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 Using an offline map with c:geo in combination with stored caches allows to use c:geo completely offline (e.g. when you don't want or cannot use a mobile data connection). Using an offline map with c:geo in combination with stored caches allows to use c:geo completely offline (e.g. when you don't want or cannot use a mobile data connection).
  
-This tutorial describes how to downloadinstall and configure such offline maps.+In addition to offline map files c:geo also supports related map themes. By using a custom map theme in combination with an offline map, you can customize the map view according to your needs (e.g. height lines, hiking trail marking, and much more). Some offline maps even require a matching theme to be installed to be displayed correctly.
  
-===== Map file provider =====+This tutorial describes how to download, install and configure such offline maps and themes. 
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 +===== Downloading maps/themes =====
  
 First of all you need to download a compatible offline map file covering the needed geographical area. There are several services available on the internet providing frequently updated and ready-to-use map files. First of all you need to download a compatible offline map file covering the needed geographical area. There are several services available on the internet providing frequently updated and ready-to-use map files.
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 The table above does only provide some examples of map providers, there are more of them out there.  The table above does only provide some examples of map providers, there are more of them out there. 
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 ===== Installation ===== ===== Installation =====
  
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 For this tutorial, let us assume you stored the map file(s) to ''/sdcard/mymaps''. For this tutorial, let us assume you stored the map file(s) to ''/sdcard/mymaps''.
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 ==== Themes ==== ==== Themes ====
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 Once you finished storing the map files (and optionally themes) onto your device, you need to configure c:geo to use the correct directories for finding the maps/themes. Once you finished storing the map files (and optionally themes) onto your device, you need to configure c:geo to use the correct directories for finding the maps/themes.
  
-You will find the corresponding settings in c:geo Menu -> Settings -> Map. A detailed description of this setting menu can be found [[.mainmenu:settings#maps|here]].+You will find the corresponding settings in c:geo Menu -> Settings -> Map. A detailed description of this setting menu can be found [[.mainmenu:settings#map|here]].
  
 At the beginning the related settings will be empty: At the beginning the related settings will be empty:
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 |Map Themes Directory|/sdcard/mythemes| |Map Themes Directory|/sdcard/mythemes|
  
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-{{:en:offlinemap_file_scanner.jpg?direct&300 |}} 
 To select these folders simply click on the related menu item. c:geo will then automatically scan your folders trying to find the map files and offer the corresponding directory to be selected. If the list already contains the correct directory you can directly select it, if your map/theme directory is not listed you have to click the ''Choose directory'' button at the top to manually select/enter the directory. To select these folders simply click on the related menu item. c:geo will then automatically scan your folders trying to find the map files and offer the corresponding directory to be selected. If the list already contains the correct directory you can directly select it, if your map/theme directory is not listed you have to click the ''Choose directory'' button at the top to manually select/enter the directory.
  
-If you select ''Choose Directory'' some file explorer (appearance differs depending on Android version and installed third-party tools) will be opened, where you can browse your folders and choose the correct directory.+ 
 +{{ :en:offlinemap_file_scanner.jpg?direct&400 |}}
  
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 On some devices finding the right folder might be frustrating, as the same folder is mounted under different paths at the same time, whereas the visibility of these paths might be different from app to app. A typical example is, that ''/sdcard/mymaps'' might instead be shown as ''/storage/emulated/0/mymaps'' or something like ''/storage/1234-5678/mymaps''. \\ On some devices finding the right folder might be frustrating, as the same folder is mounted under different paths at the same time, whereas the visibility of these paths might be different from app to app. A typical example is, that ''/sdcard/mymaps'' might instead be shown as ''/storage/emulated/0/mymaps'' or something like ''/storage/1234-5678/mymaps''. \\
-Due to the many different implementations depending on vendor and device configuration, we can't give a generic information, but you have to find the correct path on your device.+Due to the many different implementations depending on vendor, model, Android version and device configuration, we can't give a generic information, but you have to find the correct path on your device.
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 +If you select ''Choose Directory'' some file explorer (appearance differs depending on Android version and installed third-party tools) will be opened, where you can browse your folders and choose the correct directory.
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 The following pictures show two different typical file explorers and visualize the steps needed to browse and select your map folder according to our example. For setting up the theme folder the steps are identical, but you need to select the themes folder instead. The following pictures show two different typical file explorers and visualize the steps needed to browse and select your map folder according to our example. For setting up the theme folder the steps are identical, but you need to select the themes folder instead.
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 If you correctly configured the directories, c:geo will now show all available offline map files in the map selection menu on your (live) map and in c:geo Menu -> Settings -> Map. If you correctly configured the directories, c:geo will now show all available offline map files in the map selection menu on your (live) map and in c:geo Menu -> Settings -> Map.
  
-**FIXME** Picture of map source selector +{{:en:offlinemap_map_selector_2.jpg?direct&400|}} 
 +{{ :en:offlinemap_map_selector.jpg?direct&400|}}
  
-Once selected c:geo will continously use this map file to render your map instead of using the online maps.+Once selected c:geo will continuously use this map file to render your map instead of using the online maps.
  
 ==== Using the theme ==== ==== Using the theme ====
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 After selecting the offline map file to be used, you can assign the theme, which shall be used to render the map. After selecting the offline map file to be used, you can assign the theme, which shall be used to render the map.
  
-This can be done in the menu of the (live) map using the menu option+This can be done in the menu of the (live) map using the menu option ''Select map theme''. If you installed a theme alongside with your offline map, please make sure you select the corresponding theme here. 
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 +{{:en:offlinemap_theme_selector.jpg?direct&400|}} 
 +{{ :en:offlinemap_theme_menu.jpg?direct&400|}} 
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 +===== Advanced theme options ===== 
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 +If you installed a theme, you can adjust and configure the visibility of certain map elements according to your need. You can find the related option in the (live) map menu under ''Theme Options''
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 +{{ :en:offlinemap_advanced_themeoptions.jpg?direct&400 |}} 
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 +Here you can select a basic map style (e.g. Hiking, Cycling, Car) and customize it afterwards by enabling/disabling additional elements of the map. 
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 +{{ :en:offlinemap_advanced_themeoptions_2.jpg?direct&400 |}} 
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 +===== Further reading on offline maps =====
  
-===== Advanced options =====+Link to some guides and tutorials made by c:geo users
  
-Configuring theme options +^ Link ^ Language ^ Description ^  
 +|[[https://www.saarfuchs.com/2019/05/cgeo-so-einfach-kann-geocaching-sein-vortragsfolien-2019.html|Saarfuchs Blog]]|German|Tutorial about c:geo and offline usage|
  
  
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