Garmin has announced a new desktop application — BaseCamp — designed for backcountry GPS enthusiasts. It basically does the same thing MapSource does, adding 3D rendering, photo geotagging, and the ability to rotate to non-north up viewpoints. It will also bring improved printing capabilities, geocaching information display and data management functionality.
BaseCamp will be both PC and Mac compatible and will ship with all new TOPO DVD map sets. It will also be available for current TOPO users as a free download at the end of the first quarter 2009. No word about how it might work with micro-SD products.
Why not just add these features to MapSource? I’m betting this will become a portal for downloading and transferring raster imagery such as USGS topo maps and aerial photos to the next generation Oregon handhelds, as forecasted in my 2009 predictions.
Here’s the full news release.