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post #1 of 14 Old 03-28-2015, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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I have used this agenda to teach a number of BaseCamp haters to use the program in a few hours. They like the program now. I have completed the PC agenda and am currently working on the Mac agenda: http://www.newenglandriders.org/Learn_BaseCamp.htm
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Hey, thanks a lot for you efforts in putting this together. I ordered a Garmin, and just downloaded Basecamp, and it'll be nice to cut down on the learning curve and benefit from the wisdom of someone else who has already figured it out.

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Hey, thanks a lot for you efforts in putting this together. I ordered a Garmin, and just downloaded Basecamp, and it'll be nice to cut down on the learning curve and benefit from the wisdom of someone else who has already figured it out.

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I read through the tutorial, great information. My GPS however is a Garmin 255W and doesn't support BaseCamp. I have however downloaded an app for my IPhone and will try that.

One question I have is that BaseCamp software only shows major roads and no streets. Is there something that I am missing, I couldn't find it in the document.

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One question I have is that BaseCamp software only shows major roads and no streets. Is there something that I am missing, I couldn't find it in the document.
The downloaded version uses "Global Maps" which lack some detail. With a Garmin GPS that supports Basecamp you can download its maps to Basecamp/PC and have full detail. Or you can buy the maps (DVD or download) too.

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I used the tutorial, and experimented with Basecamp, and to be honest, I find that Tyre is a lot easier to use, with a much more intuitive interface. I was creating custom routes within about twenty minutes of downloading it, and I've already successfully transferred these routes to my Garmin.

Basecamp probably has more functions, but Tyre did pretty much all I wanted from a mapping program, which was to create custom rides for me to follow with the GPS. For me, functionality+free=no frustration.

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I haven't gone through the tutorial yet but I've been using Tyre for a couple of years. Alows me to create custom routes and upload them to my Zumo 550. When I first got the Zumo, I pounded on Basecamp for a couple of hours and got pretty fustrated. I then found Tyre and have been using it ever since.

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I used the tutorial, and experimented with Basecamp, and to be honest, I find that Tyre is a lot easier to use, with a much more intuitive interface. I was creating custom routes within about twenty minutes of downloading it, and I've already successfully transferred these routes to my Garmin.

Basecamp probably has more functions, but Tyre did pretty much all I wanted from a mapping program, which was to create custom rides for me to follow with the GPS. For me, functionality+free=no frustration.
Tyre is OK if you do not ask much from your routing program.

Tyre is a Google Maps based route planning program that does not work with Macs. Some feel that Tyre, and other Google Maps based programs like Harley Ride Planner, are easier to use than BaseCamp.

BaseCamp proponents argue:
1) Tyre and Harley Ride Planner do not differentiate between waypoints, via points, and shaping points. As a result, downloaded routes have numerous waypoints that cause havoc with newer Garmin devices with Ride Planner. Rides are broken into multiple smaller rides divided at each waypoint.

2) BaseCamp does not need a WiFi signal. If you are on the road without a WiFi signal, you cannot alter your route using Tyre or Harley Ride Planner.

3) Tyre is limited to 48 waypoints making it more difficult to plan longer, more complicated routes.

4) You cannot set points to not audibly announce on your GPS using Tyre or Harley Ride Planner. All points will audibly announce during a ride even when no turn is upcoming.

5) You can only create one route per file using Tyre or Harley Ride Planner. BaseCamp allows users to access all of their rides and favorites. This helps riders to quickly create new routes by simply copying and pasting.

6) You cannot use start times and layover times to create an itinerary in Tyre or Harley Ride Planner. You also cannot set riding speeds to help predict arrival times.

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I read through the tutorial, great information. My GPS however is a Garmin 255W and doesn't support BaseCamp. I have however downloaded an app for my IPhone and will try that.

One question I have is that BaseCamp software only shows major roads and no streets. Is there something that I am missing, I couldn't find it in the document.
You need to use Garmin Express to download the detailed maps to your computer.
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I haven't gone through the tutorial yet but I've been using Tyre for a couple of years. Alows me to create custom routes and upload them to my Zumo 550. When I first got the Zumo, I pounded on Basecamp for a couple of hours and got pretty fustrated. I then found Tyre and have been using it ever since.
Tyre is OK. It is certainly a lot better than Harley Ride Planner. It does have limitations that I listed in the previous post.
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