Garmin 800 mapping software.
This year i am currently planning a lot of biking trips, I have a vague plan to plot these onto routes on the OS getamap site then convert them to files to then use on a Garmin 800.
So which version of the OS mapping software do you guys recommend.
I see there are open-source versions out there but i am more than happy to pay for the correct and up to date versions.Posted 4 years agocompositeSubscriber
On my Garmin Edge 800 I have the full GB 1:50000 scale maps (explorer?)
To plot routes I tend to use getamap to get the route down using the OS maps. At this stage though they are pretty much just lines of coordinates. I then export the TCX and take that into ridewithGPS. From there I then leave the off road bits alone but fix the road parts to “follow the roads”. This then gives you a cue sheet that means you get turn by turn navigation on the road sections, and any of the complicated looking off road bits (bits where you think you might go wrong) I then add custom cue sheet entries that say stuff like turn right, turn left.
Yes this is a pain in the arse and I don’t do it for every route and often I’ll do something in between what I have described.
EDIT: I’m someone who was very happy with map and compass as well, but getting the Edge 800 and not having to stop and do all that with the map is very convenient.Posted 4 years ago
I’m contemplating an 800 or something similar but it now sounds rather more complicated than I thought. Isn’t there some simple way that would, for example, let me plan my route by Pc then send it to the GPS which would then display it. Without coneverting and swapping. My current sytem, which doesn’t show maps, but otherwise works fine does just that .I build a route on the maps on the PC, send it as a GPX file to the GPS and its done.Posted 4 years ago
Must admit to using a less common program, Touratech QV as used to create Dakar rally roadbooks as well.jonbaMember
Garmin PC software is a bit rubbish. Or maybe my PC is too slow. I have the UK OS maps which is fine on the unit but so slow as to be unusable on my PC.
I use bikeroutetoaster for most things local. If you get properly out into the country then it becomes a bit limited as it is OSM not OS.
walkthehighlands has full uk 1:25k OS mapping and the ability to plot routes if you log on.
Is a godsend letting you run multiple maps next to each other. Route bit is a bit rubbish.
On Biketoaster I can export direct to my GPS. On the others I normally save as GPX and put onto my GPS using basecamp.Posted 4 years ago
Garmin Basecamp 🙄
Will my Edge 800 work with BaseCamp or MapSource?
Garmin’s BaseCamp and MapSource software allows the transfer and receiving of waypoints, routes, and tracks between a Garmin GPS device and computer, as well as the ability to create waypoints, routes, and tracks on these mapping programs.
The Edge 800 is able to receive waypoints, routes, and tracks from both programs, however the device is not able to transfer workouts, courses, and saved locations to BaseCamp or MapSource.
The Edge 800 will display the transferred waypoints in Where To? under Locations, while routes and tracks will show under Courses. Please see Garmin’s glossary for more information on waypoints, routes, and tracks.Posted 4 years ago
Using what software on the PC?
Whatever you’re currently using to generate your GPX.
All the above talk is just variations on the mapping used on the PC or Garmin device. If you’re just generating a GPX and transferring across then none of this will concern you.
If you have the OS mapping on the 800, then the GPX will be overlaid on the map. If you don’t have a map on the 800, then you’ll just get a line to follow, like you currently have.Posted 4 years ago
AH.Posted 4 years ago
The benefit of TTQV is that I don’t but maps, just capture what I need, calibrate them to the grid system in question , then create a map. It automatically provides a snap shot of the map as well if wanted. Not everyones cup of tea but it works.
Now to find a cheap 800
The best/easiest way of getting os maps displayed on an 800 is to buy new and get the trail package which includes the UK at 1:50k. There are deals around for under 300.
Once you have those, then you can use the free Garmin basecamp software on the pc as described above to do route planning.Posted 4 years ago
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