Viewing GPX files

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by PhilSpace, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. gkgeiger

    gkgeiger Every ride is an ADV

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    I think you're not supposed to post the same thing in two different threads, so if someone would go to GPS tracks Rockies and see if you can help me. Thanks,
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  2. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    I know, I know..this has been beaten to death regarding not being able to open .GPX files and load then on Mapsource....BUT again I would like for anyone that has more brains than me to give me a step by step rundown how to open a .GPX file and load it to/copy it to Mapsource.

    I did download a supposedly good "Uniblue Registry Booster" GPX opener for $33. but to no avail.

    Am still perplexed of why it won't open....where's the beef??

    Appreciate some step by step guidance:D.....

    Am trying to open BigDogs CDT GPX file and C2C(coast to coast) GPX files and load them into Mapsource...

    Cheers....
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  3. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Which version of Mapsource are you using? The versions I have open .GPX files just fine. The older one I have is 6.13.7 and the newer one (on a different computer) is 6.15.x (not sure about that last digit and am not on that confuser)
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  4. tbirdsp

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    Yeah, anything 6.13.7 or newer will open .gpx ( it actually started in a earlier version than 6.13.7 quite a while ago).
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  5. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Sorry Guys for my Tardiness here. Went Ridin'..woowee

    I currently have 6.16.3 version of Mapsource...but what are the steps to take to get it into Mapsource. Currently it is in the Download file of my Windows Starter 7.

    Thanks....
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  6. tbirdsp

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    You are thinking of this all wrong. You don't "download" anything to Mapsource - it's a program like Microsoft Word. You OPEN your file using Mapsource. Either open up Mapsource then go to File>Open and find your file and open it, or find your file, right click it and do "open with" Mapsource. If you always want Mapsource to open .gpx files when you click them you will have to associate them with Mapsource, not sure how in Windows 7.

    Just like with other programs, you can open up multiple instances of Mapsource and cut/paste things between files too.
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  7. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    tbirdsp.....Yes, yes...my thinking was/is all wrong. Finally got it....many thanks for your undivided attention. Opening my file using Mapsource was it, not the otherway..wooo..... actually had to have a better register software like Uniblue though. Some PC glitch here!

    Thanks again and I now can open .GPX'es with ease.

    Cheers Amigo...
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  8. summ3r

    summ3r n00b

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    You can view GPX files with http://gpx2kml.com/

    Just upload your GPX file and press convert, then you will get a resulting KML file with a link to Google Maps.

    It will look like this:

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  9. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I just started using Prune, a free GPX editor that runs on the Linux operating system. (It will also run on Windows, Mac OSX, and Solaris, but my goal was to find a program that runs on Linux.)

    http://activityworkshop.net/software/gpsprune/index.html

    My Garmin doesn't support routes and accepts only a single waypoint, so I can't make use of most of what Prune will do. But Prune will display my tracks on a map and show where I've been (with all the data the GPS records). The description says it'll let me edit waypoints and create new tracks but I haven't tried any editing. It will export in a variety of formats.

    Prune requires maps in openstreetmap format, so it won't work with Google maps. But Prune quickly loads the required map tiles with just a click.

    Everything that I HAVE tried has worked quickly and well.
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  10. byways

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    Just used GPX2KML on Summ3r's suggestion. Awesome utility! Fast and simple. Thanks for the tip!
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  11. MotoBoss

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    OK I need to revive this thread as I am an idiot. :huh


    I have a local ride downloaded as "tracks" (.gpx file) and have it in Mapsource to review. I have loaded it on to my Garmin 60Csx using the "send to device" selection and it is loaded onto my device.

    Question is when I go on the local ride how do I view the route (track) I am to follow?

    When I have loaded "routes" (.gbd files) before when I am at the start point of the route it just shows up on the unit as a colored line and I follow along. Is this the same way the tracks will appear, just show up at the start point and I simply follow the line?

    I have been told that the tracks "lays on top" and will show up but without pre-riding the route, or at least part of it, I am afraid it will not show up and I will be several hours out and not know the direction of the route.

    I know it's a dumb-ass problem but this gps thing is new and difficult for me to get the hang of. Any advice, in simple terms, would be appreciated.
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  12. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    When you look at the tracks/route using mapsource you can see the difference?

    Route - wide semitransparent line (usually purple for me)
    Track - thin black line with black dots...

    looks similar on the GPS

    To confirm - turn on the GPS and use the left/right/up/down control thingys to move around to your track/route to see it... If you cannot see it then maybe the track needs to be set to active .. from distant memory.
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  13. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    When I look at the route in Mapsource it appears as it was made, one color (red) for day 1 and blue for day 2.

    When I look at a gdb (route) it shows as a "flag to flag" direction (in Mapsource). On the unit it shows up as a colored (my choice ) line.

    I want to know "WILL A TRACK LINE JUST APPEAR ON THE 60CSX SCREEN WHEN I AM AT (OR NEAR) THE START POINT?

    I can see it in Mapsource but how do I make it appear on the unit when I am at the start point of the route a hundred miles from home?, is the question.
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  14. MCP

    MCP Been here awhile

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    and I confess I'm come to the end of my rope trying to figure this out.:baldy

    What I am trying to do is take POI's for an upcoming Alaska ride and put them in my mapsource on my desktop.

    My GPS is not with me, and I thought I could do some planning and when I get back to BC, just transfer my route with POI's to the GPS.


    The data is in an excel file taken from here

    http://www.uscampgrounds.info/statemaps.html in the form of .csv files.


    Is this possible?:ear


    thanks
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  15. MCP

    MCP Been here awhile

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    but there is probably a better way.

    I downloaded this mapping program.

    http://www.tyre.tk/


    And found this program that converts various file types.

    http://garmin.gps-data-team.com/poi_manager.php


    so I was able to get the POI's on to the Tyre's mapping software, and I think, I should be able to transfer the POI's from Tyres to mapsource on the GPS when I get back.
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  16. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej Long timer

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    If I load a .gpx file to my GPS that is a TRACK, it is a succession of points.
    *How do you follow it?*
    When following a ROUTE you get turn by turn directions ("In a quarter of a mile turn right on State Route X and continue 25 miles.")
    What happens when you 'follow' a track? Do you get some kind of voice/instruction at every point? (there are a LOT of points!)
    Are you just supposed to 'ride along' and when the track deviates from the road you are on, go back 'cause you missed a turn?
    (I can imagine that might be how an off-road, cross country track might have to be followed)
    Or are you supposed to convert the track to a route? Can you do that *on* the GPS? or must it be done in MS or BC?
    Thanks,
    -ceej


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  17. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    I know on my 60CSX I only get a colored line, (which ever color you choose) that I follow, If I zoom in closely I can ride almost at the same speed the line moves. Yes, if I miss a turn then a darker line (my actual gps line) shows me going off the colored line so I turn around and retrace to get back on the colored line again. I have no other maps on my unit (topo) so the only thing I get is a line to follow. Not difficult to follow if you can get it zoomed in to your traveling speed.
    On a route I do get turn directions as I approach a turn but also a colored line to follow.
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  18. Countdown

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    1) First what GPS? It should be a colored line if it a GPS with full Track features.

    2) No instructions. Just follow the line keeping the big black arrow on the line. Zoom in enough (0.2) to know when you miss a turn.

    3) Yes. You can follow tracks with no map but it is far better to have a map that shows all road and trails like Roads & Rec.

    As you ride along and come to an intersection, look at the GPS and it should be clear which way (or not) to turn. With no map you may have to back track to the correct road. There are very few areas in the US where cross country riding is legal so it is very easy to follow designated routes.
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  19. Countdown

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    The line (Track) never moves on the map on a 60/76? Are you talking about the map rotating as you turn when using "Track Up"?

    You may want to go to DualSportWest.com click GPS and do all the set up I writen.
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  20. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej Long timer

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    MotoBoss, Countown,
    thanks for the replies. Makes sense. I just wanted to be sure that I was not overlooking something that was obvious to everyone else!
    My GPS is a Zumo 660 (I should have mentioned it).
    -ceej