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Garmin + Mac = Goodness

After my last post about updating my Garmin I found out some people have received free updates while others have not. Appears Garmin just messed this up royally and they are being consistent now. I did try to argue my case one last time and they did not budge (they did acknowledge they messed up anyway).

So, my update from Amazon was received in 2 days--sweet. One thing that really surprised me is that Mac is supported! All I had to do was mount the DVD on my Mac, click "GO" and it updated my nüvi in 45 minutes. I'm very pleased to see that Garmin is starting to support Mac for a change. I haven't checked to see if there are any Mac applets that can manage the custom POI's on the nüvi yet.

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davegrrr
Jan. 7th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
So what's the name / revision number of this map update?
snowboardjoe
Jan. 7th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
If you go into your GPS and pull up settings, there is a button to get map info. On that screen it will tell you what version you have. If it says "2008" then you have the latest data. If it says "v8" then you have last years data (they changed the version scheme).

I know you will qualify for the free update if you don't have it yet.
davegrrr
Jan. 7th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yep, I have the 2008. Grrr. But good that I should get the 2009 upgrade for free I guess.
snowboardjoe
Jan. 7th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Sadly, you probably will not. It needs to be within a few months of the release date. Next one won't be out for at least 12 months most likely. Price is dropping though ($57 this year).
manley1
Jan. 7th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Your talk of the Garmin reminds me of the wedding that I attended in Virginia where my friends had said device to us navigate the northern Virginia suburbs. We were amused by its curt "recalculating" when we missed a turn and wondered if future versions would allow you to customize either the voice or the tone in the future. For instance, could you make it more sexy sounding?
snowboardjoe
Jan. 7th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
It already has several English variants (in both male and female voices): US, British and Australian. The accent on the Australian is a bit thick and tough to understand. The British male version is my favorite.

Yeah, that "Recalculating" comes across a bit stern. I just have this image of the character rolling its eyes and and being grumpy about having to recalculate the route because you missed the turn..., again. You should try driving down a new road that does not exist--not happy. It keeps trying to tell you to pick up the next road having no idea you are cruising on a regular road.
rbsmith77
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
My GPSmap 478 (preloaded for coastal navigation and North America roads) was updated after a phone call. I fudged the date out of the blue and managed to snag it for free, but they charged me $30 for the DVD to load it on my PC. I think my experience was rough because I bought the combo Boat/Car one.

My 478 only had female english American or British. Brit is more polite. Though, I just use mainly beeps. I haven't done any navigating with the GPS on water. I use it for location and speed info mainly. I haven't ventured into open water(no land in sight) yet on the Big Pond (Lake Michigan).
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