Using IPAD to plan tracks? Possible?in

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by BrzGSAdv, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. BrzGSAdv

    BrzGSAdv Adventurer

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    Does anyone knows if that is possible?

    Any IPAD - Garmin conectivity available? I guess not because IPAD has no USB port... right?

    If there is it would be great to have the ability to carry an IPAD instead of laptop in long trips and plan on a day-by-day basis especially as you get to know places better when getting there and then route change-possibilities arise...

    Best
    Pinho
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  2. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    As of this point, there is no interface or planning tool on an iPad that interfaces with a Garmin GPS.
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  3. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    The iPad actually does have a USB connector if you buy the camera connector but Apple has chosen to not let it see anything but cameras through that USB connector.

    Frustrating, to say the least. Maybe someone could Jailbreak that?
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  4. WoodButcher

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    I jailbroke my ipad and did some playing around. Wasn't able to do what I wanted. The ipad is unjailbroken now.

    Basically it allowed me to read the sd card in the adapter instead of just loading pictures. This meant I could pull .gpx files off of it and look at them in MotionX GPS. I could also navigate to the MotionX GPS storage area on the ipad and grab the .gpx files it used to store data. However MotionX GPS only does tracks, not routes. So it was of no use for me and my Zumo. Or little use. Also, the track manipulation in MotionX was kind of weak in my opinion.

    I found no other app that stored routes as gpx files. If I could have, then it would have probably worked out. I found the jailbroken ipad (late ios 4?) was less stable and would crash occasionally. So when it was time to upgrade to one of the 5.x releases I let it and never bothered to play with jailbreaking again.

    So, it is possible to read the sdcard in the adapter and the file system, but it involves a questionable practice (jailbreaking phones was apparently legal, but the non-phone devices not.) and less than optimal results.

    Please, let's don't get into a jailbreaking discussion. It is a gray area and not for most people anyway.
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  5. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

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    I am looking at the new Intel version of Surface to do this. In a pinch I could use it to navigate too with a my GPS stick and Microsoft's Street and Trips.
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  6. BKMLWR

    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    I still find my asus netbook to be a nice companion to the gps....also loaded with digital topo maps and now with a program called Gmapcatcher I can download sat. images of my travel area along with wifi for email/weather maps, skype for wife and with a 6 cell battery up to 11 hrs of usable time so no panic on multi day rides....even a little music at night along with ebooks to read...
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  7. 250senuf

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    I'm keeping an eye on those too. The version of the Surface that's out now runs Win8 RT which is restricted to running Apps designed for RT. Once the version that runs the full version of Win 8 is out (fairly soon, more $$$) it's supposed to run all PC software.
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