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    pin How to share our own maps on forum

    How to share our own maps on forum



    How to copy and upload maps from your Garmin device or from Mapsource and upload on an host server to share it on forum.


    Users sometimes ask how to do it,so I try to explain it simply in few words.

    Is the map on your GPS?

    1) Plug USB your device to your pc.
    If it's a new nuvi you must make it behave as a mass storage device ,so read:
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    2) You must enable hidden files and folders in your Windows OS

    folders

    3) In Garmin folder or in .System folder or in Map folder you'll find maps loaded in your device.
    Maps can be named as Gmapprom.img ,gmapsupp.img or nameofyourmap.img (eg.France_topo.img)
    Maps can be in an SD too in a Map or Garmin folder.
    To see the content of this *.img you can use GmapTool
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    drag the .img in it, click on Details and it will show all the infos about the map.

    4) Drag the map file to your pc, just the map file .img and compress it with Winrar or 7zip etc.

    5) Choose an host. We usually use Zippyshare (200 MB max) or 1fichier (50 GB max). File life on both is 30 days after no activity, will last indefinitely if there's been at least one dl each 30 days. There are also other good free host sites (such as bin.ge which allows 500 MB max files/no parallel downloads/50 day file life) but we ask that you try to avoid sites which require or trick users into paying for membership.
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    So pick the one more suitable for your upload. Quick compare of the 2 preferred host sites:
    Zippyshare is usually faster to download from, but for uploading you'll need to split a big file with Winrar or your file compression software into 200 MB or less parts. Up to 6 files can be downloaded concurrently. No maximum download limit.
    1fichier allows upload and download of bigger files up to 50 GB in just one part so no need to split for upload unless you want to.

    On both, select the file to upload from pc and click 'Start upload' or 'Send' button. Don't leave the page until the upload is finished or it'll be lost.
    At the end you'll get the link to share on forum.

    6) If the map is a PC Install ("Mapsource") Version you must look for the gmap folder or the Family folder.
    Paths are usually:
    for gmap folder is for example :
    On an XP system the directory for CNNANT 2012.4 is
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\GARMIN\Maps\City Navigator North America NT 2012.40.gmap
    On Vista and Windows 7> systems
    C:\ProgramData\Garmin\Maps\City Navigator North America NT 2012.40.gmap

    for Families the path is C:\Garmin.

    7) compress the folder and upload it on host server.

    8) The .img can have your codes in it ,so please before posting it ,you have to delete them.
    Codes can be seen in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] log and deleted using an Hex Editor, just use search ,localize them and change numbers and letters with XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX etc
    HxD, fast free hex editor:
    Code:
    Please Login or Register to see the links
    If you're not used to the Hex editor ,just send the map link to me, Neil, kenta2 or smokefree and we'll reupload the maps without codes.
    EDIT: Now you can use[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to change the codes in an IMG file easily. Or remove them with [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    9) To easily upload files ,you can use this files uploader
    z_o_o_ms File & Image Uploader:
    Code:
    Please Login or Register to see the links
    Z.O.O.M. FIU can even split the file for you into several parts each of the maximum size allowed for the site.


    Thanks for your future shares
    Last edited by smokefree; 4th June 2016 at 22:59. Reason: Added name for map code removal.
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    A simply recommendation that was missed; in the case of JCV, ASR, SID, GS2, and SQLite, must be identified the device or the type of device that origins the files, for high or low resolution screens.
    Please add this to the first post. Thanks!

    PS: I'm not a expert in software; and, as Giomen said, to the JCV you has to identify if the version is to splited or entire screen version. Forgive my mistake... However; remains my advise that the files must be identified by source and/or by type. Thanks for support!
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    Very valid point PUNGENTE. Sometimes very confusing for newer users . Particular example is if ASR files are not identified for specific units [not hard to add '1' or '2' behind ASR to help differentiate at least].
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    But only one point is not considered! User often do not know for what uploaded files is means. Even you, PUNGENTE, makes the mistake: there are no high or low resolution screens JCV - there are JCV for full or split screens and full or small version for the beginning!
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    ...... there are no high or low resolution screens JCV ......
    Well, yes technically. But in PUNGENTE's defence everybody knows what he's talking about, just as they do when anyone else uses Hi-res/Lo-res for JCV files i.e. 480*270 and 212*234. This is another instance when the description works because it's universally understood, just as VID [Vendor ID/Vendor Identification] is not the correct name when used for Secondary Region Identification or Sub-Region ID. It isn't right but it works so who cares? .... (That's rhetorical btw, we know you do G, lol).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Giomen View Post
    Even you, PUNGENTE, makes the mistake:...
    I'm not a software or GPS expert, and I don't truly know for what those files serves; only know where I look for this knowledge in this forum, if I really need... My slip is acceptable because the intention is only to show my point of view; if you not a GPS expert (my case) you don't know what files to download until the uploader tell what the origin or the variety of the files; and, in some cases, neither an expert will know because none identify is posted... If everyone tells the origin (in case of the non-experts, like me) or the type (in the case of catymag and other experts) of the files, it's much very easier to choose, and very much unnecessary/clutter posts will be avoided... Of course this not erases my mistake! Sorry for my limitations...; and thanks for the correct info!

    For example: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] In this post, how many clutter posts will be avoided? In this tread only catymag (The One! Not by chance I`m your admirer!) has concerned to entirely identify the type of file (later, I will improve my post; I`m about to go to work and only tomorrow I`m back home)

    Edit: The result of this idea: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Best regards!
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    can't get that 1fichier to work. Have registered all ok but can't seem to get a file uplaoded to send.....my map I am trying to share is over the 2mb size so cant use zippy which is easy

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    G'day mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by kaygill View Post
    my map I am trying to share is over the 2mb size so cant use zippy
    Zippyshare limit is 200 MB per file. If larger, use a compression like WinRAR, WinZip or 7zip and have it split to volumes of 200 MB max each.
    To avoid clutter, please don't leave any "Thank You" posts but use the Xlosbkb button or the LIKE this post ↑ link instead
    (found at the lower left hand side of any post)
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    Report broken download links by using the ADYp6au button at the lower left hand corner of that post.

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    To use zippyshare and large files, create an account and when you open winrar to add to archive, before you click OK, type in the empty box "Spit to volumes, bytes" 200 mb
    This way your file is automatically compressed to 200 mb (max) parts and you'll be able to upload them using zippyshare.
    In zippyshare there is a 30 day limit to download a file, so if nobody else has downloaded them in the last 30 days, you'll have to download them in order to keep the links active.

 

 

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