Memory Map

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Memory Map

Postby johnsie » 6 Jan 2011, 11:31pm

Is Memory Map software the no-brainer for electronic mapping - My collection of paper OS maps is tatty and out of date.

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Re: Memory Map

Postby meic » 6 Jan 2011, 11:38pm

No

http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php

has made them all fairly superfluous.

As an owner of Anquet maps, I can not over emphasise what a big mistake it was to buy my Anquet V6 mapping. The only advantage is that I am allowed to print off maps, which i never do.
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Re: Memory Map

Postby Robert » 7 Jan 2011, 12:59am

meic wrote:No

http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php

has made them all fairly superfluous.

As an owner of Anquet maps, I can not over emphasise what a big mistake it was to buy my Anquet V6 mapping. The only advantage is that I am allowed to print off maps, which i never do.


I agree. Memory Map isn't half as good as it's made out to be. It doesn't even have an undo button. I occasionally print maps out, but I could just as easily take pages from last year's atlas bought from the market for £2.99. The only time I use it when it couldn't be replaced by on-line mapping is when I use it on the train - because I don't have mobile internet.

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Re: Memory Map

Postby CJ » 7 Jan 2011, 11:04am

meic wrote:No

http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php

has made them all fairly superfluous.

As an owner of Anquet maps, I can not over emphasise what a big mistake it was to buy my Anquet V6 mapping. The only advantage is that I am allowed to print off maps, which i never do.

Thanks for the prompt to look at Bikehike again. It is much improved since I first checked it out. The OpenCycleMap view and improved Undo (no longer have to laboriously unclick every automatically generated waypoint after a bit of "follow-road" has followed the wrong road!) will now make this my favourite online planning tool, ahead of Gmap-Pedometer.

But Anquet does have some worthwhile advantages, including the unique facility to split a route into sections and combine them with new sections to make a new route. That's really useful when your inital plans are a bit vague or if changes have to be made to include an additional place of interest, a different pub for lunch, etc., etc. And when you're planning a series of rides from a centre it's the only tool that really works with you, as you first plot out all the best ways in and out of where you live or will be staying on holiday, all the nicest ways of visiting destinations, and then experiment with different ways of joining them up. You can't do anything like that with Memory-Map, or Tracklogs, or any other planning tool - paid-for or free.

In case that's sparked anyones interest in Anquet, it should also be noted that they currently have an amazing value HALF-PRICE January sale: all of GB on Landranger for only £61.68! Even if all you want to do is print out bits of paper mapping that's well worth having IMHO.

I would like to assure that I have no relationship whatsoever with Anquet. They didn't even give me a load of free mapping to review, just let me play with a small downloaded and time-limited sample like everyone else. :( Memory-Map however, gave me all of South-East England on Landranger, which is part of the reason they are the market leader: they keep the reviewers and the magazines they work for sweet with free samples and lots of advertising. But in my honest opinion: Anquet have the most useful product.
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Re: Memory Map

Postby John-D » 7 Jan 2011, 1:35pm

I'm still using printed maps and Anquet is excellent. However, I generally plan routes using bikeroutetoaster or bikehike and download them; I then tinker with them on Anquet.

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Re: Memory Map

Postby meic » 7 Jan 2011, 3:18pm

I think I have to sit down and have a one to one tutorial with somebody who (happily) uses Anquet.
I loved Version 1 but when I had to upgrade to Version 6 in order to use USB connections, I found it unworkable, I hate it, I have tried again and again but the thing drives me up the wall.
Now that I am on Windows 7 my Version 1 doesnt work at all. If I had invested in paper maps I would still have them.

I must agree that the price of £68 for Landrangers of UK compared to at least £1,000 for paper maps is a bargain.
Bike hike is free though.
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Re: Memory Map

Postby robgul » 7 Jan 2011, 4:03pm

Have to disagree and suggest that Memory Map is good - OK, it costs money BUT you get what you pay for.

All these free online bikehike type things use Google Maps which are very, very hit and miss in terms of accuracy. Roads it shows that aren't there, roads that are not shown ... it goes on. Oh, and you get bombarded with ads too - not having them has a value to me that's worth paying for

The early Mem Map was a bit clunky but the latest incarnation is very flexible in terms of what it does and selecting just the map areas you want .... it's also worth looking at TrackLogs which is a similar product ... both can be tried for free with some sample OS mapping.

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Re: Memory Map

Postby meic » 7 Jan 2011, 4:25pm

Bike hike has two windows open simultaneously, one with Google Maps and the other with OS mapping.
So you always have the option to go back to the hand navigating of following the roads on the OS map tediously doing each 50 metres of road when you want to go "Off Road".

I agree that like Garmin mapping it does send you up some bridal paths that are not fit for horses, this has happened to me twice in thousands of miles of use.
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Re: Memory Map

Postby fossil » 7 Jan 2011, 7:31pm

I use Bike Hike for my ride planing , then up load it to my Garmin Legend hcx, worked fantastic for last years LEJOG,

I now use Bike Hike with the Open streetmap tab to plan my offraoding cycling ,eg Southdowns way & C2C

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Re: Memory Map

Postby John in Leeds » 8 Jan 2011, 1:27pm

CJ wrote:.............
In case that's sparked anyones interest in Anquet, it should also be noted that they currently have an amazing value HALF-PRICE January sale: all of GB on Landranger for only £61.68! Even if all you want to do is print out bits of paper mapping that's well worth having IMHO.


That really has been my best £61.68 ever. I always wanted a UK map set at 1.50000 and there it is.

Many thanks Chris, Oh yes and thankyou Anquet :D

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Re: Memory Map

Postby John in Leeds » 9 Jan 2011, 9:04am

Just a quick warning to those who would like to purchase the 1.50000 Landranger maps from Anquet, they are not up to date. The new road to Mallaig is shown as proposed only. I think the road has been in for 10 years but not sure.

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Re: Memory Map

Postby philg » 9 Jan 2011, 9:12am

+1 for memory map, the 3D visualization is great.

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Re: Memory Map

Postby Mick F » 9 Jan 2011, 9:15am

I use BikeHike sometimes, but certainly less so now because you can't store your routes any more. Sadly, I've gone over to BikeRouteToaster - a US version but at least I can store my routes and link people to them. BikeHike could do that again if they wanted to do. Sad.

I see no reason to buy anything.
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Re: Memory Map

Postby Cunobelin » 9 Jan 2011, 9:42am

Don't even think of Anquet on the MAC!

Absolutely useless - doesn't even handle GPX, very limited handling of map data (no 3d or advanced ) and now won't even load (simply loads map and crashes) so I have a file of maps that I cannot see or use.

Support has not been back since sending them the r files over a week ago.

Extremely NOT impressed, and the biggest waste of money I have ever come acroos

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Re: Memory Map

Postby Mick F » 9 Jan 2011, 9:58am

AFAIK, there is no mapping software for the Mac.

I care not!
I don't want or need them!

If I want to look at maps on my computer there is a wealth of stuff on line:
http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/
http://www.bing.com/maps/?FORM=MMREDIR
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps
http://www.mapitpronto.com/
http://www.openstreetmap.org/
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/create/
http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php
http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx
...... to name just a few.

We also have Google Earth, and I use Ascent for my rides diary. Ascent has good mapping and also satellite views. I also have Garmin Training Centre, but I reckon that's rubbish. I could join Garmin Connect, but I haven't yet and probably won't.
Mick F. Cornwall