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A Li Volsi posted 05-02-2001 10:44 AM ET (US)   Profile for A Li Volsi   Send Email to A Li Volsi  
Anyone know of a company producing a GPS unit that has downloadable software that is compatable with Macintosh computers?
triblet posted 05-02-2001 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
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
that run on the Mac.


rwest posted 05-02-2001 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
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.


Whaletosh posted 05-02-2001 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
There are Mac solutions!!!!!

Native Mac programs:
Look around the web for MacGPS (free) which will give instructions for upgrading to MacGPS Pro. I have MacGPS Pro and it works well with Garmin GPS units; but only Garmin units.

Look at:

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.

If you have a Garmin and want to use the MapSource CDs you can them with Virtual PC 3.x or 4.x. I can't see why the Magellan or Lowrance software wouldn't work either; but can't state this as a fact.

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. 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.
Virtual PC on a beige Mac should work as well.

Here are the specifics of my system:

Dual G4-450
Gobs of RAM (I do video work)
Virtual PC 4.x/Windows 95/98
OS 9.1
Keyspan Twin serial Adpater
Garmin GPS 12 Map
cable made with Larry's connector
cable made to adapt the Garmin cable
Garmin MAP Scource CD-ROM
MacGPS Pro

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!

Whaletosh posted 05-02-2001 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
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!!!!


triblet posted 05-02-2001 05:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
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
the waypoints, etc., in your GPS, just in
case it dies, gets stolen, you get a fancier
GPS, etc. Every time I connect one of my
GPSs to MapSource, I backup the waypoints
and routes. I save them as a file with the
GPS name and date, for example: G162.200100502.MPS It takes about a minute,
and if you do it routinely, you won't lose
all those cool spots it took so long to find.



Whaletosh posted 05-03-2001 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    

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)     Profile for A Li Volsi  Send Email to A Li Volsi     
Thanks for all the information!!!!
I'm glad to see that there are still some Mac Fanatics afloat!

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