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FAQ For MacMap



How to FAQ


How do I suggest questions for this FAQ?

Well, that's why they're called "frequently asked questions"! Does it come up more than once or twice in our group discussions? Have you answered a query particularly well? Memorialize it here.


What if I liked someone else's answer to a query?

You can also transcribe someone else's answer. Just please make sure to give credit to the member who wrote the answer.


I'm new to Macintosh mapping


How do I get started with mapping on my Mac?/What do you recommend?

We are compiling an article called Getting Started that will help you. Some basic things you need include:


  • A suitable Macintosh computer (almost any model from the past five years will do). You should have:
    • An optical drive (CD-ROM)
    • Hard disk drive space
    • Adequate RAM for Mac OS and the application (512 MB of RAM is a typical recommendation, but a little less will work and a lot more is welcome)


  • An Internet connection (which you already have because you're reading this). You will find it useful for:
    • Mapping information
    • Discussion groups like MacMap and vendor tech support


  • A GPS receiver (optional) for locating your Mac in space. This is used for certain applications such as navigating routes or making maps. There are two basic kinds:
    • "Headless" receiver -- no display. This kind feeds information to a computer or other device. It sometimes gathers information as well, but not its primary use.
    • "Standalone" receiver -- includes display. This kind is usually fed from a computer or other device, and can display the device's position in the world. The simplest ones (such as the Garmin eTrex) display latitude, longitude, and track information, as well as a compass, heading information, and a "breadcrumb trail." More elaborate ones include full-color "base maps" and locate the device on those maps. Standalone receivers can also return information to a computer (like the headless devices).


  • Software to interpret GPS data and to generate maps. See the Getting Started article for recommendations.


With these four basic items -- a Mac, an Internet connection, a GPS receiver, and suitable software -- you can begin to apply your Mac's elegance to the equally elegant world of mapping.

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