GPS Waypoints and Viewranger Walking Software

Q. Hi I have just got a Nokia 5800 music express phone which has Symbion on [and] I have put viewranger software on for walking. My question is will the GPS waypoints you have on your website work with viewranger?

Many thanks

Kevin Murthick, Darlington


A. Our waypoints are provided in two flavors:

Downloadable GPS Waypoints in GPX (.gpx) format

Walks with this icon have downloable GPS Waypoints in GPS Exchange (.gpx) format you can upload into your GPS Device with a connecting cable by simply placing the GPX file into the GPX Folder on your GPS. You can also use EasyGPS on IMB based PCs (Windows, Vista etc.), MacGPS Pro if are using an Apple Macintosh (Mac OS X 10.4.0 or later) or Garmin Basecamp which works on both PC's and Apple Macs.

Downloadable GPS Waypoints in text (.txt) format

Walks with this icon have downloable GPS Waypoints in text (.txt) format you can upload into your GPS Device with a connecting cable and GPS Utility and convert into a wide variety of formats (IBM based PC (Windows, Vista etc) only).

It is Quick, Simple and Easy.

I understand that Viewranger software can import GPS Waypoints in the GPX format - though you might want to check with them first.

We do provide a number of free example routes/GPS data files so why not try it out for yourself?

You can access the examples via our regular newsletter

Hope this helps . . .

Mike (Editor)


A. I read the instructions with Viewranger (it helps to read instructions sometimes) and found this. It works a treat many thanks for your reply . . .

GPX Files

A GPX file is a GPS Exchange file. It is a file used to swap POIs, routes, waypoints and tracks between GPS units and other software. It is XML based, non-proprietary and becoming increasingly common.

There are several utilities available on the Internet to convert files between formats and all support GPX.

To import a GPX file:

1. Copy the file to the ViewRanger folder on the memory card.

2. Go to Data manager and choose Options > Import / export > Import GPX / LOC.

3. You will be prompted to choose the file.

4. A count of the POIs, routes and tracks contained in the file will be displayed.

5. If you confirm import then the points, routes and tracks in the GPX file (or LOC file) will appear in the My POIs, Routes and Tracks groups in Data manager.

If your GPX file only contains points and you want it to be imported as a POI set, then go to Data manager > POI sets and choose Options > Import / export > Import POI set. A new POI set will be created containing only the points in the GPX file. Any routes or tracks in the GPX file are ignored.

Avoid importing large numbers of POIs into My POIs, use a POI set instead.

Kevin Murthick, Darlington


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