Joined: Nov. 2001
||Posted: Dec. 02 2001,12:01 am
Yes, I know, web sites like TopoZone.com and Terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.com will let you look at USGS Image and Topo maps, but I got frustrated trying to make images for our "adventure database" (see an earlier post).
The sites I know about either don't let you grab the whole map as one image, or don't give you much flexibility in placing markers (or worse, the markers move around!). So, I whipped together a little server side thingy. You can build photo image and topo maps directly from your GPS waypoints ( lost outdoors ), but that requires you to download an activeX control (to access the serial port).
If you just want to punch in coordinates and get a map, you can go to www.lostoutdoors.com/newmap.html. (Or pick "Map Maker" from the main page). That is all server side and should work with almost any browser.
It is still a little buggy, especially at some tricky conversions, but I spot checked it with some caches from Buxley's maps, and a lot of airports from www.airnav.com.
Let me know what you think. I'd espcially be interested in how accurately it places your own caches (since you'll have some idea if the topo, or photo is right!) One thing, if you do save the maps off to disk, please leave the USGS logo on them intact.
I was going to do a track->map utility (tracks direct from my GPS), since I want to show some faint climber trails on USGS image maps, but if something like that is already on the web, please let me know. I'd rather use it than write it!
P.S. I said it was buggy! Please do not trust your outdoor navigational needs to my hastily written projection conversion routines!
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