Garmin BaseCamp Manual
Brand: Garmin, Pages: 65
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THE BASECAMP WINDOW
BaseCamp is a free software by Garmin for route planning and data management in
GPS receivers. BaseCamp is compatible with all USB capable devices, but specically
to communicate with the new generation of devices that are recognized in Windows as
a drive. Connection with older GPS via the serial interface is not supported. Base Camp
is available for free for PC and Mac at [http://www.garmin.com/basecamp]
The BaseCamp Window On the main window in BaseCamp you can nd on the top area the Menu List and
on the left side the Library under My Collection. Under the Lists you can nd the
item Garmin Adventure, there you can manage the GPS-Data with Pictures, Videos
and Text included as a compilation. Underneath you can nd "Devices" when a GPS
receiver or a memory card is connected.
Underneath the library is a window in which the elements of each active collection, list,
or device are displayed. To sort the lists clearly, you can organize them into folders
list. Unlike Mapsource or any Data Base Software BaseCamp is set up as a database of
libraries. This means for the user that a geo-le (Waypoint, Track, Route, etc.) exists
once, but may appear in multiple lists. If, for example, a WP is changed in a list, the
changes are also seen in the other lists. Also, any change is immediately saved in the
database. You do not have to save the le when you are done. For a better overview,
you can le the individual lists into folders lists.
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List Folders and Lists
are not comparable with folders in the Explorer on a PC or Finder on Mac. One Item
can appear in many Lists or List Folders. Strictly speaking, is it here to show the ltered
part corresponding to an Item in My Collection and hide the rest. All the Items are to
be found in my Collection, only the matched up item will be shown by setting a lter
The toolbar on your computer diers probably from my view. How to change them can
be found in the chapter Toolbar Settings.
Top left there is a selection box for activity proles , in which
the routing setting can be changed quickly. is the tool-selection box to edit WP, routes,
tracks and Birds Eye images.
There are also icons to switch the map view .
There is no icon to transfer maps into the GPS receiver. For that BaseCamp calls up
the external software MapInstall.
In BaseCamp you can directly view and edit the data stored on the connected GPS
receiver or memory card. Even maps that are on the GPS, and even SD cards, can be
displayed and used for route planning.
The distinguishing feature (unique point) is the 100% identical name and type of the
item. There can indeed be a WP and a track with the same name but not two WP or
tracks with the same name. This is true for all Garmin GPS and software. For example if a Waypoint like Parking Lot is on the GPS, it overwrites the existing
one with the same WP name when you transmit it into BaseCamp. If you import a le (.gdb, .gpx, etc.) in BaseCamp, that contains an already existing
WP, it is not duplicated but replaced with the new identically named WP. The same is
true for other elements.
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THE BASECAMP WINDOW
Similar to Mapsource you can create Waypoints, Routes and Tracks. New is the ability
to convert a track to a route and vice versa. Route or track merging is also possible.
Other new functions are data backup of the entire database, geotagged photos, viewing
and managing BirdsEye images and CustomMaps. You can search for Maps display,
vector or Bitmap maps and places, POI's and Tour (Garmin Adventure).
When connecting a GPS receiver Basecamp automatically detects the internal software,
if the PC is connected to the internet, it checks the Garmin server whether a new device
software is available. If this is the case, it right away opens the Web Updater dialog
window and leads through the steps to equip the GPS with the new software. After
that, it checks every 14 days for available updated software.
With BaseCamp, owners of older GPS receivers that cannot display CustomMaps have
another option to plan routes. For that choose >File< - >Import< and then a Cus-
tomMap and import it. With Basecamp you cannot, however, create CustomMaps.
The version numbers refer to the changes made by the programmer. The rst digit
indicates the version, currently the fourth. The next digit stands for the minor version,
so when smaller changes to the features of the software have to be made. Changes that
alter this number are available for new or modied functions. The last digit refers to
the bug x, the state of error processing. When this changes, only errors have been
corrected but not functions.
An adventure consist of a small green backpack that indicates a track. Waypoints,
Notes, Geo-caches, Photos and Videos may be added. So hereby BaseCamp gives the
possibility of a hike to an interactive guide to share or publish. The publication goes
through a separate server from Garmin, which can also serve as a backup for the tours.
The adventure can be divided into dierent types, you have the option to view the
descriptions like possibility, diculty, popularity and data like distance and duration.
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Likewise everybody can put together their Garmin Adventure in BaseCamp and publish
it on the Internet.
The Cloud Storage is used for the exchange of data between multiple installations of a
Garmin Basecamp user. To activate it you must Log in with your myGarmin credentials.
In Cloud Storage can all the elements be stored, with the exception of Bird's-Eye images.
BaseCamp oers a very wide range of functions. For route planning BaseCamp is cur-
rently one of the best programs, only the variety functions slays the beginner. For each
route, you can choose the route options, elements of the GPS receiver can be changed di-
rectly in BaseCamp (only generation USB 2.0), map products from the SD card, custom
maps and Birds Eye pictures can be displayed.