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Maps - What do you use?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by RicInOR, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  2. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Interesting, thanks.
  3. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I use google maps, apple maps, and mapquest. For different reasons. But I still like using paper maps for an overall view as well.
  4. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I tend to really use the one in my head 1st. Then paper. Then I found this app called Gaia that is a godsend. After that, if I'm in front of the computer it's usually studying google earth or xmamps overlays.
  5. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have a Garmin GPS with a bunch of different maps, but I still have paper. Pittman, USGS are probably my favorite, and a lot of ODF maps. I have a bunch of Jeppson aviation maps, still take them with me even with the Garmin. Too many years in Civil Air Patrol survival training and pilot survival training to depend on electronics. I have 2 sets working on 3 of Pitmann maps, one in my GHB of the 3 adjacent counties. I by them cheap at garage sales, and will just keep stacking them up, the wife can sell them for what I paid for them when I croak.

    My boys like the GPS, but USGS are their favorite, similar to what they used in the military.

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    I'm starting to think Google maps and the others are somehow biased. Steering you away from or towards certain neighborhoods, towns or routes.

    Trying to map out different/shortest cross country routes and getting a lot of variation.
    I know shortest isn't always best but I'd bet politics and money are involved sometimes.
  7. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Waze app hands down.

    Real time data and it will send you on side streets to avoid congestion. It works REALLY WELL in and around Portland
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  8. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Google first then Bing. For driving, Garmin.
  9. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Google maps most of the time, occasionally Apple. I typically plan my own routes though, I don't typically like the routes the maps choose for me.
  10. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Google Maps. I'm on an iPhone 6s and I don't need to use the Apple Map.

    Directions I use Waze.

    I have a mild photographic memory and so really it doesn't matter what map I use for a street overlay.

    I use Google Maps on the computer. That's why I go cross platform and use it on mobile. I find that it's nice to search for stuff on the computer and if I need quick recall on a mobile device that I'm signed into the recall is quick. No searching just start to enter it in and it pulls up recent history.

    Seeing street view is also very important. That visual part of me trumps anything else.

    I'm also damn good looking at a paper map and knowing a towns routes rather quickly. Working east coast and different towns every couple of months I had to adapt very fast.

    I remember once being in Worchester (pronounced Woosta) and my step dad/boss drove is around the town and got lost. Stopped at a Boston Market by the time it was dark and then gave me the keys and said "ok I drove us to dinner now you get is back to the hotel." Visual memory came in handy. This was before maps and data usage was big on cell phone plans. Man I hated it when he would do that.
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  11. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Kind of a tangent, but years ago when I was working on my pilot's license, I loved studying aeronautical charts/maps like the one below. I also love old maps, even collected a few prints of old maps.

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  12. RLS

    RLS milwaukie Active Member

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    In the pick up i have a 1990 Thomas guide, Or. and Wa. Gazetter and various state and federal maps.

    In the truck pretty much the same except for the Thomas guide, That got a new one back in 2002 i think. Generally i am good to go with a cross street.
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