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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 Lowrance HDS-5.
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 Lowrance HDS-5 waypoints, routes, and tracks, make maps of their GPS data over seamless USGS topo maps and aerial photos, and convert and transfer Lowrance HDS-5 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 Lowrance HDS-5.
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Lowrance 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 Lowrance data, Geotagging your Photos, Downloading updates for your Lowrance HDS-5
Download a fully-featured trial of ExpertGPS, or buy your copy today. We're so confident ExpertGPS will save you time (as a GPS data downloader, coordinate converter, map viewer and editor, and GIS, CAD, and GPS data converter) that we make this guarantee: if ExpertGPS doesn't pay for itself in 14 days, we'll refund your money - and you can keep the software!
ExpertGPS can transfer Lowrance HDS-5 waypoints, routes, and tracks. Your GPS stores its data on a memory card. ExpertGPS will read and write waypoints, routes, and tracks to and from this card when you click Receive from GPS or Send to GPS in ExpertGPS.
Transfer data back to your Lowrance HDS-5 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 Lowrance HDS-5!
Your Lowrance HDS-5 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 Lowrance 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 Lowrance 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 HDS-5 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 HDS-5, and use ExpertGPS to find and create new waypoints, routes, and tracks to download to your Lowrance GPS. Before you update your Lowrance HDS-5 firmware or install a custom basemap, Lowrance recommends that you backup all of your GPS data. ExpertGPS gives you the peace-of-mind that your Lowrance HDS-5 data is always safe.
View your Lowrance HDS-5 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 Lowrance.
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 Lowrance HDS-5? ExpertGPS can do it 5x faster! Use the New Waypoint dialog in ExpertGPS to create new waypoints and POI listings for your Lowrance GPS. As you type, ExpertGPS automatically suggests the best possible name for this waypoint on your GPS.
Calculate area with your Lowrance HDS-5. ExpertGPS automatically calculates the acreage of any parcel, field, or tract no matter how irregular, when you record the boundary with your Lowrance HDS-5 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 Lowrance HDS-5 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 Lowrance HDS-5 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 Lowrance HDS-5 can hold 5000 waypoints. Waypoints on the Lowrance HDS-5 can contain up to 25 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 Lowrance HDS-5, further reducing errors.
The Lowrance HDS-5 can hold 200 routes, each containing up to 99 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 Lowrance HDS-5. Route names on the Lowrance HDS-5 can contain up to 21 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 Lowrance HDS-5? 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 Lowrance HDS-5 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 Lowrance HDS-5 can hold 10000 tracks. Saved tracklogs on the Lowrance HDS-5 can have up to 12000 trackpoints. The active tracklog holds 12000 trackpoints. Track names on the Lowrance HDS-5 can contain up to 21 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 Lowrance HDS-5 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, Lowrance HDS-5 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 Lowrance HDS-5 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 Lowrance HDS-5 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 Lowrance HDS-5.
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 trips 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 boating waypoints and tracklogs. And, we've also added the ability to download KML files back to your Lowrance HDS-5
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 Lowrance HDS-5, and then use ExpertGPS to upload your GPS data and export it as a shapefile. And you can Send GIS layers to your Lowrance HDS-5 as well.
ExpertGPS allows you to convert your HDS-5 tracklogs and waypoints to AutoCAD's DXF format in two easy steps. Send AutoCAD DXF to your Lowrance HDS-5