Memory Map kickstart

A few notes on using Memory Map for planning routes.

The easiest way to mark up a route is with Memory Map on a PC, though you can then easily transfer the route to tablets, phones, etc.

You don’t need to take any special action to save your work. MM saves as you go. The only snag with this is you end up with lots of marks and routes on your map. For clarity, you may wish to clear or hide old routes and waypoints before you start! “Hidden” points and routes can be unhidden later. Deleted ones can be if they were Exported (see below).

Zoom to the area on a PC and use the New Route tool. Click in a waypoint at your start position, then additional waypoints one after another in route order. Put in enough points that it’s clear which way to go, MM will join them with straight lines, so you need more points on complicated routes and junctions or on curved routes where a single straight line would’nt be clear.  MM will draw your route in BLUE by default.

Once you’ve plotted the routes for your expedition, and with other routes and points hidden or deleted, you’re ready to go. But it’s a good idea to save your work into an expedition-specific file, and essential if you wish to propagate it to other devices.

Click on the Overlay menu, and choose ExportVisible. The normal Windows file-save dialog will appear. Save your work to the desktop or a suitable folder with a name appropriate to the expedition – e.g. “Lakes-2013”. (The file extension “.mmo” will be added automatically by MM. Don’t change this.)

Once you have an MMO file, you can copy it to a memory stick or attach it to an email to distribute it to all members of the expedition.

If you receive an MMO file, just save it to your desktop, then double-click on it, it will be loaded into Memory Map automatically. Or if MM is already running you can click on Overlay/Import.

To load the route into an Android device you need to take slightly different steps.  On the planning computer to to Overlay and again choose Export Visible but before clicking Save, change the “Save as type” box to read “GPS eXchange files (*.gpx)”. Now save the file with a suitable name – e.g. Lakes -2013.

You need to transfer the GPX file to the android device. I can’t cover how to do that here, it will depend on the device, and the available connection options. For MY devices, I use FileExpert (free app) to pull the file off my network server, you could use a USB cable or Bluetooth… once the file is on your tablet or phone you need to save it in /sdcard0/Download/Memory-Map Once it’s saved in that folder, start the Memory Map app, tap on Menu (three-dot icon), Overlay, Menu (three-dot icon again) and “Load saved data”. You should see your GPX file name displayed. Just tap on it and the routes and waypoints are added to your current display.

You can also use a GPX file to transfer Waypoints (but not Routes) to your Garmin road-going Satnav, e.g. Nuvi. You need “Basecamp” on your computer. Start BaseCamp and load the GPX file, you should see your waypoints on the display. Now connect your Nuvi by USB cable, and tell Basecamp to download the waypoints to the device.  This can be useful for plotting the entrance and exit points from the road network onto lanes, rally stages, etc. I assume TomTom devices can be used similarly…


NOTE when you finish a day out, if Memory Map was running on your laptop or tablet and GPS was active, MM will ahve drawn (in RED by default) a “track” showing where you actually went. You can compare this with the planned route. If you didn’t plan a route, or you had to deviate from it, for example, you can use the Track display to work out where you actually went for future reference.

Finally AS you are following your route, or even driving around with no route, if you want to make a note about a particular location – say a lane has a tree across it or a TRO is posted, or is a lane which “was OK when I drove up it on the bike” (thanks Andy!) you can “Mark” this on the screen using the Mark tool, and then click on the mark to both give it a name and leave a note. Information held about a Mark include the name you give it, the date/time you made it, an icon (defaults to a red flag) the OS map reference of the location, and a big text comment box in which you can put your notes.

At the end of an expedition, repeat the Export Visible process to save a record of the trip including the original route/waypoints, the track data, and any Marks with their comments that you may have made.


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