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Other - Amazing Free Map Software

This is really cool. 

From the JDMCox Software Site:

"USAPhotoMaps 2.77 downloads USGS aerial photo and topo map data from Microsoft's free TerraServer Web site, saves it on your hard drive, and creates maps with GPS accuracy. You can:

  • Scroll and zoom
  • See latitude/longitude
  • See USGS Landmarks
  • See TIGER/Line streets
  • See elevation and contour lines
  • Add waypoints, routes, and text
  • Go to any address, populated place, USGS landmark, or lat/lon in the U.S.A.
  • Transfer waypoints, tracks, and routes to and from most GPS receivers
  • Receive/Transmit/Show Ham Radio APRS locations, messages, etc.
  • See your GPS location
  • And much more... "

There are a few limitations on the import of tracks/waypoints from GPS receivers.  For my Garmin 60CSx, I have to use a serial cable.  I think I have one of those around somewhere, but have not gone to look for it.

The neat thing about this is that you can drop the photo of the terrain on top of the map and swap back and forth to really get a sense of the terrain.  You can zoom in much closer than you can on Google.  The screen shots below of Upper Passage Creek do not give this application enough credit.

The author of the program works for donations.  If you like this application and use it, please click on his "donate" button.

Get it here


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