GARtrip program history
108, July 1997: first public version.
109, October 1997:
Units: metric, statute, nautical. British National Grid. File import of
PCX5 and Garlink track. Map on full screen. Track
speed indicated by color. Temporary selection of reference point on
waypoint window. Waypoints moved graphically, more than one at a time. Text
placement on map avoids overlapping if possible.
111, December 1997:
Waypoint symbols for GPS12 family. Waypoint description up to 40
characters. Daylight saving time zones. Map control panel refined.
112, March 1998:
File export to PCX5. Proximity of all selected waypoints changed at a time.
Waypoint symbols for GPSIII family. Private file select box. Unique route
names forced, for GPSIII family. Bearing of route legs shown. Track speed
113, May 1998:
Print all split maps at once. Gardown file
import, export. Default data directories for waypoint and track files. User
grids, Swedish grid. Entry of waypoint coordinates using
"default" refined. Search text in waypoint names and
descriptions. Conventional order of coordinates: when degrees selected,
latitude first; when grid system selected, easting first. Zoned grid
systems with zone preselection. New waypoint created from averaged
waypoints. Track editing shown immediately on map. Print list of waypoints
114, October 1998:
Text import of lat/lon
coordinates: any special character instead of "°" accepted for
degrees, lat and lon
may be interchanged if hemisphere is given by letter. Time zones with
fraction of an hour, daylight saving change on any week (New Zealand). New
self-disappearing status bar for lengthy operations like reading/writing
from/to Garmin. New waypoint sorting options: description, distance from
routes, distance from nearest. Append data to file. TXT file export with
choice of field delimiter, and with extensive route listing. Write to
Garmin with selection. Avionics database used for routes. GPSIIIPilot supported. Garlink
import and export. Backup files. Selectable font sizes for map. Profiles
for user settings. Irish Grid. Waypoint symbol or display mode of all
selected waypoints changed at a time. Routes with speed selection,
indication of duration. Routes with warning in case of crossing, closed
route, or double waypoint. Route extension online on map. Compress track.
Map window size selectable. More map text options. Track sections.
115, March 1999:
Internet homepage. Small font on control panels. Without registration, 30
waypoints and one route and the track can be saved on disk. Bearing
correction for route legs. Import and export of Waypoint+ and OziExplorer files. Zoom and pan functions in context
menu. New waypoint defined graphically on the map. When editing a track,
the map frame may follow the track point automatically. New waypoint file management function "Update".
Display and record of actual position. Unlimited number of routes. Set PC
clock. Play Track function. Track shown in different colors by section.
200, September 1999:
32 bit Windows version. Scanned maps: Garmin Street Pilot supplied. New
Zealand Grid. New file formats: Fugawi, Atlas
GIS, PCX5 now with DEG, DM, and DMS (import only).
Ozi explorer export: waypoints and routes at once.
Waypoints are checked for identical coordinates when appended. Subsequent
averaging with correct weight. Default data files at program start.
Automatic detection of serial port. Route legs and track points with
describing text fields. Milestones with speed indication. Mouse cursor
position indicated numerically. Hand drawing a track. Garmin transfer with
optional repetitive mode. "Map" renamed to "Chart". The
term "Map" now means the imported scanned map. English and German
user language in one program. New registration key.
201, March 2000:
Transfer protocol GRMN is fully supplied, including eTrex
and eMap. Protocol is detected automatically.
Memory sizes of Garmin are checked against exceeding. Serial com port
numbers up to com8. New route is generated out of track. Calibration of map
with stretch compensation, and with instant preview. Calibration file is
readable text. Track Edit shows coordinates, and speed with decimal. Track
cursor with track section color. Line width for track and routes selectable
with larger range. Bearings with one decimal.
202, April 2000:
Bugs fixed. Spanish user language. New route is generated out of track,
with options if the route is too long. File explorer.
203, October 2000:
Track and Waypoints with altitude. Diagram with speed or altitude. Multiple
maps at once. Track/Section/Pause renamed to Tracks/Track/Segment. MRGS. StreetAtlas 7.0 file format. Smooth play track. Merging
routes. Windows on top. Separate units for distance/speed/altitude. Track
range defined by rectangle. Waypoint description length not limited.
204, July 2001:
New Garmin transfer protocol (D109) for GPS152, 168, 76, 182, eMap…Magellan receivers. Long Waypoint names. Waypoint
list and route point list in explorer style. Waypoint names can be edited
directly in list. Opening files (.wp and .t) from
explorer (even if program already active) and by drag and drop. Actual
position optionally using NMEA protocol. Routes: insert multiple points at
once; sort points; invert. Routes sorted alphabetically. Printing the route
list with waypoint descriptions (option). Calculation of area for closed
routes and track range. Hand drawing a track: inserting at any position,
shift existing points or range. Set track range to visible part after zoom
operation. Chart area optionally defined by marked waypoints. New menu for
map selection: open folder. Maximum number of maps is user defined. Control
of brightness of map. Printing a test strip to check the quality of map
printout. Diagram versus daytime. Diagram with scaling lines. Options for
printed diagram: shaded or line only, to save ink. Headline of chart is
user selected, optionally for print only.
205, March 2003:
Map projections: Mercator and Conic. Unlimited track length. Gradient
(steepness) and vertical speed analysis for tracks. Track color defined by
speed, altitude, vertical speed, or gradient; with 2 thresholds, selectable
colors (replaces speed limit and alt limit). Cut/Copy/Paste Track range.
New Route window. All route changes are immediately shown on chart. Total
ascent/descent for routes. Route point ordering by Drag&Drop.
Convert Route to Track (for altitude diagram, or for long routes). Grid
density selection. Reposition waypoint to track (incl. altitude). Current
Position with directional pointer. Waypoint edit: Cut/Copy/Paste Waypoints
and Route parts by Windows clipboard
206, June 2004:
USB connection. Third calibration point for scanned maps. User selected
standard parallels for conic projection. Quick insert option for routes.
Route changes are drawn immediately. Extended character set for waypoint
names. Track trimming. Track altitude alignment. Track color transferred to
receiver. Track file date set to track recording date, optionally. User
defined minimum and maximum scaling for diagram. More Import/Export file
formats. Text substitution file for user
interface. New registration key. New limit for unregistered use: limited
207, November 2005:
GPX Import/Export file format. Opening more than one file at once is
possible. Rename marked route points sequentially. Track trimming when
reading tracks, optionally. Writing tracks to GPS receiver with options if
receiver memory too small for the track. Track on chart with interval marks
(replaces former milestones and time stamps). Fill waypoint row function
for a line of waypoints.
208, June 2006:
GPX Import/Export with waypoints and tracks in the same file, and with
waypoint symbol transfer. Waypoint names with lowercase letters for new
receivers. USB link to Magellan receivers. Tracks are sorted
chronologically when opened. Photo functions. Chart with scrollbars and
zoom buttons. Semitransparent chart lines.
209, April 2007 (partly published earlier with version 208a...d):
Google Earth KML Import/Export file format. Forerunner XML Import file
format. Trackfile 3Dfield Export file format.
Speed unit min:sec/mile
or min:sec/km. Coordinates format: lat/lon with offset and scale
factor. Slide show can combine photos taken within selected radius. Scanned
maps are shown with pixel interpolation ("smooth"). Calibration
files from OziExplorer are used directly. With
more than one track file opened, the source file is indicated when track
points are analyzed. Menu function "Edit list, Search" is
extended by "Replace".
210, June 2008:
Direct access to GPX track files on memory cards (GPSmap60CSx family) and
to GPX-only receivers (Nüvi, Colorado family).
Menu "Edit List, Search" with option "at end".
Option to sort tracks for shortest connection. "3D flight" option for Google Earth file export.
Version 211, April 2013:
Direct access to GPX-only receivers (Nüvi,
Colorado family) by Garmin read/write menu without file selection box.Program launch by command line may open GPX or TXT
waypoint file as well (formerly only WP ant T file). NMEA file format for
tracks (read only).
Version 212, July 2015:
Chart optimized for 4k monitors by dot size selection. User grid with
Lambert projection. Protocol for new Garmin receivers (version 212c).
Version 301, April 2021:
Freeware. OSM map. Batch conversion to GPX. Pulse frequency on track. GPS
device connection redesigned. Track point altitude input with “draw by
hand”. Time stamp removal off track for publishing.