Best GPS application for a Mac

FitzM
FitzM Posts: 232
edited April 2010 in Road buying advice
Hi I've got a Garmin 305. While the device is great the application is at best OK. Can you recommend a good application that will work on my Mac or online?
Klein Quantum, Cervelo Soloist Team, Boardman SLR 9.0S, Boardman SLS 9.8, Kinesis Racelight 4S, DengFu FM028

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  • rich164h
    rich164h Posts: 433
    I've got a 405 and personally I use both the Garmin Training Centre software and Sportracks.

    Sportracks is definitely a lot more hostile when you first start to use it and I needed to download a few of the plugs ins to get the functionality that I wanted but after spending a bit of time setting it up it now works like a dream and is definitely the main piece of software that I use. The ability to overlay as many different activities as you like on a single compare graph, draw moving averages and also to edit (e.g. split) individual records are things that just can't be done in the Garmin software

    Having the Garmin Training Centre (which links to Garmin connect) is good for alowing remote access to the training log though and is much more simple to use, but there are more limitations to what you can do and how the data can be analysed.

    OSX does appear to be supported in Sportracks but I'm not sure if it's entirely problem free though.
  • Your best bet is to run Sportstracks under under Windows using VMWare fusion or Parallels. Works like a charm, used it for years.

    The best Native Mac apps for Training Logbooks are:

    Ascent: http://www.montebellosoftware.com/
    +which has some really nice playback functions and it easy to use.
    - Lacking on the deeper power analysis (only relevant if you intend to use Power Meter in the future. If they added NP, IF, FTP functionality etc then I would switch to this software)


    or

    Rubitrack:http://www.rubitrack.com/
    + pretty interface
    - graphing/analysis a bit basic (and slow)
  • FitzM
    FitzM Posts: 232
    Your best bet is to run Sportstracks under under Windows using VMWare fusion or Parallels. Works like a charm, used it for years.

    Thx magliaceleste, a very technical answer. I've got an old Dell laptop but try not to use it too often. And the thought of running Windows on any of my Macs make me swallow hard ;-)

    But will defo look at http://www.montebellosoftware.com if the site comes back on-line

    And also take a look at http://www.rubitrack.com/
    Klein Quantum, Cervelo Soloist Team, Boardman SLR 9.0S, Boardman SLS 9.8, Kinesis Racelight 4S, DengFu FM028
  • +1 for Ascent (montebello)
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,890
    i've got the free garmin apps

    but i prefer ascent from montebello, there were some nice new features in the last update

    you can download it to try for free, it just limits how many rides you can load
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • Moaner
    Moaner Posts: 117
    +3 for Ascent. I'd hate to start running windows on my mac.....