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  • BaseCamp => Google Earth (copy and "paste" from BaseCamp to GE)

    The program was updated 2019/01/08. There are some new features (copy URLs from Google Maps and it tries to create items in Google Earth with reasonable names).

    BC2GE is a Windows program that will let you copy BaseCamp or GPX/TCX/KML clipboard data to Google Earth.

    It's one extra minor step compared to the GE integration that no longer works in BaseCamp 4.7.

    It's useful even if you don't use BaseCamp.

    Features
    • It works with either 32 bit or 64 bit Google Earth.
    • It should work with all versions of BaseCamp (I've tried it with 4.6.2 and 4.7).
    • It should work with MapSource (I've tried it with 6.16.3).
    • It works in a simple way (which means it would be easy to update if Google Earth changes how it works).
    • You can drag-and-drop gpx, fit, kml, and tcx files onto the Copy button.
    • It will copy text in the clipboard that is formatted as gpx, tcx, or kml. Google Earth will only let you paste text that is kml.
    • You can drag-and-drop from Google Maps URLs to create waypoints in Google Earth (if the URL is in the clipboard, click the Copy button).
    • It creates items in Google Earth based on the names of the items rather than reusing a generic name.
    • It should work on most versions of Windows (32 bit or 64 bit).
    You might want to check Top most so that the BC2GE window floats on top (so, it's easily accessible).
    The ">>" button gives you some more options. The "<<" button makes the window smaller (so it doesn't cover so much).

    How to use it

    With BaseCamp (or Mapsource) –
    1. Run BC2GE and BaseCamp (the order doesn't matter).
    2. In BaseCamp, copy (Edit->Copy / ctrl-C / right-click-copy) the item into the clipboard.
    1. Click the purple Copy button in Run BC2GE and BaseCamp (the order doesn't matter). (Here, “BaseCamp” refers to BaseCamp or Mapsource.)
    1. => This will send the file to Google Earth (running it if it isn't already running).
    With files/clipboard data generally –
    1. Drag gpx, fit, kml, or tcx files onto the Copy button. Or drag Google Map URLs (links).
    OR
    1. Copy gpx, kml, or tcx (as text) into the Clipboard. Or copy Google Map URLs.
    2. Click the purple Copy button in BC2GE => This will send the text to Google Earth (starting it if it isn't already running).

    How it works

    When you copy items in BaseCamp (into the clipboard), the data is in GDB format. BC2GE extracts the clipboard data and uses GPSBabel to convert it to a KML file. BC2GE then runs Google Earth with the KML file.


    You have to be running a recent version of GPSBabel (installed in the standard way).

    https://www.gpsbabel.org/

    (A bunch of things install GPSBabel in various locations. Sometimes, these are old versions that won't work for this.)


    You can download the program from here:

    http://www.btcnj.com/mywcc/download....oads/BC2GE.exe

    (It's not an installer; It's just the program.)

    You can put the program file anywhere you like.

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    Some "techie" details.

    The program uses the 4.6.1 version of the "dotnet" framework. This might mean it won't run on "really old" versions of Windows. Or it might mean you need to install the 4.6.1 version. If people have problems doing that, I can change it to use 4.5.2.

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl....aspx?id=49981

    The program looks in the Windows registry to figure out where things (like BaseCamp, GPSBabel, and Google Earth) are installed on your computer. If these programs change how they save their configuration data to the registry, BC2GE would need to be updated (which is easy to do).


    The program doesn't copy the data in exactly the same way as the integrated BaseCamp copy. In the future, I might change how BC2GE does the copy (it requires a fair amount of work).
    Last edited by dpawlyk; 01-09-2019, 02:33 PM.

  • #2
    Nice. However my BaseCamp 4.6.2 still works seamlessly with Google Earth, both on Win 7 and 10, and with GE and GE Pro.
    Currently own Drive 50LMT-D, Nuvi 2508LMT-D, Nuvi 1490LMT, Nuvi 1310, Montana 650T, Etrex 20, and use Basecamp, OSM mapping
    Previously owned Etrex Legend H, Mio Navman and used Mapsource
    (please note that I am not employed by Garmin, but am a long term user of Garmin software and hardware)

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    • #3
      It's useful if you deal with gpx, tcx, fit files outside of BaseCamp.

      This program also creates items in GE based on the names in BaseCamp (so each item gets loaded into GE as a separate thing). BaseCamp reuses the same name (which means there's more effort to look at multiple objects in GE).

      If Garmin used the approach this program uses, BaseCamp 4.7 would have worked seamlessly too!



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      • #4
        Originally posted by SUSSAMB View Post
        Nice. However my BaseCamp 4.6.2 still works seamlessly with Google Earth, both on Win 7 and 10, and with GE and GE Pro.
        The same, but I know a few situations with some procurement apps (like here) when their programs get in way BaseCamp, and it doesn't work correctly

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