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Question for anyone familiar with the Magellan Explorist 500

Started by astainback, January 06, 2012, 10:34:58 AM

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Hey guys and gals,

A friend of mine just purchases a Magellan (used) from another friend.
I know that the track files from the Magellan can be used with the Garmin.  I know, because the first owner has sent me files to add to the "big file".

My question though, is for the second friend. 
First, I know he cannot use the maps that I create.  (I use gpx2img, and can manually make them the hard way too.)  But, is there a way for him to load my track files to the Magellan?  I can send him the gpx file, but I don't know if that is possible.  I do know that apparently the gpx file works with Delorme. 

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I have a Magellan Triton 1500 but never use it anymore. Magellan has a program called VantagePoint which is their equivalent to Mapsource for exchanging data with the GPS. My recollection was that it was pretty buggy, but maybe it's improved.

Anyway, I don't remember the specifics of Magellan's format but you or your friend should be able to convert in either direction with a program like GPSBabel:

You may even be able to do it online with GPSVisualizer:


Hi Adrian, it's Bob.  I just gave my Explorist XL to my son in-law a week ago or I could test it for you.  However I think the link below will convert gpx to Magellan.