Forum: Questions And Answers About Geocaching
Topic: Mapping software - Reviews & Questions
started by: Road Kill
Posted by Road Kill on Oct. 06 2001,7:46 pmI think it's about time to discuss this topic. Especially because I'm looking for answers.
I always printout my topo with the cache script when heading out. But now I have other interests related to mapping and map use. I want to be able to publish a map with a cache site as I would publish a photo. Is there something zoomable where one could add lines, dots & text before saving a snapshot. I'm not looking for the zoom, or edit powers after snapshot is made. Just a display like a photo.
Specifically I want to draw lines from coordinates (Point A) to Coordinates (Point B). Or put a dot at Coordinates(Point C). When done I want to Zoom in to fill the frame with area (US, NY, or Park) and store that work as an image with the map (like StreetsPlus) in the background.
Am I describing something that exists?
(Edited by Road Kill at 10:07 pm on Oct. 6, 2001)
Posted by Guest on Oct. 06 2001,8:06 pmAre you looking for ability to create a topo type map or just a standard map with a pin and text added.?
Posted by Road Kill on Oct. 07 2001,6:03 pmJust a standard map with cities, there names, state lines, and major routes (also with names). Specifically for use with the Hare & Tortoise Race. I want to be able to have a line updatable for each racer (possibly of different colors) so that I can illustrate there progress as they make their way home. Then add text (IE: "Back to School 9/8/01 Phoenix") at each stopping point.
I am also interested in mapping in general and thought I would inspire some cachers to tell what they are doing with their map programs. Maybe give reviews of pitfalls and discoveries.
(Edited by Road Kill at 8:04 pm on Oct. 7, 2001)
Posted by Guest on Oct. 07 2001,6:51 pmCheck out The online map creating utility on FlatText's site at < http://www.flatmaps.com/tools/mapbrowse.htm > .
It allows making of maps of various sizes with different layer including stat lines, county lines, etc. If you have some zip codes of the area a cache is in it will even place a pin on the map for you.
May be just what you are looking for.
Posted by Scout on Oct. 07 2001,8:46 pmAlso check out <a href="http://tiger.census.gov">http://tiger.census.gov</a>
(Edited by Scout at 9:47 pm on Oct. 7, 2001)