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Old May 25, 2008, 06:01 AM   #1
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GPS and iMac compatability

I want to purchase a GPS unit for my motorcycle and car. Which GPS units will work with a iMac for software upgrades that become available. If any of you now have a GPS that's iMac compatable, what brand and model please. I have a 20" iMac with version 10.4.11 Tiger OS. Your help is greatly appreciated.
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Old May 25, 2008, 06:02 AM   #2
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If have a TomTom 720 Go. The supplied CD had Mac compatible software on it. I'm running Leopard, but I think it supports Tiger too...
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No GPS is actually Mac (or PC) compatible, it's the included mapping software and ability to upload/download to the unit. In that sense, It really doesn't matter, as most better units today are pre-loaded. Mine is seen as USB storage, just upload routes/POI's, etc. into the proper folder.

For the included software, Garmin's is Mac compatible as well. I can't speak to Magellan. For combined cage-MC use, the Garmin Zumo 550 is a terrific choice, I use one almost daily, and it's the best GPS I've owned thus far. I generally advise against TomTom if you're in the States, the basemaps & routing algorithms are generally inferior to Garmin's here. If you're in Europe/Asia, then TomTom is the preferred choice, as Garmin's basemaps are not as good as TomTom's there.
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Old May 26, 2008, 06:42 AM   #4
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You might want to avoid Magellan. I've got a Magellan eXplorist, and while it is technically Mac-compatible, this only extends to the ability to connect the GPS via USB to a Mac and to upload and download points & tracks. The Mapsend software that allows you to upload detailed topo maps, etc. to the GPS unit is not Mac compatible, and I found the software to be rather cumbersome to use. The GPS unit itself is good, but without decent, Mac-compatible software, it's pretty limited in its functionality.
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Old May 31, 2008, 01:47 PM   #5
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Are you saying you can have all functions of Zumo on mac?

I have just changed to iMac and am using Parallels Virtual Windowsxp, having trouble getting Zumo to connect with Mapsource in windows. Are you saying I can perform all functions (mapping, upload/download) just by using IMAC DIRECT VIS USB?

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No GPS is actually Mac (or PC) compatible, it's the included mapping software and ability to upload/download to the unit. In that sense, It really doesn't matter, as most better units today are pre-loaded. Mine is seen as USB storage, just upload routes/POI's, etc. into the proper folder.

For the included software, Garmin's is Mac compatible as well. I can't speak to Magellan. For combined cage-MC use, the Garmin Zumo 550 is a terrific choice, I use one almost daily, and it's the best GPS I've owned thus far. I generally advise against TomTom if you're in the States, the basemaps & routing algorithms are generally inferior to Garmin's here. If you're in Europe/Asia, then TomTom is the preferred choice, as Garmin's basemaps are not as good as TomTom's there.
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If have a TomTom 720 Go. The supplied CD had Mac compatible software on it. I'm running Leopard, but I think it supports Tiger too...
There's also some freeware on Apple's download section specifically for TomTom's. Not sure what models are supported but it looks promising.
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