than the sat nav and road atlases (or my handwritten notes!!)

I've been looking out for a small windows based notebook type device - but unsure on the re-charging ability (we have no inverter - just a couple of leisure batteries, usb ports and a 12v euro socket (no ciggy socket).
I'm hoping I'll be able to pick up a copy of the software from somewhere :wink:

my questions are:

I'm guessing I will need a version of the software covering the Pyrenees ? so world maps or somethign?
Is it a guidance software? or is it just like having a map with a highlighted trail on it which you manually follow? (in which case, why not just have a highlighted map (as it doesn't need charging)?
If it does show you where you are on the map - do I need some kind of GPS device or data connection (and therefore is it going to cost to connect).

please feel free to laugh out loud if these are dumb questions - but it's completely unknown to me :oops:
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Re: Memory map - idiots guide

Postby silverbullet » 05 Jun 2018, 18:42

FWIW, A lot of laptop/notebooks need 19v DC last time I checked, so you'll need an autotransformer power supply to step up from your battery's 13.8v and make sure it can deliver enough amps & safely.
No need to mess about with inverters.

PS European maps are nothing like good old OS (still the envy of the world) and vary from country to country, so familiarize yourself with them well before you leave.

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Re: Memory map - idiots guide

Postby garyd » 05 Jun 2018, 19:15

Jim,
we use Memory Map on an Ipad with a built in GPS receiver. I have bought the UK set of 1:50,000 (landranger) mapping so the GPS shows us where we are on the map and can be set to scroll the map and maintain our (moving) location in the centre of the screen.

On a pc I can prepare by marking a route as an overlay to the OS so then you just have to take the turns to keep your 'location' on the route as it scrolls across the screen.

I think that MM is a free software but you have to pay for the mapping.
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Re: Memory map - idiots guide

Postby crazydiamond » 11 Jun 2018, 18:14

Well Jim, I use Alpine Quest on my Samsung Tab3, the MMaps run on it but I dont know if overlays will pick up. Its a free download so worth a try. i could try your MMaps so give me a bell.
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Re: Memory map - idiots guide

Postby ZsZ » 12 Jun 2018, 05:39

I would prefer a tablet with built in GPS over a notebook. There are windows based ones too if you want to stick to that platform. Or there are a lot of other offline maps and satnav softwares. Im currently using Sygic on my phone.
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Re: Memory map - idiots guide

Postby bigbadbob76 » 12 Jun 2018, 14:16

I have an old copy of MM and OS maps of the UK.
Sorry, no European maps.
All mine are well out of date anyway.
The new overlays do not work with the old software and visa versa.
It's not guidance software but you can plug in a GPS so it tracks you on the map so at least you always know where you are.
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Re: Memory map - idiots guide

Postby Mudlark » 16 Jun 2018, 12:16

To get the cover you want in Memory Maps you will need the IGN France 1.25000 map versions which you can buy on the mapping pages of the Memory Map site.

Your overlays will show up on the map and as long as your device is hooked up to a GPS signal your position will continuously update on the map. You can record your own tracks if you stray; drop place markers/waypoints and will have the greater detail that the 1.25000 maps include.

I bought the whole of France and the Pyrenees national park on an IGN DVD years ago in a sale; sadly they are currently buried in storage boxes somewhere but i have no idea where !

I started off using a notebook PC strapped to a dash mount but moved on to an Ipad for the ease of portability and a touch screen interface. No doubt if you had one of those touch screen windows workbooks it would do the same job.

The ipad has the GPS built in; the PC needed a separate dongle.

The same maps will work on the PC, Ipad and Iphone apps on the single licence.

As long as the maps are downloaded onto the devices before you go you dont need any data connection at all.
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Re: Memory map - idiots guide

Postby Jim San » 16 Jun 2018, 15:37

Cheers mudlark, great info, I'll be looking for a windows based tablet I think as the GPS is a good thing to have
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Re: Memory map - idiots guide

Postby Jim San » 21 Jun 2018, 06:00

I went to a local computer place to buy a tablet with GPS already on board :)

but.. and this is the big grey area for me. The chap said "it will need a SIM card and a data package". I asked, "why?" because my satnav picks up satelite signals with no cost.
And.. if i'm in the middle of nowhere, on tracks etc in the Pyrenees - what is the liklehood of me picking up a phone signal.

I don't want a system that depends on phone signal - two reasons: phone signal is not dependable and I don't have much data bundled on my phone.
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Re: Memory map - idiots guide

Postby Winchweight » 21 Jun 2018, 11:16

Jim, we’ve simply used google maps on an iPad in combination with our TomTom satnav with unpaved roads enabled in planning preferences. Not had any issues, TomTom has always been good and 90% of the time we have had strong 3G.
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Re: Memory map - idiots guide

Postby clift_d » 21 Jun 2018, 20:34

In Iceland we used paper maps with a GPS fix from the Compass app on our phones to give a precise location on the map, so no network required at all.
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Re: Memory map - idiots guide

Postby Oldiebut goodie » 22 Jun 2018, 20:47

Usb gps dongle on a laptop for me. Used OS maps for the UK which were great as you could see the terrain in 3D. I have some marine programs somewhere that you can use to scan maps and charts and set up exactly what you want. You need accurate maps to start with as you need exact positions to calibrate it all (easier with charts as they are marked with lat and long), can get long-winded if you only have an A4 scanner and have a large area to stitch together.
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Re: Memory map - idiots guide

Postby Jim San » 07 Jul 2018, 21:57

Well i'm not exactly sure what i'm doing - but Memory Map it is then.

Going to use Sal's tablet through the data on our phones. Simple apparently.

Just need to get a sopy of MM and give it try before we go.

Have found some detailed paper maps for France but the amount needed to cover the area of the Pyrenees is a lot and they are about £12 a pop :shock:
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