Winter Layout/Design – OpenMTBMap

Just a quick note - now the OpenMTBmap features a winter layout for winter sports - it was better this way then integrating it into the hiking layout.

And if you need a Garmin Oregon 700 or Etrex 35 touch - has them heavily discounted today for Black Friday. That's pretty rare to find them that cheap. Edge 520 is also really cheap - but I don't recommend it to be used with maps - it's simply too slow (edge 530/830/1030 are not on offer). If so the edge explore is also pretty cheap - it's better than the 520 Plus and for using maps it's pretty fine too. It's main problem - no compass/altimeter.


Als kurzer Update Hinweis - Loipen, Rodelabfahrten und Skitourens sind nicht wie angekündigt im hiking Layout der OpenMTBMap - sondern im eigenen Winter Layout. So muss ich da nichts ändern je nach Jahreszeit.

Und falls wer ein neues Garmin braucht - heute am Black Friday hat die Oregon 700 und etrex touch 35 stark reduziert - die gibt es fast nie so günstig (leider edge 830 welches das dritte empfehlenswerte Garmin wäre - nicht reduziert. Und bitte kein edge 520 plus kaufen - dass ist einfach zu langsam). Die besseren 530/830/1030 sind leider nicht im Angebot. Es gibt noch das edge explore im Angebot - das wäre eigentlich super - aber es fehlen halt Kompass (Richtung im Stand damit nicht sichtbar) und Höhenmesser (GPS Höhenmessung ist ziemlich unexakt). Sonst wäre es sehr empfehlenswert.

MapInstall finally fixed by Garmin – Download lists reworked – Gmapsupp.img downloads now showing in Basecamp by default

Updates for November 2019

Since 30. October there is finally a new version of Basecamp 4.7.1 available - which includes an updated MapInstall 4.2.1 for Windows - which fixes sending .img format maps to devices.

For MacOSx the newest MapInstall version - 4.3.2 was fixed already much longer ago - though if you don't need to update to Basecamp 4.8.x on Mac OSx due to 32 bit support dropped in macOS Catalina - there is no reason to upgrade either. Basecamp 4.8.4 still runs unstable if you don't use English as language (you can set the language in Basecamp preferences). I don't know yet if the newest 4.8.6 runs stable in all languages. MapInstall 4.3.2 seems pretty stable - but very occasionally  errors have been reported. In my opinion don't let Garmin Basecamp 4.6.2 missing Catalina support stop you from upgrading to Catalina. Basecamp 4.8.6 should be good enough.

For both Basecamp 4.7.1 (Windows) and Basecamp 4.8.6 (macOS) the lost functions like google earth integration are not back. I guess most people will not notice the missing functions however.


I have often heard complaints of people that gmapsupp.img maps do not show in Basecamp. I still think usually this makes no sense - but with MapInstall fixed now - I changed the gmapsupp.img downloads to show by default in Basecamp if device connected. Maps sent via MapInstall/Mapsource by default are not loaded into Basecamp.

You can still change that of course by running the .bat scripts included in the gmapsupp.img downloads.


Also often people were confused that in the map download lists - the non unicode section only included those countries - which by default are unicode. I've now changed this that countries like Germany show everywhere in the local language downloads - even though of course the map download is always latin1 - so non Unicode. At the same time I've noticed that sometimes I forgot to add countries to download lists (especially on VeloMap). E.g. Armenia, Laos, Liberia were missing from some lists.


Lastly - the windows installer for Germany finally broke the 2GB limit. The installers for France, Africa continent and Russia were also close to breaking the 2GB limit. I don't want to offer these countries as 2 downloads - so I've updated the installer to accept sizes over 2GB. However this causes the installer not to be extractable anymore with 7zip. Therefore I am now creating a new zipped version of those countries for Linux users. Also of course some bugs in the map creation got fixed.

This winter I will include nordic skiing trails into the hiking layout of the maps. The other layouts will not show nordic skiing trails (the thing is that nordic skiing trails usually but not always use normal trails/tracks - so they can be confusing if you are not on nordic skis).