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Garmin delays Mac compatibility

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Wed June 28, 2006

Garmin delays Mac support

Garmin today announced an update on the launch of its application support for Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger." Despite an announcement in January promising Mac compatibility in the Spring, the company today said that its Training Center software is now expected to be compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" by the end of 2006. Garmin Training Center software, designed for a range of its GPS devices, allows users to plan, analyze and store data from your fitness activities -- all in simple, easy-to-follow steps from the convenience of a desktop PC. "Also at that time, we will announce the expected completion date for Garmin's other hardware and software applications," the company said.

"We thank the Mac community for their support, understanding and patience as we work through these unanticipated delays, and we look forward to providing Mac users with direct support for their Garmin products."

Earlier this year, Garmin also said it would deliver a Mac-compatible version of the MotionBased upload interface; however, the company did not provide any specific time-frame in the latest update. MotionBased translates GPS data into performance analysis, online mapping, and route sharing. Data collected by a Garmin GPS device is uploaded to where time, distance, speed, elevation, cadence, grade, and heart rate analysis is displayed through charts, illustrations, and reports.

The activity data can also be displayed as a route and replayed on street, photo, topographic, and elevation maps as well as Google Earth service. Users can also use the TrailNetwork database to seek out and download new activites in their region, to find popular routes while traveling, or to engage in "virtual races" with oter MotionBased users.

by MacNN Staff



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