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I stumbled across a series of YouTube tutorial videos on the subject of Garmin's BaseCamp mapping software while searching zumoforums.com. There are a total of 15 excellent tutorials for beginners and experienced users alike. The videos can be lengthy, some are 20 minutes long, but they are VERY complete.

I am one of those who always liked MapSource better than BaseCamp. With the release of City Navigator 2014.3 I noticed that errors started to occur in MapSource. These errors don't occur in BaseCamp thereby the need for me to suck it in and finally convert from MapSource.

Quite frankly, after watching the tutorials I think BaseCamp is now better than MapSource. And, with Garmin continuing to improve BaseCamp many of my old qualms have been negated. One of my original pet peeves about BaseCamp centered around data storage and presentation. It SEEMED that it could be confusing and overwhelming. The gentleman who created the videos has over 27,000 waypoints, routes, and data pieces stored and accessed in BaseCamp in an elegant and organized structure. I was very impressed.

Regardless of whether you use a Zumo, Nuvi, or any other Garmin product, these videos will be a excellent resource to learn BaseCamp. You don't need to join the Zumo Forum. For your convenience I've posted the links below.

I give the guy (Don Norwood, 2011 BMW 1200GSA) a lot of credit for creating these tutorials. He did one hell of a good job.

Lesson 1 .... the Garmin BaseCamp Map and Menu.... http://youtu.be/jDqVvHvd754
Lesson 2... data storage for Garmin BaseCamp... http://youtu.be/kpRaWRii7hE
Lesson 3....Edit and OPTIONS....... http://youtu.be/qwDSNPyVX-Q
Lesson 4....Create My Collection, your database ...... http://youtu.be/stpwMUBQLNc
Lesson 5....The Drawing Tools ......http://youtu.be/ECNujneoot0
Lesson 6.... Backup Database, Google Earth....... http://youtu.be/freaF_WciZk
Lesson 7.... Find, Search, Yelp, Icons and Data.... http://youtu.be/ayGruPddSRE
Lesson 8 ..... Connecting your GPS and moving data.... http://youtu.be/DZk5-wQbm84
Lesson 9 ...... EXTRAS on your GPS unit.... http://youtu.be/fQmuT1tmVhM
Lesson 10......Routing with NEW ROUTE tool only...... http://youtu.be/1WkOq3_FurM
Lesson 11......Routing with Waypoints your create..... http://youtu.be/qB8N7nAGb_0
Lesson 12......BaseCamp created route and then modify... http://youtu.be/pFTjsqucHSo
Lesson 13..... Auto Routing using your data...........http://youtu.be/mu4r-ee1XSk
Lesson 14.... Adding a stopover and your time element.. http://youtu.be/MJbI5STi7uo
Lesson 15 ... Common Routing errors and how to avoid them... http://youtu.be/uS93soMx0Mg

New Lesssons added as of Jan. 6, 2014
Lesson 16 - Shared Data Files Conversion to GPX format . . .
http://youtu.be/pnQSKZJd5So
Lesson 17 - Garmin POI Loader moving data to your GPS unit . . . http://youtu.be/uGvgv8mVPPw


New Lesson added as of Jan 12, 2014
Lesson 18 - Garmin Custom Waypoint Symbols . . . http://youtu.be/AuMFEzGNv3Q

There is also a wealth of information located at Delphi Forums (http://forums.delphiforums.com/garminbasecamp/messages/?msg=21.1) titled "Learn Garmin BaseCamp". This is the resident learning site that all the video links were posted. Some threads include attachments and other information not in the tutorials. In lesson 18, references are made to attachments , supplemental details, and examples. you must go to the Delphi site (link shown above) and in the left hand bar, scroll down and expand the the section called "Lesson 16-18 POI Loader, CWS,". Click and open Lesson 18. Scroll down thru the thread and the additional information will be seen. There is also a discussion section dedicated to Mac users.
 

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Thanks for the list, will bookmark this thread and try and learn something - Nah that idea just won't fly.

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Crabby Bob
 

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Thanks for the up date and helping out other motorcyclists. It is a person like you and many others on this board that make it work.
 

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Thank you,, I will now give base camp another shot. I hated it when I first tried it Stuck with MS S&T
 

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Thanks for sharing your findings.
 

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Does garmin still support mapsource for a older gps?
Nope. Garmin won't even talk about MapSource anymore. They always direct a caller to BaseCamp. BaseCamp should support all Garmin GPS devices that permit a USB connection.
 

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I'm right there with ya. I hated Basecamp, once I spent the time to figure it out it is, IMHO, a much better tool compared to Mapsource. It certainly is NOT an intuitive interface but from a functionality stand point it is a great tool. Thanks for putting these video links in one spot for us!
 

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Thanks, bookmarked them for later viewing..
 

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Just updated the original message with two new videos. This is starting to get into some real geek stuff! Egads!

Have fun everyone.
 

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I'm still using (and like) Mapsource, though I guess at some point I'm going to be forced to convert to Basecamp, but I'm putting it off for as long as I can.

One thing I like about Mapsource is that all the maps are loaded locally on the PC. I'm told Basecamp uses Google maps in some fashion, is this true? Does this mean you need an internet connection to use Basecamp, or can it be used off-line? I do a lot of my route planning on the side of the road or in a resturaunt, and most of the time I don't have internet access so I need a product that works without an internet connection.
 

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Fred I use mine all the time off line. When you want to save your route, use just export it to a file. This file is either imported thru your GPS or opened on another computer. With that said I still like map source better. I did have problems with the last release crashing tho.
 

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Fred I use mine all the time off line. When you want to save your route, use just export it to a file. This file is either imported thru your GPS or opened on another computer. With that said I still like map source better. I did have problems with the last release crashing tho.
Thanks. Yes, I have issues with Mapsource periodically crashing as well, though it only happens once in a while. I've learned to live with it.

If I install Basecamp, how do I get the current 2014 mapset loaded in it so that matches the maps loaded in the Nav system on my bike?
 

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Wow! A question from the great Fred Himself! I'm honored!

Fred, BaseCamp works exactly like MapSource. Maps are downloaded onto your computer and remain resident as well as on your Garmin device. BaseCamp accesses these maps so that you may plan your routes without hooking up to the internet. You may then upload the waypoints and routes to your Garmin. As with MapSource, make sure you use the same version maps in BaseCamp as is installed on your Garmin.

The only difference is that BaseCamp CAN access the maps from your Garmin, too. If you forget your computer and need to use a "foreign" computer, you can download and install BaseCamp onto the "foreign" computer, attach your Garmin, and BaseCamp will use the maps resident in your Garmin. That is extremely convenient.

The reference to Google is really about Google Earth. After you've planned a route, your can select the route, go to View|Google Earth and use Google Earth to "fly" the selected route. This is a solid interface of the mapping technologies. I've discovered an error in my route by doing this. A "shaping point" was placed 500 feet from my intended route, a consequence of modifying a route from 40,000 feet. Other than that, Google is not needed at all.

By the time you go through the first four tutorials, I think you'll start liking BaseCamp. Garmin eliminated a lot of the early problems and it is becoming more like MapSource than you may realize.

Good luck.
 

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Thanks. Yes, I have issues with Mapsource periodically crashing as well, though it only happens once in a while. I've learned to live with it.

If I install Basecamp, how do I get the current 2014 mapset loaded in it so that matches the maps loaded in the Nav system on my bike?
I believe Garmin Express allows the re-installation and re-downloading of maps. But, if you have MapSource already on your computer, BaseCamp will use the same mapset. I switch back and forth between BaseCamp and MapSource seamlessly.
 

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Fred - You have to use Garmin Express to put your maps to Basecamp. Some of the folks on the Zumo Forum recommend using MapInstall to do this as Express was some what buggy. If you are running a Winders machine Garmin Express will work for you. As an aside if you have maps on your PC it should just be a matter of telling Basecamp what mapset to use. Hope this helps.

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Thanks. I guess it's time I gave Basecamp a try. Since I already have Mapsource loaded with my maps installed on it, I'm hoping I can just somehow point Basecamp to use the maps I already have loaded.

Part of me hates to give up Mapsource though. I've been using it for so long with such good results, I'm almost afraid to mess with Basecamp.
 

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Thanks. I guess it's time I gave Basecamp a try. Since I already have Mapsource loaded with my maps installed on it, I'm hoping I can just somehow point Basecamp to use the maps I already have loaded.

Part of me hates to give up Mapsource though. I've been using it for so long with such good results, I'm almost afraid to mess with Basecamp.
Yeah, I grumbled my way all the way into liking BaseCamp. When I found these tutorials through the Delphi and Zumo Forums, I figured I would share them and maybe shake up some of us old timers who are resistant to change.
 
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