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Frequently Asked Questions :: Bulk map download

Bulk map download

High quality Raster maps, by their nature, are large files so the mobile apps are optimised for 3G and set not to chomp through your data plan, by default. Here we look at the options of how to download large areas of map when connected to a cheaper/faster broad band service.

There are two ways you can approach this. We start of here with the "prescribed" methods but lower down this article we show you how/where to pull down the whole map files - suitable for the tech savvy user.


In the mobile apps;  

Some of the maps are downloaded in full the first time you select them (sheet maps). Larger maps automatically download data on-the-fly as you scroll around the map (seamless maps). For the later, if you are planning a trip it is advisable to download the detailed coverage you need in advance. There are a number of ways you can do this:

1-Downloading a focused area: (currently only available in the iOS app)

Using a basemap or small scale map, pan to a region you are interested in and zoom in to focus on the region.

You do not need to have the map you want to download on screen.
What you do need is the the region you want to download on screen. 

Open the map list and select the blue icon shown next to the title of the map you want to download/activate

This opens the map detail page with a Bulk Download button, touch that.

Now you can select the size of map to download using the E/W and N/S slide bars

The area of download is focused on the centre of the region you had on the map screen and will add to any adjacent part of the map you have already downloaded.

2-Along a planned route:

Plan the route you are going to travel on a base map. Include any side trips or escape routes. 

Open the detailed map you want to download/activate.

Tap on a waypoint, Edit Route, or tap on a route in the overlay list.

Tap "Download Map"

Select "Along Route", and choose how wide the area of map you want surrounding your route.

Tap Start

3-Downloading a custom area:

Create a route that encloses the area of map you want (on any map).

Place the last waypoint close to the first one. It does not need to be exact, as the polygon is automatically closed.

Open the detailed map you want to download/activate. (nearest a section of the route).

Tap on a waypoint, Edit Route, or tap on a route in the overlay list.

Tap "Download Map"

Select "Enclosed"

Tap Start

In the PC app

The PC app is better able to download the larger seamless maps. The thing to note is:
You do not need to have the map you want to download on screen.
What you do need is the area you want to download framed either on screen or within an enclosed route.

Framed on Screen - Best to select a small scale map or a basemap on screen, zoom and pan so that it covers the desired territory. Then click on the DMS button and  call off the map you want from the DMS map list and let it download the chunks that you don't have. It won't duplicate the download, it just continues filling in content.

Enclosed Route - Another way is to draw a route around the area that you want to download, enclosing the route so the last waypoint is placed on the first. Again it doesn't have to be on the map you want, its all about the area. Then right click on the route and select select Digital Map Shop. This will show you a list of maps only within the enclosed route. Selecting a map from the list will download only the part of the map framed by the route.

Then when you have all you need cached on the PC you can copy the files to the mobile device.

Additional info:

See here for notes on copying maps to an iPhone/iPad

See here for copying maps to an Android device 

See here for broader info on the subject 

Downloading the whole map files:

Warning some of these files are BIG and there are no half measures.

In this context, there are two kinds of maps; sheet maps and seamless maps. 

Products made up of sheet maps include: QuickCharts (marine charts), Hema 4WD maps and Street maps. These products are available for bundled package download from here

Products made as large seamless maps include all Topo maps and some other large area maps. These can be downloaded as complete files from here.
Note: This is not designed as a user resource but those that understand it may use it.



================== Aus/NZ Support Team ==================




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18th of November, 2013

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