GPS and Mac

February 20, 2009

Garmin Forerunner 405 with ANT+ is now Mac Compatible



The Garmin Forerunner with ANT+ is now Mac Compatible. The ANT+ plug in is now available for the Mac, making the power of easy sync'ing and workout management easier for the Mac crowd. You can just cruise over to the Garmin website to sign-up for your free account download the plug-in. The Forerunner 405, with its touch sensitive bezel and its wireless HRM data connection is a powerful and pretty cool workout management tool. With 35 data fields to view, the Forerunner 405 is packed with information for all of the data hounds, but is easy to use at the same time.

Via Garmin Blog

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January 15, 2008

Bobcat Revealed - Waypoint and Track Management for the Mac


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.

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January 8, 2008

Garmin's "Bobcat" at MacWorld


Chet over at Garmin Blog is letting a little news out that they will be announcing something at the MacWorld conference coming up here in a week. Any you thought that the whole wad was shot at the CES show?

Garmin made a solid Mac commitment, and has steadily moved towards making everything available in a mac compatible way. Any guesses? Probably not a GPS, but something in the fitness area might be cool... "Bobcat"; a small nimble forest runner? Apple wouldn't want to kill its deal with Nike+, but the Forerunner 405 is a pretty cool unit as is. Is it something that might run on the iPhone? Garmin Mobile adapted for the iPhone? If that is true, would it need to have a bluetooth GPS receiver, or is Apple stepping up and announcing a real GPS chip for the iPhone 2?

Re real potential is just that Garmin has adapted the Garmin Mobile PC applicaiton for the Mac; Garmin Mobile Mac anyone?

What's your guess?

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January 8, 2008

Navigon Fresh - Desktop Application to Keep GPS Up to Date

NAVIGON announced the spring 2008 availability of NAVIGON Fresh in North America. This free, downloadable software application will provide all NAVIGON users with access to exclusive content and services, and support NAVIGON's user community with up-to-date product information and customer service support. NAVIGON Fresh automatically synchronizes home computers with NAVIGON GPS products via a USB connection, providing an easy-to-use platform to update and augment content.

This will be good as it offers a more consistent signal that they are going to support their units. Recall that there was a mis-step in the launch of the current crop of units and we are awaiting a patch update. Looking forward to the Fresh launch.

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April 2, 2007

Garmin Software for Macs - WebUpdater, POI Loader


Garmin introduced Training Center for the Mac in January, and have followed that on with two key software releases to further their pledge to be Mac compatible.

Garmin just released Webupdater for the Mac, which allows you to download software updates onto your Mac and install them onto your GPS unit.

They also released POI Loader for the Mac, which allows you to get your own collection of Points of Interest (POI's) and load them onto your compatible GPS system. This can be helpful when you get POI collections for restaurants, campgrounds, etc and want the latest on your GPS.


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February 7, 2007

iPod with WiFi, GPS?

Word is coming out of Pocket Lint that an analyst believes that the Next Gen iPod could be coming with WiFi and GPS. With the recent announcement of the iPhone, people have been buzzing about the potential for navigation possibilities out of Apple. I get the WiFi; and I want to download music directly to my iPod, Mr. Jobs. But a GPS?

Imagine that the iPod is the central entertainment hub in most cars as manufacturers crawl out of the primordial ooze and finally realize that they need to provide MP3 player connections via hardwires on all new models.... and the iPod has GPS and navigation capabilities. You instantly have your music and navigation playing through your stereo (Unless you want to listen to the radio).

Screen real estate starts to be an issue if you really need visual prompts. The news is that the new iPods might start to take on the iPhone form factor, which is not a huge stretch and is a very likely move. Even if they don't I would imagine the touch sensitivity controls of the iPhone will carryover to the new iPods, even if the form factor doesn't.

Anyway, I would welcome Apple based navigation to the party; I think that their design and attention to usability would benefit people in this area. They need navigation on the iPhone, and navigation as part of a bigger solution on the iPod might be a welcome addition too; we'll see.


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January 24, 2007

Garmin Training Center for the Mac - Now Available

Garmin Training center for the Mac is now available. Man, new $50 rebate on the Forerunner 205 and 305, Mac compatible Training Center all in one day; must be a sign that I need to go out for a run.

It's been about a year since Garmin made the orignal announcement that they were going to produce software for the Mac, and after a few false starts, here's a nice chunck of software. There are a few things you will need to do if you are migrating from a PC platform, so check out this post at Motion Based for some info.

Download Training Center
at the Garmin website

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January 12, 2007

Garmin Training Center - Mac Compatible

applelogo.pngGarmin has posted an update on their integration with Macs for their software. We've been waiting a long time, but applaud the work as they continue to make progress. Apparently at Macworld they are handing out advanced copies of their Training Center software that will be Mac compatible. If you didn't get to go to Macworld, you can always get your own copy later this month when they post it for download.

Update: Go to the Garmin Blog Post and look at the comments for places you can acquire the software before it is posted by Garmin.

Via Garmin Blog

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January 9, 2007

Apple iPhone - with a GPS?


I know it's not at CES 2007, but this is important too. If you haven't heard, apparently Apple has a phone coming out, called the iPhone...... yea, like you could move today on the internet without tripping over a story about it. Well it uses Google Maps as an application, but no word on a true GPS chipset. The unit does look pretty amazing, as it is apparently going to run OS X as its operating system, making it a very nice little computer that happens to run phone calls, and more. Should be fun to see if this has a decent navigation program or not.... my hunch is that it will be well done, whatever it does.

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December 29, 2006

Garmin Training Center For Mac OS X Tiger Edition


Garmin announced the Garmin Training Center software is now compatible with Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger." Garmin Training Center software is used with Garmin's Forerunner and Edge series fitness products. Garmin announced last year that they would move towards offering their software on Mac in the future. This is good news for those of us who use Macs.

"This is a great day for Garmin and Mac customers because it is the first time a major GPS manufacturer has offered direct Mac support," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "With this new Mac compatible software, Mac owners will have our popular training tools at their fingertips."

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December 19, 2006

GlobalSat and RouteBuddy at MacWorld - GPS and the Mac

GlobalSat Technologies Corporation, an industry leader in GPS technology and RouteBuddy, a UK Mac software developer, are joining forces with a strategic alliance to provide unprecedented GPS mapping accuracy to Mac users. They will be at MacWorld San Francisco in January 2007.

GPS enabled mapping on the Mac has finally come of age with a wide range of GPS devices from USGlobalSat and the latest iteration of arguably the most exciting Mac Mapping application ever with the release of RouteBuddy software.

"Accuracy, ease-of-use and reliability were our primary objectives in bringing a solution to Mac users," says Neil Wilson-Harris, CEO of RouteBuddy. "We've always known there has been a large void for Mac users to get decent and up-to-date map data in the past, in addition to finding a GPS hardware manufacturer who was willing to support Mac O/S devices, but that's all changed. Our RouteBuddy mapping software has been in development for over "X" years and it's been written specifically for Mac, not some adapted or modified Windows code."

"In addition to a quality maps, we've found GlobalSat GPS receivers met our quality criteria and have thoroughly been tested and certified as being compatible with our RouteBuddy software."

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October 6, 2006

RouteBuddy 1.1.1 Released - Mac Software for GPS Management


RouteBuddy is a GPS enabled Mapping Application for Mac OS X. Connect your USB Garmin to your Mac and synchronize Waypoints, Routes and Tracks with ease. RouteBuddy also works with NMEA or USGlobalSat devices to show position and additional data on a RouteBuddy Map. This release adds support for importing Geocache or GPX data, provides additional control over GPS status and position display, and addresses over thirty minor issues.

RouteBuddy is a free demo download and requires Mac OS 10.3.9. If you like it, the full software costs about $99.

ReadMore at RouteBuddy

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