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ibuilder

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Posted - 08 nov. 2010 :  12:58:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all,

What are the alternatives for off-road route planning on PC (Win\Linux)?

I have spent quite a few hours now surfing around and I still don't really have the picture of what apps are the most used?

My requirements for the app would be:
-can import/export gpx files
-can edit routes for pre-planning before going out
-can display maps for Finland
-bonus: can use a scanned map instead of a fixed service.

The most promising one so far has been Viking [ed - http://sourceforge.net/projects/viking/], it's free and runs on both Linux and Windows (Doesn't have to run on both). It was also able to display a track I recorded yesterday with ViewRanger (mobile software) and probably it also allows editing the route.

Viking seems to work with the OpenStreetView maps here in Finland - but I'm not sure if there's a way to specify a custom map file. This feature would be very cool.

Any tips/suggestions?

Thanks!


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gpspassion

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Posted - 08 nov. 2010 :  19:45:29  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Not free, but OziExplorer probably remains the most flexible tool out there both to create maps and to import custom maps, especially since many "map capturing" tools can export maps to its .map format, like snaptomap, GoogleMV, etc...If you can live with online maps, http://www.routeyou.com/ or http://bikeroutetoaster.com have powerful features. I was a fan of www.clickroute.de but unfortunately they haven't recovered from a hardware failure earlier this year.

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ibuilder

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Posted - 08 nov. 2010 :  20:12:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks a lot for the reply!

That OziExplorer seems worth a better look, once I get some map images to try it with. In the meanwhile I've been messing with Viking. It does have some way to use custom maps, but I haven't got it to work yet, documentation is pretty nonexistent. But as far as route planning goes, it's almost perfect!

The free online maps are mostly sufficient for my purposes, but I ordered a small set of topographical maps today just to see if I can make it work with some application. Probably not very easy, as they use the Finnish coordinate system, but they are good maps "manual" use anyway.

The routeyou.com seems to be down (temporarily?) but the other one works great!


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gpspassion

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Posted - 08 nov. 2010 :  20:25:11  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Sure! routeyou.com works of for me - will take a look at Viking as I must admit I hadn't heard of it. Being able to stream maps automatically to a PC app can be useful and I'm not aware of too many apps that offer that, I think GPS Trackmaker can, but it's not free. There was also one that could let you import US Topo maps but its name escapes me for now. [EDIT - nevermind, I just found that Viking lets you do that!]

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Posted - 09 nov. 2010 :  16:04:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah, it's pretty nifty!

I just took a test walk. I made the route with Viking and uploaded it to my Nokia X6 with ViewRanger (using gpx). When I got back, I downloaded the track from my phone back to Viking and it looks very accurate.

The only minor annoyance is that Viking and ViewRanger have different meanings for track and route. When I upload the route plan to the phone, it gives a message dialog that there is no route, only waypoints, but it will use the waypoints as a route anyway. I guess I just need to be carefully when designing the route, as only the waypoints matter.



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Posted - 09 nov. 2010 :  19:06:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have used OziExplorer and OziExplorer CE a lot. But it's for working with raster based maps, which are (basically) just pictures, such as scanned paper maps. The routing that you can do with these is limited to straight lines between points that you choose. For the kind of routing you want, you need vector-based mapping that contains routing information so that you will follow the roads or trails.
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