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    Default Mapping, navigation, .gpx file conversion??

    I have DeLorme topo maps on my laptop (Windows) and a GPS on my cell phone (Blackberry 9300). Both applications import and export .gpx files ...

    BUT ...

    The .gpx files they generate are in sightly different formats and will not transfer from one to another. (Specifically, the cell phone generates + and - latitude/longitude designations while the Delorme software needs N/S and E/W designations)

    I want to use the cell phone to gather waypoint and photo location data and transfer it to the DeLorme topo maps for permanent record, routing and other mapping activities. To do that, I need to convert the cell phone .gpx file to a format the DeLorme software will read. In setting it up, i have manually entered the cell phone info into DeLorme topo but as the project grows, this manual conversion is too time consuming.

    The .gpx files are readily visible when I connect the cell phone to my desktop Linux machine via USB but I cannot open or convert them.

    gpsbabel seems like it would do the trick but it is complicated to use from the command line (190 pages of documentation). Is there a simpler application or a GUI interface for gpsbabel?
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    Default Re: Mapping, navigation, .gpx file conversion??

    According to KDE File Associations, Marble will open them but only offers image formats for export.

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    Default Re: Mapping, navigation, .gpx file conversion??

    I need to edit them and then save them for export. Organizing this might be tricky since they all have the same .gpx suffix but different content format.

    It seems that GPS, Geocasching and personal mapping is set to become a hot topic since most smart phones have a GPS device and maps now.
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    Default Re: Mapping, navigation, .gpx file conversion??

    Hi
    gpsbabel does come with a GUI, just not built by default. Give me a few and will create a test package for you to try out.
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    It's building now, tested here with respect to the GUI running, appears to be working ok;
    https://build.opensuse.org/package/s...ewis%3ATESTING

    Download from here for your system arch (when it's finished building);
    Index of /repositories/home:/malcolmlewis:/TESTING/openSUSE_12.3
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    Default Re: Mapping, navigation, .gpx file conversion??

    I am always amazed at the excellent help I get at this forum! Thank you so much.

    Moving data from GPS data acquisition devices to Map applications is getting a lot of attention among the people I talk to. Cameras (and who knows what other devices) are coming with GPS capability. People want to map where they took a picture but it isn't always that easy to do.

    How do I install this package? It seems like you gave me instructions once before but I can't seem to find them now. Don't I begin by adding the Malcolmlewis repository in Yast?

    Again, Thank You.

    Cordially,
    TwoHoot

    edit- Will the fact that I am running openSUSE 12.2 instead of 12.3 make any difference?
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    Hi
    No problem, it was an easy modification to the spec file to add...

    Ahh 12.2, so just download and install rather than adding the repo, I'm assuming your running x86_64?

    Grab this one;
    http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...3.1.x86_64.rpm

    Then just use zypper to install;
    Code:
    zypper in <path_to_download>/gpsbabel-1.4.4-3.1.x86_64.rpm
    I normally create a local directory and create a plain rpm repository for putting manual installs in eg;
    Code:
    2 | openSUSE-12.3-Local | openSUSE-12.3-Local | Yes |Yes | 99 | plaindir | dir:///data/repositories/openSUSE-12.3-Local
    Then can just refresh and install.....

    It will also add a menu entry/icon etc under 'Education' else to run from the command line;
    Code:
    gpsbabelfe-bin
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    When I started to download the file, apper gave me the option of installing it. I let apper do it. It worked fine. The distinctions between zypper and apper are unclear in my mind but I have always installed from either Yast or zypper and let apper manage automatic updates. That is for another (probably existing) thread.

    GPSBabel is certainly a descriptive name for this software. I did not realize how many different formats there are for storing GPS, mapping and tracking data - What a tangled can of worms! It is truly babble. Anyone who is even halfway serious about mapping from different data sources will need these conversions.

    In my case, I tried some of the most general input and output formats first. GPX XML will read the .gpx files generated by the Bladkberry app "GPS Find" so I used GPX XML for input. (There are some quirks with Blackberry file system and GPS Find app that don't have anything to do with openSUSE or GPSBabel that I won't go into here)

    To my surprise, the DeLorme GPL format did not work for output. So I started converting to different DeLorme formats until I found that "Delorme XMap/SAHH 2006 Native.TXT" will import waypoint names and coordinates into DeLorme Topo North America 9.0.

    This may not be the most efficient or elegant way to do this but I am now able to actually do what I said I wanted to do in the first post of this thread. I will be happy to share my very limited experience with anyone who is having trouble with using mapping datapoints from various sources.

    Thank you malcolmlewis! You are absolutely amazing.
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    Default Re: Mapping, navigation, .gpx file conversion??

    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHoot View Post

    This may not be the most efficient or elegant way to do this but I am now able to actually do what I said I wanted to do in the first post of this thread. I will be happy to share my very limited experience with anyone who is having trouble with using mapping datapoints from various sources.

    Thank you malcolmlewis! You are absolutely amazing.
    Hi
    Glad to have helped out, just check your repositories and if my testing one is enabled, disable it, just in case I create something that updates your system...

    I will clean it up and submit as an update to the Application:Geo development repository as well.
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    It has always seemed to me that the most likely way for openSUSE system security to be compromised is via a rogue or compromised repository. I have used 4 non-openSUSE repositories (including yours). I use them for specific purpose one time and disable them. They are easy to enable again if need be and there is no reason to take chances.

    The 5 enabled repositories on my computer are:
    openSUSE 12.2-1.6
    openSUSE 12.2-OSS
    openSUSE 12.2-non-OSS
    openSUSE 12.2-update
    openSUSE 12.2-update-non-OSS

    Are those safe? Is that all that is necessary?

    Again, Thank you.

    Cordially,
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