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Google Earth Pro version 7.3.3 breaks link from Garmin MapSource

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I use MapSource to view GPS topo maps, and use the View option 'View in Google Earth'.  That stopped working with GE Pro version 7.3.3, giving an error in MapSource indicating that GE was not installed, when in fact it is.  I can downgrade GE to 7.3.2 to get the link working again, but GE automatically updates, breaking the link.  What alternative GPS mapping programs are out there that link to GE and have functionality equivalent to MapSource?

I would say the most important thing about Mapsource is that it allows you to view Garmin-format maps that you have installed on your computer. Garmin Basecamp is the only other program that can do that. It was intended to be a replacement for Mapsource. But now, Garmin has also ceased development on Basecamp and is starting a transition to a web/cloud based platform. But Garmin still supports Basecamp, since the new platform only works with a few newer devices.

Anyway, IIRC Basecamp may also have a problem with Google Earth Pro, don't know because I really don't use either of these. However, visit the geocaching GPS forums and do a search there, because I recall some lengthy thread(s) discussing how to get Google Earth working again with both Mapsource and Basecamp.

I am still using Windows 7 Pro with Mapsource and Google Earth Pro and the only way I found to view Google Earth Pro through Mapsource was to disable the automatic updates with Google and go back to a previous version of Google Earth Pro that does work.

I thought it was not really possible to turn off auto updates. For example:

You can in Windows 7, I did.  You have to go into the registry and delete a file and change to manual updates.  Took me a while to get it figured out, but at least it allows me to continue to use Google Earth Pro, which I use all the time.  When I open Google Earth Pro it now tells me there is a new version and asks if I want to update, and of course I say no.

I did a lot of research on the web to see what had to be done to do it and found some old but useful information.  I can go back and look for it if you would like?


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