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    bulb A best approach to share maps

    I think there is a gap between the "non-experts (in which I include myself)” and experts when promotion the maps and their attachments. The specialty the Garmin maps are becoming too complex, with more attachments, and is difficult to upgrade without having doubts about which file to delete and which to put in their place. Worse if you have to install the maps for the first time and you have to create the folders.
    Some may have noticed the demand for files for "Mapsource (when they should refer to Basecamp or MapInstall)", as occurs, something obvious to anyone who has noticed, the reasons are the difficulties reported above and the desire for an easy solution to this dilemma. I can`t believe there is a simply way to update a GPS without any knowledge, but we can search for a better way.
    Any suggestion is welcome; and, as always, I hope the higher level of education is maintained. Speaking gently, each of us disclose maps and other files want to help others, all I ask is to reach a common sense about the best approach possible. It’s time to ask the content in: is enough? What you wish to change in it? It`s enough all of ours follow these rules? If you a newbie, what you like to see that, at the same time, make pleased the experts?
    I hope in the end we have a kind of script or protocol for better identification of each attachment (or map), making life easier for those who do not understand that much of GPS.
    What about:
    1 – Always identify the device of origin; or, if you an expert, for what device or type of device this file fits.
    2 – The directory for put the file shared, like MicroSD/Map or MicroSD/Garmin/JCV
    3 – At least in the first post of every Garmin map shared, have to been show in the footer:

    In case of doubt:
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Inside spoilers there are little explanations about every file shared, the goal is to make the process of update easier to newbies; if you like, dislike, or have suggestions, please refer it in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] Every comment will be taken in account!


    Your suggest wanted! Contribute!
    Best regards to all!
    PS: I will edit this to include or improve the rules...
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    After some weighing, I can propose something steadier to the second rule/recommendation; in the spoiler we can put the file name, and inside the spoiler (to avoid visual pollution), always below the links, the instructions to newbies:



    Spoiler: gmapprom.img
    Copy it in your nuvi's \Garmin directory
    or new devices in .System hidden directory.
    In 3xxx and 2xxx you can put it also in sd/Map folder with anyname.img; the last option is the recommended.


    Spoiler: gmapdem.img
    Copy it in your nuvi's \Garmin directory
    or new devices in .System hidden directory.
    In 3xxx and 2xxx you can put it also in sd/Map folder


    Spoiler: gmap3d.img
    Copy it in your nuvi's \Garmin directory
    or new devices in .System hidden directory.
    Compatibility: Nuvi 7x5 series , the 3xxx series and 2xxx series
    In 3xxx and 2xxx you can put it also in sd/Map folder with its name gmap3d.img


    Spoiler: SQLite directory
    With trafficTrends, your nüvi Garmin GPS automatically learns daytime trends for traffic flow to improve your routes and better predict your estimated time of arrival based on time of day and day of week. And you get free trafficTrends™ updates every time you connect your device to myGarmin.
    trafficTrends" files .db Path: ".System/SQLite/" or "SD/Garmin/SQL/"
    for compatible devices that use traffic receivers
    More infos about your units specs and compatibilities
    Code:
    Please Login or Register to see the links



    Spoiler: JCV directory
    Some JCV compatible devices
    nüvi® 3790T
    nüvi® 3760T
    nüvi® 3750
    nüvi® 1690
    nüvi® 1490T
    nüvi® 1450
    nüvi® 1390T
    nüvi® 855
    nüvi® 775T
    nüvi® 765T
    nüvi® 755T
    3xxx and 2xxx series

    To use the junction view files, drag the entire “JCV” folder into your “Garmin” folder.( x:\Garmin\JCV )
    or in Garmin in a subfolder called JCV on the SD Card
    or in System hidden directory in a JCV folder


    Spoiler: SID directory
    Files are stored in 34xx (2013 device) and newer in .System/ SID and are traffic trends, instaSearch, Adresses and POIs search, and FastRouting related.


    Spoiler: ASR directory
    ASR files must be in .System folder in an ASR Folder (only 3490, a 2013 device and newer).

    Speech recognition makes navigation safer and easier than ever. Now it’s possible to keep both hands on the wheel, tell nüvi what to do and where to go, and you’re on your way to stress-free travel.
    Once activated, the user can effortlessly manipulate controls by speaking the words that correspond to buttons that are on the touchscreen display, so that almost any common task can be performed without ever touching the unit.
    For the ultimate in safety, a driver at any time speak the phrase, “where am I?” and their device will display its exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations. Speech recognition can also be used to search for addresses as well – all hands-free, from start to finish.


    Spoiler: GS2 directory
    With trafficTrends, your nüvi Garmin GPS automatically learns daytime trends for traffic flow to improve your routes and better predict your estimated time of arrival based on time of day and day of week. And you get free trafficTrends™ updates every time you connect your device to myGarmin.
    G2S Path: ".System\G2S"
    trafficTrends" files .db Path: ".System\SQLite\"
    for compatible devices that use traffic receivers


    Spoiler: PC or MAC Installer
    In case of doubt: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    To unlock use: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] or
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] or
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    Spoiler: Files for PC installation (gmap)
    Default gmap locations:
    Win XP - C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\GARMIN\Maps
    Vista, Windows 7/8/8.1 - C:\ProgramData\Garmin\Maps

    To unlock use: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] or
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] or
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]


    Spoiler: POIs
    Copy it in your nuvi's \POI directory.
    In 3xxx and 2xxx you can put it also in sd/garmin/POI folder with anyname.img; the last option is the recommended.


    Spoiler: .rar Files
    First, you must have a decompresser properly installed in your computer, there are many options for free in internet...
    Download or put all .rar files in the same directory. Click in one of then and they will be decompressed to the original file.
    If there are a password, the decompresser will ask for it before unrar.


    Spoiler: .7z Files
    Just "install" the file in the desired directory, the file will appear in it original state. Maybe, you need administrative rights to do it...


    Affectionate thanks to catymag, The One; mostly of instructions are originally written by her in:
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    and info about SID taken in: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Thanks to Neil, I took gmap instructions in: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Last edited by Pungente; 29th April 2014 at 10:18.
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    This is a good suggestion. As I know about problems (not only for newbies) some time ago I startet to create a matrix, called GCCG = Garmin Content Compatibility Guide. There should be announced, which kind of map and which additionally files are working on which device as one step to help users to update and better use their devices.
    It is necessary that many user tell us all facts about their devices to fill this spreadsheet with correct data.
    In the attachment you find my draft. Some words are in German because I made it for a German forum, but when I have a bit time and this draft finds your interest, I can make an English version.
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    Thanks both, thread is sticky now
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    One thing I notice quite often is the comment from inexperienced folks asking which files they need for their GPS from all those posted in the updates (almost always refering to all the additions files).

    They should some how understand that if they don't already have a similar file (by file extension) already on their device, then they don't need it because the unit probably doesn't support the feature provided by the file. (ie. JCV, DDB, SID, SQLite, etc)

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    A quick look at GarminDevice.xml for files and paths could be handy too
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    Excelent idea !!

    I always struggle with maps and files.
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