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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-19-2013, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Default How are people creating custom PRINTED maps?

In a March trip to Brew Hut, we used this GREAT map that was created for the job on VoC Wiki: http://www.ubc-voc.com/mediawiki/ima...access_map.pdf

Thing is, since that time I've been trying to work out a good way of making my own custom maps. I have access to a colour laser and can handle the printing parts fine, but finding the following is proving challenging:
* Software (preferably Free/Open Source) to make said maps, overlay routes, smooth routes and add waypoints.
* Data Sources (although GeoBC seem to be getting close: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/0...go-mobile.html)

Some things I have found that get close:
* GPS Visualizer (example)
* Mobile Atlas Creator (although most of its map sources are now blocked): http://mobac.sourceforge.net/

Safety note: Always take a map with you into the backcountry with a compass and knowledge of how to use them. I usually take a third-party/official printed map as a backup to any self made map source and electronic source.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-19-2013, 10:17 AM
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You can do all those things you mentioned with imap bc, then pick what size you want to print it
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 06-19-2013, 10:46 AM
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anyone know where you can print maps in a larger format cheaply ?
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Export your map to pdf first.
when you click print it under "Page Sizing & Handling" click "Poster" button. That will divide you map to small pieces what you may print on you regular color printer and glue them after to one big map.
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quote:Originally posted by hpka

In a March trip to Brew Hut, we used this GREAT map that was created for the job on VoC Wiki: http://www.ubc-voc.com/mediawiki/ima...access_map.pdf

Thing is, since that time I've been trying to work out a good way of making my own custom maps.
You could take a look at the various software that is contained in the OSGeo Live distribution:
http://live.osgeo.org/en/index.html

With respect to Nailz65's mention of iMapBC, steps 1 through 6 of this posting of mine might help you:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/O.../message/36632
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post #6 of (permalink) Old 07-05-2013, 03:57 PM
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Quantum GIS (http://www.qgis.org/) is an open source Geographic Information System package that will allow you to download data from GeoBC, overlay GPS points/topography/rivers and publish the outputs to a PDF or image format.

I've used this document (http://linfiniti.com/dla/AGentleIntroductionToGIS.pdf) to teach workshops on QGIS before.

I'm new here, but if you have a specific request I could do up a map (similar to the example you posted). I could include a basic set of instructions since it seems like you're interested in learning the process yourself.
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