Garmin has posted a page that consolidates all their Mac software. No new software as far as I can tell but it is a good place for a bookmark.
I still get a kick out of RoadTrip (formally Bobcat). Sure, here is a nice Mac program for you. Requiements include needing a PC running Windows to convert the maps first.
Yeah, Bobcat was incredibly stupid.
Thanks for the post.
I remember when I first loaded Bobcat I did the conversion on my old PC. I think my maps are 2006 or 2007 while they are old for 99% of what I do they serve my needs. The conversion was slow that's the bad news, the good news is it worked like a charm and it's a one time conversion. The only reason I had to do it was I was converting my maps that had already been registered as Windows version and I had moved to OS X.
Personally I had no problems with Bobcat however I only used it for looking up new POIs for myself and then loading to my Nuvi. I have used RoadTrip 2-3 times and like Bobcat it seems to work fine.
Personally I'm pretty happy with Garmin's commitment to the Mac.
Now if Intuit would get their new Mac replacement for Quicken done...
Boy I'm with you there! I use Quicken 2007 thinking when I made the change from Quicken Deluxe 2006 for Windows that their OS X software would at least be equal...how naive I was! While it works it's nothing like the Windows version, it's clear this application was looked at like the unpopular stepchild when developed. That being said I'm anticipating the 2009 version, it looks like it's getting closer to release but this time I’m going to read reviews before I put down my hard earned cash. I requested to be a Beta Tester however I haven't heard back from them.
I hope they are waking up to how much market share Apple is gaining and put together decent OS X applications.
WebUpdater For Mac does not work with my NUVI 5000.
Garmin lists it as Mac compatible. What are you finding that does not work?
The webupdater shows that it is downloading the update and proceeds to the screen that directs me to re-start the NUVI 5000. When it re-starts, instead of processing the update, it does a normal restart with out doing the update.
When I repeat the update, the Webupdater again finds the update, downloads it and does not apply the update.
The Windows WebUpdater will update the unit properly.
There are a few Mac Web Updater apps around: The one called
126.96.36.199Beta has good success. You can find it at:
The 2.0.2 version that is offered on the Garmin download page seems to have more problems.
This is great information.
To the 'dark side' of computing
Once you go Mac, you'll never go back.
The Garmin Mac "POI Loader" is 188.8.131.52 Beta. The Garmin Mac "WebUpdater" is v2.0.2.
The buggy Mac POI Loader v2.0.1, "still" on the Garmin website, had a lot of problems, then Garmin came out with the v184.108.40.206 Beta and it corrected any problems, that were occurring in v2.0.1.
What I can't figure out, is why Garmin doesn't have the Mac POI Loader v220.127.116.11 Beta, available for download, on their website. As you stated in your post, you can find it at versiontracker:
You can, however, still download the Mac WebUpdater v2.0.2, on the Garmin site.
The Mac POI Loader v18.104.22.168 Beta came out on 10/11/2007 and the Mac WebUpdater came out on 12/20/2006.
Nüvi 670 & 880
Mac Pro & OS 10.5.4
Thanks for the correction. I typed my answer too quickly.
Has anyone else had problems with the Mac WebUpdater?
I suspect the problems I have had are related to the NUVI 5000. I probably would not buy one again.
I think you are right about the 5000. Since Garmin has not updated the Updater for Mac I guess there is something different about it than the other nüvi products.
I would suggest contacting Garmin support if you haven't already done so and let them know there is a bug with the Mac WebUpdater and the 5000.
It looks like your issue has been addressed with a revised Mac WebUpdater:
According to versiontracker.com:
What's new in WebUpdater version 2.0.4:
Fixed an issue that caused software update to fail for nuvi 8xx and nuvi 5000.
Fixed an issue that caused downloads to fail over a slow connection.
Thanks for the information regarding the Garmin page that consolidates all of their Mac software.
Definitely good to see this link. Garmin's web site is not too user friendly as far as ease of navigation goes.
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