New Garmin Communicator Plugin -- good news, bad news


The good news: The new Garmin Communicator Plugin ( is available for the Mac.

The date on the Garmin webpage is August 2; this is the first I've seen of it.

It seems to work with Lion.

The bad news: It's 32-bit only, so if you have a newer Mac that starts up in 64-bit mode (such as recent MacBook Pros), and apps that start up in 64-bit mode, you'll have to restart your browser in 32-bit mode to use it.

One step forward, one step to the side!

Nuvi 2460, 680, DATUM Tymserve 2100, Trimble Thunderbolt, Ham radio, Macintosh, Linux, Windows

No problem here with 64-bit iMac

I updated the plug-in on my 2011 iMac with Lion 10.7.1. Garmin Communicator works fine with Safari 5.1 in 64-bit. It was able to communicate with my 3790 and even perform a software update (of course it doesn't tell you WHAT it is updating).

Firefox 6.0 does need to be set to run in 32-bit mode to work with Communicator.

To do this: Select Firefox in the Applications folder by clicking on it once. Select File>Get Info. Put a check in the box Open in 32-bit mode. Close the Get Info window. Now restart Firefox.

Brent - DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S

Running well

No issues noted on my Mac yet

Chrome browser

Just wish it would support Google Chrome browser on Mac. The only time I use Safari is to pull data from my Garmin Forerunner. Chrome allows me to adblock, control cookies more granularly, run an extension to opt-out of targeted ads, etc.

Nuvi 760 (died 6/2013); Forerunner 305 bike/run; Inreach SE; MotionX Drive (iPhone)


Agreed, Chrome is my main browser now. It's not the end of the world opening Safari, but seems like Chrome has been out long enough to support it.