Thursday, December 23, 2004


Introducing Whereabout CityMAP

Well the time has come and here it is, the first edition release of a custom maps for Magellan GPS receivers. The first CityMAP to be featured is San Antonio, Texas (Bexar County). This CityMAP was created from publicly available GIS data (from the City of San Antonio) that includes a complete street network, streams and lakes as well as park, theme park, university, downtown parking lots/garages, and military base boundaries.

In addition, the data set has a number of points of interest (POI) features such as golf courses, missions, libraries, public schools, hospitals, clinics, police and fire stations to name a few. All POI features can be toggled on/off from the map display at any time. Most of the features include auxiliary data records that provide additional information. For example, if you move your cursor over a Theme Park boundary and press the enter key and data panel is displayed showing the address, phone number, and website address. All the features are included search groups which allow any feature to used in a GOTO search (i.e., show the nearest golf courses and select one to act as a goto point).

This data is provided absolutely free but if you would like to make a small donation to support the creation of additional CityMAPs please use the Amazon Honor account link to the left. Donations will be used fund the purchase of 3rd party translator software (mainly for future Garmin Map support) and additional hosting fees for the data files. The general plan is to create additional CityMAPs for Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Houston, adding Topo data, and including even more POI data. The ordering of these (or additional ones) tasks will mainly depend on interest levels received. So provide feedback please!

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