Dan Foster

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  1. No, waypoints, routes, and tracks are stored in .usr files, not LCM.
  2. It sounds like the file only contains waypoints. You could confirm by copying the .usr file directly to your HDS, to see if any tracks appear on the GPS. Post the .usr as an attachment here if you need another opinion.
  3. EasyGPS and ExpertGPS no longer support serial-based GPS receivers. However, you can use this version of ExpertGPS to transfer data to and from your GPS. http://www.expertgps.com/SetupExpertGPS-560.exe
  4. I'm working on increasing the variety of date/time formats that ExpertGPS can recognize and parse when importing CSV data. If you have GPS data logger files, or timestamped data from another program, I'm looking for sample data files to test with. You can post CSV files here or email them to me at support @@ expertgps dot com.
  5. What's the exact GPS model you own, and what's the exact model you selected in both versions of EasyGPS?
  6. The current cartography for the worldwide street map has some quirks, as you've discovered. When you zoom in past a certain level, the contour lines are hidden behind some land use polygons (parks, the wooded area around your ski slopes). I'm in the final phases of testing an entirely new set of cartographic rules which should fix this, and make the maps more useful in general to outdoor users. This will be automatically switched over for all users once I've finished testing. Currently, the topo maps are scanned USGS topo maps for areas in the US, and a topo-centric street map for everywhere else, which is why the menu still says Show Topo Map (USA Only). That will likely change when the new cartography comes into effect.
  7. The "OSM approved" way to do this would be to go out and hike those trails with your GPS, so that the data you upload has been "ground truthed". I have to say I agree with OSM on this policy - the traces in OSM should reflect what exists on the ground, not what someone claims is the "official" trail network. If you haven't heard, there's a new effort by MassWildlife to let most trails on their wildlife management areas fade into obscurity, and they are actively trying to erase them from online maps.
  8. ExpertGPS data will have a <time> tag if your data was recorded with a GPS. It won't have a <time> tag if you drew something on the map or imported data that didn't originate with GPS data. OpenStreetMap doesn't want you uploading hand-drawn GPX files, or imported data, which is why they specifically reject data without a timestamp. I believe this is to help ensure that anything you upload was created by you, and that you're not violating somebody's copyright by tracing their map or bulk-uploading their vector data. I know they bulk-import data from MassGIS and other organizations, so perhaps if you talk to them about your project they can set you up with some sort of bypass.
  9. The only files that ExpertGPS cares about are the User Data Files (.usr), which hold the waypoints, routes, and tracks from your GPS. Once you've modified the data in ExpertGPS, click Send to GPS, save a .usr file to the SD card (new.usr, for example), and then put the card in your iFinder's battery compartment SD card slot. Turn on the GPS, use Load User Data, select new.usr, and the updated waypoints, routes, and tracks should appear on your GPS.
  10. Just start typing "equestrian-friendly underpass" into the Type selector at the top of the Edit Waypoint or Edit Track dialog. You can select an existing type from the drop-down list, type in the name you want for a new type, or select a type you no longer want and click the Delete button.
  11. There's a menu command on your iFinder to Save the data on your GPS to a user data file. You probably did that 5 years ago, which is why the SD card only has the old data. Do it again now, and then click Receive from GPS in ExpertGPS to read the latest data from the .usr file.
  12. ExpertGPS doesn't have macros, but it's one click to receive data from your eTrex 20x, and you can then copy and paste directly to Excel.
  13. Click Add and Calibrate a New Scanned Map, and select the .tif file. If the .tfw file is in the same directory as the .tif, ExpertGPS will do most of the calibration for you.
  14. The Automatically Add USGS Topo Map command in the latest version of ExpertGPS should allow you to download many of the historical topos. I left out the really old ones, but if you need them, you can download them through this interface: https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/maps/TopoView/
  15. Are they all the same size, and do they align perfectly if you simply place them side-by-side? Or does there need to be some manual intervention or image recognition to overlap them properly? Can you get them as 256x256 tiles in a web Mercator projection?