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  1. Arrow [Tutorial] How to get Free Google Maps in Offline mode.

    I've seen a lot of people asking for free maps in offline mode, so here's a tutorial. This works in most of the SE phones which have Java MIDP 2.0. While writing i assume that you are already familiar with Installing games, applications and transferring files to your phone from the PC.

    Step 1:
    You need the application of Mini-Google-Maps (mgmaps for short)

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    Choose "Stable (v1.3x)" and platform "Generic"
    Click on [jar] as we are going to use SE mobile phones, [jad] file is not required. You will now be asked to save the file. Please save it on your desktop (makes things easier)

    Step 2:
    Now we need the map "tiles" which comprise the maps used by mgmaps.
    To download these, and a custom area map, you need a tool called gMapMaker. (You need MS .NET Framework v2.0 to run gMapMaker)

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    Step 3:

    Now we need to create a map file for a custom area.
    Go here and use the tool to create a ".map" file. Save this to your desktop too.


    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Find the area that You want to get a map of.
    2. Draw a line around the area that You want mapped, by placing markers around in sequence. A single click places a marker, a click on a marker removes it. It is also possible to drag markers around after they have been placed.
    3. Specify zoom levels, map type, and detail level. WARNING: The maximum detail level can freeze Your browser for upto 5 minutes, depending on the complexity of the shape and other factors.
    4. Press the "Generate!" button. Wait for the script to generate everything. As a side note, Mozilla Firefox does the processing much much faster than IE does.

    Be careful and do not select a huge map size. Also select a modest zoom level. Level 17 is not needed, it will just clog up your memory.

    Step 4:

    Now open gMapMaker.
    You should see something like this (the fields may differ)
    screenshot_1.png
    In "operating mode" select "MGMaps mode use a .map file"
    Click on "Go.." You will now be asked for the .map file which was saved on the desktop. Select it. gMapMaker will now download the tiles of your map. Please be patient, this can take a while.

    Step 5:

    A folder should be created in "C:/Program Files/gMapMaker"(Windows XP) Or "C:/Desktop" (Windows Vista)

    It will contain another folder "MGMapsCache". Copy this to your memory card or phone memory (If it has enough space)

    Step 6:

    Now install the application "mgmaps.jar" in your mobile phone the usual way. Start the application. Go to menu->settings->map browsing
    Mark the fields of "Stored Maps" and "Offline mode"
    If your maps are inside the phone memory, Put the storage path as "C:/MGMapsCache", or if your maps are in the memory card put it as "E:/MGMapsCache". Select more->save
    Restart the application. Press <zero> till it shows "Google Maps"
    If it does not show even after pressing repeatedly, go to menu->settings->map types. Here you will find something as "Not Available(Google)" Select it and mark "Google Maps"
    The maps should now be seen.

    Step 7:

    Enjoy !!!
    Do report boken links to me if you find any...


    CAUTION:

    I am not responsilble in the rare event that you end up damaging your phone in the course of following this tutorial. Doing the steps above is at your own risk.

    This tutorial is NOT to be posted on any other website without due credits to me.
    Last edited by tekina; 12-12-2008 at 08:37 AM.

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    Nice tutorial! Worked perfectly, apart from a Vista bug:

    Vista users - change the file path from "C:/Program Files/gMapMaker" to "C:/Desktop" This is because the program doesn't have administrative privileges, and won't be allowed to create a file or folder in Program Files
    Last edited by James; 21-12-2008 at 08:37 PM.
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    Updated. Thanks James
    but its not a review.....

  4. #4

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    Nice...Thanks Aniket!

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    No problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by tekina View Post
    CAUTION:

    This tutorial is NOT to be posted on any other website without due credits to me.
    Sadly, this tutorial has been on the internet for over a year now - so you don't have any rights to claim copyrights or credits for the tutorial

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    He means his own tutorial can't be copied word for word
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    That.... is a vaild point

  9. Default can get it to work

    I tryed the above to a tee and cant get it to work ,please help.

  10. Default

    Good article! Very detailed and the information is good! Thanks for sharing

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