Program and content files for the Viking GPS free/open source program.
Viking is a free/open source program to manage GPS data in Linux or Windows. You can import, plot and create tracks, routes and waypoints, show OSM, Bing Aerial and other maps, geotag images, see real-time GPS position (not in Windows), make maps using Mapnik (not in Windows), control items, etc.
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One can use this program in many ways; with the start of my VanLife, I will add campsites, grouped by elevation. As I follow the 78°F throughout the year, I can show only the appropriate elevation campsites to simplify my options. Similarly I will be able to show upcoming events by the month or nearby sources of free drink water. All off-line, of course.
For hikes, I can print a local Topo map with the trail of choice on it and/or load the GPS coordinates to my phone (Topo maps are automatically saved to the computer when I add the trail to the program, for later off-line use).
- Download and install the free program file, specific to your operating system. It has to be said, that several functions are only available on Linux systems.
- Download my Viking content file (~575Kb).
- Unzip the file in a folder where you want it to be (I removed all the images to keep the file small, but you can add new ones later, when you use the program).
- Start the program and go to ‘Edit/Preferences’: General – add the default map layer directory | Startup – Add the content file location.
*Just general information to get you started; for complete info, go to the official website.
All locations come from many different sources and only a minority from myself. Access to these locations may require 4WD and hikes may need skills you don’t have. Flash floods, dehydration, snakes and other dangers may occur. Know before you go.