Garmin Updated MapSource Software to Version 6.16.1

By | May 18, 2010

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It looks like Garmin is on a four-month update schedule of its MapSource Windows-based mapping software.  MapSource is included with the purchase of a Garmin map on DVD or CD. Features include:

  • Back up important trip data separately from your Garmin device.
  • Plan routes from the convenience of your computer instead of on your device.
  • Create, view, and edit waypoints, routes, and tracks.
  • Plan extensive or complicated routes, in which you travel to several locations in an order you specify.
  • Transfer waypoints, routes and tracks between your computer and your device.
  • Transfer selected map from your computer to your device.
  • Find items, addresses and points of interest included in the map data.
  • View your maps in detail on your computer screen.

You can even download a MapSource tutorial at

Changes made from version 6.15.11 to 6.16.1:

  • Added support for 64-bit USB device drivers.
  • Added generic label descriptions (less ‘unknown’ features).
  • Added support for importing relevant data from TCX files.
  • Added very small and very large symbol size selection.
  • Added support for editing waypoint address and phone number information.
  • Added New Zealand TM grid.
  • Added display of the total length of all selected tracks/routes in the status bar.
  • Added numeric sorting of routes, tracks and waypoints.
  • Added ability to send error reports directly to Garmin after a crash.
  • Improved memory issues when running MapSource under Windows 7.
  • Improved map projection for many map products.
  • Improved speed of ‘finalizing’ step when transferring data to SD cards.
  • Changed mouse-wheel functionality to zoom in and out.
  • Changed ‘seasonal closures’ avoidance option to ‘date and time closures’. MapSource will now route over roads that have time-of-day and seasonal closures if this avoidance option is not checked.
  • Changed route via point symbol to small black dot.
  • Fixed various categories and subcategories that affected find operations and the display of POI categories and subcategories.
  • Fixed some auto-routing oddities.
  • Fixed remembering ‘Find Nearest’ dialog search category.
  • Fixed issues with ‘Save As’ file dialog (in some cases, existing files were overwritten without prompting).
  • Fixed some issues with the Swedish grid.
  • Fixed issue with address search when a city name was supplied.
  • Fixed loss of mixed-case characters when transferring routes to some USB devices.
  • Fixed an issue with the refreshing of the route avoidances dialog.
  • Fixed an issue with finding elevation features.
  • Fixed an issue where the comment field would be incorrect after creating a waypoint from a find result.
  • Fixed an issue where transferring data from a mass-storage device would fail.

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