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Current status of Garmin Win/Mac software
GoneNomad
FWIW: This isn't about any of Garmin's nav apps for smartphones or tablets, just Garmin's mapping and/or navigatinal software for Windows & Mac.

OK, there are a lot of posts here about what seems like a hodgepodge of different Garmin programs for Windows & Mac... MapSource, nRoute, MobilePC, BaseCamp, Roadtrip, etc. (anything else?)

I've read over a lot of these posts, and understand that some are either no longer supported by Garmin, or are discontinued (e.g.:
MobilePC) and not officially available. Some are still available elsewhere (e.g.: nRoute) and I guess they still work.

Garmin lists most of these programs here:
http://www8.garmin.com/support/mappingsw.jsp



Looks like some of these are getting pretty old.

A while back I downloaded MapSource, and with the help of Garmin support, I managed to get a free "base map" (only has major roads) in order to try out
MapSource. Apparently nRoute requires MapSource, and works with it.

Noticing in the list above that the only program updated recently (and for both Win & Mac) is BaseCamp, I searched for that and saw this recent post: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/4868-basecamp-v4-0-beta
which states:
"Some major new features in Garmin's Basecamp PC/Mac program that might interest users of this forum. You can now use it as a more sophisticated trip planner, more like Streets & Trips and Street Atlas." ( to you, Ken). I've heard of BaseCamp before, but I thought it previously was only useful for off-road hiking, camping, etc., not on-road trip planning.

I looked at the Basecamp screen caps here: https://forums.garmin.com/showthread.php?28943-What-is-new-in-BaseCamp-4-0&p=139830#post139830

Considering the post above, along with the lack of updates for Garmin's other mapping software, makes me wonder if BaseCamp is being turned into Garmin's defacto successor to the others?

I'm wondering if anyone who is familiar with all these various different Garmin programs can help me sort through what seems like a confusing assortment of different programs, some still available, others not.

Thanks!
tcassidy
I think you covered all the possibilities and answered your own question several times over. But yes, BaseCamp is Garmin's replacement for MapSource.

Terry
Ken in Regina
Considering the post above, along with the lack of updates for Garmin's other mapping software, makes me wonder if BaseCamp is being turned into Garmin's defacto successor to the others?
Not "being turned into". It already is.

I'm wondering if anyone who is familiar with all these various different Garmin programs can help me sort through what seems like a confusing assortment of different programs, some still available, others not.
MapInstall does what it says. It will allow you to select map segments or entire map products and install them to Garmin's personal navigation devices (PND). (Mapsource contains this functionality built in. Basecamp does not.)

POILoader also does what it says. It allows you to load custom POIs onto Garmin PNDs. So you can download POI files from sites like POI Factory and load them onto a Garmin device.

...ken...
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