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Must have Mac software for Garmin.


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So what is be must have software to manage and streamline the addiction. Both of them, Geocaching and sticking to the Mac. I do not want to hear about running MS. I do not have an intertest in it, or the ability.

Right now I have a Garmin Venute Cx.

For about three years for Mac-based paperless geocaching, I have used a PowerBook G4 1.67GHz (earlier PB G4 1GHz), and a Palm Tungsten T2 PDA (earlier Tungsten T1). And for GPS receivers, we currently use/have used a Magellan Meridian Color, Magellan eXplorist 400, Magellan Meridian GPS, Magellan Map 330, and Garmin eTrex Legend, with two PB G4's.

 

We download a gc.com Pocket Query with caches of interest, and use MacCMConvert to convert the .GPX file to a .PDB file for CacheMate on the Palm, and use the basic Palm Desktop HotSync feature to load the PDB file to the Palm (by cable or bluetooth).

 

We upload the Pocket Query .GPX file to the GPS receivers using MacSimpleGPS, or MacGPSBabel, via the standard Magellan or Garmin serial cable with a Serial-to-USB adapter. We are now experimenting with the latest Mac OS X version of GPSBabel. And we just learned about MacCaching for OS X, so we will give that a run too.

 

I have occasionally run GSAK on VirtualPC on the PowerBooks, but personally do not find enough features/advantages to GSAK to offset having to use VirtualPC, and last I checked GSAK still did not have USB support for Magellan.

 

If you have questions, I will be happy to help with my experiences from using this setup.

 

Links to software we use...

MacCMConvert

http://jfatherton.0catch.com/MacCMConvert/index.html

CacheMate

http://www.smittyware.com/palm/cachemate/

Mac SimpleGPS

http://www.macsimplegps.com/oldsite/index.html

GPSBabel

http://www.gpsbabel.org/

MacCaching

http://www.maccaching.com/

Geocaching Swiss Army Knife

http://www.gsak.net/

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Okay, a little help, if someone could...

I'm trying to run Mac SimpleGPS, but it tells me that "there is no default application to open the document 'Mac SimpleGPS.'" I'm pretty sure that the problem is that it shouldn't be a document, but I really don't know. I'll admit that I'm (effectively) pretty new to Macs, since I haven't seriously used one since the original ones came out in the 90's.

Any thoughts?

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Okay, a little help, if someone could...

I'm trying to run Mac SimpleGPS, but it tells me that "there is no default application to open the document 'Mac SimpleGPS.'" I'm pretty sure that the problem is that it shouldn't be a document, but I really don't know. I'll admit that I'm (effectively) pretty new to Macs, since I haven't seriously used one since the original ones came out in the 90's.

Any thoughts?

 

What are you doing when you get that message, "there is no default application to open the document 'Mac SimpleGPS.'"?

 

I am wondering if you have set a default application for .GPX files.

Try this...

Select (highlight/click on once) the .GPX file (presumably a gc.com Pocket Query file, such as '1072256.gpx').

Press the 'Command(Apple)' & 'i' keys at same time... a small window titled "(filename.gpx) Info" will open.

Go to "Open with:" section of the small window, and in the drop down box Select "Mac SimpleGPS" (presumably from the Applications folder).

Then click on "Change All", and all .GPX files will be opened with Mac SimpleGPS (I am using version 1.7b).

If you decide to change the default application to GPSBabel, or other, use the same steps but select the different application.

 

I've been using Macs (and Windows PC's) since the early days (after machine language, and DOS). I am happy to help... send a message through my gc.com profile if needed.

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