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July 24, 2012
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Are other states ready in the background less map yet?

June 25, 2012
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Wow. I finally got out on the bike for a while today. This map is MUCH easier to see. I could see the caches coming up and everything. The text on the caches could be larger but I don't thing that has anything to do with the maps.

If they would add a geocaching dashboard that would automatically follow caches coming up I think this would be a perfect geocaching GPS.

Are you going to make a full set of these maps?

Thanks

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June 22, 2012
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Much easier to see. I went for a ride last night in the pickup, haven't tried the bike yet, In the truck I could see everything plainly. Looked pretty good.

I won't be able to go for a ride on the bike for two more days. Still grounded by the Doctor.

June 20, 2012
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Thanks Phil
That should be easier to see in bright sunlight.

June 20, 2012
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I have found that if I turn the shaded relief off it improves the visibility of the maps.

Here's a couple Maps4Me screenshots,

First with shaded relief on;


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Now with it off;

When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout

June 20, 2012
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Downloaded and installed.

Unfortunaltly, I'm restricted to the house for a week. Been a bad week for Doctors, first the dog, then the wife, now me. I'll sneak out in a couple days.

From first glance, the maps look really good. Very nice white background.

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June 19, 2012
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Cool I'll download that in the morning and try it out.

Thank You

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June 19, 2012
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That's fantastic Sockeye! Maybe a light green for the forest or National Parks would be good to see. Now lets see if Magellan pick it up and make the changes to the maps.

June 18, 2012
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Hi,

here is a test version for you to download (WY)
Wyoming White BG Testmap by Maps4me

and some screenshots of the 610 (VP ignores the settings)
Regular Basemap:

Detail map with white BG: As you can see it is not displayed as plain white, but as a light grey. But maybe I can simulate a navigational map to get a pain white...

Happy Moto-Caching B)

BR
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June 18, 2012
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OK, let me see what i can do... 😉

June 18, 2012
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We may need more than one input on that.

I'd like to see a standard map, all the roads and road names, with a light background, no changes in the background at any time. The same with any topo maps. Changes of color when entering forest areas or wilderness areas or desert areas are not needed. Maybe blue for rivers and other bodies of water.

Edit; Sorry, I misread that, I'm in the Wyoming area and commonly travel into Colorado.

June 18, 2012
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Let me try to build a map as proof of concept.

What area are you mainly interested in?

BR
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June 18, 2012
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It is rather odd that map makers would do that. You have a dark background with dark colored roads and a dark geocache box and dark lettering. They may as well make everything the same color.

June 18, 2012
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I have been complaining about the dark olive green background of our maps (Australia) ever since I got my eXplorist 610 in Nov. 2010, however I have not heard one word from Magellan as to whether they are looking into this issue. Maybe not enough whingers out there on this point 🙂

What I do now if I really want to make sure I can see all the details on the map screen is to switch the "Shaded Relief" in the Map Options to "Shade Only". This lightens the background colour of the map screen and it is still in colour! - very curious actually, but it works for me.

June 17, 2012
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That's what it needs.

When crossing between colors the map may go from a light color to a darker color. When you hit the darker color all waypints caches and even the roads become harder to see.

I don't have the GPS in here to look at but some maps seem to have a green, forest colored, background. It's useless on a bike because of a combination of bright sun, dim background lighting, glare and small size. Any coloration at all makes it hard to see.

The option to eliminate all map shading and color in the GPS would be ideal. Currently the best option is to just shut off the maps and go mapless. That way there is a nice off white background.

None of this would be big issue if the Dashboard would follow the caches. The way I used to do it was just use the dashboard all the time while on the road and only use the maps to see the number of nearby caches and to actually go find the cache. But as it stands you must use the map to see the next cache or any cache for that matter.

Adding the follow function to the dashboard would probably be the most practical way to fix the problem rather than creating a whole new map set that we would probably have to buy.

June 17, 2012
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well, the Magellan maps are Backgroundless. The colored background is created by the map engine.

I presume you would want a plain white background?

I would need to create a special basemap and a special detail map to achieve this.

BR
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June 16, 2012
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Is there a backgroundless map for the explorer x10?

The color backgrounds on both of the maps that come with the 720 make caches difficult to see in bright sunlight and impossible to see on a motorcycle. I end up using the iPhone for caching more than the Explorer.

The best option I've seen so far is to just turn off the maps all together. That gives an off white background and makes the caches visible.

I'd also love to see the dashboard caching page follow from nearest to nearest cache as I'm driving. I've always the Garmin as my speedometer and it's dashboard followed the caches. The Explorest doesn't.

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