TAG :: Toronto Area Geocachers » mac

Mar 30 2011

Garmin has released a beta version of it’s Basecamp for Mac software. The list of changes is a doozy – they have been busy at Garmin! Notable improvements are aimed at geocache handling and BirdsEye. Note that BirdsEye may not work 100% for the beta just yet.

Information below is from the Garmin Basecamp for Mac Beta website:

as of March 29, 2011

Download(66.78 MB)

View installation instructions


  • BaseCamp is a 3D mapping application that allows you to transfer Garmin Custom Maps, BirdsEye Imagery, waypoints, tracks, and routes between your Mac and Garmin device. It allows you to manage your data on practically all Garmin map products, but topographic maps are required for 3-D rendering.
  • Features include:
      Transfer waypoints, geocaches, routes, and tracks to and from your GPS device. Create, view, edit, and organize waypoints, routes, and tracks. Find places, such as addresses, points of interest, and public land survey areas included in your detailed map data. Download, display, and transfer BirdsEye imagery to supported devices. Import, display and transfer Garmin Custom Maps to supported devices. Track Draw Printing the map, driving directions, and route and track profiles View in Google Earth Advanced geocache support Geotagging photos Photo waypoints Integrated support for publishing photos online Track and route play back

      Exchange custom waypoint symbols with selected devices

  • System Requirements:
    Intel based Mac running OS 10.5.8 or higher. Tiger and PowerPC users should use BaseCamp 2.1.2 available here.
    1024 MB RAM (2048 MB recommended)
  • Warning: This beta is English-only and won’t run in other languages. If you are not running your Mac in English, don’t install this beta.
  • Although this software is believed to be reliable, it has not yet been released for production and should be used at your own risk.
  • General:
  • Added Activity-based profiles. This allows the user to have different route and map settings for different activities.
  • Added ability to back up and restore user data
  • Added heart rate and cadence to the track dialog
  • Added the ability to export GDB files
  • Added analytics to collect application usage statistics
  • Removed ability to display marine maps in deference to the release of HomePort
  • Folder improvements:
  • Added folders and subfolders to allow organization of lists
  • Add ability to sort user data by date in addition to the current name, type
  • Map improvements:
  • Added Overview mini map, accessible under the View menu.
  • Added tips to the tool pop up about moving waypoints or shaping a route.
  • Added ability to configure which map features (POIs and lines) to show or hide.
  • Added ability to configure the POI icon size
  • Added ability to configure the number of labels that are displayed on the map
  • Improved 3-D view to hide features that are behind terrain.
  • Improved geocache support:
  • Added ability to configure what is displayed for geocaches on the map: Symbol, Symbol and Id, or Symbol and name. Use the context menu to change settings for more than one at a time.
  • Added support for Opencaching.com geocaches
  • Added searching for Opencaching.com geocaches
  • Added the ability to set the z-order (draw order) of BirdsEye and Garmin custom maps. Note this will only work with new BirdsEye images downloaded for devices with the latest beta firmware.
  • Improved the ability to track the found status for geocaches
  • Added the ability to read the geocache visit status from supported GPSs.
  • Added the ability to automatically log found geocaches to Opencaching.com
  • Added a new smart list criteria for geocache find status
  • Improved import of geocaches from a GPX file
  • Fixes:
  • Fixed issue where quitting the application while reading a map from card could cause a crash
  • Fixed issue where disconnecting a device while it was being read could cause a crash
  • Fixed rare issue where clicking on the 3-D map with the routing tool could cause a crash
  • Known issues:
  • Find is not finished. As such, there is no way to turn finding of Opencaching.com geocaches off.
  • Though your previous data will be preserved, this installer will overwrite your old version of BaseCamp. If you want to revert to the released version of BaseCamp, download and install BaseCamp from our web or the Mac App Store and your old data will be available.
  • Since BaseCamp beta uses different BirdsEye servers, that functionality will not be immediately available while using the beta. This will hopefully be rectified in the future.

[ Basecamp for Mac (Beta) ]