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Beta Version Of DNRGarmin

One of the first posts on this blog was about the 5.1.1 stable version of DNRGarmin. Long story short, if you work with GIS and you use Garmin units for your data acquisition, this program is a must-have. It can upload/download data in text, DBF and shapefile formats to/from Garmin GPS units, and also comes with an extension for direct interfacing with ArcGIS software. Version 5.1.1 had some utility for non-Garmin GPS units and applications, but version 5.2, currently in beta, has some new features that make it a worthwhile installation for anyone with a GPS.

DNRGarmin has actually been in beta for a while, and I’d been waiting to see if it would come out of beta; the date on the last release is 5/18/07. The webpage indicates in big bold letters that in the beta, “THE ERROR RELATED TO USB CONNECTIVITY AND LOGIN RIGHTS HAS NOT YET BEEN RESOLVED“. But I’ve installed it successfully on 3 different computers without encountering this problem, so there’s a decent chance it should work on yours as well.

New features in version 5.2 include:

  • Load data in KML and GPX (in addition to the previous options of text, DBF and shapefile formats)
  • Load data directly from the “My Place” pane in Google Earth
  • Save data in KML and GPX (along with the previous options of projected/unprojected shapefiles, text and DBF)
  • Convert between the different formats
  • Collects waypoint time data from supported units

Note: The new version’s ArcGIS extension no longer works with ArcGIS 8.x, only 9.x. If that’s important to you, you should stick with version 8.1.1, still available on the web page. But the new version works fine in stand-alone mode.

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4 Responses to “Beta Version Of DNRGarmin”

  1. 1 Gavin

    Where I work, if your are not logged in as an administrator, DNRGarmin will not work in USB mode. We also found that when we upgraded from ArcGIS 9.1 to 9.2, the non-beta (i.e., previous) version will not see ArcGIS at all.

    We also found that saving directly to a geodatabase no longer works in this beta, but with ArcGIS 9.2, the file (and not personal) geodatabase was introduced and is perhaps more standard, so maybe this is related to the new format.

    You’ll see these issues discussed on the DNRGarmin WIKI, but its not very user friendly and questions sometimes stagnate.

    All that said, this is an amazingly robust utility which I’ve been using for years.

  2. 2 Leszek Pawlowicz

    That would explain it – I’ve always installed in administrator mode. Thanks for the info.

  3. 3 Juan Almonte

    deceo un programa que pueda introducir los epicentro de los sismos, poder ver la profundidad del epicentro

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