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Administrator if this needs to be moved to a different forum please do.

I thought I would start a thread where folks can ask questions about using Garmin's Basecamp to make routes for their Nav IV and V.

I know I've spent a lot of time working with it making simple routes for my trips and have come across several stumbling blocks and I suppose there are those of you who are scratching your heads from time to time.

Anyway let's see if there is any interest sharing thoughts and experience on this subject.

Please don't chime in and say things like "I use..........instead of Basecamp" This is all well and good but for now please keep this thread just for Garmin's Basecamp.
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I'm using Basecamp as well, and find it pretty good actually. Good thread, I was thinking about starting one myself.

One thing that irks me though, is when I'm creating a route by clicking on map points, I have to switch controls to the hand (move) so that I can move the map to see the rest of the area I'm trying to route. When creating routes, I have the map zoomed in so that I can accurately place my waypoints (ie - make sure I click the correct side of the road for example). Is there a way to move the map while in route creation mode? This would speed things up considerably for me.
 

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I'm using Basecamp as well, and find it pretty good actually. Good thread, I was thinking about starting one myself.

One thing that irks me though, is when I'm creating a route by clicking on map points, I have to switch controls to the hand (move) so that I can move the map to see the rest of the area I'm trying to route. When creating routes, I have the map zoomed in so that I can accurately place my waypoints (ie - make sure I click the correct side of the road for example). Is there a way to move the map while in route creation mode? This would speed things up considerably for me.
If your mouse has a scroll wheel you can scroll to zoom in our out and depending on where your cursor is the map will also move sideways or up and down as you scroll. Its a little tricky but after a little while you get the hang of moving the map all around while having the pencil cursor on the screen. If you don't have a scroll wheel on your mouse it would be a nice investment $20 for a wireless mouse most places.
 

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keyboard arrows will move map around, and +- will zoom in and out
 

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Glad you've started this thread. I'm attempting to use Basecamp right now , planning a two week Europe trip leaving mid June this year. I've managed through trial and error to get basic routes in which is good but the thing I'm finding hardest is using the search boxes and finding exact GPS co-ordinates for a hotel etc as they are often not listed on websites.
Will watch this thread unravel and hopefully pick up some useful tips
 

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Glad you've started this thread. I'm attempting to use Basecamp right now , planning a two week Europe trip leaving mid June this year. I've managed through trial and error to get basic routes in which is good but the thing I'm finding hardest is using the search boxes and finding exact GPS co-ordinates for a hotel etc as they are often not listed on websites.
Will watch this thread unravel and hopefully pick up some useful tips

If I can't find an exact location in Basecamp, I go to Google Maps, find the location ( sometimes a hotel not listed in Basecamp or maybe a turnout on the side of the road as a meeting place), I'll then copy the gps coordinates from Google Maps and past them into Basecamp. It works perfectly, just takes a little practice to get the hang of it.


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Related to Basecamp and updates - has anyone had any problems using a microSD card in their NavIV that's bigger than 8GB. The Garmin folks recommend a card between 4 - 8GB and when I looked around today I'm not finding anything smaller than 16GB.

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Question is, Town is not clickable?

When creating a route I like to have a recognizable name of a town that will show on the GPS for the next point to go to or next turn in the route. The map brings up points of interest but not clickable towns.

When I zoom in on the map and choose/click a town name, like Circleville Utah, there is a small black dot next to name in the list of choices. Now I want to create a way-point or use the insert tab to put the name into the route but the name is not clickable?
 

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"When I zoom in on the map and choose/click a town name, like Circleville Utah, there is a small black dot next to name in the list of choices. Now I want to create a way-point or use the insert tab to put the name into the route but the name is not clickable?"

I'm not near my computer with Basecamp, this should be close. When you hover over the dot, or right click on the dot (not sure which), a pop up will appear and you can select to add the dot (Town or city in this case) to you active list. You may be able to add it directly to your route, but it might not add in the order you prefer. Either way, you can edit and add or rearrange the waypoints and via points.




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Question is, Town is not clickable?

When creating a route I like to have a recognizable name of a town that will show on the GPS for the next point to go to or next turn in the route. The map brings up points of interest but not clickable towns.

When I zoom in on the map and choose/click a town name, like Circleville Utah, there is a small black dot next to name in the list of choices. Now I want to create a way-point or use the insert tab to put the name into the route but the name is not clickable?
I experimented using versions 2012, 2013 and 2014 I know I've had the same problem in the past but today it worked.
In the upper right corner of the page is a search window, that is where I typed in Circleville, UT and hit enter. Number 1 under points of interest was the town in Utah and number 4 was in Kansas? I then did a search for another obscure town (Twodot, MT) and it also came up as #1 in the points of interest box. I clicked on the number 1 Cirlcleville and a pop up window appeared at the towns location on the map with several icons one of which was the waypoint flag. I clicked on the flag and it dropped a waypoint.

As long as we're on this after dropping the flag, making it a waypoint, I went to the left side of the computer screen. At the bottom of the box is a line up of icons. Highlight the flag and all your waypoints will be listed one of which should be the new town you flagged. Double click on it and large pop up window appears with information on that town one of which is the GPS location points. You can change the icon symbol to say a motel or something, you can rename it at this time etc.

Back in that lower left line up of icons you can click on the route symbol and your routes (in whatever folder you have highlighted up above) will come up. By double clicking on one of those routes a pop up statistic window will come up and you can see all kinds of things like distance, time etc. You change the name, color of that route line etc. if so desired.
 

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When I zoom in on the map and choose/click a town name, like Circleville Utah, there is a small black dot next to name in the list of choices. Now I want to create a way-point or use the insert tab to put the name into the route but the name is not clickable?
I may have completely got off base on your question above with my previous post so here goes again.

Find a town along your route, zoom in on it and with the cursor being a flag (actually an arrow with a little box next to it) single click on the town and it will automatically be a waypoint. Go to the lower left box on your screen, highlight the flag icon and this town should appear in the list of waypoints for that route. Double click on that town, in the listing and a pop up window appears where you can change the name and do all kinds of changes.

I hope this better answers your question above.
 

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thanks for an awesome thread.. question though and i don't mean to hijack this thread.. but which is the best for base camp… PC or MAC… i have both… just not sure!!!! what does one use?
 

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thanks for an awesome thread.. question though and i don't mean to hijack this thread.. but which is the best for base camp… PC or MAC… i have both… just not sure!!!! what does one use?

Windows® Requirements

IBM-compatible computer running Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or later
Microsoft® .NET framework 4.5.1; a current version of .NET will be installed if needed
A video card that supports OpenGL version 1.3 or later to view 3-D terrain

If you experience problems when interacting with the map views, make sure you have installed current video card drivers.


Mac® Requirements

Intel-based Mac running OS 10.6 or higher
1024 MB or RAM (2048 MB recommended)

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I hope this better answers your question above.


The search function for Circleville worked when I entered the name as,

Circleville, UT, USA

I have had some issues with the search function in the past and have ended up selecting off of the map mostly zooming in and out, using the arrows for moving around. I have done in Base Camp as you suggested and it worked perfectly. Thank you.
 

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When creating routes in Basecamp one can create “waypoints” with flags or “add to route” with the little green dots beside the name. Is there any advantage or disadvantage in one method or the other?
 

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I like the Garmin cloud for storing routes. The only issue experienced so far is getting an error message on a Windows 7 computer after creating the route on a XP machine originally. When loading the route on Windows 7 it left out segments. Maybe not totally backwards compatible?
 

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Basecamp should be totally reconfigured/reworked. Yes, I use it but holy heck!?. You shouldn't have to go through such heartaches to create a stinking map. I've put in hrs upon hrs for just simple tasks that are done in seconds in both googlemaps and mapquest (which are so easy, and should be emulated to a point).

On my other ST forums, BC is one of the most bitched about proggys. The common saying and thought... "antiquated compared to others". I understand Garmin doesn't have the resources and know-how that google and mapquest may have, but a little copy cat would not be a bad thing.

Yes, I use BC but with it in my head... it just has to be better/easier/simplified for today's GUI standards.

...I'm back to BC later today to do another route. I've now got it down (somewhat) but it is still way (weigh) too much hair pulling.
 

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Riderman,

There are several ways to create routes. By far the easiest way is to select NEW > Waypoint

Drag the flag to start of journey. Do same process for end of journey. You will see both waypoints in bottom left portion of screen. Holding down control highlight both waypoints and then right click on mouse. Select create route and it will appear on map as a route. You can change the symbol from flag and rename it anytime by double clicking waypoint in left panel where a box opens to allow changes. You can easily move the points with Move Point tool at top of screen

Hope this helps you

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