The Windows PC shareware program for Garmin and
Magellan GPS receivers
By Heinrich Pfeifer
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kind of GPS receivers are supported by Gartrip?
mainly three classes of GPS receivers on the market:
- Dedicated handheld receivers with one-hand
- Mobile phones (smartphones) or tablets with
internal GPS receiver,
- Dedicated GPS navigators for cars, boats, and
supports all handheld and fixed-mount receivers made by Garmin and
Magellan, provided they have a suitable connection (serial or USB), and
all other devices including smartphones, provided they use GPX files for waypoints and tracks.
handheld receivers compare to mobile phones?
Advantages of dedicates handhelds:
- Handheld receivers are water protected; most
phones are not. This is true at least for the majority of models.
Water protection is important for hikers, bikers, and some boat
- Handheld receivers work up to 30 hours with
one battery set. This is important if you want to record your track
all the time while on the way - an essential feature of GPS receivers.
It is recommended to keep the receiver on all the time, even if you
want to check your position only occasionally, because a new receiver
start may take very long under difficult conditions.
- Handheld receivers use standard battery cells
(AA size in most cases), phones use special batteries which cannot be
changed on the way. For long trips, and for safety reasons, it is
important to have spare batteries with you.
Advantages of smart phones:
1. The display is much better.
2. Better personalization for your
preferences by different Apps (my recommendation).
3. Itís always with you.
kind of GPS applications are addressed by Gartrip?
is the best choice to manage collections of own waypoints, to plan
map-based routes manually, and to analyze all information gathered
by the track log - displayed numerically, and in diagrams (altitude,
features are much more versatile than offered elsewhere, including
extensive support of data exchange with other programs.
You are invited to test the free Gartrip version. You will like it, even if you
already own Mapsource or the Trip & Waypoint
Manager from Garmin.
shall I use my own scanned maps, while Mapsource already
has built-in maps for the whole world?
Most Mapsource or Basecamp versions have street
maps suitable for auto-routing (City select), but not dedicated to biking
and hiking. Other Mapsource versions (Topo) have
topographical maps but this kind of vector maps are
very poor when preparing a hiking trip. I am speaking about the German Topo
maps available; maybe there are better ones for other countries. They do
not show any differences between classes of paths, nor do they show all
landscape properties as used by normal paper maps for this purpose.
Gartrip works with all maps available as picture files (format bmp, gif, or
jpg). These picture files are obtained as export from any map CD, or by
scanning your own paper maps.
Scanning a paper map is not convenient, I admit. But it is free of licence fees, and paper maps are available in a much
bigger variety than maps on CDs.
Note: Gartrip cannot transfer maps to mapping GPS receivers. For this
purpose you need Mapsource or Basecamp with its