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Re: Alternative Mapping
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Reply to: #924284 by Squatchis
Apr 12, 2016 6:35pm
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Love this! I will settle for just shading in the State, but mapping each and every box is really great use of technology. Thanks for sharing.
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Reply to: #924280 by Squatchis
Apr 12, 2016 7:00pm
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Here is what I use:

March 2016 Map
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Reply to: #924293 by PI Joe
Apr 12, 2016 7:48pm
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Oh, that one is nice too... I really like that you can actually see all the different counties.

SpringChick
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Reply to: #924293 by PI Joe
Apr 12, 2016 8:33pm
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Joe, how did you make yours?
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Reply to: #924293 by PI Joe
Apr 12, 2016 9:44pm
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this one is great too!
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Reply to: #924293 by PI Joe
Apr 13, 2016 2:33am
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I like the county maps.
Do the colors mean anything?
Here's mine
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Reply to: #924314 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 6:26am
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Where did you get the county map and how do you update it?
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Reply to: #924321 by Sudoku Crazy
Apr 13, 2016 8:51am
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I outline the process here

It's not automated by any means. But well worth it.
Re: Alternative Mapping
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Reply to: #924305 by Sunia
Apr 13, 2016 9:04am
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Joe, how did you make yours?

The original map comes from the Census Bureau. I use MS Paint to fill in the counties as I box and cache. Red for geocahces, blue for letterboxes, and purple for both. You have to save the resulting colored version as a JPG image in order to upload it to AQ. I have added it to my AQ profile.
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Reply to: #924314 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 9:06am
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Do the colors mean anything?

Red for geocaching, blue for letterboxing, purple for both. I do like your use of colors, it that for calendar years the boxes were found?
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Reply to: #924331 by PI Joe
Apr 13, 2016 9:08am
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I do like your use of colors, it that for calendar years the boxes were found?

I meant the colored pins on the Google map.
Re: Alternative Mapping
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Reply to: #924332 by PI Joe
Apr 13, 2016 9:14am
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Yes the Google map is by year, county map on density.
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Reply to: #924334 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 1:46pm
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I'm all signed up with an account, but I can't get it to change colors even after adding a legend. What am I doing wrong?
Re: Alternative Mapping
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Reply to: #924358 by Sudoku Crazy
Apr 13, 2016 1:54pm
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Without knowing what exactly you're doing it's hard to say.

Assuming you have an account, have made your desired legend.
Then go to each individual state from the drop down menu in the top right and mark your travels as desired. Makes sure you save or update.

It does take up to an hour before the site updates changes, so you won't see any changes on the national map until then.
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Reply to: #924359 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 1:58pm
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I just couldn't get the colors to change. Logging out and back in seems to have worked!
Re: Alternative Mapping
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Reply to: #924329 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 2:39pm
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Can you get the data bu exporting it? And how many boxes can you export at a time
Re: Alternative Mapping
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Reply to: #924362 by Baqash
Apr 13, 2016 6:20pm
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I don't follow.

I can export all the data point from the Google map onto a specific type of file which preserves whatever data you give it and GPS location.

The county map is pretty non exportable besides the maps as far as I'm aware
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Reply to: #924385 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 6:41pm
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I was asking if you can export the location data from AQ or if you retyped everything
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Reply to: #924387 by Baqash
Apr 13, 2016 6:47pm
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Retyped everything. I have my own digital log book which I maintain.

Typical logging is as follows.
Log on Aq/lbna
Place pin on map (at as exact a location I can manage)
Determine country based off Google maps if in doubt
Log digital log.
Update county map as needed.
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Reply to: #924387 by Baqash
Apr 14, 2016 8:38am
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I was asking if you can export the location data from AQ

I got the My Maps on Google to accept data exported from AQ. First I did an advanced search of my boxes--apparently only 100 can be done per layer. Then I mapped the results to KMI. After it did its thing I checked my download file and an earth file had appeared with the data. I could edit that file by clicking on the pin I wanted and deleting ones such as mysteries and bonus boxes. I went to My Maps and chose import data and then dragged the earth icon onto the add a layer. It worked.
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Reply to: #924411 by Wronghat
Apr 14, 2016 9:33am
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I got the My Maps on Google to accept data exported from AQ.

Thanks. 100 at a time. guess i'll save it for when i have better service and more time.
Re: Alternative Mapping
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Reply to: #924280 by Squatchis
Apr 19, 2016 9:22am
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Kelsung has one of these

You can only have so many pins per map, so I have two for every year since 2009 (one each for previous years) with different colors per year . When Google Maps changed a couple years ago, I don't know how to get it to open multiple maps at once. It looks like you're still able to do that, so can you tell me how?

Here's an old screen cap from a couple years ago (2013?) that I just found (inspiring my late reply to this thread):

http://letterboxing.kelsung.com/map.jpg
Re: Alternative Mapping
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Reply to: #924780 by Kelsung
Apr 19, 2016 2:21pm
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Need my sunshades to look at that map!