Originally introduced in 2015 as a Garmin Custom Map, LIDAR in the Pines has now been converted to a universal format that uses Mobile Atlas Creator, a free open source program running on Windows, MacOS and Linux.
Covering most of Southern New Jersey, LIDAR in the Pines Classic merges aerial photography with LIDAR data to produce a 3d effect accenting surface features that wouldn’t otherwise be visible.
Export any portion of the map to your favorite iOS and Android apps and desktop computer software. A twenty eight page illustrated tutorial will guide you step by step.
For Garmin users who just want something simple, the original 2015 version of LIDAR in the Pines is still available for download. Just drop the files into the CustomMaps folder on your GPS and you’re done. The download includes 63 Garmin Custom Map files corresponding with the boundaries of USGS 7.5 minute quadrangles (see the image at the top of this page). Each file contains 25 custom map tiles, and most Garmin GPS devices can only accept a maximum of 100 tiles. Therefore you can only load 4 USGS quads on your GPS at a time (about 13 miles X 17 miles). A few newer Garmin handhelds allow 500 map tiles – the documentation covers this and other topics in detail. This version can also be used in Basecamp or Google Earth on your computer.
But for maximum flexibility, I suggest that you use the new universal version instead. Mobile Atlas Creator lets you make the most of Garmin’s size limitations because you can choose the exact coverage area you want. If you use this old Garmin version, you’re forced to install an entire USGS quad even if you only need a small corner of it. The universal version will also give you the choice of installing a lower resolution map that covers a larger area.