Garmin BaseCamp Software Updated to Version 4.5.0

By | August 10, 2015

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Garmin released version 4.5.0 of the BaseCamp software for Microsoft Windows on July 30, 2015.  Version 4.5.0 is a pretty significant update, adding 11 new features, improving 6 features, and fixing 11 issues from the previous version.  Garmin BaseCamp is software to view and organize your maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks and send them to your Garmin device.  It works very similar to MapSource.  Garmin BaseCamp displays topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including elevation profiles. Then you can view and rotate the maps from any angle.

Garmin BaseCamp Features:
  • Import and view maps in 2-D or 3-D, including TOPO and City Navigator® maps
  • Create, edit and organize routes, waypoints and more on your computer
  • View BirdsEye Satellite Imagery or BirdsEye Select raster maps, and transfer the data to your device (subscriptions required)
  • Create and share Garmin Adventures
  • Create and share geotagged photos
  • View playback of routes, tracks and adventures
  • Search for geocaches through integrated OpenCaching support
Changes made from Garmin BaseCamp version 4.4.7 to 4.5.0:
  • Added user preference to configure mouse hover tool tips
  • Added selection of map product and search to the Create Route dialog
  • Added menu item to launch the Create Route dialog
  • Added hotkey (Ctrl) to draw direct route segments while routing
  • Added postal code searches for supported map products
  • Added ability to add and edit certain data directly on PND devices (data that has not yet been read by the device)
  • Added ability to manage waypoints on the fenix 3, including delete (requires firmware version 4.21 or greater)
  • Added support for new TDB flags from cartography (no files are in the field yet
  • Added icons for VIRB action camera and wearable devices
  • Made it easier to see and access BirdsEye help
  • Improved first time speed of quick search and address search
  • Improved street matching in address search
  • Improved handling for Google Earth’s discontinued support
  • Improved error handling with some devices
  • Updated Garmin Express instructions
  • Includes brute force street name searching
  • Fixed routes sent to nuvis and zumos not displaying Junction View
  • Fixed reading track time from VIRB X action cameras
  • Fixed issue where route information was not showing in map tool tips
  • Fixed issue where memory cards would not display for some devices
  • Fixed issues with Garmin Custom Maps
  • Fixed issues exporting KML files
  • Fixed crash exporting trips
  • Fixed crashes opening trips
  • Fixed crash when disconnecting Base Station devices
  • Fixed crash after opening GPX files with far future timestamps
  • Fixed various bugs
System Requirements:

Windows Requirements:

  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or later is required. Machines with earlier operating systems can use BaseCamp 4.2.5
  • .NET framework 4.5 SP1 is required. A current version of .NET will be installed if needed
  • Windows Media Player 11 or greater is required (a free download from Microsoft)
  • 1 GB of system memory is required, 2 GB of system memory is recommended when using BirdsEye Imagery or Garmin Custom Maps.
  • A video card that supports OpenGL version 1.3 or later is needed to enable the 3D view.
  • If you experience problems when interacting with the map views, please make sure that you have installed current video card drivers
  • Garmin BaseCamp will recognize all MapSource products except BlueChart
  • Garmin BaseCamp does not work with serial GPS devices

The current Mac version of Garmin BaseCamp is 4.4.7, last updated on April 28, 2015.  It can be downloaded at the Garmin web site.

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