This is a continuation of the other homeport thread here
I simply wanted to start another to fill in the beginning of the instructions. I'm in a hurry, so if you guys have any questions or notice I missed something, let me know and I'll add it. When i get set up with a screen recording app and mic I may do a video walk through as well.
This is just a quick guide on how to get your waypoints into homeport, do your edits and get them back to the card.
For starters you need to export your waypoints from your unit to an sd card. These steps will depend on what unit you have, so please refer to your owner's manual. For any unit that may not have a sd card slot, please refer to your owner's manual as well.
- When you open homeport for the first time, it will look similar to this. No data, no folder, etc. You may need to find your local lake and zoom in if you wish
- Insert the sd card you used to export your waypoints from your unit. you should now see it listed under DEVICES
- You may find another way that you prefer to do things here, but this is what I do. In the upper left corner, under library, right click 'my collection' and select 'new list folder'. Name this folder whatever makes sense to you. This will simply make a new folder that you name, so you have a dedicated place to import your waypoints to.
*** - At this point you have a couple of different options on how to get the waypoints into the folder. You can either drag and drop
- A file explorer window will now open and you will need to go to your sd card and find the .gpx file they was saved to the card. With my card this file can be found in the Garmin\UserData folder. Yours may be in a different location. When you find the file simply double click it and it will import into the folder you have selected
- Now you will see your .gpx file within the folder
*** - Now you can edit whatever you want, or simply use this method to do a backup. I always save a copy of the .gpx file to multiple locations as well just to be safe. I don't usually take the time on the water to change waypoint names, icons, etc. I use homeport once I get home to do all of that. I'll make my edits, and then export the edited file back to my sd card. When I go out for my next trip, I'll delete my waypoints
- Once you get done with editing, do the following to export back to the card
- select the .gpx file you have been working with
- select file (top menu bar) export
- Select the location you want to save the file to. You can choose the sd card at this point. I always keep a backup any time I edit a file, so I save to my backup folder and then copy and paste to the card
- You must put the file into the UserData folder
When I first starting using homeport, I seem to remember whatever I was doing was putting the file into the wrong folder with the wrong format. It was putting a file into the gpx folder instead of the UserData folder and my 7612 was not seeing it. So I played with it until I figured out this method. Others may have a different way of doing things
Hopefully this makes sense and helps you guys. It seems much more complicated than it really is once you get the hang of it. If you need any help or have any questions, just ask