The folks at Garmin have been quite busy lately, hitting us with software and firmware releases, and even new Oregon models. Let’s start with software…
This new mapping software, which we first mentioned when it was announced back in January, is now available for download (there is also a Beta version for Macs). Note this disclaimer from the download notes:
“BaseCamp will only recognize MapSource products that contain digital elevation model (DEM) data. Some examples of products that contain elevation data are Topo U.S. 24K, Topo U.S. 24K National Parks (version 3), Topo U.S. 100K (version 4 and later), Topo U.S. 2008, Topo Australia, Topo Canada (version 4), Topo Deutschland, Topo Great Britain, and Topo products produced by many Garmin distributors.”
I haven’t had a lot of time to try it out yet, though I did grab the screenshot below. There’s a good discussion going on at Groundspeak, including insights about the speed of the application and how custom maps might (or might not) work with it.
Garmin Oregon Beta firmware v. 2.93 and 2.94
Recent beta firmware releases have added quite a few improvements; among them:
- Improved GPS reception
- Improved Main Menu setup and added option to add and remove items
- Added ability to see a list of points from the map when several points are at the same location (just tap those three bars at the top right side of the screen as shown in the image at the top of this post)
- Improved readability of configurable data fields
- Added ability to edit a waypoint from the waypoint review
- Improved render quality of GB Discoverer maps and maps with satellite imagery
More Oregon units and improved Canadian topos coming
We still don’t have any official word about the Oregon 500 series, but there have been new leaks showing Oregon units with pre-loaded topo maps for Canada and Australia. The Canadian model reportedly offers 1:50,000 scale maps south of 60 degrees latitude and 1:250,000 above that parallel. Down under it appears that you’ll be limited to the equivalent of 1:100,000 scale maps, though the Aussie model will also include NAVTEQ and HEMA street routing. Finally, the BaseCamp notes cited previously imply that a new version of Topo Canada with DEM shading is forthcoming.