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One thing that I do a lot is draw tracks in Google Earth and then put the tracks on my GPSr for when we go exploring new areas. I was recently asked on another forum how to do this so I thought I would re-post the method on here for those who are interested and don't know how. It is very easy and quick.

What you do is draw in GE, save as kmz on your computer, and convert to gdb.

The instructions below explain how, and I have made a video demo showing the actual steps. Just click on the exe file and it will play, you can pause it for better understanding. I use WinGDB3 to convert kmz to gdb. There are other programs and online sites also but this is by far the easiest IMHO.

Basically what you do is:
    Open GE either through MapSource or directly.
    Using the "Polyline" tool you draw your track.
    You save your track to your computer using the "save place as" option
    when you right click on the track.
    This saves the track as a .kmz file on your computer.
    You then have to convert the .kmz file to a .gdb file.
    I use "WinGDB3", it only takes one click. You can also use
    "GpsVisualizer.com" but it is more complex.
    You will now have your GE track you drew as a track in MapSource where
    you can rename, re-color it, save it, etc.


Link to "GE Demo.exe" video
Link to "GE Demo.exe"

Link to get "WinGDB3" program
Link to get "WinGDB3"


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Great post! Thanks, Bob.


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Thanks Bob. I was wondering how to do that. I was looking in GE the other day and was thinking it would be cool to draw something I could use on the GPS.

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Good info Bob. Thanks.
 
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BobT~
I have an older Magellan XL that I keep using because it has a larger screen for these old eyes and would like to know if this can be installed on the Magellan by programing from a .kzm file using "WinGDB3" to ( what file for Magellan ??? )

I appreciate your post BobT as this is something that I would like to do and may be prompted to purchase a new Garmin GPS,...if only they made a larger screen than what is now available.
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BobT~
I have an older Magellan XL that I keep using because it has a larger screen for these old eyes and would like to know if this can be installed on the Magellan by programing from a .kzm file using "WinGDB3" to ( what file for Magellan ??? )

I appreciate your post BobT as this is something that I would like to do and may be prompted to purchase a new Garmin GPS,...if only they made a larger screen than what is now available.
Thanks


If your looking for a larger screen, you may want to look at a garmin nuvi. I used mine while I was shopping for a GPS for the ATV. Its meant for use in a vehicle so it has a larger well lit screen and it worked surprisingly well on the ATV. I ordered a cheaper waterproof case for it an mounted it on the handle bars. It doesn't have all the functionality of a handheld unit but when loaded with topo maps it does the job.

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Stutz, I believe you can only load this type of a map to a Garmin.

If I was looking for a GPS for my ATV, I would definitely want a unit that is waterproof. The Nuvi is great but not waterproof. I am not sure an extra waterproof case is the answer. You would also have to make a custom mount as well.
 
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Thanks for responding with your suggestion to use a Nuvi.I have a Nuvi 1450,5" screen that that would be a good sized screen that I use in the pickup but I did not think that I could load detailed ToPo maps into it as it doesn't have an SD chip port. Most Nuvi's that I have used only have just enough gross mapping detail to only show highways,streets and roads and not logging roads, mine roads, contours or stream crossing as we ATV in the boondocks and need detailed ToPo to nivigate......what are you using and what detail is presented ???
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Stutz, once you convert the track from a .kmz file to a .gdb file you can then convert the .gdb file to .gpx file that you can probably get to load onto a Magellan since it is the gps exchange format. Garmin Mapsource, which you can get for free will save a .gdb as a .gpx.

You can also go to GpsVisualizer and it will convert .kmz and .kml directly to about any format you want.

Regarding Nuvi's most of the people I ride with use Nuvi's for the large screen (we are all getting older) and most do not have to use the SD card. When you load a topo on you don't have to load the entire state, just load the area you are riding.


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Stuz,
I was using a 255WT with an SD card but like Bob said you don't have to. You could certainty create a smaller topo map that would fit on your unit. I loaded the entire US southwest on to the card just because I could. Here is a Link to the mount I used. If it was going to be my long term option I would have gone with something more substantial. However, it worked fine and was relatively cheap.

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