transferring Sams TAT Tracks to IPhone

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by olegmc66, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. olegmc66

    olegmc66 old chevy

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    I couldnt see how to do this anywhere so here is how i did it:

    1. Bought Sams GPS track of Tennessee ($24)
    He emailed it to me in a .gdb file

    2. Downloaded GPS Expert to my PC (Free for 5 day trial, $74 if you buy it),
    In GPS Expert
    Under File/Import from other Programs, opened the .gdb file.
    The track shows up on the map in GPS Expert

    3. Under File/Export Data on Map, saved it to a .gpx file.

    4. Emailed the .gpx file to myself.

    5. On the Iphone under Apps, downloaded the GPX Viewer app (Free).

    6. Open the email to myself, tap and hold the file name.
    The option 'open in GPX Viewer' appears, tap that.

    7. GPS Viewer opens with the TAT track.

    May be clunky but you can see the track in Sat/hybrid view on the viewer,
    see your next turns coming up and if you miss them,
    and thats all I want to do. Planning on getting to Tellico later this
    week and trying it
    out (I have the roll charts too)

    You can load any .gpx files from this site or anywhere, just email them
    to yourself and open in GPX viewer. Save the emails because looks
    like you can only open one file at a time in GPX viewer.

    I also downloaded GPS Kit on the IPhone ($9.99).
    Looks like it saves more than one file, and has terrain, but I think
    I actually like the free GPX viewer better. Well have both of them now.

    I downloaded BaseCamp but could not figure out how to convert the .gdp
    file to .gpx format.

    I am sure there are better ways to do to it, but this worked for me.

    Bill
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  2. sevenpointsixtwo

    sevenpointsixtwo Resident Hooligan

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    I use GPSkit as well, primarily for the offline map caching, but also the ability to use tons of different layers (google maps/sat/topo, bing, open maps, etc.) and save multiple days' worth of tracks as .gpx. It doesn't do routing or turn-by-turn, but you can follow a pre-routed track pretty easily, and save a track of your actual logged miles at the same time. Maybe not as powerful as copilot or motionX, but seems to work ok!
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  3. HSRacer

    HSRacer Banned

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    You can do the same thing with Motion X GPS, you can choose from a variety of map sets. You can Cache any map sets that you'll need for you trip so you don't need a cell signal to see the maps.
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  4. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Be sure to check for any gap and call Sam about that to fix that. I purchased CO and UT GPS from Sam and they both had a gap.

    I was missing track between La Veta Co and somewhere before Salido, Co then again between Lake City, CO and last leg of Co entering Utah. Also in Utah, missed Black Dragon Pass and partial of Eagle Canyon Pass.. I complained about it to Sam but he never replied back so be careful.
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  5. olegmc66

    olegmc66 old chevy

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    OK tried them out in Tellico Plains on first leg of Tennessee trip. GPSKit is better than GPSViewer for sure. Worth the exta $10. The GPS was nice to backup the roll chart. There was one place near Charleston TN that they were slightly different. I like the new trail from Tellico Plains. It is still mostly pavement but nice small pretty roads thru the country. And some nice dirt thrown in.
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  6. olegmc66

    olegmc66 old chevy

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    have a Samsung note now so gpskit and gpsviewer not in app store so must but be just iPhone apps.
    I GPX Viewer and Sketch a Track,
    they uploaded my gpx file and seem to work fine.
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  7. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    There are several GDB to GPX converters (online and offline) and dozens of Apps (iOS and Android) that will import GPX Tracks and show them on offline maps (no cell necessary) for you to navigate.
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