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Basecamp and a Nuvi - What can it do

 

I recently upgraded to a new Nuvi - the 1390LMT (from a Nuvi 205W). I have also moved to a Mac as the host computer. When looking for software for the Mac I found Basecamp from Garmin as a free download. I've played with it a little bit, but since my GPS only supports one way point (as far as I know), what is the value of using Basecamp? Would it be a waste of time learning it?

Thanks,
Norm

1390LMT waypoint limit

normc wrote:

.. I've played with it a little bit, but since my GPS only supports one way point (as far as I know), what is the value of using Basecamp? Would it be a waste of time learning it?

Thanks,
Norm

Waypoints sent by Basecamp to your 1390LMT will wind up in Favorites. According to Garmin specs your unit is limited to 1000 favorites.

If yours works like my 285W, you can send a lot more than that (with no error message) and there will be a temp.gpx file created on your unit that could have many thousands of waypoints, but only 1000 will actually be accepted and reported by "current.gpx".

However you could export practically an unlimited number of waypoints to a gpx file and then use POILoader (or MAC equivalent) to load them as POIs (which would show up in Extras/Custom Pois instead of Favorites).

I mostly use Basecamp for my Etrex models and do not use it much with my Nuvis.

Multi point routing.

You could still use Base Camp to plan a multi-point route, then send the via points to your nuvi 1390 as favorites that you could select one at a time as you navigate the route.

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Alan - Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

1450LMT

The 1450LMT is $10 more list price and has the capability of routes. Routes provide a great deal more flexability with a GPS.

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Zumo 550 & Zumo 665 My alarm clock is sunshine on chrome.

"Only one waypoint supported"

normc wrote:

..... but since my GPS only supports one way point (as far as I know), what is the value of using Basecamp? Would it be a waste of time learning it?

After thinking more about that statement, I think you may have got the idea that your GPSr only supports one way point because that was all you thought you could send to it.

To send more than one waypoint you have to select more than one in the list in one of the collections in "My Collection". You can use "select all", or Shift-click a range of them, or CTRL-click several individual waypoints.

It you thought the "All Data" choice in the "Send to" choice list meant that you were going to send all the data in a collection, that is not correct. "All Data" is actually what BaseCamp considers to be a Folder on your garmin or on an attached SD card. You can see the "All Data" folders in the Device pane at the left side of a Basecamp window.

One waypoint for routing.

Evert, I suspect Norm is saying his 1390 only supports one via for routing, not that Basecamp won't send more than one waypoint. I don't have a 13xx, but have read about the single via restriction in other posts.

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Alan - Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

One via restriction

alandb wrote:

Evert, I suspect Norm is saying his 1390 only supports one via for routing, not that Basecamp won't send more than one waypoint. I don't have a 13xx, but have read about the single via restriction in other posts.

You are likely correct. I probably jumped off the "Jump to a Conclusion cliff" again. smile

You are Correct

Evert wrote:
alandb wrote:

Evert, I suspect Norm is saying his 1390 only supports one via for routing, not that Basecamp won't send more than one waypoint. I don't have a 13xx, but have read about the single via restriction in other posts.

You are likely correct. I probably jumped off the "Jump to a Conclusion cliff" again. smile

Thanks for all of the responses.

alandb that's correct. I can send it a route, and it takes it, but there is no way to activate it on the device. I'm really OK with that since my old 205W's seem to have the same restrictions.

I got a great deal on the 1390LMT, and mainly got it since the maps in my old one were getting old. It was only a few $'s more than adding lifetime maps to my old GPSs, plus it adds lane assist, spoken street names, traffic and blue tooth. Haven't tried the bluetooth yet, but the traffic is somewhat helpful in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. I really like the lane assist and spoken directions.

I have POI Loader for the Mac - It works just like the one for the PC. I have tons of POIs in all of my units smile

Maybe BaseCamp will be more useful if I get back into Geocaching again. I'll have to see if it works with my Garmin Gecko. That might be a challenge to hook up since I think the connector is serial, and my MacBook Pro only has USB ports. Guess I'll have to try a USB to serial for that one.

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