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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-17-2012, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Question Garmin Base Camp Help

I admit that I'm not the brightest bulb in the box, but I'm usually pretty adept at technical things. However, the new Garmin Base Camp GPS software completely perplexes me. I can't even create a simple route. I've watched the video tutorials and I've read the discussion threads on the Garmin forums. I'm still clueless.

Is there a way to put a starting and ending address and them tweak the route graphically?

I can't even see my own street in the map of my area.

Based on comments from Base Camp programmers on the Garmin forums, I suspect this software is not going to improve. Are there other applications that are Garmin compatible?

Anyone here had any success here?

Anyone?

Bueller?


I'd prefer this not be a "Garmin sucks" ot "you should've stuck with the old software" discussion. Those are for other threads.



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I am trying to learn it myself. I have planned routes...but I don't like the straight point to point graphics. I don't think I am going to like it.

Hey Scott, why don't you use the Harley Ride Planner. Since you have a Zumo/Road Tech it should be an easy sync. I love the Harley Ride Planner. Drag & drop move routes, easy peasy and as many waypoints as you want.

Maybe they will come out with a BaseCamp for Dummies.... for me that is.

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I have used it for couple of a short routes on lesson 300 miles. You can mark locations on the map to create waypoints and then have it build the routes offer you waypoints. You can use the create new route feature to click from point to point on the map in order to create a route.
What you have around created you can use the edit feature and drag the line of the route to a get it where you want to be.
I've only done that one time and it was difficult to figure out, I watch the videos and just kept playing with it this software is a lot more difficult to figure out in the old Garmin software I had with my previous GPS.

Right now for me is just a trial and error but it has been very frustrating.

I normally don't have issues using GPS software. either shrug it is just happening that way now

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Hey Scott, why don't you use the Harley Ride Planner. Since you have a Zumo/Road Tech it should be an easy sync. I love the Harley Ride Planner. Drag & drop move routes, easy peasy and as many waypoints as you want.
Well DUH! I didn't even know that was out there. My 660 isn't the official HD one, but I'm a HOG member. That was exactly what I was looking for. I've wasted hours and hours trying to figure out BaseCamp. I wonder why the Garmin people made it so complex. Judging from the comments on the Garmin forums, 99% of users agree that BaseCamp in its current state is essentially useless. Judging from the comments by BaseCamp programmers on those same forum threads, it isn't going to improve anytime soon.

Thanks JimmyRay. See you in a few weeks!



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I still use mapsource , have basecamp loaded on the computer , but mapsource is much easier to me

also use HD rideplanner as well as mapquest which you can transfer to your unit

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I tried using Base Camp and gave up. I wish I had those futile route-planning hours of my life back. I find this to be surprising because Garmin GPS devices are so intuitive to begin with. I now use the HD ride planner exclusively.

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I still use mapsource , have basecamp loaded on the computer , but mapsource is much easier to me
I updated my maps and MapSource was gone. I probably just blew past some warning and accepted it. Honestly, I figured it couldn't be THAT difficult. I used to do development on mobile fleet GPS tracking and navigation equipment. I figured I could get it with BaseCamp. Boy was I wrong!

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I tried using Base Camp and gave up. I wish I had those futile route-planning hours of my life back. I find this to be surprising because Garmin GPS devices are so intuitive to begin with.

I would expect the planning detail and complexity included in BaseCamp in a handheld unit for serious off-the-grid hikers and maybe some cyclists. The suggested workarounds from the Garmin Developers are ridiculously complex and the fact that they were posted is a clear indication that Garmin knows the porked it up.

I rarely use a GPS for navigation when I ride. Mine gets far more audiobook and mp3 play than GPS use. But when I do use it, it's in remote places where accuracy, reliability, and simplicity are paramount. That said, I sure hope Garmin doesn't over complicate the actual GPS device interface and pork it up like they did with BaseCamp. If I needed to make a change on the fly and had to do it through BaseCamp, I'd never find my way home!



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LOL. I was given a Garmin 1360 for the trip I just returned from. I invested about 12 hours learning the BaseCamp software and finally got the routes I wanted for the entire trip laid out. Went to upload the routes and discovered that this device model does not accept uploaded treks. Talk about feeling like an ass, wasted a lot of time with that software. It has to be the least user friendly package I have ever used.
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Garmin Base Camp Help

For me, I find it easiest to just program my route directly into my Garmin. I create a new route in the "Routes" page, and enter my starting address and ending address. Then I begin adding my waypoints using the "Browse Map" feature to ride the roads I want to my destination.

This has worked well for me, and I used this technique on both my previous GPS and my current 550. My riding buddy has the 660, and it programs the same way as my 550.

I can program in a day ride in less than 5-minutes. I program in a two week trip by each day, and each day usually takes less than 5-minutes (once I've located my destinations and routes on google maps). I do use H-D Ride Planner to locate Harley shops along my intended route.

I gave up on trying to use Garmin route planning software a long time ago...

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MapSource has gotten so easy for me to use I REALLY hope I'm not forced into BaseCamp after reading all this.

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