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March 29, 2007

Review: Geotagging with EveryTrail

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Geotagging your photos, or tagging them with location information, is set to get big as a few things are happening right now: 1) GPS adoption climbs and more people have a GPS to use and gather information, and 2) the cheap GPS chips find their way into more and more digital cameras. With the plummeting size and cost of GPS chips, I would be surprised if we don't see consumer digital cameras with GPS chips inside of the next 2 years.

Everytrail is one site that helps you combine your tracklog from a GPS and your digital photos to share them with friends. The site is free. The process of creating "Trips" s simple and adding photos to the site allows you to tell a story of your journey. I used the EveryTrail site recently to build up a trip detailing our Mt Washington journey last summer.

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January 24, 2007

Garmin Training Center for the Mac - Now Available

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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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December 29, 2006

Garmin Training Center For Mac OS X Tiger Edition

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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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November 16, 2006

Review: DeLorme StreetAtlas 2007

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StreetAtlas 2007 will let you navigate, plan and share maps, and routes. The software will install on your computer or ideally your laptop and once hooked to a GPS, will allow you to navigate with voice commands, and offers the ability to give you a full laptop screen’s view of where you are going. It’s important to understand that StreetAtlas 2007 is more than “just” a navigation aid, like a portable GPS. In my mind, it’s the combination of navigation and map/navigation manager software all in one. It’s really like iTunes vs. the iPod. In iTunes, you can do so much more than just listen to music, you can buy, manage, sort save lists, etc.; however, it’s tied to a computer and not as portable as the iPod. Same thing here, with StreetAtlas 2007 you can do so much management with so many capabilities, it’s really incredible, but you’re tied to a computer for most of this information.

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October 12, 2006

Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007

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So Microsoft has launched their Streets and Trips 2007 software. The software package Microsoft Streets and Trips 2007 with GPS Locator ships with a new pharos GPS module that uses the SiRF star III chipset for a highly accurate reading in tough conditions. The upgrade is a welcome addition as the SiRF star III chipset has become almost a cost of entry for the GPS world. The low power draw is also a big plus. Microsoft Streets and Trips 2007(software only) is also available. The version with the GPS receiver will cost $129 (list), and the software only version will cost $39 (list).

These prices are comparable to the Delorme StreetAtlas 2007 prices, although a StreetAtlas 2007 DVD + GPS LT-20 bundle is available for $99. We have the StreetAtlas 2007 in for review and are putting it through its paces. There's a lot there and its taking us a while to get things summarized and wrapped up.

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October 6, 2006

RouteBuddy 1.1.1 Released - Mac Software for GPS Management

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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.

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September 25, 2006

Review: DeLorme StreetAtlas USA 2007 Plus Arrives for Review

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Wanted to let you know that the Delorme Street Atlas 2007 Plus DVD arrived for review today at the GPS Lodge. The DeLorme Street Atlas is no stranger to us here at the Lodge, as the Street Atlas product and an old monochrome eTrex has helped pilot us on several week long bike trips. No, I didn’t take the computer on the bike, but there are a few people who have been known to do that. We used the StreetAtlas software extensively to plan routes and trips as the data is highly accurate, and the features plentiful. So, we’re pretty excited to take the new version of the StreetAtlas for a spin around the block, per se.

Street Atlas USA 2007 comes out with several great features including aerial images and expanded support for handheld devices, including PDAs, phones and portable media players. If that wasn’t enough, it also includes over 3.5 million new or revised roads in the U.S. plus, for the first time from DeLorme, the addition of street-level detail and places of interest for Canada. Yum, so stay tuned over the next couple of weeks, and we’ll let you know what’s up with DeLorme StreetAtlas USA 2007. Street Atlas comes in two flavors this year, the Delorme Street Atlas 2007 and the Delorme Street Atlas 2007 Plus DVD which adds 120 million phone data records (searchable), large format printing and XData importing for Excel, Act and other similar programs.

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September 18, 2006

Motionbased - New Features

So if you are into fitness training, you may be using MotionBased as a place of worship, or at least a place where you can upload your data and analyze it. I like to use it with either my Garmin Forerunner 205 for running, or my Garmin eTrex Vista Cx that I use for biking. Well they have a few new capabilities over there that you may be interested in. You can now customize the headers on your digest view. In the Digest view, simply hover over the item you want to move, click, and drag the item to the "Current View" row. When you're done selecting the columns, save you customization and you'll have your own personalized Digest.

See more at MotionBased.com

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August 31, 2006

TomTom Navigator 6

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In a flurry of news, TomTom has released another product, TomTom Navigator 6. The Mobile Phone and PDA application brings easy TomTom style navigation to you with your own PDA/Phone, and the TomTom style that we enjoy. The Navigator 6 package comes in a couple of flavors, on DVD, on DVD with a Bluetooth receiver and on an SD card with a Bluetooth GPS receiver 9all at slightly different price points – see below). The product should be available in Early October for purchase.


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August 25, 2006

Use Garmin eTrex Files in Garmin Training Center

Long time readers of GPS Lodge know that I like to use my Garmin eTrex GPS for bike rides. I have piloted several week-long bike rides with friends covering hundreds of miles with routes pre-programmed on the GPS giving us a decent turn by turn reference for the entire trip. (I know some friends will read this, so I have to say that we did make a wrong turn or two when intersections got crazy - the rides weren't flawless.) I also use it to plan training rides that can last up to 80 miles. It’s nice to be able to capture this information and log it somewhere. This past summer I found myself liking the Garmin Training Center interface that allows you to track training performance metrics like average speed. You can use Training Center with the Garmin Forerunner series, but I was unable to get my eTrex Tracks that I create when I ride, into the Training Center database. Here’s a workaround – Keep your eTrex, and use it like an Edge 205. Don't have Training Center? You can download that too - for free.

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November 18, 2005

"Hey Fool" you need Mr. T's Voice on your TomTom

Navtones has announced that you will be able to download new voices for your GPS guidance system; much like TomTom has done with John Cleese and their TomTom Go line (read TomTom GO 300 review from GPS Lodge). If you want your directions to be delivered with attitude, why not have Mr. T show you the way? Wanderlust Media is a little vague on which GPS systems support the custom voices, and potential customers are asked to help out by "clicking your navigation manufacturer and sending them a quick note as to why your system deserves special attention." Huh? So I guess they are just dipping their toe in the water after they signed up the talent? Anyway, you are promised Mr. T, Dennis Hopper, and Burt Reynolds.

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November 16, 2005

Magellan MapSend BlueNav XL3 North America

Magellan has released a new mapping solution for saltwater and major navigable inland waterways, for use the Magellan eXplorist 400, 500, 600 and XL, as well as the Magellan Meridian series. Magellan MapSend BlueNav XL3 delivers advanced marine cartography for GPS handhelds including information on tides, currents, depth contours, navaids, port services and more.

“MapSend Blue Nav XL3 provides a wealth of useful map information to enhance marine navigation for everyone from kayakers to yachtsmen and especially small boaters,” said John Parrott, Product Manager for Magellan content and mapping. “The extensive navigation aids help you explore new waters more confidently, and find your way more easily from a dock to a specific place you want to fish or dive. The software shows where to find moorings, supplies, and services, and helps mariners avoid shipping lanes, restricted areas and obstructions such as shoals, wrecks and other structures. It’s a huge benefit.”

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