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Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby ChrisJHC » Sat 25 Mar, 2017 7:44 am

I've used this a couple of times for mountain biking near Melbourne and they seem to do a great job.

Anyone used them hiking in more remote areas?

If they're okay then I'll get a solar charger to keep the phone charged for longer trips (which also helps with a few other requirements as well).


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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby axcarmil » Sat 25 Mar, 2017 8:35 am

I have used these maps in Tasmania in places with no mobile reception. Use the app as a back up to paper. Work really well to get a quick position check with phone (iPhone 6) in flight mode. I like this app for this purpose better than my old GPS, but if wanting to record my track I use my GPS to save the phone's battery.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby stepbystep » Sat 25 Mar, 2017 4:25 pm

axcarmil wrote:I have used these maps in Tasmania in places with no mobile reception. Use the app as a back up to paper. Work really well to get a quick position check with phone (iPhone 6) in flight mode. I like this app for this purpose better than my old GPS, but if wanting to record my track I use my GPS to save the phone's battery.


Same. A very handy ADDITION to nav tools. Particularly handy to quickly confirm exactly where you are on a paper 25k topo map.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby dunamis » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 7:02 pm

A lot of hiking tracks, waterfalls and huts are marked on Avenza too. I love it


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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby CasualNerd » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 9:35 pm

The free Tassie maps created by NSWTopo are brilliant. I always load them up before a walk just in case.

I take a battery backup rather than solar, well worth the weight.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby GPSGuided » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 9:51 pm

Just checked my iPhone and Avenza and associated files are taking 500Mb of storage space... Ouch! Galileo Pro is on 650Mb...
Just move it!
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby Lizzy » Mon 27 Mar, 2017 6:07 am

Yep love these maps- very handy. Tassie free & MSW $1 something. Well worth it!
Cool distance measuring tool as well
Great for packrafting too- can mark rapids & add photos
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby CasualNerd » Mon 27 Mar, 2017 10:23 am

GPSGuided wrote:Just checked my iPhone and Avenza and associated files are taking 500Mb of storage space... Ouch! Galileo Pro is on 650Mb...

I've tried, but there's no way to move the maps to the SD card because they're in a protected folder (to prevent people moving paid maps...) which is a shame !
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby Chunder fuzz » Mon 27 Mar, 2017 10:49 am

Quite like this app, tested it on my way to work this morning. Thanks for mentioning it. My phone has limited storage so I'll probably keep the multiple NSW pdfs on the home PC and only transfer the required maps as needed before heading off.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby potato » Mon 27 Mar, 2017 1:27 pm

It is a good app, it does everything it sets out to do. It can be limited however with phone storage and it has a limit on maps you can add from external sources.

Its not been a perfect experience for me... maps I bought a while ago from avenza though googleplay are no longer available to me since an update of the app which required an avenza password. I chased it up with avenza without much success and then I gave up.

Another problem is that maps bought though the app are locked to the app - no (not that I can see) taking the maps to your laptop and using them there.

Those problems aside, the app works great.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby Chunder fuzz » Mon 27 Mar, 2017 2:24 pm

The limit on maps from external sources - is there a way to find out what the limit is?
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby Tyreless » Mon 27 Mar, 2017 3:33 pm

On my iphone version of the app I can have up to 3 externally sourced maps at any one time.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby Chunder fuzz » Tue 28 Mar, 2017 3:07 pm

Cheers, that could be irritating.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby Mark F » Tue 28 Mar, 2017 3:16 pm

An older pre map limit version is available. It is somewhere in this thread on bpl https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/for-anyone-interested-in-basic-caltopo-map-making/page/2/. Then turn off auto update for the app.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby will_robertson_ » Tue 09 Apr, 2019 10:14 pm

Quick question...

I installed Avenza maps the other day and downloaded a couple 1:25000 maps that are situated right next to each other.

Is there a way to view both maps on the same page? (Right now I have to open each map separately which is quite annoying as the track runs straight through the middle of the two maps)

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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby ribuck » Wed 10 Apr, 2019 8:01 am

will_robertson_ wrote:Is there a way to view both maps on the same page?

No, if you are using georeferenced PDF maps they behave much like the corresponding paper maps. You have to switch from one to the other.

Are you on Android? If so, try something like OruxMaps. The interface is more complex than Avenza, but the NSW Topo maps work really well. If you are online, the maps are seamless across the whole state. And you can specify any area to download for offline use, without needing to consider the boundaries of the corresponding paper maps.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby CraigVIC » Wed 10 Apr, 2019 8:34 am

You can set up maps into groups so you can move from one to the other automatically

http://help.avenzamaps.com/customer/por ... s-android-

I actually can't remember how to do it off the top of my head but I have four topos with part of Cathedral in each corner and I set them up so when you walk off one it opens the next automatically.

You still can't see both at once but it does automate the opening and closing.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby Orion » Wed 10 Apr, 2019 9:19 am

It's sort of a retarded user interface. If you have maps all in the same folder then you can move from one map to an adjacent one just by dragging. You can't see them at the same time but they overlap a bit so it's kind of okay. No, I'm being nice. It's retarded.

To put maps in a folder click the "edit" button on the upper right of the screen. From there you can create a new folder. Then you can select items and move them to that folder. You can also have folders within folders and they'll all be linked in the same way.

There is decent online help for Avenza. I'd have never figured this out by trial and error.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby will_robertson_ » Wed 10 Apr, 2019 9:37 am

Thanks for that, clears everything up a bit haha!

I'm on iOS, not supposing there's any better apps than Avenza?
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby CasualNerd » Wed 10 Apr, 2019 10:44 am

When I first used Avenza I'm sure it used to have an arrow on the side of any map it detected had the corresponding map to line up with, and if you tapped the arrow it transferred over. Am I imagining this or maybe it was another app ?
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby vagrom » Wed 10 Apr, 2019 2:29 pm

Avenza maps locate the hut at Lake Ina in Tasmania, on the Tasmap named Ina.

But the same location viewed on the Listmap website doesn't show the hut, unless you use the very plain, "Topographic" Basemap choice in the top, right hand of the screen ( using Desktop ). The normal method is to employ the TASMAP option.

It makes me wonder what other details are missing from Listmap/Tasmaps online.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby CasualNerd » Wed 10 Apr, 2019 6:16 pm

vagrom wrote:Avenza maps locate the hut at Lake Ina in Tasmania, on the Tasmap named Ina.

But the same location viewed on the Listmap website doesn't show the hut, unless you use the very plain, "Topographic" Basemap choice in the top, right hand of the screen ( using Desktop ). The normal method is to employ the TASMAP option.

It makes me wonder what other details are missing from Listmap/Tasmaps online.

The guy that produces the maps found on avenza (with extents copied from tasmap 1:25k maps) Takes the publicly available data available from the LISTmap topographic sources. He's posted on this forum before with details, search NSWTopo. The older 'TASMAP' scanned layer on LISTMap is quite outdated and inconsistent.
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Re: Thoughts on Avenza maps?

Postby Orion » Thu 11 Apr, 2019 9:22 am

will_robertson_ wrote:I'm on iOS, not supposing there's any better apps than Avenza?


There are better apps. But I'm not aware of better ones that also host 1:25000 TASMAP. That's the only reason I have Avenza on my phone. For everywhere else I use different apps.
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