Garmin BaseCamp
Ken in Cape Breton
This looks interesting for anyone who has a copy of TOPO U.S. 2008:

Garmin BaseCamp – a utility that allows users to plan and manage trips, routes, tracks, and waypoints and transfer them between the computer and applicable Garmin outdoor handheld device.

BaseCamp lets users view both 24K and 100K topo maps in 2D or 3D renderings. Users no longer are confined with a “north up” map – it can be rotated to any orientation. Another convenient window depicts the elevation profile currently displayed. And with Track Draw, users can trace a fluid track and get an immediate elevation profile to determine the difficulty of their hike.

BaseCamp supports geotagging of user-generated photos, to know exactly what the scenery is like at any given location – simply click on a map icon to view an enlarged version of a photo.

BaseCamp allows the complete transfer of maps, waypoints, routes, and geotagged photos back and forth between the utility and the applicable Garmin outdoor handheld device. Users can compile their information into easily-identifiable folders as well, for later retrieval. As a backup, BaseCamp can print out configurable, full-page, color maps for viewing at any time.

BaseCamp is compatible on both PC and Mac computers. Beginning in the first quarter of 2009, the utility will ship with all new TOPO U.S. 24K DVD and TOPO U.S. 100K DVD products. For those who currently own TOPO U.S. 2008, BaseCamp will be available for a free download at www.garmin.com at the end of the first quarter 2009. For unit compatibility and more information, visit www.garmin.com

Ken in Regina
I would be happy if they would just do an update for Topo Canada. Sure would be nice to have BaseCamp and some Canadian topos to use with it.

Where is the free download of Basecamp for TOPO U.S. 2008? I've searched the garmin website with no luck at even finding a reference to it.
Is this what you were looking for?
Garmin: BaseCamp Updates & Downloads

It was so easy to find, I wasn't sure (google 'garmin basecamp').

That's it. Thanks.
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