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.