BaseCamp Help and Information

 

I have asked questions for help on BaseCamp but they are in other post for BaseCamp and not always seen.

I am making this post as a place for help and information about BaseCamp.

I don't want to learn it but if Garmin stops supporting Mapsourse and uses BaseCamp it must be a better product.

If you have any questions or have any tips for BaseCamp please post them here.

Thanks Mary

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My first question is about addresses

I can not find where to put the address and phone number in the waypoint for BaseCamp.

Thanks Mary

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Not Supported (Yet)

According to this BaseCamp post by JD4x4:
http://www.poi-factory.com/comment/reply/33667/248659?quote=...

"It doesn't let you edit some of the waypoint gpx field items like Description, Address, Phone. It does preserve those fields on import & export if they already exist though."

If I recall correctly, it was only a couple of updates ago that phone nubmer support was added to MapSource smile

Personally, I use EPE for waypoint management and find it much more versatile than either BaseCamp or MapSource.

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Garmin Basecamp Demo Videos

You might find these YouTube videos helpful:

Garmin Basecamp demo - Part I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m85sTGB4Sko

Garmin Basecamp demo - Part II
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4lBZ6m6jFU

Garmin Basecamp demo - Part III
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbfcvMQBmJ0

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Thanks so much

WAASup wrote:

You might find these YouTube videos helpful:

Garmin Basecamp demo - Part I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m85sTGB4Sko

Garmin Basecamp demo - Part II
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4lBZ6m6jFU

Garmin Basecamp demo - Part III
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbfcvMQBmJ0

I never thought of looking on youtube for something like this.
Thanks again, Mary

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The above links

The above links are good but they make Basecamp look like it is only for off road.

Does anyone use it for Auto.

To me it is of no use if I can't put in addresses.

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one way to look up addresses

mgarledge wrote:

To me it is of no use if I can't put in addresses.

It is very different for this than MapSource, but you can for example do this:

1. click on the binocular "find" icon to bring up the find toolbar if it is not already visible.
2. select "address" in the first of the three find boxes.
3. type a city, state, country into the "near" box
4. type a street address into the "containing" box.

If you typed it the way it is the database, mostly likely you'll see your desired result first on the list. If you agreed in part, it may well still be there, somewhere.

Possibly someone else will respond with a better way.

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@mgarledge, you're welcome. I find Basecamp more useful for geocaching and Mapsource for automotive stuff.

@archae86, that's the only way I know of too.

Here's what it would look like: http://i40.tinypic.com/2hi9myw.jpg

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You mentioned using "EPE"

You mentioned using "EPE" for waypoint management... what is "EPE"?

Extra POI Editor

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After looking into this why???

Why would Garmin go from Mapsourse to Basecamp. It is not auto friendly. When I make a waypoint I want to always put the address and phone number in the waypoint. Don't know what they are thinking!!

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Wiki on BaseCamp

Some of us over on www.zumoforums.com have made a Wiki tutorial on BaseCamp.

http://garmin-mapsource.wikispaces.com/BaseCamp

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All in the title

mgarledge wrote:

Why would Garmin go from Mapsourse to Basecamp. It is not auto friendly. When I make a waypoint I want to always put the address and phone number in the waypoint. Don't know what they are thinking!!

Basecamp implies hiking.

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Personally I believe this is

Personally I believe this is Garmin attempting to streamline their support by discontinuing MapSource, which makes sense. Like it or not BaseCamp, at least in Garmin's collective mind, does everything MapSource can do, and more. It does have some nifty features that MapSource lacks, such as the ability to play back tracks and the ability to view maps on the device.

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This is what I was asking for

dave817 wrote:

Some of us over on www.zumoforums.com have made a Wiki tutorial on BaseCamp.

http://garmin-mapsource.wikispaces.com/BaseCamp

I just spent a few minutes on this page and now I know so much more about Basecamp. I created waypoints, routes and they had addresses in the notes. I hope they will be in the file when it goes to the gps.

Thanks for this. It is very well written. grin

Anyone wanting to know about how to use BaseCamp should go to this link.

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Tracks

Strephon_Alkhalikoi wrote:

It does have some nifty features that MapSource lacks, such as the ability to play back tracks and the ability to view maps on the device.

I save all my tracks to Mapsource.Although a bit clumsy, it does play back the tracks. I use that feature to sync my photos to a location.

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the biggest problem i see

dave817 wrote:

Some of us over on www.zumoforums.com have made a Wiki tutorial on BaseCamp.

http://garmin-mapsource.wikispaces.com/BaseCamp

The biggest problem with BaseCamp I see is no way to create a multistop route. You are forced to create many point to point routes and then join them.

The only way I've found to get BC to take specific roads is to create a route from my start point to an intersection along the desired route, then another from that point to the next and so on until you have built the route in segments. You then have to do additional steps to join the routes.

Creating route segments and naming them is one method of getting a route function into a unit that will not normally handle multipoint routing. It's the extra work of creating segments and then having to join them that is the problem in my opinion.

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Multistop route

Box Car wrote:

The biggest problem with BaseCamp I see is no way to create a multistop route. You are forced to create many point to point routes and then join them.

Make your route with the start and end point.
Make new waypoints to where you want to stop.
Right click on the waypoint and copy.
Open the Route and right click paste. Then move it up or down and recalculate it with the icon on the left side of the route.

OK, so new to this it was just an accident that I knew this.....

The jury is still out as to my liking it as well as Mapsourse....

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and still one more way

Playing a little more with the program finds another way to create a mulistop.

There is the option to create a route using selected waypoints as well. it just isn't obvious. I had started by clicking Route and got the start/end box, and that's all you can enter.

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Clarification

spokybob wrote:

I save all my tracks to Mapsource.Although a bit clumsy, it does play back the tracks. I use that feature to sync my photos to a location.

Yes, but MapSource cannot work with the tracks direct from the GPS like BaseCamp can. I have to play around a bit with it still, but supposedly BaseCamp can also access all maps installed on the device. So far I can only see the Worldwide DEM Basemap I have.

On a side note, saving the tracks from the GPS to BaseCamp is very simple. The tutorial videos posted above proved to be quite useful in demonstrating the features of BaseCamp.

UPDATE: I had to wait a minute or two before the regular map appeared. Non-Garmin maps do not appear in BaseCamp at all from what I can see. I do in fact have a Central America Openstreetmap map that I installed while working through an issue phlatlander was having with his 1350. BaseCamp does not see that map at all.

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Thanks

Box Car wrote:

Playing a little more with the program finds another way to create a mulistop.

There is the option to create a route using selected waypoints as well. it just isn't obvious. I had started by clicking Route and got the start/end box, and that's all you can enter.

That way is good. Thanks.

Just maybe Basecamp may be ok. Buy, you know what they say about women changing their minds. I think I have changed it already on Basecamp about 3 or maybe 4 times in my post on this site!! grin

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No Help

I can't get help to work on BaseCamp. When I select a topic all I get is a rotating circle in the right screen that goes on forever. I tried removing the program, downloading again and reinstalling. Still nothing.

No problem on Win7

jjen wrote:

I can't get help to work on BaseCamp. When I select a topic all I get is a rotating circle in the right screen that goes on forever. I tried removing the program, downloading again and reinstalling. Still nothing.

I have no problems with BaseCamp's Help with two Windows 7 PCs, one 32-bit and the other 64-bit. What OS are you using? If you haven't rebooted your computer in a while, that may be worth a try too.

Both of my BaseCamps started as the auto-installed BaseCamp that came with the last map update--but then a manual reinstall so that Windows would add BaseCamp to the Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.

No Luck

CraigW wrote:
jjen wrote:

I can't get help to work on BaseCamp. When I select a topic all I get is a rotating circle in the right screen that goes on forever. I tried removing the program, downloading again and reinstalling. Still nothing.

I have no problems with BaseCamp's Help with two Windows 7 PCs, one 32-bit and the other 64-bit. What OS are you using? If you haven't rebooted your computer in a while, that may be worth a try too.

Both of my BaseCamps started as the auto-installed BaseCamp that came with the last map update--but then a manual reinstall so that Windows would add BaseCamp to the Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.

I am using Windows 7 64-Bit. I even used Revo Uninstaller Pro to remove it and scanned for everything remaining and deleted the results. The system has been shut down and re-booted and still no help.

I am using Windows XP

I do have the help files but after I use them and x out of help my map freezes for at least 60 seconds. I can't click on the x to close the program or anything else. My mouse will move but no response to anything I click on.

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BaseCamp Help OK On 64-bit Vista and 64-bit Win7

@jjen: no issues here. BaseCamp 3.2.2 on Win 7, BaseCamp 3.2.2 and 3.0.5 on Vista.

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Helpful vids

mgarledge wrote:
WAASup wrote:

You might find these YouTube videos helpful:

Garmin Basecamp demo - Part I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m85sTGB4Sko

Garmin Basecamp demo - Part II
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4lBZ6m6jFU

Garmin Basecamp demo - Part III
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbfcvMQBmJ0

I never thought of looking on youtube for something like this.
Thanks again, Mary

The youtube videos were helpful but my screen doesn't look like the one shown, specifically it doesn't have the information area that's fixed at the bottom of the screen like his has. I don't see any configuration setting to turn that on/off. Am I missing something or is he using a different version of BC?

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Bottom is Windows

tomkk wrote:
mgarledge wrote:
WAASup wrote:

You might find these YouTube videos helpful:

Garmin Basecamp demo - Part I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m85sTGB4Sko

Garmin Basecamp demo - Part II
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4lBZ6m6jFU

Garmin Basecamp demo - Part III
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbfcvMQBmJ0

I never thought of looking on youtube for something like this.
Thanks again, Mary

The youtube videos were helpful but my screen doesn't look like the one shown, specifically it doesn't have the information area that's fixed at the bottom of the screen like his has. I don't see any configuration setting to turn that on/off. Am I missing something or is he using a different version of BC?

The bottom is the toolbar that is from Windows, not BaseCamp. He must have his Windows setting to always show the toolbar.

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Thanks, but ...

The toolbar isn't what I'm referring to. His Basecamp window is segmented into three parts: the map, the library on the left and information area below the map. The resolution isn't good enough for me to see it in detail but he talks about it like it's a docked version of what BC's Help refers to as the "Information Area" and it looks like his has three tabs. My BC screen looks like that except no information area at the bottom. When I double click on a WP, I get a new BC window with the WP Properties with a single tab.

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I see what you mean

I can not reproduce on my BC the box underneath his map. I wonder since the youtube was made June 2010 if that was just something in the older porgram and they changed it in the updated program.

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Sometimes

mgarledge wrote:

I can not reproduce on my BC the box underneath his map. I wonder since the youtube was made June 2010 if that was just something in the older porgram and they changed it in the updated program.

That box comes up when I am downloading "Birds Eye" data on my Oregon 550, but I do seem to remember this box being there when I was working on waypoints, etc and now it doesnt in the latest BC. Hmmmmmmm

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Older version of BaseCamp

He's using an older version of BaseCamp, probably version 3.02 based upon the date the video was posted to YouTube.

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Layout Dependent on BaseCamp Version

As Strephon_Alkhalikoi said, the layout is different because BaseCamp changed. In 3.0.5, the waypoint properties are displayed at the bottom, and in 3.2.2 (current version) properties are displayed in a separate window. I don't know at which BaseCamp version that the change was made. See pictures below:

BaseCamp 3.0.5 (same layout as YouTube video)
http://i40.tinypic.com/54epg3.jpg

BaseCamp 3.2.2 (current version)
http://i39.tinypic.com/16i6qur.jpg

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Thanks,

I figured it must have been a version issue ...

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Waypoint Properties in BaseCamp

Since I can't get an answer out of Garmin I'll ask here... which I probably should have done first.

In Mapsource, the waypoint properties included a number of specific address fields. I can't find the same thing in BaseCamp. Am I missing something? Has the ability to edit these fields been removed?

Also, in either BaseCamp or Mapsource, when I make/edit and then load a small POI file (GPX) any info I stick in the waypoint's Comment field is shown twice in my GPS (nuvi 1450) when I click a waypoint's balloon for more info. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong?

you're not

It's the software that's broke.

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I've only used BaseCamp for auto

I drove the Blue Ridge Parkway, south to north, in mid-October. I wanted to be sure I stayed on it so I created several routes, one per day, for this purpose. Mapsource worked extremely poorly for this as did Streets and Trips. They just wouldn't stay on the Parkway. No combination of preferences made much difference. Lots of waypoints helped but it was still a struggle. I had a thread on GPS Passion where a couple of the moderators were helping. They had trouble with this software too. Google Maps would work but the GPX converter did not work very well on this admittedly somewhat complex route. BaseCamp worked great. The interface is different than any of these other programs and that is not welcome. I am no expert but I just kept switching the "tool" from waypoint creator to whatever else I need, gradually adding waypoints where BaseCamp wanted to go off the parkway until I got a route that worked. Routes were always created with the "create a route between these waypoints" command. I got frustrated and quit a couple times but in the end I had routes in both my 885t and 765t. I upgraded maps in the 885t and didn't notice that one of the routes quit working, however, which made it a good thing I had the 765t along as a backup.

Long way of saying it works for autos, at least for creating complex routes. Once I got used to the interface, I did not have any big problems and will use it again when the need arises. My waypoints were not anything I needed to put phone numbers in for so I don't know about that, they were just points out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a portion of the route where BaseCamp wanted to use a different road. I tried to use scenic overlooks.

My experience is that if you stick with it you can make it work for you and in the end you may find it works rather well. Why the interface has to be different than any other program is probably an answer like why Garmin software has to get rid of nice features of old nuvis when they create new models. I find that software geeks in general require close supervision or these kind of things happen.

Jim

my experience

JimD1 wrote:

I drove the Blue Ridge Parkway, south to north, in mid-October. I wanted to be sure I stayed on it so I created several routes, one per day, for this purpose. Mapsource worked extremely poorly for this as did Streets and Trips. They just wouldn't stay on the Parkway. No combination of preferences made much difference.

Jim

My experience, having tried to do the same as you, is that for the most part a route isn't needed. For the BRP as an example, once you're on it, you're on it. There is very little opportunity to get off so a 'route' isn't needed. The same with the Natchez Trace. Both are beautiful drives no matter the season and the routes are so well marked it is almost impossible to get off unless you really want to.

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Address, one of my main concerns

"In Mapsource, the waypoint properties included a number of specific address fields. I can't find the same thing in BaseCamp."

I have been trying to find this out also. I see you can put the address in comments but have not tried to load one.

Has anyone found a way to put addresses in on BC other than the comments?

Thanks

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I'm a day(s) late and a dollar short...

JimD1 wrote:

I drove the Blue Ridge Parkway, south to north, in mid-October. I wanted to be sure I stayed on it so I created several routes, one per day, for this purpose. Mapsource worked extremely poorly for this as did Streets and Trips. They just wouldn't stay on the Parkway. No combination of preferences made much difference. Lots of waypoints helped but it was still a struggle. Long way of saying it works for autos, at least for creating complex routes. Jim

A quick read of your post startled and amused me for a moment. That's becuase I drove the BRP in mid-October, South to North, and my name is Jim. Okay, enough of the coincidences. Not having BaseCamp at the time, I used google maps LAT/LON to ensure that I was looking at real "outlooks", rest areas, visitor centers, and attractions (like Mabry's Mill). It was tedious, but it also made me think of how all the tour books on the BRP and Skyline Drive could be brought into the 21st century by including LAT/LON instead of just mileposts.

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Basecamp Not As Auto Friendlier?

One thing I don't like about Basecamp is that it's not as auto friendly as Mapsource. For one thing, with Mapsource, it has this feature of letting you choose to avoid a road or section of it in making a route. Basecamp seems to be more useful in hiking than in auto routing.

Mile Markers very old way.

Quote:

It was tedious, but it also made me think of how all the tour books on the BRP and Skyline Drive could be brought into the 21st century by including LAT/LON instead of just mileposts.

The Florida Keys businesses use MM extensively, but Mapquest & Mapsource do not use that feature.
If someone would create a file of MM & Long/Lat for BRP and Overseas Highways, I would use both.

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Off Topic - What is the Florida MM#?

spokybob wrote:
Quote:

It was tedious, but it also made me think of how all the tour books on the BRP and Skyline Drive could be brought into the 21st century by including LAT/LON instead of just mileposts.

The Florida Keys businesses use MM extensively, but Mapquest & Mapsource do not use that feature.
If someone would create a file of MM & Long/Lat for BRP and Overseas Highways, I would use both.

I never saw this before I made the Massage Envy POI file. The ME website had an MM # for every store in Florida only. I included the MM in the description but not knowing what it is I didn't know what to do with it.

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Categories?

In Mapsource, I'm able to assign a waypoint a category number which makes finding them much easier after loading them into my GPS.

While I realize I can do it on my 2460, it can be a PITA. Anyone know how to do it in BC?

I'm still using mapsource and will continue to do so until it breaks.

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NUVI 40

Does BaseCamp only work with Zumo? As far as I can see, it won't work with my Nuvi 40, but there is an entry on my Settings -> About that states a version of BaseCamp.

I'm confused.

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BaseCamp

David King wrote:

Does BaseCamp only work with Zumo? As far as I can see, it won't work with my Nuvi 40, but there is an entry on my Settings -> About that states a version of BaseCamp.

I'm confused.

Works poorly with almost all models. I believe there is still a problem with some of the "Premium" 2012 line, but it is a kludge right now. It was designed for the Geocaching models like the Colorado and Montana and Garmin is attempting to use it on the automotive units as well.

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Basecamp VS Mapsource

When it comes to building routes for automotive use, there is absolutely no comparison of Basecamp to Mapsource. I tried several times to build routes for an upcoming trip to Costa Rica using Basecamp. I finally gave up. It would route you all over the country except where you really wanted to go. The only way to avoid this was by putting in "multiple" waypoints between to starting and ending points. It was just plain nasty. I then built the routes that I wanted within a few minutes using Mapsource and in all but one of the routes, I did not have to add a single waypoint to get it to go the best route. All were built using OSM map for Central America. I hope Garmin gets their head out of their posterior and continues to support Mapsource. Leave Basecamp to the hikers and Mapsource for automotive use.

My non-Garmin maps work

Strephon_Alkhalikoi wrote:

UPDATE: I had to wait a minute or two before the regular map appeared. Non-Garmin maps do not appear in BaseCamp at all from what I can see. I do in fact have a Central America Openstreetmap map that I installed while working through an issue phlatlander was having with his 1350. BaseCamp does not see that map at all.

My non-Garmin maps work with base camp OK, but I have to first load them onto the computer with mapsource, the loader which NZ Open GPS Project http://nzopengps.org/ use looks for mapsource and wont recognize basecamp. Once they are loaded they then show up in basecamp and then I can switch between them.

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Trip Planner lot easy than any other out there.

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Anyone

Has anyone found the new update to Basecamp to be any eaiser? Is it worth another try?

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