Windows PC shareware program for Garmin and
Magellan GPS receivers
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What kind of
GPS receivers are
supported by Gartrip?
mainly three classes of GPS receivers on the
supports all handheld
receivers made by Garmin and
Magellan, provided they have a suitable
connection (serial or
handheld receivers with one-hand operation,
- Mobile phones or
tablets with internal GPS receiver,
GPS navigators for cars, boats, and airplanes.
do handheld receivers compare to mobile phones?
At present, mobile phones
become more and more popular for GPS use. These
small computers have the benefit
that the display is larger and more brilliant than
the display of
handhelds, and they can be used for other purposes
as well. There is a
big variety of GPS software available for this
kind of GPS application,
including auto-routing applications.
But despite this popularity, phones are not the
solution for outdoor applications. Please
understand that nearly all GPS applications are
what would you do with your GPS within your house?
are much better suited for outdoor use. Why? There
are a lot of reasons:
these reasons, I
recommend to use a
handheld receiver for hiking,
biking, boating, windsurfing, and other outdoor
to use a phone or car navigator for car drivers
who want to be routed
receivers are water protected; most phones are
not. This is true at
least for the majority of models. Water
protection is important for
hikers, bikers, and some boat drivers.
receivers work up to 30 hours with one battery
set. This is important if you want to record
your track all
the time while on the way - an essential
feature of GPS receivers. It
is recommended to keep the receiver on all the
time, even if you want
to check your position only occasionally,
because a new receiver start
may take very long under difficult conditions.
use standard battery cells (AA size in most
cases), phones use
special batteries which cannot be changed on
the way. For long trips,
and for safety reasons, it is important to
have spare batteries with
applications are addressed by Gartrip?
the best choice
to manage collections of own waypoints,
plan map-based routes manually, and to analyze
by the track log - displayed
numerically, and in diagrams (altitude,
These features are much more
versatile than offered
elsewhere, including extensive support of
data exchange with other
You are invited to test the free Gartrip version.
You will like it, even if you already
own Mapsource or the Trip
& Waypoint Manager from Garmin.
shall I use my own scanned maps, while
Mapsource already has built-in
maps for the whole world?
Most Mapsource versions have street maps
but not dedicated to biking and hiking.
Mapsource versions (Topo) have
topographical maps but this kind of
vector maps are very poor when preparing a
hiking trip. I am speaking
about the German Topo maps available;
maybe there are better ones for
other countries. They do not show any
differences between classes of
paths, nor do they show all landscape
properties as used by normal
paper maps for this purpose. Gartrip
works with all maps
available as picture files (format bmp,
gif, or jpg). These picture
files are obtained as export from any map
CD, or by scanning your own
paper map is not convenient, I
admit. But it is free of licence
fees, and paper maps are available
in a much bigger variety than maps on CDs.
Note: Gartrip cannot transfer maps to
mapping GPS receivers. For this
purpose you need Mapsource with its vector