Posted 10 October 2008 - 08:51 AM
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.
> 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?
Posted 10 October 2008 - 11:17 AM
That may depend on the budget he may have.
Court - why don't you hand over the data to a contractor/professional to do the preliminary GIS work?
Posted 10 October 2008 - 11:54 AM
Posted 10 October 2008 - 12:17 PM
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.
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.
Posted 10 October 2008 - 04:30 PM
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?
Posted 11 October 2008 - 06:40 AM
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.
Posted 11 October 2008 - 08:56 AM
Posted 11 October 2008 - 09:09 AM
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