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This review is based on using the
Dakota 20 ° Obtain BaseCamp (HERE)
° 3 Nov. 2009
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Program Page with 2-D and 3-D panels Showing a BirdsEye DEMO Insert
Use MapSource to install maps with or without DEM elevation
data (the only type of map displayed in 3-D by BaseCamp, such as, TOPO
U.S. 24K and TOPO
2008. ) Update
to Ver. 2.08 to be able to view ALL MapSource maps on BaseCamp. Once a DEM map is installed, other maps will appear in
is an example of a 2-D 24K Custom Map and tracks
rendered in 3-D due to the selection of Topo US 2008 map. As you
place the cursor on a map panel, the program tells you just which
Custom Map you are on. The
arrow indicates North.
BaseCamp can download data from all Garmin outdoor handhelds that
support a USB connection.
However, only those with the latest data transfer system (DataSync)
can BaseCamp edit and upload data.
These are the Oregon 550 & 550t, and Dakota 10 & 20 v. 2.40.
Colorado and Oregon 200, 300, and 400 are not DataSync compatible.
In the left-hand panel are:
In the lower panels are:
LIBRARY: 'My Collection' and 'Recently Imported'. When selected,
lists of waypoints and tracks are shown at the lower-left.
NOTE: Anything Imported will be ADDED to My Collection.
DEVICES: GPS or Removable Disk. When selected, Lists of Internal
Data are shown at lower-left, including any Custom Maps.
WORKING WITH WAYPOINTS:
Properties of waypoints or tracks selected in the List.
A mini map of the main map (if selected).
1. Waypoints can be uploaded to the unit directly from Map Source,
however, they can not be downloaded from the unit to MS.
2. Waypoints can be imported from .gdb or .gpx files into BaseCamp
(Recently Imported) and then "copied" to the unit's List.
3. When waypoints are deleted from the unit's List, they are also
deleted from the unit.
4. Waypoints and tracks in the unit can be edited in the bottom
WORKING WITH TRACKS:
1. Unlike waypoints, tracks can be downloaded to MapSource.
current tracks inside the unit are displayed by BaseCamp when the unit is plugged in.
Any selected track can be edited in the bottom panel, Properties.
Highlighting track segments in the bottom panel changes their color to orange in
the Properties and can be deleted.
5. Also available in the bottom
panel is the profile of the track.
6. The saved tracks are in: x:\Garmin\GPX while the current track is in: x:\Garmin\GPX\Current.
These tracks can be downloaded by programs that recognize the .gpx format.
BirdsEye: In the menu bar is a BirdsEye icon that allows you to add a "New" Satellite Photograph Map (based on a Subscription service)
to compatible Garmin devices, if connected. One can load one
DEMO BirdsEye image into the unit to test the concept.
In the left-hand list, the icon above
the BirdsEye icon is for a Custom Map, 'Roswell Road'. BaseCamp will
show all Custom Maps in addition to the BirdsEye map, but the BirdsEye
map will overwrite any Custom Map.
images are very easy to load as compared to other Custom Map programs,
but don't have as high a resolution as those programs, possibly because
they are satellite images and not aerial photographs. For a
discussion of other Custom Map programs compared to BirdsEye, see (HERE).
THE PROGRESS BAR:
NOTE: When uploading or deleting data in the Dakota, one must wait until
the green line under the DEVICES disappears, before unplugging the unit,
or else the data will be lost. The data transfer rate to the .gpx
files seems slower than that with Garmin's protocol in MapSource.
Typical 2D/3D Dual Panel View (Gran
ADDITIONAL BASECAMP FEATURES:
1. Free-hand draw your own track, handy for trip planning
(Select:: File, New, Track)
2. Work with geocaches (Import Pocket queries, move to device,
3. Create additional "smart folders" that contain a subset
of "My Collection", a good way to package a bunch of tracks, waypoints,
geocaches, etc. from a trip (past or future).
When you select a smart folder, only the "relevant" data is displayed.
4. Track Playback is particularly interesting when you have
the map above the elevation profile below.
VIEW IN GOOGLE EARTH:
Google Earth is a free download (HERE).
Once installed, one can view any waypoint or track in any List in Google
Click on thumbnails for larger views
BaseCamp and Google Earth 3D views
of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone viewed from the south west of the
Photo of the Copper Canyon in Mexico
° 3D rendering of the scene by Google Earth
Recorded Tracks can be Displayed on
NOTE: In order to
get nice thin tracklines without 'boxes': In the Google Earth
'Places' field on the left side of the Google Earth window there should
be a folder named 'Temporary Places'. If you click on the '+' next
to it you should get 'GPS device'. Clicking on its '+' should show
'Waypoints' and 'Tracks'. Opening individual tracks should eventually
show 'Points' and 'Path'. If you either delete or uncheck the 'Points'
you should get a clean path. Right-clicking on the path and opening properties
you can change the color, opacity, and thickness of the line.
Now don't get lost out there -youall!