How to Use CalTopo Offroad & Import 4×4 Trails

CalTopo is a navigation tool that is powerful and dynamic and ideal for creating highly customized maps, as well as using highly customized maps. With CalTopo, the options are nearly endless. But if you are new to using this kind of software, then you need to know where to start and how to use CapTapo offroad & import 4×4 trails

Import and export functions

CalTopo is a tool that does work well with other programs and other functions. By using the importing and exporting functions, you will be using the main components that any kind of map program has. When you are planning your 4×4 trails, or want to upload trails that you have already done, then getting to grips with these functions is going to help you to make the most out of the mapping tool.

Where are the import and export menus found?

The Import and the Export menus are found at the top of the main map objects menu. If you are using CalTopo on a mobile device, then it is found in the map objects menu, which is located in the top right-hand corner. 

Import and export file types

If you want to import 4×4 trails to CalTopo that have been completed, then the good news is that you can use files in different formats, such as GPX, KML, or GeoJSON files. When using the export function, there are a few more options. You can export different file types, as well as connect to a platform like Google Earth to be able to create a new map. As well as these options, you can also link to a GPS or Garmin device if that is what you prefer when mapping out your 4×4 trails.

How to import objects

If you are looking to use the import function, then it is the same process, no matter what kind of file type you use. 

  • Click onto the import button which is found at the top of the map objects sidebar. 

  • Go through your device to make sure that you are able to find the 4×4 trail file that you are looking to import.

  • Click select on the file.

  • You are then able to import the file which can be saved to an existing map or to an unsaved map. 

Once the file has been uploaded, you will see a box appear that lists the items that are in the file, as well as a little information about each item in the file. This means that you can add specific things to the file, as well as reselect and deselect using the checkbox.

Importing directly from a GPS unit

Most GPS units will act as a storage device and be able to interact with computers, just like any other kind of USB would. If you have a GPS that is quite old, then you might need to use the GPSIO importer to allow you to import files in this way.

Importing using the mobile app

If you want to import items to a map but using the mobile app, then the first thing that is needed is to open the map item menu, done by using the center button found at the top of the app screen. Then look for the import button which is found at the top right of the screen. From there, you will be able to choose which file you want to import from your device 9of course, it still needs to be a file such as .gpx, .json, or .kml file). 

By using the file that you want to import, the next option will be to import the map. This is the same as importing on a computer, but there won’t be as much detail about the maps as before, such as distance or map objects. If you already have a map open, it can be saved in that map. If you don’t already have one open, then it will need to be saved as a new file.

Offline use

The CalTopo mobile app can be downloaded for free at the usual place where you get your apps (Apple or Google Play Store). If you want to use the app when you’re offline, such as when you’re actually out and about on trails without cell service, then you do need to upgrade to a paid subscription.

There is a lot to learn when it comes to using CalTopo for your offroad 4×4 trails, but by getting to grips with it, it can enhance your experience and make your route planning and importing maps much simpler.

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