Mapsource vs. Basecamp

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by rn65, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. rn65

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    Greetings. I'm new to the world of GPS, but I think I'm doing alright and figuring it out. I've been using Garmin's Basecamp, and it seems okay- but I have no frame of reference. Does anyone here have experience with both Mapsource, and Basecamp?
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  2. SilverSpringsKLR

    SilverSpringsKLR Been here awhile

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    I find Mapsource easier to use. Maybe just a matter of preference, or that I started with Mapsource.

    I think of Mapsource as used for road mapping & planning; whereas Base Camp more for TOPO maps and offroad use planning.

    You should be able to install it from your mapping CD or download it for free.

    Both products will handle all your maps, waypoints, routes, etc.
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  3. bete

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    Anybody know how much space map source takes up? I want to put it on my net book if it doesn't eat up all my hard drive space. bete..
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  4. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Bete,


    It req's 57.05 MB

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  5. 250senuf

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    Is your netboook the SSD version? My SSD (drive C) is only 8 GB but I was able to install Mapsource on drive D which is 16Gb (upped from 8 GB).
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  6. bete

    bete misguided adventurer

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    Ok, thanks guys I should be fine. bete.
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  7. rn65

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    I'm sorry, but I don't find this information helpful. What else you got?
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  8. Steve W

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    MapSource 6.16.X, 16,747 KB
    MapSource 6.13.7 10,116 KB

    And the kicker is the maps.

    CNNT 2011.4 1.71 Gigs
    CN 2008 1.27 Gigs
    US R&R 484 Megs

    My numbers "may" be off a bit because I've reverse converted the current mapsets to work with 6.13.7. HTH
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  9. Xdriver

    Xdriver Been here awhile

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    I've got Mapsource on my pc laptop and Basecamp on my Imac. They both seem to work pretty well. Only trouble I've had is that even after unlocking the CN maps, I'm still missing lots of smaller surface roads on Basecamp.
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  10. tbirdsp

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    I think he meant that his thread got jacked. rn65 was the original poster and he asked about Mapsource vs Basecamp - bete jumped in and asked about how much memory it takes up.
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  11. Steve W

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    You're right, my bad. :deal I'd list the main differences between MapSource, which is my main planning tool, and BaseCamp which I use a bit, but it might not do any good as the BaseCamp for Mac that I use, and the BaseCamp for Windows version have some big differences. If it's the Mac version the OP is asking about, I'll respond.
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  12. bete

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    A thousand apologies my good man, my bad, it will not happen again. PS: anyone know what oil is best in a KLR? (Sorry I couldn't resist.))hehehe.
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  13. thumper447

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    delo400 or rotella
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  14. Emmbeedee

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    The biggest advantage of Basecamp is that with the right gps plugged into your gps port, you can see the maps installed on the gps without them needing to be installed on the computer.

    I am able to use Basecamp this way with my 295W, Oregon 550 and 62S.
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  15. rn65

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    Thanks for being tolerant of the ball-breaking; you're some good sports. It sounds to me that there isn't a big enough difference to worry about right now- I'll stick with the Basecamp that I already have, and maybe I'll familiarize myself with Mapsource once I get everything else figured out. I didn't want to waste my time on the wrong program since I'm still learning it all. It would suck real bad to get it all figured out, only to find out I'm using a second-rate program! Rotella.
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  16. IdahoRenegade

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    The biggest difference I see is that with Mapsource, you are working only with what's on the computer, then you have to upload/download to the GPS. With Basecamp, you can work that way, or you can work "live" with data on the GPS. So you can see what's on the GPS without uploading all the data to your computer. I find it easier to make sure that I transferred the proper track and that it is working on the GPS, with Basecamp.
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  17. Steve W

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    There are two "features" missing in BaseCamp that I can't (won't) do without and one that I really miss. Waypoint categories, track filtering (true filtering, not the upload filter that BaseCamp has) and true custom avoids. As it is I use both, BaseCamp (Mac) for quick and dirty information gathering and MapSource for serious multiple day route planning. BaseCamp is slowly improving and has a few features the I wish MapSource had but for me, NQRFPT.

    I really wish they'd both go back to looking like maps in their graphics rendering and not like a crayon drawing. :D
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  18. roadmagnet

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    I use MapSource extensivelly for planning routes on my laptop. Not gonna plan and multi day trip looking at a relatively small Zumo screen.

    I undestand that BaseCamp is supposed to let you edit maps and routes that are direclty on the Zumo, while looking through the PC. Who wants to have to keep the Zumo plugged in to the laptop? I like creating and editing, then uploading into the device. Some egghead got an idea to do something different and it is supposed to be better? Wonder how many of them actually ride bikes using their product?

    Now I read the MapSource will no longer be supported. What a disappointment !

    My biggest problem with BaseCamp is that the library organization is completely different. I cant even find my older MapSource maps through the Base Camp interface.

    Also the routes do not display time and mileage in the sidebar window. You have to dclick the route to get this informaiton. How stupid is this?

    I'm sure Garmin has a reason for what they have done, but I have been fooled before. Sometime these developers think that unless something consistently improves it becomes stale. Truth is - sometimes something works and you should just leave it alone.
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