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PloddinPedro
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:25 pm    Post subject: User composed routes and Basecamp Reply with quote

I'm looking for a facility that I suspect many others would welcome. I frequently find that the most acceptable route from A to D is not via B and C and is neither the "fastest" nor the "shortest" but is a mixture of A and B roads, short stretches of motorways and a few "yellow" unclassified roads. Just the sort of thing I am accustomed to composing on my desktop In MemoryMap or similar and downloading as a .gpx file into my handheld GPS unit and using on my bicycle. (Well, OK, not motorways on the bike, but you get the idea). The unit displays a rolling OS raster map with my route visible as a highlit line and I simply follow the map, just like the good old days.

I spoke to Garmin and yes, you can do this with a number of our models. I checked some Owner Manuals, downloaded from their website and sure enough, they say: "The device supports the following file types:
• JPEG and JPG image files
• Maps and GPX waypoint files from
MapSource® ...."

So I buy a nuvi 2595LMT

I can't connect it to Mapsource. A couple of long tedious conversations later, it turns out that the previous adviser and the manual are wrong - you can transfer files (and only Routes not Tracks) only by using Basecamp.

A frustrating couple of hours later I have finally got a small route loaded into the nuvi. Scrutiny reveals that it's taken only some of my user defined waypoints. I try it in the car anyway, twice. The first time the routing goes around in circles; the second time it just stops halfway through the journey.

I know from my experience with handheld Garmins that their "satnav" autorouting is pants but I expected the in-car units to be workable.

Is there anyone out there who has cracked this?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think this has been answered in another of your posts elsewhere but if you're still confused post back Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aha! I'm not the only one who lurks on more than one forum!

Yes, I've made progress, of sorts, since I've identified that I can't actually do what I want to with the Garmin car satnavs.

So I'm looking at getting a Montana and seeing if I can use that in the manner I wish to be accustomed to!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lurk on a few more than a couple Wink

That's why I'm sticking with my 1490 ... very stable GPS that does exactly what I want, including taking 'routes' from Mapsource and Basecamp Smile
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