tranferring google maps route into garmin?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by sonic578, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    Yes, the time calculation is one of the sticking points with the newer versions. You get a choice of slow, normal, fast, really fast or some such nonsense. You used to be able to specify a speed for segments.

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  2. JRWooden

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    So ... calling on the power of Google ...

    http://www.pashnit.com/forum/showthread.php?p=395171

    I read this thread and maybe the answer is MSST which I agree seems a pretty clever tool, and then open/save the GPX files in Tyre to clean up the busted stuff....

    Silly Microsoft .......... :puke1
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  3. hobieorris

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    I have released today a Firefox extension that will save a Google Maps route to a Garmin very easily. It is available for testing here: http://clients.teksavvy.com/~hobie/routerat. It has been tested successfully on a nuvi 1450, but no other models.
    It is also linked in the list at the top of this forum. Send me some feedback if you have problems.
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  4. JRWooden

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    Thanks ... this sounds quite awesome!
    Alas I am on a business trip without my GPS so won't be able to try it till I get back home :cry

    Because of all the security problems surrounding Java a few months back, I just uninstalled Java from my machine.

    I reckon I'll have to re-install it to get javascript support so that Route Rat will work?
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  5. hobieorris

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    Understandably, there is confusion between "Java" and "Javascript". You may uninstall Java from your machine, but Javascrirpt is built into your browser (no matter which one you use), so it can't be uninstalled.
    You may switch Javascript off to be more secure, but most modern websites require that it be on, so in practice, everyone leaves it on. You may use a blocker like NoScript, which allows you to selectively turn it on for sites you trust if you are cautious. Anyway, Route Rat requires Javascript, but not Java. It also requires the Garmin browser plugin, which I suspect everyone installs in order to update their maps, etc.

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  6. drrod1

    drrod1 Been here awhile

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    I use Tyre. Utilizes Google maps and saves in. Gpx format. Transfers easily to Garmon. Also can save in itn format and others.
    Free program. Google Tyre Motorcycle.

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  7. JRWooden

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    Thanks Hobie!
    Now....... I understand :D
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  8. hobieorris

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    Tyre is a nice program; it has flexibility and numerous features, none of which I care about. It has some things I don't like: it is either paid for, or adware, and it is a desktop application embedding Internet Explorer, which makes Google Maps run slower than it does in a browser.
    I wanted to do all the route planning in Google Maps and then just save it with a title, and I wanted to do that in a browser without running a separate application. If it is freedom from ads or payment and utter simplicity you crave, then use Route Rat.
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  9. SCutchins

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    I used your program to attempt to upload a route to a 2595LMT I bought yesterday. The 24XX was listed as having routes so I figured the 25XX would also.

    Some of the waypoints downloaded, it seems about half of them, then the route seems to just double back on itself instead of continuing on for the big loop route that I created.

    Any idea why it is doing this? In Google Maps it shows the correct route.
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  10. hobieorris

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    Can you open it again in Route Rat, copy all the text in the lower box and send it to me? I will take a look at it.
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  11. SCutchins

    SCutchins n00b

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    Private message sent, thanks for the help!
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  12. RobbieO

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    Alright, it's been 5 hours of fucking around already!:huh

    I made my route in Google maps,
    I figured out how to make it a gpx file,
    I have figured out how to send it to my computer and save it,
    I have figured out how to open it in stupid Mapsource.

    What I can't do is convert it from a series of waypoints in "tracks" to "route"

    I think I'm almost there.................HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  13. sonic578

    sonic578 Been here awhile

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    I've forgotten the details of Mapsource (like a bad dream). In Basecamp you can right-click on a track and you get the option to "convert to route". I"m sure it can't be that simple in Mapsource, or you wouldn't be pulling your hair out right now?

    Maybe consider migrating to Basecamp... I don't think Mapsource is supported any longer (which means, it is "stable" and all future updates will be to Basecamp).

    Good luck.
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  14. advNZer?

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    i am prolly way of here but if you have a google map cant you save it or export it as a KML file then gps babel or similar to convert to gpx? refer here
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  15. hobieorris

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    Look further up in this thread. You can save it using Route Rat in about 30 seconds.
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  16. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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    Yup, tried it....
    The Garmin Communicator plug-in window won't come up....:eek1

    I was able to convert the tracks file to a route, but it will only load the first 50 points (out of 850) onto my stupid gps....
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  17. Boston Bagger

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    MAPQUEST RULES

    I was getting ready to head out to the Leesburg Bikefest which has a lot of roads to ride on that I wanted to plot out before and. I found that Google Maps was next to impossible to use and export routes to a Garmin. I think that Garmin is worried about Google with their Android phone connection - and then I found MapQuest makes it easy as hell.

    It is by far the best method to route out a track and then export it to your Garmin, giving each route it's own unique name. It was simply, easy create routes with custom back roads use, and then export directly to a Garmin with no need for external resources.

    Once you create a route, you simply click the SEND button and select GARMIN GPS in the provided drop-down menu. Its was pretty darn easy.
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  18. JRWooden

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    Dang ... I had not thought of MapQuest....

    Does the "standard" warning to insert a fair number of waypoints along the route still apply - so that if the garmin does an internal "route recalculation" (if you go off-course for example) it won't screw up your carefully planned back-road adventure?

    Any other tips? :evil

    I was about ready to buy Microsoft Streets & trips ... from some comments back around post #54 of this thread but maybe not....

    My buddy does have our summer ride already punched into an older version of MSST though....
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  19. MeinMotorrad

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    All of this makes you wonder why Google don't just produce gps devices? I'd buy one.
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  20. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    After my last group ride I discovered I could use a GPS. I already have a TomTom One with RAM mount and I was determined to make it work how I needed. There's no waypoint adder to this device, and the new TomTom Routes program dosn't support Waypoints either, so I downloaded Tyre. This program is a little slow, but it works perfectly.

    Unrelated to this, I did have to hack the One to open up Itinerary Planning, but that's another story. After I unlocked this feature I was able to access the loaded maps I created in Tyre. Just make sure you put every waypoint you think you'll need because the TomTom will configure its own quick route between waypoints if you're not specific.
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