GPS compatible with Macs

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by pgejman@mac.com, May 28, 2005.

  1. pgejman@mac.com

    pgejman@mac.com Adventurer

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    Hi,

    I would appreciate advice on a GPS that is fully compatible with the Macs. I would be looking at the lower end of GPS.

    Thank you,

    Pablo
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  2. fiddlingNero

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    GPSy has a lot of information on Macintosh compatible GPS. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much effort within the industry to progress past the serial cable, much less to write software for the Mac. I personally have not been using software for my Mac, however it is out there.

    cheers
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  3. sakurama

    sakurama on an endless build

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    There is none.

    You can find some software that can download waypoints but there's nothing that can upload maps.

    If you search the threads you'll find this has been discussed. VPC won't work either so don't waste your money.

    G
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  5. Too Many Toys

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    I'm a Mac-a-holic, but I've decided that for Garmin GPS products, it's best to have an old/cheap Windows PC around to use w/ the GPS. Trying to make a Mac work is too much hassle.

    We have an old Windoze desktop that I've kept around for that purpose. If I didn't have a Windoze machine already, I think I'd buy the cheapest Dell laptop I could find, refurbished maybe? I think new Dell's can be had for around $600-$700 now.

    Just have to consider it part of the cost of GPS, unfortunately. :-(
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  6. Gizmo

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    What TMT say's I use an old Window's PC Laptop. supposedly there are work arounds to make it happen but it is too much of a headache in my book.
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  7. ErrinV

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    I use TOPO! for the mac to upload routes and waypoints, but it doesn't upload any maps. GPSy works in the same way. Basically you trace the maps in the program and then upload the route. I think the best solution is to buy a cheap pc like mentioned above.

    Errin
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  8. Too Many Toys

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    There's a bunch of these on the Dell Outlet (refurbished) site...

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  9. jcolombo

    jcolombo Lurking Moderator Super Moderator

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    As a serious Mac guy (Apple signs my checks), I still keep a PC around for the following:

    - GPS (Garmin)
    - Suunto Watch interface
    - Access database (wine)
    - A reminder of what spyware is (sorry, had to add that).

    The PC just sits there 99% of the time, but when you need that one application, it's invaluable.

    If you really want to go cheap, try eBay or craigslist. A three to four year old PC is almost nothing and still works great for this stuff.

    JC
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  10. DoctorIt

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    I think the above post says it all. I've hammered this topic around here before. I've called Garmin a couple times over the past year now, and they always basically say "it's not worth it for us to bother".

    sorry.
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  11. sakurama

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    Please don't waste your money. It won't upload maps to a Garmin - nothing but a real PC will do it. I've tried everything and the only answer (which is the concensus here) is to get a PC. You could borrow one and upload maps to a large card (256 on a 276c) and be fine but it's worth just buying an older PC.

    The upside is that now that I own a PC I can say unequivically that PC's are as close to hell on earth as you can get.

    G
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  12. Will

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    I got the Casio Triple Sensor for just that reason. Almost all the features of the Suunto watch, and SOLAR POWERED!

    Everyone else is right about the solution to the Mac/Garmin connection, I borrow an old laptop at work to use Mapsource in.

    W.
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  13. Marc

    Marc Just sayin...

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    I found this document that says you can do it - plus it tells you how to do it! Give it a try and let us know if / how it works.

    Marc
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  14. sakurama

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    I've done it on a III+ so I could see it working on a V but the 276c just wouldn't work - even trying all of that. There are a lot of lists that have discussed it and in the end I realized that by the time I reinvested in all the stuff needed to try to get it to work on the Mac I'd end up paying more than a used laptop and there's still no promise it would work.

    So far there's not been a single person who has been able to upload maps to a USB Garmin. Some of the older ones work because of the serial capability but the more recent USB models won't. I just don't want to see someone waste money and time.

    Do a search here and you'll see lots of discussion.
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  15. DoctorIt

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    And that is exactly the most troubling part, isn't it? I figured for sure all the stuff I had dug up in searches was for the older serial Garmin units, and that my new USB one would work. Why not, right? USB is USB! Yeah, well somehow Garmin has found a way to make it impossible, to the point that like sakurama mentions, you can fool some of the USB units by buying a USB/serial connector and doing it that way.

    I'm sad that I can't throw away this old PC, but unfortunately, he's right, it's just not worth it and I too haven't found anyone who's been successful at this.
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  16. tmht

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    Has anyone tried one of the PC programs running under VirtualPC on the Mac?
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  17. Marc

    Marc Just sayin...

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    I think they're way beyond that point. It's something about USB control within the VPC environment...
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  18. DoctorIt

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    :nod and I can add that this was confirmed by Garmin.
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  19. tmht

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    :shrug I just thought I would throw it out there. I know I am guilty of overlooking the simple solutions sometimes myself.
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