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#23596 3-Jul-2008 18:09
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Has anyone tried the JAVA programme 'trackmyjourney'? It is a much better / more complex programme than MGMaps and you can load any JPEG and calibrate it as a fully funtional GPS. I have loaded a nautical chart and it works perfectly on the Nokia 6275i. It would also work on a Nokia N95. If anyone wants to know more just send me a message.

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#142759 3-Jul-2008 22:34
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Sounds good to me. I am after a nauticle chart for Hawkes bay. Can you message me and let me know how you did it.
i have an N95



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  #143097 4-Jul-2008 21:56
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Hi,

First you have to download trackmyjourney from http://www.trackmyjourney.co.uk/.

You first need to register to download the program which is quite an easy process.

Download the program and load it onto your phone.

You can then download the TIFF file of Hawkes Bay(or any sea map from the LINZ website). The following link is dor the Hawkes Bay area - http://www.hydro.linz.govt.nz/charts/catalogue/acknowledge.asp?chart_num=56&page=index.asp. You then have to convert the TIFF file into a JPEG file. (this can be done using paint shop pro, photoshop or anything similar) You need to crop the map to exactly the edges of the map (i.e. crop out to exactly the edge of map that shows the co-ordinates, it's hard to explain, but you need to do it to calibrate your map in the maporganiser.) You should be left with just the picture / map and no border or co-ordinates. You may also need to resize the image or save it at a lower resolution or the file will be too big.

Download the maporganiser program from the trackmyjourney website http://www.trackmyjourney.co.uk/mobilemapconversion.php?. Open the program (using the file that grabs 1gb of memory for handling large maps). Load the Jpeg file into the program and then calibrate it. The map is calibrated using decimal degrees not degrees, minutes and seconds (which are shown on the linz maps). You then enter the decimal degrees for the extremes of your map (top, bottom, left and right). You can get the decimal numbers on google earth by going to 'Tool', 'Options', '3D view' and then selecting decimal degrees instead of degrees, minutes and seconds. (i.e. 174°35'58.15"E must be entered as 174.499487°) Don't forget that west and south have a minus sign in front.

Once your map is calibrated, you need to select your zoom levels (hold control and select orginal size, half and quarter size), save the file as a TMJ and save this file to your memory card on your phone. Open the trackmyjourney java file on your phone and press number 6 which is the map view. press the top right action key on your phone and scroll down to 'select map file'. Then find the map that you stored on your phone (typically on the E: on a Nokia).

You should now have the map loaded. And be able to view it. Wait until GPS picks up the satelittes (this can take quite a few minutes - especially the first time) and it should track you on this map. Press the 'select' (middle) button to go to your GPS location on the map.

I hope this makes sense, it sounds really confusing but it's actually quite easy once you  work it out. The first map took me a whole week to sort out until I realised I was using the wrong co-ordinate format!

If you need any more help, feel free to contact me again.


Ian

 
 
 
 


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  #143101 4-Jul-2008 22:07
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Thanks Jimmyjames(aka Ian)

I will give it a try step by step and let you know how I get on. Have you come across a good software for waypoints?
I am going to try and load a nautical map of Hawkes bay and then store some fishing spots etc based on the coordinates.

Thanks for the assist anyway.

Steve

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  #147646 14-Jul-2008 08:45
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Hi

This didn't work for me unfortunately. I registered and downloaded trackmyjourney map conversion but it gave me an error when I tried to install it.

Back to the drawing board I think.
All I want is a simple gps interface similar to whats in a boat for setting waypoints of fishing spots and to give you directions to your spots. Maybe someone else has some ideas.

Thanks

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