Use OpenAndroMaps-Vectormaps in Windows

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there is a frequent wish to use Openandrompas on a Windows PC, particularly planning and administration of routes and tracks
The truth is: there is no straightforward way to use Mapsforge vector maps under Windows.

HOWEVER: Android developers rarely test their apps on a real smartphone or tablet in the first place, but use a virtual Android machine.

(Android 4.1-Tablett in einem Fenster unter Windows)

What does this mean ?
It’s an operating system inside an opertating system, i.e. Android is just a Window under Windows. And this is what
you need for it:

And here are English Keyboards:

The English keyboard is required only for first start and installation, as the QWERTY keyboard is the default in AndroVM. E.g. the @ is SHIFT-2, which you need to specify your google account

And here we go:

  1. In 64 bit Windows first activate CPU virtualization in BIOS – with 32 bit it should work without that.
    If this option is not offered or does not work, then go to AndroVM settings and define only one processor to be used. Also deactivate “VT-x/AMD-V” via Change/System/Acceleration. Multiple cores only add limited value, as Mapsforge uses one kernel only.
  2. Then set a system restore point, just to be safe.
  3. Next install the components of above SW list in the given order, using default values. You have to have network connection for proper network setup. Ignore the many warnings from WIndows etc.
    If you have a firewall, allow VM !!
  4. Start the ANdroid VM – back/home buttons still missing; use ESC instead so far.
  5. Sign into your google account, using same id as on your smartphone (get help from English keyboard layout from above). In case you prefer non-English keyboard, you now can switch to your language.
  6. Now you can install your apps from GooglePlaystore; it may take 10-15 min until your new “tablet” is recognized by Playstore. After that you do not need to pay again for your existing apps.
  7. Install “TotalCommander”, a great, root enable file manager.
  8. To get a status bar in your VM, use the app “AndroVM-Config” and set “force statusbar”. Android will now reboot and you will then see the HW buttons at the bottom. You need to redo this after each each full
    shutdown of the VM. You can safe the current state instead, though, when closing the VM.

Now we have Android in VM working, but it is a closed universe for now.
How do we get our files in (maps, themes etc.) and out (routes, POIs etc.) ?

This is where “shared-folders” come into play, which can be defined in the AndroVM settings. I.e. we define which Windows folders we are going to use for data exchange (and do it right now …). Here is an example:

  • c:AndroExchange
  • c:AndroExchangemaps
  • c:AndroExchangethemes
  • c:AndroExchangepois
  • usw….

Then shut down AndroidVM fully and select “Change” to see its properties. Click “shared folder” add your folder (“c:\AndroExchange\” in our example) via the green “+”. If an Android names like “AndroExchange” does not work, then the Android name should be “mysdcard”. Select “automatic connect”.

Now restart the VM, set the force status bar, reboot Adroid and start
Totalcommander. The shared folders are in /mnt/shared.

Congratulations – now you can copy back and forth between Windows and
Android VM.

Beste Regards and thanks to Michael for translating,

Locus in VM / Wachau mit hillshading