Converting Routes to Tracks with WinGDB

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  1. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    I made this little vid for a few riding buddies and thought I'd share it to all inmates.. convert a route to a track quick and easy.

    FWIW... I create all my routes to tracks to eliminate possible routing/recalculating issues when out on the trails..

    I'm using Mapsource & WinGDB in this video, if others have advice on what process they do or is better, please let me know...

    Watch in HD fullscreen for best quality.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZtP4YpRGaI

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  2. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Excellent stuff Basher!
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  3. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Well hope it helps a few out.. I don't have the Delorme software.. When oh when will Mapsource put in these needed features.. pretty much just buy out WinGDB3 features and add them to Mapsource.. then add Google Earth inline viewing and boom!

    "If dah quarterback.. eh.. throws the ball to dah receiver in de ah endzone.. ah den it's.. ah.. touchdown!" - John Madden
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  4. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    OK.. Just learned you can totally skip some steps...

    1. In Mapsource, select the route you want to convert, then copy it to the clipboard. (Right-click on it and select 'Copy' or hit Ctrl+C)

    2. Now Open WinGDB3, click the 'To clipboard menu' button on the lower right.

    3. Clipboard conversion windows opens.. 11. is selected, hit 'Convert to clipboard'

    4. Go back to Mapsource and hit Ctrl+V or Edit - Paste.. bam! Track is pasted into Mapsource.. You do not need to open a second Mapsource window.

    :clap
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  5. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Thanks, hey bash3r I did a pictorial TUTORIAL on this subject too. Maybe we can get the mods to sticky both of them?
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  6. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    This is a follow up to Bashers thread on the same subject. His is in video form and this one is a pictorial tutorial. Bashers thead and this one are about how to easily and quickly it is to convert a route to a track using the powerful utility "winGDB3".

    Why would you need to convert a route to a track? Three scenarios lend themselves to needing a track file.

    1.) Let's say you've got this "great" route your buddy sent you but you need it in track form.
    2.) Maybe you have taken hours to build a route in MapSource and now you realize you would prefer to use this route in your GPS as a track instead.
    3.) You have a buddy that is going riding with you. His GPS only works with tracks and won't accept routes.

    Do not let the length of this tutorial deter you. Do this procedure one time following the tutorial and I guarantee it will take you less that two minutes to convert your next file.

    To use this tutorial you will need the following tools:

    A version of MapSource with maps installed and unlocked
    winGDB3
    About 10 minutes of your time and a little patience

    ROUTE TO TRACKS - How to


    Open MapSource to a "new" window, this is done by clicking file/new.

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    Navigate to your route within MapSource. (Hint: If you have been sent a route via email all you have to do is open the email left click on the route and drag the route onto the MapSource window and drop it anywhere you like)

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    After you've chosen the project/route or have placed the route onto mapsource by dragging you will find the route listed in the route tab

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    Click the route tab and the project should display and look similar to this

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    Right click on the route name (left pane) and then click "Copy" or hit Ctrl+C, then minimize (don't close it) the window

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    Next you will open the winGDB3 utility. For the purpose of this tutorial we will work only on converting Routes to tracks. Once the utility is open you will see this screen

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    Next place the route in winGDB3 by placing it into the "clipboard menu" of the utility. To accomplish this click the "To clipboard menu" on the lower left of the window.

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    You will now be taken to the next page of the utility. Once on this page check to see that #11 is ticked

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    Next up is the actual conversion. Simply click the "Convert to clipboard" button

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    After the conversion you will see this window. Click "Ok" to close the window.

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    Now go back to the previously opened & minimized MapSource page where your route is already open.

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    Place your cursor onto the MapSource page (anywhere) and do "Edit/Paste" or Ctrl+V and you will see that the tracks are now converted and listed under the "track tab"

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    Open the track tab by clicking on it to verify that the track is there.

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    After checking the track tab navigate back to the "Route" Tab, right click on the route name, then click to delete the route.

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    You are now left with the track on the track tab and the waypoints on the waypoint tab.

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    At this point you are finished with the conversion UNLESS you need to limit the number of points in the converted track to a specific amount of points to accommodate your GPS.

    For instance if your gps will not accept a track that is bigger than 500 points you can pre-the filter the route by using the "filter" option on winGDB3. Before you do the conversion as shown above simply tick the "filter" button and set the upper limit of points you want on your converted track.

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    Once you have set these options select the "Convert to Clipboard" button and proceed as shown above.

    All that is left for you to do is to save the file. Save it wherever you normally save your map files. I save mine to a thumbdrive but that's up to you.

    Enjoy
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  7. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Merged the two tutorials into one.

    Good info.

    Dave
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  8. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    A riding buddy just a few weeks back showed me the light of tracks vs. routes with wingdb3. It was like an epiphany. I'll never look at routes the same again. Tracks are the only way to go for me now.

    Thanks for this tutorial guys! I've converted some tracks in yellow for my Oregon 550, but haven't given it a real world try yet. Any color seem to work best?
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  9. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    PS - This thread gets a sticky vote/request from me.
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  10. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Thanks for the kudos. 9Dave (the mod) made a valid point in not sticking this tutorial too many stickies and people don't look. So, I placed into the following THREAD INSTEAD. So it's kinda stickied through the back door.
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  11. Duende

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    Hello bash3r and DRZ Charlie,

    Every now and then I have a look at this forum and today I was very pleased with your contribution. And I thought: That's why I'm doing it for.

    Now I know, that the clipboard support is used in reality and that it is appreciated.

    Thank you for using WinGDB3!

    Cheers,
    Edward Sackman
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  12. biker128pedal

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    But how do you get rid of the flags following this process? They cover the map


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    There is a REMOVE FLAGS option. Try them.
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  14. dvwalker

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    +1 - hail to Mr Sackman and WinGDB utility. Coverted a number of my longer tracks to routes and back again, all appears perfect in MS. One of the more useful GPS utilties on the net.

    also thanks to all for the quick tour
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