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How to convert GPS files for Google Earth

Discussion in 'Shop - Electrical' started by wheezy, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. wheezy

    wheezy "PRO PHOTO"

    Jul 6, 2007
    I know this will probably get moved, but I've been getting a lot of "how do I do this" emails.


    Download THIS FREE Program here (Download GTM Free) in the left column

    There is a tool where you select your destination file - the .usr file and selct the output as "google earth .kml" file... click the convert button and it instantly converts it for you.

    This will work for MOST GPS file systems and will cross convert any of them to any of the others!

    The results are often times NOT perfect, but it saves HOURS of work.

    Good luck!
    (hey mods, please leave this up for a day so people see it at least... thanks!)
    (+3) 3 people like this.
  2. DesertGuy1

    DesertGuy1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 29, 2007
    (+1) 1 person likes this.
  3. Shoyrtt

    Shoyrtt Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Redlands, CA
    Speaking of "how to" questions, I found your link here and on MORE's race talk on the Google Earth race course for the ORAF 500: http://toddaveryphoto.com/GPS/2009MORE/

    I down loaded the Google Earth program and then tried the link. I was prompted to select the program to open the link with and I selected Google Earth. It appears like it wants to open, but then crashes.:( How about a basic "how to" on the Google Earth program?


    Edit: Thanks for the link DesertGuy1, I figured it out.
  4. Stuck Sucks

    Stuck Sucks Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2008
    My personal favorite for converting files is GPS Babel - it's open source freeware and it works great with almost any OS.

    File formats GPS Babel handles:

    Alan Map500 tracklogs (.trl)
    Alan Map500 waypoints and routes (.wpr)
    Brauniger IQ Series Barograph Download
    Cambridge/Winpilot glider software
    CarteSurTable data file
    Cetus for Palm/OS
    CoastalExplorer XML
    Comma separated values
    CompeGPS data files (.wpt/.trk/.rte)
    CoPilot Flight Planner for Palm/OS
    cotoGPS for Palm/OS
    Data Logger iBlue747 csv
    Dell Axim Navigation System (.gpb) file format
    DeLorme .an1 (drawing) file
    DeLorme GPL
    DeLorme Street Atlas Plus
    DeLorme Street Atlas Route
    DeLorme XMap HH Native .WPT
    DeLorme XMap/SAHH 2006 Native .TXT
    DeLorme XMat HH Street Atlas USA .WPT (PPC)
    Destinator Itineraries (.dat)
    Destinator Points of Interest (.dat)
    Destinator TrackLogs (.dat)
    EasyGPS binary format
    Embedded Exif-GPS data (.jpg)
    FAI/IGC Flight Recorder Data Format
    Franson GPSGate Simulation
    G7ToWin data files (.g7t)
    Garmin 301 Custom position and heartrate
    Garmin Logbook XML
    Garmin MapSource - gdb
    Garmin MapSource - mps
    Garmin MapSource - txt (tab delimited)
    Garmin PCX5
    Garmin POI database
    Garmin Points of Interest (.gpi)
    Garmin serial/USB protocol
    Garmin Training Centerxml
    Geocaching.com .loc
    GeocachingDB for Palm/OS
    Geogrid-Viewer ascii overlay file (.ovl)
    Geogrid-Viewer tracklogs (.log)
    GEOnet Names Server (GNS)
    GeoNiche .pdb
    GlobalSat DG-100/BT-335 Download
    Google Earth (Keyhole) Markup Language
    Google Maps XML
    Google Navigator Tracklines (.trl)
    GoPal GPS track log (.trk)
    GPS TrackMaker
    GPSBabel arc filter file
    GpsDrive Format
    GpsDrive Format for Tracks
    GPSPilot Tracker for Palm/OS
    Holux (gm-100) .wpo Format
    Holux M-241 (MTK based) Binary File Format
    Holux M-241 (MTK based) download
    HSA Endeavour Navigator export File
    HTML Output
    Humminbird tracks (.ht)
    Humminbird waypoints and routes (.hwr)
    IGN Rando track files
    iGO2008 points of interest (.upoi)
    IGO8 .trk
    Jelbert GeoTagger data file
    Kartex 5 Track File
    Kartex 5 Waypoint File
    Kompass (DAV) Track (.tk)
    Kompass (DAV) Waypoints (.wp)
    KuDaTa PsiTrex text
    Lowrance USR
    Magellan Explorist Geocaching
    Magellan Mapsend
    Magellan NAV Companion for Palm/OS
    Magellan SD files (as for eXplorist)
    Magellan SD files (as for Meridian)
    Magellan serial protocol
    MagicMaps IK3D project file (.ikt)
    Map&Guide 'TourExchangeFormat' XML
    Map&Guide to Palm/OS exported files (.pdb)
    MapAsia track file (.tr7)
    Mapopolis.com Mapconverter CSV
    MapTech Exchange Format
    Microsoft AutoRoute 2002 (pin/route reader)
    Microsoft Streets and Trips (pin/route reader)
    Microsoft Streets and Trips 2002-2007
    Motorrad Routenplaner (Map&Guide) .bcr files
    MS PocketStreets 2002 Pushpin
    MTK Logger (iBlue 747,...) Binary File Format
    MTK Logger (iBlue 747,Qstarz BT-1000,...) download
    National Geographic Topo .tpg (waypoints)
    National Geographic Topo 2.x .tpo
    National Geographic Topo 3.x/4.x .tpo
    Navicache.com XML
    Navigon Mobile Navigator .rte files
    Navigon Waypoints
    NaviGPS GT-11/BGT-11 Download
    Navitel binary track (.bin)
    Navitrak DNA marker format
    NetStumbler Summary File (text)
    NIMA/GNIS Geographic Names File
    NMEA 0183 sentences
    Nokia Landmark Exchange
    OpenStreetMap data files
    PalmDoc Output
    PathAway Database for Palm/OS
    Raymarine Waypoint File (.rwf)
    See You flight analysis data
    Sportsim track files (part of zipped .ssz files)
    Suunto Trek Manager (STM) .sdf files
    Suunto Trek Manager (STM) WaypointPlus files
    Swiss Map 25/50/100 (.xol)
    Tab delimited fields useful for OpenOffice, Ploticus etc.
    Textual Output
    TomTom Itineraries (.itn)
    TomTom POI file (.asc)
    TomTom POI file (.ov2)
    TopoMapPro Places File
    TrackLogs digital mapping (.trl)
    U.S. Census Bureau Tiger Mapping Service
    Universal csv with field structure in first line
    Vcard Output (for iPod)
    VidaOne GPS for Pocket PC (.gpb)
    Vito Navigator II tracks
    Vito SmartMap tracks (.vtt)
    WiFiFoFum 2.0 for PocketPC XML
    Wintec WBT-100/200 Binary File Format
    Wintec WBT-100/200 GPS Download
    Wintec WBT-201/G-Rays 2 Binary File Format
    Yahoo Geocode API data
  5. y2kbaja

    y2kbaja Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    I don't want to be "that guy" but I need some techno help. I'm trying to convert files from this page http://www.adlerpublishing.com/downloads.aspx
    to files that can be uploaded to Lowrance in a .usr file.
    I use the Backcounty Adventures books by Massey all the time but have been manually typing in all the waypoints (converting from 100's to 60's in each input) and found the site above that has all the files. But it's in .rxf format. I've tried Ozi, Babel, G7towin and I can't figure out how to use any of them. I got off the technology train at DVD's, I have an Ipod but my teenager has to load music for me. That's my techno level.
  6. y2kbaja

    y2kbaja Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    Nevermind, I might have figured out Babel if it works. I will have to get home and see if the file will upload to .usr.
  7. MarkAcunaOffRoad

    MarkAcunaOffRoad Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2006
    Goodyear, Arizona
  8. Wendell #527

    Wendell #527 Well-Known Member

    Jul 25, 2007
    Oak View, CA
    This is good info. Thanks
  9. Vtr_Racing

    Vtr_Racing Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2001
    GPS Visualizer and GPS Babel work great. Play around with em and youll figure it out.
  10. y2kbaja

    y2kbaja Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    Now how do you draw a route using Google Maps, then open in Google earth and convert to usr for Lowrance? Babel won't transfer all the data, GSP Vis only does the opposite way. My file has both draw on roads and placemarks in google maps/earth. I haven't played with GTM listed above yet but it was complicated the first time I looked at it.
  11. y2kbaja

    y2kbaja Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    If anything this is for my future reference as I got if figured out.

    From Backcountry Adventures.
    • Choose route, right click, file save as .rxf
    • OpenGPSBabel
    • Input file: Maptech exchange format (.mxf)
    • Output file: lowrance (.usr)
    Converting from .usr to google earth.
    • Go to GPS Trackmaker
    • Open .usr file
    • Save as .kml file
    • Open .kml file in google earth
    Converting from google maps to lowrance
    • Will convert only trails, not placemarks
    • Make route in google maps.
    • Click view in google earth
    • Save as a .kml file
    • Go to google earth and open file.
    • Should be open in temporary places.
    • Right click and save as .kml file
    • Go to GPS Trackmaker
    • Open file from .kml
    o Note: click merge file to open more tracks.
    o Delete excess trails (stray lines) here so they don’t end up on the .usr file
    • Save file as .usr
  12. Stuck Sucks

    Stuck Sucks Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2008
  13. 72class5

    72class5 Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    Converse, TX
    OK...a little help needed:confused: Downloaded the free GTM but when I try to open the Lowrance .usr file to save as a Google Earth .kml file I get the following error:

    'Current version doesn't support this file! Please, download the new version of GTM.'

    I find no 'new version'. Anybody else having the same issue?

    If not, can somebody please convert the file if I send it to them?
  14. Travisfab

    Travisfab Well-Known Member

    Jun 3, 2003
    San Diego
    Does anyone have a good source for maps to download to your GPS unit?
  15. BUGT150

    BUGT150 Member

    Feb 14, 2009
    Orange, CA
    Works great just coverted many files to USR for my Lowrance HDS. :cool:
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