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What desktop topo software do you use?
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
DonVathome 28-Jul-20
Destroyer350 28-Jul-20
KSflatlander 28-Jul-20
WapitiBob 28-Jul-20
Dyjack 28-Jul-20
cmbbulldog 28-Jul-20
elkmtngear 28-Jul-20
WapitiBob 28-Jul-20
StickFlicker 30-Jul-20
Coyote 65 30-Jul-20
IKE220 30-Jul-20
EMB 30-Jul-20
EMB 30-Jul-20
elkmtngear 30-Jul-20
WapitiBob 30-Jul-20
elkmtngear 30-Jul-20
WapitiBob 30-Jul-20
brunse 31-Jul-20
midwest 03-Aug-20
DonVathome 03-Aug-20
KSflatlander 03-Aug-20
From: DonVathome
28-Jul-20
I am looking for what software you use for seeing topo maps on a destop computer. I am looking for free or pay software. I have the OnXmaps gps chips for all the states I need but want to see topo maps a lot bigger on my home desktop.

I am running Windows 10. I have old Maptech Terrain Navigator (NOT pro) cd's but I do not think I can do anything to make them work. I have heard Ideas?

From: Destroyer350
28-Jul-20
I use either OnX or the map overlays from Top Rut which is free and it's unit specific.

From: KSflatlander
28-Jul-20
I use GAIA for topos.

From: WapitiBob
28-Jul-20
Skip over the mediocre stuff and go straight to google earth pro. Add earthpoint topo layer, then add either toprut's overlays or find someone who has the old huntinggpsmaps "plat4GE" overlays that will have public and pvt land ownership.

From: Dyjack
28-Jul-20
Google Earth pro is the best on your computer. I have the file for the land ownership and units that someone on bowsite made a long time ago. My PC is packed up right now, but I can get it in a couple weeks.

From: cmbbulldog
28-Jul-20
I would listen to Bob...

From: elkmtngear
28-Jul-20
Google Earth Pro for desktop...and I correlate waypoints with GAIA for when I'm mobile.

From: WapitiBob
28-Jul-20

WapitiBob's Link
Here is the USGS topo layer gohunt is using. A little different look than the topo from earthpoint. Download the kmz to your pc then open in GE or open directly. This is a server service and will require internet. This is a combo of all their layers; topo, hydrology, shaded relief, and transportation.

https://basemap.nationalmap.gov/arcgis/rest/services/USGSTopo/MapServer/kml/mapImage.kmz

From: StickFlicker
30-Jul-20
ElkMG can you elaborate on your statement about correlating waypoints with the GAIA app when you're mobile?

From: Coyote 65
30-Jul-20
Don, I too have terrain navigator and could not get it run on the new windows 10, so I bought a Panasonic toughbook with windows 2000. It runs fine on that, and the laptop was cheap, Less than $100. Take it my truck and with a GPS hooked to the serial port it is a moving map too.

Terry

From: IKE220
30-Jul-20
I use Basemap. I have it on my phone and desktop. everything syncs..

From: EMB
30-Jul-20
I have a Garmin Inreach. That uses the Garmin Explorer App on the Desk top. However, the map there is 100k. It syncs with the Earthmate app on my phone. I can download the USGS 24k maps to my phone. The problem is you need a Garmin GPS of some type. The newer ones (not the inreach) sync to Garmin Explore app on the phone. Great tool to lay out routes and waypoints, and manage your data. Another option would be to go straight to the USGS website and download maps from there. There are a variety of maps from the 100k, quads, 24ks and more. You can download a copy of the maps free. If you want paper, like me, it's $8 for a 7 minute 24k maps (they now call it "historical"-imagine that).

From: EMB
30-Jul-20
I have a Garmin Inreach. That uses the Garmin Explorer App on the Desk top. However, the map there is 100k. It syncs with the Earthmate app on my phone. I can download the USGS 24k maps to my phone. The problem is you need a Garmin GPS of some type. The newer ones (not the inreach) sync to Garmin Explore app on the phone. Great tool to lay out routes and waypoints, and manage your data. Another option would be to go straight to the USGS website and download maps from there. There are a variety of maps from the 100k, quads, 24ks and more. You can download a copy of the maps free. If you want paper, like me, it's $8 for a 7 minute 24k maps (they now call it "historical"-imagine that).

From: elkmtngear
30-Jul-20
"ElkMG can you elaborate on your statement about correlating waypoints with the GAIA app when you're mobile"?

I usually do my "virtual scouting" on my desktop on GE, because I can see contours better in Satellite mode, with the map laid out to show the terrain. I'll mark spots, and then go to GAIA on my desktop, and mark those waypoints. When I download the maps on my phone, the waypoints will be there.

I actually prefer Satellite maps when I'm out and about, because I can see "breaks" in the timber, to help me get around. But, I download topo maps overlays, and private land overlays as well in GAIA.

From: WapitiBob
30-Jul-20
I would export your tracks, areas, and waypoints out of google earth and import into onX/gaia/etc.

From: elkmtngear
30-Jul-20
"I would export your tracks, areas, and waypoints out of google earth and import into onX/gaia/etc".

I used to save GE Maps as .kmz files, and import them into my Garmin units. Sometimes they didn't exactly correlate. Is there a way, to just export waypoints and tracks, without saving the entire maps?

From: WapitiBob
30-Jul-20
easily;

right click on the individual track/waypoint, then "save place as", then change file type to KML and save

for multiples, create a new folder, drop in the items you want to bulk export into said folder, right click on the folder and again "save place as", changing the file type to KML.

import the KML into onX or other mapping program "web map"

From: brunse
31-Jul-20
I used to use something called TopoUsa I think. It was Delorme. I liked the option of clicking a start point and end point on a trail or road and getting the mileage, profile and even 3D. I have not found anything to replace it. Recommendations welcome.

From: midwest
03-Aug-20
GE Pro and the Earthpoint Topo layer. Earthpoint are the actual USGS topos.

From: DonVathome
03-Aug-20
Thanks! Google Earth pro it is!

From: KSflatlander
03-Aug-20
bruse- GAIA will do what the old Delorme TopoUSA will do regarding mileages and profile.

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