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Old 09-04-2017, 14:56   #1
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Technical Help - File Conversion

Dear OpenCPN Team,

I am trying to convert mark, track and waypoint files from my old navigation software (CPLOT pro) so I can use in OpenCPN but can't find anyone who can help. I am a professional mariner so have great files from Australia and the Pacific from when I was on scientific research vessels so if I can convert these for use with OpenCPN I am happy to upload for all to use.
The file extensions are .MRK for marks, .RUT for routes and .TRK for tracks.
If someone can help, message me with an email and I will send some files to try and convert.
All help greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-04-2017, 19:43   #2
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Re: Technical Help - File Conversion

OpenCPN can import .gpx files which are a kind of XML file that can describe waypoints and routes using those waypoints. I would guess you can convert your files into the .gpx format without too much trouble assuming you have a little programming experience. Or are you saying that you cannot program and you are looking for someone to write a conversion program for you?
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Re: Technical Help - File Conversion

Your solution might be found at :

https://www.gpsbabel.org/capabilities.html

If not, send me a file to look at.
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Old 09-04-2017, 22:56   #4
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Re: Technical Help - File Conversion

Thanks

Transmitterdan - I don't have any programing skills but thought there might be some software out there that would do this? someone told me an old version of Maxsea 10.3.2.1 actually did this conversion but I cant get my old version to run charts any more to check the accuracy.

sy_gilana - I will try to send you a file as a private message as I couldn't upload the file in this forum due to unfamiliar file type - and didn't have any luck with the link but thanks for trying

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sy_gilana - I will try to send you a file as a private message as I couldn't upload the file in this forum due to unfamiliar file type - and didn't have any luck with the link but thanks for trying

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Just change the file type to xxxx.RUT.doc and it shall upload.
Compress/zip it before perhaps. Final file type always .doc
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I was able to look at these. If any one recognizes a method of conversion, pass it on. I "enjoy" how they swapped longitude and latitude. Proprietary formats? are a caution to copy out your data and notes to a format that is open source? or otherwise readable into the future. (notepad files? )
Even OpenCPN's gpx exports can lose stuff where the new host doesn't agree with the interpretation of the format...but at least the positions cross over easily!

Track SAMPLE:
Code:
TMQ CPlot Chart Type 2
Description: Arlington Rf
Bounds: 16.41.241S,127.18.979E,13.56.029S,146.08.218E
Format: NM3
Rev. Date: 050110/001535
Scale: 1:0
Mag. Variation: 0
Cautions:

<EOH>
track LGreen 2 S 
     146.04.742E  16.41.178S
     146.04.742E  16.41.178S
etc.
Mark SAMPLE:
Code:
TMQ CPlot Chart Type 2
Description: Queensland_Coast_Marks
Bounds: 27.30.3821S,134.12.9830E,2.43.3350S,155.51.8620E
Format: NM3
Rev. Date: 140428/233920
Scale: 1:0
Mag. Variation: 0
Cautions:

<EOH>
mark PXYCSI 148.56.5210E 20.15.7270S Black Anchor P200_100_M.M._3-6M_Mud_&_Sand.__E-SW_25knts_plus.
etc.
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Re: Technical Help - File Conversion

The extensions you list appear to be Furuno based.

They can be converted using the GPS Utility Program. Go here.

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Thanks,Terry! That looks to be a help...

I HAVE been able to get Bimbadeens Marks out quite easily as a gpx but the logbook notes are pretty important and the data file has inconsistencies...spacing is sometimes 2x and sometimes 1x etc. so I am going to try cleaning it up as a spreadsheet and then try it again as csv or something..

Next, I have hopes for the "GPSU Converter" before passing it on to GPSU or Gpsbabel again.. It seems to be recognizing the "fields" (position, symbols etc) so once cleaned up it may work great...
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Re: Technical Help - File Conversion

Can you export to gpx files? That would be the best way. Or perhaps view your files and typical gpx files using notepad++ or other editor to see if you can run some file find/replace to get them into gpx format.
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Can you export to gpx files? That would be the best way. Or perhaps view your files and typical gpx files using notepad++ or other editor to see if you can run some file find/replace to get them into gpx format.
Not sure who your question is directed to but yes, GPSU program allows you to export files in .gpx format.

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Terry, it was to Bimadean. My wifi was slow. Sorry
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