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AccuTerra Map Source

Nathan
posted this on April 26, 2012 10:21

We are excited to announce a new, premium Map Source in partnership with AccuTerra.

Accuterra is already well known on the iPhone and is the same data offered on Magellan GPS

Compared to other free sources for the continental United States, these maps offer better contrast, better shaded terrain, and more up to date roads and trails.

PLEASE NOTE: Some users reported missing overlay tiles in East Tennessee and surrounding areas. You can now get around this by activating the AccuTerra Data Scale Setting in 4.5.3.  

accuterra_gorge_cropped.png 

This is a multilayer map source, the first one of its kind in BackCountry Navigator. The three layers are:

  • Land: topographic contour lines, water features, and colored according to type of land. 
  • Terrain: 3D like shading based on slope. 
  • Data: Roads, trails, boundaries, and other linear features drawn on top of the terrain. 

No need to worry about what you get with this map source. With your tablet or desktop computer, you can preview these at

PLEASE NOTE: the app can zoom farther in than you will see on the web based DEMO. This is a limitation of ERSI web map technology that does not exist in BCN. 


This setting is for those who experienced X's instead of trails in East Tennesee, etc. 
Accuterra_Data_Scale_cropped.png


This is the legend for land and water features:

AccuTerra_land_and_water_features.jpg


This is the legend for data:

linear_features.jpg

 

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Jake Van Epps

Awesome, finally have trail maps!

April 26, 2012 10:29
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

Here are some things you should know. 

You do need to update to 4.5.1 or later of BCN. Please do this *before*  purchasing. Earlier versions can show this purchase but they will not process this properly. 

(note: if you did buy before updating to 4.5.1, you can probably use the restore purchase button after updating to set things right). 

 

http://support.crittermap.com/entries/20519998-seeing-version-and-u... 

You can purchase it through the addons menu. 

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The accuterra map source is not an overlay, so don't look for it in the overlays menu. In contrast, go to the Maps Menu and choose "More Map Sources".

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Then look for a button that says AccuTerra Map Source (premium). 

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You should soon see the map, as long you are centered within the continental US:

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April 27, 2012 14:48
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Bob Gill

The BEST so far, especially for prospecting.

April 27, 2012 17:49
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Anthony Zepeda

you mentioned that accuterra is multilayered.. is there a way to turn off some layers? i notice some lagging when panning around.  thanks

April 30, 2012 21:26
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

Not at this time, sorry. It will be faster if you have predownloaded. Which layer didn't you want -ground, terrain, or trails?.  

May 01, 2012 10:56
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Anthony Zepeda
None in particular really. Being able to turn off the shading and boundaries would be nice. Also, is that legend available within the app?
May 01, 2012 17:11
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

You may be able to find the legends in the Gallery app on your phone. It will be in an "album" called "bcn_p_mapsrc..." or something like that. 

May 03, 2012 15:00
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Troyelawson

Awesome! Shows trails that I never knew existed. Great graphics too. Keep it up!

May 04, 2012 15:57
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Mark Craver

I hesitated for a while, and am really happy I took the plunge.  I loved it after two minutes.  Clear, fast and great trails.  One issue after a few hours of playing.  I installed to my RAZR MAXX and now want to try it on my tablet for the "big picture".  How do I transfer or uninstall and reinstall?

 

Thanks for one of my favorite Apps.

May 05, 2012 22:04
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Gerry Rhoades

Any idea when the map problem in eastern Tennessee will be fixed?  My wife and I are going backpacking in near Tremont in GSMNP June 12-14 and I would like to use the new maps.

May 06, 2012 20:22
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Mark Craver

Nathan, Disregard my previous questiion about reinstalling.  It took me a while to figure out that "Restore Previous Purchases" is in-app and not in-Google Market (Oops ... Play).  I'm slow, but not out of the game yet!  Although I have become quite curious about the add-on purchase.  If the Add-on is purchased through Google, why doesn't is show in the My Apps section in the marketplace? 

May 07, 2012 05:26
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

> If the Add-on is purchased through Google, why doesn't is show in the My Apps section in the marketplace? 

That's a question for Google, but at the moment, all in app stuff is handled, well, in app. I would like it to be more visible, but it isn't. 

May 07, 2012 08:21
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Eric Andersen

Having trouble viewing AccuTerra maps.  I have a Samsung Galaxy S 2.  I am running BCN ver. 4.5.2.  No trouble viewing any other map sources.  I have uninstalled and reinstalled BCN and did 'Restore Purchases' for Accuterra and got the message: ‘AccuTerra Map Source Unlimited installed’ quite a few times now.  All I am seeing is the grey screen with the x's.  I tried downloading a portion of the map and get a message: 'Downloading:Accuterra Land 0% of 696231-Retries:842'   I got 8% once but every other time it stayed at 0%.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

May 08, 2012 10:04
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

Your storage is likely full. 

696231 is a big number - this could easily be 6 Gigabytes. We do not recommend state size downloads as they won't fit. 

If that doesn't help, consider sending a log so we can see the error messages. 

 

May 08, 2012 10:16
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William Miller

I just purchased BCN 4.5.2 and the AccuTerra Maps Unlimited in preparation for a trip to the Cohutta Wilderness for a couple of weeks of hiking. The Online demo shows trails marked on the map, but I can not find how to show the trails on my Android Galaxy Note.  How do I get these to display?

May 08, 2012 11:16
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

Nothing special, but there is a problem in the Tennessee area, affecting the trails and roads layer. AccuTerra is working on it as their highest priority. 

May 08, 2012 11:23
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William Miller

Any ETA on a resolution. I hate to say it, but I just spent a lot of money on this thing, and the location I am going to doesn't have the data I need to work.

May 08, 2012 11:30
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

I don't have a definite timeframe from them. I will release a workaround for you all this week if I have to. 

May 08, 2012 11:42
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William Miller

Wow, that is a pretty good response. Thank you

May 08, 2012 12:18
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Eric Andersen

Nathan,

I was able to download a smaller map.  I couldn't see what I was highlighting so I obviously highlighted too much.  But still can't view the maps.

Here is a log file.

Thanks for the help.

May 08, 2012 12:23
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Gerry Rhoades
The problem in east Tennessee is resolved. Thanks to whoever fixed it. I love this app.
May 11, 2012 06:01
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

This is the setting you need in 4.5.3. 

Accuterra_Data_Scale_cropped.png

May 11, 2012 10:32
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jerry bowerman
I have a HTC incredible with expanded memory. I have 100's of waypoints and tiles downloaded across Colorado, Utah and Nevada. If I purchase accuterra will my waypoints and tiles show up automatically. This data is super important as we are now on our American Discovery Trail walk.
May 17, 2012 09:08
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Equinn55

I purchased Accuterra with BCnav 4.53 on a Droid X. Neither the preview nor the download are working. I refreshed my purchase and restarted my phone. I'm in Olympia WA trying to download tiles in Olympics and Alpine Lakes. Any suggestions?

May 18, 2012 21:57
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Nathan
CritterMap Software
I am seeing Internal Server Error from Accuterra tonight for areas that worked earlier today. I have reported and hope they can resolve it as quickly.. @Jerry waypoint s can show across any map source, and you can switch between map sources.
May 18, 2012 23:19
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Equinn55
Nice to know it's not a phone compatibility issue. I'll use my previous source and check once in awhile. Would it help if us customers ping them directly rather than making work for you?
May 19, 2012 08:08
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

IT is working today after they told me they restarted the server. 

If you know something is an AccuTerra issue, and not a bug or a full storage card, you can contact support@neotreks.com.

May 19, 2012 10:25
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Mark Holmes

Greetings, Just bought AccuTerra and unfortunately I am not seeing any map data. I centered the map in Colorado and have tried various zoom levels and other states. Just getting the gray X's. I have AccuTerra selected as my map source. I tried Restoring Purchases and also selecting AccuTerra Data Scale. I tried Preview On and Off. I rebooted my phone. I'm out of ideas. Any suggestions?  (Razr Maxx, BackCountry Navigator PRO version 4.5.3). THANKS!!

May 21, 2012 21:41
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Mark Holmes

I didn't realize that there was a problem request system. I put in a ticket and Nathan responded quickly.

PROBLEM SOLVED! It was an issue with the AccuTerra server and nothing to do with the CritterMap software.

Thanks Nathan!

 

May 23, 2012 07:29
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Paul

I just bought BCNav (good program, happy with it) and have downloaded mytopo.com maps, which are pretty good.  However, I am not that thrilled with the download process and how to choose what to download.  Also, don't like that I can't save to my external SD as I will run out of space otherwise.  Question, before I buy, I would like to know what the download process is for the Accuterra Maps.  Hopefully I can select large grids so I don't have to patch many, many downloads to get a large area or state (this process is much easier to do on my Garmin).  For $20, I'm hesitant to purchase before seeing how this goes.  It would be nice to have demo of this.  Also, any word on saving maps to external SD?  

May 26, 2012 04:31
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

Paul,

1. You should switch to USA Top Maps. MyTopo, as stated, doesn't work, so it is falling back to that anyway. You can zoom out farther and therefore download. 

2. If you can find the path to your external storage card (not as easy as you may think), you can select it in Storage Root in settings. If that fails, the device manufacturer may have made an idiotic decision that only certain apps can access that card, and you should take your device back to the store. 

3. You should not attempt to download whole states at full resolution.  That's not a problem with the software - the maps are just too big to fit. You can download an entire national forest, though. 

May 26, 2012 12:17
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Paul

Thanks Nathan.  I will try USA Topo Maps.  I was able to set Storage Root to my external SD, don't know why I couldn't find it before.  How will BCN handle the maps on already on the default location?  Also, I assume I can zoom out quite a bit for the Accuterra maps (for $20) so that should make downloading easier.  Now, I have a 64 GB external SD, is that capable of holding a whole state, if not more?       I move around a lot within the state and it would be helpful to have it all (New York state).

May 26, 2012 12:37
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

It might fit. I do expect it will be somewhere from 20 Gigabytes, depending on card cluster size. You can zoom out far on the AccuTerra maps, and level 7 or so is a good place to see state boundaries

That size of a download will take some time. Make it an overnight on wifi.  

May 26, 2012 21:37
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Paul

Thanks Nathan.  I downloaded the USA Topos and they work great!.  BCN is working great!!!  I will give the Accuterra maps a try in the future.  Is there a way to buy just 1 state?  

May 27, 2012 16:02
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Randy Goggin

Nathan, thanks for continuing to find new sources for maps.  I tried the AccuTerra, and I think the aggressive shading will be nice for my next destination (slot canyons of Zion/Escalante).  I also like how it shows land management agency boundaries (BLM, USFS, etc.).  On the down side, there  is a lot of information shown on USGS topos that doesn't appear on the AccuTerra maps.  I find I really miss things like place names and all the detailed notations.  My impression is that AccuTerra might be a good choice for a phone with a small screen where those details would be hard to see anyhow.  I want it all, but at least we have choices.  Great to see my favorite app continue to improve.

May 28, 2012 18:55
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Randy Bertrand

I'm using Backcountry with the AccuTerra map on a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tablet and I've noticed the POI's identified (ie. waterfalls, trailheads, etc.) on the website http://mobiletopomaps.com/ appear to be not available on the tablet app.  Is there a way to turn on these POI labels for the app?    Searching with the app did find a waterfall in Vermont called 'Lana Falls" even though a POI label was not visible for it.

 

Thanks

July 10, 2012 14:36
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Gerry Rhoades

the POIs are an add-on and have to be purchased seperately.

July 11, 2012 05:09
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Randy Bertrand

Thanks Gerry.  I missed that the first go around.   All set now

July 11, 2012 12:28
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Gerry Rhoades

I decided to get the POI add on and it works fine, but is there a way to turn some of them off?  I don't care about RV parks nd in some placesit can be hard to read when there severalnvery close together.

July 11, 2012 19:23
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Bruce McClellan

I just tried to purchase accuterr map source and I received back the messages"Download of accuTerra map source unlimited failed" "down load of accuterra points of interest failed"Im using a droid razer maxx with android 4.0  your program loaded fine.

July 25, 2012 15:55
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

There is not a way to turn off some of them at this time. 

Bruce, don't give up. There doesn't appear to be a server problem. Try the button marked "restore purchases" to try again. It is better if you file a ticket if you need more help. 

July 25, 2012 16:56
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Scott Kirkland

I've got a LG G2x and I just purchased BC Nav and AccuTerra maps, but all I see is X's...I live in Oregon

August 03, 2012 16:24
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

Wow, this thread is getting long. 

Scott, sorry for the trouble. I just got word from AccuTerra that they restarted the server and everything works again. 

August 03, 2012 16:40
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Scott Kirkland

Awesome. Thanks for the quick response and yup, it's working!

August 03, 2012 17:04
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Raysklr650

Accura Terra Terrain map downloads always hang up and stop for me at various percentages...  even as far as 99%. Using storage card setting, and selecting small areas of my state.  Downloading lots of data by unsuccessful retries.  Tried using both wifi & via a solid 4G connection.

MapQuest Open Aerial was successful though. It downloaded 2959 tiles.

Samsung GS3.

 

 

August 04, 2012 15:19
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John Kowalski

Am I missing something about the POI"s?  All have the same icon and no labels.  They just show where a POI is.  Nothing about it.  Is there something to do to get more information and different icons on the maps? Thanks

August 06, 2012 22:08
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Nathan
CritterMap Software
I have lots of different icons and labels if I zoom in enough. Is your app up to date?
August 07, 2012 09:57
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John Kowalski

My version is 4.6.5.  

August 07, 2012 17:24
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John Kowalski

I think that I have resolved my problem.  I finally realized that the POI's are way points and can be configured

August 07, 2012 21:23
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Matt Clark

Just purchased accuterra; however, all I get is the X.  What am I doing wrong?

August 22, 2012 11:17
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

I;'ve notified AccuTerra and they are working on some server side problems. They've generally gotten things like this fixed within a few hours. 

August 22, 2012 11:27
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Matt Clark

Thanks Nathan.  Working now.

August 22, 2012 17:15
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Philip Quigley

When will AccuTerra be available for my Kindle Fire? I can not purchase it through my Backcountry Pro program.

August 23, 2012 15:37
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Gerry Rhoades

Is AccuTerra having problems again?  I'm getting large areas of "X" in Montana south of Billings.

August 29, 2012 09:05
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Craig Gibson

I've recently installed the Accuterra maps, hoping to enjoy "offline" mapping on my Android phone. To test it on a recent bike ride, I highlighted the area I would ride (25 square miles), downloaded it....which took FOREVER. That should have clued me in on something, but I didn't look past it at the time. The mapping works great, love the program, but there's a huge cost to this feature. The SD card was filled with almost 25,000 tile files now.

Every time the card is USB mounted, or the phone boots, it "checks" the SD card for errors that normally takes a second or two....and it's taking 5-10 minutes to check the card. Why? 25,000 tiny little files. Remove that directory, and pow the card works great again. This is just one small area of what I'd like to have on the card, but there's no way that's gonna happen with this kind of functionality.

I don't know much about programming, but I know that other mapping programs for GPS work like gaming systems in that they self-contain their files in .cab files...and when you download a map section it's by quadrant not a scalable selection tool that grabs thousands of individual tiles. Is there something I'm missing, or is this just how the program works?

September 25, 2012 16:00
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

There is someone working on the packageable maps. We have trialed several formats that have not worked out. 

Nonetheless, that does sound excessive for the area you downloaded. 

The media scanner *should* be leaving our folders alone. 

Compact maps can be created on the desktop, but Accutterra is not one it can use at this time. 

http://support.crittermap.com/entries/20095422-importing-maps-of-various-formats

September 25, 2012 16:45
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John

Once you purchase the Accuterra Map source, can you load/view the maps on multiple devises like you can with Back Country?

October 23, 2012 17:39
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Joe K.

I was a little disappointed after I purchased Accuterra to find out that it doesn't show old logging roads and old railroad grades like the USGS topo maps.  Attached are 2 maps of the same area.  One Accuterra and the other USGS.  Notice the missing logging road on the Accuterra Map.

October 31, 2012 07:04
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Joe K.

Also notice Accuterra is missing the old railroad grade in the maps I posted above. 

October 31, 2012 07:06
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Nathan
CritterMap Software

John, you can use them on multiple devices that have the Google Play Store. 

Craig, please try the new map packages for better results:

Using Map Packages

Joe K, it has been reported that Accuterra doesn't have all the old logging roads and railroads. Not everyone wants Accuterra, we have information and a preview so you can determine what is right for you. We hope to show some combined views to have the best of both worlds. 

This thread is too long, so I will have to prune it back. Do contact me through a ticket if you have more questions.   

October 31, 2012 09:26
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