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  1. #11
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    Well, I think I have sort of found my answer. Avenza Maps is an iOS app that seems to be considered one of the best for handling the above mentioned map formats. While the App is free, the downside is that it has a $49.99 annual subscription fee in order to enable the Import feature so not planning to take that route. There are other free/cheap ones but they don't look overly great...

    However of particular note is that in the built in Map Store they resell the TASMAP eMaps for cheaper than TASMAP ($1.49 vs $2.00 so not much in it) - the listed publisher is 'nswtopo'. The downside to this method vs purchasing direct from TASMAP is that it is stuck to be used within their app program (i.e. can't be shared with other people/programs etc). They also don't offer all of the TASMAP maps - only the 1:25,000 range (which has been superseded by an updated 1:50,000 range - but in my comparison I think that the old ones might have been better and the new ones may have actually had details intentionally removed). One of the things I really like is that you can preview the particular maps in full detail on your computer at maps.thelist.tas.gov.au

    Today I have played with/tested the Avenza app with free maps and find the iOS program to be good. I've bought 13 of the the 1:25,000 maps for an area that I plan to visit later this month on a 4WD/camping trip with mates and will test it out then to see if I have a new favourite off road navigation app. I've found the big name providers (MudMaps, MemoryMap, VMS, Hema, ExploreOz Traveler) to be very limited in detail for Tasmania so I'm hopeful this will be better.

    My biggest complaint with the operation of Avenza is that each map is individual. So you can't scroll from one to the next fluidly (e.g. as you do on Google maps of the List website), you need to load the next one up and view each in isolation.


    The other option is HEMA Explorer iOS app which when upgraded to the Pro can access the Tasmania TheList maps. Cost of this is $9.99 per month or around $50.00 annually. I have tested it today following purchasing a months subscription and found it's offline use to be terrible (I downloaded the map data to the device prior to disconnecting and found it's rendering to be patchy and sometimes non-existant and merging maps). Wouldn't recommend this option unless you are will be in cellular data reception continuously.

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    Hi,
    ExploreOz have a reasonable set of maps for the States or the whole of Australia at 1:250k and designed with 4wd in mind. They are good for an overview or road driving.
    I tend to use a variety of scales depending on what I'm doing.
    The Tas 1:25k maps are now dated but still usefull.
    I'm waiting for a set of 1:50k to fall of the back of a fire truck.

    Cheers

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    Bit late to the conversation - but I use Memory Map and buy maps via the digital map store..

    Topo Tasmania: TasMap |Topo Tasmania | Bush maps | 4WD maps | GPS Software: PC, iPad, Android | Memory-Map Aus/NZ

    You can buy maps with a variety of licensing models - I usually by the version that allows me to use them on my ipad, my phone and my laptop
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bytemrk View Post
    Bit late to the conversation - but I use Memory Map and buy maps via the digital map store..

    Topo Tasmania: TasMap |Topo Tasmania | Bush maps | 4WD maps | GPS Software: PC, iPad, Android | Memory-Map Aus/NZ

    You can buy maps with a variety of licensing models - I usually by the version that allows me to use them on my ipad, my phone and my laptop
    Thanks, I've got and tried those but have found them to be lacking details for 4WDing in Tasmania. Many smaller tracks are not shown at all.

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    Hi,
    Have you checked out Chris Bowden's book at roving.com.au
    Lots of good info there.
    I believe it is for sale on the ferry.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by twr7cx View Post
    Thanks, I've got and tried those but have found them to be lacking details for 4WDing in Tasmania. Many smaller tracks are not shown at all.
    Thanks for that - I've been really happy with the maps I have of other parts of Aus.... I'll remember not to get that Tas set...
    Mark

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    2012 SDV6 SE D4 with some stuff...
    2003 D2a TD5...gone...
    2000 D2 V8...gone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by austastar View Post
    Hi,
    Have you checked out Chris Bowden's book at roving.com.au
    Lots of good info there.
    I believe it is for sale on the ferry.
    Cheers
    Yeah, I've had that for years - I think I have version 3 but 4 was recently released. It's a great publication that covers the major tracks but there's a lot of other random, especially shorter ones, that are only really visible on a map.


    Quote Originally Posted by Bytemrk View Post
    Thanks for that - I've been really happy with the maps I have of other parts of Aus.... I'll remember not to get that Tas set...
    It shows the major tracks and would be more than sufficient for someone visiting the State but for a local looking to explore areas in more detail and with the ability to spend more time there it's lacking detail on a lot of smaller tracks.

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