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Garmin announces new software for GPSMAP and echoMAP units

by GPS4US 2013-11-22 14:37

Garmin recently announced a software update for the GPSMAP xs and echoMAP series combination
chartplotters and fishfinders.

The update makes new features available to all users, improving essential boating data and sharing
abilities.

 “We’re happy to offer so many new capabilities to new and existing GPSMAP xs and echoMAP owners,” said
Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide sales.  “This software update benefits boaters, anglers and
sailors of all types and provides features that allow for a better, more integrated experience on the
water.  Anglers can utilize great new networking and sharing capabilities while the sailor can
determine more pivotal sailing data when they need it the most.”    

For the GPSMAP xs, users can share supplemental maps and data such as routes, waypoints and tracks. The update also provides selected network capabilities, allowing users to share features with other GPSMAP
xs units. That includes radar and DownVü and SideVü sonar via GCV™ 10. The GPSMAP xs will also support
a high-resolution sea surface temperature feature.

Sailors who use the GPSMAP xs get a shiny new batch of sailing features, including laylines to guide
the user when to tack and gybe, simultaneous heading and course lines, a wind rose that shows
true/apparent wind simultaneously,

The new echoMAP 50 and 70 series software supports 50kHZ transducers, which expands the functionality
to saltwater anglers. The echoMAP software also supports BlueChart g2 Vision, which allows users to
access auto guidance and other features.

The new updates for the GPSMAP 500 and 700 xs series and the echoMAP series will be available before
the end of the year. The updates for the GPSMAP 800 and 1000 series will be available in early 2014.

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