GPS Babel, the best to operate data

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Of the best links I’ve received as Gabriel’s feedback from Argentina who told us about it, a couple of days ago. GPS Babel is a free application tool under GPL license, which runs on Windows, Linux and Mac.

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Ideal for downloading data from a computer and upload it directly to another. For example, you can be downloading from a Garmin USB and send them to a Magellan by another port. Just in the same way, it lets you do with files like reading from an SD of Magellan and sent directly to kml, csv, OSM, and so on.

Reads and / or writes, about 160 formats’ conditions, of which here I show the 50 most outstanding.

Format Waypoints Tracks Routes
Read Write Read Write Read Write
CompeGPS data files (.wpt/.trk/.rte) yes yes yes yes yes yes
DeLorme PN-20/PN-30/PN-40 USB protocol yes yes yes yes yes yes
Garmin MapSource – gdb yes yes yes yes yes yes
Garmin MapSource – mps yes yes yes yes yes yes
Garmin MapSource – txt (tab delimited) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Garmin PCX5 yes yes yes yes yes yes
Garmin serial/USB protocol yes yes yes yes yes yes
Geogrid-Viewer ascii overlay file (.ovl) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Google Earth (Keyhole) Markup Language yes yes yes yes yes yes
GPS TrackMaker yes yes yes yes yes yes
GPX XML yes yes yes yes yes yes
KuDaTa PsiTrex text yes yes yes yes yes yes
Lowrance USR yes yes yes yes yes yes
Magellan Mapsend yes yes yes yes yes yes
Magellan SD files (as for eXplorist) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Magellan SD files (as for Meridian) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Magellan serial protocol yes yes yes yes yes yes
Memory-Map Navigator overlay files (.mmo) yes yes yes yes yes yes
NaviGPS GT-11/BGT-11 Download yes yes yes yes yes yes
OziExplorer yes yes yes yes yes yes
PathAway Database for Palm/OS yes yes yes yes yes yes
Skymap / KMD150 ascii files yes yes yes yes yes yes
Suunto Trek Manager (STM) WaypointPlus files yes yes yes yes yes yes
Universal csv with field structure in first line yes yes yes yes yes yes
Vito Navigator II tracks yes yes yes yes yes yes
DeLorme .an1 (drawing) file yes yes yes yes yes
Humminbird waypoints and routes (.hwr) yes yes yes yes yes
OpenStreetMap data files yes yes yes yes yes
Alan Map500 waypoints and routes (.wpr) yes yes yes yes
CoastalExplorer XML yes yes yes yes
Enigma binary waypoint file (.ert) yes yes yes yes
FAI/IGC Flight Recorder Data Format yes yes yes yes
HikeTech yes yes yes yes
Humminbird tracks (.ht) yes yes yes yes
NMEA 0183 sentences yes yes yes yes
Raymarine Waypoint File (.rwf) yes yes yes yes
Suunto Trek Manager (STM) .sdf files yes yes yes yes
Swiss Map 25/50/100 (.xol) yes yes yes yes
TrackLogs digital mapping (.trl) yes yes yes yes
XAiOX iTrackU Logger Binary File Format yes yes yes yes
CarteSurTable data file yes yes yes
Cetus for Palm/OS yes yes yes
cotoGPS for Palm/OS yes yes yes
Franson GPSGate Simulation yes yes yes
G7ToWin data files (.g7t) yes yes yes
Garmin Training Center (.tcx) yes yes yes
National Geographic Topo 3.x/4.x .tpo yes yes yes

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A great solution additionally has different filters like: remove duplicates, reverse the direction of the route, simplify points, reorder lists and even has part of its functionality to run online for viewing on Google Maps or making conversions. I warn you that in gpsvisualizer.com there is much more to see, a great site with practical resources

The best of all, it is free. Here you can download GPS Babel

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