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GPS Discussion / Re: Mapsource Files, MPS & GPX
« on: March 04, 2011, 10:12:30 am »
Thanks Fred, for your prompt and thorough replies.  At least for now, I am going with the Basecamp work-around.  After I import the ACA gpx files into Basecamp, I can then copy/paste the resulting waypoints and routes from Basecamp into Mapsource.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Mapsource Files, MPS & GPX
« on: February 26, 2011, 03:34:44 pm »
I am now running Mapsource version 6.16.3 under Windows Vista.  That is the latest version available from the Garmin website.  I found a download site http://www.gawisp.com/perry/mapsource/ to obtain a copy of Mapsource 6.16.1, as Fred Hiltz suggested.  I'm hesitating to install it, not knowing if I should first uninstall version 6.16.3, and would doing so delete my user license, etc.

Anyway, I just reproduced my problem.  I tried to open the ACA files of the Northern Tierused with my copy of Mapsource 6.16.3.  Both the gpx and mps files produced the pop-up message, "! No error occurred", and the file data does not appear in Mapsource.  Previously, I was able to get Mapsource 6.16.2 to open the mps file format, so my upgrade to Mapsource 6.16.3 made things worse.  I also verified that Mapsource 6.16.3 does open the gpx files that I obtained from American Discovery Trail.

I should add that I recently acquired Basecamp 3.1.3 software from the Garmin website.  It was suggested to me by a Garmin rep as a way to view the Rail Trails NE map that I purchased from Garmin.  I found that I could "import" the ACA file for Northern Tier into the Basecamp program.  That might be an adequate work-around, if Basecamp can do everything that I need.  I'm not that familiar with Basecamp at this point, and I'm curious why Garmin appears to have two competing products.   

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GPS Discussion / Mapsource Files, MPS & GPX
« on: February 21, 2011, 12:22:35 pm »
I downloaded the Northern Tier GPS files from the ACA website.  Some route segments include all four file types: gpx, mps, rte, and wpt.  Other segments include only gpx format.  My Mapsource 6.16.2 program will open the mps files, but it will not open the gpx files.  When attempting to import the ACA gpx data, Mapsource responds with a pop-up message, "! No error occurred."  I have successfully imported gpx files from other vendors into my Mapsource.

The result is that I can only get Mapsource to import the GPS data for the route segments that are provided in mps format data.  Suggestions?

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