GPS and Macs???

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by rluczak, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. rluczak

    rluczak Bemused

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    I didn't want to hijack the GPS Software thread below but does anyone know if any GPS (be it Garmin, Magellan or otherwise) is Mac compatible? I have a very old Garmin unit that I'd like to replace but have since upgraded to all Mac's (a G5 and a PowerBook.) To the best of my knowledge, there is no mapping / GPS software designed to be Mac compatible.

    Any insights are most welcome. Many thanks.
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  2. DoctorIt

    DoctorIt vrooom!

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    the best of your knowledge is pretty good :D

    I haven't found an alternative either. There's been thread after thread of us trying to figure it out. Garmin just won't work on a Mac, and I doubt others will either. I still keep a small old windows laptop at home solely for GPS. It sucks, but there's no other choice at the moment.
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  3. christian

    christian Exchange your GPS Track!

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    I think Topo from US national geographic does work on Mac.

    I have the PC version and I don't like it but that is an other question...
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  4. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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    Im using the Garmin Rhino 130 & Mapsource US Topo with my mac.

    You need a serial - usb adaptor, and Virtual PC to run Mapsource.

    Take a look here for some mac Gps software - www.versiontracker.com
    Have not fooled around with any of them, but looks like there are more solutions.
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  5. DoctorIt

    DoctorIt vrooom!

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    seriously?!?

    wait, is the rhino an older unit that is supposed to work on a serial connection? I have it straight from Garmin that the newer units intended to work via a USB connection will not run on MacOS w/virtual PC... this has been verified by me and several people on this board.

    :scratch
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  6. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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    Its the newest rhino 130, shipped with a standard 9 pin RS232. Im using
    a keyspan ($20) 9 pin - usb adaptor. Mapsource Topo works fine with VPC.
    Im running OSX 10.3.9, no tiger yet. Using VPC 6.1.1, no issues, works well.

    Try a GPS search at version tracker, I think
    here may be good alternative solutions there.
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  7. fixer

    fixer KLR-riding cheap bastard

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    when the Intel based Macs ship, you *should* be able to run X11 (Linux, comes with the Mac) and WINE (Wine Is Not an Emulator) which lets you run Windoze apps WITHOUT Windoze.

    there is Darwine, which is suposed to run on the current Macs, but i couldn't get it to install on my G5.

    i'm working or getting Knoppix running on my Dull, but it doesn't seem to like the 3Com NIC that came with the box. just need to find time to drop in a new Airlink NIC.
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  8. DoctorIt

    DoctorIt vrooom!

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    well I'll be damned.

    I know Garmin apps will run fine on VPC, but its been the communication via USB that for some reason won't work. I'm no computer nerd, so I only know what I've been told, but its always been: VPC doesn't have the right tunnel/control over the USB communication, so it can't up/download to your GPS.

    Lucky you :bluduh
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  9. Fastman

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    Virtual PC and a Keyspan USB to Serial converter will let you communicate between a serial-capable Garmin GPS and a Mac, but it's somewhat tempermental and VERY slow (you're working at glacial serial port speeds). I have used it with my 276C (had to buy the special serial cable) in extreme situations. It's OK for uploading and downloading waypoints, routes and tracks, but forget downloading maps (unless you want it to run overnight). I just use our old Windoze desktop if I need to do any serious uploads.
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  10. strommin

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    You are correct. No GPS manufacturer has software that is Mac compatible. As others have stated use an old or cheap PC to run the software you need.

    If you want to stay Mac only and don't want to spend the bucks for Virtual PC then try this emulator called Guest PC which works well and is relativly inexpensive.

    http://www.lismoresystems.com/

    strommin
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  11. fixer

    fixer KLR-riding cheap bastard

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    the GuestPC program is inexpensive, but still requires Windoze... which ain't.

    that's the advantage of WINE on a Linux system, no Windoze required.but unfortunately, Darwine for OXS don't seem ready for prime time yet.
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  12. klr6502k

    klr6502k Adventurer

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    Hello
    I am just going over to Linux fromm winblows. and I have been trying to get mapsource to run under wine or crossover office. no luck yet.
    get close though.. if anyone has got it to work let me know..
    but you still may need a winblows pc to play with maps..
    ( I am also trying to get memory map and ozi explorer working with out much luck at all.) I am going to try vmware next but once again you still need win blows.

    klr6502k
    ill update if I get any mapping program to work..
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