Trip Planning/Mapping Software

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by MJO1, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. MJO1

    MJO1 Adventurer

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    What software are people now using to plan a trip and then transfer those tracks or routes to your GPS? I had been using Mapsource but I understand that it is no longer available. I tried to use Base Camp but the map detail is not what I was accustomed to seeing with Mapsource. Additionally, the learning curve was pretty high (at least for me). I found Mapsource to be pretty easy to download various route people plan and use from this web site, and then transfer to my GPS. Thanks for your suggestions.
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    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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  3. MJO1

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    Thanks very much for the reply and suggestion. Is there any additional software that can be added to the basic BaseCamp program to provide the level of road detail previously found in Mapsource? I will look forward to studying the training videos.
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    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    View > Tools Bars > Detail Level

    Once the detail level tool bar (button) is visible, change the default to a higher level of detail You will have more than you probably want.
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  5. MJO1

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    Thanks again for the advice.
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    Cannonshot
    Thanks for all your help. I have tried expanding the level of detail as you recommended. I am not seeing the level of secondary roads I saw using Mapsource. The only map software I have in Base Camp is "Global Map". Is it likely that I need to invest in additional software that adds more street and gravel road detail? Something like Garmin City Navigator NT for N. America? Thx.
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  7. Ciph3r

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    You need additional maps, but you can allways use openstreetmaps, there are osm maps out there that are converted to the garmin standard. Take a look her: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_Map_On_Garmin/Download
    Depending on the region you are looking for, these maps can be really detailed.
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  8. MJO1

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    Sorry for the delay in saying thank you. Been away from the computer a while. I appreciate all the info.
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  9. RozzyCat

    RozzyCat Bleeds orange

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    Garmin also sells useful maps. Topos and Roads & Recreations are useful for remote riding.
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  10. AdventurePoser

    AdventurePoser Long timer

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    Thanks Cannonshot...

    I have a Zumo 550 that I've used exclusively for "on route" mapping. I don't know how to import maps or use Basecamp. So, I figured, time to learn.:deal

    Then I ran full tilt into my ADD. I found learning Basecamp problematic, and I guess I'm too impatient and stupid to try harder.:D With all learning, motivation is a crucial factor. In the back of my mind, I'd think, "So, what's wrong with paper maps?" So the impetus to learn what to me is a complex mapping program just wasn't there!

    Thanks for this link, however, I am going to give this another go. Thanks for providing the tutorial.
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  11. Luke14

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    You need an internet connection to use this but the website Roadtrippers.com is great and the phone app (android) is pretty good so if you have a mobile data connection it works too.

    https://roadtrippers.com/welcome?mode=explore
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  12. OzarkDave

    OzarkDave Been here awhile

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    I get my maps from gpsfiledepot.com - free, check it out.
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  13. renogeorge

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    I have struggles through the transition from MS to BC. I don't claim to be good but I get the same detail in either program. I do sometimes forget to zoom in enough to make the smaller roads and trails appear. But that happens to me in either program...

    FWIW
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  14. melitele

    melitele Furkot Developer

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    I recommend Furkot - https://trips.furkot.com - a free online road trip planner that has a dedicated 'motorcycle' travel mode. On the phone/tablet, it supports an offline mobile mode - once you plan your trip and open it on the phone, you can view it even outside cell coverage. Or you can export your trip as GPX and import it to a GPS.

    Full disclosure: I am a developer at Furkot and I am personally responsible for the 'motorcycle' travel mode. If you have any suggestions how to make it better for riders (as opposed to car drivers), I can make it happen. With forum moderator's permission I started a thread asking for suggestions how to make it better for motorcycle riders.
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  15. Dusty_Bottoms

    Dusty_Bottoms Adventurer Ordinaire

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    The mobile site doesn't give me an option to register? Only to login.
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  16. melitele

    melitele Furkot Developer

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    Sorry about that. You can register on the phone by switching to the full version but (1) it may not work on your phone and (2) the mobile version is a companion type of app - the idea is to do your planning on the computer or tablet that can support the full (desktop) version and then sync your trip plan to the phone for use on the road (also offline with no coverage)

    We are working on the new release of mobile version that will support planning. I'm sorry I didn't make it clear that for now Furkot as an online road trip planner means a website accessible from a computer or tablet.
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  17. FBR

    FBR Been here awhile

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    I use a mapping program called Tyre. The basic program is a free download, and it is really easy to use. You can buy several upgraded versions, but I have never needed anything more. It is also designed for motorcycles. Works a lot like Base Camp, but has full detail of secondary roads and trails. Will work with all Garmin units, and opens all gpx files.
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  18. Mastery

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    I download this several weeks ago, and have just now got into playing with some of the extra features. I really like this program. I used to use the Harley Ride Planner since it worked pretty well, but Tyre is a lot more fluid and when moving your route around, it doesn't try to reconfigure your entire route like the Harley software or most other software. It just seems to do what it was designed to do...allow you to play around with different options without screwing up the previous 20 waypoints you put into the system. And it allows the file to transfer directly to your Garmin or TomTom without the need for programs like Basecamp to move them to the GPS. Highly recommended. :evil
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  19. kingrj

    kingrj Been here awhile

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    The latest version of BaseCamp that is free from Garmin AND my favorite..RideLeader which is free from Trail Tech..I do most of my .gpx file development in RideLeader then upload it into BaseCamp so I can install it on my gps.
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  20. Canada Mike

    Canada Mike Been here awhile

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    It pains me to say this as I am a Apple guy but the Microsoft Streets & Trips is still the best route planning software IMO. The ability to have multiple stops choice of main highways and routing options are endless. I then take all that information and add it to Basecamp for uploading to my Zumo.
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