I'm not sure this would be called success, but I found several issues/concerns using Homeport: (1) the map image must be on an USB drive, either microSD card from GPS
or a copy onto another microSD or flash drive. Homeport won't read the img file from your hard drive. (2) With my licensed Garmin
maps (microSD version), printing is disabled in Homeport. When planning a trip, I like to have a paper guide as reference, so this reduces Homeport's usefullness to me. (3) Unlike MapSource, Homeport doesn't read or write individual maps to/from the GPS
. I wanted to send to GPS selected bluechart and topo maps for my area and I can't figure a way to do this.
Another minor issue with Homeport and PC charting software
is my waypoints lose their icons and spaces, special characters are removed from the descriptions, etc, when transferring to/from the GPS, Homeport and PC charting software. I'm certain this can be easily solved
, but adds to the confusion and complexity of using 2 or 3 different software products to do one thing - manage maps, waypoints, and routes.
I'm painfully coming to the conclusion that I'll continue to use PC based charting software to manage waypoints, routes, etc., and transfer to the GPS. I need to figure a way to preserve the waypoint icons and descriptions. Not the simplification that I was hoping, by using MapSource or Homeport.