Users of global satellite positioning devices, used to collect location data, need a way to exchange such data between a device and software programs such as Street Atlas USA, Topo North America and XMap, all of which put tracks and routes on a digital map. Store the maps with the GPS data as image files, and transfer them to any image editing program such as Adobe Illustrator for use in graphics applications.
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Start Street Atlas USA, Topo North America or XMap.
Click the "Draw" tab. Select "File" to open the draw file editing area. Click "Import" to open the "Import Draw File" dialogue box.
Browse to the source folder of the GPX file. Select "GPX File" (extension ".gpx") from the "Files of type" drop-down list.
Click "Open" and select "Done" to return to the Draw dialogue area. Do this for as many files as you want to open. Click "Map Files" > "File" > "Save As" in order to save imported GPX file with the name and in the location of your choice.
Click the "Map Files" tab.
Click "File" and select "Open."
Double-click the map file.
Click "Add" and select "Draw Files." Select the file you want to add to the current map file.
Click the "Copy to Clipboard" button on the "Print" tab to copy your map to the clipboard.
Start Adobe Illustrator.
Click "Edit" > "Paste" > "File" > "Save As."
Choose a name and location of the file with extension ".ai" and choose "Save"
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