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      Old Forum User
Original Message
(Posted Oct 5, 1999 12:49 PM)
thread closed


   
I'm in the market for both an electronic navigation program as well as a new GPS unit. Before I get your software, I want to know what GPS units will work with Maptech.

Thanks,

Dr.Bob Sinclair








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      Old Forum User
NMEA 0183 output
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 5, 1999 2:33 PM)
 


   
Hello Dr. Sinclair,

Maptech software, both on the land and marine side, requires that the GPS unit be able to output NMEA 0183 navigational sentences. Unfortunately, we cannot give out specific unit recommendations. There are too many different units and manufacturers, and to make a specific recommendation may not fit the various needs of our many users.

A unit that outputs NMEA 0183 1.5 or later navigational strings will be able to give real time tracking on-screen. For uploading and downloading data, such as routes and waypoints, we have a variety of units, mostly Garmin and Magellan as of now, worked into the program. As time goes on, we will have more and more GPS units worked into the program for upload/downloading of data, and as units gets worked in, we will post downloadable software patches online for these units.

Thanks,

Mike Field/Maptech Tech Support

1-978-933-3072

support@maptech.com



 


      Old Forum User
(msg #n/a: Posted Feb 28, 2000 9:36 PM)
 


   
I read the message to the doctor about compatibility and the reply from support that says any gps using NMEA 0183 ver 1.5 or latter will work. This conflicts with the gps compatibility chart that says ver1.5 or 2.1. What's a 2.1. My JRC dGPS is 2.0 (or 1.5.) Am I safe to use the Offshore? will I loose any functionality? and is it actually available?


 


      Old Forum User
Re: What GPS units will work with Maptech
(msg #n/a: Posted Feb 29, 2000 8:21 AM)
 


   
> What's a 2.1. My JRC dGPS is 2.0 (or 1.5.)

Version 2.1 is a slightly more robust version of the 2.0 NMEA spec. Units
outputting version 2.0 of NMEA can use the 2.1 driver in any Maptech
Navigtion product and it will work properly.

> Am I safe to use the Offshore? will I loose any functionality?

NMEA 2.0 will work fine with Offshore Navigator and no functionality
will be lost.

> and is it actually available?

I assume you are refering to Offshore Navigator. If so, the answer is yes, we
have been shipping Offshore Navigator for about 2 months now.

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
NMEA 2.3
(msg #n/a: Posted Feb 29, 2000 8:49 AM)
 


   
Hi,

I have a gps that outputs NMEA 2.3. Is either your Navigation or Land software compatible?





 


      Old Forum User
NMEA 2.3
(msg #n/a: Posted Feb 29, 2000 1:01 PM)
 


   
Yes. NMEA 2.3 devices will work with the NMEA 2.1 driver provided with the most current versions of our Marine and Land Navigation software packages.

-Ed



 


      Old Forum User
Terrain Navigator Interface with a Magellan GPS Pr
(msg #n/a: Posted Jun 15, 2000 10:36 AM)
 


   
Is Terrain Navigator capable of connecting to the Magellan ProMark X CM-EU GPS unit? This particular GPS unit is not listed in the setup menu for GPS connection in Terrain Navigator's software. Can this be done any other way?


 


      Old Forum User
Use of other GPS Units...
(msg #n/a: Posted Jun 15, 2000 11:36 AM)
 


   
Even when a particular GPS unit is not available in the GPS
Setup section of your Maptech navigation software, it
may still work properly. This depends on the unit and your needs.



First of all, if your Maptech program supports a similar
GPS unit, chances are good that your GPS unit will work
properly. The units that are officially supported (and
listed in GPS Setup) have been selected by the GPS
manufacturers as their choices for compatibility. In
order to support a unit, we need to obtain equipment
and information from the manufacturer for testing, and
write a model-specific software driver. In short, we
need their full cooperation.



Occasionally, a manufacturer may not provide us with a unit
for testing. However, choosing a related unit (with a
similar name) will often work properly. For example, if
you have a Magellan 3000 GPS unit, the Magellan 4000
setting will work properly with your navigation
sofware.



Unfortunately, there are some exceptions to this general
rule. For example, the Trimble GeoExplorer II setting
cannot be used with the Trimble Scoutmaster. (Owners of
the Scoutmaster can still use Generic NMEA for live
tracking, but not the transfer of stored coordinate
data).



If none of the supported units are similar to your GPS
unit, you can still use your GPS for real-time
tracking. This means that when you're connected to
Maptech navigation software and your GPS is turned on,
your position will be marked by an icon on the map
image, and this icon will move across the map as you
move across the corresponding terrain.



To connect your GPS unit to Maptech software for real-time
tracking, choose Setup from the program's GPS menu, and
in the Manufacturer box, select 'NMEA Generic.' Then,
select NMEA 0183 output from your GPS unit's setup.
Choose Tracking, Realtime Tracking from the GPS menu in
the Maptech program and you'll be on your way.



We will be adding support for additional GPS units in
future revisions. Which units we do support depends
both on customer interest, and on manufacturer
cooperation. Keep an eye on our website for news and
software updates as they become available.


Thanks,

Mike





 


      Old Forum User
Juniper Systems Landmark GPS
(msg #n/a: Posted Jun 26, 2000 10:55 AM)
 


   
My company recently purchase Landmark GPS from Juniper Systems. This unit features a Trimble AG132 GPS receiver and a Juniper Systems Allegro Field PC (handheld). This system is capable of utilizing both TSIP and NMEA data. Is this GPS system compatible with Terrain Navigotor? If so, what are the correct settings?


 


      Old Forum User
GPS Setup
(msg #n/a: Posted Jun 26, 2000 12:24 PM)
 


   
As long as the Landmark GPS system is outputting data as
NMEA 0183 version 1.5 or later, you will be able to tie
into Terrain Navigator for Real-time vessel positioning
. The settings to use for this are as follows:

Manufacturer: NMEA - Generic

Unit: NMEA 0183 1.5 or 2.1 depending on what the GPS is set to

The adjust the Comport to reflect where it is plugged into.

This unit will not be capable to upload and download data, such
as routes, waypoints, and tracks.

Thanks,

Mike




 


      Old Forum User
Garmin ETrex Summit
(msg #n/a: Posted Jul 5, 2000 8:09 AM)
 


   
This unit differs from eTrex in that it has 20 routes instead of just one.
I have been told that the next firmware update to the eTrex will increase its route capacity to 20 also.
Anyway, TerrainNavigator has a problem uploading routes from this unit.
When I ask to upload routes, it correctly lists all the routes that are in the unit. It lets me select one or more of these routes. But when I upload, every route consists of copies of the same waypoints.
Can anyone verify this problem ?


 


      Old Forum User
(msg #n/a: Posted Jul 6, 2000 8:07 AM)
 


   
Hello Charles,


Without having the E-Trex Summit in-house, we cannot fully
support the unit. We had hoped that Garmin would keep the
transfer protocol the same within the units as they
are similar units, but it appears that they have made
changes between the units in their propritary data language.

If/When Garmin offers the firmware update for the
E-Trex unit, we will be able to update our inhouse
unit. If the changes are made to that unit to handle
more routes, then we can use that update to create a
new driver for our software. As mentioned in above posts,
we cannot support units that we do not have inhouse
for testing, driver information and support.


Thanks,

Mike





 


      Old Forum User
units
(msg #n/a: Posted Aug 6, 2000 8:54 PM)
 


   
I am using the Lowrance Globalmap100 with the Terrain Navigator. You will have to use the setup for the Globalnav12 unit to accomplish this.


 


      Old Forum User
ETrex
(msg #n/a: Posted Sep 1, 2000 3:37 PM)
 


   
I cannot get my ETrex to communicate with Maptech. What is the problem? When I set it to the recomended protocol, it doesn't find it. When I try a different protocol, it finds it but cannot communicate with it.


 


      Old Forum User
E-Trex
(msg #n/a: Posted Sep 5, 2000 8:30 AM)
 


   
> I cannot get my ETrex to communicate with

> Maptech. What is the problem? When I set it to

> the recomended protocol, it doesn't find it. When

> I try a different protocol, it finds it but

> cannot communicate with it.






 


      Old Forum User
E-Trex
(msg #n/a: Posted Sep 5, 2000 8:44 AM)
 


   
Hello Jason,

We do not have any issues with the E-Trex units. I am able
to connect to our inhouse unit with no problems.
You will want to be sure that the Garmin is in its Garmin
mode. That Terrain Navigators GPS set up as Garmin in
the Manufacturer area and E-Trex is selected as the Unit.
Select the com port that it is plugged into.
Some things that may be happening as well could be:

Any other device that also uses that port, such as a Palm Pilot
will need to be disabled as devices do not like to share
ports. Also, after the failed message comes up, try
to just open and then close the program while
the GPS is still powered up and on, then start Maptech
back up and try the connection again.

Let us know if you havce any more questions,

Thanks,

Mike




 


      Old Forum User
Lowrance LMS 160 Map
(msg #n/a: Posted Sep 24, 2000 9:57 AM)
 


   
I would like to add a request to create the interface for the Lowrance LMS160 Map. Thanks.


 


      Old Forum User
Request has been added
(msg #n/a: Posted Sep 25, 2000 7:56 AM)
 


   
Hello Gary,

Your request has been added to our database.

Thanks,

Mike





 


      Old Forum User
Garmin DGPS-53 support ?
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 6, 2000 3:49 PM)
 


   
when or how ?


 


      Old Forum User
added your request
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 7, 2000 8:03 AM)
 


   
Your request has been added to our database.

Thanks,

Mike





 


      Old Forum User
etrex and etrex summit
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 15, 2000 3:11 AM)
 


   
Jason, i have the same problem, i tried all the listed garmins and even if the puter connects to the gps, my waypoints come out in some code format. i sent an email go garmin tech support asking them if there was going to be an update to their program that solve this problem.


 


      Old Forum User
1st, you need to confirm a signal is making it int
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 15, 2000 7:56 AM)
 


   
Hello Lee,

My first question is going to be if you have any other
devices that use that com port, such as a Palm Pilot.
Often times devices do not like sharing these ports
so only one item will be able to see the data. I mention
Palm Pilots is I know that they have a program associated with
called Hot Sync that needs to be disabled (exited)
in order to free the ports up. If you have a Palm
or other device, make sure you completely
exit them (to exit Hot Sync, right click on the Hot Sync icon
located to the left of the clock in the lower right
hand side of Windows. After exited, run the the following
test to see if the port itself is seeing data come in:


You can use the standard Windows accessory, HyperTerminal,
to determine if your COM port, GPS unit, and data cable
are working properly.



First, set your GPS unit to NMEA output. Garmin users
choose NMEA/NMEA from their GPS's Setup Menu.



Once your GPS unit is set to NMEA output, start
HyperTerminal by pressing the Windows Start button,
and selecting Programs, Accessories, and HyperTerminal.
(In Windows 98, it will be in Communications within Accessories).
The HyperTerminal program group window will open.



In the HyperTerminal program group, double-click on the
icon which says "Hypertrm", the one with the monitor
sitting next to a phone. If a window comes up asking if
you want to configure a modem now, select "No" or
"Cancel".



The "Connection Description" window should now appear.
Type in "Test" for the connection's Name and press OK.



In the ensuing Phone Number window, select the "Direct to
COM1" option for Connect Using and press OK.

In COM1 Properties, change the Bits per second from 2400
to "4800", since the NMEA 0183 standard specifies 4800 baud
rate and press OK.



At this point, one of three things can happen...



1. I get an error message.

This means that the COM port you have selected is not
available or functioning properly. Close HyperTerminal
and repeat the process, trying a different COM port. If
you are certain that you are selecting the proper COM
port, contact your computer manufacturer for further
troubleshooting tips.



2. I get a blank screen with a flashing cursor.

The COM port you've chosen is not currently receiving NMEA
data. Close HyperTerminal and repeat the process,
trying a different COM port. If you are certain that
you are selecting the proper COM port, contact the
manufacturer of your computer or GPS unit for further
troubleshooting tips.



3. I get a screen with text scrolling upward.

You're successfully connected to your GPS unit. The data
you see scrolling by indicates your current position
(among other things). Note the COM port used and exit
HyperTerminal. When asked if you want to disconnect
now, click on Yes. When asked if you want to save
session "Test", click on No.



Now that you've determined the correct COM port, start your
Maptech software. Leave your GPS unit in NMEA mode for
a moment. In your Maptech program's GPS Setup menu,
choose NMEA -generic, (NMEA 0183 2.1), choose
the correct COM port, and press OK. Select Connect
from Maptech's GPS menu. If a checkbox appears next
to Connect (again, in this GPS menu), your Maptech software
is now able to communicate with your unit. Change your
GPS unit's interface Setup back to its native mode
(i.e.: GRMN/GRMN for most Garmin units). Change Maptech's
GPS Setup to match your specific unit and choose
Connect. Everything should now be working properly.



Running through this will let us see if the port itself
is seeing the data that is flowing from the GPS.
Let me know if you have questions and/or your end results.
Thanks,
Mike





 


      Old Forum User
etrex and etrex summit.
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 16, 2000 11:37 PM)
 


   
just wanted to let you know i can now connect with both units and download waypoints to my map. i had the wrong version of maptech installed and once i put in 4.05 it solved the problem. also had to play around with the com ports and ended up using com 1. it is a great program and i am really happy with it. thanks


 


      Old Forum User
etrex and etrex summitt
(msg #n/a: Posted Jan 2, 2001 12:27 AM)
 


   
anyway your people can program the etrex so that the position comes up in larger print, my eyes are not as good as they used to be. : )


 


      Old Forum User
(msg #n/a: Posted Jan 2, 2001 7:56 AM)
 


   
Hello Lee,

Your request has been added to our database.

When updates are ready and available, they get

posted in the Downloads section of this site.

Thanks,

Mike





 


      Old Forum User
Garmin GPS75
(msg #n/a: Posted Jan 19, 2001 9:15 AM)
 


   
I have an older Garmin receiver (GPS75).
Getting position data is possible in NMEA mode, but up- and downloading of waypoint and route data is not supported.
Why not ??


 


      Old Forum User
Garmin GPS 75
(msg #n/a: Posted Jan 19, 2001 9:54 AM)
 


   
Hello Ruediger,

After a quick look on Garmins website (www.Garmin.com)
they have the GPS 75 listed in their Discontinued Marine Products
section, which means that we will probably
not have support for this unit as they no longer
support this unit themselves.

Thanks,

- Mike






 


      Old Forum User
eTrex Summit Driver NOW AVAILABLE
(msg #n/a: Posted Feb 23, 2001 8:52 AM)
 


   
The update 5.0 for Terrain Navigator includes the oft-requested driver for the eTrex Summit. It also corrects the incompatibilities that later models of the eMap and eTrex (standard) had with transferring tracks to and from Terrain Navigator.

Marine (Offshore/Chart Navigator) users who are waiting for these same features can expect an update around the
end of March.

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
Garmin 195
(msg #n/a: Posted Feb 26, 2001 4:22 PM)
 


   
> Hello Lee,_BR_ My first question is going to be

> if you have any other _BR_devices that use that

> com port, such as a Palm Pilot. _BR_Often times

> devices do not like sharing these ports _BR_ so

> only one item will be able to see the data. I

> mention _BR_ Palm Pilots is I know that they have

> a program associated with _BR_ called Hot Sync

> that needs to be disabled (exited) _BR_ in order

> to free the ports up. If you have a Palm _BR_ or

> other device, make sure you completely _BR_ exit

> them (to exit Hot Sync, right click on the Hot

> Sync icon _BR_ located to the left of the clock

> in the lower right _BR_ hand side of Windows.

> After exited, run the the following _BR_ test to

> see if the port itself is seeing data come

> in:_P_ You can use the standard Windows

> accessory, HyperTerminal, _BR_to determine if

> your COM port, GPS unit, and data cable _BR_are

> working properly. _P_

>

> First, set your GPS unit

> to NMEA output. Garmin users _BR_choose NMEA/NMEA

> from their GPS's Setup Menu._P_

>

> Once your GPS

> unit is set to NMEA output, start

> _BR_HyperTerminal by pressing the Windows Start

> button, _BR_and selecting Programs, Accessories,

> and HyperTerminal._BR_ (In Windows 98, it will be

> in Communications within Accessories)._BR_The

> HyperTerminal program group window will open.

> _P_

>

> In the HyperTerminal program group,

> double-click on the _BR_icon which says

> "Hypertrm", the one with the monitor _BR_sitting

> next to a phone. If a window comes up asking if

> _BR_you want to configure a modem now, select

> "No" or _BR_"Cancel". _P_

>

> The "Connection

> Description" window should now appear._BR_ Type

> in "Test" for the connection's Name and press OK.

> _P_

>

> In the ensuing Phone Number window, select

> the "Direct to _BR_COM1" option for Connect Using

> and press OK. _P_In COM1 Properties, change the

> Bits per second from 2400 _BR_ to "4800", since

> the NMEA 0183 standard specifies 4800 baud

> _BR_rate and press OK. _P_

>

> At this point, one

> of three things can happen... _P_

>

> 1. I get an

> error message._BR_ This means that the COM port

> you have selected is not _BR_available or

> functioning properly. Close HyperTerminal _BR_and

> repeat the process, trying a different COM port.

> If _BR_you are certain that you are selecting the

> proper COM _BR_port, contact your computer

> manufacturer for further _BR_troubleshooting

> tips. _P_

>

> 2. I get a blank screen with a

> flashing cursor._BR_ The COM port you've chosen

> is not currently receiving NMEA _BR_data. Close

> HyperTerminal and repeat the process, _BR_trying

> a different COM port. If you are certain that

> _BR_you are selecting the proper COM port,

> contact the _BR_manufacturer of your computer or

> GPS unit for further _BR_troubleshooting tips.

> _P_

>

> 3. I get a screen with text scrolling

> upward._BR_ You're successfully connected to

> your GPS unit. The data _BR_you see scrolling by

> indicates your current position _BR_(among other

> things). Note the COM port used and exit

> _BR_HyperTerminal. When asked if you want to

> disconnect _BR_now, click on Yes. When asked if

> you want to save _BR_session "Test", click on No.

> _P_

>

> Now that you've determined the correct COM

> port, start your _BR_Maptech software. Leave your

> GPS unit in NMEA mode for_BR_ a moment. In your

> Maptech program's GPS Setup menu,_BR_ choose NMEA

> -generic, (NMEA 0183 2.1), choose _BR_the correct

> COM port, and press OK. Select Connect _BR_from

> Maptech's GPS menu. If a checkbox appears

> next_BR_ to Connect (again, in this GPS menu),

> your Maptech software _BR_is now able to

> communicate with your unit. Change your _BR_GPS

> unit's interface Setup back to its native mode

> _BR_(i.e.: GRMN/GRMN for most Garmin units).

> Change Maptech's _BR_GPS Setup to match your

> specific unit and choose _BR_Connect. Everything

> should now be working properly. _P_

>

> Running

> through this will let us see if the port itself

> _BR_ is seeing the data that is flowing from the

> GPS. _BR_ Let me know if you have questions

> and/or your end results.

> _BR_Thanks,_BR_Mike

>

> _BR__IMG

> SRC="http://www.maptech.com/images/mt.tech.gif"_





 


      Old Forum User
Garmin 195
(msg #n/a: Posted Feb 26, 2001 4:26 PM)
 


   
We would like to upload some routes from Terrain Navigator 5.0 to a Garmin 195 for use in an aircraft. It isn't listed as a supported unit in the setup. Can it be done?


 


      Old Forum User
Garmin 195
(msg #n/a: Posted Feb 26, 2001 4:33 PM)
 


   
Hello Kevin,


If your Maptech program supports a similar GPS unit,
ther is the chance that your GPS unit will work properly.
The units that are officially supported (and listed in
GPS Setup) have been selected by the GPS manufacturers
as their choices for compatibility. In order to support
a unit, we need to obtain equipment and information
from the manufacturer for testing, and write a model-
specific software driver. In short, we need their full
cooperation.



Occasionally, a manufacturer may not provide us with a unit
for testing. However, choosing a related unit
(with a similar name) will often work properly. For
example, if you have a Magellan 3000 GPS unit, the
Magellan 4000 setting will work properly with your
navigation sofware.



Unfortunately, there are some exceptions to this general
rule. For example, the Trimble GeoExplorer II setting
cannot be used with the Trimble Scoutmaster. (Owners of
the Scoutmaster can still use Generic NMEA for live
tracking, but not the transfer of stored coordinate
data).



If none of the supported units are similar to your GPS
unit, you can still use your GPS for real-time
tracking. This means that when you're connected to
Maptech navigation software and your GPS is turned on,
your position will be marked by an icon on the map
image, and this icon will move across the map as you
move across the corresponding terrain.



To connect your GPS unit to Maptech software for real-time
tracking, choose Setup from the program's GPS
menu, and in the Manufacturer box, select 'NMEA
Generic.' Then, select NMEA 0183 output from your GPS
unit's setup. Choose Tracking, Realtime Tracking from
the GPS menu in the Maptech program and you'll be on
your way.


We will be adding support for additional GPS units in
future revisions. Which units we do support depends
both on customer interest, and on manufacturer
cooperation. Keep an eye on our website for news and
software updates as they become available.




Thnaks,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Garmin
(msg #n/a: Posted Feb 27, 2001 8:11 AM)
 


   
> Hello Kevin,_BR_

>

> If your Maptech program

> supports a similar GPS unit, _BR_ ther is the

> chance that your GPS unit will work properly.

> _BR_The units that are officially supported (and

> listed in _BR_GPS Setup) have been selected by

> the GPS manufacturers _BR_as their choices for

> compatibility. In order to support _BR_a unit, we

> need to obtain equipment and information _BR_from

> the manufacturer for testing, and write a

> model-_BR_specific software driver. In short, we

> need their full _BR_cooperation.

> _BR__BR_

>

> Occasionally, a manufacturer may not

> provide us with a unit_BR_ for testing. However,

> choosing a related unit _BR_(with a similar name)

> will often work properly. For _BR_example, if you

> have a Magellan 3000 GPS unit, the _BR_Magellan

> 4000 setting will work properly with your

> _BR_navigation sofware.

> _BR_ _BR_ Unfortunately, there are some

> exceptions to this general _BR_rule. For example,

> the Trimble GeoExplorer II setting _BR_cannot be

> used with the Trimble Scoutmaster. (Owners of_BR_

> the Scoutmaster can still use Generic NMEA for

> live _BR_tracking, but not the transfer of stored

> coordinate _BR_data). _BR__BR_

>

> If none of the

> supported units are similar to your GPS _BR_unit,

> you can still use your GPS for real-time

> _BR_tracking. This means that when you're

> connected to _BR_Maptech navigation software and

> your GPS is turned on,_BR_ your position will be

> marked by an icon on the map _BR_image, and this

> icon will move across the map as you _BR_move

> across the corresponding terrain. _BR__BR_ To

> connect your GPS unit to Maptech software for

> real-time_BR_ tracking, choose Setup from the

> program's GPS _BR_menu, and in the Manufacturer

> box, select 'NMEA _BR_Generic.' Then, select NMEA

> 0183 output from your GPS _BR_unit's setup.

> Choose Tracking, Realtime Tracking from _BR_the

> GPS menu in the Maptech program and you'll be on

> _BR_your way. _BR_

>

> We will be adding support

> for additional GPS units in _BR_future revisions.

> Which units we do support depends _BR_both on

> customer interest, and on manufacturer

> _BR_cooperation. Keep an eye on our website for

> news and _BR_software updates as they become

> available. _BR_ _BR_ Thnaks,_BR_ -

> Mike _BR__IMG

> SRC="http://www.maptech.com/images/mt.tech.gif"_





 


      Old Forum User
Garmin 195
(msg #n/a: Posted Feb 27, 2001 8:12 AM)
 


   
Thank you, Mike. We'll try that and let you know how it worked out. Kevin


 


      Old Forum User
Garmin 195 and Garmin 12
(msg #n/a: Posted Mar 2, 2001 8:47 AM)
 


   
Mike,

We did successfully upload and download routes and tracks with the Garmin 195, using the Garmin 12 setting.

Thanks, Kevin Stevens





 


      Old Forum User
what GPS receivers will work with MAPTECH
(msg #n/a: Posted Mar 4, 2001 10:22 PM)
 


   
I would like to know if the DeLorme Earthmate Hyperformance GPS Receiver that runs Street Atlas USA version 6.0 will work with MAPTECH systems?

Thanks


 


      Old Forum User
Yes
(msg #n/a: Posted Mar 5, 2001 8:09 AM)
 


   
Yes, the Delorme Earthmate GPS unit will work with Terrain Navigator.

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
Maptech Support for Magellan NAV6000
(msg #n/a: Posted Mar 17, 2001 10:21 AM)
 


   
I currently own a Magellan NAV6000. Can you let me know if your chart software supports this model? I am not too concerned about real time tracking, I just would like to upload/download waypoints and plot my courses on the PC instead of directly on the GPS. Thanks


 


      Old Forum User
NAV6000 can be set up as a 2000xl or 4000xl
(msg #n/a: Posted Mar 19, 2001 7:59 AM)
 


   
Hello Joseph,

Even when a particular GPS unit is not available in the GPS
Setup section of your Maptech navigation software, it
may still work properly. This depends on the unit and
your needs.



First of all, if your Maptech program supports a similar
GPS unit, chances are good that your GPS unit will
work properly. The units that are officially supported
(and listed in GPS Setup) have been selected by the
GPS manufacturers as their choices for compatibility.
In order to support a unit, we need to
obtain equipment and information from the manufacturer
for testing, and write a model-specific
software driver. In short, we need their full
cooperation.



Occasionally, a manufacturer may not provide us with a unit
for testing. However, choosing a related unit
(with a similar name) will often work properly. For
example, if you have a Magellan 3000 GPS unit, the
Magellan 4000 setting will work properly with your
navigation sofware.



Unfortunately, there are some exceptions to this general
rule. For example, the Trimble GeoExplorer II setting
cannot be used with the Trimble Scoutmaster. (Owners

of the Scoutmaster can still use Generic NMEA for
live tracking, but not the transfer of stored
coordinate data).



If none of the supported units are similar to your GPS
unit, you can still use your GPS for real-time tracking.
This means that when you're connected to Maptech
navigation software and your GPS is turned on, your
position will be marked by an icon on the map image, and
this icon will move across the map as you move across
the corresponding terrain.



To connect your GPS unit to Maptech software for real-time
tracking, choose Setup from the program's GPS menu,
and in the Manufacturer box, select 'NMEA Generic.'
Then, select NMEA 0183 output from your GPS unit's
setup. Choose Tracking, Realtime Tracking from the GPS
menu in the Maptech program and you'll be on your
way.



We will be adding support for additional GPS units in
future revisions. Which units we do support depends both on
customer interest, and on manufacturer cooperation.
Keep an eye on our website for news and software
updates as they become available.



Thnaks,

- Mike





 


      Old Forum User
Support for Garmin GPSMap 235 Sounder
(msg #n/a: Posted Mar 25, 2001 8:16 AM)
 


   
I just installed Digital Chartkit 2001, which I purchased online direct from you, so I assume I have a current CD-ROM with all the GPS units you now support. It does not list the Garmin GPSMap 235. I have tried the NMEA setting under Garmin, and the unit communicates effectively with the computer. However, when I try to upload or download using the Chartkit program, I get a message that data transfers from this format are not supported and I should select a proper Garmin unit. None of the Garmin unit settings allow the software to even recognize the GPSMap 235, let alone transfer data. Questions: (1) Is there some combination of settings that will work? (2) Is a download available that supports the GPSMap 235? (3) If not, can you add the GPSMap 235 to your list to provide support? Thank you.


 


      Old Forum User
GPS Support
(msg #n/a: Posted Mar 26, 2001 8:37 AM)
 


   
Hello Don,

(From a previous post):

Even when a particular GPS unit is not available in the GPS
Setup section of your Maptech navigation software, it
may still work properly. This depends on the unit and your needs.



First of all, if your Maptech program supports a similar
GPS unit, chances are good that your GPS unit will work
properly. The units that are officially supported (and
listed in GPS Setup) have been selected by the GPS
manufacturers as their choices for compatibility. In
order to support a unit, we need to obtain equipment
and information from the manufacturer for testing, and
write a model-specific software driver. In short, we
need their full cooperation.



Occasionally, a manufacturer may not provide us with a unit
for testing. However, choosing a related unit (with a
similar name) will often work properly. For example, if
you have a Magellan 3000 GPS unit, the Magellan 4000
setting will work properly with your navigation
sofware.



Unfortunately, there are some exceptions to this general
rule. For example, the Trimble GeoExplorer II setting
cannot be used with the Trimble Scoutmaster. (Owners of
the Scoutmaster can still use Generic NMEA for live
tracking, but not the transfer of stored coordinate
data).



If none of the supported units are similar to your GPS
unit, you can still use your GPS for real-time
tracking. This means that when you're connected to
Maptech navigation software and your GPS is turned on,
your position will be marked by an icon on the map
image, and this icon will move across the map as you
move across the corresponding terrain.



To connect your GPS unit to Maptech software for real-time
tracking, choose Setup from the program's GPS menu, and
in the Manufacturer box, select 'NMEA Generic.' Then,
select NMEA 0183 output from your GPS unit's setup.
Choose Tracking, Realtime Tracking from the GPS menu in
the Maptech program and you'll be on your way.



We will be adding support for additional GPS units in
future revisions. Which units we do support depends
both on customer interest, and on manufacturer
cooperation. Keep an eye on our website for news and
software updates as they become available.


That being said, to answer your specific questions:

(1) Is there some combination of settings that will work?

At this time, no reports of a working combination has come in
to us as of yet (if you do find one, please let
us know so we can inform others).

(2) Is a download available that supports the GPSMap 235?

We do not have this available at this time.

(3) If not, can you add the GPSMap 235 to your list to provide support?

I have added thsi to our request list.

Thanks,

- Mike




 


      Old Forum User
Garmin GPSmap 76
(msg #n/a: Posted Jul 10, 2001 8:24 PM)
 


   
Has anyone succeeded in getting datum to and/or from a Garmin GPSmap 76?


 


      Old Forum User
(msg #n/a: Posted Jul 29, 2001 9:34 AM)
 


   
I have a Northstar 461XD. I have purchased Contour And Navigation Professional. I have tried unsuccesfully to link GPS to my laptop. I could use some tips designed for a dummy. Thanks in advance


 


      Old Forum User
Connecting a GPS unit.
(msg #n/a: Posted Jul 30, 2001 10:39 AM)
 


   
In our answer wizard, we have a complete tutorial on connecting a GPS to Maptech marine products.

Click here to access it.

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
GPSMAP 175 UPLOAD DOWN LOAD
(msg #n/a: Posted Aug 9, 2001 3:05 PM)
 


   
I HAVE A GPSMAP 175 AND WOULD LIKE TO DOWNLOAD FISHING SPOTS FROM MY CHART NAVIGATOR SOFTWARE. THE GPSMAP 175 IS NOT LISTED UNDER GARMIN UNITS ANY SUGGESTIONS?


 


      Old Forum User
New Garmin drivers just released in the Downloads
(msg #n/a: Posted Aug 9, 2001 3:42 PM)
 


   
Hello Mr. Ward,

I believe we went over this on the telephone earlier today,
the Garmin GPSMAP 175 is one of Garmins newest units.
In order to support a unit for upload/download we
need to build unit specific drivers for the GPS units.
The good news is that we have the Garmin GPS175 inhouse
and have just released a new update in the downloads
section that will add this unit into the list of
supported GPS units. You will need to download and install
the updated version, 4.5.0.1.


- Mike


 


      Old Forum User
Lowrance GlobalMap 100
(msg #n/a: Posted Aug 10, 2001 11:06 PM)
 


   
Hello,

I recently purchased Pocket Navigator and attempted to connect a Lowrance GlobalMap 100 to a Casio E-125.
I get a "Can't open com port" error on ports 1,2, & 4 and a "communication timeout" on port 3 (this is using the port
settings in Pocket Navigator -- the Casio has no port settings). The debug file shows the following text:

OpenPort: COM1: 115100
Can't open COM port

I have no problems communicating with other software on this palm device including ESRI ArcPad. Any ideas?


 


      Old Forum User
Casio and GPS
(msg #n/a: Posted Aug 13, 2001 9:37 AM)
 


   
Hello Ben,

The GPS is connecting to the PDA device (the Casio) so
we won't be concerned by what the computer com ports
are reporting. Often times, when the device (Casio) connects
to other devices/software, the other devices/software
will 'take over' the com port, not allowing other
devices access to it. The Casio (as well as iPaq units)
have a small Reset button that can be pressed with the
pointer device. Try hitting the Reset button, then
connecting to the GPS (ensure that the GPS is outputting
standard NMEA data).

Hope this helps,

- Mike


 


      Old Forum User
re: casio & gps
(msg #n/a: Posted Aug 16, 2001 12:32 PM)
 


   
Thanks Mike -- the reset did the trick!


 


      Old Forum User
drivers
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 15, 2001 9:09 PM)
 


   
Are there any drivers availible for an Eagle Expedition II?


 


      Old Forum User
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 16, 2001 7:51 AM)
 


   
Greetings Colan,


Maptech software has the ability to plot your location on a real-time moving map when used with the Eagle Expedition II in NMEA settings. It will not have the ability to upload/download data such as routes, tracks, and waypoints. I have added another request into our GPS database for this unit. Maptech is constantly updating the software and drivers, so I'd recommend checking for new versions in the downloads section of this website every couple of months. New versions may contain new GPS drivers, new features, or new versions of files.


Thanks,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Furuno 1650DF
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 17, 2001 6:38 PM)
 


   
I bought Digital ChartKit 2001 and am trying to get it to communicate with a Furuno 1650 DF. Has anyone done this successfully? If so, I would appreciate help.


 


      Old Forum User
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 18, 2001 8:09 AM)
 


   
Hello Tony,


The Chart Navigator software included with the Maptech Digital ChartKit 2001 will not have the ability to upload/download data such as routes, tracks, and waypoints to and from the Furuno 1650 DF. I have added another request into our GPS database for this unit. Maptech is constantly updating the software and drivers, so I'd recommend checking for new versions in the downloads section of this website every couple of months. New versions may contain new GPS drivers, new features, or new versions of files.


Thanks,

- Mike




 


      Old Forum User
Furuno DGPS Navigator GP-36
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 8, 2001 2:05 PM)
 


   
Is there a patch to interface Maptech Offsore
Navigator with this Furuno to upload routes?


 


      Old Forum User
No drivers for Furuno at this time
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 8, 2001 4:24 PM)
 


   
Hello Susan,


At this time, we do not have any upload/download capabilities for Furuno units. I have added another request for this to be added. When new versions of Maptech software is available, it is posted as a free update in the downloads section of this website.


Thanks,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Standard Horizon 150 need support
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 11, 2001 10:46 PM)
 


   
When are you going to offer support for the Standard Horizon 150?


 


      Old Forum User
Standard Horizon 150
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 12, 2001 7:57 AM)
 


   
Greetings Jim,


We now have this unit in-house and a driver is under development, which, when available, will be offered as a free download/upgrade in the downloads section of this website. While I don't have a specific date I can offer right now, it is a unit that will make it into tjhe software in the near future. In the meantime, you will still be able to use this unit for real-time positioning of a vessel on a real-time moving NOAA map when in use with the Offshore Navigator software. Maptech is always in the process of updating the software programs, so its a good idea to keep an eye on the downloads section of this website for updates to newer versions.


Hope this helps,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Driver for a Magellan 3000XL
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 16, 2001 4:22 PM)
 


   
Is a driver available for the 3000xl? The drivers for the Magellan 2000xl and 4000xl do not seem to work. I do have the software and cables from Magellan to run their software.
Thanks,
Glen


 


      Old Forum User
Driver for a Magellan 3000XL
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 19, 2001 8:07 AM)
 


   
It my understanding (based on my experience with Magellan GPS units) that the data transfer protocol used by the
3000XL is identical to the 2000XL and 4000XL. Unfortunately, without a 3000XL here (and the prospects of obtaining one of these long-discontinued units very slim), I can not verify this for sure. However, I have had reports from other customers that the 2000/4000XL driver does, in fact, work with the 3000XL.

Thus, I suspect that the problem lies elsewhere.

Visit the "answer wizard" on this web site (or continue browsing this forum) for a tutorial on connecting to your GPS. Ensure the NMEA/Hypertermal check is functioning, otherwise, your GPS will not connect with any software product (Maptech or otherwise).

The only other thing I can note is that my experience with the 2000XL and 4000XL is that the connection that they make for the data transfer (in the battery pack compartment) is very tempermental. Ensure that the whole pack is firmly in place, and that the metal tabs inside that make the data connection are clean and in good working order.

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
Brunton MNS GPS
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 26, 2001 11:51 PM)
 


   
According to your web site MapTech's ChartKit 2001 is compatible to my Brunton MNS GPS.
Loaded your software and went to set it up with the Brunton but saw a half dozen GPS manufacturers but Brunton?
Is ChartKit 2001 compatible or not? Is there a way to set up ChartKit 2001 for the Brunton without using one of your pre-configured set ups listed in the software?
Confused.


 


      Old Forum User
Brunton Multi-Navigator drivers available
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 27, 2001 7:56 AM)
 


   
Greetings Walt,


Maptech is pleased to be able to offer support for upload and download of waypoints and
routes to and from the Brunton Multi-Navigator GPS units. Our developers were hard at
work developing a driver for file transfers for the Brunton GPS. To obtain these drivers,
simply visit the downloads section of this website and install the latest update. This
will add the Brunton Multi-Navigator to the list of GPS units within the
GPS set up area in Maptech software.


Thanks,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Furuno GPS
(msg #n/a: Posted Dec 13, 2001 6:47 PM)
 


   
Can i also place a plea for Furuno GPS to be added to those supported by your otherwise excellent progrm


 


      Old Forum User
garmin gps V compatibility?
(msg #n/a: Posted Dec 17, 2001 11:48 AM)
 


   
Has anyone tried the new Garmin GPS V with Terrain Navigator? I'm considering getting a GPS V, since the marketing campaign (but more importantly the specs) portray it as a major advance in gps. But is it, or will it eventually be, compatible with MapTech?


 


      Old Forum User
Garmin GPS V
(msg #n/a: Posted Dec 17, 2001 1:52 PM)
 


   
Hello Charles,


At this time, the Garmin V is high up on our request list for Garmin units. I have added another vote for this unit. I would be unable to offer any sort of date as to when it will be available for use with the software for upload and download capabilities. You will still be able to use it for real-time tracking on a moving map. Often times, units will be able to upload and download when set up as another similiar unit in the software, but as of this time (12-17-01), no one has informed us if they have have found such a unit for the Garmin V.


Thanks,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
pretec compact GPS and PocketNavigator
(msg #n/a: Posted Dec 29, 2001 5:41 AM)
 


   
Hello,
I would like to ad to my Siemens SX45 (http://www.my-siemens.com/sx45) a compact GPS card from pretec (http://www.pretec.com/PocketPC/PocketPC_main.htm) for use with the meptech PocketNavigator software for marin use. Can anybody let me know if and how it works with the Pocket Navigator? Thank you in advance.

Johann


 


      Old Forum User
RE: pretec compact GPS and PocketNavigator
(msg #n/a: Posted Dec 31, 2001 10:57 AM)
 


   
While I can't make any firm guarantees, since we do not have that particular unit, Pocket Navigator has been tested with a variety of GPS cards and sleeves and found it to work in most cases. The key is to determine if the unit is sending NMEA data into one of the PocketPC's COM (serial) ports. If so, you can be fairly certain that it will work with Pocket Navigator.

Of course, if it doesn't work, we'll be happy to refund your purchase - or try to diagnose the incompatibility.

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support




 


      Old Forum User
Maptech and Northstar
(msg #n/a: Posted Mar 19, 2002 7:28 AM)
 


   
What Northstar units do you work with and what should I expect as results. I recently bought both the contour and chart navigator. The offshore navigator is backordered


 


      Old Forum User
Maptech and Northstar
(msg #n/a: Posted Mar 19, 2002 9:42 AM)
 


   
Chart and Offshore Navigators include direct support for and have been tested extensively with the Northstar 941, 951, and 952. This driver should also work with similarly-designed Northstart units for the transfer of waypoints and routes, to and from the unit. Offshore Navigator will also take a NMEA feed from that unit to position the vessel on the computer display in real-time.

Offshore 2002 should be shipping very shortly. There is one last issue that we need to iron out before it is ready for "prime time."

Sincerely,

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
standard150gps
(msg #n/a: Posted Mar 30, 2002 7:25 PM)
 


   
I have a 150 standard horizon and was wondering if with navigator 4.1 and region-2 I could download my GPS to my program??


 


      Old Forum User
Chart or Offshore Navigator?
(msg #n/a: Posted Apr 1, 2002 8:52 AM)
 


   
Hello Paul,


The bad news...

In 4.1 Offshore Navigator, the Standard Horizon GPS chart 150 will work for real-time vessel positioning. It will not be able to function with Chart Navigator 4.1.


The good news...

The 5.0 series of Maptech software, which is now available by contacting our Customer Service staff at 1-888-839-5551 or via email at InsideSales@Maptech.com supports the Standard Horizon GPS Chart 150 for upload of marks and routes with Chart Navigator and for transfer of marks, routes, tracks as well as real-time vessel positioning in the Offshore Navigator.


Thanks,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Support For Raymarine 425
(msg #n/a: Posted May 13, 2002 3:58 PM)
 


   
What are the plans to provide support for the Raymarine 425 chartplotter? I specifically purchased Offshore Navigator along with Digital Chartkit so that I could download waypoints, but now I find out that unless my chartplotter is specifically supported I'm "up the creek without a GPS". Please advise ASAP ... thanks!


 


      Old Forum User
Support For Raymarine 425
(msg #n/a: Posted May 13, 2002 5:03 PM)
 


   
As with all currently unsupported units, we have added another 'vote' for its support. Unfortunately, I don't have a
time frame to offer you - and this unit is not one that is currently "in the works." Of course, if you would prefer not to wait, we'll be happy to refund your purchase; call us at 888-839-5551 and we'll work it out.

Sincerely,

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
Garmin 176C
(msg #n/a: Posted May 16, 2002 2:24 PM)
 


   
Has an interface to the Garmin 176C been added to the Digital ChartKit?


 


      Old Forum User
Garmin GPS unit 176C
(msg #n/a: Posted May 17, 2002 11:32 AM)
 


   
Hello Michael,


I havbe added another request for the Garmin 176C to be added to the supported GPS units. In the meantime, other users with the Garmin 176C have reported to us that they have had sucess transfering data to and from this unit if you set it up as the Garmin GPSMAP 130


Hope this helps,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Garmin 162
(msg #n/a: Posted May 19, 2002 12:52 PM)
 


   
New chart Navigator does not connect at 9600. Garmin wants 4800. change-how?


 


      Old Forum User
Baud Rates
(msg #n/a: Posted May 20, 2002 9:48 AM)
 


   
Hello Roger,


When a Garmin unit is set to its Garmin interface, the baud rate of the Garmin is set by the Garmin and cannot be changed by the user. Our Garmin unit specific drivers use these settings set by the Garmin units defaults.


When the Garmin unit is set to its NMEA mode, it allows for a user definable baud rate. When the Garmin is set up in this manner (set to NMEA in the Interface Setup screen), you will set up Maptech as the NEMA interface, which will then allow for a user defined baud rate.


Some items to note:

Garmin mode is needed for data transfers in both the Garmin and Maptech.

We do not have a driver specific for the Garmin 162, and no other users have reported another unit in our GPS Setup screen working for data transfers (I have added another 'vote' for the 162 in our databases).

NMEA modes in the Garmin and Maptech can be used for real-time vessel positioning in our Offshore Navigator software, but Chart Navigator does not have real-time positioning abilities, and therefor does not use NMEA data/modes.


Hope this helps,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Garmin 152
(msg #n/a: Posted May 25, 2002 7:20 PM)
 


   
His the garmin gps 152 compatible with pocket navigator ?

And How to configure it.

Thanks,


 


      Old Forum User
GPS 152 and Pocket Navigator
(msg #n/a: Posted May 28, 2002 10:24 AM)
 


   
Hello Peter,


The Garmin 152 is compatible with Pocket Navigator for both real-time positioning as well as for uploading and downloading data. For transfering data, both the Garmin and Pocket Navigator need to be in their Garmin modes.



When the GPS is set to its NMEA mode (in Interface Setup), you will set up the Pocket Navigator to its NMEA setting (in the Manufacturer line in the GPS Setup screen). You will be able to adjust the baud rate in both units to match one another. This method is for real-time positioning only, not transferring data.


When the GPS is in its GARMIN mode (Interface Setup), then Maptech will be set up as Garmin as the manufacturer in the GPS Setup screen. In these settings you will not be able to adjust the Baud Rate in either the units of the software. When set up like this, it will allow real-time tracking as well as data transfers.


Hope this helps,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Support for LMS-240
(msg #n/a: Posted Jun 7, 2002 11:37 AM)
 


   
Please add my request to provide maps for Lowrance LMS-240.

Thanks,
Bob


 


      Old Forum User
Support for Garmin GPS V yet?
(msg #n/a: Posted Jun 20, 2002 4:40 PM)
 


   
I'm just checking if upload/download of waypoints/routes to the GPS V (firmware version 2.0.5) has been added yet. Looking back through this thread, it seems like there was no support as of Dec-2001. Just wondering if anything has changed in the last 6 months.


 


      Old Forum User
Garmin V
(msg #n/a: Posted Jun 21, 2002 11:46 AM)
 


   
While we do not yet have a driver in the software for this unit, I believe that the Garmin V will be supported in the next versions of the Maptech products. Keep an eye in the Downloads or Whats New sections of this website for availability.


Thanks,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Magellan SporTrack Pro will work with Terrain Navi
(msg #n/a: Posted Jun 29, 2002 3:27 AM)
 


   
I recently purchased the Magellan SporTrack Pro handheld GPS device and the Magellan MapSend topographic mapping software. I emailed Maptech about adding a patch for my receiver. Tech Steven Bugden emailed me back within the day and suggested many things that may help me. He also suggested that I try connecting my receiver to one of the closest matches found in the Maptech supported GPS list. I tried the Magellan Tracker from the list (I have a SporTrack Pro). It works!!! Everything I've tried to download & upload to/ from my PC (including waypoints, tracks, and routes) works. I only found one thing that didn't work. I couldn't synchronize my computer and GPS clocks (who cares). The important thing is: it works for waypoints and routes.
I'd like to thank Maptech for hiring such good employees as the tech (Steve Bugden) that quickly helped me. This is the kind of service that makes good companies, great.


 


      Old Forum User
Garmin GPSMap76s
(msg #n/a: Posted Jul 5, 2002 3:29 PM)
 


   
Is Maptech's Terrain Navigator compatible with the new Garmin GPSMap76s unit?


 


      Old Forum User
Garmin GPSMap76s
(msg #n/a: Posted Jul 5, 2002 5:14 PM)
 


   
The GPSMAP 76 is supported for the transfer of Routes, Markers/Waypoints, and Tracks, to and from Terrain Navigator. Note that Terrain Navigator's topographic maps can not be read by handheld GPS units, due to their limited memory and processing power.

Sincerely,

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
offshore navigator 5.01 and raynav 300 gps plotter
(msg #n/a: Posted Sep 20, 2002 7:54 AM)
 


   
is there a patch or gps module i can load to provide support for using a raynav 300 and offshore navigator 5.01


 


      Old Forum User
compatibility with Geoexplorer 3???
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 7, 2002 1:31 PM)
 


   
We recently purchased Terrain Navigator 2002 for the NW region (WA and OR). Although Navigator supports Geoexplorer 2 it does not support Geoexplorer 3, which is unfortunately the GPS unit we have. The program (Navigator) stops responding as soon as the GPS icon's "Computer to GPS" or "GPS to Computer" are depressed. Does Maptech plan on releasing a Geoexplorer 3 download?? Do you have any other recommendations or ideas on how to troubleshoot this problem??

Thanks for the help
Gregory Gust
gust_gregory@hotmail.com


 


      Old Forum User
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 7, 2002 3:49 PM)
 


   
Hello Gregory,


At this time, Maptech does not have the ability to upload/download data to and from the Geo-explorer III. I have added another request for this unit into our developers GPS database. At this time, I cannot offer any sort of time frame when a specific driver for the Geo-explorer III might become available. You will want to keep your eyes on the downloads section of this website for newer versions when they become available.


Thanks,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Garmin 176C
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 10, 2002 9:12 PM)
 


   
Hi,

Is there any way to upload Maptech topo maps to my data card to use in my Garmin 176C?

Thanks,
Bob


 


      Old Forum User
Maptech Maps and GPS units
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 14, 2002 9:09 AM)
 


   
Hello Bob,


Maptech map data is in a raster scan format, which is a richer, more detailed image than another format, vector map data. The GPS units require vector data at this time and cannot use our raster scan maps. We do have programs that will allow our map data to be used in handheld Pocket PC devices, such as the Compaq iPaq. For any information on this software, feel free to contact our Customer Service staff at 1-888-839-5551 or via email at Insidesales@Maptech.com


Thanks,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Patch for GPS FURUNO GP31
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 28, 2002 10:10 AM)
 


   
Hi
Would you be so kind to tell me if there is a patch to make the GPS FURUNO GP31 to work with offshore navigator 4.4.
At this time, it works for position (generic 183) but not for down/up loading waypoints or routes.
Thanks a lot in advance
Wilfrid PICARD


 


      Old Forum User
Download version 5.01 from this website for Furuno
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 28, 2002 10:32 AM)
 


   
Hello Wilfrid,


Offshore Navigator now has a driver built into it for the Furuno GP31 which will aloow for data transfers as well as real-time positioning. You will want to visit the Downloads section of this website and download the Offshore Navigator update labeled as:


Offshore Navigator ( 5.01 ) Software Update - 09/13/02

This download will update all previous versions of Offshore Navigator to version 5.01, which includes enhanced compatibility with GPS and Autopilots. Those who are unable to download this large update can order it on CD for $25 by calling 888-839-5551.


File Size: 17.1 MB


Installing this update will add the needed drivers for the Furuno GP31.


Thanks,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Patch for GPS MLR
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 29, 2002 4:18 AM)
 


   
I have the same question than yesterday about MLR: I have now downloaded offshore 5.01 and everything works well with FURUNO GP31. But this version does'nt support the MLR GPS. Do you have any patch for this GPS MLR?
Thanks in advance


 


      Old Forum User
The latest drivers available were supplied with th
(msg #n/a: Posted Oct 29, 2002 9:08 AM)
 


   
Hello Wilfrid,


We do not have a driver that will allow upload/download to and from a GPS MLR. As long as the GPS MLR is outputting standard MNEA data, we will be able to show real-time vessel positioning in Offshore Navigator.

I will add a request for this unit, but cannot offer any sort of time frame as to the if/when it may be available.


Thanks,

- Mike



 


      Old Forum User
Magellan Sportrak upload/download support
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 14, 2002 9:47 AM)
 


   
I use Chart Navigator V 5.01. I need to replace a currently supported Garmin etrex handheld. The magellan 315 is supported, but the Sportrak series is not listed. Has anyone tried to upload/download waypoints to/from a Sportrak using Chart Navigator??? Is this product to be supported soon in the next update?

Jon Plummer


 


      Old Forum User
Northstar
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 16, 2002 10:34 AM)
 


   
> I have a Northstar 461XD. I have purchased

> Contour And Navigation Professional. I have

> tried unsuccesfully to link GPS to my laptop. I

> could use some tips designed for a dummy. Thanks

> in advance





 


      Old Forum User
Northstar
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 16, 2002 10:37 AM)
 


   
Hi
Ihave a Northstar 951xd and find that I have to disable the dgps so I can transfer back and forth.. I don't have waas in it, I have the am land based correction so I'm not sure about any other units by Northstar.
They have a excellant tech department to help you if you call, (978)-897-6600 is their number.


 


      Old Forum User
which works which does not?
(msg #n/a: Posted Nov 16, 2002 10:42 AM)
 


   
Boy, you would think in this day and age it would be straight forward in getting these units to work with programs and vice versa.
I guess were not so high tech as we would think or like.


 


      Old Forum User
cruising-navigator does not work with gps-mouse
(msg #n/a: Posted Dec 26, 2002 4:06 AM)
 


   
Hello.
I am a german guy, who need help!
My problem is, that I don't get a signal from my new Haicon HI-203E gps-mouse, when I use cruising navigator.
The details for the mouse are:
-NMEA 0183 ver. 2.2 Standard.
Is it possible to get an update for the program, so that I can use the new version(2.2) instead of version 2.1, which is installed?
Thanks a lot
regards
Daniel Kopinke


 


      Old Forum User
(msg #n/a: Posted Dec 26, 2002 4:31 PM)
 


   
Cruising Navigator can use NMEA 0183 version 2.2 when it is set up as NMEA 0183 2.1 setting. Usually, when Maptech isn't seeing data, it is due toi the com port not realizing that data is coming into it. The following test will determine which com port is seeing the NMEA data, and therefor what Maptceh should be set to in the GPS Setup for the Comport.

When Maptech isn't getting the GPS data during navigation, it's a good idea to check outside of Maptech to be sure the serial port is receiving the data. HyperTerminal, one of the programs which comes with Windows, is a useful troubleshooting utility, since it reads any information being received by the system through any available COM port. Here are the steps:

Notes: Maptech should be closed while running the Hyperterminal program.
The GPS should be set to its NMEA mode in its Interface Setup area for this test.
The GPS should be set to its Simulator mode if indoors or having difficulty obtaining the GPS Sat. fix.
If you have other devices (such as a palm pilot) that use that port, ensure that the devices software (most common called HotSync) is disabled.


1. Click Start, then Programs, then Accessories, then Hyper Terminal. (In Windows 98, it will be in Communications)

2. In the window titled HyperTerminal, double-click on the icon which says "Hypertrm", the one with the monitor sitting next to a phone.

3. If a window comes up asking if you want to configure a modem now, select "No" or "Cancel". Otherwise, proceed to the next step.

4. Another window titled "Connection Description" appears. In the Name: box, type in the letter t for "test". Click on OK.

5. Another window pops up with the title "Phone Number". The only field of interest here is Connect Using:, which must be set to "Connect to COM1". Click on OK.

6. The window "COM1 Properties" appears. The only field to change here is Bits per second:, which should be set to "4800", since the NMEA 0183 standard specifies 4800 baud rate. Click on OK.

7. The main white HyperTerminal window becomes completely visible, hopefully with GPS data scrolling upward. Every sentence must begin with a dollar sign and five letters. If the screen is blank, this means no data is coming in through the port.

8. When finished viewing the screen, select "Exit" from the File menu. When asked if you want to disconnect now, click on Yes. When asked if you want to save session t, click on No.

Repeat the above steps for other COMs, replacing COM1 with COM2, COM3 and COM4. If none of these will reveal GPS input, then the problem lies in the physical serial port, the GPS receiver, or the connection between the two.
At this point, one of three things can happen:

1. I get an error message.
This means that the COM port you have selected is not available or functioning properly. Close HyperTerminal and repeat the process, trying a different COM port. If you are certain that you are selecting the proper COM port, contact your computer manufacturer for further troubleshooting tips.

2. I get a blank screen with a flashing cursor.
The COM port you've chosen is not currently receiving NMEA data. Close HyperTerminal and repeat the process, trying a different COM port. If you are certain that you are selecting the proper COM port, contact the manufacturer of your computer or GPS unit for further troubleshooting tips.

3. I get a screen with text scrolling upward.
You're successfully connected to your GPS unit. The data you see scrolling by indicates your current position (among other things). Note the COM port used and exit HyperTerminal. When asked if you want to disconnect now, click on Yes. When asked if you want to save session "Test", click on No.

Q: I can't find HyperTerminal. How do I install it on my machine?
A: HyperTerminal is a standard Windows application that is included with all modern versions of Windows. If it not installed on your computer, open the Windows Control Panel, choose Add/Remove Programs, select the Windows Setup tab, click on Communications and press Details. Turn on the check box for HyperTerminal and press OK and OK again. You may need your Windows CD to complete the installation.

Q: I can't get HyperTerminal to display the NMEA strings.
A: If you cannot get HyperTerminal to display the NMEA strings after following the above procedure, trying each COM port, there is something wrong with either your COM port, data cable, or GPS unit. Since the problem lies outside of Maptech, you should contact the manufacturer of your computer manufacturer or GPS unit for further troubleshooting tips.




 


      Old Forum User
Maptech edition 1.0
(msg #n/a: Posted Dec 30, 2002 11:57 AM)
 


   
Is the 1.0 version of Maptech compatable to use w/Garmin E-Trax?


 


      Old Forum User
Maptech edition 1.0
(msg #n/a: Posted Dec 30, 2002 11:57 AM)
 


   
Is the 1.0 version of Maptech compatable to use w/Garmin E-Trax?


 


      Old Forum User
DOS product support
(msg #n/a: Posted Dec 30, 2002 1:13 PM)
 


   
Because of its age, we can no longer offer support or suggestions for use of our older DOS or Windows 3.1 based products. In fact, since the charts that many of these products used would be more than 10 years old, it would not be a safe idea to use Maptech 1.0 for navigation.

In addition, there have been several updates to the NMEA specification since the DOS version was released. It is concievable that a newer GPS (such as the e-trex) would transmit a version of NMEA that would be incompatible.

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
Garmin GPSmap 176C
(msg #n/a: Posted Jan 1, 2003 3:37 PM)
 


   
Any update on a program for the 176? I have tried the GPSmap 130 without success. My only baud options are 9600 on 4.4 chart navigator and 4800 on garmin 176c. Gary


 


      Old Forum User
Maptech and Garmin 176C
(msg #n/a: Posted Jan 14, 2003 10:51 PM)
 


   
I recently called Garmin regarding the fact that Maptech's chart navigator doesn't support the GPSMAP 176C. I was told that Garmin had sent the appropriate drivers to Maptech so that a patch could be fashioned. Is this true? If so, why the interminable wait for something as simple as a driver patch? There have been posts requesting this patch for more than six months; How many people have to nudge tech support before Maptech simply makes this minor patch available for its software?


 


      Old Forum User
Sharing gps
(msg #n/a: Posted Feb 21, 2003 9:20 AM)
 


   
I have a Garmin 128 gps that drives a clipper repeater, the repeater only works on nmea 2.00 4800baud.
Will I have to keep swapping between grmn/Grmn and Nmea 2.oo 4800 baud on the gps to get full functionality on either or will offshore nav work both ways with nmea 2.0 4800 baud.


 


      Old Forum User
NMEA vs. Garmin modes
(msg #n/a: Posted Feb 24, 2003 9:30 AM)
 


   
Hello Glen,


The Garmin will need to be in its proprietary GRMN/GRMN mode for data transfers in order for Maptech (or any other system) to be able to send it data. When in GRMN/GRMN mode, Maptech will be able to both transfer and do the real time positioning, but in NMEA mode, the Garmin units cannot receive data.


- Mike




 


      Old Forum User
Maptech 5.03, doesn't recognize Magellan Meridian
(msg #n/a: Posted Mar 30, 2003 10:24 AM)
 


   
I have V5.03 of Maptech purchased several months ago. I just purchased a Magellan Meridian Platinum. My Maptech doesn't support that GPS unit. I went to Maptech's download page and see a version 5.05 update. If I download it, will it then recognize my GPS?


 


      Old Forum User
Terrain Navigator 5.03 vs. 5.05 and Meridian Plati
(msg #n/a: Posted Mar 31, 2003 10:52 AM)
 


   
The downloads section of Maptech.com does include a 5.05 update for Terrain Navigator. In the current version, there is a driver for the standard version of the Magellan Meridian. If that does not work, try the Magellan 315, as some of our customers have reported that the 315 setting seems to work fine with their Meridian units.

Sincerely,

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
garmin 235
(msg #n/a: Posted Apr 2, 2003 1:03 PM)
 


   
was this promblem every fixed. Can the 235 exchange routes and waypoints with map tech chartnav.


 


      Old Forum User
Not Yet
(msg #n/a: Posted Apr 2, 2003 4:23 PM)
 


   
We do not have a specific driver for the Garmin GPSMAP 235 Sounder at this time. We do hope to support it at some point in the future.

Also, no one has reported to us that one of our existing drivers is compatable. I strongly suspect, however, that one of our Garmin drivers would work - possibly the driver for the GPSMAP 76 or GPSMAP 295. Please let us know if you do find a working combination.

Sincerely,

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
garmin
(msg #n/a: Posted Apr 2, 2003 7:47 PM)
 


   
I haven't bought the cable as of yet, but after looking at my guide and the garmin web page under downloads, the state to select data transfer mode under input/ output for there downloads. the 175 I believe matches that setting. I am thinking that it should work for 185 and 235. Maybe someone reading post that has the model 235 or 185 can try the 175 setting. Ray


 


      Old Forum User
MapTech - Magellan GPS
(msg #n/a: Posted Jun 10, 2003 9:38 PM)
 


   
I am in the process of purchasing the Magellan Marine handheld GPS. I have the MapTech software for the waterways which linked with my old Magellan Color Trak unit. Can the MAPS (from MapTech) on my laptop, be downloaded successfully to the Magellan Marine. The file extensions for the charts are .BSB and .KAP.


 


      Old Forum User
Can't put raster graphics on a handheld GPS
(msg #n/a: Posted Jun 11, 2003 12:58 PM)
 


   
The raster graphics that make up our charts and maps are simply too memory and data intensive to display on anything but a PC.

The good news is that PocketPCs (available from HP/Compaq, Dell, and others) are powerful enough to display our maps and charts, are as portable as many handheld GPSs, and can have various sleeves or cards attached that make them into GPS units. Be sure to check out "Pocket Navigator" on our website for more information. The display of our maps and charts on a PocketPC with GPS is really a great way to do handheld navigation - and it keeps track of your addresses and plays solitare too!

We also offer Outdoor Navigator for the Palm (witch can also be configured with a GPS attachment). However, at this time, Outdoor Navigator will only interface with our Online Mapserver - it can not read KAP/BSB directly.

Sincerely,

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
Is maptech compatible with Bluetooth GPS
(msg #n/a: Posted Jun 22, 2003 7:23 PM)
 


   
I tried to connect my laptop and PDA Maptech Charts with a Bluetooth Emtac GPS. The Maptech chart program was not responding and the menu did not support the BLUETOOTH GPS. Does Maptech have a fix for this problem. DA


 


      Old Forum User
Bluetooth Support in Pocket Navigator
(msg #n/a: Posted Jun 23, 2003 3:24 PM)
 


   
Bluetooth GPSs have been tested with our PDA software, Pocket Navigator and work very well. I have included
instructions on how to set this up, following this message.

Please note, however, there is no way to transmit the Bluetooth GPS position to a laptop via the PDA.

Sincerely,

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support




Initializing your Bluetooth GPS receiver to work with Pocket Navigator

1. Turn on your Bluetooth GPS receiver.

2. Turn on your PDA device that has Bluetooth capabilities.

3. Go to Start > Settings > System > Bluetooth > Bluetooth Manager

4. Tap on New > Connect > Explore a Bluetooth device > Next >

5. Now click on Tap here to choose a device. In here the PDA should identify the Bluetooth GPS receiver. Click on that, select Serial Port, click next, then Finish. Close out of all remaining windows.

6. Open Pocket Navigator and go to Menu then GPS then to Setup.

7. In here select:

- Manufacturer: NMEA

- Model: NMEA 0183

- Port: Com8: Bluetooth serial port Com.

- Baud: 4800

Click OK.

8. Select the Bluetooth GPS from the list on the next screen.

9. This will bring you back to your main screen. Tap on the small blue circle with an (i) in it. This should read NO SIGNAL.

10. Finally, go outside and you should receive a position on a map you have loaded for the area you are in. You can also go to Menu > GPS > Satellites to see your progress.


 


      Old Forum User
Humminbird Matrix interface?
(msg #n/a: Posted Jul 20, 2003 12:34 PM)
 


   
Could you please explore the possibility of adding capability to interface with the Humminbird Matrix series?
Thanks,
Nels


 


      Old Forum User
Will do (*NM*)
(msg #n/a: Posted Jul 30, 2003 11:03 AM)
 


   


 


      Old Forum User
Eagle Accumap Sport
(msg #n/a: Posted Sep 4, 2003 9:28 AM)
 


   
Before I buy a cable for my unit, I wanted to make sure it would interface, since it's not listed on the Lowrance/Eagle choices; neither is the Accunav Sport, which is similar, so I figured I'd better check. Thanks....Rick


 


      Old Forum User
Live tracking should work fine.
(msg #n/a: Posted Sep 5, 2003 8:34 AM)
 


   
You should be able to use this NMEA-compatable GPS for live tracking in both our Land and Marine navigation products.

According to Lowrance, the unit is internally similar to the Eagle Map Guide Pro, which is supported for transfer of routes and waypoints to and from our products. While I can not guarantee compatablity, chances are very good that this setting should work fine with your AccuNav Sport.

Sincerely,

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 


      Old Forum User
Thanks!
(msg #n/a: Posted Sep 5, 2003 10:38 AM)
 


   


 


      Old Forum User
Navman 4400
(msg #n/a: Posted Sep 16, 2003 5:42 PM)
 


   
What mfg code in Chart Navigator works best to support using the Navman 4400 Bluetooth GPS. Unit works great with my HP IPaq 2215 and Pocket Navigator but I want to use it with my laptop and Chart Navigator as well


 


      Old Forum User
Chart Navigator does not do realtime tracking.
(msg #n/a: Posted Sep 17, 2003 8:52 AM)
 


   
Since Chart Navigator does not do any real time positioning, there is no way to configure it to be used with a Bluetooth GPS, since all the bluetooth does is provide a NMEA data feed of position information.

For realtime tracking, you need Offshore Navigator.

In Offshore Navigator, as long as the Bluetooth driver is configured such that it is sending standard NMEA sententances to a simulated COM (or Serial) port, it should work correctly as a NMEA-Generic GPS. You may want to check with NAVMAN to ensure that the 4400 driver can be configured to emulate a standard Serial/COM port.

Sincerely,

-Ed Lecuyer

Manager, Quality Assurance and Technical Support



 








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