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GPS Software

Free Digital Maps for Garmin GPS  

I’ve recently been preparing to take my Garmin Oregon 600 to the Alps so have been researching some free GPS mapping sources. Here are a few i’ve come across that might be of interest to you: UK & Europe: UK: Worldwide: USA:   Here is a nice little blog post explaining how to get » read more »

OSGB Excel routines by Phil Brady  

These spreadsheet routines can import GPX files into a spreadsheet for convenient examination and manipulation, can drastically compact the size of the GPX routes and tracks with minimal loss of resolution and can export data in both GPX and KML format for use with Google Earth. Additionally, there is a comprehensive set of routines for » read more »

Quo GPS Mapping Software  

Free GPS Mapping software? – well yes, the small catch is you pay for some of the maps. Even so its a very good bit of software and the mapping is very reasonably priced Awarded Best Buy by Computer Shopper and rave reviews in outdoor magazines They are also offering the new free OS OpenData » read more »

Memory Map v 5  

I use Memory Map v.5 – and find it preferable to Anquet. It handles GPX files well (imports & exports). Has excellent UK map coverage at 1:50,000, 1:25,000 and a range of areas of particular interest – e.g Munros, Snowdonia, Lake District etc… To be honest i rarely use it directly with my GPS, but » read more »


GPSU, is an excellent and affordable (c.a. £20) resource allowing management of waypoints, routes and trackpoints against a digital map background. Its the one I tend to use most as it has the major advantage of being able to hold more than 500 waypoints at one time. As its shareware there is also a limited free » read more »

Author: Phil Newby