Downloading topo maps for a large area

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    Ashli Baldwin

    Hi,

    Gaia GPS will let you download about 100,000 tiles at once for most map sources, which ends up being around 2GB of space. 

    You can complete several downloads of this size to get a larger region, and if you're Android can utilize an SD card, you'll be able to store your Gaia maps there to save space. 

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    michaelknoll

    When, oh when, is Gaia going to make it easier to download larger map areas and see what areas have been downloaded?

    Problems with downloads:

    1.  On the rectangle used to select the map area to download, the teeny tiny dot on the corner is too small and it's ridiculously hard to drag it to change the size of the rectangle.

    2.  Map downloads repeatedly freeze and can take days to complete.  Maps don't seem to download in the background.  They only way it appears I can download a big map is to not use my phone for anything else for hours at a time.  The downloads seem to freeze even when my power-saving features merely darken the phone's screen.

    3.  The 100,000 tile-per-download limit is way too small.   I want to download USGS and Gaia topo maps for the whole state of Washington, not just a small fraction of the state.  I would happily pay extra money to be able to load the entire state onto an SD card all at once and be done with it.

    4.  On the tiny screen of a phone, it's very difficult to see what part of the USGS topo of the state of Washington I'm selecting for a given download.

    5.  The default resolution of a download should be configurable or should be set to maximum resolution.  For backcountry navigation using USGS and Gaia topos in the Washington Cascades, there's no point in downloading any less resolution than the maximum unless one's phone is radically low on SD card storage.

    6.  It's exceedingly difficult and time-consuming to figure out what parts of the state are covered by existing downloads.

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    Draizk

    I have to echo Michael Knoll's comments above. I was gung ho on Gaia at first. I'm still amazed by the assortment of layers and their unmatched usefulness. However, not being able to effectively download maps for offline use is a deal breaker. There is simply no point in having reams of data that cannot be easily accessed when actually out doing things. I'm close to requesting a refund, I'm so sorry to say.

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    Waaag

    I have to agree.  Downloading maps is my main issue with Gaia.  I love what it can do, but michaelknoll nailed all my frustrations in trying to download.  Time and time again I get out on the trail far from cell service only to find out that the download didn't complete and the map that I have now is not what I need.

    One more gripe-- I have a phone and two tablets.  Why do I have to download on each device?

    Here's what I want-- to be able to select downloads at home on my desktop computer, download them to my account and then load them to my devices via wifi.  Seems reasonable to me.  How do we make that happen?

     

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    grimcoyote

    I was having the same question as the OP.  It seems to plan a big adventure with all the maps necessary is extremely difficult.  There isn't a way that I have found to budget storage space. Even a solid wright up on the primarily used layers and the amounts of data storage usage to expect for x square miles would be very helpful. 

    Further, having a sync options button right on the opening screen of the app would be extra helpful.  As it is now, you have to go into settings, fish around a while because you forgot precisely where the "resume downloads" toggle is, all the while your phone/tablet is freezing up because it's trying to download everything all at once from the last month or what have you.  A "sync options" menu that allows you to select what you want to sync or resume downloading (waypoints, maps, a particular user defined folder) WOULD BE AWESOME!  And, please for the love of all things holy, allow me to toggle off a whole folder of waypoints..

    And, since I mentioned folders, how about when downloading a map, with all it's selected layers, goes into a folder that the user names as opposed to a whole mess of layers just thrown into the "saved" folder.

    I'm getting ready to go on a 10 adventure of exploring the Colorado Rocky Mountains and the more I'm trying to figure out what maps and layers to download, the more I'm finding that due to the storage budgeting issues, the disorganization of the download filing system, the difficulty of undertaking such a task on a tablet with limited processing power compared to a PC...I'm beginning to wonder if it's even worth trying to use Gaia GPS for this trip.

    Sorry, had input on the OP question and problem and ended up going on a tangent.

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    carlgirard

    I can't echo these sentiments enough.  I have an Android device with 256G of system storage (Samsung Galaxy Tab4 256) and an sdcard that holds another 512G (SanDisk 512GB Extreme microSDXC).  Space is NOT an issue in my case.  The ability to download large chunks of maps is.  I wouldn't mind the 2G limit if I could see ON THE MAP what has been downloaded so that I could add to it.

    I have been test driving Gaia GPS and Backcountry Navigator XE and BCNavXE has it figured out.  I can download massive chunks of maps to a single map cache.  No need for a bunch of separate maps with different names.  If BCNavXE developers can figure it out I'm sure you guys can too.  Get with it!  Please. ;)

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