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Viewing GPX files

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

  1. Pablo Mac

    Pablo Mac Been here awhile

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  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. cornwalker

    cornwalker n00b

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

    HTSRocker Long timer

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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.
  6. klinquist

    klinquist ├╝bergeek

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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.
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  7. HTSRocker

    HTSRocker Long timer

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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
  8. JSolo

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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?
  9. SiouxsieCat

    SiouxsieCat Been here awhile

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  10. 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.
  11. 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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  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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  16. justlookin

    justlookin Been here awhile Supporter

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    I hope this is a good place to ask about being able to down load GPX files posted here on ADV Rider to a device other than a PC. I have collected and ridden many tracks posted here for years but now my laptop is failing and absolutely the only thing I use it for is track management using mapsource, so I am not anxious to replace it. I am wanting to be able to download GPX files to a Apple device with a GPX reader app. Not sure how I would get it from the IPad to the Garmin but I hear so much chatter around here about how cell phones are replacing GPS units so I figure that maybe it is possible? Thanks for any help.
  17. klinquist

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    Not quite sure what you are asking.. iOS GPX viewer apps? Check out the 'GPS Tracks' app... or 'GPX-Viewer'... there's a few of them.
    Getting a GPX from an iPad to a Garmin? Two options...
    1) Get a brand new Garmin like the Zumo XT (which supports the Garmin Drive app which can be used to transfer GPXs from phones).
    2) Get the iPad SD card reader that Apple sells and put your GPS's microSD card in it. As long as you are on iOS 13+, your iPhone/iPad can save things to the SD card's file system.
  18. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS Supporter

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    @justlookin ....Open Safari on you iPad and select the GPX file, wherever it might be, that has a 'download link'. Safari will ask you if you want to download the file and you will indicate your choice. In iOS Settings for Safari, you can choose where you want Downloads to be saved. Once the GPX file is located on your iPad, use the FILES App, you can select the file and, using the Share option, open it with whatever App you have installed that recognizes GPX files (this includes Text Editors). Most of the Navigation Apps available today will support opening a GPX file. What you see will depend upon what GPX data-types (Routes, Tracks, Waypoints) are in the file and what the Apps supports.

    You can also open a GPX file that is an attachment in an eMail or a Text Message...using the Share option.

    To move a GPX file onto an SD Card or into a Garmin device, follow what @klinquist noted above. Older (not the zumo XT) Garmin devices you can plug directly into the iPad and using the FILES App, copy your GPX file directly to the Garmin's internal or installed SD Card.
  19. justlookin

    justlookin Been here awhile Supporter

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    That was fast! Thank you both, I am off to try it out. Thanks again
  20. pckopp

    pckopp Aged Adventurer

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    For Windows 10 there are a couple of apps that I have found for viewing GPX files.

    The first one I came across was GPX viewer and recorder. The user interface is truly odd and it didn't last long on my PC. It has some record functions that don't apply to me as my desktop PC tends to stay in my office.

    The one I am using the most is GPX Player. This has a more conventional interface and the playback feature is much easier to use. This program handles multi-track GPX files pretty well and you can control the playback speed easily. One feature I don't care for is that during playback, the only part of the track that is visible is behind the current location. The track shows as you move along it, not an indicator moving along the visible track. The entire track is visible when first loaded and sometimes that is enough to tell where and what it is.

    As others have mentioned, I got these because I didn't want Basecamp filling up with every GPX file I wanted to look at.

    These are in the Microsoft Store.