I just purchased a Garmin GPS-72 which does not display maps on the unit itself. I am looking for inexpensive software and maps that I can load on my PC and use for planning purposes and to load waypoints and routes to the GPS. I would really like to be able use the free downloadable NOAA charts available at Maptech.
- What inexpensive(less than $50)software is out there that allows you to create waypoints and routes on a map on your PC and then download them to the GPS and uses maps that are free to download?
Note: Maptech has a $50 DVD that has over 3000 charts and includes software that seems to do what I want. I also found EasyGPS, but not sure what maps it works with and how I would get the proper maps.
- Is there any freeware that can take my GPS tracklogs and use them to create maps on my PC showing my trips?
- Does anyone have any experience creating psuedo-maps on non-mapping GPS units by creating multiple routes along shorlines and then loading those routes to display on the GPS?
I know there are several packages out there in the $100-$200 range that provide maps and the software in one package. Since I can not download the maps to the GPS I hate to pay the extra price for a download feature I can not use if I can get the features I want at a lower price. Of course there is always the cheapest way of just reading coordiantes off maps and handloading to the GPS, but that is really time consuming.
Thanks for any help.