|boydsmaps.com will be phasing out downloadable maps and Mobile Atlas Creator support in 2021. Mobile Atlas Creator/Java installation is just too problematic and this kind of map does not work well on Garmin devices, due to limitations the company has imposed on their “custom map” format. The Mobile Atlas Creator Tutorial here is already out of date and will not be updated. To use your Android phone or iPhone as a GPS with all of Boyd’s Maps (and more), install the free boydsmaps web app, currently available in beta. Just go to mobile.boydsmaps.com on your phone to get started!|
The free open source Mobile Atlas Creator is your gateway to dozens of mapping and GPS apps for every platform. Install it on your Windows, Macintosh or Linux computer and add Boyd’s Maps by simply dragging and dropping the files. Choose all or part of the map and send it to dozens of compatible apps for your phone, tablet or computer.
And Mobile Atlas Creator is also compatible with Basecamp and your Garmin handheld GPS, or VantagePoint and your Magellan handheld.
All of Boyd’s Maps include full documentation with a comprehensive tutorial – written for beginners with lots of illustrations – to guide you through each step of installing Mobile Atlas Creator and using it with your favorite apps and devices.
But Mobile Atlas Creator can take you farther than Boyd’s Maps, with built-in access to free topographic maps and aerial imagery from the USGS National Map, free topographic maps from National Resources Canada Toporama, OpenStreetMap and more. The tutorial shows how to use these with your favorite app or handheld GPS too. And it’s not just for Boyd’s Maps: the techniques presented in the Mobile Atlas Creator tutorial can be used with maps from any source!
Mobile Atlas Creator uses the free Java platform from Oracle.com
Java installation (if needed) is covered in the tutorial
Make your own maps with Mobile Atlas Creator’s built-in coverage of the whole world from 30 different free sources
Mobile Atlas Creator can also be installed on Linux, but was not tested
Windows apps tested with Mobile Atlas Creator and Boyd’s Maps
Screenshots from a Hewlett Packard ProDesk 400 / 64-bit Windows 7 Professional
Cartograph Map Viewer for Windows is also compatible with Boyd’s Maps, but has not yet been tested
Macintosh apps tested with Mobile Atlas Creator and Boyd’s Maps
Screenshots from a 2013 MacBook Air / MacOS 10.12.6 Sierra
Cartograph Map Viewer for Macintosh is also compatible with Boyd’s Maps, but has not yet been tested
Android apps tested with Mobile Atlas Creator and Boyd’s Maps
These apps work on tablets and phones in both landscape and portrait orientation
Screenshots from a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 / Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Cartograph Map Viewer for Android is also compatible with Boyd’s Maps, but has not yet been tested
iOS apps tested with Mobile Atlas Creator and Boyd’s Maps
These apps work on iPads and iPhones in both landscape and portrait orientation, except DIY Map GPS which is portrait-only
Screenshots from a 2018 iPad /iOS 11.4
Other devices tested with Mobile Atlas Creator and Boyd’s Maps
These dedicated GPS devices are also compatible with Mobile Atlas Creator. Garmin handheld and other select devices can use the .kmz atlas format, Magellan handhelds are compatible with .rmp files and Windows CE based devices can often be “unlocked” to run the OziExplorer CE app .
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