This is a topic that comes up once in a while as a question from users.
BackCountry Navigator DE is a companion product for the Windows Mobile product. It does not have the same selection of maps as the Android Version does and while it can import and export GPX files, it's map files are not directly compatible.
So what do you do to plan your adventure on your Windows Desktop?
The answer may depend on your objective.
To visualize and plan trails and waypoints for your trip:
Any desktop product that can edit or produce GPX format can be used for this. You may already have some software you prefer.
One suggestion is to use TopoFusion, which has both free and paid versions.
BackCountry Navigator can import GPX as well as many kml files.
We also now have a web based method of creating routes and waypoints for use by BacKCountry Navigator at everytrail.com
To create maps for use on your Mobile Device:
From a calibrated image, Nautical Chart BSB, or some other format, there is software that will convert it to a mobile format.
There is also a program called Mobile Atlas Creator to prepare maps on the device.
There are some disadvantages that people have noted:
- It is not always user friendly to prepare maps with Mobile Atlas Creator. While, this is true, we hope to release some new instructions soon to make this easier. In fact, it can already be easier if you use "RMAPs SQLite format when creating a mobile atlas. While we are not associated with RMaps, we do support this format because it is a single compact file. It make copying to your storage card and using it much easier.
There are some that think we still need to have our own BackCountry Navigator as an application for the desktop. Many of them think this should not cost any money if you have the Android version. This would require a significant investment on our part, so we are posting this discussion to get an idea of how it could be most valuable.
In any case, feel free to add your own comments about desktop use of BackCountry Navigator. Do mention which of the above goals you are trying to achieve.
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