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Is there anyway to get points off your computer and load them into your gps via an sd card?? I Have a garmin 545s. If so, what format would the points have to be in and what program would you have to use. putting them in one, by one takes up alot of fishing time!
 

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the program you need is garmin trip and waypoint manager. format is .gdb http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/gpsbabel/ this is where you can convert your file type. easy as pie. even i can do it.there are some other programs too, but i'm not familiar with them. i'm sure there will be others who give there input. if you will look on here in the reef and wrecks sections the alabama and some florida public numbers are in the right format and current. the post is by Redlegs. hope this helps.
 

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on your Garmin 545 it's real easy to do, but you have to have either garmin mapsource software or the trip and waypoint manager.or it's replacement that just came out. I think it's called homeport and cost like$20.00 or $30.00 bucks

when I bought the mapsource it was like $100.00

it was the charts on it, so when your loading waypoints it's just like looking at your GPS

some of the wapoint managers don't have charts, you just input the waypoints into a list

and then upload them

once you have loaded your waypoints in the PC software it's a breeze to send them to the SD card.

Then you plug the SD card into the 545 and follow the prompts to upload the new waypoints

or you can do the process in reverse and transfer from the plotter to your PC software

http://www.boemarine.com/

call Jim at BOE and he can steer you to the software

and here are some videos of the 545

http://bluewaterpirate.phanfare.com/4327860

you can also go to his homepage and find the videos on garmin homeport

http://bluewaterpirate.phanfare.com/4399275
 

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If the program does not support your GPS, or if you don't want to spend the $$, the easiest thing to do is download a couple of points to a card and then read them into your computer (windows will do this). Then open the file with Notepad. This will show you the format to use (some GPSs use minutes and decimal minutes, not degrees and decimal degrees so you might have to poke at the format a bit.

Once you figure out the format just convert your data into that format in a spreadsheet. Once converted, copy the data and "paste special" >> "values and number formats" into another part of the sheet, then copy that information and past it <U>BETWEEN the first and last lines of the data that you downloaded from your GPS</U> (this is crucial, there is stuff that you don't see in those lines that the GPS has to have to read the file). Then load the file back into your GPS.

If you play around with it you can figure out things like map symbols and how to name stuff.
 
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