Comment: EOTopo

Submitted: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 15:45
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Am about to buy EOTopo after researching it, but have two questions:
1. I have a Garmin eTrex 10(simple, but does what I need it to). Am I able to connect it to my laptop and use it as a normal GPS with the maps? (pretty sure no built in GPS on my laptop)
2. Any Geocachers out there (nudge nudge wink wink) using these maps as offline maps on a smart phone?)
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Reply By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 18:38

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 18:38
I just looked at the on-line manual. Maybe I didn't look hard enough, but I can see no reference to sending NMEA data (ie GPS data in a standard format) to a PC for use in a PC-based navigation program. So at this stage I think the answer to your question 1 is "no". Happy to be corrected if I'm wrong.

In answer to your question 2, I am not a geocacher but if you have an app such as OziExplorer for Android installed on your Android smart phone, then yes, EO Topo would work offline. There is also a Windows CE version for devices using that OS.

To my knowledge OziExplorer is not available for Apple devices (iOS)

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Reply By: Idler Chris - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 20:22

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 20:22
If you want to use maps on your laptop with no built in gps go here http://www.exploroz.com/Shop/GlobalSat+Globalsat_BU-353S4_Mouse_GPS.aspx
These are great value at $66 and very easy to install, and never drop out.
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Follow Up By: SoloGirl - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 20:30

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 20:30
Thanks Guys.
Been thinking about this a bit; do you even get laptops with a GPS built in?
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 12:08

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 12:08
Laptops with GPS? Apparently there are (google it) but probably not an economical solution. Many people are using tablets/ipads for navigation (and other things)...though they dont have same capabilities as "laptops" so not for everyone..but they are cheap (android tablets at least) so getting both is one option.

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Reply By: WBS - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 22:54

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 22:54
To answer your question:
When using OziExplorer to view EOTopo on a PC, in the Configuration File you can select a Garmin Etrex 10 as your GPS and you can certainly load EOTopo as your map of choice, so it would be reasonable to assume that you can then navigate on your laptop using a Garmin GPS and EOTopo on OziExplorer.

I've use the Garmin Etrex in that arrangement using Hema and NATMAP maps many years ago but I've moved on to using a Bluetooth GPS.

I don't understand your second question so I won't respond to it

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11:54

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11:54
Hi

As pointed out by others it would seem that the Etrex 10 does not have the capability to output NMEA (or Garmin PVT) data stream which is required for "navigating" using moving map in OziExplorer. The settings WBS is referring to are for waypoint and track upload/download, though these settings are somewhat irrelevant anyway as the unit acts as an external hard drive when connected to a PC so you can just use windows explorer to open/save/move/copy files (i.e. settings in Ozi dont have to specify gps make or model (in this instance) - just use load or save file).

Getting a GPS MOUSE as suggested is one simple solution to the problem of no NMEA output from the Etrex.

EOtopo maps (based on 250K map data) are probably OK for geocaching in remote areas ..they dont however have street level detail - which is pretty handy for city/near city geocaching. If you choose to use OziExplorer then getting more detailed maps (eg 25K scale) that show streets would be the go however there are quiet a few free (and not so free) geocaching apps for smartphones that use google maps (or similar) - so this would be the best way to go (though does require internet connection so keep that in mind..though assume some offline support i.e caching of maps of area of interest possible ?).

If you go on the Geocaching Australia forum and ask what others are using you will get wealth of information/options.

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Reply By: SoloGirl - Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 15:30

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 15:30
Thanks for all the advice/comments - appreciate it.
Last question: :)
Am I correct in presuming then, that the best (only?) use for using the maps on a laptop is for creating routes which you then upload to a portable device which has a built-in GPS?

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 20:00

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 20:00
Hi

No - I use "maps on a laptop" (well a PC generally) almost every day for work and very rarely create routes. Main use is data management- i.e create/save/modify waypoints and tracks, though no doubt others also create "routes" ( which are just a series of waypoints for your average gps mapping program). I also use the PC to create raster maps for upload to GPS (e.g. google earth images).

Portable devices (i.e a normal gps) are designed for data display and capture...but you really need the PC/Laptop for proper data management. For instance you can't keep all your collected data on the GPS forever and obviously PC/laptop is best for displaying/editing/storing of the info you gather over the years.

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Reply By: SoloGirl - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 13:24

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 13:24
Many thanks to all of you for your time.
I have just finished setting up my brand new GPS mouse (odd name that!) and configured it with OziExplorer and all works ticketty-boo; waiting for my maps to arrive and then I will be a happy little off-line adventurer!
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