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Garmin "Tracks" imported into Google Earth?

 
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WarioTBH
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:23 pm    Post subject: Garmin "Tracks" imported into Google Earth? Reply with quote

A quote from this website - http://www.gumball144.com/google-geo/

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The use of multiple Garmin GPS units - each recording a section of our tracks cross-country - and these tracks’ seemless export into Google Earth


Can this be done with a normal Garmin GPS device? if so... how can you record a route you have driven?

Im lost Laughing

Can anyone help? :P[/quote]
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on what you mean by 'normal' Wink

Most GPS receivers for outdoor activities (eg GARMIN GPS60, Colorado, Oregon, eTrex....) can record a tracklog (i.e. position and altitude logged at a pre-defined interval) of trips/walks etc to memory. These can be downloaded and processed to plot onto Google Earth / MemoryMap etc... They can also be used to geo-reference photographs taken by your digital camera (as long as you set the camera time correctly).

If you are talking about car-based navigation (e.g the nuvi and streetpilot series) then this facility tends to be missing. Newer TomTom devices have this facility I believe.

I think the lack of this facility is in part based on the belief that the mass-market users wouldn't use this facility where as the outdoor user does.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah i see Smile

Thanks for the info Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can do it with a 760 (and presumably an 8xx as well).

I recently completed a tour of Europe, recording my route as I went. The 760 has enough capacity in it's tracklog feature to record a total of about 11 hours, before it starts to record new data over the oldest data.

To make sure that I didn't lose any information I downloaded the tracks each day to a laptop.

I use a freely downloadable utility called GPicSync to both Geotag my photos and to create a .kml file which I can then view in Google Earth, complete with the photos that I have just Geotagged.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the Garmin models that support multi-point routing offer the tracklog function AFAIK.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must replace my 660! Then I would know about these things. A quick look at the user manual for the 7xx devices didn't reveal this info - I guess it's another of the GARMIN "hidden" features Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the new 7x5's would make a worthy replacement Wink
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