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Date: 08/06/18 08:20
AcmeMapper replacement wanted.
Author: K3HX

AcmeMapper has recently changed map engines.

I'd be grateful to know of a mapping program with a Google map engine that has the same
functions as AcmeMapper such as being able to assign multiple pushpins and determine
angle and distance between them and being able to accept digital lat-long entries.

Bing maps do not provide the information I reqire.

Either a downloadable program or a purchased disc will do.  The latest de Lorme disc I can
find is 2015 and it is out of stock.

Be Well,

Tim Colbert  K3HX



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/06/18 09:39 by K3HX.



Date: 08/06/18 09:24
Re: AcmeMapper replacement wanted.
Author: TAW




Date: 08/20/18 15:13
Re: AcmeMapper replacement wanted.
Author: donstrack

AcmeMapper's new map engine is OpenStreetMap, an open source mapping project with users worldwide. Why would you not want to continue using it?

Read the "About" page for OpenStreetMap...

https://www.openstreetmap.org/about

Don Strack



Date: 08/20/18 21:10
Re: AcmeMapper replacement wanted.
Author: K3HX

donstrack Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> AcmeMapper's new map engine is OpenStreetMap, an
> open source mapping project with users worldwide.
> Why would you not want to continue using it?
>
> Read the "About" page for OpenStreetMap...
>
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/about
>
> Don Strack

Don,
As a serious roster photo shooter, the "Open Street Map" does not provide
suitable detail for my use.

For example, enter N 40.77021 W 83.82774 into the new version of
AcmeMapper.  You see a indistinct blob.  Looking at a Google map
engine version reveals a small endcab switcher, pointed ENE.

I now use The Photographer's Ephemeris which has a Google map
engine and is capable of resolving the fine detail which I need to
determine if it is possible to get a good photo and at what time of
year-what time of day.  TPE will not currently accept LAT-LON entries
and sometimes stumbles with smaller towns.  To see the little
endcab, enter Ada, Ohio into TPE and note the grain elevator to the
west of the pushpin. You need to be in satellite mode. You can just barely
see something on the west side of the complex all by itself on a
piece of track. Center this in the frame and advance the magnification
all the way (CONTROL + SCROLL) to reveal an endcab.

TPE has some peculiarities but once you figure them out, work-arounds
are possible.

My hope was to find a program with the crosshair and multiple pushpin
location indicators and enough detail for my use.

Really liked the older version of AcmeMapper and used it to make
hundreds of location files.

I've been able to mostly duplicate the functions using 2 other map
programs.  It was just a lot easier to use just one.


Be Well,

Tim Colbert  K3HX


 



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