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GPS Babel issue!

Bulent Arikan
Dear List,

I am running MacOS 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard) and GRASS GIS 6.5 svn. I use Garmin Oregon 400T and just downloaded GPS Babel v 1.4.1. I experimented with importing some waypoints and tracks from the device (connected via USB) as a Garmin MapSource (txt file) Garmin (gpi file). 

The files prepared seem to be fine: when I open the text file, I can see every detail about the tracks and waypoints. However, I am not sure if I need to install the program. When the download was complete, a disk image appeared and when I double clicked, it opened the GPS Babel menu. I did not install anything. I am a bit suspicious if this is the right way of using GPS Babel. The web site mentions using FINK for installation but I am not sure if this is something I need to do.

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!
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Re: GPS Babel issue!

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You need to drag GPSBabelFE icon from the disk image to your applications folder. That will install GPSBabel. Unmount the disk image and delete the disk image. Double click GPSBabelFE in your Applications folder. Since it worked when you ran it, you don't need the Fink stuff. The site says you may need those things if you run from the command line.

You can and apparently did just open the application on the disk image. That's fine, but doesn't "install" anything. Many applications now come with installers (another program) which makes you click about ten times, but they  generally end up doing the same thing—putting a copy of the application in the Applications folder, although some put files in other places too.

On Jul 9, 2010, at 2:39 AM, Bulent Arikan wrote:

> Dear List,
>
> I am running MacOS 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard) and GRASS GIS 6.5 svn. I use Garmin Oregon 400T and just downloaded GPS Babel v 1.4.1. I experimented with importing some waypoints and tracks from the device (connected via USB) as a Garmin MapSource (txt file) Garmin (gpi file).
>
> The files prepared seem to be fine: when I open the text file, I can see every detail about the tracks and waypoints. However, I am not sure if I need to install the program. When the download was complete, a disk image appeared and when I double clicked, it opened the GPS Babel menu. I did not install anything. I am a bit suspicious if this is the right way of using GPS Babel. The web site mentions using FINK for installation but I am not sure if this is something I need to do.
>
> Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!
> --
> BÜLENT

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Re: GPS Babel issue!

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On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 11:52 AM, Greg <[hidden email]> wrote:
You need to drag GPSBabelFE icon from the disk image to your applications folder. That will install GPSBabel. Unmount the disk image and delete the disk image. Double click GPSBabelFE in your Applications folder. Since it worked when you ran it, you don't need the Fink stuff. The site says you may need those things if you run from the command line.

I need to find that doc and update it.  Fink hasn't been required/encouraged for us for a very long time. 



 
You can and apparently did just open the application on the disk image. That's fine, but doesn't "install" anything. Many applications now come with installers (another program) which makes you click about ten times, but they  generally end up doing the same thing—putting a copy of the application in the Applications folder, although some put files in other places too.

Right.  For Mac, we ship as a standard bundle/image in a disk image (.dmg).  Finder knows how to mount and run the app right from the bundle.  If you choose to drag it to Applications or your Dock, that Just Works.  If you choose to run it from the bundle (perhaps you need to convert once and then you're done with GPSBabel) that's OK, too.

The Windows crowd really likes the installers that ask them 174 times "are you sure" and "next to continue", so we provided them with one as of 1.4.0.   The Mac distribution is more Mac-like.

RJL




 
On Jul 9, 2010, at 2:39 AM, Bulent Arikan wrote:

> Dear List,
>
> I am running MacOS 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard) and GRASS GIS 6.5 svn. I use Garmin Oregon 400T and just downloaded GPS Babel v 1.4.1. I experimented with importing some waypoints and tracks from the device (connected via USB) as a Garmin MapSource (txt file) Garmin (gpi file).
>
> The files prepared seem to be fine: when I open the text file, I can see every detail about the tracks and waypoints. However, I am not sure if I need to install the program. When the download was complete, a disk image appeared and when I double clicked, it opened the GPS Babel menu. I did not install anything. I am a bit suspicious if this is the right way of using GPS Babel. The web site mentions using FINK for installation but I am not sure if this is something I need to do.
>
> Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!
> --
> BÜLENT

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Re: GPS Babel issue!

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On Jul 9, 2010, at 4:21 PM, Robert Lipe wrote:

On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 11:52 AM, Greg <[hidden email]> wrote:
You need to drag GPSBabelFE icon from the disk image to your applications folder. That will install GPSBabel. Unmount the disk image and delete the disk image. Double click GPSBabelFE in your Applications folder. Since it worked when you ran it, you don't need the Fink stuff. The site says you may need those things if you run from the command line.

I need to find that doc and update it.  Fink hasn't been required/encouraged for us for a very long time. 

http://www.gpsbabel.org/osnotes.html#osx


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