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    JaVaWa MapConverter

    JaVaWa MapConverter converts Garmin maps in the old format (those who use configuration settings in the Windows Registry) to the new .gmap format.

    Garmin's MapConverter is able to convert maps only when they have references in the Windows Registry. JaVaWa MapConverter goes beyond that: it can create a .gmap map out of a collection of several files; not only under Windows, but on the Mac too!
    Ofcourse that collection of files has to be a complete set. Later in this document you will find an exact description of the files that need to be in that collection, but before you start to read that (technical) description it's better to try and convert some maps.

    How to use JaVaWa MapConverter

    Drag the folder (or zip archive) with the files to the window of JaVaWa MapConverter; the program will determine whether the collection is useful and which map it is. In most cases JaVaWa MapConverter will be able to decide what the purpose of each of the files is, but sometimes it isn't clear which .img file contains the overview map. In that case you will need to pick the right one.

    When no error messages are shown you can click "Convert" or "Convert & Install". The first option converts the map and places it in a folder of your choice; the second one puts the converted map in the right place, so that it can be used with BaseCamp and MapSource right away.
    You can always install (or remove) the converted map later on your computer with JaVaWa GMTK.

    Alternatively, when you have a backup of a registry map made with JaVaWa GMTK you can drag the folder containing the file with the extension .gmtkd to the window, or the .gmtkd file itself. In that case the purpose of every file is clear, and no extra questions will be asked.

    When you use the option "Convert & Install" the program will ask for elevated privileges, when needed. This is the case when your user account has no writing privileges for the folder where the map will be installed.


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