January 15, 2008

Bobcat Revealed - Waypoint and Track Management for the Mac

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Garmin announced that it has expanded its suite of Mac compatible applications to include waypoint, track, and route management. As with other Garmin applications, this new trip planning application is compatible with Mac OS X on Intel- and PPC-based Macs and may be used in conjunction with all Garmin USB devices. Maybe not as cool as a MacBook Air, but still good news for Mac folks.

It's pretty good to see more and more applications coming for the Mac from Garmin. It was just 2 years ago when they announced that they were going to launch Mac compatible programs and devices. Since then we've seen a steady stream of news that they've converted one more application. It started with fitness based items first, and continues to the management of their main navigation device lines.

Thanks to this new application, Mac users will now be able to transfer waypoints, tracks, and routes between their Mac and Garmin device and manage their data using Garmin's rich catalog of map products.

Users can search for points of interest from the convenience of their Macs and then send the locations to their Garmin GPS via a USB cable. These favorite points of interest will then be available for quick and easy reference on their Garmin GPS. In addition, customers who want to save and view all of their favorite waypoints or tracks on their computer, rather than their GPS, can send these with a few simple keystrokes.

This new Mac trip planning application is being debuted as a pre-release version in time for the Macworld Conference & Expo. Garmin plans to include additional features to this application by the end of 2008 -- such as route editing and find by address function.

Garmin, the world's leading GPS manufacturer, has released MapInstall, POI Loader, Training Center, WebUpdater, Garmin Communicator and Retail Map Update for the Mac. In addition, Garmin released a utility MapConverter, to convert your legacy PC based Garmin map products to Mac format.

Garmin will distribute a complimentary copy of its current suite of applications at the Macworld Conference & Expo, January 15-18, 2008, in San Francisco. Those unable to attend Macworld can download the Mac compatible software for free immediately at http://www.garmin.com/macosx.

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 15, 2008 9:58 PM

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