This page is here to list step by step how to use theese maps if you have not used any Garmin products previously (section A and B). and if you're new to the openmtbmap (C: and D:). Note, you don't need a Garmin GPS to use these maps. If you have no Garmin GPS A: and D: will still apply / be usable.
Note for general orientation on openmtbmap.org. The about section covers topics, specific to the openmtbmap (or limitations based on mkgmap – the opensource map compiler for OSM data). The tuturials section is about general topics related to Garmin GPS or Openstreetmap.
A: Installing Maps to Computer
1. Download the openmtbmap of your choice from http://openmtbmap.org/download/
- If you want to use the maps with Qlandkarte GT or on Nix then Unzip the maps with 7-zip (lzma compression) Note that unzippers included in Windows/Mac/Linux probabely can't unzip the .exe files. Windows users simply follow through the .exe installation.
2a) Install "Garmin Basecamp" from here http://www8.garmin.com/support/mappingsw.jsp (or google it).
2b). Optionally Install Mapsource –> http://openmtbmap.org/tutorials/install-mapsource/
Linux users, you can install Mapsource following the same procedure in Wine
Note, DO first install at least one (better two) Openmtbmaps of your choice, before installing Mapsource.
B: Sending Maps to GPS:
Either simply click on "create gmapsupp.img.bat" or "create_gmapsupp.img_with_mkgmap.bat" which will work only for windows users. Then put the resulting gmapsupp.img file onto the /garmin folder on your GPS device (note newer Garmin GPS allow you to rename the gmapsupp.img to e.g. mtbde.img (stick to short names). or follow one of the following tutorials:
- /tutorials/send-maps-to-your-gps/mapsource/ if you followed the above steps and installed Mapsource. Sending maps via Mapsource or Basecamp or via "create_gmapsupp.img_with_mkgmap.bat" is the only way to get address search on your GPS.
- or (advanced users only) create the gmapsupp.img with mkgmap following the tutuorial offered here (any OS that supports Java): /tutorials/send-maps-to-your-gps/mkgmap/ and put the created gmapsupp.img in the /garmin folder of your GPS. You could also use mapsettoolkit or gmaptool to achieve this.
NOTE: on Old GPS all maps have to be sent at once. And can then be activated/deactivated via Menu on your GPS.
On newer devices however best send all maps separately and rename the gmapsupp.img, as you cannot deactivate maps that are sent at the same time with Mapsource/Basecmap.
C: Using the maps on your GPS
Please read through the following three topics:
D: Participate in Openstreetmap and help to make the maps better: