Basecamp a bit clunky

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Basecamp a bit clunky

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Is it just me or is basecamp a bit clunky?

IE its not as smooth and as detailed as google maps?

Unless I know where I am going I find it hard to plan routes on basecamp and also finding locations is hit and miss!

Any tips that will help? or is it just a case of getting on with it!

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@ Stu, I tend to run BC with G Maps operating at the same time. I find G maps is useful for checking distances between waypoints i:e fuel stops accommodation etc, whereas BC gives time between way/shaping points in route properties. I'm currently planning a route from South to North Spain on a bike with a smaller fuel range than I'm used to on my Goldwing, so distance between fuel stops could be critical!
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I have been exploring the use of other software but I still have to import them to basecamp to check the route

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I also do what was mentioned above:
Use BC and Google Earth or Maps at the same time.
Two computer screens helps


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Iris wrote:
19 Jan 2020 19:05
Use BC and Google Earth or Maps at the same time.
I use Basecamp 4.6 so that I can still view a waypoint from Basecamp to Google Earth as Garmin "kindly" removed that in later versions of BC :cry:

So a later version of BC might not be as free flowing as an older version, as software developers never get rid of bugs, they just make better ones :?

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Me too. I'll stick with 4.6.2 until they restore the GE link

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I use google maps regularly to check for dirt roads (BC sux at this) and to get a street level view of a meetup or destination but use BC for mapping. I find it smooth as butter to use. I very rarely use google earth.
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Anyone tried ITN converter? http://www.benichou-software.com/index. ... =3&lang=en

I used it when I had a tom tom

I found the maps smoother than basecamp and adding waypoints to for the route just makes them shaping points but you still have to import it to basecamp to check which isn't a problem

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Basecamp isn't ideal, but neither is Google maps. When zoomed in, position of roads can vary quite a lot from each other. So I stick with Basecamp and use StreetView and satellite images to check on precise locations, eg for hotels and stop- over points.

I find both maps useless for showing much about the route itself, so. I convert my route to a track. I have MemoryMap software on which I use Ordnance Survey maps of 1:1,000,00, and 1:250,000, (and larger maps for walking / cycling). MemoryMaps will import the gpx track and display it on a much more readable OS map. 1:250,000 is the type of map that you get in those AA route planner map books for the car. I find that really useful.

Searching - it took me a long time to work out that the search function operates on the area of map that is displayed on the screen. So if you are zoomed out a long way, a search will take a very long time. Zoom in on a smaller area and the results pop up relatively quickly.

Basecamp is also much slower if you have the detail level set to its highest. I find medium detail acceptable, and set it higher if I want additional information and roads
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Re: Basecamp a bit clunky

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Stu wrote:
22 Jan 2020 13:29
Anyone tried ITN converter? http://www.benichou-software.com/index. ... =3&lang=en

I used it when I had a tom tom

I found the maps smoother than basecamp and adding waypoints to for the route just makes them shaping points but you still have to import it to basecamp to check which isn't a problem
Can ITN converter be used to convert a route created in Garmin Basecamp to Google maps?... I installed it but it wont import a .gdb file..
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