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QuoVadis 6 has the option to export maps in various ways. In this context it is important to distinguish between raster and vector maps. Generally, that the map export is limited to raster maps; in this case, every compatible raster map can be exported. In case of vector maps the only option is the upload free Garmin IMG vector maps to compatible Garmin GPS units which is adressed at the end of this chapter. This chapter covers:

  1. Export of raster to compatible GPS plattforms and / or Software programs
  2. Export of raster maps as a bitmap file
  3. Upload of Garmin IMG vector maps to comaptible Garmin map plotters
Remark: The various export formats provide different levels of protection against unauthorized use. Therefore, copy right holders have imposed different levels of restrictions in terms of tolerated map extents for different export formats.
Wich limit is effective is indicated at the bottom of the map export assistant above the yellow status line. The limit is always indicated in megapixels, and represents the maximum area which is possible to export in terms of pixels.

2D or 3D

A map which is displayed in the 3D mode can only be printed or be exported as a screenshot. A corresponding remark in the export assistant will inform you about this fact:

In order to use all the options described here, please open the map in the 2D mode.

The export always is done in four steps. The export assistant will guid you thruough the procedure step by step. At first you have to open the map which should be exported or printed. Plot all te marks which you want to include in the export.

Then start the assistant by selecting File > Print or File > Map export from the main menu.

1. Specifying the output device

First of all, you have to select to which kind of device you would like to export. Each device has its specific parameter set which is listed below.

The following devices are available:


Under Printer Settings you can select aprinter and define corresponding printing parameters. On the last page of the assistant you can activate a page preview function. With protected maps, the maximum number of pages is usually limited. In this case the limit is indicated in the status line of the assistant.


For some applications you need a bitmap export of a map including all geodate like planed trips in order to include the map into a graphic presentation: For this purpose we implemented a bitmap ratser export into QV. In this context it is essential to take care of the copyright regulations when using a given map for such purpose. In any case it will vary from copyright holder to copyright holder which map extents are allowed and what restrictions might be imposed. Generally if you are using a map for personal use, you will not encounter problems. However, usually you are not allowed to use a licenced map for public or commercial use. If you intend to use such a map in a public or commmercial context, it is a good idea to contact the copyright holder and ask for a quote. In most cases a standard pricing sheet is available wher you pay according to the type of use (internt or print product) and the no. of copies.

Bitmaps can be exported as JPG, PNG or BMP file and in truecolor, 256 or 16 colors. Please specify under file name the path, name and type of the export file.
Bitmaps are open formats, therefore the restrictions of copyright-protected maps are rather strict. Usually, only screenshot resolutions will be admitted.

Compe RMAP

The TwoNav platforms offer the highest performance concerning raster map exports. They allow for the largest map tiles and also offer the best protection of exported maps against unauthorized use. Therfore, the imposed restrictions of map copyright holders are minimal.

Besides the two TwoNav GPS units, the TwoNav software is available for many operating systems such as Windows Mobile, Symbian, iPhone/iPad and MS Windows.

Any raster map can be exported to the TwoNav platforms. Concerning the possible tile sizes, the only practical restriction is the 4 GB limit of the supported file size in a FAT-formated storage medium. This allows for extremely large map tiles. However, as the raster maps are extremely large (up to 10.000 megapixels !), the map export may take very long. The TwoNav software can handle as many maps as you like (as long as you have enough storage capacity) and can even show up to 3 maps at a time including a mixed set of vector and raster maps!. This is currently a unique fearure on PDAs and smartphones!

However, please note that the TwoNav platforms can only process TeleAtlas vector maps compiled by compeGPS. So the map export from QV ist limited to raster maps.

The exported map file is locked against the Device ID (TwoNav GPS unit) or the Software ID (TwoNav software), respecticely. This means that if you are working with several platforms, a given map must be exported for every platform once.

Copyright-Protected maps will be locked against the device or software ID during the export, so you will be asked to enter this ID. Therefore, this format usually allows for a map export in unlimited size. However please note, that the file system of SD cards imposes a limit of 4 GB file size, eevn if you have 32 GB memory available.

If you enable the software switch Register device ID under this name, you can enter a name in the textbox below and QV will store the ID for your next export.

Magellan eXplorist/Triton

From QV it is possible to export map-details to Magellan-devices, series eXplorist (not GC, not older eXplorist) and Triton.

The maximum size of the created map-file should not exceed 2gb. The maps will be locked with the serial-number of the device, which means, that they only run on the device, for which it wae created.

So please enter the device-Id of your Magellan, which is normally a 13-digit number and usually be found in the info-menue of the device.

When the export is done, copy the generated RMP-file in to the device in the folder MAP in the internal memory or on the SD-card. Please use the harddisk of your computer for exporting. For performance-reason it is not recommended to export directly into the device.


Historically, PathAway was the first platform which allowed for a high-quality navigation with raster maps on PDAs and smartphones. Meanwhile this software is available for hardware platforms with Windows Mobile, PALM and Symbian operating system. In terms of functionality, PathAway is still one of the most powerful programs. However, the maximum size of map tiles is limited and now routing/autorouting functionality with vector maps is available. On the other hand, PathAway can handle as many map tiles as you like (as long as the memory card of your PDA has enough capacity). A unique feature is the Remote-Tracking option with PathAway Professional. On some markets, PathAway is also available under the brand Tour Navigator which has usually a limited functionality but uses the same map and data export files.

Ab QuoVadis werden Exporte geschützter Karten verschlüsselt ausgegeben. Dadurch ist die Beschränkung der Ausgabegröße entfallen und es können sehr große Kartenausschnitte auch mit mehreren Seiten exportiert werden.

Geben Sie dazu die User-ID Ihres Gerätes ein:

- Windows Mobile: the UID (Unique Device ID) of the device. The UID is displayed ONLY on the PathAway Register screen. Note: The UID is NOT the Serial number printed on the Handheld. UID is always 10 uppercase characters with no spaces.

- Symbian: The user's IMEI is required. To determine the IMEI, the user must dial *#06# on their Smartphone. The IMEI contains 15 numeric digits. NO SPACES. It is also displayed on the PathAway About - Register screen. The IMEI is unique to each phone, and it is NOT the Serial number printed on the phone.

- Palm OS: Encrypted maps will NOT run on PalmOS.

- iPhone (I will be adding this to the Settings→About PathAway screen. it will be the first 10 characters of their UDID converted to uppercase)

- WM and Symbian: This works on any Version 6.20 or higher - iPhone, will work on 5.52 (not released yet) or higher.

Garmin Custom Maps

Since the first Garmin approach to add raster map compatibility to advanced GPS mapp plotters, it took years until this feature was made accessable to the European market. However, since decemer 2009, the Garmin Custom Map function was finally introduced. Currently this feature is avaliable to the following GPS models: Colorado, Orgeon, Dakota, GPSMAP 62 and GPSMAP 78 (Please note that with some older models a free firmware update might be necessary which can be downloaded from the Garmin website).

Technically, Garmin has restricted the Custom Map function to a maximum of 100 map tiles with a resolution of 1024 x 1024 pixels each. The corresponding area which can be covered, varies with the map scale: While a high resolution topomap with a 1:25.000 scale allows for approx. 30 x 20 km, the custom map will cover the 4-fold with a 1:50.000 topmap. A topomap with a 1:100.000 will allow for a coverad area of approx. 120 x 80 km.

Unfortunately, the custom maps must be uploaded to the internal memory of your Garmin unit (in the folder Garmin\CustomMaps). You can upload more than one file but in any case only the first 100 tiles will be processed.

If the selected map or map extent is too big, QV will automatically generate more than one custom map at a time but as the maximum no. of 100 tiles are automatically realized, you can only upload one of the generated custom maps at at ime. This means that you need a PC in order to change custom maps as it is also not possible to prepare several custom maps on memory cards.

From a technical point of view, a single tile respresent a JPG file and all JPG files are packed in a KMZ file. So the Garmin custom maps can also be used for Google Earth, and they can also be processed with some Giove MyNav GPS units.

This format does not imply an encryption during map export, so te possible size of copyright-protected maps is limited.

Google Earth

For this export mode, JPG tiles are generated which are finally packed in a KMZ file, so its the same technique as for Garmin Custom maps. Such files can be opened and displayed in Google Earth®.

This format does not imply an encryption during map export, so te possible size of copyright-protected maps is limited.


This software is specialized on raster map navigation with Symbian-based smartphones.

Copyright-protected maps are being encrypted during the export. You will have to select the device from a list. Thus, you have to connect your device to the PC first before you can use this function. Due to the logging on specific hardware devices and the encrypted format, usually no restrictions in terms of size of the exported maps are applied. However the available memory of the smartphone might impose limits.

2. Defining the scaling of a map export

After having defined the device for the export, please click Continue to skip to the page where you define the map section to be exported.

Map section and size

The following options are available:

Whole map In this case, the whole map is being exported.
This view The actual map view will be exported. Click on Rest in order to re-select in order to reactivate this option, e.g. after having modified the displayed map section.
Selected area Click on Select in order to define a rectangle which will be used to clip the map area which should be exported.
Along a route/track The exported map section will be defined in order that the route or track which you selected from the list will entirely be covered. Only at existing points is an option refering to the multipage output. If enabled, map sections will only be created at points which can minimize the number of map tiles!

The selected map section will be indicated in the map window by a semi-transparent rectangle and can be shifted with the mouse in case re-positioning is required. You can still zoom or the map according to your needs. You can also add new pages through the function Add single pages which you can then drag-and-drop with your mouse to whatever position you like.

Scalierung of the map export

The scaling factor is the ratio between the size of the original map and the size of the exported bitmap. A value of “1” indicates equal size. A value smaller than “1” means that te map will be downsized. This can be useful in order to reduce file size or to stay under a given map size limit. For example, a value of 0,75 means that the map will be exported at a toom scale of 75%. With high quality maps, this may still result in an acceptable display quaity of the exported map.

In the example given below, a scaling factor of “1” results in a bitmap which is too large to be processed:

Below, the scaling factor has been reduced, so the export is now possible:

By clicking the Max button, QV can calculate the scaling factor in order to adjust the limit to the maximum value possible.

Multipage printout

QV can export several files at a time. Each output page will be indicated as a seperate rectangle in the map display and can be freely positioned. You can also delete single single pages if required. All maps will be exported in seperate files.

Button Add single pageWill create a new page which can be positioned with the mouse in the map window.
Multipage export
Will automatically create multiple pages in a raster array, either with fixed width and height from which the number of pages will be calculated, or a fixed number and QV will calculate the corresponding tile size.
The Overlapping parameter will define if and to what percentage neighboring tiles will overlap. With the Print Pages button, the pages will finally be exported.

Einzelne Seiten können bei Bedarf mit dem Befehl „Aus Karte entfernen“ aus dem Popup-Menü einer Druckseite entfernt werden. Sie können auch mit der Maus einzelne Seiten verschieben, um so den zu druckenden Bereich anzupassen.

Scale for printout

Through te button scale the scale of the printout is controlled.

If disabled, the map scale will calculated so that the map extent will fit the paper size. In this case, the resulting scale will be printed in the field scale.
If enabled, you can define a scale in the corresponding input field. In this case, the map will exactly be printed in the defined scale.

Therafter, you click Print pages in order to printout the marked pages. According to the defined scale, multiple pages may result. If you have enabled the function Expand map extend to fit paper size, the map extent will be increased in order to fill the printing format but tthe defined scale will still be considered.

3. Additional parameters

GridA grid overlay will be applied to the map export.
ScaleA scale bar will be added to the map export.
Increase text sizeThrough this function, an increased text size can be applied. This is specified as a percentage increase and will be applied to labels of waypoints, routen and tracks, etc.
Increas line widthThrough this function, an increased line width of tracks and routes can be applied. The value is defined as a percentage increase.
Text footlineHre you can enter a user-defined text which will be added to the exported file along with the copyright remarks.

4. Finish

On the last page of the assistant you finally start the printout or file export by clicking Done. Depending on the number and size of the pages, this can take quite a while. A progress bar will be displayed and a button to abbort the export or printout is also available.

Additionally, the following options are available:

Open file managerAfter the export is finished the Windows file manager will open and display the expored file(s).
Start external applicationEnter the path and name of an executable file which should be opened along with the exported file(s).
Keep dialog openIf enabled, the assistant won't be closed, so you can go back to choose other options and run additional exports.

For printouts, a page preview before printing function is available. If enabled, first the printing preview will be opened where you can check the result and finally start the prinout by clicking Finish:

With the Close button, the printing preview window is closed.

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