From: Neil Mishalov <mishalov@sb...> - 2004-07-21 02:29:35
I am using OSX 10.3.4 and Gpsbabel version 1.2.3. I have a Garmin 60C
and am transferring data via the serial port in conjunction with a
keyspan USA 19QI
Thanks for the excellent program! Your program has enabled me to
transfer GPS data to Terrabrowser 1.5 alpha by Chimoosoft and the
data is superimposed on satellite maps.
Go here to see an example:
I would also like to transfer data using the National Geographic
Topo!, .tpo method but at this time it is not possible.
Would you kindly give me an update as to when and if gpsbabel will
interact with .tpo?
As an aside, I am unable to change the default mode on the "File For
Conversion" dialog page.
Thanks again, Gpsbabel has been a vital link in enabling me to
transfer GPS data.
From: Robert Lipe <robertlipe@us...> - 2004-07-21 03:03:04
Neil Mishalov wrote:
> I am using OSX 10.3.4 and Gpsbabel version 1.2.3. I have a Garmin 60C
> and am transferring data via the serial port in conjunction with a
> keyspan USA 19QI
Thanx for the report. It's always good to hear from a user whose cat
ISN'T stuck in a tree sometimes. :-)
> Go here to see an example:
> I would also like to transfer data using the National Geographic
> Topo!, .tpo method but at this time it is not possible.
> Would you kindly give me an update as to when and if gpsbabel will
> interact with .tpo?
Some effort was spent reverse engineering .tpo, but I don't think it
bore fruits. The amount of time deciphering these things typically
totally dwarfs the effort it takes to actually code them.
I'm at the point of organizing letter-writing campaigns. Reverse
engineering these formats is a huge pain for us in several ways. I'm
starting to encourage the CUSTOMERS of these programs with these
pain-in-the-butt binary formats to lobby the support groups to provide
documentation on them. Accept no nonsense about "proprietary data" -
your waypoints, routes, tracks are YOUR data.
If you (as a paying customer) can get a document from NG describing the
.tpo format in sufficient detail to implement a GPSBabel module, the
odds of finding a programmer with the interest and ability to code it
goes WAY up. Sometimes these documents actually do exist and can be
released if you can find the right person to get it for you. (That was
the case with Magellan's Mapsend format which has been a walk in the
park compared to Mapsource which was reverse engineered and a big pain.)
Alternately, pressure these guys to implement GPX, a portable format, so
YOUR data isn't locked up inside their programs (or outside them).
Now that I'm done ranting, I feel a FAQ addition coming on. :-)
> As an aside, I am unable to change the default mode on the "File For
> Conversion" dialog page.
Jeremy Atherton is probably the best to help with that. I've tweaked
the subject to make it more likely to catch his attention.
> Thanks again, Gpsbabel has been a vital link in enabling me to
> transfer GPS data.