Acquiring GPS Data

Cartographica supports loading data directly into a mapset from a wide variety of GPS receivers. Imported data is represented as follows:

Tracks

Loaded as lines with each line containing a full track and missing data being represented by discontinuous lines. Altitude is used as the Z coordinate. Time is used as the M coordinate.

Waypoints

Loaded as individual points, with each point containing as much data as is available, Z coordinates are set to altitude if available.

Routes

Loaded as continuous lines with each waypoint represented by a single point in the line. Altitude is loaded in the Z coordinate if available. M is ignored.

Imported Data

Because of ClueTrust's long-standing efforts in Macintosh GPS connectivity (the free LoadMyTracks software has been given away by ClueTrust since 2006), Cartographica supports a large number of GPS devices for import. Please visit our support site for a detailed listing, but the classes of device and their manufacturers are listed in along with any special considerations for each type.

GPS Type

Special Considerations

Import Options

Garmin USB

Make sure that your Garmin USB GPS is plugged in and turned on before clicking Acquire.

Tracks, Waypoints, Routes

Garmin Serial

Select the serial port that your Garmin GPS is connected to and click Acquire.

Tracks, Waypoints, Routes

Garmin Storage

Make sure that your Garmin Storage GPS is plugged in and turned on before clicking Acquire.

Tracks, Waypoints, Routes

GlobalSat DG-100

Select the serial port that your GlobalSat GPS is connected to and click Acquire.

Tracks

GlobalSat GH-615

Select the serial port that your GlobalSat GPS is connected to, activate Data Link to PC mode on the GPS and click Acquire.

Tracks, Waypoints

Lowrance

Make sure that your Lowrance GPS data card is plugged in and mounted on the Desktop before clicking Acquire.

Tracks, Waypoints, Routes

Magellan GPS

Make sure that your Magellan GPS is plugged in and turned on and that data transfer mode is selected.

Tracks, Waypoints, Routes

Magellan Serial

Select the serial port that your Magellan GPS is connected to before clicking Acquire.

Tracks, Waypoints, Routes

NMEA

Make sure that your SONY GPS is plugged in and turned on and that data transfer mode is selected.

Tracks

Timex

Make sure that your Timex Data Recorder is plugged in and turned on before clicking Acquire.

Tracks

TomTom

Make sure that your TomTom GPS is plugged in and turned on and that data transfer mode is selected.

Waypoints

GPS Import Options
Acquire data directly from a GPS

Acquire tracks, waypoints, and routes directly from a connected GPS device

  1. Choose  File > Acquire GPS Data.
    The Acquire GPS Data window appears.

    Acquire GPS Data Window
  2. Select the GPS type from the menu at the top of the window.
  3. Choose one or more of  Tracks, Waypoints, or  Routes to include each of those in your import
  4. If you would like an external record of your GPS download, check  Save GPX File and a GPX file will be created while the data is acquired
  5. Click  Acquire. The data is imported into Cartographica in a new layer.

It is not uncommon for tracks to come from GPS devices as single features with multiple parts. Using Cartographica's Split Feature, you can break these down into their constituent pieces. Similarly, if you have too many individual tracks, you can use the Merge Features and Merge Selected Layers… features to bring those together.