BaseCamp Tutorial

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by smbjm, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. PRW

    PRW living @ 11.5740741uHz

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    BaseCamp Version 4.6.1 released (OS X).
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  2. Spyderrider

    Spyderrider Been here awhile

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    Regarding new base camp. I see there is a new version out for MAC but I have 10.7 OS. My 2007 iMac will not run the fewer OS. It says to be used with new OS so has anyone running older OS tried the new Basecamp version just released??
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    Rudderfeet Been here awhile

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    I'm afraid mine is an early 2015 model running the latest goo.

    I suppose you could invoke a manual backup (the one within Basecamp) and try to install the latest edition. If that doesn't work, you should be able to install it and reinstall the old one. Just make sure you can still get hold of the older version first.
  4. smbjm

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    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    For Basecamp for Mac earlier versions, go to: http://www.gawisp.com/perry/macintosh/
    For Basecamp for Windows earlier versions, go to: http://www.gawisp.com/perry/mapsource/

    When Basecamp had problems with drag and drop, having access to the last working version was invaluable until the problem was sorted.

    I'd like to thank "Mr. Perry," wherever he is!

    Fred
  6. bnschroder

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    I downloaded the NER Tutorial and I am also very thankful for the great work and sharing it, but I am still struggling with the routes or how my Zumo 660 guides me. When I map a mountain ride I typically include the well known approach from Atlanta up north on GA 400 and I set shaping points at the on-ramp and the end where I turn.
    However, after initially indicating after the on-ramp that I have the next turn in 34 miles, it all of a sudden tells me after 12 miles to get off the highway. So it produces some wonky directions on a pretty straightforward route.
    I wonder if the motorcycle setting somehow selects strange routes, or if I need to set my shaping points closer. My old Gamin Quest never did such crap, and it didn't have a Motorcycle mode.
    Has anybody else found their Zumo to make strange turns and identified the causes?
    Otherwise I must say the Tutorial has really helped me overcome my frustration with Basecamp, though I still think MapSource was much easier to use
  7. FireDog45

    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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    Zoom in close to these via points and make sure they weren't dropped on the other side of the street. If the roads are one way and you drop a point in the other lane BC will attempt to route you to that point. It will also do this if your point is off the road by a certain distance. If you stay zoomed out too far it makes it difficult to see these.

    Also make sure your preferences are set to fastest time on both the GPS and BC as this will sometimes cause some wonky routing.
  8. Spyderrider

    Spyderrider Been here awhile

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    I have had the same thing. Turned out that when I planned the route and didn't review it! When home, I review the route at close magnification, I mean the whole route, and found places that I was routed off an exit and back on for no reason! Closely revie and correct any odd routing before uploading.
  9. Lutarious

    Lutarious Renaissance Man

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    Maybe I missed it, but is there a section here or elsewhere that describes the process of downloading other peoples routes onto BC for editing, then transferring them to my GPS (Montana 600) for en route navigation? Im particularly interested in off road riding where the roads/trails/paths etc may not appear on the maps... Links or directions for guidance in the area are appreciated.
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    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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    Once you have the gpx file on your computer (for instance someone emailed you a route) you should be able to just double click on it and BC will open it. This works for me on a Mac but would assume the process is the same for a PC.
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    I'd like to know how to clean out internal storage on my Zumo 590 ?
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    That's not a BaseCamp question - you would be better to ask that in the 590 thread. That said, you do not use BaseCamp to delete any files from a GPS Device.
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    Blue Mule Persistent Slacker

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    searched online for awhile tonight...

    so i'm trying to learn BC, route building in particular.
    found some videos and thought "ok that's not too bad"

    so I starte marking waypoints to build a route that way, and POI's keep cluttering up the screen and are the waypoints when I click on street intersections or even straightaways on busy city streets.

    so I start looking into how to turn them off...I see this has been an issue for people for 5+ years now.
    cant find any recent answers and it seems the Garmin forum leaders think its not an issue?

    anyone found a way to turn the POIs off yet?

    i'm starting to regret buying this GPS mainly because of the BC software. :baldy
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    smbjm Been here awhile

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    No way to turn them off - but I personally don't build my routes that way. I prefer to build my routes bye either 1. Creating a beginning and ending waypoints then clicking and dragging the route to the roads I want to use. or 2. Using the route tool, click on the start point and then click on the roads I want to take extending the route to the final destination.
    BTW that is the method shown in the tutorial.
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    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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    Disclaimer: This works on my Mac but I don't know if the process is the same for a PC. I would assume it is but...

    Actually there is a way to drastically reduce the amount of POI's visible but I'm not sure how it will affect any searches you may make.

    When you have BC open move the mouse to the bottom of the Map to highlight this section:

    BC Screen shot.jpg

    Then click on the gear looking thing just to the left of of the direction indicator and below the + of the zoom slider. This window will now open up:

    Map feature.jpg

    Uncheck The Points box and pretty much all the POI's should be gone.

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    There is a similar function in the PC version (Edit/Options/Activity Profile/Map display Features). I may have misunderstood Blue Mule's question in that I thought he was asking how to turn off his user created waypoints.
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    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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    Oh, hadn't thought of that. I assumed he was referring to the Garmin ones...
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    Blue Mule Persistent Slacker

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    Yeah, describing the "problem" is a bit odd.

    I can get the POIs ( the actual icons) to not show on the map, doing what you both described. was one of the first things I did.

    problem is if I go to create a waypoint, I move the pointer over an area and a small window pops up listing the POPI's in the area.
    so it might have a list like this..

    Walmart
    Mcdonalds
    Wellsfargo
    9th street and Ridge road.

    it prioritizes the businesses when I want the street or intersection.
    My fear being that A- it will try to steer me into walmarts parking lot as part of my route. and B- that my waypoint placement is inaccurate and I cant tell because the business POI recognition area is so large.
    when i'm marking the street, according to the map on my screen and its popping up 2-5 businesses on opposite sides of the street that I know are a 1/4 mile apart, its an issue in my mind.

    I'm new to this program and I know many of you have seen these questions before.
    I really DO appreciate the help, info and ideas.
    I'll figure this all out in time, but its taking something that should be fun and turning it into work...frustrating work.

    That said, I see TONS of complaints about this program and certain quirks in it...like this one. (5 years of people asking this same thing about POIs)
    So then I read the solutions and hoops that need to be jumped through to make things happen and I find it frustrating as hell.

    Theres no reason this has to be this difficult and so many others, like myself, have to beat our heads on a table while trying to make things work.
    seems a simpler interface with various levels of tasks and adjustability might be easier? (casual user, Moderate and full GPS geek)

    When people have to jump between programs (mapsource and BC), use third party programs (jawa,osm,etc) and spend weeks, take classes (N.E.R.) and fill multiple forums with questions...something is wrong with the program.
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    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    Be aware of this alternative forum source for answers to this frustrating program. It is manned by Garmin techs. Scroll down to BaseCamp (for either Windows or Mac).

    https://forums.garmin.com/forum.php

    Fred