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How to make map overlays from PDF
January 28, 2012
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Hmm...will look into that as well...

January 28, 2012
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I think the only limitation would be the program you use to convert. By increasing the DPI/Resolution I could zoom in more, it helped on the one I made.

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January 28, 2012
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Ok, GREAT!!! Just tried it and on my first attempt (er...second attempt after having to send it thru RMP Tools Fix RMP Maps tool after doing the Triton RMP creator) it looks pretty dang close. Can't wait to give it a try out....my only gripe and I'm just not that familiar with this all yet is that I can only zoom down to 800 ft....surely there must be something that I'm missing that will allow me to zoom down to say 100 ft or so or am I limited in some way by this image?

Thank you all!!!!

EDIT: P.S. I want to thank you all BIG time for a REALLY cool tool you've introduced me to....WOW!!! Now I gotta try this out with some scans of paper trail maps that I have laying around!!!! AWESOME!!!!!

January 26, 2012
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I converted the image with paint shop pro. The program allows me to easily manipulate images in many ways. Once the .rmp is created I check it in VP layered with a quality vector map from maps4me 😉 If it needs adjusting I go back through the process and tweak the image and/or coordinates.

Sockeye is correct about GE. It works for this image though as a quick way to get some starting reference points.

January 26, 2012
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I always use Adobe Photoshop to convert pdf to jpg. Especially regarding dpi and color correction.

As for the calibration of the jpg, I would not reccomend to use Google Earth / maps, because depending on the location the aerial photos coud be 1000ft off or more.

Try to use available vector maps of the area or Openstreetmap (being e.g. the only reliable source of correct coordinates for China)

BR
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January 26, 2012
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OH, very nice.... will give this a look after work today. I'm sure it's probably not as bad as I'm thinking, just seems a bit daunting since I've never done anything like that as of yet. Thanks for the response.

BTW, I'm guessing that the screenshot you've posted, Morel, is playing with an already converted from PDF to JPG image or something? So far I've found one website that I can upload the pdf and it converts it then sends me a link to download it for free. Most other converters I've seen charge for use. Would be ok if I did many of them but since I only need one cant see use in purchase of a program. Think it was Zamzar or something like that....

January 26, 2012
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It is very useful to use the image overlay tool in Google Earth for an image like this one. You can shrink/stretch/rotate/move the image until it lines up. Then get the exact four corner coordinates of the image and use picco's Triton RMP creator. His rmp tool creates a map that is ready to use in the Explorist.

January 24, 2012
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Ok cool...that's what I was looking for. I appreciate your reply. Now I'll give 'er a shot and see!

Thank you!

January 23, 2012
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Kind of simplified,
Here is what I did.
I searched for programs that convert pdf's to bitmap and jpg format.
It depends on the program I guess, converted it trying different dpi and zoom, then opened it in RMP Maker, used VP to get coordinates to landmarks on the pdf/jpg and use those to calibrate it. Then I used RMP Tools to "fix" the mp to allow me to use it in VP and my explorist.
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January 22, 2012
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Hoping someone can help me. I've found a place I'd like to visit and they even have a nice looking map that you can print out...but who wants that right? It's in PDF format and is in Interlake IN

Can anyone help me or basically hold my hand in tutoring on how or if it is possible to make this into either an RMP or whatever that I can use on my x710?

Thanks in advance!!!

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