OS getamap features
When you start OS getamap for the first time, it checks whether you have the Microsoft Silverlight browser plugin installed. If you don’t have it already you’re prompted to install it.
Type in the names of places, postcodes, attractions, other points of interest, and landscape features – OS getamap will take you to the point on the map.
Swap between different types of maps by clicking these tabs. The grid reference shown is marked by a small red circle on the map.
Moving around the maps
Use the map control in the top left hand corner of the map screen to zoom in and out, and pan around the maps, or point at the map and hold down the right mouse button to drag the map around. If your mouse has a wheel you can use it to zoom in and out of the maps.
The black toolbar in the top right-hand corner of the map screen has all the functions you need to make routes on the map. If you hover over each icon it tells you what it does.
Clicking an icon ‘activates’ it and highlight it in white, when you’re finished you need to ‘de-activate’ it by clicking it again before to move onto to doing something else on your map.
Making your first route
Search or browse to a place on the map and click the draw route ‘pencil’ icon in the toolbar. This will make a blue flag appear on the spot you’ve clicked, this is your start point. Next, click other points on your map to insert waypoints. When you create a waypoint, a blue line will join it to the last marked point on your map to create your route.
Once you’ve made a route you can get estimated timings, elevation (height profile) and see waypoint information. You can use the utilities section on the toolbar to save your route, print it or email a link to it.
Main menu options
On my map – once you’ve made some routes, and optionally added points of interest, they will appear here. This is available to registered and subscribed users only and lists routes you’ve made for the area of the map you’re looking at.
Find a route – you can see routes added by other OS getamap users, over 140,000 of them, authored routes from the AA, Country Walking and Trail magazine. The routes will show for the area of the map you can see in the map window.
Features – find things to do and places to go – OS getamap contains thousands of points of interest such as tourist attractions, accommodation, pubs, etc. Clicking on this menu shows categories for everything there is to see and do in your selected area of the map.
On my map – once you’ve made or selected some routes they’ll be shown here with any points of interest you’ve added.
Get driving directions – when visiting an area, even if it’s near you, or going for a short break or holiday, walking, cycling or running trip, it helps to know how to get there. With our direction finder you can get the shortest route and plot points along the way that you might want to visit.
Weather – our unique localised weather service is ‘geo-coded’ so you get the local weather for wherever you select on the map. It also changes as you move between local weather areas.
My handheld device – if you have a Garmin GPS device you can sync routes between OS getamap and your Garmin software. If you have another type of handheld device you can still import GPX or KML route files using the icon on the toolbar or export routes from the ‘On my map’ menu.
You can put waypoints along your route to help you navigate or to highlight points where you have to make decisions. You can insert any number of markers on your map to show viewpoints, meeting places or rest stops – or anything you like.
• You can add waypoints along your route by simply clicking the next waypoint place on the map – your waypoints appear as small blue circles. When you’ve finished your route, don’t forget to de-select the ‘draw route’ icon on the black toolbar.
• You can move waypoints by clicking and holding down the left mouse button on the waypoint you want to move and dragging it to another point on your map.
• If you’ve made a mistake, or just want to remove a waypoint, click the eraser icon on the black toolbar, and then click on the waypoint you want to remove. Remember to de-activate the eraser by clicking it again on the toolbar or re-selecting the drawing icon to continue with your route.
• You can add markers by selecting the marker icon on the black toolbar and clicking on a point on your map.
• To add comments and upload a picture to waypoints and markers, make sure the icon is de-selected on the toolbar, and then simply click the waypoint to open the details in a pop-up box.
So next time you use OS getamap and come back after a day out, why not add some comments and any photos you’ve taken as a record of your route. You can also share your route by email with family and friends.
In the second of our series on making the most of your OS getamap subscription (exclusively for subscribers), we’re looking at route planning tools that you can use to get further information and customise your display options.
How to use your route planning tools
To see the route summary and planning tools in OS getamap you need to click on a route that you’ve made – the tools appear underneath your main map viewing screen.
Route summary – provides a total distance, elevation range and estimated completion time using Naismith’s Rule for walking, and an adjusted version for running and cycling.
Route settings – name your route, describe it, select the type of route it is (walking, running, cycling, other), change whether the route is private or public and show or hide the waypoints.
Route style – you can change the colour, thickness and transparency of the route. Changing the route style is particularly useful if you’re overlaying your route on rights of way or grading your routes by colour. It also gives you the freedom to mark a number of routes on your map and choose which route you take while you’re out exploring.
Elevation – provides a chart of the height profile of the route and each waypoint.
So, next time you use OS getamap, why not check the route information and see what a difference you can make by using different route display options.
It’s easy to import and export routes from most GPS devices and if you have a Garmin device you can also synchronise your routes between your GPS and OS getamap.
Garmin GPS devices
• Install the latest Garmin Communicator browser plugin
• Select ‘More’ from the left-hand menu select in OS getamap then ‘My handheld devices’.
• Your Garmin will sync with OS getamap and you can import and export GPS routes to and from your device or onto your computer.
Using other handheld GPS devices
If you don’t have a Garmin GPS you can still import and export routes in GPX or KML format. Firstly, connect your device to your computer with a USB cable. To import a route click the ‘Import a GPX route data file’ icon on the getamap toolbar.
You’ll see your GPS device listed as a drive with folders inside and then you just have to highlight the file to import it to getamap and show it on the map.
To export a route click on ‘On my map’ and then click ‘export’ under the route you want to export. You can then save this to your computer or directly onto your handheld device.
Saving your routes
Importing a GPS route data file is just like creating the route manually within getamap, so you can save your handheld device routes into your map folder to view or print later.
GPS waypoints and data points
Handheld GPS devices typically record either:
• waypoints that you set manually as you follow a route; or
• data points that are generated automatically by the GPS.
OS getamap can accept either a route made of waypoints or a track log using data points, up to a limit of 2,000 points.
Over a long route thousands of data points can be recorded. You can prevent too many data points being recorded by changing the default recording time setting in your GPS device settings.
How to see your route without waypoints
To see your route without waypoints in OS getamap; select your route on the map and go to the ‘Route Summary’ box at the bottom of the map window. In the ‘Route Settings’ tab you can turn off waypoints. The underlying data is still there, but they won’t show on your imported getamap route and you can also change the colour and weight of your route line using Route tools.
How to export a GPX route file
To export a route in OS getamap, click on ‘On my map’ and then click ‘export’ under the route you want to export. Select the GPX/KML option and then you can save this to your computer and send the GPX route file to us as an email attachment.
You can now share your routes with OS getamap and even import GPX files into OS MapFinder
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As an OS getamap subscriber you can share your routes with family and friends, send them to a group to show meeting places and proposed routes for walks, trail runs, bike paths, etc and send your routes to other email addresses.
How to share an OS getamap route
• If you create a new route you’ll be prompted to save your map before you can send it to anyone.
• Click on the route you’d like to share and select the ‘Email’ icon from the toolbar.
• The ‘Share a map’ dialogue box appears…
• Enter the email address of the person you want to share the map with, or send to multiple email addresses by separating them with a comma.
• You can also opt to send a copy to your own email address, and add your own personalised message.
• Click the ‘Send’ button.
• A message tells you that your map has been sent successfully and an email will be sent to each address containing a link to your shared route.
To share a map in OS getamap it has to contain a route; however, you can create a route containing just a single waypoint on your map and it will still be sent.
Once an OS getamap route has been sent by email, the link to the route can be shared in other places:
• you can share with your Facebook® followers;
• share on Twitter – make a short URL with something like TinyURL and tweet it; and
• use it on your own website, forum or blog.
You can also choose to share your routes with other OS getamap users
• Open the map or route you’d like to share.
• Click the ‘Route information’ tab.
• Select the radio button marked ‘Sharing – This route is public (other getamap users can see it)’.
That’s all there is to it; why not try sharing a route today and make the most of your OS getamap subscription?
How to print route card information
OS getamap stores a lot of useful information about your routes that can be viewed within the application, but it can also be printed out and saved.
Data is stored for every waypoint you create such as: the OS Grid Ref, latitude and longitude, elevation (height in metres and feet), distance from the start (in metres and yards) and any comments or photos you’ve added. The elevation data is also used to create a visual profile of your route.
Generate your route card information
• Create a route and save it, or open one from your map folder
• To see route information click, anywhere on the route; the details appear below the map screen
• Click the print icon on the black toolbar, then click the ‘Print’, ‘Preview’, and ‘Print’ buttons. Note that you don’t have to actually print the route, you can just cancel it when the print dialogue box appears if you wish.
• This creates 2 files; a) a file containing your map and route, and b) your route summary information
Print and save route card information
• Go to your Map Folder
• Select the ‘Purchased Maps’ tab (OS getamap regards your prints as a purchase, but they are free to subscribers)
• Click the ‘View Routes’ button (beneath the PDF icon)
• A PDF file opens showing all your route summary information including detailed route card data, elevation graph, comments and photos.
• Note: the files stay in the purchased map tab of your map folder for 24 hours, but you can generate them again at any time by following the steps above.
Once you’ve opened the PDF file it can be printed or saved onto your computer for future reference, or to take with you to supplement your map and route.
You can also do the same for ready-made routes provided by the AA, Country Walking magazine and Trail magazine that contain the route plus all the supplementary waypoint information such as directions and things to see along the way.
Give it a try – it’s yet another way to make the most of your OS getamap subscription.
OS getamap contains the VisitBritain database of over 40,000 points of interest and local attractions such as castles, historic houses, museums, parks and gardens, as well as hotels, B&Bs, and places to eat and drink direct from the Good Pub Guide.
To see the points of interest on your map:
• search for your location
• click ‘Features (pin to map)’ on the left-hand menu
• select from the categories displayed
• the number of items found in each category is shown for the map area in view
• selecting a category puts the feature pins onto your map – zooming out to cover a wider area will show more pins
• clicking on a pin opens a pop-up box with brief details, clicking the ‘More Information’ link opens the full record
• the features and weather on the left-hand main menu change to match your map location
Adding feature pins to your maps:
• when you select a category, all the pins for items in that category are shown on your map
• you can click the links to ‘Hide’ any of the pins you don’t need, and ‘Show’ them if you change your mind
• to make the pins become part of your saved map you need to click the orange pin symbol next to the item on the menu (labelled ‘pin me on map’) – the pin changes to a numbered pin to show it’s attached
Don’t forget, with OS getamap you can also:
• personalise your routes by adding comments and photos to all your waypoints and markers by simply clicking them once and filling in the pop-up box (make sure you have deactivated the route drawing icon)
• select ‘More’, then ‘Weather’ from the left-hand menu to check the weather forecast for your destination before you go, with the latest local data from the Met Office’s nearest weather station
What you can save to your map folder:
• your route, along with the map section
• points of interest you’ve pinned on the map
• comments and photos you’ve added to waypoints and markers
Saving a map to your map folder:
• when you’ve finished plotting your route, and added any extra information, click the disc icon called ‘Save this map to your map folder’ under ‘Utilities’ on the toolbar
• give the route a name under ‘Map name’ and select the category you wish to save the map against
• you can also ‘Add new category’ and save the route in a custom category
• click ‘Add’ if you are adding a new category and / or click ‘Save’ to save the map to your map folder
Accessing your saved maps:
• in the toolbar under ‘Maps’ click the folder icon called ‘Open a saved map from your map folder’
• within your map folder you can manage your route, for example, re-categorise a route or delete it
• when clicking on a route, it then opens in the OS getamap application
When you print an authored ‘ready-made’ route it gets saved in the ‘Purchased maps’ tab of your map folder for 24 hours, so that it can easily be recovered.
If you have created a route you can choose to keep it public or private so other OS getamap users can see it or not. Any public routes you want to add waypoints to can be edited by saving it to your map folder.
No.8 – How to make links into OS getamap
You can use the map navigation tools within the OS getamap application such as map views, search and zoom and pan tools, but if you have a website you can also ‘deep link’ to specific points, places or routes within the maps.
Deep linking can help your website users to find locations, routes that you’ve made and even create itineraries that can be shared with others.
There are several ways to ‘deep link’ into OS getamap, the instructions below tell you how to set them up. Note that when you ‘parachute’ into OS getamap you need to select the ‘Leisure’ map view tab to see the Ordnance Survey 1:25 000 and 1:50 000 views for printing.
Linking to OS getamap by grid reference
To link to a specific grid reference within getamap please use the format http://www.getamap.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk/?gr=xxxxxxxx where xxxxxx is the grid reference you wish to use. The grid reference should contain the 2 letter 100km prefix and from 4 to 8 numbers.
For example http://www.getamap.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk/?gr=NY341150 will link straight to grid reference NY 341 150 (summit of Helvellyn in the Lake District).
Linking to OS getamap by latitude and longitude
To link to a specific latitude and longitude point (in the WGS84 system) you can use the link format http://www.getamap.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk/?lat=xxxxxx&lon=yyyyyy where xxxxxx and yyyyyy are the latitude and longitude you wish to use in decimal degrees.
Note that for longitude OS getamap assumes this is easterly, so most of Great Britain will be negative for longitude. The latitude and longitude may use up to 6 decimal places.
For example http://www.getamap.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk/?lat=50.937736&lon=-1.470518 will link straight to Latitude 50.937736 Longitude -1.470518 (Ordnance Survey Headquarters).
Linking to getamap by point of interest
To link to a specific Point of Interest please first find the point of interest and click on it to display its call-out box. Then click on the ‘More Information’ link to see the advanced Point of Interest page. On this page please click on the ‘Find on map’ button.
This will open a new OS getamap window. In the address bar the link for that specific Point of Interest will appear and can be used to link directly to the Point of Interest in getamap.
For example http://www.getamap.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk/?poi=383 will link straight to Stonehenge in Wiltshire.
Linking to routes that you’ve made
If you’re an OS getamap subscriber or registered user you can create a link to a route and email it to someone else or to yourself. Then you can use the link in the email that’s received to link directly to the route and display it within the getamap application.
• create a new route, along with waypoint comments and photos if you want to
• save the route to your map folder (with the save button on the toolbar)
• click the email icon on the toolbar and enter the email address(es) that you want to send to send the route link to
• copy the url (website page address) contained in the email and make a link from it
• when the link is clicked it will open getamap and display your route.
The email link in the email will look like http://www.getamap.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk/?key=UQh15FRMMaXX46EEqd3YTw2.