Downloading wayponits directly to GM from Garmin GPS

883robert883robert Global Mapper UserPosts: 37Trusted User
edited August 2012 in GPS Features
Apologies if this is a very basic question. I'm using GM12 to design refugee UN camps in Jordan and need to use waypoints captured by a Garmin GPS60cSX GPS receiver. I don't know how to download the waypoints directly to GM once I'm back from site.
Currently I download them to Oziexplorer and save them in Ozi waypoint format which GM can read.
GM is so good at digesting many different formats that I'm sure I'm missing something. Can someone enlighten me?
Thanks in advance
Robert
UNHCR Jordan

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  • global_mapperglobal_mapper Administrator Posts: 17,238
    edited August 2012
    Robert,

    Many newer Garmin devices store the waypoints directly on the device as a GPX file, so if you plug in the device you can navigate to the connected Garmin device and just load the GPX file in Global Mapper. If your unit doesn't do that then you would have to use other software, like Ozi or Garmin's BaseCamp, to pull off the waypoints then load them into GM.

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Global Mapper Guru
    gmsupport@bluemarblegeo.com
    http://www.globalmapper.com
  • 883robert883robert Global Mapper User Posts: 37Trusted User
    edited August 2012
    Thanks for the quick response Mike. I tried what you suggested and yes, I could download gpx files directly from the gps once I'd set it to usb interface. However all the gpx files are tracks, none are waypoints.
    Does this mean that my GPSmap60 is not one of the many newer Garmin devices store the waypoints directly on the device as a GPX file?
    Robert,

    Many newer Garmin devices store the waypoints directly on the device as a GPX file, so if you plug in the device you can navigate to the connected Garmin device and just load the GPX file in Global Mapper. If your unit doesn't do that then you would have to use other software, like Ozi or Garmin's BaseCamp, to pull off the waypoints then load them into GM.

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Global Mapper Guru
    gmsupport@bluemarblegeo.com
    http://www.globalmapper.com
  • global_mapperglobal_mapper Administrator Posts: 17,238
    edited August 2012
    Is there just a single GPX file on the device? I would really expect both the waypoints and tracks to be in the same GPX file when you connect the device. Do you get waypoints out when you pull the features off with Ozi?

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Global Mapper Guru
    gmsupport@bluemarblegeo.com
    http://www.globalmapper.com
  • 883robert883robert Global Mapper User Posts: 37Trusted User
    edited August 2012
    Mike, the Garmin's micro SD card contains multiple GPX files, all of them track files. The only other files on the card are the Garmin map file (gmapsupp.img).
    When I upload files to Oziexplorer, Ozi gives me no choice of format. It uploads both waypoints and tracks and can save waypoints in Ozi's *.WPT format and can save tracks in Ozi's *.plt format. Ozi can't save tracks in GPX format though it can read GPX files.
    I appreciate that this is not a Global Mapper matter, just a Garmin matter. Whatever the situation it seems off that GM has been able to digest all manner of file formats I've thrown at it but it baulks at downloading data from a major-brand gps receiver.
    regards from Robert
    Is there just a single GPX file on the device? I would really expect both the waypoints and tracks to be in the same GPX file when you connect the device. Do you get waypoints out when you pull the features off with Ozi?

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Global Mapper Guru
    gmsupport@bluemarblegeo.com
    http://www.globalmapper.com
  • global_mapperglobal_mapper Administrator Posts: 17,238
    edited August 2012
    Robert,

    We had planned a while ago to add support for directly pulling stuff from GPS devices, but since there are so many free tools that do it already it hasn't been a high priority, especially with the GPS manufacturers moving to GPX. I guess the unit you have doesn't quite go all the way there for some reason.

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Global Mapper Guru
    gmsupport@bluemarblegeo.com
    http://www.globalmapper.com
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