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GPS-Mac computer compatable
|Author||Topic: GPS-Mac computer compatable|
|A Li Volsi||
posted 05-02-2001 10:44 AM ET (US)
Anyone know of a company producing a GPS unit that has downloadable software that is compatable with Macintosh computers?
posted 05-02-2001 11:08 AM ET (US)
AFAIK, none of the manufacturers make Mac SW.
There have been reports on sci.geo.satellite-nav
of Garmin MapSource running in a PC emulator
on a Mac.
There are some freeware/shareware programs
posted 05-02-2001 12:48 PM ET (US)
Keep in mind that if you go with the Virtual PC emulator for the Mac that you still need to overcome the PC to GPS connection problem unless you can have one with a USB connector vs. parallel. I am a Mac person and have not seen a solution for this as yet.
posted 05-02-2001 02:27 PM ET (US)
There are Mac solutions!!!!!
Native Mac programs:
For software for Garmin and many other GPS units.
Both of these Mac programs work well for Track, Route, and Waypoint management. Also, realtime display. GPSy can also link to Street Atlas for moving map display.
Steet Atlas has some GPS funtioning built in as well.
Cables and other hardware issues:
If you have a beige Mac you will need a Mac serial cable adapted to work with your brand of GPS. www.gpsy.com has an excellent tutorial on this. The tutorial is free online, but consider paying them for GPSy if you use it.
If you have a colorful Mac (iMac, iBook, B/W G3, G4,Cube, PowerBook) that doesn't have serial ports then you will need a Keyspan adapter:
This will give you 2 Mac serial ports.
If you have a Garmin handheld look at:
Larry makes plugs that will enable you to make you own Garmin data/power cable. He gives instruction for Macs.
As far as the Mini-8 Din connectors go, get a printer cable cut it in the middle. You now have 2 cables with Mini-8 Din connectors on them. A little work with an Ohm meter will allow you to identify which wires connect to which pins. Use caution the the pin out won't be the same for both connectors; some wires are crossed deliberately for hand shaking reasons.
You can use the Keyspan adapter and Virtual PC to work with the Garmin Map scource CD-ROMS. I do so all the time.
Here are the specifics of my system:
This all works without a hitch. I can use the Garmin with either GPSY or MacGPS Pro in the mac environement. Or I can use the Garmin program from within Virtual PC; including uploading map data!
I hope this helps.
You can take my Mac when you pry my cold dead fingers of of the mouse :)
Fight back for the Mac!
posted 05-02-2001 02:46 PM ET (US)
I should have mentioned that if you need further help let me know.
I will pass along what I can.
You can use a GPS with a Mac!!!!
posted 05-02-2001 05:22 PM ET (US)
Note that only Garmin MapSource will allow
you to download cartography into your GPS.
The various freeware/shareware solutions
are fine for uploading and downloading
waypoints, routes, tracks, etc.
BTW: you should make a periodic backup of
posted 05-03-2001 10:13 AM ET (US)
You are of course correct. Only the Garmin Map Scource CD will upload the cartography. This is true for Magellan and Lowrance as well.
I keep my waypoints stored in seperate files based on region or lake. That way if I am going to go out on Gull lake I can erase all the waypoints and upload only those for Gull Lake. Saves me from needing to scroll through lot of waypoints just to find a few that relate to one lake. it only takes a few seconds to upload a set of waypoints.
|A Li Volsi||
posted 05-04-2001 10:41 AM ET (US)
Thanks for all the information!!!!
I'm glad to see that there are still some Mac Fanatics afloat!
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