Garmin Base Camp

 

Is Garmin Base Camp really worth the time? I'm going nuts trying to use it..

use it for what?

Steve620 wrote:

Is Garmin Base Camp really worth the time? I'm going nuts trying to use it..

I find it easy to plan routes and things although the last release hosed up the built-in pois. You now have to select you want pois to display and then select the subcategory which is a pain in the...

Don't build a route by selecting either waypoints or POI first and then combine into a route. If you do, when you transfer the route to your Garmin it also loads up your favorites with all those POI and waypoints. If you do use this method, be certain to delete the list of waypoints leaving only the desired route as your collection. That way only the actual route is transferred and you don't have to declutter your favorites.

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Steve620 wrote:

Is Garmin Base Camp really worth the time? I'm going nuts trying to use it..

It drives my crazy as well. I was in the software business for 15+ years before I retired and now I'm a GPS nut as you can see by my signature. Without a doubt, Basecamp is the weirdest piece of software I've ever attempted to use. rolleyes

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Same Ole same ole

t923347 wrote:

It drives my crazy as well. I was in the software business for 15+ years before I retired and now I'm a GPS nut as you can see by my signature. Without a doubt, Basecamp is the weirdest piece of software I've ever attempted to use. rolleyes

I echo your sentiments.
Why Garmin insists on changing things that work well (Mapsource)with confusing software is frustrating.
Others may disagree and see it as an improvement, but I am not a fan of Base Camp and will continue to use Mapsource as long as I can. mad

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Nuvi 2460LMT 2 Units

Its Getting Better

And has a long way to go.

Still produces a very awkward user experience.

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Base camp

well that does it. DELETE..
Thanks

tried Mapquest yet?

Never really got into Basecamp. Played with it a couple of times, but could not get the hang of it. Mapsource is OK.

Just started playing with Mapquest and found that I like it. Much more powerful and intuitive than Mapsource.

You can transfer the routes to Garmin devices too. The uploaded routes are compatible with Trip Planner too. The process is pretty much painless. Routes are available automatically, once you start Trip Planner. It takes a little while for the Trip Planner to process the imported route though when it is opened the first time.

I agree

I agree, Mapquest works pretty well with the Nuvi, whether it's an older "routes" model or one that uses "trip planner". I think that Mapsource and Basecamp are probably more powerful, with many more features than what is avalable on Mapquest, but it's a lot easier to use (especially when compared to Basecamp).

I've got a new 3597LMTHD and the Mapquest routes seem to transfer into Trip Planner a lot faster than they do on my older model Nuvi's.

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I used hate basecamp

I still think mapsource has some better features, but I deleted it and now use basecamp, since I deleted mapsource and forced myself to use basecamp things are going much better.

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Started With Basecamp

I have only had a GPS for less than a year. Started with Basecamp and after reading about Mapsource, I installed it. I tried it but, didn't see what it did better. My "essential series" unit does not do routes so for uploading way-points Basecamp worked fine. I think that having learned Basecamp's interface first, I don't have the problems that others do with it.

Basecamp strange

I too prefer Mapsource v.6.16.3 (last version made). I did play around with Basecamp and tried to set up a route. This would be from Detroit to Laredo. It insisted to route me via Colorado or somewhere out west and there was no way to change that. In Mapsource you can change the suggested rout by creating waypoints to customize the suggested route.

Since I have not been able to create a satisfactory route using Basecamp I have no idea if or when a route is made, whether it could be transferred to a 3790. I do know that I can NOT transfer a route from Mapsource to the 3790.

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New to Basecamp

Melaqueman wrote:

I too prefer Mapsource v.6.16.3 (last version made). I did play around with Basecamp and tried to set up a route. This would be from Detroit to Laredo. It insisted to route me via Colorado or somewhere out west and there was no way to change that. In Mapsource you can change the suggested rout by creating waypoints to customize the suggested route.

Since I have not been able to create a satisfactory route using Basecamp I have no idea if or when a route is made, whether it could be transferred to a 3790. I do know that I can NOT transfer a route from Mapsource to the 3790.

@Melaqueman

I am new to Basecamp and just now trying to learn what it will do, so I tried to create a route from Detroit to Laredo. Basecamp gave me a route through Memphis and Dallas. Then I tried a route from Detroit to Oklahoma City on to Laredo. I found that I had to "select" the "waypoints" in the order I wanted and then File > New > Route Using Selected Waypoints. That worked.

Then, with the route selected, I did a Device > Send to Device > Send Selection to Device > (chose my Nuvi 765T) > Ok and Basecamp sent the route.

I safely disconnected and then when the Nuvi was active, I did a Tools > [down arrow] > MyData > Import Route From File > [chose the Detroit to Laredo route] and the Nuvi calculated the route giving me the message "Data imported successfully". I did Where To? > [down arrow] > Custom Routes > [chose the route] and it calculated it for me to see on the map.

I was pretty happy that I was able to do that since I now know how to get a route to my 765T.

Try Basecamp again. Maybe it will send to your 3790.

The problem

The problem isn't really with Mapsource or Basecamp but with the 3790. When it was originally released it was the first of the Nuvi's that used Trip Planner and although the "specs" indicated that the unit supported routes, in fact all you could do was create Trips on the device. Any route created in Mapsource or Basecamp could be sent to the 3790 but it would never appear on the device.

Someplace along the line, a firmware update came out that was suppose to allow transfer of routes created on the computer to the 3790 and I have been able to accomplish that on occasion. Overall however, it has been my experience with the 3790 that routes created in Mapsource or Basecamp do not transfer to the Nuvi in any consistent manner.

My other Nuvi's including the 760, 2460, 3597, and at one time the 1490 handled the route/trip planner transfer without any problems at all.

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Basecamp.

I am also trying to move from Map source to Base camp. This helps a lot http://www8.garmin.com/learningcenter/training/basecamp/

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That is ...

charlesd45 wrote:

I am also trying to move from Map source to Base camp. This helps a lot http://www8.garmin.com/learningcenter/training/basecamp/

That is what I used to get some basic skills. Still not the most intuitive of software but I have no MapSource products so I can not use it (or at lease I have not been told a way)

Not sure what you mean " I

Not sure what you mean " I have no MapSource products" .Do you want to install Mapsource?
http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=209

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

I have MapSource

charlesd45 wrote:

Not sure what you mean " I have no MapSource products" .Do you want to install Mapsource?
http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=209

I downloaded MapSource several years ago and can run it.

However, even though I can receive info from my 765T, I do not seem to be able to get my map. I get waypoints, routes, and tracks but, unlike BaseCamp I cannot get the detail map information, only basemap info.

Mapsource

For Mapsource to "see" a map, you have to install the map on the computer. It can't access the map directly from your device like Basecamp does.

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Base Camp

Using Mansource I could create a route with no problem and have it exactly the way I wanted it and not have to put in ton of way points to get around what Garmin "thinks" I need. I could do things in Mapsource that took 10 or 15 minutes that took over an hour in Base Camp.

On one route I just happen to have a route of a return trip from Florida that went through Ocala. For some reason in Base Camp when planning a return trip to the same destination it always wanted to route me through Ocala. I did not want to or need to go through Ocala and the route I wanted was shorter and faster but NO Base Camp still wanted me to go through Ocala. I could never get around it and had to add a bunch of way points and it still kept wanting me to do a u tern and go through Ocala.

I finally gave up and did the entire route in Mapsource and then just uploaded it to my 3590 with Base Camp.

Base Camp leaves a lot to be desired for those of us who want to create their own routes.

BaseCamp is horrible

Long time Garmin user here (back to $1200 StreetPilot days).

Mapsource is 10X the program that BaseCamp is.

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Nuvi 765T and Nuvi 255WT (but honestly I find myself using Navigon on iPhone most of the time)

BaseCamp

The more I use it the better I like it. smile Recently I have used BaseCamp and GeePeeEx Editor to build several TourGuide POI files to add a little humor to my travels. Like the song "Home on the range" when I near my home and like a clip from "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" about "Badges" as I pass local Police stations.

Michael

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