Instructions for Opening Mobile Electronic Guide Service Products



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Instructions for Opening Mobile Electronic Guide Service Products

Thank you for your purchase! Attached to your email from EGS are the files necessary to load


this product on both Google Earth and OruxMaps on your mobile device (Google Earth files can also be viewed on your desktop computer). Both Google Earth and OruxMaps are free apps and are required in order to view the mobile EGS products.  The OruxMaps program is a bit more robust than Google Earth, but is currently only available for Android phones.

Some files will be for Android and some for iPhone/iPad. We give you both as a courtesy in case you have more than one type of device. Please note in the instructions below which files you will need to use for each device type.



**These files will be .zip files. For iPhones, in order to open them you will also need an app to unzip the files on your device. We’ve used Winzip and it works well.**

The files you receive via email expire after 72 hours. Please upload them right way. If you registered on our website before checking out you will have access you your files in “My Account.” These files do not expire.

-----------------Your device’s GPS must be on in order for these products to work.------------------

For Google Earth on Android - Load the Google Earth application onto your phone from your app store or on your computer from the Google Earth website.  You many need Winzip app (or any file unzipping app you like) to unzip your files.
On your phone click on the .kmz file in the email sent from EGS or.  The file name will
vary according to the lake product you purchased, but will have .kmz extension at end of file name.  
After clicking, you should get the option to save it or open it in Google Earth.  Save it first.  
Most phones require it to be saved to the hard drive of the phone before they will open it in the program.  After saving, open it in Google Earth.  Your GPS will need to be turned on prior to opening the file. Let it open for a minute of two.  If it doesn't automatically zoom you to the lake,
zoom in and reposition the world until you get to lake you need.

For OruxMaps on Android - Load the OruxMaps application onto your phone from your app store.  
When you are done, your phone will have an OruxMaps directory on the hard drive. If you open the OruxMaps directory, you will see a mapfiles directory and an overlay directory.  If you open the mapfile directory you will see a world directory which is the default world map.  In the mapfile directory, you will need to create a directory named something related to your product so it’s easy for you to know which map you need to choose when you are using the program. An example would be if you purchased Lake Minocqua you would go into the map file directory and create a directory named Lake Minocqua. In that directory you will put the two other files from your Orux Mobile Zip download. These files will end in “.db” or “.xml” and the rest of the name might vary depending on what lake product you’ve purchased. An example of these file names are: OruxMapsImages.db, and LakeMinocqua_EGS_SI.otrk2.xml.





Please be sure your GPS is turned on before following the next steps.  Once you do the prior steps you are ready to open OruxMaps. When open, there will be a map on the menu bar in the upper right-hand corner of the program. Click it. Choose “switch map.” You will see “online” and “offline” as choices for places to obtain maps. Choose “offline” as this will be the location where all manually loaded maps will go. You should then see the name you named your directory in the steps above. Choose this file and you will be ready to go.   This is a great program, as you can save tracks, waypoints, etc.  

You can also load .kml files (Google Earth overlays) and toggle them on and off. With your purchase you will receive a fish locations overlay. This .kml file (i.e. Lake_Minocqua_EGS_Fish_Areas.kml) should be copied into the overlay directory on your Android mobile device. Once copied turn on OruxMaps and go to the map icon in the upper right-hand corner. This will bring up a drop-down menu. One of the options is “load KML overlay.” Click this and the overlay will load right over the mapping. Now you can see the relationship of the fish areas directly over the image of the bottom of the lake.

When using OruxMap, if you zoom out past the extent of the lake map, you will default to a world map (that other directory in your mapfiles).  Just choose “switch maps” again in the menu and get back onto your lake file.

Please be sure your GPS is turned on, on your device, before following the steps below.

For Google Earth on iPhone/iPad - Install the Google Earth application to your phone from the app store. Also install the Winzip file unzipping app (or any other unzipping app you like) from the app store. 
On your phone click on the .zip file (Mobile Bundle). When next screen opens click “open in WinZip.” (Sometimes it takes a few tries) Inside zip you will find a .kmz file. File name will vary according to the lake product you purchased, but will have .kmz extension at end of file name.  You should get the option to open it in Google Earth, as long as you have already downloaded the app.  Let it open for a minute or two.  If it doesn't automatically zoom you to the lake, zoom in and reposition the world until you get to the lake you need. Once opened, use the functions of Google Earth to follow yourself around the lake on the mapping.  

If your purchase also includes a .kml file, open it from your email. (It is ok to exit Google Earth to do this. Your other map should still be active when you go back.) It will open to a page that looks like html code. In the upper right-hand corner is an arrow that will give you choices. Choose to open it in Google earth.

The additional overlay mapping should now be there, as well.  This overlay mapping will be fish areas.

Again, please be sure your GPS is on for all of this to work.  



Google Earth on Your Computer – Download Google Earth to your computer. Click on your .kml file and it will open in Google Earth

If you have any questions please email us at info@outdoortechnologiesllc.com and we will be happy to help.

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