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MAPC2MAPC: The Best Program to Create and Export Maps for Different Devices and Applications


Downloading and installing MAPC2MAPCDownloading and installing MAPC2MAPC




How to download and install the latest version of MAPC2MAPC To use MAPC2MAPC, you need to download and install the program on your Windows computer. You can download the latest version of MAPC2MAPC from the official website. The current version is 596, released on 20 December 2022. The download file is a zip file that contains the setup exe file and some other files. You can use any unzip program, such as 7Zip, to extract the files to a folder of your choice. To install MAPC2MAPC, you need to run the setup exe file and follow the instructions on the screen. You can choose the destination folder and the start menu folder for the program. You can also create a desktop shortcut for easy access. The installation will replace all the files from the previous version, if you have one. You do not need to uninstall the previous version before installing the new one. Your preferences and settings will be preserved in the Local Settings/Application Data folder or the equivalent depending on your version of Windows. The software is not digitally signed, so Windows Defender may issue a warning message when you run the setup exe file. You can ignore this message and proceed with the installation. Some anti-virus software may also report a TB/Dropper virus in some versions of MAPC2MAPC. This is a false positive and you can safely run the program. If you are concerned, you can use VirusTotal to scan the download link and check for any malware. If you are using the Chrome browser, you may need to right-click on the download link, copy the link address and paste it to a new window to download the file. After installing MAPC2MAPC, you can launch the program from the start menu or the desktop shortcut. You will see a welcome screen that shows some basic information about the program and some links to online resources. You can also access the help system by pressing F1 or clicking on Help in the menu bar. Loading and calibrating maps




How to load map images and calibration files from different sources One of the main features of MAPC2MAPC is that it can load map images and calibration files from various sources and formats. A map image is a digital picture of a map, such as a JPG, PNG, BMP, or TIF file. A calibration file is a text file that contains information about how to locate the map image on the earth, such as coordinates, projection, datum, scale, and rotation. MAPC2MAPC can read and write many types of calibration files, such as OZI Explorer (.map), Fugawi (.jpr), Google Earth (.kml), BSB/KAP marine charts (.kap), GeoTIFF (.tif), GeoPDF (.pdf), JNX (.jnx), RMP (.rmp), RMAP (.rmap), KMZ (.kmz), KML (.kml), SID (.sid), JP2 (.jp2), ECW (.ecw), WCI (.wci), TAB (.tab), MCD (.mcd), GMI (.gmi), TFW (.tfw), JGW (.jgw), PGW (.pgw), and more. To load a map image and its calibration file in MAPC2MAPC, you can use one of these methods: - Click on File > Open Map Image in the menu bar and browse to select the map image file. If there is a calibration file with the same name or in a supported format in the same folder as the map image file, it will be automatically loaded as well. - Click on File > Open Calibration File in the menu bar and browse to select the calibration file. The map image file that corresponds to the calibration file will be automatically loaded as well. - Drag and drop the map image file or the calibration file from Windows Explorer to MAPC2MAPC window. - Use command line parameters to specify the map image file or the calibration file when launching MAPC2MAPC. After loading a map image and its calibration file, you will see them displayed on MAPC2MAPC window. You can zoom in and out using the mouse wheel or the + and - buttons on the toolbar. You can pan by dragging the mouse or using the arrow keys. You can also switch between wizard mode and expert mode by clicking on the button on the toolbar. Wizard mode shows only the basic options and functions, while expert mode shows all the features and settings. You can view the details of the map image and its calibration by clicking on Map > Map Properties in the menu bar. You can see the name, size, format, and resolution of the map image, as well as the coordinates, projection, datum, scale, and rotation of the calibration. You can also edit or correct the calibration if needed. You can also save the calibration as a different format by clicking on Map > Save Calibration As in the menu bar. Sometimes, you may have a map image without a calibration file, or a calibration file that is inaccurate or incomplete. In this case, you can use MAPC2MAPC to create or improve the calibration by using one of these methods: - Click on Map > Calibrate Map in the menu bar and follow the wizard steps to calibrate the map image. You can choose to calibrate by entering coordinates, by using Google Earth, by using online maps, by using another map, or by using a polynomial fit. You can also choose the projection, datum, and scale for the calibration. You can preview the calibration on Google Earth or online maps before saving it. - Click on Map > Edit Calibration Points in the menu bar and manually add, delete, or modify the calibration points on the map image. A calibration point is a point on the map image that has a known coordinate on the earth. You can enter the coordinates manually, or use Google Earth, online maps, or another map to find them. You can also drag and drop the calibration points to adjust their positions. You can see the error and accuracy of each calibration point and the overall calibration. - Click on Map > Fit Map to Projection in the menu bar and select a projection and datum for the map image. MAPC2MAPC will automatically fit the map image to the selected projection and datum using a polynomial fit. You can adjust the order of the polynomial fit and see the error and accuracy of the fit. After creating or improving the calibration, you can save it as a different format by clicking on Map > Save Calibration As in the menu bar. Editing and processing maps




How to crop, rescale, reproject, rotate, merge, overlay, and enhance maps Once you have loaded and calibrated a map image in MAPC2MAPC, you can edit and process it in various ways to suit your needs. You can crop, rescale, reproject, rotate, merge, overlay, and enhance maps using MAPC2MAPC tools and functions. Here are some examples of how to do that: - To crop a map image, you can use one of these methods: - Click on Map > Crop Map in the menu bar and select a rectangular area on the map image that you want to keep. You can adjust the size and position of the rectangle by dragging its edges or corners. You can also enter the coordinates of the corners manually. Then click on Crop to crop the map image. - Click on Map > Crop Map with Polygon in the menu bar and draw a polygonal area on the map image that you want to keep. You can add, delete, or move the vertices of the polygon by clicking the mouse. You can also enter the coordinates of the vertices manually. Then click on Crop to crop the map image. - Click on Map > Crop Map with Track in the menu bar and load a track file (.gpx, .plt, .trk, .kml, or .kmz) that defines the area that you want to keep. You can also draw a track on the map image by clicking the mouse. Then click on Crop to crop the map image. - To rescale a map image, you can use one of these methods: - Click on Map > Rescale Map in the menu bar and enter a new scale for the map image. You can also select a preset scale from the drop-down list. Then click on Rescale to rescale the map image. - Click on Map > Rescale Map with Track in the menu bar and load a track file (.gpx, .plt, .trk, .kml, or .kmz) that defines a distance on the map image. You can also draw a track on the map image by clicking the mouse. Then enter a real distance that corresponds to the track distance. Then click on Rescale to rescale the map image. - To reproject a map image, you can use one of these methods: - Click on Map > Reproject Map in the menu bar and select a new projection and datum for the map image from the drop-down lists. You can also enter a custom projection string or browse for a projection file (.prj). Then click on Reproject to reproject the map image. - Click on Map > Fit Map to Projection in the menu bar and select a new projection and datum for the map image from the drop-down lists. You can also enter a custom projection string or browse for a projection file (.prj). Then click on Fit to fit the map image to the selected projection and datum using a polynomial fit. You can adjust the order of the polynomial fit and see the error and accuracy of the fit. - To rotate a map image, you can use one of these methods: - Click on Map > Rotate Map in the menu bar and enter a rotation angle for the map image. You can also use the slider to adjust the angle. Then click on Rotate to rotate the map image. - Click on Map > Rotate Map to True North in the menu bar and select a reference point on the map image that corresponds to true north. You can also enter the coordinates of the reference point manually. Then click on Rotate to rotate the map image to true north. - To merge, join, or overlay maps, you can use one of these methods: - Click on Map > Merge Maps in the menu bar and select two or more map images and their calibration files that you want to merge. You can also drag and drop the map files from Windows Explorer to MAPC2MAPC window. Then click on Merge to merge the maps into one map image and calibration file. - Click on Map > Join Maps in the menu bar and select two or more map images and their calibration files that you want to join. You can also drag and drop the map files from Windows Explorer to MAPC2MAPC window. Then click on Join to join the maps into one map image and calibration file. - Click on Map > Overlay Maps in the menu bar and select two or more map images and their calibration files that you want to overlay. You can also drag and drop the map files from Windows Explorer to MAPC2MAPC window. Then click on Overlay to overlay the maps into one map image and calibration file. - To enhance a map image, you can use one of these methods: - Click on Map > Enhance Map in the menu bar and select an enhancement option for the map image, such as sharpen, blur, contrast, brightness, gamma, saturation, hue, or color balance. You can also use the sliders to adjust the enhancement parameters. Then click on Enhance to enhance the map image. - Click on Map > Orthorectify Map in the menu bar and select a reference map image and its calibration file that has a known projection and datum. You can also drag and drop the reference map file from Windows Explorer to MAPC2MAPC window. Then click on Orthorectify to orthorectify the map image using the reference map as a guide. - Click on Map > Rubber Sheet Map in the menu bar and manually add, delete, or modify control points on the map image that correspond to control points on another map or online maps. A control point is a point on the map image that has a known coordinate on another map or online maps. You can enter the coordinates manually, or use Google Earth, online maps, or another map to find them. You can also drag and drop the control points to adjust their positions. You can see the error and accuracy of each control point and the overall rubber sheeting. Then click on Rubber Sheet to rubber sheet the map image using the control points as a guide. Writing and exporting maps




How to write calibration files and export maps in various formats for different devices and applications After editing and processing a map image in MAPC2MAPC, you can write calibration files and export maps in various formats for different devices and applications. MAPC2MAPC supports many formats and functions that are not available in other programs. For example, you can write Garmin Custom Maps (.kmz), Trekbuddy Tiles (.tar), JNX files (.jnx), Mobile Atlas tile sets (.zip), BSB/KAP marine charts (.kap), GeoTIFF files (.tif), GeoPDF files (.pdf), RMP files (.rmp), RMAP files (.rmap), KMZ files (.kmz), KML files (.kml), SID files (.sid), JP2 files (.jp2), ECW files (.ecw), WCI files (.wci), TAB files (.tab), MCD files (.mcd), GMI files (.gmi), TFW files (.tfw), JGW files (.jgw), PGW files (.pgw), and more. To write calibration files and export maps in different formats in MAPC2MAPC, you can use one of these methods: - Click on File > Write Calibration File in the menu bar and select a format for the calibration file from the drop-down list. You can also browse for a folder where you want to save the calibration file. Then click on Write Calibration File to write the calibration file. - Click on File > Write Map Image in the menu bar and select a format for the map image from the drop-down list. You can also browse for a folder where you want to save the map image. Then click on Write Map Image to write the map image. - Click on File > Write Garmin Custom Map in the menu bar and select a folder where you want to save the Garmin Custom Map (.kmz) file. You can also adjust the size, resolution, and quality of the map image. Then click on Write Garmin Custom Map to write the Garmin Custom Map file. - Click on File > Write Trekbuddy Tiles in the menu bar and select a folder where you want to save the Trekbuddy Tiles (.tar) file. You can also adjust the size, resolution, and quality of the map image. Then click on Write Trekbuddy Tiles to write the Trekbuddy Tiles file. - Click on File > Write JNX File in the menu bar and select a folder where you want to save the JNX file (.jnx). You can also adjust the size, resolution, and quality of the map image. Then click on Write JNX File to write the JNX file. - Click on File > Write Mobile Atlas in the menu bar and select a format and a folder for the Mobile Atlas tile set (.zip) file. You can also adjust the size, resolution, and quality of the map image. Then click on Write Mobile Atlas to write the Mobile Atlas file. - Click on File > Write BSB/KAP Chart in the menu bar and select a folder where you want to save the BSB/KAP marine chart (.kap) file. You can also adjust the size, resolution, and quality of the map image. Then click on Write BSB/KAP Chart to write the BSB/KAP chart file. - Click on File > Write GeoTIFF File in the menu bar and select a folder where you want to save the GeoTIFF file (.tif). You can also adjust the size, resolution, and quality of the map image. Then click on Write GeoTIFF File to write the GeoTIFF file. - Click on File > Write GeoPDF File in the menu bar and select a folder where you want to save the GeoPDF file (.pdf). You can also adjust the size, resolution, and quality of the map image. Then click on Write GeoPDF File to write the GeoPDF file. - Click on File > Write RMP File in the menu bar and select a folder where you want to save the RMP file (.rmp). You can also adjust the size, resolution, and quality of the map image. Then click on Write RMP File to write the RMP file. - Click on File > Write RMAP File in the menu bar and select a folder where you want to save the RMAP file (.rmap). You can also adjust the size, resolution, and quality of the map image. Then click on Write RMAP File to write the RMAP file. Conclusion




A summary of the main points and benefits of using MAPC2MAPC In this article, I have shown you how to use MAPC2MAPC, a Windows program that allows you to manipulate digital maps and convert them between different platforms and software. MAPC2MAPC is a versatile and powerful tool that can help you create and edit maps for various purposes and devices. It supports many formats and functions that are not available in other programs. It also has a user-friendly interface that allows you to switch between wizard mode and expert mode. It also has a comprehensive help system that explains all the features and options in detail. With MAPC2MAPC, you can: - Load map images and calibration files from various sources and formats - View the calibrated map on the screen and compare it with Google Earth or other online maps - Crop and rescale maps while preserving the calibration - Reproject maps to different coordinate systems and datums - Rotate maps to true north or any other angle - Fit maps to other projections or polynomial fit - Read and write Garmin Custom Maps - Write Trekbuddy Tiles - Write JNX files - Write Mobile Atlas tile sets as Offline Maps for Andnav, Back Country Navigator, Maverick, Orux, Androzic, OZI CE, AlpineQuest, Rmaps, My Trails, and OSMtracker - Read MrSID .sid and .jp2 files, GeoTiff, and files that GDAL_Translate will process including ECW - Merge, join, or overlay maps regardless of the scale or projection - Draw tracks onto maps in a variety of styles - Write several calibration formats - Load, edit, and save waypoints (map pins) - Print map onto A4 pages - Orthorectify or rubber sheet maps I hope you have found this article useful and informative. If you want to learn more about MAPC2MAPC features and functions, you can visit these links: - The official website of MAPC2MAPC, where you can download the latest version of MAPC2MAPC, read more about its features, view some screenshots, watch some videos, read some testimonials, join some forums, and contact the developer. - The online help system of MAPC2MAPC, where you can access the detailed and updated documentation of MAPC2MAPC, including the user guide, the reference guide, the FAQ, the glossary, and the index. - The YouTube channel of MAPC2MAPC, where you can watch some tutorials and demonstrations of MAPC2MAPC features and functions. - The Facebook page of MAPC2MAPC, where you can follow the latest news and updates of MAPC2MAPC, share your feedback and suggestions, and interact with other users and fans of MAPC2MAPC. FAQs




Some frequently asked questions and answers about MAPC2MAPC Here are some common questions and answers about MAPC2MAPC that you may find helpful: - Q: How much does MAPC2MAPC cost and how can I buy it? - A: MAPC2MAPC is a shareware program that you can try for free for 30 days. After that, you need to buy a registration key to continue using it. The registration key costs 15 GBP (about 20 USD) and you can buy it online using PayPal or credit card. You will receive the registration key by email within 24 hours after payment. You can enter the registration key in MAPC2MAPC by clicking on Help > Register in the menu bar. - Q: How can I update MAPC2MAPC to the latest version? - A: You can check for updates in MAPC2MAPC by clicking on Help > Check for Updates in the menu bar. If there is a new version available, you can download it from the official website and install it over the existing version. You do not need to uninstall the previous version or re-enter the registration key. - Q: What are the system requirements for MAPC2MAPC? - A: MAPC2MAPC runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, or later. It requires at least 1 GB of RAM and 100 MB of disk space. It also requires an internet connection for some features, such as Google Earth, online maps, and updates. - Q: How can I get support for MAPC2MAPC? - A: You can get support for MAPC2MAPC by using one of these methods: - Read the online help system of MAPC2MAPC, where you can find detailed and updated information about MAPC2MAPC features and functions. - Visit the official website of MAPC2MAPC, where you can find more resources and links about MAPC2MAPC. - Join the forums of MAPC2MAPC, where you can ask questions, share tips, report bugs, request features, and interact with other users and the developer of MAPC2MAPC. - Contact the developer of MAPC2MAPC by email at mapc@the-thorns.org.uk. You can also send feedback and suggestions by clicking on Help > Send Feedback in the menu bar. - Q: How can I learn more about maps, projections, datums, coordinates, and other related topic


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