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.