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Convert Maps for Mac OSx

Donate to Openmtbmap – and download readily converted maps

If you don't want to convert the maps, I converted the most popular openmtbmaps / velomaps ready to be used with Basecamp or Roadtrip in gmap format for Mac OSx. Simply look at the bottom of the download page for them (only available to donators)

 

Don't convert but use Qlandkarte GT

just accept that Garmin programs for Mac OSx are lousy – (well the whole OS is as lousy as Windows, but with fewer people using it, I wont give a damn for it – best treat your Mac hardware with a good OS like Ubuntu Linux instead of junk with nice eye candy).

However Qlandkarte GT is working splendidly with the openmtbmaps, and is easy to learn. Only drawback is, that there is no autorouting support for garmin maps (yet). You only need to extract the maps to a folder of your choice then use Qlandkarte GT.

 

Don't convert but use gmapsupp.img import by Basecamp

The irony of Basecamp for MacOSx not reading in the standard .img format, is topped up, by the fact that it reads the nearly identically structured gmapsupp.img files.

So use Windows Basecamp/Mapsource or gmaptool or mkgmap or sendmap to create a gmapsupp.img – put it on a external harddisk or flash memory (you could also put it onto your GPS, but than it's slower) and import it into Basecamp. This way you also don't have to actually convert the maps.

 

 

Convert the maps:

See several possibilities on how to do it below:

 

Convert the maps with gmapibuilder

wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Gmapibuilder

To unzip you can use: http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html

 

Convert the maps yourself under Windows with tools provided by Garmin:

Unfortunately you need an Windows installation for converting the maps. Principally you have to:

1. Install the maps with install.bat under Windows (You have to have Mapsource installed)

2. Downlaod, install and run Garmin Map Converter for Windows

3. Downlaod and install the Mapstall/MapManager package to your Mac to complete the migration Garmin provides detailed instructions how to do this http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=3897 See also http://www8.garmin.com/macosx/index.jsp

Alternatively you can use Sendmap to transfer the maps to your GPS (see Tutorial (still to be written))

You could also install Qlandkarte GT – you will have to compile it first though. Builds are only available for Windows (plus easy installation on Ubuntu – but probably added into repos soon anyhow).

BTW: As all my maps are published under CCBYSA 2.0 / The new Openstreetmap Licence – you may share your mac map files freely – as long as you contribute openstreetmap.org and openmtbmap.org and stick to the same license. Unfortunately you need an windows installation for converting the maps to "Mapsource for Mac" aka Roadtrip.

Principally you have to:

1. Install the maps with install.bat under Windows (You have to have Mapsource installed)

2. Downlaod, install and run Garmin Map Converter for Windows

3. Downlaod and install the Mapstall/MapManager package to your Mac to complete the migration Garmin provides detailed instructions how to do this http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=3897 See also http://www8.garmin.com/macosx/index.jsp

Alternatively you can use Sendmap to transfer the maps to your GPS (see Tutorial (still to be written))

You could also install Qlandkarte GT – you will have to compile it first though. Builds are only available for Windows (plus easy installation on Ubuntu – but probabley added into repos soon anyhow).

BTW: As all my maps are published under CCBYSA 2.0 / The new Openstreetmap Licence – you may share your mac map files freely – as long as you contribute openstreetmap.org and openmtbmap.org and stick to the same license.

 

Convert and Install the maps yourself using Mac OSX only (description provided by Tom):

Required software:

Garmin Basecamp, as well as MapInstall and MapManager
.exe unarchiver, such as Keka (7zip GUI for MacOS) or Archiver (not free)

Steps:

1. Download the velomap or openmtb map of your choice.
2. Extract the .exe file using Keka or Archiver. You will end up with a couple of subdirectories. The one you are interested in contains the .tdb and .bat files etc. If you're installing velomap Europe, extract the map tiles to the same directory as the .tdb file.
3. Open Gmapi builder application. In the main window, click the ellipsis (…) button next to the 'TDB File' field. Navigate to the folder where you extracted your map, and select the 'mapset.tdb' file, and click OK.
4. You will notice that all of the other fields in Gmapi Builder auto-populate, EXCEPT the 'TYP file' field. Click the ellipsis button next to that field, and select the .typ file you are using (trdxyz.typ, veloxyp.typ, etc.).
5. Click the 'Convert' button, and wait until the conversion finishes. By default, the .gmapi file will be created in the directory where the .tdb file is, but you can set it to go wherever you like using the 'Output directory' field.
6. You now have a gmapi file that Basecamp can read. Open Garmin MapManager and select File –> Install Map (⌘–I), navigate to the newly created .gmapi file and click 'Open' to start the installation.
7. Your map will be installed for Basecamp. You can copy it to your GPS unit or SD card using MapInstall. Be aware that MapInstall WILL OVERWRITE the gmapsupp.img file on your GPS unit, so rename it first if you want to keep it.
 
Notes: 
 
If you're installing the velomap for all of Europe, make sure you extract the contents of the veloeurope.exe file (i.e. mapset.tdb, etc.) and the contents of veloeurope.7z TO THE SAME DIRECTORY. You want all the image files (xyz.img) and the other files in the same folder.
 
If you don't want to use MapManager for step 7, you can try to skip it and open the map directly from Basecamp. That seems to be unreliable in the current version—sometimes the map gets installed, sometimes nothing happens. In any case, the gmapi files are installed into the directory ~/Library/Application Support/Garmin/Maps/.
 
 

Convert the maps using JaVaWa Map Converter (Mac OSX or Windows at your choice)

See here (for extracting see explanation above): http://www.javawa.nl/mapconverter_en.html

23 comments to Convert Maps for Mac OSx

  • Thomas Küstner

    Hallo,
    habe das Problem mit dem Tutorial gelöst.

  • Peter Koehler

    hi,
    hier mal wieder eine frage von einem neuling: wo / wie bekomme ich nordamerikakarten für Mc?
    ich hatte gehofft mit meiner mitgliedschaft währe das kein problem doch ich bekomm die hier angebotenen USA-Karten nicht geöffnet.
    kann mir jemand helfen?

    • extremecarver

      Du kannst die normalen Nordamerikakarten runterladen und mit “javawa mapconverter” konvertieren – oder du benutzt sie unter Mac OSx mit Qlandkarte GT (geht halt leider kein Autorouting). “öffnen” – also entpacken mit Mac OSx “Unarchiver” (neueste Version).

  • Margit Reik

    Die Karten für den mac habe ich gefunden. Auf Basecamp kann ich sie auch anschauen. Nur kann ich sie nicht auf die Speicherkarte meines Dakota senden? Auch die Konturen zu verändern, kann ich nicht nachvollziehen.

  • Margit Reik

    Hallo, wo sind die für den mac fertigen Karten?

  • Indre Runk

    Hallo Felix,

    ich habe leider es noch nicht verstanden wie ich mit dem JaVaWa Map Converter z.B. die Openmtbmap – South-America.exe konventiere?

    Oder habe ich einen Schritt übersehen, das ich als erstes mit diesem Schritt anfangen muss:
    3. Unarchive it. I recommend Unarchiver for this task. Mac inbuilt unzipper cannot do it.

    Vielen Dank für deine Hilfe

    Gruss

    Indre

  • Uwe Juelich

    Hallo Felix,

    möchte Deine Karten gern auf meinem Mac OSX installieren und Basecamp nutzen.
    Bis Schritt 4 ist alles gut.
    Schritt 4: Den Installer mit “Unarchiver – ist Bordmittel bei OSX” in ein Verzeichnis entpacken.
    Der Unarchiver “spricht auch mit mir”
    Okay, ist vielleicht etwas blöd, aber was ist der Installer. Meinst Du MapInstall?

    Bemerkung: Ich möchte mir das Garmin edge 800 noch zulegen, zunächst nur ein paar Touren planen, das geht doch ohne Edge 800, oder?

    Soll ein Garmin Produkt genutzt werden, dann erst den gmapibuilder starten, auf den Auswahl Button neben der Zeile TBD File gehen und die Datei mapsetc.tbd auswählen.
    Diese Datei kann ich auch nicht finden.

    Liebe Grüße

    Uwe

    • extremecarver

      Mapinstall ist ein Garmin Programm für Mac OSx. Unarchiver ist jedoch bei Mac OSx nicht vorinstalliert.

      2. Ja

      3. solltest du in den entpackten Daten finden, außer die karten haben keine Höhenlinien integriert. Dann mapset.tdb auswählen.

      4. Du kannst auch direkt die konvertierten Karten unten auf der Download Seite auswählen, bzw einfacher Javawa Mapconverter benutzen..

  • kippi

    Hallo,

    bin bald am verzweifeln. Habe mir die Mitgliedschaft geholt, um mir das konvertieren zu sparen. Aber jetzt bekomme ich die Karten z.B. Niedersachsen nicht in mein BaseCamp für Mac. Was mach ich falsch? Habe den Ordner entpackt, aber es gibt keine Möglichkeit, ihn in BaseCamp zu installieren. Bräuchte da mal Hilfe, denn mit dem Tutorial komm ich nicht klar.

    Gruß
    Kippi

  • fotoblitz

    Hat perfekt geklappt. Geniale Karten und einfache Anleitung.

    Besten Dank

  • Petri Oksman

    Qlandkarte installing is easy but it needs the helpers and libraries part installation also, but the latter can´t be installed on a MacAir Notebook, needs to be a PowerPcMac :( , so I have to start to work with Basecamp that I have, but the the downloaded maps can not yet to be found. Have to work with that problem…

    • extremecarver

      you mean to transfer the maps? You can create the gmapsupp.img also with mkgmap.jar. I wrote an explication into the information file, or you can also find it here on the top in the submenus. From next update the extended explications will be included. And I’ll try to update the homepage in that regard.

  • Petri Oksman

    Converting and installing the maps using Mac OSX only (instructions by Tom)(hoping to get a autoroute possibility)
    Having loaded and extracted the maps with Keka following the instructions the next step is to choose the mapset.tdb but my choices in the computer are:
    1)mapsetc.tdb
    2)mapsetx.tdb
    3)mapsetz.tdb
    Which one shall I choose or is the right still missing?
    And second question: how do I choose the right .typ file if I do have more than one option?

    • extremecarver

      look into information for Qlandkarte GT users.txt…

      mapset — for maps without contourlines integrated. (e.g. mapset.img / mapset_mdr.img / mapset.tdb)
      mapsetc — Theese are the mapset files which integrate the contourlines into the map
      mapsetx — Theese are the mapset files which do not integrate the contourlines into the map
      mapsetz — Theese mapset files are for you if you want to have a separate contourlines only map. For compatibility with mapsetx maps when used on the same device – they use a different FID.

      .typ-files look them up using Qlnandkarte GT to choose.

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