The new Map software I’ve found

These past couple of days I’ve tried to find some new map software which I could use for my city Tehran, and I came to some conclusions:
1) Google map has a good, uptodate, free map of streets of tehran
2) I happend to work for 10 month on a map software for "وزارت صنایع و معادن ایران" on a project called "National Geograpich Database of Iran" and then Afghanestan and then other countries, and in that project I happend to write a map software with silverlight via DeepEarth, and I’ve saw on that project that I could download map Tiles (PNG files usually 256×256) from google maps, yahoo maps, Microsoft live maps and ….
3) The only thing I need was a software which could use of offline maps, because I’m tired of searching the web for Garmin Iran/ Tehran Map files (I have some of them here in my blog), and also garmin has just banned Iran IP address (Also I’ve seen that SourceForge has banned Iran IP address too, so to all the developers: "Please use the Almighty CodePlex" :D)
so to everyone who is searching for "نقشه بروز تهران ایران روی گوشی موبایل"
I’ve found MGMaps a good Java based software which you can use on your Windows Mobile/Nokia Symbian S60 v3 & v5 (N95 & 5800).
All you need to do is download the MGMaps for you phone (I’m using the 1.42.01 this is beta but works better on my touch screen Xperia X1) and also download gMapMaker to download the google maps to your computer and the move them all to your and set the MGMaps to use the offline mode/ Stored Map, and that’s it you have a free uptodate map of your city.
But as all the other JAVA softwares there are some consequences:
1) You have to set the security on your phone to allow Connection & Read & Write access, or your phone will ask you every time you move.
2) If you are using Windows Mobile, so you need a JVM. They suggest you to use IBM J9, but I’ve tried Esmertec Jbed and the only problem was that the software does not recognise the builtin GPS device and so there is a work around which you have to use GpsPortPPC or use this instruction but last night I’ve tried a new ROM from OR which is based on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 build 28205 and GOD it is so lite and fast and it use a new "Myriad Jbed" from which appeared that they’ve bought the Esmertec, and now it support the internal GPS device of my Xperia X1, so problem solved.
and also I’ve tried it on my brother’s Nokia N95 8GB and it worked like a charm and I’m going to try it on my Fiancé’s Nokia 5800 and will let you know.
I also download then 1-17 zoom of Tehran, and if someone liked it I might upload it here.
And also in N95 as you know the Media Software will check all the storages for some image files to cache, and the MGMaps store all the tiles in some .mgm files which are PNG and nokia media software found then and they were thumbnailed and some "_PAlbTN" folders were generated in all the directories. So the solution would be to make the stored map folder "MGMapsCache" as hidden and also you might first set the MGMaps to look in to that folder and then make in hidden ’cause the application might not see them when they are hidden.
And also there is this setting in Setting > GPS > Mobile Tracking > Move Map, which is set the map moves while you move, otherwise the blue pin point which is were the gps is (I mean you) won’t move the map unless you goes to the menu and click "Where I Am". So this is like you click that button every 3 secs.
When you are using gMapMaker select the Operating Mode as "MGMap mode, download tiles using entered area", and then click Map to select your area, then select Map Type "Google Maps" (for the street view) and the Zoom level, And then click GO, and it will download them to the location shown on upper aera which is by default "C:Program FilesgMapMakerMGMapsCache" and you just have to copy "MGMapsCache" to your phone and then select the stored map location in settings > Map > Map location > Browse (also you have to select stored map settings and I’ve also selected the offline mode).
Also I’ve found TrekBuddy, this is a good application which also can read the stored map from a .tar file (which include all the map tiles) so you won’t care for all +50000 tile files which you have to copy to your phone, but it has some problem so I went back to the MGMaps:

1) .tar mode is very laggy on N95 and so I didn’t tried it on my Xperia
2) You can’t just zoom in or out, you have to make an Atlas and then choose what zoom you want to see (I’m not dump ass, but is it that hard to make a Zoom feature? ).

Here was for tonight, if you need anymore instructions just post me comment and I’ll write more about it.
Sadjad Bahmanpour

3 thoughts on “The new Map software I’ve found”

  1. Nice stuff… Although it doesn’t apply to me right now. Do you know what happened to my WinMo phone?!!! It just simply and quite suddenly stopped working!!!! Do you know why?!!! ‘Coz I took the battery off and threw it away!Now I’m using my old Sony Ericsson phone… However, I’m really eager to see how WinMo7 is gonna turn out. I’m hearing good things about it, and hope that I can give it another shot. Otherwise, I guess Jobs would like me more than Ballmer.

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