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Nicko
20th May 2008, 11:34 PM
http://www8.garmin.com/macosx/

Nicko
20th May 2008, 11:44 PM
http://www.macgpspro.com/

jcd
21st May 2008, 06:16 AM
I have both Garmin's Bobcat (a Mapsource clone for the mac) and MacGPSPro and they both seem to work reasonably well on my MacBook under 10.5.2. But at the moment the trouble with both is getting maps into them.
In theory Garmin provides a map converter for Windows which converts the Windows map format (.img files) to a new format they use on the Mac, however it didn't work all that well for the free Shonky maps, it may work properly for the commercial Garmin maps but I don't have any to test.
I also had some problems getting maps from Hema (supplied as ECW or OziExplorer) into MacGPSPro, however a recent update now lets me read geotiff files (I can convert the above to geotiff under windows running in BootCamp) and they come into MacGPSPro as calibrated maps. A future update to MacGPSPro will in theory support ECW.
With these two programs getting better I may be able to get rid of my BootCamp partition and run my GPS with purely Mac programs.

Bye Jeff.

Two Snakes
21st May 2008, 07:57 AM
Quantum GIS works on Mac and has GPS tools. It is free.

It is not compatible with ecw. yet though. When it is, it will become much more of an asset. I have heard there are plans for this.

It also has nice geo-referencing capabilities.

http://www.qgis.org/

- Two Snakes

jcd
21st May 2008, 08:45 AM
I had a quick look at Quantum GIS awhile ago and it seemed more like a full on GIS application and way over the top for managing waypoints, tracks, etc. I'll have another look now that I am starting to learn a bit more about GPS and maps. Also, I was hoping to use MacGPSPro to provide a moving map display next time I go on holidays, although the more I think about it, this is probably not really necessary.

Bye Jeff.

Two Snakes
21st May 2008, 03:01 PM
Don't worry, GIS is is easy and should be. Too many people make too much of a fuss about it.

A friend of mine uses nothing but GIS to manage his tracks and way points and has never known any other way. But what he does is easy to.

I dream of a time when no one refers to GIS eggspurts.

Anyway - gives you a few more things you can do with your GPS if you want to.

- Two Snakes

Amy Carroll
11th July 2008, 06:07 AM
MacGPSPro will in theory support ECW.
With these two programs getting better I may be able to get rid of my BootCamp partition and run my GPS with purely Mac programs.

Bye Jeff.

Hi Jeff,

MacGPS Pro version 8 was released on July 9 and supports ECW maps!

http://www.macgpspro.com

Best regards,
Amy

jcd
11th July 2008, 08:38 AM
Hi Jeff,

MacGPS Pro version 8 was released on July 9 and supports ECW maps!

http://www.macgpspro.com

Best regards,
Amy

Thanks Amy,
I received the email from them yesterday. Unfortunately, I missed out on the date for qualifying for a free update by a week or two. I will probably pay the small price to update but I find I'm not using it all that much, as I can do most of the things I need to do using Garmin's Bobcat and for the rest I have recently setup VirtualBox running a WinXP virtual machine and using Gramin's Mapsource. There are also a few free MacOSX programs which do some specialized jobs, like geo-tagging my photos.

Bye Jeff.