Just in case any of you are experts in this kind of thing, here’s where I’m at:
- Data collection is fine. My Garmin eTrex Vista HCx doesn’t get near the sales claim that “Deep foliage, nor canyons phase the rugged eTrex Vista HCx”–it gets lost quite easily between quite modest buildings in down-town Barcelona–but it’s OK.
- Data editing is fine. I plug the waypoints and tracks into an excellent, free, open source GPS data manager and editor called Viking and it lets me manage and edit the basic data most dreamily.
- Data rendering for publication is not fine. Viking doesn’t seem to do stuff like track name overlay or must-have track display aesthetics, and blocks (eg for squares, public buildings) don’t seem to be there yet. I think this is partly because Viking is seen as a tool to prepare data for the similarly excellent OpenStreetMap, rather than as the final link in the publishing chain. I want to produce some crazy shit, so OSM is not the place to be.
So, dear expert, is there another tool out there that will accept an export in a variety of vector formats from Viking and enable me to publish splendiferous maps of my own?
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