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Quest for GPS software for Mac – part 1

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Switching from one computer to another isn’t always easy. But finally switching platform from Windows to Mac OS, well, that’s a – well thought through – revolution!

The search for holy grail ;-) software is not over, but there is one flaw in the ocean of Mac software: gps and/or geocaching related software. I don’t say there is no software for Mac, but it is not as widespread as Windows software and some types of software aren’t just there (yet).

Magellan (who?) is forgetting about it totally (but about a lot of other things too!) at all and Garmin is starting to support Mac since a few months with different programs that are still in beta (BUT being worked on! :-D)

The most recent Mac OS X I did find (read: a few days ago) is GeoJournal. A program that makes it a lot easier to get you geocaching waypoints and cache info to your devices.

It can make the (by geocaching.com) delivered waypoints from GPX to Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance or even TomTom Navigator 5.x and can export to CacheMate, that is available for Palm for years and years now, and for Windows Mobile about 1 year I say from memory.

For Mac users that are into geocaching GeoJournal is for sure worth the try.

May 1st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in software
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Early vacation warnings

Having the vacation season in site it might be wise to give your that same warning as last year. Personal Navigation Devices (PND’s) are becoming common more and more and therefore wanted by thiefs.

  • keep your gps out of sight if you are not using it, even for a short stop
  • keep the cables and windscreen dock/mount away if you are away
  • keep the window without suction cup marks, if you are away even longer
  • never put you own home address as home location. I did put a location one block from mine. If you are close to your home, you will know the way…

Maybe I am paranoia, but I even start on putting away all my cables and stuff before parking my car in some area’s.

I hope you will have a warm (or cold, if you prefer that!) and healthy vacation. Come back safe!

May 1st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gps passion, navigation
Tags: , , personal navigation device, , , warning