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July 30, 2011
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you can also make nice google earth hybrid maps with it. just remember the smaller the map the greater the zoom you can get.

July 12, 2011
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There is an easier cure for the map clutter I hadn't tried yet. Change the map draw to "exclusive" at the bottom of the map options settings.

July 11, 2011
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If the map is "too busy", you might try turning off one or both the detail/US topo maps and view just the image map. You can also adjust some settings in map options for what and how points, caches, POI's, and tracks are shown.

July 11, 2011
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Just type in 18000. It will work, and will assure that you can create maps up to the size of 2GB (if you so wish)

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July 11, 2011
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Morel wrote:

Must be a setting not right. I made one of Lookout mountain area in Oregon yesterday that ended up at 10 MB in level 14 & 16 covering 28 square miles that took less than 5 minutes. Open the settings (just below "Create atlas") in the left pane and set the Maximum size to 18000 in the "Map size" tab.

Morel - thank you so much for all your help! I did get MOBAC to work. Size 18000 was not listed, but I used 15000 and did create a small map of a portion of northern CA that we are headed to on Thursday. But, after all that, it didn't turn out like I hoped. Maybe its the zoom levels of 14 & 16 or something, but it's not the same as on the Trition. It is too busy(?). But, I will give it a try when in that area. Maybe it will grow on me!

You did a map of Lookout mountain? Is that Lookout Rock in south central OR out of Bly off Hwy 140? We were just there over 4th of July. Found the geocache for our #1999 then went on to Bald Butte Lookout for #2000.

Thanks again for helping me!! 🙂

July 10, 2011
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When you want to move the map in Mobac. use the right mouse button.

July 10, 2011
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Must be a setting not right. I made one of Lookout mountain area in Oregon yesterday that ended up at 10 MB in level 14 & 16 covering 28 square miles that took less than 5 minutes. Open the settings (just below "Create atlas") in the left pane and set the Maximum size to 18000 in the "Map size" tab.

July 10, 2011
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I went and found MOBAC 1.8, was able to use the keys to move to Oregon, then I set it to do a Magellan RMP map with Terraserver USA in two zomm levels 14 & 16, outlined the area I wanted, gave it a name, and when I tried to create it, it said map size too big. I even went down as low as one square mile and it still said too big.

Thank you for trying, Morel. I guess I will just stick with what comes on the Explorist.

July 9, 2011
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You were able to open and view the program so the Java thing must be ok. There are two ways to move the map viewer: 1. enter the map boundary coordinates in the selection boxes and "select entered coordinates" button. 2. click on the map then use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move the map. Zoom in or out on the map by dragging or clicking on the zoom bar at the top left. If you used the "select entered coordinates" there will be a red highlighted box on the map that is the area to be downloaded. If you moved the map with the arrows you can click and drag on the map to create the download selection area.

It would be nice if NG Topo would have allowed there maps to work with the X10 series. But they decided to frustrate another wave of owners of a different brand :unsure: You can figure out MOBAC if you have figured out NG Topo, it is a simple program that doesn't do as much.

I have heard that MOBAC version 1.9 has limited map sources for download. You may want to search for version 1.8 that includes the USGS terraserver maps.

Now I need to get me another cup of Java and make some maps 😉

July 9, 2011
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Morel wrote:

What is the frustrating issue with MOBAC? We can help.

The entire state is a bit much. Can you narrow it down a little? It takes quite a bit of time, memory, and a decent download speed to create maps of very large areas.

I printed out the directions David did in 2010 for making maps for the Triton and even the first line threw me - "Download and install Trekbuddy Atlas Creator V1.7 Beta and make sure that you also have Java Runtime libraries installed on your computer". I couldn't find Trekbuddy Atlas Creator V1.7, ended up with Mobile Atlas Creator 1.9. My computer programs say I have Java 6 standard edition installed, but don't know if that includes 'runtime libraries'?

When I open the MOBAC I can't even figure out how to move the map to Oregon. It opens in Montana and I can't grab or scroll to the west (or anywhere!). And, I guess if I can only make maps a few square miles wide it would take a few hundred of them to do all of Oregon. Yes, we live in southern Oregon but travel all the way east to La Grande and southeast to the Steens. Guess the only part of the state I don't need is Portland cause I avoid that area like the plague! I would also like Northern California down to Red Bluff.

I'm just bummed that I have these wonderful National Geographic Topo software programs and they are not compatible. I really should have researched this more before getting the Explorist. We still have a Triton 2000 and hubby uses it all the time. Its disheartening when he can see old forest service roads on the Triton and I barely see paved roads!

Sorry for sounding off... But basically all I use the Explorist for is reading the geocaching notes - same thing I used to do with my PalmPilot. And hubby zips off with his Triton and finds the cache because he can see where it is (not covered up by a giant arrow on the screen - oh yeah, whole 'nother issue.)

Oh well... such is life! And, I just don't have the techo skills (or hours of free time) to figure it all out... :dry:

July 9, 2011
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What is the frustrating issue with MOBAC? We can help.

The entire state is a bit much. Can you narrow it down a little? It takes quite a bit of time, memory, and a decent download speed to create maps of very large areas.

July 9, 2011
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One of the things I miss the most about my Triton is the topo maps. The Explorist710 just doesn't compare. I have tried buying and downloading the Maps For Me, and that didn't have any more detail than the pre-loaded map. I have read all the info on this forum about going to Mobile Atlas creator to make a map and have tried that, but only became VERY frustrated.

I am as dumb as a post when it comes to all the computer lingo on map making! Is there anyone out there that will make National Geographic Topo maps to sell?? I would be more than happy to pay for an Oregon topo map that would work on the Explorist710.

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