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Offline stephen.g.ellis

Delorme Topo USA 5.0
« on: April 26, 2004, 02:12:20 am »
Has anyone sucessfully loaded any of the routes into Topo USA?  I have converted the first L&C gpx file to Delorme .anr format using GPS Babel.  The waypoints appear to be correct, but the route is not.

Any suggestions?




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Delorme Topo USA 5.0
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2004, 01:27:14 pm »
Hi Stephen. I created those GPX files, so have a fatherly interest in them. :) Just what went wrong with the routes?


This message was edited by FredHiltz on 4-26-04 @ 9:27 AM

Offline squirrel

Delorme Topo USA 5.0
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2004, 02:04:57 am »
Not any suggestion, but I have both 1.2.2 and 1.2.3 gpsbabel and as near as I can tell it doesn't write .anr format.

What versionof gpsbabel aare you using and what is the command line you used to perform the conversion?


Offline squirrel

Delorme Topo USA 5.0
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2004, 02:20:55 am »
After posting my7 previous message I remembered gpsbabel's strange handling of waypts, rtes and trks.

Whatever options you are using, have you tried supplying a 'r'?

By default only waypoints are converted. The 'r' does routes.

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Delorme Topo USA 5.0
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2004, 02:23:52 pm »
I admit that I am new to being a geek. That being said, what do I need to do to a.) download routes into Topo USA 5.0 and b.) then into my GPS? Is the base model E-trex too unsophistcated to do that? I bought it to use in conjunction with my Magellan 315, because the 315 gives me more info and options, but I can't get a PC cable for it any more, and the E-trex came with a handlebar mouunt.

What do I do to make it all work?


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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2004, 12:05:22 pm »
Hi Hans. Delorme tends to go their own way with software. They have their own format that no one else uses, but there are converters. I wish Stephen had told us whether he succeeded. Since he wrote last April, another conversion possibility has come along.

When you download the route data from, get the GPS Data User Guide as well. It describes the data and tells how to load them into several common GPS utility programs.

Topo USA is not one of those that we described specifically, but the free G7ToWin, which is written up, can convert the Adventure Cycling format to Delorme's. Topo USA must have instuctions on how to read or import a file of waypoints and routes. Of course it can transfer them to your GPSRs.

The basic Etrex should work fine. We positioned the waypoints and planned the database to work with a simple non-mapping GPSR. The waypoints are close enough together so you can follow the GPS pointer. That said, a mapping unit is pretty nice to have. There is nothing quite so reassuring as an electronic thumb on a map showing "you are here."

About the Magellan 315: if Magellan cannot get you a PC cable and handlebar mount, you might try asking on the GPS newsgroup sci.geo.satellite-nav, where many Magellan users hang out. Someone there will know.

Write back if you get stuck on any of the data transfer. In its first season of use, it may need some tuning to handle all the software and equipment that we did not know about at first. Or drop me an email.

Fred, fhiltz at yahoo dot com