Outdoor Discoveries

It's amazing how things develop. After all, this blog started out as a news section for the rest of the website. With encouragement from readers, it has become a place for relating my countryside wanderings and musings about the world of outdoor activity. Walking, cycling and photography all are part of what I do out-of-doors and, hopefully, they will continue to inspire me to keep adding entries on here. Of course, there needs to be something of interest to you, dear reader, too and I hope that's the case. Thanks for coming.

OSi Maps now on Quo

26th November 2009

Last week, Mapyx finally made good their promise to bring out Ordnance Survey Ireland 1:50000 Discovery mapping data for Quo. Pricing is £1.99 per tile, more comparable with £1.95 per tile for OS Explorer maps than 99p per tile for OS Landranger. Even with the (little) extra outlay, that's not so bad and I purchased tiles for the area covering the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains for less than £20, hardly a king's ransom. OSNI maps are also promised but we'll just have to be patient and see when they come on the scene.

So far, my examination of those purchased OSi maps has been a brief one with route planning and other such operations left for later. Reassuringly, downloading and installation of the actual tiles was the same as for any other Quo map and the displayed tiles were as clear (and as recognisable to the likes of me) as those you'd find on Trail Master DVD's or in Geolives. However, Quo needs to shut down any OS maps that you have open in order to open up their OSi equivalents because of differences in coordinate systems; that can be a little inconvenient if you start to wander between the British mainland and Éire quite a lot. That's the only difference that I have seen up to now and I'd be surprised if I noticed anything of note while in the process of planning a route. If I do, my observations may find their way on here in due course. After all, my one sortie to Wicklow's does deserve to followed by another.

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