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I received a question in a comment about how I post the GPS tracks in my log posts.
Okay... You Have Been Warned
I have good news and bad news for Redwing. The good news is that I will pass along what I know, the bad news is that it is all Windows PC related. I have heard that the Mac is not so GPS mapping friendly. So if any Mac users have a good solutions to transfer their GPS tracks to their Mac and capture the picture let me know and I will pass it along.
I use two pieces of hardware.
- Garmin GPSmap 76S handheld GPS receiver
- Fujitsu Stylistic ST5112 Tablet PC running Vista Business
- Mapsource- A charting package that came bundled with my Garmin chart CD
- Coastal Explorer - The free download version of Rose Point Navigation Systems charting software
- Google Earth - Well, you know, Google Earth
- PDFCreator - A program that sets up a print drive on your windows PC to allow you to print to a file in many formats. Including PDF, JPG etc.
- Windows Table PC Snipping Tool - This is a small screen capturing utility for Tablet PCs.
- Faststone Image Viewer - This is my preferred image viewer and manipulation software.
- gpx - This is the GPX eXchange format which allows me to transfer data to and from Mapsource and Coastal Explorer
- jpg - A image file in jpeg format
- kml - This a data file that can be read by Google Earth
Then I open this new file in Coastal Explorer. To create the image file I either do a screen capture using the Windows Snipping Tool or I print a jpeg to file using PDFCreator. Then I just crop or tweak the image so I like it in Faststone. Then I just upload to the blog and my GPS track gains all the fame it so rightly deserved.
And, sometimes I also load the track data into Google Earth so I can show the track superimposed with a satellite view. I use Coastal Explore which export the kml file that I can then load in Google Earth. Creating the image file is the same as above.
There! Probably sorry you asked. In practice it takes only a few minutes tops. As I mentioned this is just the procedure that I use and I am no pro at this. But it does work for me and is pretty quick. Feel free to enlighten me with better ways.