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 Post subject: Topo software
PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:42 pm 
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Yo--I need to buy a topo software program, which ones do you guys recommend/despise?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:45 am 
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Yo Eco,

I tolerate TOPO classic on my mac. It works, it could be better. For printing a simple map it competently does the job, though I think the fine quality could be slightly better (aren't maps supposed to be beautiful?). I think I have heard that the PC version has a slightly better interface.

Something interesting is the newer NG TOPO! Explorer (NG TEX). I need to research it more, but it's pretty much all online. One reviewer compared it to Itunes. Apparently it's also integrated with the Magellan Triton GPS.

I would be curious to hear what you decide on.

Good luck.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:39 am 
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Thanks Dave. I was checking out NG explorer yesterday. Looks awesome but I can't tell if it includes the USGS 7.5 quads or not. It must but I couldn't find the info on the website easily.

I had Topo on my old computer and liked it enough but it does seem arcane compared to the shit I hear about that can coordinate a handheld GPS, google earth, watches, etc.

My problem is that I'm lazy and won't use all the bells and whistles of whatever program I buy. I'll probably just surf the program endlessly looking for trails/turns and end up printing a map here and there to take on trips.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:47 pm 
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I like the California TOPO cd setfrom National Geographic. Works well if you are interested only in CA. Allows you to plan routes, get distances, elevation changes, etc and load them to GPS. Also allows you to load GPS data to calc the same stuff after a trip. I still think $100 is a little steep, but I've printed hundreds of maps with it and still use it often.

Teh explorer looks like the same info, but with a per map charge and the requirement of being connected to the internet. It's nice to have a laptop along with the set in a new area.

One thing I don't like about the set are that I always seem to be looking at areas on the edges of the cd territory (there are 10) and have to keep switching cds.

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I've got the Washington version of the NG Topo! software, and have used the Colorado version too. While the one hundred dollar price does seem expensive, I think it's reasonable if you use the program enough. I figured after about 10 trips it pays for itself in not having to buy specific maps each time you go a new place. I think the GPS connectivity is a big plus as well, and definitely makes for easier trip planning.

As for being on the edge of one CD's data set, it is definetly annoying, but I think you can tell the program to cache the data on the edge of the map, so it's available when you swap CDs. Not perfect, but works.

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I checked out Topo Explorer when it first came out this summer. My impression is that it looks nice, but has a long way to go. There are many things that the old TOPO! did that Explorer can't do yet. For example, GPS integration isn't there. For me, that's a no-go. I haven't checked to see if they've fixed things in the latest version, but overall I was less than impressed. The superquads do look nice though, and it is great to be able to fade between topo and satellite imagery. Plus it's cool that you can buy just the quads you need.

But for real use, I still use the old version of TOPO! I can plot routes, view elevation profiles, print, and upload/download to the GPS. It's not great, but it does everything I need (not always elegantly), which is more than I can say for any other programs I've tried.

I also have been using Google Earth a lot lately. I paid for the Plus version which adds GPS support. You can also just use GPSBabel to convert between your GPS data format and kml (and many other formats). This is nice because then you can view your GPS routes in Google Earth. The one thing I haven't figured out yet is how to create a route in TOPO! and then get it into GE as a path (not a bunch of waypoints).

Dave - make sure you have the latest version of the old TOPO! Earlier versions were real dogs. The latest version made things a lot more tolerable. I'm running version 4.2.8 on OS X 10.4.11. I think there was a nominal fee for upgrading from earlier TOPO! versions to 4.x.


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mmcpheet wrote:
Teh explorer looks like the same info, but with a per map charge and the requirement of being connected to the internet.

I don't *think* this is a requirement if you've purchased superquads - you should be able to browse those offline.


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I've used Topofusion for map reconnaissance and to gps plot a 700 and 300 mile mountain bike route. Topofusion was used to upload the plot to my garmin. I also use Topo! and Google Earth reconnaissance but Topofusion is my "bread n butter" - I really love the Topofusion feature that toggles back and forth between a topo map and an aerial photo. The Topofusion maps are downloaded thru the internet so highspeed internet connection is a must. good luck

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 Post subject: mapping software
PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:06 pm 
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I like National Geographic TOPO! a lot. I can trace out a route on the computer, have it calculate and save a GPS route, and upload the route and any waypoints to a GPS.

I printed out the map below on waterproof paper, from iGage (www.iGage.com) and took it on a recent hike up Mt. Harvard in Colorado. On the other side I printed the next map, which shows the driving route from Buena Vista to the trailhead in an “overviewâ€


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:41 pm 
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splitChimp wrote:
I've used Topofusion

That app looks great! Wish they had a Mac version...


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:27 pm 
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kjkrow wrote:
I've got the Washington version of the NG Topo! software, and have used the Colorado version too. While the one hundred dollar price does seem expensive, I think it's reasonable if you use the program enough. I figured after about 10 trips it pays for itself in not having to buy specific maps each time you go a new place. I think the GPS connectivity is a big plus as well, and definitely makes for easier trip planning.

As for being on the edge of one CD's data set, it is definetly annoying, but I think you can tell the program to cache the data on the edge of the map, so it's available when you swap CDs. Not perfect, but works.


Hey Kyle,

Assuming I'm understanding you correctly you can copy all the data on the CDs to your computer and will never have to use the CDs. I have the Washington NG as well and never have to insert any CDs.

I too love the NG TOPO software, but wish you could transfer maps to your GPS with it. I also have the Garmin TOPO software that I use solely for transferring maps to my GPS.

All I need now is a good color printer for printing maps. I've got a good B&W laser printer but it doesn't print maps for crap. As a side topic any good recommendations on good printers for TOPO maps? Has to be Mac compatible.


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I didn't have to load CD every time either. Load them once and then had five different scales of all of California to choose from. Loading CDs every time would suck.


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I like the program McPheeters uses also. I can't say I'm a fan of swapping discs out but there is a reason for it...info.

8 discs hold a lot more than 1.


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