Garmin Communicator Plugin

 

Communication with your Garmin GPS just got easier thanks to the Garmin Communicator Plugin — the free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.

More: http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

Note: this is a beta piece of software...

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*
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Thanks

Thanks for the info.

RT

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"Internet: As Yogi Berra would say, "Don't believe 90% of what you read, and verify the other half."

This is cool

Downloaded & installed the plug in...

tested here: Plug-in test - Detected my 660, and loaded the favorites - and displayed them in Google Map.

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*

Error from test page

I installed the s/w and went to the test page and get the following error:
unhandled exception: Error: Garmin Plugin not Activated.
Not really sure how to "activate" the plugin.

~Rob

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Garmin nuvi 660 Garmin GPSMAP60CS HTC Touch Pro (ATT Fuze) with internal GPS You can't spell gEEk without an EE :)

I got the same error

Hit the link I posted above - it should take you to a working demo page.

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*

Cool

That's just cool. So since when I go to that page you posted and hook my 660 up and it works (I can see my waypoints etc), I should just ignore the error?
By the way, that site seems to update pretty fast after picking a different waypoint to display then the one currently displayed.

~Rob

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Garmin nuvi 660 Garmin GPSMAP60CS HTC Touch Pro (ATT Fuze) with internal GPS You can't spell gEEk without an EE :)

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hotdram wrote:

...I should just ignore the error?

I only got the error on the test page where the download page link sends you when clicked...seeing the other page work, I presume all is well.

hotdram wrote:

By the way, that site seems to update pretty fast after picking a different waypoint to display then the one currently displayed.

I noticed that too. Cool.

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*

doing something wrong, I think

I downloaded the communicator and tried to install it to no avail. It asked me to close my Explorer window...I closed ALL my running programs and it still asked to close my Explorer Window. Any suggestions?

Thanks
Robin

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Garmin C330

Do a control -alt -delete,

Do a control -alt -delete, which should bring up the Windows Task Manager, then take a look at the processes running, if you see iexplore.exe, highlight it and end task it.

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NickJr Nuvi 3597LMT

I don't know what I did wrong

Okay so I downloaded the program, installed successfully--it said so and when I visit the link, it says so. Next, I plugged in my Nuvi 350 and went to the test page and it give me the error--unhandled exception: Error: Garmin Plugin not activated. Am I doing something wrong? Do you think I need to update my firmware and then try?

Thanx,

Mask667

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-Mask667**Nuvi 350**

Mass Storage Mode Only?

Out of curiosity, has any one had this working with a Garmin C3xx?

The reason I ask, is that I can only seem to get it working in Mass Storage Mode (on the C510, which gives me a choice). Since the C3xx doesn't have Mass Storage Mode, I was wondering if Garmin have forgotten/abandoned them...

(It does recognise the C510 in 'Garmin USB GPS' mode - but won't transfer any data either way. Since I already had programmatic access in Mass Storage Mode (i.e. to \Garmin\Gpx\current.gpx), I'm a bit under-whelmed smile

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Garmin Communicator

Using the C530. Loaded communicator, went to recommended "plug in test". Found my device. Went to "get Data" waited for 5 minutes and nothing! Stays at 0%

Mine installed but....

I downloaded this for my C330 and it installed. However not only did the Garmin Test Page fail as others have mentioned. But when I went to the site that others are using with different units on which they got successful results I didn't. The site detects my C330 correctly but it then displays: "InvalidTypeException: This device does not have read support for known file types".

Yet, when I used Garmin's site starting with the C330 page and then directed to the "download" page, the software apparently is suppose to work with the C330. I'll just wait 'til the final version is developed and try again

There are some amazing

There are some amazing possibilities for this plug-in. I hope that websites start supporting it soon, I can't wait to see this in action and how far it will go!

Works great loading

Works great loading favorites from my Nuvi 350. Now features that would be
nice for this tool:

1) Load Custom POIs
2) Ability to resize the google map window. The map is very small.

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Nuvi 1350LMT, Nuvi 350, Nuvi 260, Garmin GPS III, Basecamp, Garmin Topo

Resize would be very nice

thetick wrote:

Now features that would be
nice for this tool:

Ability to resize the google map window. The map is very small.

Agreed

~Rob

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Garmin nuvi 660 Garmin GPSMAP60CS HTC Touch Pro (ATT Fuze) with internal GPS You can't spell gEEk without an EE :)

Am I missing something here?

I loaded the plug in and I guess it works fine. I am now able to see my favorites on a Google Map. Is that all this web site does? I can see my favorites on the GPS screen. Why would I care if I can see them on a Google Map? Why is that helpful?

Now, if you could find s spot on the Google map and have it upload that location as a favorite on GPS, that would be helpful. I am assuming the web site will not do that. Am I correct?

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Garmin Nuvi 750 & c530 with RT's vol. mod., Vulcan Nomad

This is development demo for

This is development demo for others to write more sophisticated applications. Another DEMO to look it is at:
http://developer.garmin.com/web/communicator-api/apidemo/gar...

This one reads / writes .gpx files.

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Nuvi 1350LMT, Nuvi 350, Nuvi 260, Garmin GPS III, Basecamp, Garmin Topo

I tried the following link

I tried the following link and it worked for me--I could see my favorites and that was it. I will wait till some you experts figure out how to write data--ah, maybe routes can be created in the Nuvi 350 now!

http://developer.garmin.com/web/communicator-api/apidemo/gar...

Mask667

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-Mask667**Nuvi 350**

Plugin...

It's only available right now for Windows, however, they say Mac support is coming...

Regards,

Tailspin

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Sullivan's Law: Murphy was an optimist!

plugin

When I run he test page it finds my c330, when I hit the get data button I get the following message.:InvalidTypeException: This device does not have read support for known file types

Writes Waypoints to my unit

On the surface of it, I was thinking this might be pretty cool. I havent' installed it yet but as I looked around the Garmin site, I find that the application would seem to allow the web site to add waypoints to my unit. (writeAddressToDevice)

http://developer.garmin.com/web-device/garmin-communicator-p...

I wonder if, as this catches on, I might find my Garmin populated willy-nilly with unwanted waypoints of retail stores for example.

I suppose, if the unit software allows me to approve the addition before allowing it, then it's a case of no harm, no foul.

Perhaps I'm being overly suspicious.

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Steve

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Steve L. wrote:

I wonder if, as this catches on, I might find my Garmin populated willy-nilly with unwanted waypoints of retail stores for example.

<....>

Perhaps I'm being overly suspicious.

It's like any on-line situation...someone with malicious intent may be able to do harm - we just need to protect ourselves.

I can see this as a hot thing for web sites that want to quickly, easily provide GPSr owners a "click here to install our store directory" kind of thing...or here, a means where we can upload and share our "Favorites" just by having our unit hooked to the computer, and clicking a button - and it's done.

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*

Geocaching

I like to Geocache and the geocaching.com site already corporates this feature to move caches to a GPS. So long as I can approve the writing before it happens, I'll be good with this. I'll test it over the weekend.

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Steve

Garmin Communicator and Geocaching.com

The plug installed and runs without issue (Windows XP and Garmin SP7200).

I downloaded a sample geocache from geocaching.com using Communicator and it worked fine except it reset all my category names back to default. Kind of a low level bummer.

Redownloading the waypoints from Mapsource returned the category names.

No biggie, just an extra step.

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Steve

seems like this is going to

seems like this is going to take a bit to be worth while. cool idea though.

Don't know

I downloaded the garmin plugin. Its installed perfectly picked up my garmin 7200 device without error. It showed my favorates,but how do you access it without the computer or do you need the computer.
(I KNOW DUMB QUESTION), The only way I can access it is with the computer and going to the test Page

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Richie

It will come in handy

When more web sites implement the functionality.

For example: Some company, on their 'find a store' web site, could enable the code so one could "click here to add this store's location to your GPS"...Several geocaching sites are using the code to enable transfer of cache coordinates to units.

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*

Thanks

Thanks Keith, This sounds promising

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Richie

Definitively not working with C3xx series

Got the same errors as others when trying to read and map from My C330, "InvalidTypeExceptions". I couldn`t find any information about supported devices on their site, but obviously, the C3xx serie is not supported for now.

Will it work with Vista?

I am building a Vista machine. Will it work with Vista?

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Ham radio Operator W9WOW. Using Garmin Streetpilot C550. Mac G5 Duo with Mac OS 10.4.10

Will it work with Vista?

Yes.

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*

Excellent

Thanks for the great Info.

DizzyFox

mac? always last w/

mac? always last w/ garmin...

With all the glitches, would

With all the glitches, would it be better to wait and install it when they work out some of the bugs?

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better to wait?

Probably...as I noted above, this is beta software...but me, being one that likes not only the cutting edge, but the bleeding edge in technology sometimes...I went for it. But it's not going to be of much use until there are more web sites out there that support it.

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*

Hey Mac

Me too!!! Mac Support coming soon.

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nüvi 660 & 670 - Hello I'm a Mac :))

Same Result

I get the same result with my StreetPilot i5.

The Garmin test indicates that communicator has been installed properly, but I get the following error when trying the API test:
InvalidTypeException: This device does not have read support for known file types

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TriniInXiSlE

Agreed with all above

anyone finding any creative implementations of this yet? Very cool possibilities though...

Release Version of Garmin Communicator Plugin for Mac

I just stumbled on what looks like the release version of the Garmin Communicator Plugin for Mac.

http://www8.garmin.com/support/agree.jsp?id=3739

The release date was Dec 18, 2007. I am trying to figure out if I should install it or not?

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Nuvi 650 (SW 4.30; GPS SW 3.00) , GPSmap 60CSx (SW 3.50; GPS SW 3.00), GPS III Plus

Sure - GeoCaching.com uses it already

photomatt wrote:

anyone finding any creative implementations of this yet? Very cool possibilities though...

Geocaching.com uses it already to send cache site coordinates directly to your Favorites. The link below will allow you to search on your zip code and it will show a map of cache sites near your target zip code and send them to your Favorites.
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/

Garmin's own Geocaching page ties in with this, too.
https://my.garmin.com/geocaching/geoInfo.htm

As far as I can tell from using this, your GPSr must be in mass storage mode. Works great with the Nuvi 350.

Garmin Communicator Plugin

Been trying all morning to install the Garmin Communicator Plugin to use with my Garmin 780 and always end up with this message when I run the test page at the end of the install or try and send a POI from Google maps . . .
"This website uses the Garmin GPS Control, which has not been installed in your browser".
I tried taking down Explorer and that kills everything to the point where I can't do anything and also tried installing the plugin in safe mode with always the same results.
Anybody have any luck installing this plugin on your 780 or can give me something else to try? I'm using Windows XP with Explorer 7.

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Garmin Nuvi 780

Garmin Communicator Plugin

Assuming that everyone who is trying this with a c330 are correct, should I assume that since Garmin has discontinued the c series, I will not be able to try this.

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Alan-Garmin c340

Installing Communicator

HotTub wrote:

Been trying all morning to install the Garmin Communicator Plugin to use with my Garmin 780 and always end up with this message when I run the test page at the end of the install or try and send a POI from Google maps . . .
"This website uses the Garmin GPS Control, which has not been installed in your browser".
I tried taking down Explorer and that kills everything to the point where I can't do anything and also tried installing the plugin in safe mode with always the same results.
Anybody have any luck installing this plugin on your 780 or can give me something else to try? I'm using Windows XP with Explorer 7.

Yes, I had the same problem. It was a security setting on my Explorer 7. I was getting the same message. Then I noticed a message bar along the toop edge of my browser window saying "this website is trying to install "active x" click here if you want to continue. Click "here" and you get a drop down window. Click to allow Activ X and you will be good to go.

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Garmin Nuvi 750 & c530 with RT's vol. mod., Vulcan Nomad

Garmin Communicator Plugin

gymkep wrote:
HotTub wrote:

Been trying all morning to install the Garmin Communicator Plugin to use with my Garmin 780 and always end up with this message when I run the test page at the end of the install or try and send a POI from Google maps . . .
"This website uses the Garmin GPS Control, which has not been installed in your browser".
I tried taking down Explorer and that kills everything to the point where I can't do anything and also tried installing the plugin in safe mode with always the same results.
Anybody have any luck installing this plugin on your 780 or can give me something else to try? I'm using Windows XP with Explorer 7.

Yes, I had the same problem. It was a security setting on my Explorer 7. I was getting the same message. Then I noticed a message bar along the toop edge of my browser window saying "this website is trying to install "active x" click here if you want to continue. Click "here" and you get a drop down window. Click to allow Activ X and you will be good to go.

I am getting this error during the basic install when you must have Explorer down or the install won't run. After it fails, being a optimist, I bring Explorer up anyway but do not see any active x bar appear. I tried to install the program on my notebook computer and it fails exactly the same way in the same spot.
Oh well, guess I will have to use Windows Live until I find a solution to this problem.

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Garmin Nuvi 780

I had no problem installing

I had no problem installing on my notebook.In the past on some programs I had problem like you did on the install. I found that by saving it somewhere on my computer like my download file then running the install from that location instead of following through from orginial it worked.Just a suggestion.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Can't sent to 750 from Mapquest

charlesd45 wrote:

I had no problem installing on my notebook.In the past on some programs I had problem like you did on the install. I found that by saving it somewhere on my computer like my download file then running the install from that location instead of following through from orginial it worked.Just a suggestion.

Was able to run the plugin test, but then in Mapquest I can't seem to sent to the GPS. Only shows me "Send to Cell". Look everywhere but no "Send to GPS". Going crazy with this!

Also same problem with Google Maps. Useing a business address.

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Nuvi 50LM Nuvi 2555LM

Garmin Communicator Plugin

Here is a example I done on Google maps have not tried Mapquest http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=8701+US+Hig... once the page comes up click on send and another screen should pop up showing
Email
Car
GPS

My understanding is Mapquest will not come on line for send to Gps until 4-15-08 accoring to another post. I tried Mapquest just for the heck of it and it does not work.Only send to cell is what I also get.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

NO

kch50428 wrote:

Yes.

on the site it says "cut & past" Windows® 2000 or XP operating systems. There is a download for Mac as well I thank I am going to hold off for I have a vista

jolleyr

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Southern CA Temp 76 and Sunny. Running around with my Nuvi 465T. Getting lost around the country and loving it.

It is a plugin for the browser

HotTub wrote:

Been trying all morning to install the Garmin Communicator Plugin to use with my Garmin 780 and always end up with this message when I run the test page at the end of the install or try and send a POI from Google maps . . .
"This website uses the Garmin GPS Control, which has not been installed in your browser".
I tried taking down Explorer and that kills everything to the point where I can't do anything and also tried installing the plugin in safe mode with always the same results.
Anybody have any luck installing this plugin on your 780 or can give me something else to try? I'm using Windows XP with Explorer 7.

You don't load it onto the unit. It is a plugin for the browser. I have it installed and it works fine. Just make sure you have IE open and not your browser's version of it. If a yellow stips appears at the top, click on it and ok the install.

alanrobin1, this answers your question also. It works on the C330.

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Glenn - Southern MD; SP C330 / Nuvi 750 / Nuvi 265WT

Garmin Communication Plugin

gpfoster wrote:
HotTub wrote:

Been trying all morning to install the Garmin Communicator Plugin to use with my Garmin 780 and always end up with this message when I run the test page at the end of the install or try and send a POI from Google maps . . .
"This website uses the Garmin GPS Control, which has not been installed in your browser".
I tried taking down Explorer and that kills everything to the point where I can't do anything and also tried installing the plugin in safe mode with always the same results.
Anybody have any luck installing this plugin on your 780 or can give me something else to try? I'm using Windows XP with Explorer 7.

You don't load it onto the unit. It is a plugin for the browser. I have it installed and it works fine. Just make sure you have IE open and not your browser's version of it. If a yellow stips appears at the top, click on it and ok the install.

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I must be missing something here and it's diving me nuts or in my case nuttier. I tried the install on a third computer with the same failure message.

I don't understand what you mean when you say "Just make sure you have IE open and not your browsers's version of it". What is the difference between IE and my browsers version of it? Isn't IE7 my browser?

I download the plugin program from Garmin and click on it and say install. If IE7 is open, the program will not continue and tells me to shut down IE7 and click retry. You must shut IE7 down for the install to continue. I do that and the install continues and then I click on the test the plugin box and it tells me that the install failed. It seems like a pretty simple process and I can't believe I can't get it to work on three different computers. Can I assume then since it's an IE7 plugin that the Garmin does not have to be attached to the computer, although I have tried it both ways with similar results.

I am familiar with the activeX yellow strip you mention but I have never seen it in my many attempts to get this plugin installed

I appreciate all the tips and suggestions I have received so far on getting this problem solved.

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Garmin Nuvi 780
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