Introduction | Requirements | Features | Installation | Usage
9 pin serial
Ground (-, black) ---> pin 5 ground
Transmit (T, brown) ---> pin 2 Receive
Receive (R, white) ---> pin 3 Transmit
Standard procedure (for Windows):
Clic on to start GPilotS.
GPilotS starts with one of the 3 possible displays: Waypoints, Routes or Tracks. To switch display clic on on menu -> display then the desired display.
The display list all available waypoints within a category. One entry displays the name, comment and symbol of a waypoint. When sorted by latitude, longitude, altitude or distance the display of the comment is replaced by respectively the latitude, longitude, altitude or distance. The list can be scrolled using the on-screen arrows or the Palm's hardware scroll buttons.
Automatic conversion: GPilotS tries to accommodate itself with the various Garmin GPS model relative to the characteristics of waypoints such as altitude or proximity waypoints.
- In host mode, when GPilotS identify itself, it will present itself and act with the characteristics of the model selected in the preferences and send its data in the correspondent information.
- When uploading / downloading to/from a GPS, GPilotS will identify its partner and adapt it's communication stream accordingly regardless of the model selected in the preferences. This is done in the limits of the formats known by GPilotS.
- When the format of a waypoint doesn't correspond to the one selected
in the preferences, GPilotS will propose to convert it when edited.
Note that GPilotS can handle all Garmin symbols.
|Create a waypoint||Menu -> Edit -> new
Note: if the waypoint's name is already used, the new waypoint will overwrite the old one except if the option "allow duplicate" is selected in the preferences (see options). In this case 2 waypoints with the same name are available. This is also true for downloads to the PalmPilot of waypoints.
Note: If the waypoints have been sorted by distance, a new sort (slow operation) will automatically take place when a new waypoint is added.
|Create a relative waypoint||First, select the reference waypoint by clicking on it, followed by the ref button and ok. Then create the new waypoint with Menu -> Edit -> new from ref. Enter distance and bearing (true north). Distance units are selected in the Menu -> Opt -> preferences.|
|Display and modify a waypoint's detail||Clic on it
To modify a co-ordinate click on the desired number an select the a number from the popup list.
Modify the symbol by clicking on it and selecting the appropriate one.
|Search a waypoint||When viewing the waypoint list, writing the beginning of a waypoint's name in the Graffiti area will highlight the waypoint with the closest match (similar to the lookup in the address book) . To cancel selection, use Graffiti backspace or select another waypoint.|
|Delete a waypoint||Display it and clic delete|
|Delete all waypoints in a category||Select the appropriate category then Menu -> Edit -> delete|
|Sort by name (default)||Menu -> Sort -> by name|
|Sort by latitude||Menu -> Sort -> by latitude|
|Sort by longitude||Menu -> Sort -> by longitude|
|Sort by symbol||Menu -> Sort -> by symbol|
|Sort by distance||First, select the reference waypoint by clicking on it, followed by
the ref button and ok. Then Sort with Menu -> Sort -> by distance.
Note: This operation can take a while.
Note: Extremely close waypoints might not be sorted properly.
|Sort by altitude
||Menu -> Sort -> by altitude
|Waypoint upload or download||Menu -> GPS -> Upload or Download followed with one click on
Select the appropriate category to upload to the GPS. When downloading, it is possible to create a new category by clicking on a existing category then selecting "Edit categories".
Note: If waypoints have been sorted
before a upload or download, GPilotS will do a "sort by name" before uploading
/ downloading. This results in a slight delay before the the upload / download
|Download only new waypoints||Menu -> GPS -> Download new... will download only new waypoints (based on names).|
|Capture current GPS position||Menu -> GPS -> Mark|
The route list is displayed by category.
|Display a route||Display a specific route by selecting it. Bearings are True North.|
|Create a new route||Menu -> Edit -> New.
On the left is the list of available waypoints from the selected waypoint category. On the right the route is displayed.
To add a point click on the waypoint in the waypoint list then on the waypoint in the route after which the waypoint should be inserted (or keyword "TOTAL" to insert a waypoint at the end of the list).
To delete a point from the route, click the waypoint then the trashcan.
If the route is not named, it will automatically be named "First-point to Last-point".
Note: if the route has more
waypoints than the capacity of your GPS unit, it will be truncated during
|Edit a route||Display the route and click edit.|
|Rename a route||Edit the route and change the name in the uper right.|
|Renumber a route||Edit the route and change the number in uper center.|
|Delete a route||Display the route and click "Delete" to delete route|
|Delete all route||Menu -> Edit -> Delete|
|Upload / Download routes||Menu -> GPS -> Upload or Download followed with on click on Go.
Select the appropriate category to upload to the GPS. When downloading, it is possible to create a new category by clicking on a existing category then selecting "Edit categories". Routes are named after their extreme waypoints.
The track list is displayed by category.
Delete all tracks from the current category with Menu -> Edit -> Delete
Display a specific track by selecting it. Click "Delete" to delete track. A track cannot be modified, except for it's name with the field on the bottom left.
When cliking on the "Map" tab, the track is displayed with the following
- Waypoints are overlayed (click "w"). The waypoints are selected from all categories. A waypoint with a proximity information, will have a circle around it.
- A grid is overlayed (click "g").
- Zoom in, Zoom out (Click "+" or "-")
- Panning (click on a trackpoint to have it centered on the map).
Select the appropriate category to upload to the GPS. When downloading,
it is possible to create a new category by clicking on a existing category
then selecting "Edit categories". Also, the track can be compacted (to save
memory) by stripping altitude and time information. This function is useful
to use a track as a map.
4. Host Mode
Menu -> GPS -> Host Mode... will activate the host mode. It is then possible to chose the upload or download category of waypoints, routes and tracks. A Garmin GPS or appropriate software may then download or upload from/to the PalmPilot. The "Stop" button will quit the host mode.
Select the "compact tracks" option to strip altitude and time information
from the downloaded tracks.
Menu -> Options -> Preferences allows to change some of GPilotS behaviour.
Menu -> GPS -> Check GPS, will check GPS connection and return specific device information.C. Claveleira , (Doc: G. Darmon ) - February 2002