Access to the Digital Map Shop (DMS) for downloading maps is provided through Memory-Map Software on either a PC or internet connected Mobile Device i.e. iPhone/iPad.
Maps or sections of maps are downloaded from the DMS server over the internet. Once downloaded and activated, you no longer need to maintain the internet connection to use the maps.
Some maps are free and some need to be paid for but you can get a free 10 day demo period on most maps to see if it is the map you want to buy and keep.
When you own a license to access and use a map, you can download any part of it whenever you like, as often as you like. So you don't have to worry about getting it all straight away or accidentally deleting the file, you can simply download it again at no additional cost.
In most cases you're offered a choice to buy either the (cheaper) mobile only licence, for use on one mobile device or the standard licence which allows for use on two PC's and two Mobile Devices that you own.
The advantage of having the standard licence and using the maps on a PC is that it's often easier to plan a trip on the bigger screen, have access to a printer and manage the maps copied to the Mobile Device. The PC can also render the maps in a detailed 3D perspective which is not (yet) possible in the Mobile apps.
You can download the whole map (may take some time) or just a small section that you require now. These sections accumulate like pieces of a jigsaw to build up the larger map
First download one of the free Memory-Map apps to your PC or Mobile Device (see the download page). If you already have Memory-Map on your PC, make sure you have the latest version.
Selecting a map to download - Once you have the Memory-Map software installed on the PC, select the Digital Map Shop and select a map to start downloading - It's best to download the smaller scale maps first. i.e. base maps and sections of the 250k scale map (which are all free) before you select to download the more detailed large scale maps. This enables you to pan and zoom to the area of interest before downloading a smaller section of the detailed maps.
There are thousands of maps on the DMS server, too many to choose from so you are only presented with a list of maps for the area framed on screen. Zoom in to a smaller area to narrow the selection or move to another region to see another selection of maps.
Before you download a map you need to understand that you’re only downloading the section of the map that is framed in the window on screen. If you want the whole state at 1:250,000 scale then, on the PC, you need to frame the whole state on screen using one of the free base maps. Then select the map you want to download from the DMS listing.
For a test or a quick view of a map that you might be interested in, we recommend you scale and zoom in on a base map so that only a relatively small geographical area is framed in the window. Try resizing the application window on the PC to frame an even smaller area rather than using the whole screen size. This will download a lot faster.
The first time you select a premium map from the DMS list, you'll be prompted to activate it. Click Activate, and sign in to your existing user account or new users should create a personal user account. (requiring only your name and a valid email address) You will then be presented with three options:
• Enter a serial number - usually provided within a retail DVD product.
• Buy now - Buy the rights to access and use the map.
• Activate Demo - Most maps provide a free time limited demo period.
Successful completion of either of these will give you access not only to the section of digital maps that you just downloaded but any other section of the same map or maps under the same resource heading.