New Garmin map released; others coming (soon)…

After too long, we’ve finally released an updated Garmin OSM map for the UK.  As well as the standard map (suitable for all users), we’ve also managed to release a version with routing information too, which will be useful for those who would like to use the navigation features of their Garmin GPS.

Some of the routing data (also supplied by OpenStreetMap) is a little experimental still, so it may not produce perfect results, but it’s certainly well worth trying.  We should also point out that the version of the map with routing data is now well over 256MB (it’s actually around 300MB), which means if you only have a 256MB memory card in your Garmin, it will no longer fit.  If you really don’t have the space, we are still producing the standard Garmin OSM map too for your use.

Finally, we *know* that the canal and cycle maps are woefully out of date; we’ve had some technical difficulties with the tools we use to create these maps, and continue to work on this problem; we hope to release updates to both very soon, especially for those of you about to embark on your summer holidays; we’ll post here on the main website when the updates are ready…

As always, head to the Garmin OSM Maps download page for more information, and the links to download the new maps.

Garmin OSM Maps – we’ve not forgotten…

A quick update on the situation regarding Garmin OSM Maps; we’ve not forgotten you, and we are well aware it’s been too long since we last released a map update.

A number of things have happened between now and our last map updates; we’ve changed tools, had to handle the massive jump in UK data that made some of our tools and techniques stop working, and we’ve also wanted to improve the content itself.

So, this is quick note to say we’ve not forgotten, and are currently testing some new versions and features and hope to release new maps in the very near future.

Thanks for your patience, and we will advertise here when the new maps are ready.  One warning though; some of the maps have grown exponentially, and hence no longer fit onto a 256MB card, so if you are using a small memory card, you might want to be prepared to get a new one before applying the maps…

Garmin announces GPSMAP 62 to replace 60CSx

For the last few years, the Garmin 60CSx has been the GPS device of choice for many users; rugged, a decent viewable screen (without the touchscreen of the newer models it’s often easier to read in sunlight), and generally a good device, but things move on, and the new GPSMAP 62 brings a whole range of new technologies to this rugged range.

Although there are 3 models in the US, the top model includes  full US mapping, so may not be available in an equivalent in the UK, so let’s at least look at the two other models to see the spec:

“With a 2.6” sunlight-readable color display, up to 20 hours of battery life and a high-sensitivity GPS receiver and quad helix antenna for unparalleled reception (the GPS receiver features HotFix, which automatically calculates and stores critical satellite information and can use that information to quickly calculate a position), the GPSMAP 62 series features three distinct waterproof models to suit various activities and interests. The basic GPSMAP 62 includes a built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief. The GPSMAP 62s adds a 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass and wireless connectivity for sharing routes, tracks, waypoints and geocaches between other compatible Garmin handhelds. GPSMAP 62s also includes a barometric altimeter that tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude. Users can also plot barometric pressure over time, which can help keep an eye on changing weather conditions.”

It supports the full paperless geocaching options of other recent Garmin GPS, and the Garmin Custom Maps feature that’s also supported on the Garmin Colorado, Garmin Oregon and Garmin Dakota models.

Here’s a nice touch for existing users of other recent Garmin GPS devices; “The GPSMAP 62 series is made even more versatile through its universal mounting system that is compatible with the same accessories as Garmin’s Oregon, Dakota and Colorado products.”

The Garmin GPSMAP 62 should be available in July, although we don’t have any confirmed UK pricing yet (I’d expect it to fit in above the Garmin Dakota range, but less than the most expensive Garmin Oregon models).

Article first published at UK Gadgeteer.

Magellan(R) Launches eXplorist(R) GC Handheld GPS Device Designed Exclusively for Geocaching

magellan-gpsMagellan, a leading GPS brand, today announced the launch of the Magellan eXplorist GC, the first dedicated GPS device for geocaching that includes out-of-the-box paperless geocaching, pre-loaded with the most popular geocaches in the world, a brilliant color screen, rich graphics and an easy to use interface all packed into a rugged and waterproof device, that connects seamlessly to www.geocaching.com. The Magellan eXplorist GC will ship in April.

The Magellan eXplorist GC GPS receiver is made exclusively for geocaching with an intuitive interface and the ability to sort and search thousands of geocaches. The device has multiple fun and familiar graphics, such as smiley faces for logs and merit-based awards to show off your geocaching expertise.

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SatMap Active 10 Firmware Update

SatMap Active 10

Satmap is pleased to announce the release of software version 1.42 for the Active 10 sports GPS.

Resolved Issues:

  • When coming out of Hibernate Mode, the unit will now always read the SD Card without it needing to be re-inserted.
  • The Set Trip Data option in Settings is now accessible on all versions of the products.
  • The memory usage in relation to POIs has been improved.
  • For customers using early versions of the unit which are displaying UK vector road maps (this is the simple base map which ONLY shows roads and is NOT the 1:250k OS map), v1.42 will now display roads names.
  • The Default Key now resets ALL settings to original configuration.
  • If there is only one route it is no longer automatically activated – the user has to set this now.

Full Details: Here

Ordnance Survey for Sale in April 2010

The Guardian has an article on the planned shake up of Whitehall.
It included the following

A total of £16bn will be saved by pressing ahead with the sale of public assets from April. Assets for sale will include the Dartford crossing, the Tote, the student loans portfolio, Ordnance Survey and the Land Registry. In some cases ministers will wait for assets to recover their value after the recession. “This is not a firesale,” Byrne says. “But this is stuff we will bring to the market when the price is right over the next two to three years.” Assets such as British Waterways will be reorganised as mutuals.

For more on the Whitehall cuts here’s the full article Guardian Newspaper

Garmin OSM Maps updated

OSM on Garmin on Colorado

In keeping with our commitments to regular free updates, we’ve released new updates to our Garmin Maps, covering the original UK Garmin OSM Map.

Updates to the Cycle and Canal maps to follow shortly.

There’s been quite a lot of activity in the UK map since our last updates in April, so these updated maps are well worth installing to your Garmin.

Head off to the download page to pick up the latest versions…

New Garmin Beta Firmware Colorado 2.94 Oregon 3.01

Hot on the heals of previous updates. More Beta Firmware for Garmin Colorado and Oregon Units.

Colorado software version 2.94 Beta

Changes made from version 2.92 to 2.94:

  • Added Waypoint Averaging application. (For more information visit our new Trail Tech website at http://garmin.blogs.com/softwareupdates/trail-tech/)
  • Added ability to load maps from any img file in the Garmin directory
  • Added ability to see a list of points from the map when several points are at the same location
  • Fixed hunting waypoint symbols not transferring properly

Here

Oregon 200 software version 3.01 Beta

Changes made from version 2.99 to 3.01:

  • Fixed improper shutdown.

Here