Garmin Updated BaseCamp Software to Version 3.2.1

By | July 12, 2011

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Garmin has released version 3.2.1 of the BaseCamp software, which includes 40 new features or fixes from version 3.1.3.  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.  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.

  • View 24K or 100K topographic maps and other topographic data.
  • Displays maps in 2-D or 3-D, including elevation profiles.
  • View and rotate maps at any angle.
  • Create waypoints and routes on your computer and transfer maps, waypoints, routes, tracks and geotagged photos between your computer and device.
  • Transfers satellite images to your device (with the purchase of BirdsEye™ Satellite Imagerysubscription).
  • Shows animated playback of routes and tracks over time.
  • Supports geotagged photos.
  • Easily organize data into folders.
  • Prints full-page, color maps.
  • Exports user data for viewing in Google Earth™.
  • Includes advanced geocaching support; can import data from
Changes made from version 3.1.3 to 3.2.1:
  • Moved the various property tabs to a separate dialog
  • Added swapping the map and data list UI regions
  • Added activity profiles to allow easier changes between common routing configurations
  • Added activity profile selection dialog at startup, improved migration of existing route settings and routes
  • Added dragging photos onto the map views
  • Added dragging files into My Collection and the user data list
  • Added better preserving app state when restarting (selected tool, selected folder, selected view modes, etc)
  • Added support for restoring backups from different computers
  • Added geocache search integration with
  • Added photo sharing site upload (currently for Picasa)
  • Added track statistics that correspond to the selection in the track points list
  • Added additional statistics to the elevation profile
  • Added display of elevation profile when batch editing routes or tracks
  • Added heart rate and cadence to the track points list and elevation profile
  • Added route to track conversion
  • Added display mode for geocaches
  • Added the ‘Duplicate’ menu item for most user data types
  • Added continuation of route/track drawing when switching between tools
  • Added route avoidance checkboxes to the route options (such as ‘Avoid U-turns’)
  • Added a basic dialog for creating routes
  • Added draw order control for new BirdsEye Imagery that is downloaded
  • Added user selection of application language
  • Added option to restore the application to default settings
  • Added tips dialog when entering full screen mode
  • Added a keyboard shortcut to snap the map back to North up
  • Added file import/export support for the TCX file format
  • Added file export support for tab-delimited and comma-delimited text
  • Added properties and create waypoint commands to the list of POIs that is displayed when hovering on the map
  • Added optional collection of analytics to help us improve the application
  • Added display of the detailed coverage region of card/device based maps
  • Added notification to user when updates are available for devices
  • Added receiving FIT course points and activity data from many fitness devices. These are converted into waypoints and tracks.
  • Added support for the GroundSpeak geocaching 1.0.1 extension
  • Changed geotagging photos from a track to add links to those photos in the track
  • Changed to not allow changing the location of geocaches when they are part of a route
  • Changed the divide tool to create a new waypoint or trackpoint at the division point
  • Changed drawing style of routes and tracks to use thinner lines
  • Fixed issue where we didn’t always remove all waypoints created as part of a route
  • Fixed issue with adding and removing links on various property tabs
  • Improved find address near center of screen
  • Removed filtered routes

System Requirements

  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later is required.
  • .NET framework 3.5 is required. A current version of .NET will be installed if needed.
  • 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.
  • BaseCamp will recognize all MapSource products except BlueChart.
  • BaseCamp does not work with serial GPS devices.

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