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Viewing GPX files

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

  1. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    As example of the type of GPX files that are distributed here (and I'm not being critical) this would be impossible for any planning app to stitch together correctly. This image is just 1/5th of the route...

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  2. Pablo Mac

    Pablo Mac Been here awhile

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  3. billmaxx97

    billmaxx97 Adventurer

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    And your able to load this map into your Garmin very easily ? How much time do you have in making this map?
  4. Pablo Mac

    Pablo Mac Been here awhile

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    I use gpsvisualizer.com to convert from the KML that Google Earth Pro and Google My Maps produces to Garmin-compatible GPX files. I have about 6-8 hours of time into this map. You can make a copy for yourself, if you like.
  5. cornwalker

    cornwalker n00b

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    I can't get them to work either.
  6. HTSRocker

    HTSRocker amateur

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    I had switched over to win 10 some time ago and have just noticed that my gpx files are now associated to IE

    The problem that I'm having is opening the files in BaseCamp or MapSourse by just clicking on the file that I would like to view. A double click on ta .gpx file looks like I clicked view source on a webpage or just text.

    I can open the files within the Garmin programs, going to MS file>open or in BC file>import. I'm trying to go over some older files that I pulled from some old hard drives.
  7. klinquist

    klinquist übergeek

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    Hold down the shift key while you right-click on the file, then select 'Open with'.... Or you can right-click/properties and tell it to always open with basecamp.
  8. HTSRocker

    HTSRocker amateur

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    I've tried those combinations with win 10 and none of the options allowed open Garmin applications.

    OK I went in deeper and now have all of the GPX files associated with BaseCamp so I guess I'll see how this works out.

    Thanks
  9. JSolo

    JSolo Adventurer

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    Any recommendations for playing back a gpx track file?

    I've enabled the hidden mode on my garmin which records a breadcrumb every second (limited only up to the unit's internal storage space). It saves the file as a gpx track. I can view the entire track just fine in mapsource/basecamp. What I would like to do is actually playback the track and view details such as speed/elevation during playback. Basecamp has some limited playback capability but doesn't include the speed data.

    Any suggestions?
  10. SiouxsieCat

    SiouxsieCat Been here awhile

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  11. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    Okay sorry to beat this subject to a bloody pulp. I have downloaded a GPX file to my PC. Now to view it and move to my Garmin I am lost as to which app to use. I assume send to the Garmin SD card since will use a lot of storage? The specific file is the Upper Peninsula Adventure Trail for big bikes put together by cannonshot. Really would like to get it into my Garmin 660. Thanks ahead of time.
  12. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej wanabee overachiever

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    I use Basecamp for planning, but I don't particularly like it as a viewer of GPX files. And I don't always want every GPX file I get from some source to be in my base camp database. So I use m
    Mapsource for that. On Windows 7 and Windows 10 I set mapsource as the default application for files having a .GPX extension so when I click on them mapsource opens them. If I like it and want to incorporate it in a trip I'm planning, then I will import it into basecamp.
    I use two ways to get GPX files onto my 660. If it's in Basecamp then I just drag it's list folder to the SD card. Otherwise I plug the 660 into my PC and then use Windows Explorer to do the same thing, drag the .GPX file onto the SD card.
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  13. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    I installed or attempted to install Mapsource and when the drivers were to be prompted to install I got a warning from my Windows defender that publisher of the software for the drivers is not a trusted source. I chose to not install. So now I see Mapsource is installed when I open app I cannot figure what to do to open GPX file I have in the download file. The download was March 2018 version and I am using Windows 10. Guess I am lost at this point.
  14. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    Update I did get the entire file into Basecamp now refuses to be sent to my device? I quit for tonight this is so frustrating. Some are telling me my Zumo 660 will not use tracks accurately and will not work for anything off road. Now even though I can view on basecamp all the directions in my library for some reason cannot send to the Zumo nothing occurs other than the destination window coming up showing the Zumo as my device of choice.
  15. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    Okay having not used my Zumo enough I had forgotten to turn on my Zumo after a shutdown and then follow the step of "import" the data I sent to the device. DUH I feel stupid. The tracks for the UPAT are in my unit and the routes as well. Now if I get lost it is my fault.
  16. salty_dog

    salty_dog Day trips around TLH, WMAs and South Ga dirt roads

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    Thanks for the map source tip! Works great


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