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Software to manage and analyze GPS data. Supports data exchange between PCs and GPS devices. Contains digital maps of various geographic regions. User interface in 10 different languages.


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1. Features:

The various programs of the GARMIN MapSource product family provide different features, but all support the same basic functions, which are:

Depending on the product, additional features are supported, such as:

1) The unlock code is a unique combination of the serial number of the MapSource software and the unit ID of the GPS device. It ensures that the downloaded maps will work only on that particular GPS device.

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2. Which MapSource product for what GPS ?

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3. System Requirements:

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4. MapSource versus BaseCamp:

Both programs support data exchange - waypoints, routes, travelled paths (tracks), maps etc. - between computers and GPS devices for easy trip planning and to maintain and archive gathered data on a computer. MapSource comes with map products on CDrom or DVD which have to be purchased. BaseCamp is not bundled with any map products and is available for download free of charge, see downloads. GARMIN also provides updates for MapSource and BaseCamp for free. These updates only update the software and not the maps. Updates for maps have to be purchased. Some models are offered with a lifetime updated included.

Depending on the GPS model and your personal preferences, you may prefer one software product or the other. Tracks and maps can be exchanged with both products. Both programs support transferring waypoints and routes from a computer to the models etrex 10/20/30, Oregon and Montana, but only BaseCamp supports the other direction. In addition, only BaseCamp supports transferring geo-caches, BirdsEye satellite imageries and geo-tagged pictures. The later are photos which include information about the location where they were taken (coordinates). BaseCamp supports GARMIN GPS devices with cameras such as the Oregon 550t or the Montana 650/650t as well as cameras with integrated GPS.

Unlike MapSource, BaseCamp supports access to maps on µSD/SD-memory cards. If your computer has a slot for SD cards (or if you have a SD-to-USB adapter), you may plug in the µSD/SD memory card into your computer directly. Alternatively, you may insert the µSD/SD memory card into your GPS device and connect the GPS with your computer using an USB cable. The former is usually the faster method.

If you transfer maps from a computer to a GPS device using MapSource, all previously loaded maps will be erased. With BaseCamp on the other hand, you have the choice of either erasing previously loaded maps or leave them on the GPS. Preloaded maps will never be erased, neither by MapSource nor by BaseCamp.

There are significant conceptional differences between MapSource and BaseCamp regarding data storage. MapSource supports saving data in any number of files. BaseCamp stores all objects (waypoints, routes, tracks, pictures etc.) in one collection ("My Collection"). You may create any number of folders, subfolders and lists within your collection, but a particular object must exist only once within the whole collection. Therefore, you cannot create multiple objects of the same type with the same name, such as more than one waypoint with the name "Start". On the other hand, a particular object may be referenced in any number of lists. Lists, folders and the complete collection may be exported to and imported from files.

To exchange data between MapSource and BaseCamp, you can either use "copy and paste" - which supports only one type of objects (e.g. waypoints) to be transferred per operation - or you may use various types of files, such as GDB, GPX or TCX files.

For fitness devices such as the Edge and Forerunner series, there is also a software called "Training Center" which supports additional data such as speed and heart rate.

MapSource BaseCamp
GARMIN MapSource GARMIN BaseCamp

Hint: Click on the images for an enlargement.

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5. Product Overview:

The various programs of the GARMIN MapSource product family support different geographical regions on one hand and different functions on the other hand.

For some regions, the maps are available on CDrom or DVD as well as on µSD/SD memory card (µSD is also written as microSD). µSD/SD memory card means that the maps are stored on an µSD memory card but there is also an µSD-to-SD adapter included which means that these memory cards are compatible with GPS devices with a slot for SD memory cards as well as with devices with a slot for µSD memory cards. What are the advantages and disadvantages of maps on CDrom/DVD compared to maps on µSD/SD memory cards ?

Advantages and disadvantages of maps on CDrom/DVD:

Advantages and disadvantages of maps on µSD/SD memory cards:

Switching maps:

If there are multiple maps installed on your GPS device, then most models support enabling and disabling maps individually, which allows you to switch quickly between different maps. If your GPS device supports profiles, then you can bind different maps to different profiles. For example, you may bind the street map City Navigator Europe to the profile "car", but bind the map Swiss Topo to the profiles "Hiking" and "Biking".

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6. Maps:

Click on the flag for detailed information about all products for that country or region. Click on "description" for detailed information about that particular product. Click on the basket icon or the price to put an item into the shopping basket. Please note that some products are shipped on CDrom rsp. DVD, others on µSD/SD memory cards and some on DVD and on µSD/SD memory card, see also product overview.

GPSrent: You may also rent some of these maps !
6.1 World World:
World World map on CDrom
(no unlock code required)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 85 | EUR 74 Description
6.2 Europe Europe:
Europe City Navigator Europe NT update subscription "nüMaps Lifetime"
(perpetual download of map updates,
for compatible units with a pre-installed version of this map)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 108 | EUR 94 Description
Europe City Navigator Europe NT on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 99 | EUR 86 Description
Germany

Austria

Switzerland
City Navigator Alps+DACH NT on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 49 | EUR 43 Description
Germany

Italy

Austria

Switzerland
GARMIN Transalpin V4 Pro on DVD and µSD/SD memory card
with topographical map of the Alps in southern Germany, northern Italy, western Austria and eastern Switzerland
Add item to shopping basket CHF 188 | EUR 164 -
Europe OSM Cycle Map Europe on µSD/SD memory card
Map for bikers based on Open Street Map, supports autorouting
Add item to shopping basket CHF 69 | EUR 60 -
Croatia AdriaTopo: Croatia on CDrom
including customer code to receive free unlock code
Add item to shopping basket CHF 58 | EUR 51 Description
Austria Austria Topo on DVD and µSD/SD memory card
including customer code to receive free unlock code
Add item to shopping basket CHF 178 | EUR 155 Description
Belgium

Luxemburg
Belgium and Luxemburg Topo on DVD
including customer code to receive free unlock code ("Routeerbare Topografische Kaart voor België en het Groot-Hertogdom Luxemburg")
Add item to shopping basket CHF 98 | EUR 86 -
France France Topo North-West on DVD and µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 168 | EUR 147 Description
France France Topo North-East on DVD and µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 168 | EUR 147 Description
France France Topo South-West on DVD and µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 168 | EUR 147 Description
France France Topo South-East on DVD and µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 168 | EUR 147 Description
France France Topo Full on DVD and µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 338 | EUR 295 Description
Germany Germany Topo North on DVD and µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 78 | EUR 68 Description
Germany Germany Topo Full on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 138 | EUR 121 Description
Italy GARMIN TrekMap Italia v4 Pro on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 168 | EUR 147 Description
Nederlands Netherlands Topo on CDrom
including customer code to receive free unlock code
Add item to shopping basket CHF 88 | EUR 77 Description
Norway Norway Topo on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 168 | EUR 147 -
Spain Spain Topo on DVD and µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 148 | EUR 129 -
Sweden Friluftskartan Pro 1 "Götaland" on CDrom
Topographic map of southern Sweden including customer code to unlock map
Add item to shopping basket CHF 158 | EUR 138 Description
Sweden Friluftskartan Pro 2 "Svealand" on CDrom
Topographic map of middle Sweden including customer code to unlock map
Add item to shopping basket CHF 158 | EUR 138 Description
Sweden Friluftskartan Pro 3 "Mellersta & Södra Norrland" on CDrom
Topographic map of southern north Sweden including customer code to unlock map
Add item to shopping basket CHF 158 | EUR 138 Description
Sweden Friluftskartan Pro 4 "Norra Norrland" on CDrom
Topographic map of northern north Sweden including customer code to unlock map
Add item to shopping basket CHF 158 | EUR 138 Description
Switzerland Switzerland Topo V2 on CDrom
including customer code to receive free unlock code
Add item to shopping basket CHF 368 | EUR 321 Description
Switzerland Switzerland Topo Pro on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 368 | EUR 321 Description
Switzerland Map of the Swiss Lakes on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 188 | EUR 164 Description
Turkey City Navigator Turkey on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 49 | EUR 43 Description
6.3 Africa:
South Africa City Navigator South Africa on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 108 | EUR 94 Description
6.4 North, Middle and South America:
Canada

USA
City Navigator North America NT on DVD
including customer code to receive free unlock code
Add item to shopping basket CHF 88 | EUR 77 Description
Canada

USA
City Navigator North America NT on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 88 | EUR 77 Description
Canada City Navigator Canada NT on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 49 | EUR 43 Description
Canada Topo Canada on DVD
(no unlock code required)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 138 | EUR 121 Description
USA Topo USA on DVD
(no unlock code required)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 98 | EUR 86 Description
USA Topo 24k National Parks USA East on CDrom
(no unlock code required)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 45 | EUR 39 Description
USA Topo 24k National Parks USA Center on CDrom
(no unlock code required)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 45 | EUR 39 Description
  City Navigator South America NT on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 98 | EUR 86 Description
Brazil City Navigator Brazil NT on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 49 | EUR 43 Description
Mexico City Navigator Mexico NT on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 49 | EUR 43 Description
6.5 Asia:
  City Navigator Middle East NT on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 118 | EUR 103 Description
  City Navigator South-East Asia NT on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 128 | EUR 112 Description
6.6 Ozeania:
Australia

New Zealand
City Navigator Australia + New Zealand NT on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 158 | EUR 138 Description
Australia

New Zealand
Australia + New Zealand Topo on DVD Add item to shopping basket CHF 188 | EUR 164 Description
Australia

New Zealand
Australia + New Zealand Topo on µSD/SD memory card Add item to shopping basket CHF 188 | EUR 164 Description
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7. Examples:

7.1 Track:

The following map was created with MapSource City Navigator Europe 2009 NT and shows the travelled path (track) of a trip from Hittnau ZH to Adelboden BE in Switzerland. A track consists of a number of straight lines called "legs" at constant speed. The GPS creates a new leg each time the direction and/or speed changes. For each leg, the GPS records the date and time, elevation, leg length, leg time, leg speed, leg course and the current position (coordinates). With this information you know exactly when you were where and with which speed you travelled in what direction. In this example, we used the WGS-84 datum and display the coordinates in degrees and minutes. MapSource supports many different datums and formats including the Swiss Grid CH-1903.

Hint: Click on the images for an enlargement.

Extract of the map of Europe with travelled path (track)
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7.2 Waypoints:

During vacation, the locations of the endpoints of all the ski and chair lifts and some restaurants of the ski area of Savognin, Switzerland were stored on a GPS. Based on these waypoints, it was easy to determine the current position in relation to the lifts at any time even if we used a Forerunner 305 which does not show maps. The image below was created using MapSource Swiss Topo V2. Note that in this example, the coordinates are shown as 6 digit X and Y values corresponding to the Swiss Grid and the CH-1903 datum.

Extract of the Swiss map with waypoints
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7.3 Manual Routing:

The image below shows a route composed from waypoints with MapSource World V4. The route shows a trip in Scandinavia based on 17 waypoints. Note that MapSource World does not "know" any roads, routes between two waypoints are measured as direct line distances.

Note: Other MapSource products also support the feature "autorouting".

Extract of the world map with manually composed route
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7.4 Autorouting:

Some products - such as MapSource City Navigator - support the feature "autorouting", which calculates the shortest or fastest route from a start to a final destination with optional intermediate destinations (so called "vias"). Routes can then be transferred to GPS devices which support this feature.

MapSource autorouting settings

The autorouting preferences allow you to specify whether the program shall calculate the fastest or the shortest route, the average driving speed for the various types of roads depending on the type of vehicle and more.

Automatically calculated route from Munich to Paris

The example above shows the route from the Hofbräuhaus in Munich to the Eiffel tower in Paris as calculated by MapSource City Navigator Europe. The route consists of 43 waypoints, including start and destination. Depending on the capacity of the GPS receiver and the complexity of the route, routes may have to be split to be transferred to a GPS receiver. Autorouting also supports intermediate destinations (vias).
The picture above shows the complete route on the map (yellow line). The driving instructions (directions) are shown in the window in the lower right corner.

Route in Munich calculated by MapSource City Navigator Europe Route in Paris calculated by MapSource City Navigator Europe
Detailed view of the route in Munich (violet line). You will find the driving instructions in the window in the lower left corner. Detailed view of the route in Paris (violet line). You will find the driving instructions in the window in the lower left corner.
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7.5 Elevation Profile:

Topographic maps support displaying the elevation profile of planned routes. The image below shows the elevation profile of a planned hiking trip from Wengen via Kleine Scheidegg to Adelboden. This profile was created using Swiss Topo V2.

Elevation profile of a route, created with Swiss Topo V2
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7.6 Comparison MapSource World with a regional map such as City Navigator Europe:

The images below show three different extracts of the area around Bern at different scales - created with MapSource World and City Navigator Europe. Click on the images for an enlargement.

World Map City Navigator Europe
Extract of world map with Bern and vicinity Extract of City Navigator Europe with Bern and vicinity
Bern and vicinity with maximum level of details, scale 15 km.
Extract of world map with Bern and vicinity Extract of City Navigator Europe with Bern and vicinity
Bern and vicinity with maximum level of details, scale 1 km.
Extract of world map with Bern City Extract of City Navigator Europe with Bern City
Bern City with maximum level of details, scale 200 m.
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7.7 View in Google Earth:

MapSource allows you to view your waypoints, routes and tracks in Google Earth.

MapSource track of a trip from Montreal to La Mauricie National Park in Canada viewed in Google Earth MapSource track of a trip trough Montreal passing the Olympic stadion
MapSource track of a trip from Montreal to La Mauricie National Park in Canada viewed in Google Earth (red line). Enlargement of the track shown on the left. The image shows the trip trough Montreal passing the Olympic stadium (red line).
MapSource track of the Lauberhorn downhill race track viewed in Google Earth MapSource track of the Lauberhorn downhill race track viewed in Google Earth (enlarged detail)
Track of the Lauberhorn downhill race track including the ride with the chair lift from the finishing area to the station Allmend and the trip down to Wengen (white line). The picture in Google Earth was taken in summer, but the track was recorded when skiing in winter. Enlargement of the track shown on the left. The image shows part of the Lauberhorn downhill race track (white line).
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8. Downloads:

Here we provide additional documentation and software updates related to the GARMIN MapSource. The later are free upgrades, but require a previous version of MapSource to be installed on your computer. The upgrades are cumulative, which means you don't have to install all upgrades, but only the latest version.

If Adobe Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, you may download and install it for free.
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9. Order:

To order GARMIN MapSource products please:

  1. Click on the price or the shopping basket symbol Show shopping basket to add the item you wish to purchase to the shopping basket.
  2. If the shopping basket does not work, please use this form.

Please read our terms and conditions.

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Specifications and packaging of the products are subject to change without notice.


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