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GPS Connectivity for your Macintosh

LoadMyTracks is a piece of software that will communicate with GPS devices from many manufacturers to send and receive data. It can also be used to translate data between the popular GPX and KML (Google Earth) formats. The software provides support for Waypoints (single locations in space), Routes (lists of waypoints that can be used as instructions of where to go, Tracks (the breadcrumbs that many GPS devices keep to show where you have been) and additional data that may vary by device.

With GPX files, you can log your travels, determine the location of your photos on your latest photo safari, plan and track exercise, participate in geocaching, help make better maps of your country's roadways, or anything that your geospatial mind can think of. Utilities exist on the Internet and on the Macintosh to use and manipulate GPX files. Google is a great place to start when trying to find these. Try searching on "GPX Macintosh". [Opens a new window]

We've been working with the help of many of our users to create a utility that is straightforward and easy to use, while also providing most of the features necessary to satisfy beginners and power users alike. Thanks for all of the encouragement and good thoughts by our current and future users. Please continue to provide us with the great feedback that you have with previous versions.

Recent versions of LoadMyTracks make use of Sparkle by Andy Matuschak for automatic program updates and we're now using Growl for notification of events that make take time or happen asynchronously, such as a device becoming ready or going offline or the program finishing a task.

LoadMyTracks uses version 1.1 of the GPX schema (as defined originally by Topografix) and relies upon the extension method built into that format to provide support for additional information not supported by the standard. To support heart rate, cadence, and lap information which are available from some GPS Devices (such as the Garmin ForeRunner and Edge series), we have introduced our GPXDATA schema. The schema is currently open for review and is still in the testing phase and likely to change. More detailed information will be made available as it solidifies, but XML-saavy people are welcome to look at the schema and comment to us using the bug report form.

LoadMyTracks also supports Geocaching using LOC files or GPX files with the extensions from geocaching.com . Right now, device support is limited, but there should be recognition of Geocache symbols for Garmin devices and support for full geocaching behavior on Magellan devices that support geocaching.

For more information about GIS, GPS, spatial analysis, etc. please visit our sister site at Cartographica.com

System Requirements

Universal Macintosh Application

Supported GPS Devices

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FromReceive
ToSend
WaypointsWaypoints
TracksTracks
RoutesRoutes
LapsLaps
Heart RateHeart Rate
CadenceCadence
GeocachesGeocache
Manufacturer Device Interface Tested Direction Data Supported
From To Waypoints Tracks Routes Laps Heart Rate Cadence Geocache
Garmin GPS III+ Serial Yes Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin GPS V Serial Yes Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin eMap Serial User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin eTrex Legend Serial User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin eTrex Legend C USB Yes Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes       Geocache
Garmin eTrex Venture C USB User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin eTrex Vista / Vista C/ Vista Cx Serial User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin eTrex Vista Cx USB User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin Colorado (400t tested) USB Yes Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin Edge 205/305 USB Yes Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes Laps HR Cadence  
Garmin Edge 605/705 USB User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes Laps HR Cadence  
Garmin Foretrex 201 Serial User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin ForeRunner 201 USB User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes Laps HR    
Garmin ForeRunner 301 USB Yes Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes Laps HR    
Garmin ForeRunner 305 USB User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes Laps HR    
Garmin Geko 301 Serial User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin StreetPilot 2620 USB Yes Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin StreetPilot c320 USB User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin nüvi USB Yes Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin Quest USB Yes Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes       Geocache
Garmin GPS 60CSx / GPSMap 60Cx USB User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin GPSMap 76Cx USB User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin Garmin 12XL Serial User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin Garmin 38 Serial User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin Garmin 76S Serial User Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Garmin iQue series USB
Unsupported
Garmin Any USB or Serial receiver Serial or USB Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes       Geocache
GlobalSat DG-100 USB Yes Receive     Tracks          
GlobalSat GH-615 USB Yes Receive   Waypoints Tracks     Heart Rate    
Lowrance Any memory-based receiver Memory Card User Receive   Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Magellan eXplorist 210 USB Yes Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes       Geocache
Magellan Any USB or Memory based receiver USB or Memory card Receive Send Waypoints Tracks Routes       Geocache
Magellan Meridian Color Serial Yes Receive   Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Magellan Any Serial-based receiver Serial   Receive   Waypoints Tracks Routes        
Timex 3d Generation GPS
(TrailRunner BodyLink 3D)
USB Yes Receive
    Tracks     HR    
TomTom TomTom Go 910 USB Yes Receive
Send Waypoints            
TomTom Any TomTom USB Device USB   Receive Send Waypoints            
Sony GPS CS-1 USB Yes Receive     Tracks          

We're looking for people to report testing and bugs when working with any or all of the above receivers. We have tested only a handful, but believe that our protocol compliance is sufficient to get most other devices in the same families. However, with your help, we can fill out this table. If you have trouble, or success, please file a report at our bug report page. In the above table, Yes indicates that we have a device and have tested it as part of our standard test suite, User indicates that it has been reported by users as working.

Some devices (such as the Edge and Forerunner series) support uploading tracks as "courses" for use in head-to-head training. For these devices, LoadMyTracks will now upload the Courses. However, this feature is new and as with any piece of software in test, might result in data loss if there is an error in the code. We suggest strongly that you back-up all of your data before uploading courses to these devices. At this point, our testing indicates that things are working fine, but that is no guarantee that your experience will be the same.

†Serial receivers have been tested through a limited number of serial devices (right now, just the Keyspan US-19W High-speed USB Serial adapter-replaced by the USA-19HS), further reports of success or failure are appreciated. Customers have also reported success with Prolific PL-2303 USB-Serial adapters.

‡Memory-card based Magellans are supported, and some have been confirmed to work by users. The key to compatibility with current versions is the existence of a USBTRANS folder at the top of the card's file structure. If this isn't there (or doesn't contain appropriate data), then the card isn't recognized by LoadMyTracks. We are working on support for other Magellan devices.

Download

Version 1.4.1 (087) of the software is available for download. This version requires OS X 10.5.

AppCast

To keep up-to-date on the software, use the software's built in "Check for Updates" functionality or subscribe to our LoadMyTracks AppCast. Want to learn more about AppCasting, visit Connected Flow.

Companion Programs

LoadMyTracks is a good member of the community and cooperates with software from a number of different vendors. Here is a list of some of the software and links to the packages.

Feedback, Bug Reports, Feature Requests

ClueTrust welcomes your feedback, please use our bug report page to send in your comments or suggestions.

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