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Random Bits from the Outside World => GPS Gear and Tips => Topic started by: WayneG on September 13, 2017, 06:05:31 PM

Title: MapSource or BaseCamp?
Post by: WayneG on September 13, 2017, 06:05:31 PM
Hi All,
OK, so I have been a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to my GPS mapping.  I own a Garmin GPSmap 60CSX which I have been using with MapSource loaded on an old Vista laptop.  I like to pre-plan trip hikes by creating Tracks (and sometimes Routes) using MapSource software. Then, I transfer the Tracks and Waypoints to the 60CSX.
 I realize Garmin scrapped MapSource in favor of BaseCamp several years ago.  I have read that Basecamp is not very user intuitive compared to MapSource…  Due to the age of my Vista laptop, the time has come to transfer my maps, waypoints, tracks and routes to a new Windows 10 laptop.  So, I have several questions;

1.   Should I attempt to install MapSource on my Win 10 laptop? 
2.   If I download BaseCamp to the Win 10 laptop, will my existing MapSource waypoints, tracks and maps be recognized and transferrable to my GPS?

Thanks in advance for any help here.  I am planning an extended trip to the four corners region next month and will need to bring a computer to add/remove tracks/routes due to the 60CSX limitation of 20 tracks/1000 waypoints.

Title: Re: MapSource or BaseCamp?
Post by: Solo on September 13, 2017, 07:24:54 PM
I looked at BaseCamp and decided to stay with MapSource on my 60CS, and even installed it on my new tower PC.  You should be able to keep using it.  If not, all your tracks should work since they are Garmin/industry standard file formats.
Title: Re: MapSource or BaseCamp?
Post by: badknees on September 13, 2017, 10:26:40 PM
You can load both and use both.
Map source is no longer supported
BaseCamp has better graphics
You can export all of you data from Mapsource in the form of a gpx or a gdb  file and import into BaseCamp.

I use both...but only use Mapsource for developing and testing custom maps.

Normally I use's not that hard to use, and allows for some file organization that was lacking in Mapsource.
Title: Re: MapSource or BaseCamp?
Post by: WayneG on September 14, 2017, 07:20:49 AM
I will then load both and go from there.  Now I must find that old MapSource CD............ :eusa_think: