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Using The Maps/Garmin Software / Re: viewing maps in windows
« on: October 03, 2009, 09:58:28 AM »
Well that's a little different from your first post... In that case, Mapsource will probably do everything you want. It can open .gpx files and it will display them on whatever map you have loaded. They are separate from the map itself however and would be transferred to the gps in a separate file (this allows the use of the same waypoints on any map of your choice).

If, for some reason, you want them to be part of the map itself, then that involves making or modifying your own map. This gets much more complicated than working with mapsource... see the excellent tutorials on this site for details.

General Discussion / Re: Routable version of Mapwel on the way
« on: October 03, 2009, 09:52:34 AM »
There are several ways, depending on which version you purchase. With the basic version, you connect the GPS to your computer and send the map directly. This version only allows for map upload to one registered device. I have the advanced version which doesn't have these restrictions. You can send it directly to the GPS within the program if you like. Or you can export it to an .img file which can be dragged and dropped to the GPS in USB disk mode. They also offer a free program similar to SendMap for this.

General Discussion / Routable version of Mapwel on the way
« on: October 03, 2009, 06:42:18 AM »
This was just posted on the Mapwel list. Will be very interesting to see how well it works:

I would like to inform you that routable version of Mapwel with
turn-by-turn navigation support is almost finished. I do already drive through
my town with Mapwel-created routable map. There will be a beta version released
very soon (hopefully 2-3 weeks). Everything is finished now, except turn
restriction support. Routable version will allow to create complex routable maps
from OSM and MP files with a few clicks of mouse. It will also work with other
vector data sources like shapefiles, GPX and KML files, and manually drawn or
vectorized roads.

Best Regards

Dusan Balara
Mapwel team

I have been using Mapwel for awhile for its support of custom types (which they call "user defined styles"). It does have some restrictions in that it doesn't support Mapsource, but it's a very impressive piece of software nonetheless. It's an all-in-one solution with its own very fast compiler - cgpsmapper is not needed. For more info: http://www.mapwel.eu/

Using The Maps/Garmin Software / Re: Reading gmapi into BaseCamp
« on: October 02, 2009, 10:54:56 AM »
BaseCamp only works with maps which contain DEM (digital elevation model) data. Garmin has never revealed their format for DEM data and there are no third party tools for using it in your own maps. Therefore user-created maps (like the ones on this site) will not be compatible I'm afraid.

GPSr Units / Re: garmin nuvi 265wt truck settings
« on: September 29, 2009, 09:43:52 AM »
and  thanks  for the advice on buying the 465  But i have already bought  and own a 265wt --iDONT need any other truck related parameters  they will not do anything for me  /// JUST need to EXCLUDE parkways

Sorry, just trying to help. The bottom line is that there isn't any way to do what you want on the 265wt. As you have probably learned already, it's been "dumbed down". You can contact Garmin support but I don't think it will help much unfortunately.

Using The Maps/Garmin Software / Re: viewing maps in windows
« on: September 29, 2009, 09:39:41 AM »
You want to make your own maps, but only need to use them on your computer and not a GPS? Did I get that right?

If so, then it really doesn't make much sense to make Garmin maps. Garmin's map format is rather limited and has been optimized to work on their GPS'es. I would stay away from Mapsource, cgpsmapper and all of that in your case. Just get a copy of Global mapper and you can make fantastic maps on your computer.

Or if that's too expensive, maybe GPSMapEdit would be good enough. But you will go through a lot of extra trouble to make Garmin maps without any reason if you aren't using a Garmin GPS.

GPSr Units / Re: garmin nuvi 265wt truck settings
« on: September 28, 2009, 10:51:02 AM »
The older Garmin units had a truck preference setting, but a number of people said it was pretty useless. In the current lineup, I think you need the Nuvi 465t if you want to avoid roads which aren't suited for trucks.

GPSr Units / Re: 755t needs special map for lane assist?
« on: September 28, 2009, 10:49:28 AM »
Well the traffic feature is limited to areas with FM signal coverage (assuming TMC traffic). The lane assist is dependent on map data. I can't put my finger on it, but I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that the downloadable map updates do not include the lane assist files, which are only available on DVD or pre-installed on the unit itself. But I could be wrong there...

GPSr Units / Garmin 60CSx good anymore?
« on: September 15, 2009, 11:20:58 AM »
My own $0.02 worth...

60csx pro's:
Time-tested design with large base of happy owners
Good accuracy
Easy to read screen in bright conditions with no backlight
Attractive pricing
Good battery life

60csx cons:
Older, slower design
Awkward interface  using cursor keys for text entry
Low resolution 8 bit screen
No support for raster imagery
No internal memory, all maps must be on card
Only one map file allowed per card
2025 map segment limit - cannot install full US Topo (6600 segments)
No pre-installed maps

Oregon pro's:
Faster chipset
Touchscreen UI is more intuitive and makes text entry easier
Much higher resolution screen with 16 bit color
Drag and drop map file naming makes management easier
User-defined profiles allow custom configuration for different uses with a few screen taps
Paperless geocaching
550 models have integrated camera and tri-axial compass
Supports raster imagery with certain Garmin products (Marine maps, GB Explorer series)
Internal memory in addition to card slot
Supports 4000 map segments
Available with pre-installed maps, including full US Topo

Oregon cons:
More expensive
Screen harder to read under some bright conditions
Shorter battery life

I have both and greatly prefer the Oregon.

GPSr Units / Re: Amount of memory on the Garmin Venture HC
« on: September 13, 2009, 10:39:25 AM »
Just to expand on what I said a bit, sorry if I came off a little harsh. But I really don't think 24MB is adequate anymore and it puzzles me why Garmin released this model recently. I mean, come on guys, you can buy 2GB SD cards for under $5.00 retail today. Surely they could have put 256MB in this model (ten times as much memory) and only increased the cost by a dollar or two.

Almost makes me wonder if this is some kind of "trojan horse" where they figure you will be back to buy another model after a year or so of frustration with the 24MB memory limit. Ten years ago, 24MB seemed fine since that was the norm. But today it's pretty sad. If you were going on a trip that covered a hundred miles with stops along the way to explore, you couldn't even load all the maps you need.

If you exclusively wander in an area near your home, it's probably OK. But I think your money would be much better spent on a model which has a memory card slot, like the Hcx series. The cost is not much more, and it will be something you should still be happy to use a few years from now.

GPSr Units / Re: Amount of memory on the Garmin Venture HC
« on: September 13, 2009, 07:09:57 AM »
I am guessing that it won't be enough for the whole state. That's a real problem with the Venture HC, 24MB is really tiny by today's standards. I had a Legend C a number of years ago which also had 24MB and it wasn't enough to load all of the Garmin New Jersey 100k topo.

Garmin has positioned this model at the bottom of the line and it is priced accordingly. But many people are frustrated when they learn the limitations. If you can return or exchange it then you might give that some serious consideration IMO.

GPSr Units / Re: nuvi 550
« on: September 11, 2009, 09:49:39 AM »
The map doesn't look anything like that. Let me ask you: If the TOPO map is 2 gb and the CN map is 2 gb, then how come the map in the 500 is only 2 gb?

Well the full North America City Navigator NT map is actually 993MB on my Nuvi, not 2GB (the newest version might be a little bigger?). But the "lower 48" version would be smaller. My version of US Topo is about 3GB, so that is curious. I guess my assumptions about the Nuvi 500 maps are wrong... sorry.

It is really a shame that they didn't put the real 100k topo's on that unit. The specs they provide certainly implied that they had.  :-\

GPSr Units / Re: nuvi 550
« on: September 10, 2009, 05:31:57 PM »
Sorry, you have lost me here. The Nuvi 500 should have US Topo 100k loaded on it. If yours doesn't then something is wrong. I believe the topo map is bundled with City Navigator into one file, but you can still select the separate maps. This is the map - you can view it by clicking the "detailed interactive map" link. The 100k topo's are not great, but I would consider them topo's.


Does your really not have this map on it?

Personally I doubt that I would be happy with a Nuvi 500 either, which is why I haven't bought one.

GPSr Units / Re: Need help loading maps on 550
« on: September 10, 2009, 06:16:14 AM »
That is true on all the "classic" garmin units, and if you selected everything in Mapsource and sent it to your Oregon, that's what should have happened.

But the Oregon has a new feature which has been long overdue. You can name your maps anything you want, give them a .img file extension and drop them in the Garmin folder. The GPS will recognize any file with a .img extension and let you select it. Should be a big help in managing maps as we can now just drag/drop files without neediing mapsource.

GPSr Units / Re: nuvi 550
« on: September 10, 2009, 06:09:52 AM »
If it has a true topo map, I'll eat it!

Here's your breakfast!  ;)


nüvi® 500

Part Number: 010-00700-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 299.99 USD

Navigate Off-Road

nüvi 500 also includes preloaded U.S. topographic maps and accepts optional mapping for all of your outdoor adventures (see Maps tab for compatible maps).

Yes, it is the Nuvi 500, which is different from the 550. But I was responding to this statement, which is not correct:

The maps that come with the 500/550 are not true TOPO maps. They are just NavTec street maps with some 3 d stuff thrown in.

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