Dan Foster

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  1. Click Receive from GPS in EasyGPS or ExpertGPS. Save a backup of your data. Then, connect your Garmin Drive 61 and click Send to GPS.
  2. The Tracking feature in ExpertGPS will record your current location every second. After you are done recording, you can export the data to CSV or copy and paste into Excel.
  3. 1. What internet browser do you use regularly? (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox) 2. What firewall or anti-virus software do you use? You may need to configure your firewall to allow ExpertGPS to reach the Web. 3. Run Internet Explorer (not Chrome or Firefox) and browse to https://www.expertgps.com/ and http://www.mapbox.com/ If you are not able to view these web pages (or any other common web pages) in Internet Explorer, click on the Windows Start menu button, click Run, and type "Internet Options". Click the Connections tab, and click Setup to set up an Internet connection. Once Internet Explorer can browse the Web successfully, ExpertGPS should be able to download and display maps.
  4. My favorite technique is to zoom in on the area where I'll be hiking or hunting, and click Extract Features from OpenStreetMap on the Map menu, under Map Overlays and Layers. This will create shapes for all of the roads and trails and boundaries in the area. You can then choose which of these shapes you want to send to your GPS as tracklogs. You can use Simplify to reduce the number of points in a tracklog before sending to your GPS.
  5. ExpertGPS keeps your waypoint data in two lists, the "file order" list, and the "sorted for display" list. The file order list keeps track of the order in which data was added to the file, and they are rendered to the screen in this order (oldest first, so new data is on top of older data). The Waypoint List on the left side of the screen is ALWAYS (usually) displayed with the data sorted by one of the columns. The one time this list is displayed "out of sorted order" is when you've just imported data, like from a CSV file. So what's happening is that when you open the saved GPX file, it's immediately sorted according to whichever column in the Waypoint List you last sorted by. As a workaround, if you sort by a column that doesn't have any data in it (proximity, depth, etc) and then reopen your GPX file, the sort for display won't reorder anything, and you'll be seeing the data in the order it was saved in your file, which matches the order in the CSV file.
  6. EasyGPS only works with GPX files. You can convert KML to GPX using the Import KML command on the Convert menu in ExpertGPS. https://www.expertgps.com/kml-gpx.asp
  7. Sorry, this GPS is no longer supported.
  8. Or right-click, click Remove Track Gaps to see the hidden points at the beginning.
  9. I don't fully understand your question. There is currently no way to make the GPS waypoint symbols in ExpertGPS larger, but you can use your own map markers instead of the GPS symbols on the map. https://www.expertgps.com/tutorials/creating-custom-map-symbols-and-markers-with-expertgps.asp
  10. Right-click the geocaches in ExpertGPS, click Convert to Waypoints. You can then select the waypoints in the Waypoint List, and press F2 when the Proximity column has the focus in the list to enter a proximity value for all of the selected waypoints.
  11. The URL generator has a section called Develop with this Style, and options for MapBox and Leaflet. You want the Leaflet URL.
  12. Jim, you can now use your own preferred map providers in ExpertGPS. If you REALLY want to customize the display of your map, you can get your own account with MapBox.com and change any aspect of the cartography you desire. https://www.expertgps.com/help/custom-map-servers.asp I'll be rolling out a new look for the default street and topo maps in ExpertGPS later this spring.
  13. Yes, the first time you view a new area, ExpertGPS uses your Internet connection to download map tiles, which it saves on your hard drive. If you take your laptop out into the field, turn off Enable Internet Map Retrieval, and ExpertGPS will be able to display maps or aerial photos for any location you've already viewed in the program.
  14. Take both images into Adobe Photoshop or another image editing program, and composite them there. You can then import the combined image back into ExpertGPS as a scanned map.
  15. Save a kml file to your desktop, hold shift and right-click it. Select Open with... and choose Google Earth. If it's not listed as an option, reinstall Google Earth at http://earth.google.com/
  16. No, waypoints, routes, and tracks are stored in .usr files, not LCM.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. What's the exact GPS model you own, and what's the exact model you selected in both versions of EasyGPS?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.