I HAVE A MAC BUT I DON'T HAVE MS OFFICE FOR MAC. IS THERE A WORK AROUND USING MAC PROGRAMS?
Why do you feel that you need Office to use apps for your GPS?
Happy New Year.
Please don't type in ALL CAPS. It's considered shouting on the Internet and can be difficult to read.
MS Office is not required in any way shape or form to use and load Custom POIs to GPS units.
The Custom POIs are in two different formats. The first, most common, and most simple is the CSV format. CSV stands for Comma Separated Values. It's a simple text file format and can be opened with any simple Text Editor on your computer.
The second format is a slight more complex format named GPX which is merely an extended XML format. There are Mac compatible programs that can open GPX files as well.
However, having said all that, it's not necessary AT ALL to OPEN the files on your computer. You can simply download the files to your computer, put them into a folder or folders and use Garmin's POI Loader software to load them to your GPS unit.
If you want to CREATE your own Custom POI files, you can just use a text editor and create a CSV file. Check out the FAQs and Getting Started sections for the correct data format of CSV files.
I am a mac user myself. With the exception of Mapsource, which is PC only, I have no problem tinkering with my Garmin using what Garmin supplied. I use a 3rd party program to organise my POIs called "POI Organizer". I haven't had any need of MS Office products yet in 20 years of using computers.
Yes, please do not use all caps. I actually had a "Cap-lock-disabled" keyboard. They make all of us MacUsers look bad.
In addition the information provided above you will need Garmin POI Loader and perhaps Garmin Web Updater. Both are free applications from Garmin and can be downloaded from their web site located at:
POI Loader is the software used to download the POI's you find here (or other sites) to your GPS. Webupdater is used to update your GPS's software if Garmin comes out with a software update.
Both applications are very simple to run, just connect your GPS to one of your Mac's USB connections wait a minute or so for it to mount (you will see it in Finder) and then start the software you want to run. I find the easiest way to start software is to use Spotlight, hold down the Command key and Spacebar then type in POI Loader or Webupdater and the software will start. This is easier than navigating to your Dock or the Applications in Finder.
Last as the others have stated please do not type in all cap's there isn't any reason to shout.
Open Office is is available for the Mac and is very popular among businesses. It is VERY compatable with MS Office files. Best of all, it's FREE.
Everyone, thanks for your advice. The cap lock was on by mistake.
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