FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How are you different from the other guys? . . .
First off, our map builder is unlike anything found out there. Given that it is completely dynamic, you see your map features and selections update immediately on the screen as you make them. You can adjust and readjust a thousand times before buying. Our competitors require you to speculate about your area of interest by drawing standard boxes on generic google earth image interfaces (Which won't be what you get on your maps ... See below. To us that seems like a bit of a bait and switch.
We're continually building on our extensive libary of basemaps and feature sets. With others you'll have few options of topo style basemaps or aerial imagery to choose from. With Karta, you have 15 basemaps to choose from! In addition to basemaps, our DIY feature overlays, integration and customization options are endless.
Beyond our extensive options for the US and Canada, we've integrated satellite imagery and topo basemap options for the entire world! That's right, you won't find that anywhere else.
Once you've lined up your map just the way you like it, you can preview the exact final product within minutes! By selecting 'Review Map' on our Map Builder we start immediately building your map exactly to your specifications and boom a PDF proof is ready. You can download it to check quality, features, position, etc. Not what you were expecting ... close it up and return to the Map Builder to adjust. Repeat as many times as you like before hitting the checkout. The other guys don't show you what your getting, charge you before you get a proof and then you have to wait days for the proof to be emailed.
Since you know exactly what your getting when you order and your map has already been created, we can get to producing it. And unlike the other guys, we always ship Free 2-3 Day Priority Shipping* in the Continental US so you don't sit around for weeks wondering when it will show up.
Our Map Builder has been designed to put you in control so we don't have to pay high priced cartographers to sit around all day waiting to build maps. The result, lower prices on your custom maps and higher focus on customer service. Compared to the other guys, our custom maps average 30-50% lower in price. Oh yeah, and don't forget about our always free priority shipping that they charge on top of map prices.
More options, Immediate proofs, fast turnaround, lowest prices and free shipping .... any other questions?
Do you use Google Maps Imagery on your Forest Series Maps? . . .
Unfortunately, Google does not license their imagery for purposes such as this. As such, we don't access our imagery from Google Earth, Google Maps or any other mobile platform you might use or see. Fortunately, we've sourced two other high quality aerial imagery variations to utilize. Depending on your location we'll use the best imagery we have access to.
Our World Imagery layer utilizes 0.5m resolution imagery in the continental United States and parts of Western Europe from DigitalGlobe. The update schedule for any given location is random, so imagery dates may vary.
Our US imagery is is usually updated every other year for each state. Acquired from the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP), this layer features high-resolution (1m or better) aerial imagery for the continental United States, made available by the USDA Farm Services Agency. Once updated by NAIP, it is integrated into our Forest Series maps immediately. Provided below is a summary by state of when images on this layer where taken.
Summer 2017 | Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Summer 2016 | California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia.
Summer 2015 | Maine, Montana
Can I Import Data I have from Google Earth, onX, Gaia, Avenza, etc. into my map? . . .
Yes you can! Under 'Custom Features' on our map builder there is an option to add .GPX, .KML, or GEOJSON files to your map. Simply export your data out of your GPS or favorite app to a file. Once you select to import on our map builder route to the file on your computer and boom, your done. You may have to 're-style' your data to work with our system but it should drop in with no problem.
Free 2-3 Day Priority Shipping? Tell me more... . . .
Who really likes to get to the cart and find added cost you didn't expect? That's why Karta ships all orders in the Continental United States for FREE via USPS Priority Service. USPS Priority Service usually gets it from our door to your location in 2-3 business days. Unfortunately, due to high costs and taxes associated with international shipments to Canada, we charge a decreased flat rate at checkout.