Mapwel is mapping software for PC or laptop that allows you to create your own maps for GPS, compile them into GPS compatible format (.IMG) and upload your custom maps to GPS.
It works with Garmin GPS devices.
input data are ESRI shapefiles,
OpenStreetMap OSM files, Google Earth KML and KMZ files,
OziExplorer .MAP files, cGPSmapper .MP files and geotiff images.
The main output of Mapwel is custom GPS map with optional routing (voice navigation) in
IMG file format. Furthermore, export to KML map format helps to check your map calibration on Google Earth satellite imagery.
Export to KMZ files allows direct use of georeferenced raster images in some of
the Garmin GPS units.
GIS to GPS conversion
Wizard for import of ESRI shapefiles from GIS applications allows quick conversion of shapefiles into Garmin GPS compatible map format.
Import procedure includes selection of projection and datum and building of
conversion table between shapefile attributes and Mapwel object properties.
Settings can be saved to a file for re-use with the same or similar shapefile.
Map authoring tool
Mapwel makes all above steps within a single authoring tool, using its own map compiler and MapUpload utility.
Mapwel software also allows to georeference the raster images, create and edit vector map objects, download vector maps from Open Street Map,
create custom patterns, icons and colors for the map, and analyze the road network of maps with navigation.
Use of maps
Custom GPS maps created with Mapwel software are
mostly used in forestry, electrical engineering, geology, geodesy, mineralogy,
aviation, real estate, geocaching, land management, hiking, snow mobiling and other fields where unique custom GPS maps are needed.
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Garmin Nuvifone M20
Garmin Mobile XT
Garmin Nuvi and Zumo (all models) - most of them do not display symbol (point) icons *
Garmin Edge 605, 705, 800
Garmin iQue M3, M4, M5
Garmin eTrex 20, 30
Garmin eTrex Summit HC
Garmin eTrex Venture Cx, HC
Garmin eTrex Legend C, Cx, HCx
Garmin eTrex Vista, C, Cx, HCx
Garmin Rino 120, 130, 520, 530, 520HCx, 530HCx
Garmin GPS V
Garmin GPSMAP 60C, 60CS, 60Cx, 60CSx, 62, 62s, 62st
Garmin GPSMAP 76, 76S, 76C, 76CS, 76Cx, 76CSx, 78, 78s, 78sc
Garmin GPSMAP 176, 176C, 276C, 376C, 378, 478C
Garmin GPSMAP 96, 96C, 196, 296, 396, 496
Garmin GPSMAP 620 - only routing maps in automotive mode **
Garmin Quest, Quest 2
Garmin Street Pilot i2, i3, i5
Garmin Street Pilot c320, c330, c340
Garmin Street Pilot c530, c550, 580
Garmin Street Pilot 2610, 2620, 2650, 2660
Most of above GPS devices require Garmin USB driver installed on your computer. Otherwise, Mapwel and MapUpload does not detect the GPS on the USB port. This driver is available for download at Garmin web site.
Custom maps from Mapwel do not allow to search destination by name/address on many units.
* Most Nuvi and Zumo models do not display point icons from custom maps, or they display them only in 2D mode and at a very close zoom.
** Custom map from Mapwel works with GPSMAP 620 only if it is a routing map (contains routable roads) and the device is in automotive (not marine) mode.
NOTE: Mapwel is not affiliated with any manufacturers mentioned here.
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