Bushnell ONIX 400

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Drifter, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    http://www.gpsbabel.org/<wbr>htmldoc-development/
    This is the preliminary doc, scroll down to Bushnell
    Waypoints can be imported and exported via gpsbabel, trails can be converted to gpx, but there is some strange data there that has to be reverse engineered before they can import gpx trails.
    I'm the one doing the hacking on the data files and sending the findings to the babel coders (I'm no coder) and they're using it to add support.
    I haven't started on deciphering routes yet.

    IF you get the CVS tree and compile it yourself you will find the Onix format. It will be added to the next beta release.

    http://www.gpsbabel.org/htmldoc-development/fmt_bushnell_trl.html
    http://www.gpsbabel.org/htmldoc-development/fmt_bushnell.html
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  2. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    Wish I could be more help with this, but you are already talking over my head. :huh

    I am lucky to do simple imports when things are Designed to work together.
    But I will be happy to try this when it gets worked out.

    And thank you for the work you are doing. this does look like a good unit, if we can get compatibility with the GPS standard files.
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  3. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    Just released,
    Beta version 1.37 of GPSBabel, it should have the Bushnell in it now. :D
    http://www.gpsbabel.org/download.html
    Scroll down and you will find the Windows and Mac version.

    Waypoints convert fine.
    So if GeoCaching is your thing. Your in luck.
    Remember that the Bushnell format dictates each waypoint becomes its own file, so if there is lots of waypoints in your gpx, or gdb etc file convert it into its own directory.

    the down side.

    Trails:
    Converting GPX trails to Bushnell .trl trail format seems to be very hit and miss. I had one file out of 5 I tried successfully converted. So that still needs work.

    Routes:
    Forget about it. :lol3 I've looked at the file format and never got around to trying to decipher the silly format.
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  4. Geimer1

    Geimer1 n00b

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    Thank you ZECatfish for the information. I downloaded some waypoints for geocaches in .loc format and easily converted them to the .WPT files that worked perfectly in the Bushnell device.
    I'd like to offer my appreciation to whomever did the development in GPSBabel. Would that be you? If so thank you as well for that.

    In several forums, many of the complaints I've read about the Onix 400s are lack of means for importing waypoints. Speaking for myself, this makes it a non-issue.

    Best Regards
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  5. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    I'm not a coder, I just deciphered the format in a hex editor and shared it with the developers and they made it work. I was just part of solution.

    I forwarded your thanks to the Developer. :D
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    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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  7. GSbiker

    GSbiker new and un-improved

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    I was just going to post the same. Not a bad price for the features offered.
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  8. metcenger

    metcenger n00b

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    Thank You, Zecatfish, for your work. But I have a question- is it possible to download into this device a maps of Europe? Trought any soft like GPSbabel for ex.

    How can I convert google maps into .pho format for this bushnell?
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  9. NDEBT

    NDEBT Long timer

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    Ok, I bougt this thin almost a year ago and actually forgot about it because the phone apps do a pretty good job anymore but today I was in several new areas without signal. For $30.00 a year I'm guessing the maps are worth it. Are they very detailed in remote areas? I dug it out today never used it.
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  10. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    There is no way to add vector based maps to the Bushnell, the one I have has since died, glad I didnlt pay big bucks for it.
    There is Raster based maps for the Bushnell but they;re not practical because they slow the unit down tremendously with just a small area of 50 sq miles loaded into it.

    I would not buy another one, the base maps are useless on anything more than an Interstate or major highway. I love the display of it. But the real world usability leaves alot to be desired.
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  11. metcenger

    metcenger n00b

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    Ok, thanks for answer.
    Can I via GPSbabel load google maps into this device?

    Or may be Do You know another way how to dowload maps of europe into?
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  12. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    I know of no way to add vector based (drawn lines) maps to the Onix units.
    Bushnell is not going to give any information on the devices to help either.
    Your better off selling the Onix and getting a better known name that can be upgraded.
    GPSBabel does not convert maps at all, it only converts between gps user data formats.
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  13. metcenger

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    Ok, thanks. Garmin, for ex., more expancieve than Onix. Could You sent to me an example of topo map for this onix? I mean any topo map of USA. I'll try to reserch this map for protocol.

    Thanks.
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  14. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    Its not a standard format, but the images are jpg type compressed image file with geo location data encoded. My Onix is Dead.
    If I can find it I got a few of the images on the memory card.

    My Bushnell account is good till December 9.

    Attached Files:

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  15. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Does anyone use/know anything about the Bushnell ONIX 400 GPS? Is it compatible with Garmin tracks? Ive seen some pretty attractive prices lately ($79.99 Circuit City).
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  16. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Merged.

    Search is your friend:D
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  18. sanfordturbo

    sanfordturbo Adventurer

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    I have the Onix 350 from woot. I too can get the Geocache WPT files loaded, but am unable to get a successful Trail file converted from Google Earth KML to Bushnell TRL.

    I fired up the Bushnell Onix 350 and started a new trail. The trail was 23 miles long. SD card shows two files created for this trail. TRA and TRL extensions are used.

    I have downloaded a bunch of Forest Service roads for Georgia in Google Earth KML format. They show up beautifully in Google Earth. I tried converting them to TRL with GPSBABEL, but the Onix rejects them.

    I am so close to getting the FS roads loaded on my Onix, but obviously there is more work to be done.

    It is probably a lost cause and I should buy a REAL GPS for the bike.
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  19. blackjackdavey

    blackjackdavey Been here awhile

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    Bushnell stopped support of ONIXes i believe. was there any progress or more hacks in the community since there so many of these dumped at cheapo prices?
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  20. riverflow

    riverflow Adventurous Commuter

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    Is there anyone still using one of these? I still have, but never use, mine.
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