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queenb
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2004 4:13 pm    Post subject: Maps Reply with quote

Anyone know a good source for UK maps compatible with Oziexplorer?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2004 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately there is no detailed commercial or free source of UK Maps that can legaly be used be used with OziExplorer.

If you are looking for Maps of places like the Lake District or any popular walking area that Harvey Maps produce cartography for then you can buy Anquet Maps but then you have to take screen dumps and stitch them together to make a large detailed map that can then be calibrated.

We have been prevented with the threat of severe legal action by the Ordnance Survey from publishing any instructions as to how to calibrate digital maps from scanned sources. On the other hand they will not openly sell their products for you to use as you want.
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maubp
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeB wrote:
Unfortunately there is no detailed commercial or free source of UK Maps that can legaly be used be used with OziExplorer.

If you can get your hands on really old maps, they eventually go out of copyright (50 years for OS maps).

e.g. Sheet 116, Southern Snowdonia, Wales

Of course, the older the map, the less accurate it may be, so the standard warnings about taking a (recent) paper map and compass with you when out on the hills apply even more so.
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igurevich38
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2004 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, there is a way to get free OS UK Topo 50K maps from multimap.com and download a particular region and then calibrate it in Ozi. It works.
See this site:
http://www.btinternet.com/~markd833/GPS/acquiring_maps.htm
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maubp
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2004 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well igurevich38, while it is indeed possible to download OS Landranger (1:50k) mapping from both www.streetmap.co.uk and www.multipmap.co.uk and then calibrate it, this is certainly something they, and the Ordnance Survey, would certainly frown on Exclamation

I suggest you have a look at the their official way to download small sections for personal use instead:

http://www.ordsvy.gov.uk/getamap/

You will of course still have to calibrate it yourself, but at least the map will be perfectly aligned (unlike scans).
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2004 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woops - Those of you reading carefully will have realised that the mapping website is in fact www.multimap.com or www.multimap.co.uk and that I made a typo (which must be quite common, as Sedo have bought the domain name www.multipmap.co.uk to host adverts)
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2004 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Get-A-Map site seems really silly, because the size of the map that they let you download is even smaller than what's on multimap. How are you supposed to use it? And even if you pan and manually download image aftre image so you can stitch them, they don't pan in even quadrants so there is no way to calibrate them accurately.
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