San Vicente map MapGazer – Getting maps

Introduction

Download MapGazer


Getting started

Using marks:
   Waypoints
   Tracks
   Routes
   Areas

Using the Scale

Using icons

Using transparency

Mark properties


General settings

Getting maps

Elevation data

Coordinate formats

GPX files

Command line

Thanks

MapGazer displays maps that have been saved on disk in MGMaps map format. Some sample maps are available on the speleotrove.com website, but there are almost unlimited maps available for download from online map servers.

Maps on speleotrove.com

Here are some sample maps (they cover small areas, or are large-scale, to limit the size of the .zip files):

Map Zoom MBytes Description  Source
Asturias    6–16 24  Llanes, Asturias, Spain © Instituto Geográfico Nacional
Asturias geological   11–16 3  ditto, geological © Instituto Geológico y Minero de España
Globe 5–7   5–7 52  Globe (three more layers) © OpenStreetMap contributors
Great Britain   7–12 222  Great Britain ¼″ (1:250k) © Crown Copyright 2009
Helsinki   2–17 149  Helsinki, Finland © OpenStreetMap contributors
San Francisco Bay   8–15 282  San Francisco Bay area   U.S. Geological Survey
South Sweden   4–14 93  South Sweden (Malmö)   © Eniro/Lantmäteriet/Metria
USA-Europe   0–9 194  North America and Europe  © OpenStreetMap contributors

Each map is in a .zip file, within a folder ‘MGMaps’; it is suggested that they be unzipped into the MapGazer folder to join the MGMaps\Globe starter map, but there is no requirement that they be put there. The ‘Globe 5–7’ map adds zoom levels to the MapGazer default map but can also be used on its own.

MapGazer uses the name of the currently-loaded map as the title for a view window; for that use, underscores in the name of the map are presented as spaces.

Downloading maps for use with MapGazer

Most maps that are intended for online use (on a smartphone, etc.) can be saved for offline use by using a suitable map download tool. MapGazer currently does not include a map download tool, so if you want to add to your map collection you will need to use a different application. Some options are:

  • Use the MyTrails Android application. This lets you save maps for offline use (usually to an SD card). These offline maps can then be copied to a PC for viewing with MapGazer.

  • Use the Mobile Atlas Creator, MOBAC. This is a comprehensive tool which runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and other platforms and can save maps in many formats, including MGMaps. It has an unusual user interface so some experimentation (check out the tutorial) may be required.

  • Use MAPC2MAPC. This may be used for downloading maps or converting maps to various formats, including MGMaps.

The MyTrails website has a useful guide to creating offline maps on Android and also an introduction to creating offline maps using MOBAC or MAPC2MAPC.

MapGazer and these web pages were written by Mike Cowlishaw; Please send me any corrections, suggestions, etc.
All content © Mike Cowlishaw, 2014–2017, except where marked otherwise. All rights reserved. The pages here, and the MapGazer program, are for non-commercial use only. Privacy policy: the Speleotrove website records no personal information and sets no ‘cookies’. However, statistics, etc. might be recorded by the web hosting service.

This page was last updated on 2016-05-17 by mfc.