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Garmin Basecamp for Trip Planning
Ken in Regina
With all the discussion about trip planning in some of the other sections recently, it occurs to me that someone should mention Garmin's Basecamp product.

It's free.

It does both multi-day Trip Planning and complex Route calculation.

It works with Garmin personal navigation devices. But they are not required.

It works with Garmin maps. But they are not required.

It works offline. Once you have maps loaded into it you never need an internet connection again.

It does not do navigation.

Did I mention that it's free?

I will start posting about some of the many features in Basecamp and, where useful, how to access some of them without being a Garmin customer for maps or navigation devices.

If you have any questions please ask. The thread will be much more useful if it's directed along the lines people are most interested in.

...ken...
Ken in Regina
Where can I get Basecamp?

Here's a link to Basecamp's home page. It has an overview of the features and functions and download links for Windows PCs and for the MAC.

...ken...
Ken in Regina
What about maps to use in Basecamp?

If you are a Garmin customer already, say you have one of their personal navigation devices like a Nuvi or Zumo or Montana, etc, then you can use the maps you have on your device.

With Basecamp running, just connect your device to your computer. When Basecamp discovers it it will look on the device and catalog any of the things you can use. If you already have waypoints, tracks, and/or routes stored on the device, they will show up shortly in Basecamp's lists.

The map(s) on the device will take a little longer to show up because they can be quite large. You should see the name of the map(s) show up under your device name and a "gas guage" showing Basecamp's progress in getting the map ready for you to use. Once the map is ready for use you will now have access to all of Basecamp's functions that require map data.

The only problem with using the map from a device is that you have to always have the device connected for Basecamp to see and use the map data. There is a way to get around this quite simply and I'll be happy to share it if anyone has the need.

Other sources for Garmin compatible maps include free sites like GPSFileDepot, and OpenStreetMaps. There are also many commercial sites like Garmin, of course, and specialty sites like Backroads Mapbooks, and more.

There are numerous sites that have massive POI lists that can be imported into Basecamp for searching.

The wealth of Garmin compatible maps and other data out there means you can do a tremendous amount of work with it without being a Garmin customer.

...ken...
GoneNomad
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
What about maps to use in Basecamp?
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Other sources for Garmin compatible maps include free sites like GPSFileDepot, and OpenStreetMaps. There are also many commercial sites like Garmin, of course, and specialty sites like Backroads Mapbooks, and more.
At some point in the past, when I was testing BaseCamp, I managed to find & download a Garmin map (same type that can be purchased to update garmin PNDs). To see exactly what it was, I should start up one of my older PCs to see if that map is still on there. I do remember that for a lot of the POIs, it showed their logos.

IIRC, using any of the publically available (free) maps, in particular, Open Street Maps, was an exercise in frustration. Maybe that's changed for the better now.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by GoneNomad
At some point in the past, when I was testing BaseCamp, I managed to find & download a Garmin map (same type that can be purchased to update garmin PNDs). To see exactly what it was, I should start up one of my older PCs to see if that map is still on there. I do remember that for a lot of the POIs, it showed their logos.
In both Mapsource and Basecamp, the built in POIs just show their category logos, eg. a fork&spoon for eating places, a little car for auto dealerships, a shopping cart for stores, etc. You can use logos for custom POIs.

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IIRC, using any of the publically available (free) maps, in particular, Open Street Maps, was an exercise in frustration. Maybe that's changed for the better now.
I have an OpenStreetMaps map of Canada for 2016-Jan-25 I got from OpenMapChest. It's really quite a good map for any of the stuff I've tried. I needed something to load on my old Garmin iQue 3600A (Palm operating system) to give it up-to-date map data. I wouldn't hesitate to take the iQue out and navigate with it.

...ken...
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