How to open GPX files and resize tracklogs with Mapsource

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by PhilSpace, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Ex-Gov

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    I have had a couple folks ask how to open a GPX file from Mapsource, it's simple. Click on open and then select the file type pull down at the bottom - nothing to it:

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    Some of the Garmin GPS's have a configurable tracklog allowing the user to record points more frequently which makes them real big. If you have a monster that you want to work with or post, simply open it up in Mapsource, right click on the track log and select properties. From there you can click on the filter button to change the sampling of the track:

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    If you have any other questions, post them here. That way it will be easier to search for routes and tracks in the future without all the clutter.
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  2. iDave

    iDave Been here awhile

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    I'm using Mapsource Metroguide Version 5.00, which would NOT open downloaded .MPS or .GPX files after multiple attempts. I went to the Garmin site, downloaded their latest version of MapSource, version 6.9.1, now the files open without a hitch. Hope this helps someone with similar frustrations :D
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  3. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum Supporter

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    Anyone still here???

    I just downloaded a few .gpx tracks and some (most) open fine. One (the one I really want) gives me a "Can't Open File" error message. Nothing else i.e. different version, file corrupted etc.
    Any ideas?
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  4. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

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    No such thing as ".gpx tracks".

    ".gpx" is a file extension that tells the computer what type of file it is.

    "Tracks" are data within a file.

    Mapsource and many other programs will open a ".gpx" file. If program says it can't open a file, you are SOL.
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  5. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum Supporter

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    Yeah, I understand all that. It sucks it won't open. Looks like a great trip.

    http://www.gpxchange.com/fileinfo/index.asp?fid=106210&return=geofinder
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  6. ramz

    ramz Professional Trail Rider Supporter

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    Not that this helps, but on my iMac, I was able to download the gpx file and import it into NG Topo with no problems. The file is 8,210 lines long, looks like a normal gpx file, and starts with (<> removed):

    ?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?
    gpx version="1.1" creator="DeLorme Topo USA® 8.0 - http://www.delorme.com" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1 http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1/gpx.xsd"
    <metadata><name><!--[CDATA[Big Water to Kodachrome area]]--></name><desc><!--[CDATA[Dirt Bike route from Big Water to near Kodachrome.]]--></desc><author><name><!--[CDATA[Derek]]--></name></author></metadata><name>Big Water to Kodachrome area</name>




    Ooops, looks like some text got deleted; probably looked like html. But you get the idea.
    I could send you the file..... but the download is probably identical. You may have a file type problem, I'm not a windoze guru.<gpx version="1.1" creator="DeLorme Topo USA® 8.0 - http://www.delorme.com" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1" xsi:schemalocation="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1 http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1/gpx.xsd"><trk><gpx version="1.1" creator="DeLorme Topo USA® 8.0 - http://www.delorme.com" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1" xsi:schemalocation="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1 http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1/gpx.xsd"></gpx></trk></gpx>
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  7. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Can you get back to the source of the faulty track on the chance something went wrong before they uploaded it?
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  8. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    Yeah, something is screwy with the file. I downloaded it, started opening with Mapsource, then it said "file could not be imported" :dunno
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