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Old 04-21-2014, 05:48 AM   #5
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Location: North Georgia
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Originally Posted by Trailryder42 View Post
Unfortunately, the "Learning Curve" can't be avoided. I still use Mapsource because everything I read about Basecamp when it first came out made the idea of trying to learn it hideous.

But if you don't know either one, then learning Basecamp for you may be easier than for me because you don't already have a notion of how it should work, but doesn't.
I have Basecamp loaded!! I have a Zumo on my street bike!! Prior to getting the Montana I loaded the GPX files on it to see what it looked like on City Navigator!! The Forest roads were there but I "Assumed" the Topo's would be better!! Another rider rode the Dakal & indicated he used CN too, , ,

Originally Posted by Trailryder42 View Post
There are in depth articles in this forum on both programs. You're just going to have to do some reading.
I've read a lot but needed someone to offer answers to my questions!!

Originally Posted by Trailryder42 View Post
Before choosing which mapset to use for your .gpx files, I'd want to know if they are routes or tracks.

Originally Posted by Trailryder42 View Post
Once you load City Nav on your computer, view your .gpx files in Mapsource or Basecamp, whichever one you decide to use. I think you'll be surprised how detailed City Nav is. Oh wait, last I heard, you couldn't do that with Basecamp. POS software. Big reason why I still use Mapsource.
With Basecamp you can't load the maps on the computer, , , you plug the GPS Ito the computer & Basecamp uses the maps that are loaded on the unit!! I can see the detailed CIty Navigator maps on my computer to create routes & tracks!!

Originally Posted by Trailryder42 View Post
I too thought Topo would be the way to go, but I hardly ever use it. For me, the screen gets very busy and cluttered. Have to turn the detail way down to cut down on most of the topo elevation lines. And its very hard to tell the difference between roads, topo lines and rivers/creeks, especially at a glance.

I have both Mapsets loaded on my device, but I usually only switch to topo when a road I'm on peters put in City Nav. Then I check topo to see if it shows the rest.
This is very helpful to me!! :-)

Originally Posted by Trailryder42 View Post
I usually only load the City Nav map tiles for the states I may find myself in. As for topo, I don't load the whole state, just the tiles for in and around the area I'm going to be in. Saves a lot of memory.
Also very helpful!!!

Originally Posted by Trailryder42 View Post
I don't know how the Montana stores its maps, whether its internal or SD card. I just trust that whenever I select the map tiles in Mapsource that I want on my device, when I click "send to device", they go where ever they are supposed to.
It has internal memory & a memory card slot!! From what I've read it appears as though I could (like you said) have the (Topo map) tiles for the area of the Dakal loaded on a memory card for those "more detailed" situations!! The Montana 650t comes with Topo Maps loaded so I think the internal memory is large enough to hold City Navigator!!

We'll see!!!

Your answers have been VERY Helpful for me!!

Thank You,

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