31 December 2010

Playing Around with a new Tracking Software

As Garmin Basecamp is pretty much unusable for any normal Mac user (and don't get me started on the flaws, it would take too much of my precious spare time to list them), I'm looking around for a software I can use for archiving tracks.

So far, the one I have found that might work for me is rubiTrack.

I just started playing around with it and it is more targeted for runners and bicyclists, but it might be good for keeping track of some interesting tracks from motorcycling, too.

Here's a nice screenshot (click the image for a larger view):


It also seems to work directly with my Garmin GPSMap 60CSx. I'll use it for a while and report back, but it looks promising so far.

7 comments:

  1. Thank you, I've been looking for better software. I have been using Garmin RoadTrip since it came out. I used to keep a WinXP virtual machine around just for the Garmin software. I also have a 60CSx for use on the bike (and my truck) and a 305 I use when walking or jogging.

    Happy New Year!
    Richard

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  2. I am not there yet, neither with investing in a new GPS nor relevant software but I will keep an eye on what you find out.
    Happy New Year! Sonja & Roland

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  3. Richard, I'm looking at rubiTrack mainly for archiving recorded tracks from the device. It has no other features like transferring Point of Interest to the device or planning routes on the computer and transferring them. I'd love to see features like that, but it's unrealistic.

    I'll keep reporting how I like rubiTrack as my "recorded track repository".

    @Sonja: I got the Garmin GPSMap 60CSx at a sale for USD198 which was a pretty good price and a motorcycle mount (if you take the RAM mount as is) is another $35. It's nice being able to track exactly where you have been. And with the addition of a City Navigator map I can also use it for routing which helps me as the bike is my main vehicle. But it really is more for the fun of tracking routes, using it as a hiking GPS and so on.

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  4. Nice post Guido!

    I have a Garmin 76CX which I use when wandering about and for the bike. Had it for 4 years. Funnily enough, I downloaded the NZ Open Source maps for it today and am really impressed with them. I used the 76 on my recent 1000 miles in 24 hours Grand Challenge ride and it functioned perfectly after I'd programmed the route from a laptop.

    As a joint Xmas present, Jennie and I bought a Garmin Nuvi 3760 for the car. Lovely unit but not waterproof without a cover of some sort. Might do a comparative blog on them if I can summon the energy!

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  5. Yeah, programming a route on the computer is one thing I still need to solve. The Garmin software let's too much to be desired.

    But other than that - I'm pretty happy with the 60CSx.

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  6. Since a downloaded route only contains the endpoints, you need to add in waypoints to get it to follow a specific path. Otherwise the unit will recalculate it's own "best route" according to your preferences.

    Richard

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  7. Richard, yes, that's right. I've done that a couple times. One of the problems is getting the waypoints set up properly. The Garmin software mostly puts waypoints on the other side of divided roads and sends you around u-turns and so on.

    I'd like to see something that works half as nice as Google Maps from a professional navigation software provider. Hmpf ...

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