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Hi Everyone,

I cannot think of a better resource to go to with a question like this than here! First, I think it appropriate to explain what my two partners and myself are trying to accomplish: Our goal is not to create a finished product, but rather to generate a map using our preselected waypoints from our TomTom 'Rider' 2nd Generation. We are all motorcycle riders and are currently working on covering many states with the intention of recording these various waypoints that we feel are the greatest campsite locales in each individual state. We have just completed a long and arduous journey of comprehensively researching the state of Utah. These waypoints (on our device they are referred to as 'Favorites'), along with endless hours of audio recorded research, notes, video footage, etc. are what we intend to pour into our map for motorcycle riders. Being that we certainly cannot accomplish this using our TomTom software, we need a program to not only attach our waypoints to, but one that also has the flexibility to triangulate mileage markers for both state and local routes, and can give us a multitude of options as to express our creativety through the route segments; i.e., colored route shading, markings, etc. This, in turn, will be handed over to a professional cartography company, and graphic designer who will take it from there.
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> That being said, I have already looked into AGIS, ESRI 'Arc View', Globalmapper, Map Maker, Delorme Street Atlas 09, Maptech & a few others. I am having difficulty finding a software program that has been published for just these reasons. I do not want to spend months learning how to use a program, I simply want record our data onto map that is readily understandable by a professional.

Can anyone offer any suggestions?

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Court

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Court - why don't you hand over the data to a contractor/professional to do the preliminary GIS work?
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Court - why don't you hand over the data to a contractor/professional to do the preliminary GIS work?

That may depend on the budget he may have.

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Have you considered using Google Earth? You can import all of your routes, waypoints, and even link to media files. Plus, it's free. If you need a full-blown GIS for a low cost, I would recommend Manifold.net.

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Have you considered using Google Earth? You can import all of your routes, waypoints, and even link to media files. Plus, it's free. If you need a full-blown GIS for a low cost, I would recommend Manifold.net.

Manifold recommends Garmin, he's got a TomTom device. If TomTom is truly in NMEA format then it should work however it's warned that sometimes GPS devices make the claim that it is compatible to NMEA but it may not be the case.

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Thank you all for your input. I have spoken to TomTom regarding NMEA format - they have somewhat confirmed; however, they have also said that there is no way to tell because they don't have access to this information (huh?). Is there a way I can absolutely confirm weather or not this format is used by TomTom and if it is not, should we be collecting this data with a device that uses NMEA, like Garmin?

Also, I am interested in www.manifold.net; however, I am hesitant to purchase anything that is very complicated. Being a genuine neophyte, can someone tell me if I should be looking for a simpler program?

Thanks guys,

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If you want a free GIS that you can understand & learn quickly, (well at least enough to learn GPS in a GIS), get QGIS a free software package that you can try within five minutes. Just download the points & save the results as a GPX file. And from there a GIS/Cartographer can take it from there after of course you ask for bids & make your selection.

http://www.qgis.org/

However like Manifold GIS the open source Quantum GIS was programed in NMEA format. Never the less it doesn't hurt to try to download the information from a TomTom device. At least we will know if TomTom is compatible to NMEA.

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NMEA is generally used for streaming live(moving map) GPS data from the unit to the software. Downloading tracks, waypoints, etc. is usually done via a proprietary format from the GPS vendor. I know nothing about TomTom, but before the user selects a GIS package, he needs to determine how to get the data out of a TomTom into a spatial format.



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I agree with Hugo, it's probabely a good idea to talk to a GIS person and see what they can do for you in terms of the whole process. Most, if not all of them, will be able to work with GPS logs and if your notes are properly timestamped they can be georeferenced to those GPS logs. Then you can start doing all kinds of cool stuff with them.
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For importing the file format try GPSBabel. The current version appears to support TomTom formats .itn, .asc, & .ov2 files for conversion to other formats.
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