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#48060 - 02/07/09 12:39 PM Viewranger GPS mapping on your mobile?
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Registered: 26/06/09
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Put off by the cost of a GPS unit, I was trawling the web and see that Viewranger seem to have what appears the ideal solution. You can create and download a map of your choice from grid squares in the UK for your mobile, for use in conjunction with the internal GPS chip. It is OS 1:25,000 scale, which seems ideal to me and seems to turn your mobile into an extremely good GPS.

Of course, using the GPS chip drains a mobile's battery much quicker than normal use, so I doubt I'd be able to have it on all the time, but I reckon it would make an ideal backup for spots where I get lost or an unsure of my position, seeing as I'll be taking my mobile along anyway.

Have any of you used the Viewranger software on a mobile, and if so do you rate it? If not, I think I'll get hold of it and report back on here when I get back from my C2C in early September.

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#48068 - 03/07/09 09:58 AM Re: Viewranger GPS mapping on your mobile? [Re: HackPacker]
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Registered: 01/12/04
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I do not know how the Viewranger software works, but if it relies upon your mobile getting a signal while doing the C2C then you are going to have big problems. For my last crossing this year I purposely took a phone that could find and use any supplier, but for most of the crossing my phone remained out of contact.

I had better mobile phone contact on Kilimanjaro.

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#48081 - 03/07/09 05:16 PM Re: Viewranger GPS mapping on your mobile? [Re: Oldun]
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No, the good news is that it uses the internal GPS chip, so it is just like a GPS - it needs no mobile phone signal. But it means there's no need to take two devices, and cuts out the need for forking out a fortune for a specialist GPS.

I have checked, and they do the entire C2C route in 1:25,000 OS maps for 50. As it looks like no-one on here has any experience of it, I am going to order it and I will report back on how good/bad it is when I return from my C2C in early September.

My first impressions are very good, but of course the one down-side of using a mobile for GPS is you can't replace the batteries and have to rely on regular recharges at pubs etc.

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#48090 - 03/07/09 11:12 PM Re: Viewranger GPS mapping on your mobile? [Re: HackPacker]
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Registered: 03/07/09
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Loc: Woy Woy, Australia
Sounds interesting.

Have also done some investigation and am going to mess around with iphone and free maps just for interest, planning on doing the walk starting 20/08.

From what i have read with iphone batteries wouldnt last the whole day so will be more for occassional location checks, going to do some experimenting locally over next couple of weeks.

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#48109 - 05/07/09 10:06 PM Re: Viewranger GPS mapping on your mobile? [Re: DanR]
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Registered: 18/06/09
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you could carry spare phone batteries and a charger, and charge up several batteries in the pub. alternatively carry paper maps printed from say memory map and use your gps phone to verify positon when 'temporarily misplaced'. not sure if phone gps will display positon in terms of OS grid reference numbers though.

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#48141 - 06/07/09 11:09 PM Re: Viewranger GPS mapping on your mobile? [Re: wold ranger]
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The point about the ViewRanger maps is that they contain full 1:25,000 OS maps for the the entire route, and overlay your position on top just like a dedicated GPS. They can also use waymarker etc and plot your route as you go.

It also uses the OS maps, which are displayed on screen exactly as they are on paper, to render 3D "walker's eye" representations of where you are and what you can see from the spot where you are in any direction, so that you can recognise it on the screen as you see it in "real life" and see from that exactly where you need to walk next if lost, rather than just from above.

Anyway, that's the theory and it sounds great. I've bought the software and the maps now, so I can't wait to see if it works. As DanR said, as much as I'd like to keep the phone on all the time and use it to plot my exact route, it probably won't be possible given that I'm camping, so it's more for that quick check when I'm not sure which track to take or find I've wandered off route somehow and need to get back on it.

Anyway, as promised I'll report back afterwards.

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#51240 - 25/09/09 03:32 PM Re: Viewranger GPS mapping on your mobile? [Re: HackPacker]
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Registered: 25/09/09
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Hi. New to this forum and doing the c2c in May 2010 with my girlfriend.

I've been using viewranger software on my nokia n95 successfully for around 18 months,I'm very satisfied with the product.

I currently have the G.B. mapping software and after reading the input by Hackpacker i have tried to source the c2c viewranger software,but to no avail.

Hackpacker.........could you possibly point me in the right direction as i think the idea of having 1;25000 mapping on my GPS for this walk is very appealing.

Thanks. Dave

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#51255 - 26/09/09 03:40 AM Re: Viewranger GPS mapping on your mobile? [Re: c2cer]
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Registered: 03/04/05
Posts: 76
Loc: north yorks
Been using viewranger software on my Nokia 95 for just over a year now, and have found it superb. It pinpoints your postion to the metre and has never let me down whilst using it on my long distance walks. Makes normal GPS's redundant.

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#51846 - 25/10/09 09:02 PM Re: Viewranger GPS mapping on your mobile? [Re: shinsplints]
Webrunner Offline
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Registered: 25/10/09
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Hi. Used it when me and my wife walked c2c this spring. Downloaded wiewpoints(?) from one who had logged the trip.

Worked excellent!

We also had the two harvey maps, but the gps saved us. We used the map for the "greater wiew".

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#51847 - 25/10/09 09:08 PM Re: Viewranger GPS mapping on your mobile? [Re: Webrunner]
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