MapSource software version 6.15.3 now available

 

Download link:

http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=209

Change History
Changes made from version 6.14.1 to 6.15.3:
Fixed an issue where blank map tiles are left on the screen.
Fixed an issue with redrawing the map after a detail level change.
Enhanced the drawing of roads to better distinguish primary from secondary roads.
Added the ability to adjust symbol size of icons.
Fixed the display of spot soundings in Marine maps.
Fixed an issue with areas getting highlighted inadvertently.
Fixed 'Move Waypoint', 'Insert Route Section', and 'Extend Route' capabilities from right-click context menus.
Fixed an issue with water regions getting clipped.
Limited 'Nearest Features' to only displayed maps.
Fixed overlapping copyright information for certain maps.
Fixed the display of certain Marine icons in the 'Find Nearest Places' dialog.
Fixed an issue with improper amenities getting displayed for 'Exit Properties'
Modified the color used for bathymetric lines.
Enhanced the look of dashed and dotted lines.
Enhanced sizes of certain labels.
Enhanced the look of road shield icons.
Fixed an issue when using certain find operations.
Fixed an issue where changing the font would result in no labels being displayed.
Fixed an issue with using the Roads & Rec 2.1 Hawaii and Alaska product

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Thanks

Thanks for the info.

separate download, not update...

seems like you need to download it directly rather than rely on MapSource update. From within 6.14.1 it sees no updates available...

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Thanks

Thanks for the Info On Mapsource rjrsw smile

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separate download, not update...

I just downloaded the update and it worked good. Had to download as was said earlier when I checked for software updates it wasn't to the new one.

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Thank you!

I wouldn't have seen this update. Thanks for the heads up.

- Brian

Did they fix the stuff that broke in the last MapSource update?

I remember the last MapSource update had problems grabbing your route to rubber band it. And a lot of people complained about how slow the screen redrew itself after panning, etc. The rubber band function was the real killer though. Is it working OK in this update?

Rubber Banding

johnc wrote:

I remember the last MapSource update had problems grabbing your route to rubber band it. And a lot of people complained about how slow the screen redrew itself after panning, etc. The rubber band function was the real killer though. Is it working OK in this update?

Rubber banding seems to work a little better but it is inconsistent. It is nowhere near as easy to use as the Google map feature.

MapSource software version 6.15.3 now available

Hi, sorry for such a basic question, but when I go to the Garmin site the first thing I see is this will not work unless you already have a previous version of mapsource installed. How can I tell if I have it installed? Do all new GPS's come with it? If not, what exactly is does mapsource do? I have a nuvi 765t.

THANKS!

What does Mapsource do?

jaygorman wrote:

If not, what exactly is does mapsource do? I have a nuvi 765t.

THANKS!

Garmin MapSource provides you with geographic data that can be viewed on your PC and added to the basemap of your compatible Garmin GPS device. With MapSource, you can:

Transfer saved waypoints, routes, and tracks from your GPS device and save them to your PC

Create, view, and edit waypoints, routes, and tracks

Find items, addresses, and Points of Interest included in the map data

Transfer map data, waypoints, routes, and tracks to your GPS device

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You need to call Garmin to get it

jaygorman wrote:

Hi, sorry for such a basic question, but when I go to the Garmin site the first thing I see is this will not work unless you already have a previous version of mapsource installed. How can I tell if I have it installed? Do all new GPS's come with it? If not, what exactly is does mapsource do? I have a nuvi 765t.

THANKS!

Unless your 765T came with a DVD and you installed it, you don't have MapSource. MapSource is similar to Google Maps or MapQuest, except it runs on your computer, not over the internet. You can create complex routes and download them to your Nuvi, as well as create waypoints and send them to your Nuvi. It also requires having a disk-based copy of the same maps that are in your Nuvi in order to work. The best way to get it is to call Garmin and ask for MapSource because you want to manage Routes and Favorites. They will usually send you the DVD with MapSource and a copy of the maps on it for a reasonable shipping fee of $10 or so. The program all by itself isn't very useful without the accompanying maps to install on your computer.

MapSource

Thanks for info

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didn't come with my 765T

jaygorman wrote:

Hi, sorry for such a basic question, but when I go to the Garmin site the first thing I see is this will not work unless you already have a previous version of mapsource installed. How can I tell if I have it installed? Do all new GPS's come with it? If not, what exactly is does mapsource do? I have a nuvi 765t.

THANKS!

following suggestions from many posts here, I called Garmin, and explained that I wanted the Mapsource DVD to manage my favorites. First they asked if I had registered mine on the site, which I had done. They sent it to me, but I had to pay 10 bucks for shipping. Others have stated that they got theirs shipped free.

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Getting it free is usually the result of acutally getting a free update to the current mapping, (2009), as a result of buying a unit with old maps after the new ones were released.

$10 is a good deal. Skip Starbucks for 2 days.

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Thanks

Great update - thanks for the heads-up,

WoW

I can certainly see some great improvements with Mapsource version 6.15.3.
The biggest improvement to me is the map redrawing time when you change scales. May be my imagination but map graphics appear to be better !
Everything seems to have speeded up when you make changes.
Certainly glad to see the new version !

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MrKenFL- "Money can't buy you happiness .. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery." NUVI 260, Nuvi 1490LMT & Nuvi 2595LMT all with 2014.4 maps !

Route color

I love the ability to change each route to a different color. Many times, I create multiple routes and keep them in one file. When doing this, there are multiple lines all the same color (magenta). Now, I can give each route a different color and it makes them stand out!!!! I am one of many that kept the old 6.13 version since the 6.14 had so many issues. This one may not be perfect but it is far ahead of 6.14.

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Thanks

Thanks going now

To get it. hope it works better.

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crashes

On a newsgroup I look at every morning, they are saying this new version crashes when you recalculate a route. Anyone had this happen? I haven't updated my MapSource yet. I never get in too big a hurry to update to new versions.

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Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

I haven't had any crashes

But I have only done (recalculated) 3 or 4 routes I made changes to just to check performance of the new version. So far, so good !

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crashes

MrKenFL wrote:

But I have only done (recalculated) 3 or 4 routes I made changes to just to check performance of the new version. So far, so good !

I may have left out a key word, I remember they did say "existing" routes which I take to mean routes they had already saved.

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"Check for updates" now works within MapSource

Don B wrote:

On a newsgroup I look at every morning, they are saying this new version crashes when you recalculate a route. Anyone had this happen? I haven't updated my MapSource yet. I never get in too big a hurry to update to new versions.

Using "Check for Software Updates" now works from the Help menu in MapSource 6.13.7. The update description is below:

  • Updated map rendering to provide visual improvements.
  • Added support for U.S. National and Swedish SWREF99 grids.
  • Fixed issue with setting the PC clock on Vista.
  • Allowed user specified colors for routes.
  • Added Brazilian Portuguese translation.
  • Improved interface for managing map products and unlock codes.

    No mention of rubber banding fixes. That was the only serious problem that I had with the previous upgrade. I think I'll just wait a little and let others report how it works.

  • No Problemo...Unless......

    Don,

    Based on your post I fired up the latest version of MapSource and played with it awhile.

    Per your edit I loaded in previously created routes (including some produced on a 2610 Streetpilot) and recalculated them. No problems.

    I created new routes, recalculated them, changed them, recalculated again and no issues at all. Then I tried something really nutty, copying the same route back and forth (Los Angeles to Phoenix) multiple times and then shooting off to Utah. THAT really confused the program and produced an error message telling me the "Los Angeles Waypoint Already Exists"...the program shut down.

    So, I'm thinking in ordinary circumstances there really aren't any issues but if you 'try' really hard and enter some nonsense routes the program 'will' crash.

    Oh, one thing I 'did' notice was that the color change function isn't working on my machine. The routes always seem to be purple when I first create them then change to yellow after modifications or recalculations are done. Choosing to change the route to red or green or white or any of the options has no effect.

    Cheers wink

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    Yep - you were right

    Don B wrote:

    On a newsgroup I look at every morning, they are saying this new version crashes when you recalculate a route. Anyone had this happen? I haven't updated my MapSource yet. I never get in too big a hurry to update to new versions.

    When I went to make some changes to an extended trip I am planning for May the new version crashed on "recalculation". Mapsource provided an error report which I e-mailed to Garmin Tech Support.

    Hope I didn't mislead anyone before.

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    So far, so good

    I tried creating an extended trip with 6.15 and didn't experience any issues.

    6.15 is a dramatic improvement over 6.14. Version 6.14 should never have been released. It should have remained in beta. I removed it very shortly after installing.

    When installing version 6.15, I took the precaustion of first saving a copy of the existing mapsource.exe file as mapsource613.exe and leaving it in the same folder. Now, I can bring up either or both versions to make a comparison.

    V6.15 is slightly slower than 6.13, but on my computer which is 6 years old, not so that it is real noticeable. That was with CN North America NT 2009. Now when I view Topo National Parks, v6.15 is definitely faster in repainting the screen. With 6.13 I can see each map tile being repainted, while 6.15 repaints all tiles simultaneously. (With map scale set at 15 miles I moved the map around.)

    The map graphics is nicer looking, but I still feel that the icons are a bit too large even when set to be viewed at the small scale. Personally, I'd like to see a quick toggle available so that icons can be turned on or off quickly rather than having to go to Edit>preferences>display>services> to make the change.

    Bob

    Found quick way to turn icons on/off

    I just discovered that changing map detail from highest to high appears to only remove the icon layer and not alter other detail.

    Bob

    update

    thanks for the heads up

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    Mapsource update

    Is Mapsource 6.15 truly VISTA only?

    Anybody try it with XP?

    Mapsource update

    I have xp and so far it works haven't tried all the features yet wife has me painting the whole house and so that takes time over this. Please post if anything different comes up.

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    I'm using XP Home Bob

    I'm using XP Home

    Bob

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    MisterTFM wrote:

    Is Mapsource 6.15 truly VISTA only?

    Anybody try it with XP?

    Yep, works just fine.

    It DIDn'T say that is does NOT work with XP, it just didn't say that it did. But it does wink

    OK with XP here as well

    MisterTFM wrote:

    Is Mapsource 6.15 truly VISTA only?

    Anybody try it with XP?

    No problem here with XP.

    double text field?

    Before I download and update, can someone do a quick check and see if the double text field still exists?

    ex. Create a waypoint, type something in the comment field, save as .gpx file, then open the .gps file in notepad. Does the text field still appear twice? (Once as a comment, and once as a description?)

    Thanks,
    Paul

    Isn't it supposed to do that?

    PaulATL wrote:

    Before I download and update, can someone do a quick check and see if the double text field still exists?

    ex. Create a waypoint, type something in the comment field, save as .gpx file, then open the .gps file in notepad. Does the text field still appear twice? (Once as a comment, and once as a description?)

    Thanks,
    Paul

    I think they did that on purpose - some Nuvi's display the description and some display the comment.

    Phil?

    Thank You!

    Would have never found it.

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    option

    johnc wrote:
    PaulATL wrote:

    Before I download and update, can someone do a quick check and see if the double text field still exists?

    ex. Create a waypoint, type something in the comment field, save as .gpx file, then open the .gps file in notepad. Does the text field still appear twice? (Once as a comment, and once as a description?)

    Thanks,
    Paul

    I think they did that on purpose - some Nuvi's display the description and some display the comment.

    Phil?

    (Previously, Yes) But, since POI Loader carries it over, I thought I read somewhere that they were correcting this? i.e. Making a specific comment field and a description field or an option in the pull downs to select one or the other or something so you do not get the double post? Not assume both.

    Interaction with POILoader V2.5.2

    johnc wrote:

    I think they did that on purpose - some Nuvi's display the description and some display the comment.

    I don't know the original reason for duplicating the data (hedging their bets? wink ).

    PaulATL wrote:

    (Previously, Yes) But, since POI Loader carries it over, I thought I read somewhere that they were correcting this? i.e. Making a specific comment field and a description field or an option in the pull downs to select one or the other or something so you do not get the double post? Not assume both.

    POILoader V2.4.2 and earlier would read <cmt> or <desc>. If both were present, <cmt> would win. The selected data was placed in the 'cmt' area of the .gpi file.

    POILoader V2.5.2 and later implements both fields - and so you get duplicated data if reading .gpx files from Mapsource.

    I reported the issue to Garmin, last April 'ish.

    I've not tested this latest version. (I'm struggling to see any reason to risk the stability of my current Mapsource implementation!)

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    Thanks

    Hornbyp wrote:
    johnc wrote:

    I think they did that on purpose - some Nuvi's display the description and some display the comment.

    I don't know the original reason for duplicating the data (hedging their bets? wink ).

    PaulATL wrote:

    (Previously, Yes) But, since POI Loader carries it over, I thought I read somewhere that they were correcting this? i.e. Making a specific comment field and a description field or an option in the pull downs to select one or the other or something so you do not get the double post? Not assume both.

    POILoader V2.4.2 and earlier would read <cmt> or <desc>. If both were present, <cmt> would win. The selected data was placed in the 'cmt' area of the .gpi file.

    POILoader V2.5.2 and later implements both fields - and so you get duplicated data if reading .gpx files from Mapsource.

    I reported the issue to Garmin, last April 'ish.

    I've not tested this latest version. (I'm struggling to see any reason to risk the stability of my current Mapsource implementation!)

    Hi Phil,

    Thanks for clarifying that. I too have had no problems with my current mapsource so do not find a purpose to download it yet. I also have not updated to the current 350 version since I have heard you can't go back to previous versions easily.

    Paul

    6.15.3 Works pretty well

    Bit the bullet and installed 6.15.3. Loaded some old routes and played around with them. No problems with recalculating or modifying using the rubber band method. Made some new routes and modified them with no troubles, either.

    Dragging the map around is slower, but then it isn't blanking out like it used to when dragging the map around. I have no problems with that. It's a fair tradeoff in my opinion.

    So, I'd give it a definite thumbs up.

    The biggest problem

    The biggest problem I've encountered with version 6.15.3 is when I try to return to a previous waypoint or via point.

    In other words, if I have the "same" waypoint listed twice in my routing. The application has crashed each time and given me an error message to forward to Garmin tech support, which I have done.

    Also, as another user pointed out, the routes cannot be color coded using their drop down menu. It's yellow for the selected route and magenta for the rest of the routes. Can't be changed.

    Edit: Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa My error: The Routing color can be set to another color. You have to change the color and then do a "recalculate" of the route - not just click the OK button !

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    but will the route still recalculate with the latest version...

    MrKenFL wrote:

    The biggest problem I've encountered with version 6.15.3 is when I try to return to a previous waypoint or via point.

    In other words, if I have the "same" waypoint listed twice in my routing. The application has crashed each time and given me an error message to forward to Garmin tech support, which I have done.

    Also, as another user pointed out, the routes cannot be color coded using their drop down menu. It's yellow for the selected route and magenta for the rest of the routes. Can't be changed.

    Edit: Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa My error: The Routing color can be set to another color. You have to change the color and then do a "recalculate" of the route - not just click the OK button !

    ...when I send it to my 765T, import it, and then try to use it?

    in the past, the nuvi would recalculate the route, and therefore ignore the roads that I wanted. sad

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    problem with 6.15.3

    I'm not able to hook up my GPS 750 and input all the waypoints, etc into MapSource. It came up with an error and I just sent it to techsupport. I'll see what support has to say.

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    One way to work around the "crash"

    As some have noted, if you have a duplicate viapoint or waypoint starting/stopping the route, the program will crash if you recalculate.

    There is a way to work around this problem........ If you use the TOOLS only to create, modify or delete viapoints, the system will recalculate the routes just fine. The problem results when you open "ROUTE PROPERTIES" box and make any changes here AND you have duplicate viapoints or waypoints in the route.

    For now, I am staying with this upgrade because I can work around this problem and I like other features more; however, I have the older 6.13.7 in reserve in the event I find other features I do not like.

    Dupe tag confirmed in MS v6.15.3

    PaulATL wrote:

    Before I download and update, can someone do a quick check and see if the double text field still exists?

    ex. Create a waypoint, type something in the comment field, save as .gpx file, then open the .gps file in notepad. Does the text field still appear twice? (Once as a comment, and once as a description?)

    Thanks,
    Paul

    I can confirm that MSv6.15.3 does duplicate a [cmt] tag as a [desc] tag when saving as .gpx

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for the info - I will try it since it appears to be functional for what I would be using it for.

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    Rubber Banding function in Mapsource.

    Can someone explain to me how to use the rubber banding function in Mapsource 6.15 ?

    If I pick two waypoints, and calculate a route, I then want to pull the selected route to use a different road without setting more waypoints.

    I use this function in MS Streets and trips a lot.

    Is it possible to do in Mapsource?

    TIA

    I need to know this too

    I have only tried to use Mapsource a couple of times to force a specific use of roads, send it to my 765T, import it, only to have the nuvi recalculate, and thereby ignore my chosen roads.

    My understanding is that you must create waypoints at the intersections of the roads you wish to force, but then that means flags and announced arrivals occur at each waypoint...clunky at best.

    Apparently there is a small downloadable utility available at a zumo forum, called unflag that will remove the flags.

    I was wondering if this process is still required with version 6.15?

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    duplicated Comment and Description

    PaulATL wrote:

    Before I download and update, can someone do a quick check and see if the double text field still exists?

    ex. Create a waypoint, type something in the comment field, save as .gpx file, then open the .gps file in notepad. Does the text field still appear twice? (Once as a comment, and once as a description?)

    Ok, I did the 'quick check' wink

    The problem is still there ...

    Also, there is no still sign of any support for reading .GPI files (ie the missing link to POILoader's "MapSource (Advanced)" option).

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    Thanks

    Hornbyp wrote:
    PaulATL wrote:

    Before I download and update, can someone do a quick check and see if the double text field still exists?

    ex. Create a waypoint, type something in the comment field, save as .gpx file, then open the .gps file in notepad. Does the text field still appear twice? (Once as a comment, and once as a description?)

    Ok, I did the 'quick check' wink

    The problem is still there ...

    Also, there is no still sign of any support for reading .GPI files (ie the missing link to POILoader's "MapSource (Advanced)" option).

    Thanks for doing the check. I guess I will hold off updating until I feel the need.

    waypoints symbols icons

    BobHy wrote:

    I just discovered that changing map detail from highest to high appears to only remove the icon layer and not alter other detail.

    Bob

    I'm using XP Professional with all the latest updates. I changed the map detail to the lowest and it still showing the waypoint symbols icons. Anyone figure out how to turn on/off displaying the waypoint symbols icons on XP ?

    So far the updated version runs fine on my XP Pro

    Thanks

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