Locus Maps and free 250k Natmap

Cyberess

Active Member
Hi All,

My favourite Mapping application is Locus Maps, it is for Android devices, and I have used Oziexplorer, Orux Maps -- and a number of others, and Locus Maps came out of top. (Been using Locus Maps for well over a year now) -- The 4x4earth GPX track files do nicely load into Locus maps.

More info on Locus Maps is at "http://www.locusmap.eu/"

The link on Google Play for those who what to install the Free version (Has adds in it)
"https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=menion.android.locus"

and for the Pro version that costs $9.16 that's rated at 4.8 stars on the Google store
"https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=menion.android.locus.pro"

I do prefer the Pro version -- and I reckon it's a bit of a bargain at $9:16 -- The beauty of purchasing off Google play, is if using the same Google Credentials on say your phone and Tablet, the application will just install on 2 devices without extra payment.

Now good info on the free map 250K Map-->
I have complied/converted a full Australian Natmap Topographic 250K Digital Map as release free on the Australian Government Geoscience website that released in ECW format "http://www.ga.gov.au/metadata-gateway/metadata/record/gcat_76943" -- I have converted to sqlitedb format -- which operates very nicely in Locus Maps

I am going to make this converted raster map available free from Google Drive, it will be a 2.8Gig download for those who are interested -- Now for the disclaimer (just in case the map is inaccurate in some way) -- if you do use this map you do so at your own risk, so don't blame me if you get lost using this map for any reason.

Here's the link to the map https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxOxgnbxh4CxRVdmQ0NxVkZtUWM/view?usp=sharing

There are other nice vector maps available as well available at "http://www.openandromaps.org/en/downloads/australia-newzealand-oceania" these have nothing to do with me.

O.K. tell me what you think.



Cheers
 

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smitty_r51

Well-Known Member
Might have to give that a try

Tend to use memory map at the minute but always willing to try new things
 

Whit01

New Member
Only ever tried Locus maps (did a bit of research beforehand) and I'll be sticking with it as well. It's quite good, and on a 10" tablet rocks. Will be downloading your maps in the next few weeks sometime, cheers for that!
 

underdog

Well-Known Member
My broadband is just too bloody slow to download the file directly, keeps timing out. Anyone know if/how to download it through a download manager? (vuze/utorrent etc)
 

prawns

Moderator
you can download the same 250k map from within locus itself Ian (in the built in store)

I got a couple of free maps to download as a "gift" I think everybody gets when they buy pro? I downloaded the whole of nsw and somthing else from memory

The 250k set from locus itself is divided into states so the file sizes are smaller. They are also in vector format which allows customisation (eg your bushwalking, so set the map theme in locus to "bushwalking" to see bike tracks and mountain contours etc, on the road? choose "car" theme for better road visibility)

You can download free themes for vector maps etc as well from the store. Vector maps generally dont run quite as smoothly as sqlite maps though so its not wasted effort for Cyberess at all to make the sqlite file (good on you for making your efforts public mate I will grab a copy too)

PS you can also get shonkymaps from within locus as well for australia
 
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Cyberess

Active Member
For the slow download situation -- i can't really help -- may be have a read of "http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/interrupted-download-heres-how-to-resume-in-chrome/"

About the maps from the builtin store that's on Locus, well oddly enough the builtin store was actually broken in my Locus -- As I have been Locus for such a long time, and I have been updating the OS Android device -- O.K. I fixed Locus by un-installing and clearing all the Locus directories and reinstalling. Locus.. Yes those maps from the online store are quite good, the only problem it looks like that they only have about Natmaps of about 10% coverage of the NT from within their store. -- still what is there is very good - maybe the missing maps might be able to be obtained from "http://shoddynet.org/articles/projects/australian-250k-maps.html" and they are available in small chunks.

If I knew of the other maps being available I would not have done all the work to convert maps .. still those who want it, my map is for the "whole" of Australia in one download, which could be handy for some people.

Cheers
 

prawns

Moderator
The sqlite maps seem to run alot faster mate (although locus optimisations for running vectormaps better are slowly getting closer) You can also download smaller chunks of australia though the shonkeymaps option in the locus store from the looks of it if any bits are missing (Ive not noticed missing bits for NSW at least can confirm)

If people find vector maps arnt running smoothly enough on older devices I reckon your version will get snapped up anyway so its not wasted effort...and you would have to start paying to get the whole of australia through locus as well dont forget!
 
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