Garmin Mac Software

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by GarminMac, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Member No. 1

    Member No. 1 I can use a custom title?

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  2. dannyt

    dannyt Rinse and Repeat

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    GarminMac - another feature that would help is make Bobcat remember the application window sizes and locations on the desktop. That way when you open it back up you don't have to move and resize the windows each time. Thanks
  3. GarminMac

    GarminMac Been here awhile

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    Agreed, this is something we have been trying to get around to doing for a while now. It will definately work that way in the final version. Thanks.
  4. MONK

    MONK Riding the North East

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    Hi GarminMac, A true track tool would be nice so you can draw in the missing miles of tracks when you loose the satellite signal. Something like the one in MapSource would be nice. The track join is good if the tracks are close together otherwise you end up with a straight line across nowhere.

    Thanks for helping monk.
  5. DennyIndy

    DennyIndy Old F@rt

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    ie: remembering window position and size.


    Thank You! more good news, I am beginning to like you guys.


    I must say the first preview version of Bobcat was horribly dissapointing, but you've made great strides in a fairly short time. This latest beta is the biggest improvement, and I am very close to getting rid of that damned Virtual PC software.
  6. DennyIndy

    DennyIndy Old F@rt

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  7. AugustFalcon

    AugustFalcon Long timer

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    Is anyone else using a Powerbook 12" and having any difficulty with Bobcat calculating long routes, e.g., never completing the route calculation on those routes greater than 250 to 300 miles?
  8. bajafool

    bajafool Adventurer

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    GarminMac,
    I am a VERY new user of a GPS. I have been waiting patiently for Garmin to finally market Macintosh software and to offer something like Bobcat. So, last week I sprang for a Garmin GPSMAP 76CSx, along with City Navigator North America NT 2008 for Mac and US Topo NT 2008 for Mac.

    I live near San Diego, CA and I frequently ride offroad motorcycles in Baja California, Mexico. Up until now, I have been relegated to following my GPS owning friends. I am looking forward to being able to use my GPS for riding in the future.

    One of the prime programs that is used for offroad motorcycling in Baja is a map that is published by BiCi Mapas, a company based in Mexico. The map that is used most often is BiCi Mapas Expeditioner. The webslte, located at this link http://www.bicimapas.com.mx/MexicGPSAtlasEn.htm says all of the right words, (i.e., Map Source compatible, useable by Garmin GPS). However, it appears that they download the software to your computer. Would it be possible for them to run their PC Windows based GPS map product through Bobcat Map Converter and then download it to a Macintosh computer? If possible, would a Macintosh user have a useable product compatible with Bobcat if they did this? They also offer the same program on an SD card. Would this be perhaps a better option, if you could run it through a card reader and then into a PC, then use Bobcat to produce the map software on a CD and load the CD into a Macintosh and then us Map Install?

    Are you familiar with this product, that is have you tested it? If not, could you test it for inclusion in your catalog of tested Bobcat compatible software at some future time?

    Finally, am I understanding correctly that 1 month after release and one week after I bought my GPS and the only two Macintosh compatible map progams released to date, that there are updates to 2009 available for US Topo NT 2008 for Mac and City Navigator North America NT 2008 for Mac? If so, what is required to update my software?

    Now is the time for anyone who would care to, and at this stage of my learning curve this would include almost everyone on this thread, to jump in here and add some insight to my questions.
  9. GarminMac

    GarminMac Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the world of GPS!

    I'm not familiar with these Mexican maps, but I will see if I can get a hold of a copy to test with. I've seen it mentioned on here before so I'm sure some people on here have experience using it in Bobcat, and maybe they can confirm that using MapConverter from a PC worked on it without a hitch. If you buy the SD card version (as far as I know) you won't be able to load it onto the computer because what will be on the SD will be a different format map than what Bobcat or MapSource use, so I would recommend the DVD version instead so you can use it on the computer + GPS.

    In regards to the map updates... I would contact our customer support to see what you can do to get the updates to the new CNNA 09. My understanding is that they will give you the Mac Map Update for free if you recently bought the GPS, however I cannot gaurantee this policy (engineering department doesn't usually get filled in on these sorts of things :1drink)

    Have fun with your new GPS and hopefully others can fill you in on some tips and tricks.
  10. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I've already downloaded the Bici maps to my Zumo. :deal

    See the other Mac thread ("... at Last...") for the process.
  11. pouw

    pouw 2 valve junk

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    Hi GarminMac, will be the final version of Bobcat a native version or only Englisch.
    Would be nice if i can use Bobcat in Dutch.

    Is it posible that you bild in a "Roadbook editor" in Bobcat so i can make a roadbook from a track.
    With a route i can go to "route properties" and than to "directions" and when i print this i have i nice roadbook, with a track this will not work.
    In "track properties" i can't fill in the icoons like "turn right" or "turn left" etc.
    With a bild in Roadbook editor i can place the icoons my self where needed.
  12. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I got the disk this past weekend. Not 4 - 6 weeks, but 1.

    I'm speshul! :D
  13. bajafool

    bajafool Adventurer

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    GarminMac,
    A reseller of the BiCiMapas Mexico map series just sent me an email with a small sample map attached, that I assume he converted using Bobcat. I opened it and loaded it to Bobcat on my Macintosh with no problem. I haven't tried to upload it to the Garmin GPS yet, hate to override my already installed City Navigator and US Topo maps. However, to complete the test, I suppose that I will have to do it.

    The BiCi Mapas folks do not offer a DVD version of their maps. They offer a download to your computer for $95 or will sell you the map on an SD card for $120. I don't know how the BiCi Mapas folks download to your computer, I assume as an attachment to an email? So, if you bought the SD card, ran it through a card reader into a PC, converted it using Map Converter and tried to install it in a Macintosh, you are saying that this process would NOT work? Are the SD cards for GPS's that can only use maps that are pre-loaded on memory cards?

    If the sample map the reseller sent me is now resident in my Bobcat program, do you think that it is certain that it will upload in to the Garmin device?
  14. 2TrakR

    2TrakR Been here awhile

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    MapConverter won't work on maps loaded to a SD card. They have to be installed into MapSource on the PC.

    To use their maps you'll need to load them into MapSource on Windows, run MapConverter, then load into BobCat.
    Or
    Have the vendor convert the maps for you..
  15. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    That's what I did. Worked fine.
  16. bajafool

    bajafool Adventurer

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    I got on the telephone and talked to one of the Bobcat team members at Garmin. "We" did in fact upload to my GPS the map sample that the BiCiMapas retailer sent me, that I had loaded on my Macintosh computer.

    So, this is how it worked. The retailer sent me an attachment of a GPS map originally created in PC Windows format, that he converted using MapConverter into a Macintosh compatible format. I was able to open the attachment, load it to my Macintosh, find it in Bobcat and finally upload the sample map in the Garmin GPS device using MapInstall. I Love it!!!!!

    The Garmin Macintosh team guy also said that preloaded maps on SD cards can't be converted to a Macintosh format. Don't need this more expensive option, even if it worked, now that I know that the download process works.
  17. apeirce

    apeirce So I was following Andrew

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    So on the Garmin Website they have City Navigator NT MAC available. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=11164&pvID=12535

    Is this what we've all been waiting for? I called Garmin and they said wait 3 days until v9 comes out.

    I'm sort of confused but have my credit card in hand just in case.
  18. pelo

    pelo Pelo&Hobbes950

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    hi everybody,
    i finally converted my maps from windows to mac format.
    the bobcat works fine, i downloaded all my recent tracks and routes on the mac, that's fantastic!

    i'd appreciate a feature to convert active tracks into routes (footprint icon into green squares track), i don't think it's possible at the moment, if yes, i cound'nt figure out how to.
    thanks in advance.
    ps. anyway i can do the conversion through the zumo but to operate on mac selecting multiple files at a time would be great (such as the "join paths" feature i really appreciated!)

    well done to all garminmac team!!
  19. Steve W

    Steve W Old Grouch

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    I think that this is converted maps only, no manipulation software (Bobcat) for the Mac. Still progress though.
  20. apeirce

    apeirce So I was following Andrew

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    The way Garmin made it sound on the phone, it sounded like it was Mapsource, this is why I'm confused (well one of the reasons :D .)