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ExpertGPS is GPS map software for your Windows computer, tablet, or laptop. ExpertGPS makes it easy to transfer waypoints, routes, and tracks, as well as GPS, GIS, and CAD data, to and from your Garmin GPSMAP 296.
ExpertGPS gives you access to every topo map in the USA, as well as high-resolution aerial photos, so you can zoom in on any trail or job site. ExpertGPS even works with your own scanned maps, and data from over 100 different mapping, GIS, and CAD programs.
ExpertGPS Home is an affordable outdoor trip planner at only $33/yr. ExpertGPS Pro contains all of the professional mapping features of high-end CAD and GIS packages, but without the steep learning curve and at a fraction of the price (now only $79/yr).
Thousands of businesses and GPS users depend on ExpertGPS mapping software to upload and download Garmin GPSMAP 296 waypoints, routes, and tracks, make maps of their GPS data over seamless USGS topo maps and aerial photos, and convert and transfer Garmin GPSMAP 296 data to and from Excel, Google Earth, ArcGIS, and AutoCAD. We've collected dozens of tips and tricks designed to save you time and money when mapping with your Garmin GPSMAP 296.
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Garmin Data Upload and Download, Map Making, Adding Waypoints and POIs, Tracklog Tricks, Coordinate Conversion, Google Earth and KML, ArcGIS and Shapefiles, AutoCAD DXF, Backing up your Garmin data, Geotagging your Photos, Downloading updates for your Garmin GPSMAP 296
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ExpertGPS can transfer Garmin GPSMAP 296 waypoints, routes, and tracks through your computer's USB port. It only takes a second or two to download all of the data from your Garmin using ExpertGPS.
Transfer data back to your Garmin GPSMAP 296 with a single click. Upload waypoints, routes, and tracks to your GPS and print a matching map out to take with you into the field. ExpertGPS even lets you upload Excel, Google Earth, CAD, and GIS data to your Garmin GPSMAP 296!
Your Garmin GPSMAP 296 has limited storage space for waypoints, routes, and tracks. Once you reach that limit, your GPS can't hold any more data. Smart ExpertGPS users have figured out how to eke out every last bit of memory space on their Garmin GPS receivers. Before each outdoor adventure or visit to a project site, they use ExpertGPS to back up the contents of their GPS, and then clear the GPS data memory. They can then download as much data as possible onto their GPS (leaving some room for GPS data collection out in the field). When they get back, they use ExpertGPS to upload all of their Garmin waypoints, routes, and tracks onto their computer and save it. Once they've backed up the new data from their GPS, they can clear the memory again, keeping their GPS ready for their next trip.
Backup your GPSMAP 296 waypoints, routes, and tracks by using ExpertGPS to transfer them to your laptop or desktop computer. Now you've got a safe back-up of all of the important data on your GPSMAP 296, and use ExpertGPS to find and create new waypoints, routes, and tracks to download to your Garmin GPS. Before you update your Garmin GPSMAP 296 firmware or install a custom basemap, Garmin recommends that you backup all of your GPS data. ExpertGPS gives you the peace-of-mind that your Garmin GPSMAP 296 data is always safe.
View your Garmin GPSMAP 296 waypoints, routes, and tracks over USGS topo maps and aerial photos. These are actual 1:24000 scale topographic maps from the US Geological Survey, giving you much more terrain detail than the maps that came with your Garmin.
Instantly switch between topo maps, aerial photos, and color urban imagery using the T, A, and U keys in ExpertGPS. This ability to toggle back-and-forth between several views of your GPS data is unique to ExpertGPS, and is one of its most popular features.
ExpertGPS comes preloaded with all the line patterns and cartographic styles you need to draw highways, railroad tracks, transmission lines, streams, and more. And the waypoint and track style editors let you create your own map symbols, change track colors, and customize exactly how your GPS and map data is drawn.
Why waste time entering new waypoints on the tiny screen of your Garmin GPSMAP 296? ExpertGPS can do it 5x faster! Use the New Waypoint dialog in ExpertGPS to create new waypoints and POI listings for your Garmin GPS. As you type, ExpertGPS automatically suggests the best possible name for this waypoint on your GPS. (Your GPS limits the length of waypoint names to 10, but ExpertGPS will let you give your waypoints user-friendly names and descriptions that can be as long as you want.)
Calculate area with your Garmin GPSMAP 296. ExpertGPS automatically calculates the acreage of any parcel, field, or tract no matter how irregular, when you record the boundary with your Garmin GPSMAP 296 or trace it over the maps in ExpertGPS. ExpertGPS allows you to calculate acreage in three different ways:
1. Calculate area by walking a perimeter with your GPS. ExpertGPS calculates the acreage enclosed by your Garmin GPSMAP 296 tracklog.
2. Calculate area by marking GPS waypoints at the corners of a field or parcel. In ExpertGPS, connect those waypoints into a route, and the acreage is automatically calculated.
3. Calculate area by tracing over a map or aerial photo. Use the Track Tool in ExpertGPS to trace the property boundary or field, and let ExpertGPS calculate the number of square feet it encloses.
ExpertGPS lets you get the most out of the waypoints on your Garmin GPSMAP 296 by making it easy to assign the best symbol and to give each waypoint a long, meaningful name (using a real keyboard, not the little controls on your GPS). Think about it:
Your Garmin GPSMAP 296 can hold 3000 waypoints. Waypoints on the Garmin GPSMAP 296 can contain up to 10 characters. Waypoint comments (notes) can contain up to 30 characters. How long would it take you to enter all of those waypoints by hand into your GPS? ExpertGPS will save you hours on this one task alone!
ExpertGPS lets you link a photo to any waypoint or POI and includes a built-in photo viewer. And you can add your own detailed description to any waypoint - store as much information as you need.
GPS coordinates are easy to mis-type. Using the Waypoint Tool in ExpertGPS to create new waypoints reduces the chances of making a mistake when manually entering coordinates on your GPS. ExpertGPS takes care of all of the coordinate conversion and datum shifts when communicating with your Garmin GPSMAP 296, further reducing errors.
The Garmin GPSMAP 296 can hold 50 routes, each containing up to 300 turns or stops. ExpertGPS lets you build up long routes quickly - just click waypoints one-by-one on the map to connect them into a route for your Garmin GPSMAP 296. Route names on the Garmin GPSMAP 296 can contain up to 13 characters. ExpertGPS makes it easy to rename and organize your routes.
Did you know you could trace roads, trails, and other features on the maps in ExpertGPS, and send them directly to your Garmin GPSMAP 296? This is a quick and easy way to keep you on-track when out in the field.
Poor GPS satellite reception can cause all sorts of errors in your Garmin GPSMAP 296 tracks. Use the advanced track editing tools in ExpertGPS to correct spikes and blips caused by intermittent GPS multipath errors. You can even select an entire segment of your GPS track and drag it right back to its correct location on the map!
The Garmin GPSMAP 296 can hold 16 tracks. Saved tracklogs on the Garmin GPSMAP 296 can have up to 700 trackpoints. The active tracklog holds 10000 trackpoints. Track names on the Garmin GPSMAP 296 can contain up to 13 characters.
You can spend hundreds of dollars on dedicated camera hardware and cables to geotag your photos. Or, you can do it for free, using ExpertGPS. ExpertGPS automatically matches up the timestamps on your digital photos with the times recorded in your Garmin GPSMAP 296 track log. It just takes a few seconds when you get back to your desk to have ExpertGPS automatically geotag your photos.
Photos geotagged using ExpertGPS are 100% compatible with flickr.com, Google Earth, and any other geotagging software or Web site.
ExpertGPS lets you quickly view, change, or batch-edit your photo metadata. Select all the photos for the day, and quickly add the city, state, and location in which they were taken. Add and remove keywords and descriptions. View shutter speed, aperture, and other camera settings.
Still using paper forms, or typing data into your GPS piece-by-piece? With your digital camera around your neck, Garmin GPSMAP 296 in your backpack or in your vehicle, and ExpertGPS back at your desk, you can gather data on the move. There's no need to mark waypoints as you collect data - just snap photos at each site. ExpertGPS can create geo-referenced waypoints for your report from each photo you took along the way, and attach your photos to each waypoint it creates.
Need to convert NAD27 lat/lon to WGS84 UTM? ExpertGPS does it automatically. Enter coordinates in any format, in any datum. To convert Garmin GPSMAP 296 coordinates to any other format, just select that format in ExpertGPS. All of your data is automatically reprojected to the new format and datum.
ExpertGPS Pro lets you work with data in any US State Plane Coordinate System (SPCS). Even though your Garmin GPSMAP 296 doesn't natively support SPCS, you can use ExpertGPS Pro to convert data back and forth between state plane coordinates, lat/lon, and UTM.
ExpertGPS converts addresses to GPS coordinates with its built-in address geocoder. Enter any address in the US (or in several dozen other countries) and ExpertGPS will bring up a map of that location and create a GPS waypoint you can send to your Garmin GPSMAP 296.
The Go to TRS command in ExpertGPS Pro will take you directly to any township and range in 17 western US states, allowing you to locate land in the US Public Land Survey System quickly. As you move over the map, the current township, range, and section is displayed. ExpertGPS Pro can even overlay a PLSS grid from BLM or your state GIS department.
With ExpertGPS, you'll be able to view all of your flights over the aerial photos in Google Earth, showing exactly where you went. This feature is so popular in ExpertGPS, we've added a hot key (F7) that will automatically launch Google Earth and zoom in on your flying waypoints and tracklogs. And, we've also added the ability to download KML files back to your Garmin GPSMAP 296
ExpertGPS makes it easy to update your GIS database with GPS data recorded in the field. Simply mark waypoints or record a tracklog on your Garmin GPSMAP 296, and then use ExpertGPS to upload your GPS data and export it as a shapefile. And you can Send GIS layers to your Garmin GPSMAP 296 as well.
ExpertGPS allows you to convert your GPSMAP 296 tracklogs and waypoints to AutoCAD's DXF format in two easy steps. Send AutoCAD DXF to your Garmin GPSMAP 296