UK 1:25,000 for £150. Anything similar/better?
Is there a catch here? Is it likely that in the future the version of maps won’t be compatible with the version of the map viewer and the maps become digitally obsolete (I still navigate around the UK with yellow Outdoor Leisure maps) or are the mapping software vendors pretty good at backwards compatibility?Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriberscuttler wrote:
Is there a catch here? Is it likely that in the future the version of maps won’t be compatible with the version of the map viewer and the maps become digitally obsolete (I still navigate around the UK with yellow Outdoor Leisure maps) or are the mapping software vendors pretty good at backwards compatibility?
I’m still using the original Anquet version 1 maps from ~10 years ago. They don’t work with the newer software, but they still work just fine as maps, so it depends how you define obsolete.
IIRC I paid ~£200 for the whole of the UK at 1:50k!Posted 4 years ago
Scuttler, its a good point, but I think it can be applied to any digital mapping. My guess, is that in a few years (say 5), owning this sort of thing will be very old school. Everything will become sold as a service, like the current OS getamap idea. Its not quite there yet though, so I’m hoping £150 worth of map will carry me through till then…Posted 4 years agobajsyckelMember
A few days ago I started this thread, prompted by the recent price changes. The main things stopping me asking santa for it is that (1) I don’t have a GPS to use it on and it only works on a couple of systems out there (2) I don’t think mapyx offer any support for android type hacks, and (3) you can play around/plot routes at the 1:25000 online on walkhighland for free, I’m not sure exactly what your 1:25000 map “ownership” gets you. Like you, I can’t see the current digital mapping approach lasting for much longer.
Edit- just realised you’re already on that thread. Price still tempting though.Posted 4 years agoscuttlerMember
From my own perspective (I’m old school navigation) I’d use digital mapping for planning and print-outs at an appropriate scale that makes the map portable (e.g. double sided A4 inside a plastic wallet). I haven’t got a GPS for countryside navigation but agree that the service-based approach will pervade. Given my use-case and the alternative of dropping cash on paper maps, would it suit me?
My friend’s friend currently achieves this by using Bing maps, rotating the screen and scaling the browser to fit the required route followed by judicious use of print screen but I’m sure he’d not object to paying royalties at the right price for the appropriate solution that clearly owning the full set of paper maps can’t readily provide.Posted 4 years ago
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