MapSource GPS Garmin

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We put you on the map
Cartography is the art and science of making maps. We have a team of cartographers and engineers who develop digital geographic data that can be used in a variety of our products. You'll see mapping detail that will supplement your unit's existing basemap and improve navigation.

MapSource products provide geographic data in CD-ROM/DVD-ROM format that can be viewed on a PC. Additionally, some Garmin® units can accept map downloads from various MapSource products to augment the detail already on your Garmin GPS basemap.

All MapSource products include the trip and waypoint manager functions for transferring waypoints, routes, and tracks. Your preference for map detail and your specific activities will determine which MapSource product is right for you. MapSource gives you the flexibility to select the mapping coverage you need.

While using MapSource, the trip and waypoint planning function is compatible with nearly all Garmin GPS systems. The map transfer feature is compatible with numerous Garmin GPS units—please check your specific Garmin GPS unit and MapSource product for compatibility.

For those units that accept the map transfer feature, users can either download MapSource CD- ROM/DVD-ROM content to data cards or directly to their units depending on the GPS product they own. To download information directly to your GPS, simply connect your Garmin GPS to your PC using a compatible PC serial interface cable or USB interface cable (depending on your model). Select the map areas on screen, and with the click of the mouse, the information downloads to your GPS. Some units require a Garmin data card to download. Garmin offers a variety of blank data cards, including an 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB and 256MB. Choose the size that best fits your required coverage area (Note: Some blank card sizes will not be compatible or recommended with some Garmin mapping units).

When using a locked MapSource product, the real-time track plotting function will work only with a valid unlock code for the GPS unit being used (not all units will be compatible with this). Each MapSource product is sold separately; however, more than one product can be used and downloaded into a Garmin-compatible unit. Note the MapSource Application will not support real-time tracking any longer. If you have the MapSource product installed on your PC, though, download Garmin's nRoute software from the Garmin website for no charge and use it (on that same computer) for real-time tracking with a compatible unit.

MapSource System Requirements
IBM-compatible PC running Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating system; 32MB RAM minimum; between 300 MB and 1.5GB free hard disk space; CD-ROM drive; available serial port; 256 color display adapter and monitor (24 bit recommended); and mouse or other pointing device; PC Interface cable. Internet access is also recommended to make use of the unlock process.

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