myTracks supports different kinds of map. There are some integrated map types which can be used immediately. Some maps base on the OpenStreetMap project. The maps are downloaded from the internet and stored onto your local disk. These maps are also available when you are working offline. Besides the integrated maps myTracks supports TrekBuddy atlases as explained later. The Bing maps by Microsoft are also supported. These maps are not stored locally on the harddisk but they always need an active internet connection.

You can move the map with drag & drop and zoom using the mouse wheel or the zoom buttons. You can bookmark locations which you use often. Use the bookmarks menu to add new bookmarks and to organize them.

You can select a region in the map while pressing the shift key and the mouse button. myTracks zooms into this region when you release the mouse button.

Working with the integrated maps:

The following screencast shows the aspects:

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Using Mobile Atlas Creator

You can import new maps if the integrated maps are not sufficient. myTracks supports a map format which can be created by the application Mobile Atlas Creator. They use the term atlas. An atlas is a set of maps in different zoom levels.
Mobile Atlas Creator is a Java application which can be started in the Finder with a double click on Mobile_Atlas_Creator.jar. A map is presented and you can select that part of the world you want to create an atlas for. Afterwards you have to select the zoom levels which shall be part of the atlas. But please watch the numbers of tiles to be downloaded! Then you have to choose a name and you have to use the atlas format untarted. Finally you can start creating the atlas by clicking Create Atlas. Now the application starts downloading the atlas. This may take some time depending on the number of tiles!

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You have to import an atlas into myTracks after the atlas has been downloaded completely. You have to open the preferences dialog and select the tab page Maps. In the lower left corner you have to click on the plus sign and select Add TrekBuddy atlas/map. In the following dialog please select the folder which contains the atlas. By default, Mobile Atlas Creator stores all atlases in the folder atlases within the application folder. Nevertheless, you can move the atlases to any location you like before importing them to myTracks. But after the import you must not move the atlases.

In most cases you may want to use not only one single atlas but a whole set of atlases of the same map type. E.g. you may want to use an atlas of the whole world in zoom levels 0-9, an atlas for a country like Germany in zoom levels 10-13 and some cities in even higher zoom levels. This is possible with myTracks. As a first step you have to download the different atlases using Mobile Atlas Creator. Then you can move all atlases to one folder on your disk. Then you can import that folder into myTracks. myTracks automatically scans the folder for all atlases. All theses atlases will be available as one single map type in myTracks afterwards. It is even possible to add more atlases to an already imported folder later. In this case you have to click the button Rescan all in the preferences dialog.
The following screenshot shows the structure of such a folder. It contains atlases for the world, Germany and some special areas:

The following screencast shows how to import such a folder to myTracks:

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The folder will be scanned after clicking onto Open. This may take some time depending on the number of maps. Afterwards, you can use this map type in the same way as all the integrated maps. This is shown in the following screenshot:

How to integrate more maps

myTracks already provides various map types. These maps are available in the internet and their terms of use allow to use them free of charge.

If you have access to more map servers, you can provide a configuration file for accessing these servers. Technically this configuration file is an XML property list. The following example shows an example for such a file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>  
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">  
<plist version="1.0">  
    <string>OpenStreetMap - Mapnik</string>  

To configure your server you have to set the values marked in red:

You can only use map servers that provide maps as images in size 256x256 pixels. You cannot use map servers that provide maps as vector data.

To register such a configuration file you have to store it with the file extension ".maplayer". Then you have to drag&drop the file onto myTracks's dock icon. Finally you have to restart myTracks to make the new maps available.

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