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RMP from USGS US Topo GeoPDF
June 30, 2012
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Trapper,

Thanks for compiling the step-by-step instructions. I'll have to give this a try.

Paul K.

June 28, 2012
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RMP from USGS US Topo GeoPDF
The United States Geological Survey US Topo is the new generation of digital topographic maps.
*Read about them here: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/index.html
Software needed:
USGS Home Page: http://www.usgs.gov/
Select "Map Locator & Downloader"
(1) Download "Adobe Acrobat Reader" from here if you don't have it.
(2) Download "TerraGo Toolbar" for Acrobat Reader from here if you don't have it.
(3) Magellan Triton Raster Map maker by Mikhail Sharonov from http://www.msh-tools.com
download TritonRMP.zip (Thank you, Mikhail)
(4) RMP Fix for RMPcreator & Magic Maps by Sockeye. Application "RMP Tools"
download from http://maps4me.net/tools/RMP_Tools.zip (Thank you, Sockeye)
(5) Photo editor: Start>All Programs>Accessories>Paint
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Now that you have the software:
DOWNLOAD a GeoPDF.
USGS Home Page: http://www.usgs.gov/
Select "Map Locator & Downloader"
Find a place on the map or for example*:
*Search: Theodore Rooseveldt National Park
*Click on marker
*Select line: Medora US Topo in DOWNLOAD column
*SAVE
EXIT internet

Start>All Programs>Accessories>Windows Explorer
*Right Click on >gda_5248839.zip>Extract All
*Select (open)>gda_5248839ND_Medora_20110316_TM_geo.pdf
*Click to hide the Images Layer.
NOTE: This is for the example only, you can do what you wish (I don't find the images useful)
Notate coordinates of map corners.
*NW corner = N47°00'00" W103°37'30"
*SW corner = N46°52'30" W103°37'30"
*SE corner = N46°52'30" W103°30'00"
*NE corner = N47°00'00" W103°30'00"
View>Zoom>Actual Size
Edit>Take a Snapshot
Point to NW corner>Press and hold left mouse button>drag to SE corner>release mouse button
When the pop-up window "The selected area has been copied" appears>click on OK
Start>All Programs>Accessories>Paint
Paste
*File>Save as>ND_Medora_TM.jpg
File>Exit (Paint)
File>Exit (Adobe Reader)

Open RMP maker
Reference Format
select 00 Deg, 00 Min 00.00 Sec
File Menu> Import Image (s)
select your image (*ND_Medora_TM.jpg)
NOTE: Make sure Latitude is N and Longitude is W before double clicking on any corner.
Scroll to NW corner
Tab 1
enter coordinates
point to corner> double click left mouse button
Tab 2
Scroll to SW corner
enter coordinates
point to corner> double click left mouse button
Tab 3
Scroll to SE corner
enter coordinates
point to corner> double click left mouse button
Tab 4
Scroll to NE corner
enter coordinates
point to corner> double click left mouse button
Select Calibrate
Select Create RMP
enter File Name *ND_Medora_TM.rmp
Save
Exit RMP maker

Open RMP Tools
Provider
Enter your preference
*NOTE: USGS
Map Group
Enter your preference
*NOTE: US Topo
Select Fix RMP maps
Fix the rmp files you have created for this Provider and Group
*ND_Medora_TM.rmp
Exit RMP Tools

DONE!
I usually look at the new rmp files in Vantage Point first.
Open Vantage Point
MAPS select + (Add Maps)
select the rmp files you have created *ND_Medora_TM.rmp
You can view them by adjusting zoom.
*NOTE: I have not had any failures yet.
I delete them before Exiting Vantage Point.
Exit VP

If all was well:
Connect your eXplorist 710 to your computer.
Copy the rmp files to the MAP folder on your eXplorist 710 SD card.
Disconnect your eXplorist 710 from the computer.
When the explorist has booted up.
View Maps
Select Image Maps
Scroll to USGS (if that was the provider you entered)
Your Map Group will be displayed under the provider.

Power OFF your eXplorer.

At this point you can use VP to manage the maps on your eXplorist 710.
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