User friendly GeoPDF import

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    Robyn


    Thanks everyone for the feedback. We are hoping to finish this project to import geo-referenced maps in the first half of this year!

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    velovelo

    same here. I have a pdf map that I would like to import. I'm told it works in Avenza but I would like to be able to import this map into gaiagps and use it as a base map.

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    nathanf

    I also REALLY could use this feature. I have several GeoPDF maps I use on a regular basis. Currently I have to use Avenza, which now requires subscription to import maps. If I was able to use GeoPDF in Gaia, it would be my one stop app!!

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    dharward.nrc

    Have used Avenza exclusively and wanted to trial Gaia. Now that I have Gaia I see no way to import these geo-referenced PDFs which is the most important function of either app for me. Back to Avenza until Gaia adopts this function.

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    Nathan

    Thanks for the feedback everyone.

    We have discussed adding a direct PDF map import option, but I don't have an ETA at this time.

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    walshfamily

    Thanks Nathan for discussing and considering this much needed option.

    Gaia is a great hiking GPS app, and this feature would make it even better.

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    johngo

    Gaia development folks,

    I agree that having this feature would be terrific. Your map layers work pretty well for people in the United States, but in other countries such as Australia mentioned above, it might convert a lot of new users.

    Also, you could take a lot of the market from Avenza, which is far as I can tell is about the only thing that app has going for it.

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    csolizmail

    First Responders would also benefit greatly by using geo-referenced PDF maps. I've also used Avenza for this, but think Gaia is a better product. If pdfs were added, this would be a slam dunk!

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    BrianSchoff

    Additionally, the National Map US Topo map has moved toward using georeferenced PDFs. This is from their Fact Sheet:

    "In 2017, the US Topo map production system was redesigned and modernized to facilitate long-term goals for more efficient production and for continued product improvements. The new system produces maps in a format that uses a georeferencing mechanism that is ISO 32000 compliant."

    My understanding is that basically means 'georeferenced PDF'. 

    Sounds like some important map sources are moving that direction. I had never even heard of them before walshfamily's initial post. Exciting that you guys are talking about implementing them. 

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    donn

    It's time to give this thread a bump. In forestry consulting, the ability to create your own geopdf and use it as your base map, akin to Avenza Maps, is  must. I use GAIA for all of my woods work EXCEPT for verification of base map accuracy, for which I need to use Avenza. Adding an import feature for geopdf/geotiff would allow GAIA to satisfy all of the needs of professional foresters. Sure, it's not a huge industry, but GAIA would have a near monopoly.  Thanks-

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    una.smith

    I really want this feature for search and rescue.  We sometimes need the latest USFS MVUMs just to get to incident base!  Also great for training missions!

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    sunstone1313

    I would also like this feature!

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    yxzenvnemjesew8

    Likewise. The entire NSW and ACT Rural Fire Service uses Avenza Maps for PDF maps and the new version costs $43 “A YEAR” ffs to load PDF maps. 

    Thats about 80k users at least.

    Please add PDF support and take my money. Once off, not some lame ass subscription. 

    Also NSW released all their 1:25k maps as free GeoPDFs so a whole stack of people are looking for a mapping app.

    Add UTM nav coords, it’s whats used in Australian topo maps  

     

     

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    beradthefish

    It'd be great to get a status on this, this feature would also be useful to me professionally and personally!  Thanks.

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    motojakmail

    Listen to what is being said to you. Avenza has some hook up with USGS and or USFS and cornered us into using geopdf which as of now only the Avenza app will do. It is a good format but no gps receivers will handle it, not even Garmin. Well that's just great. The official you can only  go here in the NF document can't be used on our gps units. Our tax dollars at work.Be a hero Gaia and solve this.

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    overlander73

    I have used 4-5 different route planning/track recording apps over the past 5 years.  I use Avenza because of the PDF capability, but I believe the route planning tools are far better in Gaia.  I would completely convert to Gaia if they would add a simple import function for custom geo-referenced PDF maps.  I would like to grab many of the available BLM maps in PDF form, but have postponed doing it because of the time involved.  Let's go Gaia and get this implemented!

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    eganske

    Just adding that Minnesota DNR has just announced all their maps are or will be available as GeoPDF.

    Would love to use them in Gaia.

    https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mobile/geopdf/index.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

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    UTV Adventures

    Avenza is eating your lunch. I'd rather not have to use two different nav apps on the same ride.
    Let's get those USFS MVUMs in here.

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    john.ray.stevenson

    Come on Gaia, this is a really necessary feature.  I prefer Gaia for my personal use, but have to use Avenza for my field crews and volunteer work in search and rescue because we are constantly using geo-referrenced pdfs.  I'm not sure what the hold up is but I'm starting to wonder if its not worth it to just switch everything over to Avenza.  Throw me a bone, please.

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    jessesiebler

    Just bought gaia GPS. Unfortunately going to have to use avenza as i need to load GEO PDF. Sure wish I read this thread before purchasing haha. At least you got my money (now use it to implement the feature). 

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    overlander73

    Our Fire Safe Council does fire access/escape route mapping in conjunction with cal Fire has switched from Gaia to Avenza because you do not support PDF imports. You will certainly continue to lose customers until you make this feature a priority and get it done. You guys need to seize the moment here before it’s too late.

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    sylvan

    seems like this issue has been around for awhile.  Gaia seems cool, but with the way things seem to be going...PDF maps seem to be a must have.  Gaia claims to have a MVUM layer, but not for all forest...including where I live.  Anyhow...I started looking for alternatives and MapPlus seems pretty functional at first look.  Great user interface.  Heading out the next two days for some better field testing.  Wanted to know if anyone else had tried it or found anything else that is good?

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    kpsteinnagel

    Direct import of pdf map layers would be great. Gaia is the best hiking app. All my friends in my local AMC chapter use it. Keep Gaia #1

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    heathmcconnell

    This is ridiculous.... requests for this feature dating back 2 years ago. Why is this not included? Land surveyors could really use the ability to import maps they/others have digitized. I guess I will keep looking for the right tool.....

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    family.hames

    Add me to growing list of people that want/need this feature.  After my subscription with GAIA is up, I will probably switch back to Avenza.

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    cobratodd

    Please add me to this list of people who wish to have this feature added to the regular Gaia GPS features.

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    BrentKendrick

    I also use Avenza for GeoPDFs created in CalTopo, and wish that Gaia would add this feature.

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    raythefouth

    I love GaiaGPS, but I'll be using Avenza this weekend to view MVUM (motor vehicle use maps) and overlay my current position, record tracks, etc. I hope GaiaGPS deploys a similar feature soon!

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    ChrisTerpstra

    Checking back to see if there is any updates.

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    ShawnAyres

    Any updates? 

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