lorance gps data help neede

Submitted: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 20:30
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A work colleage has asked for help in extracting track data he downloaded from a Lorance gps. He has sent me a file with a ".usr" extension. I have tried "oziexplorer", "g7towin", "expertGPS" but none of these recognise ".uzr" as a file they can import. I have done a search through Google and cannot find any help with understanding the structure of the file format.

Has anyone had expereince with Lorance files?

Unfortunately this person is 400 kms away so I can't look over his shoulder to see what he is doing. Short of asking hime to send me his GPS for me to download there is not much else I can do.

Jeff
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 20:58

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 20:58
Sorry can't help in any way I'm a Garmin man and that's one of the reasons I steer clear of Navmans,Lowrance Silva's etc. Magellan is the other well known brand but I have not used them but the software for Magellan and Garmin is compatible with PCs and the units are OziExplorer friendly, their softwares can be used on the Laptop or PC for many tasks.
Just trying to wonder if there is a lowrance website where you could get the drivers to open the file , have you tried doing a 1 right click and the selecting OPEN WITH and select CHOOSE PROGRAM ....but if you aint got the right program it aint gonna work. have a poke in this link www.lowrance.com/Software/default.asp
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Follow Up By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:06

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:06
Been there done that - coming to this forum is a last resort.

PS - I am also a Garmin man myself. I'm trying to a favour for someone else.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:06

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:06
I just checked my OziExplorer in the FILE / Configuration /GPS tab / GPS Make Tab and Lowrance is recognised by OziExplorer but you have to tell it you have one like i had to download an update from OziExplorer so it would recognise my Garmin Quest, I will get back to you in about 10 mins with a link to some screen shots taken with a Widget
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Follow Up By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:09

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:09
Like I said - been there done that - its a problem with trying to import a file created by some other program. I already think I need to physically get hold of his GPS and download it using OziExplorer myself. But I'm trying to give the guy other options apart from being without his GPS for a week.
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Reply By: Dave198 - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:18

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:18
Jay Gee, I have been trying to do the same with a mates Lowrance recently.
If I remember right, configure Oziexplorer for the appropriate model Lowrance and then you will get a drop down box when you hit lowerance on the toolbar.
I think that is where you wil see the usr file import option.
I also use a Garmin and dont know much about the Lowrances. It may depend on what model it is to get the right options in Oziexplorer.
Hope this helps a bit.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:27

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:27
That would be the procedure to follow if you has a lowance GPS connected to your computer and you were downloading it direct.

This person has already downloaded the file using heaven knows what program - and I'm trying to convert his file into a more compatable format.

I am thinking more and more that I will need to physically have the actual GPS and connect it to my computer.
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Follow Up By: Dave198 - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:57

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:57
Jay Gee, I am not sure about connecting the lowerance to your computer. My mates has a flash card in it and we downloaded into Oziexplorer via a cardreader.
Not sure what model lowerances have the card though. My mates is a 2400.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:26

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:26
OK Jay Gee

Check this link out but you probably already know this , I don't know if you do or not Site Link
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Follow Up By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:29

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:29
That will only work if I'm trying to download his GPS. It won't work to import his data.
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Reply By: The Explorer - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:38

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:38
Hello - havent used it myself but try

www.gpsu.co.uk/index.html

Standard Edition imports urs files..if you are trying to get data into OziExplorer try exporting (once imported) as gpx or shape file and then importing into OziExplorer.

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:40

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:40
sorry that should be "imports urs files"
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Reply By: The Explorer - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:41

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:41
Bu**er me I mean "usr"
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Follow Up By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:53

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:53
BINGO! That's the program I needed. Thanks Greg.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:01

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:01
JG - no worries - with respect to exporting (for subsequent import into OzIE) : I have not had time to experiment but my first suggestion of GPX may not be best (I have only played with waypoints in gpx format..not sure if it is a "track" format)

Let us know how you go and procedure followed ...if successful.

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Follow Up By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:18

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:18
Hi Greg

It was easy. I selected "Save/Export Options" and it selected "Ozi Explorer" as file type. I was then able to open the file in Ozi no problems.

Thanks for your help

Jeff
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:37

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:37
Good Stuff

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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:22

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:22
gpsbabel will handle the conversion to an oziexplorer track file if that's what you want.

www.gpsbabel.org/
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Follow Up By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:39

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:39
Thanks MadDog - that one looks good too
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:41

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:41
It handles many formats and growing, very handy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:49

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 22:49
Yes - I noticed that when I checked out the website. And I also noticed that it works on MAC - which interest me as I run both windows and mac computers
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