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Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Rapid_Roy, Aug 13, 2012.
Don't make me ignore the sticky and start yet another "What GPS should I buy " thread!
SO, I plugged the Etrex Legend into my computer last night, with what looked like a proper USB cable, and it detected it. Do I have to have Mapsource or Basecamp, or can I import tracks just with what I have now? I have started reading the tutorials, but have not seen anything yet that answers that.
Basecamp is the current garmin software, and can be downloaded for free from their website. I find it works very well.
Thanks Stuart. I read some complaints about it, so I wasn't going to spend the time downloading it. Perhaps I should evaluate it myself.
There are certain "nuances" to it, but after spending a little time with it I found it much more useful than the previous Mapsource.
It makes it easy to work with a GPS on multiple computers, for example (an important factor for me), and massively improved the updating process. One drawback is that you have to plug your GPS into the computer in order for the computer to access whatever maps you have, when creating tracks and routes etc, but it's a minor drawback.
It is not a BaseCamp requirement for map access - it's a feature. If you want maps installed on your computer, install them.
ANd thus, we come to my next point. I was screwing around with Basecamp last night, and it has no maps other than what was on the Etrex, which seems to be mostly tracks. I couldn't tell where anything was. Do I need the NA map DVD and possibly the topographic map and will they even fit on that older Etrex? I seem to be missing a piece of the puzzle.
Klay had some tracks on there from Cannonshot, but it does not seem to have all the roads in that area.
Damn, this r hard.
OK cool. Although I am fairly happy with how it works as is, now that I have run it a bit.
It sounds like you can download the maps as part of a lifetime update, or maybe a onetime? That's actually how I did it, so basecamp reads the map from the GPS.
I went to the Garmin site last night, and now I am even more confused. I put in my unit type, and it told me what I could download, but it kept referring to Mapsource. It appears I am also limited by the amount of memory on the Etrex. I could not find where to download /buy Mapsource, so I got nowhere.
Garmin sucks at defining terms. Sometimes "Mapsource" means the 'base' program that everything builds from and sometimes it refers to individual map packeages. They used to include a disc called Trip & Waypoint Manager with their products, if you can find something like that to download it might be a good first step. I think that they 'include' (or used to) "Mapsource" in each map package so if you were to load "City Navigator" into your unit, it would include "Mapsource". I am on day one of high speed I-net so I haven't tried looking around on their site yet. Good luck,
MapSource is no longer used as a map brand name in any of the newer Garmin maps. So, if you see the name MapSource before the map name, it is most likely an old (≤ 2008/9) product. The trip planning software MapSource is no longer included with newer Garmin map products; BaseCamp is.
That fits exactly with what I have, my newest Garmin maps are "Mapsource BlueChart Americas" and dated 2007. I have heard that you can't get them on CD (DVD?) anymore and need to get a 'chip' instead which would seem to fit with what little I know about BaseCamp.
Would it be a good (or bad?) idea for me to try and integrate "BaseCamp" into my stuff or would it just create problems? For the near future, I don't see getting any new mapping software, perhaps since my 'system' is working I should leave it the heck alone?
Hmmm, it appears that instead of offering help I am now asking for it.
Bruce, I don't believe BaseCamp supports BlueCharts. You might want to take a look at Garmin HomePort (which is not Free) or just stay with MapSource.
For those map products that are only available on SD Cards or Download, you can always use them in a Card Reader with your Computer or make a "Disc Image" to mount on your computer so you don't have to have your GPS connected with BaseCamp to use the map.
Ha! I came home from Rick's RDV with extra cash, and the Etrex Legend died, so I convinced my wife to let me buy a Garmin GPSMAP 62 stc at half price with all topos loaded. Mr GPS, I mean, Cannonshot, clued me into that deal at REI.
Crap, now I have to figure out how to use it. It's just slightly more advanced than what I had.