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Axel Ahlberg wrote:
I use Google Earth a lot to make maps of where I've been
with my GPS units - once to load it into Gartrip to make sure
it's got good fixes and to edit out bad data and to put various
attributes on the waypoints, and in the case of my exercise hikes, to
print reports showing performance over time. Gartrip is the
nucleus of my GPS data manipulation - I do all my data editing in
it. But what I've had to do after I've cleaned up the data using
Gartrip is to load it back into the GPS unit and then go load the data
into one or two other applications such as Google Earth or, less
frequently, TopoUSA. But in doing that I lose descriptive data
I've added to the waypoints in Gartrip, and that results in duplication
of effort when I have to put the descriptive data back in the other
applications. So being able to port the data into Google Earth
with the descriptions intact without uploading and downloading again is
a big help. I've tried it out already and it works great!
Benito Medero, Dallas Texas wrote:
As a Real Estate
developer I use Google Earth intensively
to structure my geographical database that covers Dallas-Forth
Worth and fifty small towns in the area. I have many sources and types
of data: rents, land values demographics, plats, surveys, aerial
photos, GPS field data etc etc.. Google
Earth is great to structure the gepgraphical database but it only
exports KML files and you can not input other
maps surveys aerial photos etc. Searching in the internet for a
solution to my problem I found Gartrip and it worked wonderfully, Its
clean, easy, elegant a superb German product. The only limitation was
that it could not import KML files.. I sent a email to Heinrich and in
a few days he had the solution which will soon be available to all
Gartrip users. This globalized world of us is incredible, you can go as
fast as you can think and you can match the power of Google with the
wits of a German entrepreneur.. Best of
all it all spreads like wildfire and
benefits all. I no longer use Garmin Mapsource software, the Google
Earth/Gartip solution is much more powerful and useful...
Axel Ahlberg wrote:
a quick note to thank you for a very functional program. I've
used the program unregistered for about six months along with TopoUSA
and Easy GPS. In all that time I never looked at the Map
functions. When I finally looked at it and saw what you could do
I immediately registered the product.
had been using TopoUSA to generate maps but it's reference maps are as
much as 500 metres off in my neighborhood (suburban) but pretty
accurate in the wilderness areas. With your program I was able to
scan in a map of my neighborhood - do your simple as pie calibration -
and wind up with highly usable maps in minutes as opposed to the half
hour it took to get a decent map out of TopoUSA. Of course there's not
100% functional overlap but overall your product is easier to use and
faster to a useful result. I just wish I'd figured that out when
I first downloaded the program six months ago!
on a very useful product!
Ian Fox by
GPS logging of speed sailing runs has
become a favourite with many wind and kite surfers all around the
world, and since the outset of GPS speed sailing GARtrip was the first
choice and reference for track analysis of many speedsailors. We used
GARtrip for detailed individual track analysis in the 2004 Australian
SpeedWeek:: event, and since then have also been using it for analysis
of runs made under the new worldwide GPS-SpeedSurfing network formed by
enthusiast racers based in the Netherlands. (www.GPS-Speedsurfing.com).
Mostly the racers are collecting a series of high speed short interval
trackpoints (every one or two seconds) during sailing sessions using
typically Garmin Foretrex or Gecko 201 units, then downloading at the
end of each session to analyse runs to confirm peak and averaged
speeds. The charting and color filtering of tracklogs by ( simple/user
definable) speed settings has been a very popular and impressive
feature, and printing the tracklogs to .pdf has been a great and
efficient method of storing or sharing them. It's been great to have
the interest and support of Heinrich to continue to evolve the program
to provide a customer version with even higher resolution than
previously for our requirements, and his attention to responding to
enquiries and proposing other useful solutions in a prompt and
professional manner has been first class. The price of entry is rather
small considering the functionality. Sehr eindrucksvoll. Viel Dank.
Remco J.J. Dost wrote:
have used Gartrip to download coordinates from all over the
world from my GPS for use in research (hydrology) for quit some
years now, and was very happy with its user friendliness. About a year
ago I started with a new application; I used a sonar connected to a GPS
to survey lakes to create bathymetric maps for sedimentation modeling.
The problem then was that I had to mark every measure point as a
waypoint, and pushing that button 3000 times a day did not make that
work very easy. I therefore contacted Mr. Pfeifer and asked him if he
could modify Gartrip for me in such a way that I could download the
measure points as a track, which he implemented immediately. I do not
know many software developers so devoted to their product, and so
willing to help their customers out! Since then I have done surveys in
Kenya, Portugal and Poland, and did the same amount of work in 1/3 of
the time I needed before! And my thumb got a lot of rest since then.
Thanks Heinrich, you made a nice piece of software that I can recommend
to any GPS user, for hobby or for research, because its easy to use and
the users comments are taken very seriously. Using Gartrip sure made my
research life easier!
Ernesto Maurer wrote:
more I use GARTRIP, the more I like it. I travelled through the
southern African countries during September/ October this year in a
me give you some of the comments in brief:
· I used a Garmin III Pilot
and an old IBM Think Pad Notebook
· Together with GARTRIP they
were my constant companions for the flight planning
· I particularly liked the
feature “visualization of the tracks”, you can recognize errors
· as many of the landmarks and
airfields are not in the Garmin database, GARTRIP makes it easy and
fast to add these waypoints together with a description
· back from the trip, I used
the track function to see what we did, however part of it was lost,
because I had too short intervals, and I should have used a wider spread
· I add the result of my trip,
so if anybody wants to fly in this beautiful area …..
Heinrich Pfeifer did a marvellous job with this program, this kind of
program should be standard with every Garmin GPS sold!
Carl Burgess wrote:
have been a registered user for sometime now and can say that I think
it is great. From planning trips in the nearby mountains to mapping out
new back country hunting and fishing spots, Gartrip keeps all my
information where I can work with it.
Keep up the good work.
Bas E. Van Helvoort wrote:
have tried several similar free/shareware programs, but none comes
anywhere close to GarTrip! Sampled a more/less similar commercial
program on my brother's PC, but couldn't find anything that I need
which GarTrip has not (though there were lots of mostly very useless
whistles and bells). And per US$/EURO GarTrip gives very much more
I work professionally with an old-fashioned Garmin III and GarTrip in
the forests of Borneo, Indonesia, where topmaps are difficult to get,
or too small-scale. Used it also in Kenya, East Africa. With GarTrip I
can, by and large, make my own "maps" at 1:50.000 to 1:5.000 accurately
enough for my purposes (showing and finding again 25X25 to 100X100
meter research plots, or significant points in the forests, not to
mention a good bar in a rarely re-visited town ... or home after that
visit ;-) ).
A super-highly technically-advanced university professor &
colleague who usually works with the ArcInfo spade of GIS software,
prefers GarTrip for both on-the-fly images for rapid response during
reporting and fundraising meeting presentations, and while on duty
travel far from his state-of-the-art soft- and hardware at his
Guess what I want to say is: excellent work. Enough user-control and no
superfluous whistles and bells. Lean, mean, efficient, and effective.
managed to link my Garmin III to my Psion 5mx (using RealMaps 5.08 and
PsiGar 5.09 beta 6) with fair results smack in the field (and much less
weight to drag around, not to mention battery problems), while GarTrip
gives the better overview on my laptop in the evening in the
hotel/camp. Once back home a GIS specialist can detail everything with
a full-fledged GIS software package.
Particularly useful is the option to add less commonly used datums; in
my case Indonesian 1974 (in the file DATUM.INI). Even more so because
the topmaps available here do not use the published/standard Delta a,
f, x, y, and z parameters for Indonesian 1974. With a bit of calculus I
could figure out the Delta's from the information on the topmaps, scan
(parts of) the topmaps, and get a much better match.
On a scale from 0 to 10: a good 9.5+ (he, nothing is perfect!). In
other words: a killer app (for those who need it).
G. L. T. wrote:
is a wonderful product which brings the Garmin product to life. I
use Gartrip both for hillwalking and for low level, medium level
and airways navigation and, with the correctly scanned maps, it can
reduce the airborne workload tremendously. I recommend it to
anyone who is thinking of buying a compatible GPS. Thanks for the
regular updates which show your commitment to support the purchasers of
Mike Jones wrote:
am a keen cyclist (8000 Km a year on and off road) and have been using
a GPS receiver (etrex summit) and GARtrip since over a year. I've just
read through the user's comments page at Gartrips homepage and was
surprised to see that they were mostly comments from sailing
enthusiasts, but GARtrip is my opinion just as suitable for land
based navigation, especially cycling where you've got the receiver
right under your nose on the handlebar! A GPS Receiver alone is in fact
for cycling purposes not recommended , but in conjunction with GARtrip
it becomes very interesting. I don't keep a training book anymore, I
just read out my training tours to GARtrip and save them there,
everything that is relevant, distance, avg. speed, time etc. is
recorded, if you want to define a specific piece of road, (for
comparison to last time or next time) it's no problem with this
program, all the data can be quickly displayed recalculated to this
particular stretch. Now with GARtrip 205 this feature is even more
enhanced with a gradient read out, here you can define specific climbs
and get a time, a speed , a climb rate and all sorts of other
interesting data This feature is probably even more interesting for
mountain bikers (or hikers) as you don't generally find any gradient
signs off road. Not only is GARtrip good at analysing rides but also
for advance planning, using either waypoints or the appropriate
scanned map on your computer, you like riding off road or down backways
and have often wondered where this or that turn of leads? Well with
GARtrip you can plan your tour in advance and be it on or off road know
where you are. All in all a very tidy program the price is neglectable
when you consider the free updates and prompt, competent support from
Mark Fielding wrote:
have used GARtrip for 4WD off-road trips throughout Australia with a
12XL and have found the combination to be excellent.
We carry a laptop with the entire Australian 1:250,000 map series
loaded plus Gartrip power/interface cable and, en-route, download each
route as required plus retrieve to the laptop, the tracks driven
for later reference or use.
GARtrip is simple to use, easy to amend input data errors and of
course, I like the shareware pricing.
Most important is the support I received when I had trouble inputting
Southern Hemisphere coordinates. But this problem is mentioned in the
bugs pages of this website.
When in the Australian outback, where we can drive for 2 days and see
no habitation at all, it is vital to know where you are. GARtrip,
the Garmin 12XL plus the AUSLIG mapping CD-ROMs give us that certainty
Kenneth Murphy wrote:
have used GarTrip for many years. I see the other commentors show their
appreciation of the program's many useful features. I agree that the
program does most everything I hope for in a GPS program. But I want to
say that your efforts to improve the program over the years is a great
example of what Shareware should be. That is a talented program
developer listening to the program user needs and over time perfecting
the program. I thank you, Heinrich, for the listening, and for the work
you have put into this program. I edit a newsletter that goes out to
about 140 trailer-sailors and I know what a program like yours means to
such sailors. We do a lot of solo sailing in unfamiliar waters. Your
program is used in the planning stage of a cruise to determine
waypoints needed to keep from getting lost. As a solo sailor, there is
little time for navigation, so these preplanned waypoints are very
Ari Unnbom wrote:
you for the great Gartrip software! I use registered version 204c.
There are great features I haven't seen in other programs: I can handle
all my 5000 waypoints and 300 routes (5 year's work) at the same time
on the screen and on the map (Gartrip is the only software able to do
this), there is excellent reporting features, I can move waypoints
visually on the screen, great! It supports many file formats ... and a
lot of other great features!
Andy Duncan wrote:
software is excellent! I use with a Garmin 76 after realizing
that WayPoint+ does not work with this newer model unit. But I
have been very pleasantly surprised at how much better it is than
WayPoint+. I particularly like all the waypoint and track listing
and editing capabilities -- very robust. I use it along with
Calfornia Fish & Game Dept's freeware "AV Garmin" ArcView
extension http://maphost.dfg.ca.gov/ to
input waypoints and tracks from the Garmin GPS to ArcView GIS. AV
Garmin requires data to be in either Garmin's Mapsource or Waypoint+
format, and I am very thankful you have so many Save As output choices.
Peter Wilkins wrote:
for the prompt dispatch of my registration code. Your programme
is excellent - I looked at several others including the home-grown
OziExplorer before deciding yours was best. I'm using version 2.04d.
I am the Starter/Principal Race Officer for our local yacht club and
have been busy entering in all my yacht club courses as routes. I have
about 50 courses covering different series, yacht classes and wind
strength and direction, and GARtrip is a magic tool for checking and
re-designing the courses: you can see the effects of proposed changes
instantly. It is also very useful for programming my GPS, which
can only hold 20 routes at a time. I use the GPS to ensure club
laid buoys are laid in the correct locations. I'm currently
setting it all up on my home computer, but when I have all the detail
entered and segregated into different .wp files, I will put it into my
laptop and for race days I can reprogram my GPS on the water as
Stanley R. Sherwood wrote:
just want to thank you for creating such a great piece of software. I
have tried all of the other packages for Garmin that I could find
and your product is clearly superior in many ways. Below are a few of
the functions that you have provided that no one else has and they are
extremely valuable functions to have.
* Superior in how on maps crowded with waypoints, a pointer is
automatically drawn to the waypoint name. No writing names over the top
of each other.
* Superior but simple way of calibrating maps and manual setting of
stretch until proper scale by user is perfect!
* Sorting of waypoints by many different indexes. No one else has such
a great feature.
* When merging waypoints from the GPS or another file superior checking
of duplicate waypoints and positions and choices for the user on how to
* The ability to have multiple maps on a once is perfectly arranged.
These are a few of the features that you have provided that I really
appreciate and I cannot find anywhere else. You clearly show pride in
your work and your German (I'm half German) engineering skills
Thanks for a great product. I cannot say enough. Keep up the good work!!