Garmin and tablet?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by GreenOrange, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. GreenOrange

    GreenOrange Adventurer

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    Hello, is there anyone who can use a tablet to plan a trip and to transfer the track to a Garmin device? In other words: is there any way to do whit a tablet what I do with mapsource on a PC?
    Even converting files from an app to the gpx format or in any other way, but is it possible?

    Or do I have to follow with my netbook?

    Many thanks!
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  3. GreenOrange

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    Thank you for your reply, but it's not what I'm looking for. There are good navigation apps also for android, but I still prefer to use my "rugged" Garmin device than a tablet as a navigator, at least on less beaten tracks and remote Countries.
    So, I'm still looking an app (or more, if needed) to use a tablet with my 60Csx.
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  4. ramz

    ramz Professional Trail Rider

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    I apologize. After reviewing the thread more carefully, I found that they do not discuss using the ipad to plan a trip and for other Mapsource functions. I am also interested in these other non-navigation aspect of using the ipad and will keep looking and will post up if I find anything useful.
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    Currently, you would need to have a tablet PC that supports, at a minimum, Windows XP. Then you would have to have enough storage to load MapSource v6.11.5 or newer depending upon OS version.

    You would also need the tablet to support USB and/or SD card reader.

    Many customers have suggested to Garmin that BaseCamp on iOS (iPad) with support for transferring GPS data to a Garmin GPS would be a very interesting product.

    Since Garmin isn't moving very fast on that suggestion, I just carry my MacBook Air when I travel.

    Cheers,
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  6. ramz

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    I'm not advocating actually running Mapsource on a tablet, just wanting to do Mapsource type functions like editing tracks, etc. Hopefully there are apps out there now that do this; it's just a matter of tracking them down and seeing where the most utility/function is.

    Hoping Santa brings me an iPad2 for XMAS... :eek1
    That would be a great first step!
    It helps that my wife has been asking me WHEN I'll finally be getting one :lol3
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    Sorry for the hijack...but I gotta laugh. I saved and finally bought my 32gb wireless iPad2...then, I month later, in a complete surprise my boss bought his entire leadership team shiny new 64gb iPad2s.

    Now I have two of them. When it rains it pours.:freaky

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    To date, AFAIK, there's nothing that will do this on an iPad. GPX files or any mapping data exchange file formats for that matter are not supported or even recognized by the OS.
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  9. ramz

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    I'm new to apps and the iPad, but the first app I just now found and had a closer look at was this one (very short list of what it can do):

    GPS Tracks HD

    • Import and export coordinates in a CSV, GPX, or KML format with iTunes file sharing
    • Email a CSV, GPX, or KML formatted list of coordinates to your friends
    • Export track history in a CSV format with iTunes file sharing


    Sounds like a good start...
    I'll keep looking.


    Oops, here's more it can do:


    Track Your Activity

    GPS Tracks HD will track and record your position and allow you to save the track to the history page.


    Store Your Favorite Locations

    Save all of your favorite locations to your phone and add them as waypoints to your tracks.


    Retrace Old Tracks

    You can now add previous tracks to the map to retrace your route. You can also import KML, KMX, and GPX routes as well.
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  10. Steve W

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    This one is new to me. Make sure you post back your findings. I'll admit that unless an app will communicate directly with my GPS units I've basically ignored it. What does this app use for underlying map data?
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    I did one better. I spent the $1.98 and regrettably, then hit the site. Limited useability IMO, useless for tracks and track editing. Imported tracks get converted to routes and are not editable. The only way to get info in is through iTunes, no cloud support. Waypoints are editable and shareable via email, but not routes or tracks. Even if it had the ability to send routes it might be worth it but not as it stands. It appears to be primarily for tracks recorded on your iPad and sharing location information.
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    that would be sweet!

    i use a 60csx (it's rugged, waterproof and proven)
    and currently have a 9" netbook w/ windows xp for mapsource route planning on the road. and would love to just bring this 7" android (no interest in the more technically-closed ipad system. andoid is way more open and customizable) tablet from samsung http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/GT-P6210MAAXAR
    for web access, google earth & routing work.
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    Found another:

    ViewRanger Outdoors GPS (USA)

    PLAN
    [FONT=&quot]✔[/FONT]Create your own routes to follow using in-app tool
    [FONT=&quot]✔[/FONT]Create route and publish route using our online planner
    [FONT=&quot]✔[/FONT]Import a route as a GPX file


    As I said, it's all new to me. It looks like I have a lot to learn.
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    Just get an ASUS Eee Slate EP121...
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  16. GreenOrange

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    It seems a start. As far as I understand, you can create a list of waypoints and export it in the gpx format. Then you need to upload it in the Garmin device (first problem, I'd need to try) and create a route using the imported waypoints.
    But: can this app use offline maps to create the waypoints?


    One problem I didn't wrote about before: how can you send maps to the Garmin device, if needed? Yes, it's wise to upload every maps in advance, but the best would be to be able to upload everyting needed, in case of problems. But I'm asking too much now, ins't it?
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  17. GreenOrange

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    For that price it's foul, but the idea to wait some win8 tablet is growing. But... I write another post...
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  18. GreenOrange

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    Ramz, following your suggestion I reconsidered an android app I saw before. I read the user manual and It can be a solution: offline maps, route creation, gpx export!

    This app is OruxMaps (http://www.oruxmaps.com/index_en.html)

    Why don't you buy an android tablet and try it?The Galaxy 8.9 seems very nice. Then you tell me if I can buy my own tablet. :D



    So, usability apart, you don't think it's useful to create a list of waypoints in gpx format to sent to the Garmin device in a way still to understand?

    Wow, so you are in my exact condition: 60Csx, netbook and interest in a Galaxy tab. Ok, so YOU, not Ramz, could buy it and try Oruxmaps! Go, go, and tell me! Tomorrow, if possible. :D
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  19. Steve W

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    There is no iPad app that will transfer anything directly to a Garmin GPS. You still have to use a computer even if the waypoints are created on the iPad, so why bother. In addition, I rarely use waypoints other than the start and end ones, to create and shape routes as my units will accept routes without a re-calculation so via points are much better. That means BaseCamp or MapSource. As the OP stated, it's track management that's the quest here.
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  20. thytum

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    Hi,

    All you need is :

    OS: Windows or OS with java support.

    Programs: For windows (we can use the old NRoute installed on XP):

    Nroute 2.76 http://gawisp.com/perry/nroute/
    MapSource http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=209
    BaseCamp http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=4435

    TIP&TRICK: (lets use nRoute_276.exe as example)
    For install any of those above you need to extract the .exe, use the 7zip for it http://www.7-zip.org/
    Right click on install file, 7zip>extract to "nRoute_276.exe\"
    Go to folder where files are "nRoute_276", then execute the "MAIN.msi" file because if you execute the "Setup.exe" it will look for garmin aplications if there is not it will say its not possible to install NRoute due it ...

    In case it doesnt work with NRoute, just try with Basecamp or MapSource then install NRoute directly from nRoute_276.exe.

    After it you will need the Maps TOPO or Road maps from garmin.

    In my case we have in Brazil a page with openMaps called:
    http://www.tracksource.org.br/
    http://www.tracksource.org.br/index.php/downloads-mapas.html

    So i can use the maps on a Assus EEPAD with windos xp or on a Panasonic Toughbook.
    My case is a Versys with a CF-18 Toughbook with Nroute, googleearth, Tyre gps, Microsoft AutoRoute, BaseCamp, Mapsource and finally CompeLand.
    http://youtu.be/Bn1CNWd9xCY

    For Android you can use a aplication called Trekbuddy http://www.trekbuddy.net/forum/index.php

    Seems to work.

    As i dont know what exactly is your need i can go so deep on it, if you have doubts just ask!

    The conections can be done with a PC CAR adpter ... it takes arround 4 AMPS.

    You also can use EYE-FI to send videos wirelessly to your Tabler or PC on fly :freaky.
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