Release Notes - December 2015
New and updated with V8:
Added Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs) are parcels of NSW Crown land reserved
under legislation for use by travelling stock.
Updated mapping from Map Data Services as of their Q4 2015 release with
additional roads, tracks, pois and National Parks and State forest boundaries.
Net change +1,123 kms
Updated NSW Marine Data - lights, buoys, markers and boat ramps for both costal
and inland waterways.
Improved Autorouting - ability to autoroute over longer distances, improved
calculation times, auto route over all road/track types.
Updated CAMPS8 locations
Updated Public Toilet locations, 17,000+
Updated Minor Water Layer. This a transparent layer much like the 10m contours.
It can be turned on and off, the idea being to reduce map clutter of small
and creeks they are not required to be displayed.
**Autorouting Specific Notes:
OZtopo V5 introduced autorouting to the product for the first time at the
request of many customers. We have included many improvements in V8 but we feel
it worth restating our experiences. There have been many challenges while adding
this feature but we believe we have achieved excellent results. However, we
understand that while our testing has been as thorough as our resources allow,
there may still be errors or omissions in the final product. Please take this
into account when using the product and report any errors to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure your GPS is set to use unpaved roads, ie untick or turn off the "Avoid
Unpaved Roads" setting in the Navigation Options section.
Similarly, within MapSource or BaseCamp (Garmin's computer software) make sure
"Avoid unpaved roads" is unticked and the activity profile is to Motor Cycle or
ATV (in BaseCamp).
** as of BaseCamp V4.4.6 the Activity Profile of Driving has major routing
flaws. We recommend Motor Cycle or ATV or upgrading to V4.5.2 of BaseCamp.
As normal when travelling in remote areas or using 4WD tracks obey ALL signs,
private property notices and locked gates. A road marked on OZtopo does not
indicate you have right of passage. Weather conditions can severely change road
conditions and make some tracks impassable very quickly. Road maintenance on
some of these tracks may be non existent so their condition may have deteriated
to a point of being impassable.
As a result of any or all of the above, your automatically calculated route may
not be able to be used. An alternative route may need to be determined.
Garmin's City Navigator maps offer more POI (points of interest) eg ATMs,
accommodation, restaurants etc than OZtopo especially in more populated areas.
One of OZtopo design goals was not to compete with these products but to provide
more extensive rural and outback mapping. When travelling in these more
populated areas and you wish to locate a specific POI, you may wish to use City