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Old 11-12-2013, 10:04 PM
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Re: Anything better than Mytopo?

Try Caltopo.com. You can view multiple map sources, and add various layers, such as public land boundaries, shaded relief, and active fires. Best of all, it's free!
You can also export these maps to PDF for printing.
And another feature is to transfer these maps to your Garmin. You are however limited by Garmins custom map size (around 100 tiles on most models). But, as others mentioned, in the field I prefer to use my smartphone with cached TOPO & Aerial maps.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:26 PM
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Re: Anything better than Mytopo?

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You can cache your maps before you head to the field. And your phone has a built in GPS so you don't need cellular coverage to use your phone as a GPS.

I am not familiar with the term cache maps to to your phone please explain.

I would like gpsmaps to have a download showing land boundaries and ownership for andriod based smartphones. the potential market is huge and applicable.

Also what is the source for topo us maps apps??? cost of premium????
How does this compare for data usage on a plan. I think I can download via wifi to install the program and possibly the maps area??? less data used on my plan.

thanks very helpful information
odavid
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:26 PM
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Re: Anything better than Mytopo?

When you cache maps on your smartphone you download the map from a computer. Then you can pull up the map. For my gps I have topo2008 and can load any map into the gps for the lower 48 states. I select the area I will be hunting in but I also take my laptop and CD with me if I want to go somewhere I have not loaded the maps for. The gps does not have enough memory to hold what the cd has on it. Looking at Google Earth I put interesting points I want to check out into the gps and then I can go to them and see what they look like.

I guess you could do the same thing with a smart phone I don't know because I still have the old flip phone as work can be hard on phones.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:02 AM
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Re: Anything better than Mytopo?

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I am not familiar with the term cache maps to to your phone please explain.

I would like gpsmaps to have a download showing land boundaries and ownership for andriod based smartphones. the potential market is huge and applicable.

Also what is the source for topo us maps apps??? cost of premium????
How does this compare for data usage on a plan. I think I can download via wifi to install the program and possibly the maps area??? less data used on my plan.

thanks very helpful information
odavid
For Android, in my opinion, the best app for this is Backcountry Navigator. You can download that same map formats as shown in my post above (there's probably close to a dozen map layers to chose from), plus you can download the public land boundaries (although this app doesn't show land owner names, which just creates clutter, imo). The cost of this app is $10 and I think the land boundary add-on was about the same.

Yes, you can download all this prior with Wifi, so no data is needed. I leave my phone in airplane mode to conserve the battery. Here's a screenshot from my phone.....
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