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post #1 of 72 Old 01-07-2019, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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Basecamp being discontinued

Basecamp is a pretty quirky application but it is feature rich and has been getting the job done for me for the last several years. I have literally hundreds of tracks, imported GPX files, routes, POIs, etc - maybe thousands. I can export all of that into GPX files so maybe it's time to review the alternatives that are out there for basecamp.

What are you guys that are power users doing for planning, archiving, and managing your GPS guidance for your epic journeys?

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Very upset to hear this news. I have used Basecamp on a Mac and on a PC for 10 years for planning and recording my motorcycle rides, planning foreign driving trips, and for planning back country hikes. In addition to the Nav V, I have Garmin Montana, GPSMap 64 for hiking, and a Garmin Nuvi loaded with Europe and other foreign country maps. I use BaseCamp with all of these devices.

I am very suspicious of a web based solution especially as Garmin says the web based solution will not support these functions only available on BaseCamp:

"There are also features currently only available in BaseCamp:
- Viewing maps on the Garmin device
- Auto road/trail routing
- Viewing a profile graph for routes and tracks
- Viewing detailed statistics about tracks"

Garmin's most recent update to BaseCamp, Ver 4.7, which was done to address some GDPR regulations, was seriously flawed (See: ). After installing I lost access to many of my installed Garmin maps on my PC so I had to revert to Ver 4.6.

I hope that Garmin will come up with a solution will effectively replace BaseCamp for planning and managing complex routes.

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post #4 of 72 Old 01-07-2019, 10:40 AM
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I use Furkot primarily, it too has it's quirks but it was easy enough to use and more importantly to train others to use so that we could work on and plan the same route. It also allows you to export/import GPX and export/import to the community of users. In the past year I have seen it grow substantially from just a few users in our area to many. From the bike, I can simply grab my phone and import any route I have in furkot directly into the phone over wifi or cellular. This allows me/us to make last minute changes and share with the group. Since we all use Scenic as our main GPS navigation app everyone is instantly updated with turn by turn instructions, etc..

For managing and archiving I have not found a good solution so my Furkot account online is full of maps but I also keep a local folder structure with copies of all of the GPX files.

Attached is a Furkot planning session screenshot, specifically the route import screen. The route in blue is one of our Sunday breakfast and lunch routes. The ones in gray are other routes in the area, the one in orange and the text in orange on the right a are a selected route someone else created that we are looking at adding.

Furkot has a lot of features I don't really use day to day such as hotel planning, gas planning, etc.. but do use them on bigger trips. Because everything is kept online I don't have to worry about bringing anything with me, I can log in anywhere, and with Scenic, I pre-download all of the area maps I need to the phone and can work offline.
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post #5 of 72 Old 01-07-2019, 10:45 AM
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If I read that Garmin webpage correctly, EXPLORE will be Garmin's (web based) replacement for Basecamp.

However, the link to EXPLORE appears to be broken (404 error).

EDIT: I found the right link to EXPLORE but it looks to be an app.

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I still use the unsupported MapSource.
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I went to the site linked by Pitts and at the bottom of the page it says: "* BaseCamp development has been discontinued." That may be different than the fact that they are discontinuing BaseCamp. If RL is still using MapSource than there's hope that BaseCamp will be around for a while too Not sure how much fun it will be to go through the learning curve of their new Explore Website. If it's anything like the joys of learning BaseCamp...
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As long as it continues to work properly, which it does, I will continue to use BaseCamp.

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post #9 of 72 Old 01-07-2019, 11:22 AM
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I've always had my issues with Basecamp. It feels clunky to me. Not very intuitive. I've just struggled with it, and likely due to only using it on occasion and not regularly, frequently. That being said, as big a struggle as it's been, it's all I've known! It has worked well for me, just not easy or simple. I have NO idea where to turn next.

Garmin has its world headquarter here in a KC suburb, and I have used nothing but Garmin GPS products because of that and I have believed they are the best...correct or otherwise. I'll be keeping an eye on the solutions to which some of the heavy GPS users migrate. Wait, not users who are heavy, but users who rely heavily on the GPS! No offense to the portly intended. ;-)


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I think this only applies to certain devices. Of you go to the explore website you cannot access unless you own specific devices. So while this may be the future I believe it's a bit down the road for general gps devices.

Also a web app isn't always a bad thing if executed properly. Being able to build routes on hotel computers or cheap and light Chromebooks whole on the road absent of Mac costs and Windows bloat isn't a bad thing.

Yeah needing internet is a pain, but in this day you can have internet in some form almost everywhere to get a route built if needed on the fly.

Web apps are the future, no doubt.

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