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Posted - 02 janv. 2004 :  01:00:59  Show Profile
PPC users,

Multi-state route planning procedure utilizing "Open Map"...

Click here for an example/tutorial with screen shots

Read below for the procedural details and some background information:

Some background: Mapopolis is under a licensing agreement with NavTeq which limits the population count of simultaneous 'open' maps to a total of 20 million in the U.S./Canada and 15 million in Europe. This limit does not apply to map 'availability' so you can stuff your device and/or storage card(s) with maps covering the entire continent if you like. These stored maps are all 'available' to be 'opened' in Mapopolis for route calculation and map display, but the number of simultaneously 'open' maps is limited by the total population count. This limit applies only to the detailed 'county' maps. The population limit does not apply to 'major roads' maps because Mapopolis creates these maps in-house. The population limit is more of a problem in Europe where the population is denser and the limit is smaller (15M vs 20M). However, proper map management techniques can alleviate or completely hide the limitations associated with this licensing agreement.

Mapopolis does not currently (version 4.42; Apr 2004) manage the 20M limit automatically, but utilizing ‘Open Map’ icons on the map display, some fairly intuitive workarounds exist. These workarounds allow for extremely long routing complete with full-detail along the route in corridor fashion allowing for detours, POI searches, and plenty of eye-candy scrolling by as you drive. In the same fashion, additional detail maps are available anytime by tapping nearby icon(s) on the map thereby allowing for extended off-route driving, long-detours, or side-trips. The following procedure is specifically designed for ‘multi-state’ planning and navigation or where the population limit becomes a problem otherwise. However, the folder setup is designed to encompass 'in-state' planning and navigation while using default settings, standard methods, and best practices. This way, you can switch between ‘multi-state’ and ‘in-state’ planning and navigation without moving and re-managing map files.

For in-state navigation in North America, the 20M limit is not a problem; simply open a state folder full of maps using ‘contiguous’ and enjoy excellent, in-state planning and navigation with fully automated map management (note: California, Texas, and New York will require reduced map coverage when using ‘contiguous’ automation due to the population limit, OR revert to ‘multi-state’ techniques below).

For multi-state navigation I offer the following procedure. Manage your maps by state folders; drop entire state folders onto a memory card and plan to utilize the “Open/Close Map” feature to manually open maps along your generated route. You don’t necessarily need to know the names of the Start/Destination ‘counties’ associated with your route, but this information can be helpful in some cases.

Multi-state (long-distance) map management & route generation

1. Using a large memory card, drag & drop entire states as folders (‘VA’, ‘DC’, ‘MD’, etc.). It’s generally best to include the associated ‘major roads’ map in these state folders as well (for ‘in-state’ planning purposes). In addition, copy all the ‘major roads’ maps into a single folder (name it ‘0 major roads’ using a leading zero for listing priority in “Choose Map”).
NOTE: Mapopolis uses an alphabetical listing/opening priority throughout “Choose Map.” Therefore, it is helpful to name the folder containing copies of your 'major roads' maps: “0 major roads”. Likewise, you may choose to control state folder listing priorities in a similar fashion (‘1 VA’, ‘2 DC’, ‘3 MD’, etc).
NOTE: If you are utilizing “Built-in Storage” for map storage, make sure you store your major-roads folder there due to the alphabetical priority associated with device locations. And for the sake of priority, I wouldn’t recommend storing any other maps in “Built-in Storage,” except perhaps some hand-picked local-area counties. NEVER store maps in the 'program memory' area because this can affect street navigation performance by limiting program memory available (limits the size of the map data used in route calculations, scrolling, etc.).
NOTE: You may also find it helpful to add a zero to the filename of your home state ‘major roads’ map (0MAJORROADS-VANGC06.mlp). I do this in both my “0 major roads” folder, as well as, in my individual “1 VA” state folder. It just helps put the most frequently utilized maps on top of the list for quick selection. Feel free to get ingenious with this.

2. Open the applicable ‘major roads’ maps first as a basemap in “Choose Map” (open as many of these 'major roads' maps as you like). Here’s how:
a. Start Mapopolis and select “Choose Map.”
b. Select “ALL FOLDERS” (in the folder pulldown)
c. Disable “Also Open all contiguous maps” (uncheck)
d. Select “Selection>Unselect All” to clear any previous map selections (helps manage the population limit)
e. Select “Selection>Multiple Select” (applies to files only; not folders)
f. Select/highlight all major roads maps (or at least those applicable to your route). Do not open county/detail maps at this time
g. Tap “ok” (exit Choose Map)

3. Open county maps in your Start and Destination areas from the map screen using “Open Map” and then set your precise Start and Destination points:
a. Ensure “Settings>Map-Features>Landmarks” is selected
b. Use Find > Place or Business to jump to a city, town, or county (search filter ‘Anywhere’ and ‘Place’ or ‘County’ or select a user Landmark category. Or, manually scroll/zoom the map screen to the area of your Start/Destination point and adjust detail as necessary to see the associated county map icons
c. Use “Open Map” to open county maps in the area of your Start/Destination point (feel free to open several county maps in each area – especially if you’re unfamiliar with the county names in the area)
** The county icons are the large white zodiac-sun icons
** Tap the icon(s) to bring up an info box
** Tap & hold on the info box for a popup menu containing “Open Map”
d. Pinpoint your Start/Destination points visually or utilizing the various “Find” functions in Mapopolis such as Find > Address or Street
** When using a “Find” function with county/detail maps open, you may want to experiment with the search filters such as “Current View Area” or “Within 25 miles” to dramatically speed up the search process
** Tap your resulting Start/Destination point (icon, street, landmark, etc.) and select: “Set Start” or “Route To” as the case may be
** Tap the point again and select “Add to Favorites” and perhaps tap it a third time to select “Add Landmark” (you’ll be glad you did)

4. Generate a route
a. Select “Navigation>Find Route”
b. Confirm your Start/Destination choices
c. Tap “ok”
d. Quickly save the route using “Navigation>Find Route>Save

5. Modify a route using VIA waypoints called “Route Through” points
a. Tap anywhere on an alternate road and tap&hold to select “Route Through” (note: Mapopolis generates the subsequent route through the specific tap point designated for ‘Route Through’ and does not necessarily utilize the entire road or road segment – multiple or strategically-placed ‘Route Through’ points may be necessary)
b. Repeat as necessary
c. Quickly save the route using “Navigation>Find Route>Save

6. Recalling a route
a. Select “Navigation>Find Route>Recall” (route opens with the necessary Start, Destination, Route-Through, and ‘major roads’ maps opened automatically)

7. Driving the route
a. Pre-departure: manually scroll along the route selecting detail maps using “Open/Close Map” icons. The idea is to open at least a minimum corridor of detail along your entire route. This detail-corridor will provide you with scenery info (water features, parks, etc.), mapping for off-route stops (gas, rest, food), and POI coverage (‘ND’ maps…).
NOTE: This step involves 5+ minutes per 1000 miles of route depending upon device speed and your proficiency.
NOTE Open maps are remembered. These maps will be re-opened automatically even after a soft reset of the device.
NOTE: However, be particularly careful in 'Choose Map' after accomplishing this step. If you change folders or deselect maps somehow in 'Choose Map,' you will lose this tedious map work.
NOTE: I’ve created routes exceeding 4000 miles while ‘opening’ a route-length corridor of detailed maps *without* encountering the 20M limit. You should have plenty of latitude to open detail along a route in most cases.

8. Determining the minimum maps required for your route, OR just cleaning the slate before opening detailed maps along your route without fear of the 20M limit:
Follow step 2 above…EXCEPT:
a. In ‘Choose Map’ there is no need to select any maps before exiting. You can literally start with a clean slate. If you do ‘Unselect All’ and exit, you’ll need to ignore the error message “No street maps selected.” Mapopolis will then load the first map in list and proceed to the View Map screen.
b. Immediately Recall your route. This will additionally open maps associated with the Start, Destination, and Route Through points, along with any associated ‘major roads’ maps required for your route.
c. If you need the specific map (county) names for reference, simply open ‘Choose Map’ and take a look at what’s highlighted.

9. Opening Maplets/Landmarks
Opening Landmarks/Maplets is automatic with a cycle through ‘Choose Map’. No need to select anything while in ‘Choose Map.’
NOTE: Be very careful with ‘Choose Map’ when utilizing manual ‘Open Map’ procedures. If you change folders in ‘Choose Map’, even momentarily, you’ll lose all your manual ‘Open Map’ work (everything is unselected automatically). Plan to leave ‘All Folders’ selected permanently during this ‘multi-state’ planning and navigation.
NOTE:The default maplet file created by Mapopolis is named “Landmarks1.mlp”. This file is located in the Mapopolis program folder by default (as of Version 4.42). Mapopolis appends this file each time you create a Landmark. If you move this file to another folder, you are essentially overriding the default. Mapopolis will continue to update and append the moved file as long as the folder is open in Choose Map. Either way, it is a good idea to backup this maplet file regularly.

10. Opening POI (Not applicable to ‘ND’ version maps due to POI integration inside these maps)
Opening legacy POI is more tedious. You’ll need to select each POI file (flags icon) manually by scrolling down the list in ‘Choose Map’. Again, MAKE SURE you don’t change the ‘All Folders’ selection. POI may be good candidates for renaming ingenuity -- with a leading zero in the filename for easy grouping near the top of a folder list.

Notice no specific "county" knowledge/names, no internet/PC dependencies on-the-go, and no PC-based corridor map management required. Notice full-state detail available enroute. Mapopolis is truly becoming a self-sufficient, any-range navigator. Now lets keep pushing for more dynamic management of the population limit with fully automated map management and planning wizards…

Current “Open Map” mechanization:
1. New “county” icons are much larger; easier to see and select
2. Settings>Map Features>Landmarks turns the icons on/off
3. New items on “county” icon pop-up menu offer to “Open/Close Map”
4. “County” icon fill-color reflects map availability
4A. Filled yellow = ? indicates "open" maps
4B. Filled white = ? indicates "closed" OR unavailable maps (not as intuitive as I first thought)

5. Icons show as dots or filled stars depending on zoom level (somewhat inconsistent but based upon overlap of the individual icons)

Current “Open Map” limitations:
1. Map availability is limited to the folder(s) chosen in “Choose Map”
2. Upon opening maps, if the population limit is reached, a map with equal or greater population must be closed manually before opening the desired map
3. Map management becomes slightly more manual with “Open Map” overall, because “Also open all Contiguous maps” becomes a liability (in the multi-state or 20M limit environment) and it is therefore difficult to setup a ‘base map’ of required "major roads" using a simple, convenient folder or file-naming convention.

Edited by - dcrochet on 24 mai 2004 23:02:18



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Posted - 02 janv. 2004 :  02:47:13  Show Profile
Using ‘Contiguous’ map loading for multi-state navigation using Folder Renaming techniques.

For 'multi-state' planning and navigating, I would recommend using the above 'Open Map' procedure manually. But for those looking for alternate methods of generating enroute detail, with perhaps a little more automation, I offer the following 'Folder Renaming' method. This method may even be quicker and easier for some folks -- especially those with scattered POI files.

After generating a route, perhaps using the above ‘PPC’ procedures, it is possible to utilize the automated map opening mechanism in Mapopolis for ‘multi-state’ navigation, but this will involve some map folder naming conventions prior to departure, as well as, some slight naming modifications ~once daily enroute.

Some background:
1. ‘Choose Map> Also open all Contiguous maps’ is the automatic map opening mechanism in Mapopolis. When you designate “All Folders” along with “Also open all Contiguous maps” in Choose Map you’re basically telling Mapopolis to select all maps until it hits the 20M limit.
The map selection priority seems to be alphabetical as follows:
Built-in Storage…CF card…SD card, then
alphabetically by folder name, then
alphabetically by individual county map name.

2. Whether maps are selected manually (uncheck ‘contiguous') or automatically (‘contiguous’ selected), all map “opening” will cease upon reaching the 20M limit. Maps may be opened in “Choose Map” or using “Open Map” from the moving map county icons. When Recalling a route, the Start, Destination, and associated state Major Roads maps are opened automatically.

3. It is generally easiest to manage maps for Mapopolis using a large memory card with one state per folder and one folder containing all major-roads. Ensure “ALL FOLDERS” is selected in “Choose MAP.”

4. Since it is relatively quick and painless to rename folders, this becomes a primary means of managing the 20M limit in your favor while utilizing ‘contiguous’ to select all maps quickly and easily. Anytime you rename map folders, you’ll need to exit Mapopolis using “Tools>Exit” (not upper corner ‘X’ which leaves it running in the background). I recommend Total Commander for file management on your PPC.

5. If you are utilizing “Built-in Storage” for maps at all, make sure you store your major-roads folder there as a first priority. And for the sake of priority, I wouldn’t recommend storing any other maps in “Built-in Storage,” except perhaps a few, hand-picked local area counties. Plan to store the individual states in their own folders on a CF or SD card – keping in mind that CF takes priority over SD with the following technique.

6. Now plan to rename your individual state folders on-the-fly depending on your objective. Use a *numeric prefix** convention to rename map folders in order to control the ‘contiguous’ priorities in Mapopolis, keeping in mind the alphabetical priority.

Step-by-step folder renaming procedure:

1. Make a note of the Start and Destination counties used. You can get this information automatically by deselecting all maps in ‘Choose Map’ and then ‘Recalling’ your route. When you re-enter ‘Choose Map’ you’ll see only the associated maps highlighted (plus the first map in the list).
2. Exit Mapopolis.
3. Name your major-roads folder: “00 major roads” (with zero's)
4. Create a map folder called “01 my trip.” Place a copy of your Start and Destination county maps in this new folder (now your route will always 'recall' with 'All Folders' and 'contiguous' enabled).
5. Rename your state folders in order of driving: “1 NJ”, “2 DE”, “3 MD”,…, “8 FL”.

Enroute procedures:
6. Start Mapopolis and “Choose Map” “ALL FOLDERS” “Also open all Contiguous maps.” Ignore the 20M limit message.
7. Recall your route.
8. Now after passing some states (at major stops), exit Mapopolis and simply eliminate the number-designation in the folder-name of the states you've completed -- thus, causing it to fall out of the alphabetical priority. You’ll be left with “3 MD”, “4 VA” ,…, “8 FL”, “DE”, “NJ”. Now, the remaining *numbered* folders will ‘open’ first before reaching the 20M limit. I wouldn’t delete any folders because you may want to reverse this procedure for the return trip.
9. Start Mapopolis. Recall your route. Continue on your journey.

You’ll enjoy full county-level detail semi-automatically throughout each state along your route for detours, POI, and side-trips.


Edited by - dcrochet on 03 janv. 2004 08:16:59
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Posted - 03 janv. 2004 :  05:49:15  Show Profile
In your step 5, you said "do not select/highlight any maps". How can you do that? I got an error "No street maps selected ". Or did you mean select major road maps and do not select any county map?
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Posted - 03 janv. 2004 :  07:01:33  Show Profile
Originally posted by guxu

In your step 5, you said "do not select/highlight any maps". How can you do that? I got an error "No street maps selected ". Or did you mean select major road maps and do not select any county map?

No, when you're recalling a route, you can literally go into Choose Map and clean the slate (‘Selection>Unselect All’) and simply ignore the subsequent error message. Mapopolis will then load the very first map it sees in the Choose Map list before returning you to the moving-map screen, but the slate will be clean otherwise. When you recall the route, Mapopolis will load the Start and Destination counties, along with any required state's major roads maps automatically. So you’ll have those maps open plus whatever map was opened automatically as you left Choose Map.

I think I’m going to re-word step #5 though...

Edited by - dcrochet on 03 janv. 2004 08:48:19
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