Garmin Basecamp Updated to 4.3.4

Garmin has updated Basecamp for Mac to version 4.3.4 which includes the following bug fixes and enhancements...

  • Fixed list database corruption during first time installs.
  • Fixed crash when toggling Autoname checkbox on route properties window.
  • Fixed crash when sending trips contained in subfolders to device.
  • Fixed crash when renaming a day's segment in the Trip Planner.
  • Fixed arrival time bug after inserting new points into Trip Planner.
  • Fixed crash when reading SD cards containing multiple maps with same map family.

You can download the Mac update from Garmin's website. You can also get the app for your Mac from Apple's App store.

The PC version was updated to version 4.3.3 and includes the following bug fixes and enhancements...

  • Fixed issue when importing a file and errors or warnings are encountered in the file
  • Fixed issue with adding or editing an activity profile
  • Fixed issue with changing the cover photo of an Adventure
  • Fixed issue when joining tracks

[Related: Garmin Basecamp Updated to 4.3.1]

Apps: Yonder

If you have a phone, you have probably heard of Instagram, a hugely popular app that lets you snap photos, geotag them and share them with your friends. Browsing through the photos you can see that a lot of people love to share photos of themselves enjoying the outdoors... but what if you took it a step further?

Looking for outdoorsy activities around you? Want to discover a new trail or experience? Yonder, by Green Mountain Digital recently hit version 2.0 of their app which is that extension of the core photo sharing app idea. Let's walk through how it works...

Snap a photo, (It's in square format), select one of three filters (or leave it as-is), add up to three experience types (There are plenty of options to choose from such as backpacking, camping, hiking, paddle sports (we'd like to see Kayaking and Canoeing broken down further), snowshoeing, trail running, wildlife viewing and more...), add a few comments and geotag it, and now you can post it to the rest of the Yonder community.


Don't stop there however, you can...

  • Add hashtags
  • Upload video
  • Share with friends a photo via iMessage, E-mail, Facebook or Twitter
  • Create a list of photos, such as favourites, or a bucket list of places to explore

You are only a single tap away from "liking" a photo, getting directions to where the experience is (via Apple Maps), commenting on the photo, or adding the person as a Yonder friend.


One nice touch is that when you scroll through a feed and stop at a photo, all of the user's information fades away so you can fully appreciate the photo. Swipe to continue and everything fades back in.

If you drop into Map View, you can pinch to zoom or pan to places near you to "Explore this area" and see what other Yonder users have discovered. Tap on a location to see a mini description of what the spot has to offer, including the place's website, tips about visiting, or an option to phone them, straight from the app.

Geotagged photos at Jasper National Park in Alberta

Geotagged photos at Jasper National Park in Alberta

My favourite part of Yonder is when people geotag photos. One tap on the location takes you to all the things that Yonder users have photographed such as the unique experiences at that location. The power of smartphones!

We would like to see a way to share photos online via embedding them into webpages, perhaps a few more filters, and more people using the app. Be sure to tell your friends and help build the community as this is a great initiative.

Get to know more about the team that created the app, the app itself, and read the blog all at the freshly redesigned website at Yonder.it

Stay connected with Yonder on Facebook and Twitter and download the app for free on the iOS App Store (work is underway for an Android version).

Yonder App Hits 2.0

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Yonder, an app for your iPhone to help you find both 'experiences' and 'places' to enjoy the outdoors has hit their next major version. Version 2.0 was released yesterday...

  • Clean look and feel…squeaky clean!
  • Simplified design, inspired by iOS 7
  • Streamlined navigation
  • Emphasis on the activities you love
  • One-tap mapping that finds places and experiences near your location
  • Tag experiences with up to 3 activities
  • Wicked fast!

With Yonder you can also snap and share photos from the places you explore.

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Stay up to date with Yonder on Facebook and Twitter and download the app from the iOS App store for free.

Garmin BaseCamp updated to 4.2.4

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Garmin has updated BaseCamp (an app to let you view Garmin map data and edit your own data collected from a Garmin GPS)  to 4.2.4 for both Mac and PC.

The update includes... 

  • Fixed error when deleting the last track point in a track
  • Fixed 'Arrive Continue' guidance issue on zumo 660
  • Fixed address search issue when running in languages other than English
  • Fixed user data from FIT files not being read from the Edge 800
  • Fixed error when removing user data from a list or list folder
  • Fixed error when using Trip Planner
  • Fixed error when selecting a track to create an Adventure from.
  • Fixed imported files not creating lists in the proper place
  • Added ability to remove and delete user data when a list folder is selected
  • Added keyboard arrow key handlers to the geotagged photo properties dialog
  • Added support for joining tracks when the track point timestamps don't line up
  • Added support for a transparent color in Custom POI files
  • Added export of waypoints, routes, and tracks to KML
  • Added reading of fitness courses from Edge devices, these are converted to tracks
  • Improved quick search responsiveness, speed of searches, and usability
  • Improved Trip Planner UI display refresh and sizing behavior
  • Change so that 'Install Maps' and 'Check for device software updates' menu items are always visible and enabled
  • Change to recalculate the route if needed when the route properties dialog is hidden, not just when selection changes
  • Change so that list folders aren't required to have unique names in the same parent folder
  • Fixed issue with junction view information in routes not being calculated correctly, may not work on certain older devices
  • Fixed issue with track stats not updating after editing the track
  • Fixed various issues with Trip Planner
  • Fixed issue with reading some map files from newer PND devices
  • Fixed issue with some drag/drop operations
  • Fixed rounding of dimensions in truck and RV routing options
  • Fixed issue with displaying many error dialogs if a device is unplugged during a transfer
  • Fixed drag/drop of an Adventure from find results into Trip Planner
  • Fixed issue when creating a route from a Yelp find result that failed to geocode
  • Fixed issue with fitness data not being preserved when sharing data with Garmin cloud storage

You can download the 4.2.4 PC update or the Mac update from Garmin's website. You can also get the app for your Mac from Apple's App store.

Garmin Basecamp 4.2.1 Update

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Good golly that is a lot of bug fixes and feature enhances! If you are a Garmin Basecamp user, be sure to upgrade to 4.2.1! Tried it yet? Let us know what you think.

  • Added Trip Planner
  • Adds an easy way to plan multi-day trips
  • Adds ability to print a trip itinerary
  • Can add destinations along a route
  • Supports traveling between different time zones
  • Can add Adventures that you'd like to take as part of your trip
  • Routing Improvements
  • Added support for different route profiles for different legs of a route
  • Added RV and Truck routing profiles with special route options
  • Find Improvements
  • Added support for Yelp search
  • Added support for POI category search (you can type "Hotels, Las Vegas, NV")
  • Added support for UK postal code search
  • Added support for US postal code search ("fuel 85044")
  • Added quick search (hover over the map to invoke it)
  • Fixed various find issues
  • Basestation Improvements
  • Added support for displaying BirdsEye while in Basestation mode
  • Added support for displaying and saving the track of the Basestation itself
  • Added support for displaying the most recent update time for Basestation contacts
  • Added support for changing the location of BaseCamp's library
  • Added ability to pick from choose different libraries
  • Added support to have different folders and lists with the same name (as long as they have a different parent in the folder hierarchy)
  • Added support for Retina Display graphics
  • Added ability to vary the route speed preference from the default speed
  • Added Irish Transverse Mercator grid
  • Fixed an issue where mounted some Time Machine volumes would hang BaseCamp
  • Fixed an issue where BaseCamp would erroneously send user data to an Edge 500
  • Fixed an issue where some roads were showing up twice, one from the detailed map and one from the base map.
  • Fixed an issue where BaseCamp was not displaying properly localized map labels
  • Fixed issue with Garmap Southern Africa Topo & Rec 2012.3 NT not being displayed in BaseCamp
  • Fixed an issue with certain file names for Adventures and Garmin Cloud
  • Fixed an issue where doing ejecting the device could cause a crash

 

Mountain Equipment Co-op App 1.1

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Mountain Equipment Co-op updated their iOS app to version 1.1 in December which included search improvements and a handy barcode scanning feature. I popped in to MEC Toronto to give the update a try as well as update our run-through of the app itself.

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Just for fun I tried scanning a MSR fuel canister (with a concave barcode no less!) and the app handled it like a champ. Oddly enough I tried scanning a Whisperlite stove and it wasn't sure what it is.

After scanning the barcode, the app brings you to the product page where you can read reviews, find out more about the product itself or even check stock at other MEC locations.

Another new feature lets you share products via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail.

You can download the very handy Mountain Equipment Co-op app for free from the iOS store. (Our favourite feature is the stock availability function!)

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Apps: Mountain Equipment Co-op

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Canadian outdoors store Mountain Equipment Co-op have released an app for iOS to help you shop, find gear and local stores.

New items are available at a glance. Create a wish list from your favourite items

New items are available at a glance. Create a wish list from your favourite items

You can order items directly from the phone to your door. Be sure to look through the sale section too.

You can order items directly from the phone to your door. Be sure to look through the sale section too.

Find the nearest location to you at any time and receive GPS directions to the store

Find the nearest location to you at any time and receive GPS directions to the store

Call them directly from your iPhone, or check and see if they are still open

Call them directly from your iPhone, or check and see if they are still open

Full access to item details, photos and reviews

Full access to item details, photos and reviews

Check to see stock availability before you head to the store

Check to see stock availability before you head to the store

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Update: January 30th - We tried the 1.1 update to the app which included search improvements and a handy barcode scanning feature. I popped in to MEC Toronto to give the update a try

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Just for fun I tried scanning a MSR fuel canister (with a concave barcode no less!) and the app handled it like a champ. Oddly enough I tried scanning a Whisperlite stove and it wasn't sure what it is.

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After scanning the barcode, the app brings you to the product page where you can read reviews, find out more about the product itself or even check stock at other MEC locations.

Another new feature lets you share products via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail.

You can download the Mountain Equipment Co-op app for free from the iOS store.