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Loading gpx Files into Memory Map on the iPhone

Since writing this article I now follow the same process but keep the files in my Microsoft OneDrive.

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One big difference between the versions of Memory-Map on my old Windows 6.5 phone and my current iPhone is the way they handle imported routes from the PC version of the software. The Windows version simply connected to the complete route library in the PC application, then on the phone you could choose which routes from that list to show, turning them on and off as required. On the iPhone you have to load the routes individually and once you have finished with that route unload it and then load another (keeping too many routes loaded at one time impacts the performance of the app). The “Save as” gpx file in Memory-Map PC version solves the problem.

But the issue is getting the routes into the app from Memory-Map on the PC. The first thing you have to do is save the individual routes as gpx files on your PC. In my Memory-Map I have a category for Lincolnshire – which has over sixty entries, both routes and location markers – if I save the whole of this category as a gpx file when I open it on the iPhone it is too confusing on the screen to be useful – another reason to limit the open routes/markers on the iPhone.

In the knowledge base on the Memory-Map website it describes how to email gpx files to your iPhone for use in the Memory-Map app. However I use my Dropbox account to transfer (and store) my gpx routes and markers.

It is easy to save gpx files on my PC with descriptive names, into a Dropbox folder, these then synchronise to my Dropbox online. Using the Dropbox app on my iPhone I can access the files.


gpx files in a Dropbox folders

These files are opened in Dropbox, by tapping on them – they open as text files. By then tapping on the “open in” icon I can choose to open the file in Memory-Map.


showing the “open in” option

The gpx file is loded into the Marks and Routes section of the Memory-Map app.


the gpx file available for use in Memory Map

From there it can be opened and used on a map.



I have a number of gpx files available for free download here – more are always being added.

This article is sponsored by Octagon Technology.

iPhone and Text Files Again

As I explained the other day, we use plain text files as part of our process of providing support for our clients – and I had discovered PlainText for DropBox. On Friday I went looking through the Apps Store for a good client to read tech PDF files and I discovered GoodReader. I bought it for the first job, and it dealt very well with the PDF file I needed to have reference to whilst crammed into a server cupboard. However GoodReader is far more than a well thought out PDF viewer.

* It includes a text editor and has a local file system so your iPhone now has a My Documents folder!

* You can import pictures info My Documents – I am now able to document a job now with both images and text.

* At Octagon Technology we not only use DropBox to share information but we have a NAS on our network with FTP access – GoodReader has the ability to connect to this and upload and download files to the iPhone.

* Working through the set up GoodReader gives you a URL to save as a bookmark in Safari, which if you use it when on a web page it will save a local copy of the page. Very useful when I am collecting information to solve a technical problem.

* It connects to many of the Cloud services as well as user servers.

* You can connect it to an email mailbox to access files or messages.

For a full list of features check out their web site,

For me this is a “must have” app.

Sat Nav App for my iPhone

Darren from Absolute Electrical Group (http://www.absoluteelectricalgroup.co.uk) recommended to me a free satnav app for the iPhone. Free – it cannot be very good – can it?


Navfree for UK and ROI takes a while to download and install as it includes the maps so you can use it when offline. When you first run the program you need to go to the Navmii Store, (the shop icon is built into the app), to download the free postcode database. Also available is a safety camera database – this you have to purchase, but it is a bargain,

I tried the software out this morning on the drive from Aviemore to Carnforth and it did as good a job as my Toyota built in satnav – with some additions.

It’s portable so I can also use it in my wife’s car.
One of the navigation options is UK postcodes (something that the Toyota satnav lacks).
Another navigation option is that you can use Google to search for your destination – this needs a data connection.

Using the software is very intuitive and it only took moments to load my destination and set it to navigate. The verbal instructions were very accurate and there are a choice of voices. The map display was clear and easy to understand with only a glance. There is a choice of 2d or 3G and day or night illumination.

The tracking to roads of the car icon seemed accurate as far as I could tell, not being able to stare at screen whilst driving. The vehicle speed is displayed and this too was reasonably accurate – as was the ETA displayed on the navigation screen.

It was also very easy to add destinations to the Favourites list.

Even after such a short test of the software I would recommend anyone with an iPhone to give Navfree a try. It got mebto Carnforth!