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I've been trying to add waypoints to Arcmap for some while now. I have a Mac OS X 10.6.8 and have finally found GPSBabel that is compatible with mac. My current problem is to convert the waypoints from the gps to a format which allows me to add the waypoints to Arcmap ( I don't know which output format to choose and convert it to a shapefile or x;y data to add to Arcmap)

Note: DNRgps is NOT compatible with Mac

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I haven't used GPSBabel. Based on the list of supported formats, I would try to use csv (csv) or universal csv (unicsv) or kml. If the file format supports different formats for the latitude/longitude values, try to use a signed decimal degree format, +/-DDD.ddddd.

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The easiest way to do this is probably by converting directly to the "unicsv" format, which gives a header row.

To download (-w waypoints only) direct from the gps:

gpsbabel -w -i garmin -f usb: -o unicsv -F GPSwaypoints.csv

If you've already downloaded to, say, GPX:

gpsbabel -w -i gpx -f GPSwaypoints.gpx -o unicsv -F GPSwaypoints.csv

Then you can 'add XY coordinates' in ArcMap.

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