Friday, February 19, 2010

Universal Maps Downloader

Universal Maps Downloader is a tool that help you to get small tile images from Google Maps, Yahoo maps, MicroSoft Virtual Earth maps, OpenStreet Maps. All downloaded small images are saved on the disk. You can view downloaded maps by Maps Viewer Or you can combine them into a big BMP map by Maps Combiner.

Note: The downloaded images are only for your personal purpose, non-commercial use.

It is a shareware, for trial version, you can not download high precision images.

See the screenshot. It is very easy to use.

1, Enter a task name, such like "Mytask.umd". All task files are saved as *.umd.
If you want to continue a old task, click button "Open task... ".

2, Select Maps type. There are 9 types of maps, see the followed picture:

3, Drag the trackbar to define the zoom level. The zoom level defines the image precision. For trial version, the max zoom level is 12, so you can not download high precision images.

4, There are 4 parameters (Left Longitude, Right Longitude, Top Latitude, Bottom Latitude) to define the area scope of images that you want to download.

Left Longitude: -180<180,><180,><90,for><90,for>Convert 'Degrees,Minutes,Seconds' to 'Degrees'...".

5, Select a path to save the project and downloaded images

6, Define how many threads you want to start to download at the same time. The max threads number is 8.

7, Then click button "Start", OK, start downloading now ... !

When downloading, the log window will display the downloading process. When finished, the log will be saved to a file.

After downloading, there will be a file named as *.ftl, if there are some files failed or missed, you can re-download them: menu "tools"->"re-download failed files".

How to view downloaded maps?

You can view downloaded maps without combining them into one big BMP.
We provide a tool to view the images, you can run it from menu "Tools"->"Map Viewer".

Then open a task from menu "File"->"Open task..." to view the map.

How to combine small images into one big map?

After downloading, all small images are saved on your disk. Then you can combine them into one big image map.

We provide a tool : Combiner.exe. You can run it from menu "Tools"->"Map Combiner".

The output big image is in BMP format. You can convert it to other format by yourself using some image tools such like PhotoShop.

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