The good folks at TUAW posted that the very cool Trailrunner has been updated to directly import GPS track logs from Garmin Training Center and workout information from the Nike + Sport kit (which keeps distance.
There’s a tutorial available that explains how to use your Garmin Forerunner with Trailrunner. I don’t have a Foreunner, but I’d love to hear from someone that does.
Just a quick note to say that Garmin has made their Training Center software available for download. Mblog put up a note that says that in order to import your history from the Windows software, you should make sure to upgrade to version 3.2.1 first.
Did I tell you I was really excited about GPS on the Mac in 2007?
Garmin is running a new promotion where you can get $50 back when you buy a Forerunner 205 or 305. To be eligible, you must purchase the forerunner between January 24th and May 15th. Details can be found on the Garmin promotions page.
I think these things are wicked cool. I’m not much of a runner, but I’ve thought it would be fun to wear one of these while playing Ultimate or soccer to see how far I run during a game. One of the objections to these devices was that they didn’t do anything for you on a treadmill (because you don’t move, duh!) or on a bike (because they don’t track cadence) but those concerns have been resolved with the new addons that allow you to use a pedometer device while on a treadmill and a nice quick-release handlebar mount and cadence sensor while on a bicycle.
Of course, if you’re of the Mac persuasion, you’ll be able to get a lot more out of this because you can now use Garmin Training Center on your Mac and you’ll soon be able to use the firmware updater and other tools that are being ported to Mac OS X.
I wrote a short bit just before MacWorld (isn’t that iPhone cool? even with the limitations) about how Garmin was going to release Training Center for the Mac. Well, they kept their word and handed out copies at the show. We’re still waiting for the download to be made available, but it should be coming Real Soon Now.
A few days ago, Chet’s Corner on the Garmin Blog let out that they were planning on doing a lot more with Mac support this year. In particular, we should see Mac OS X apps for doing firmware updates on your Garmin gear. It was also mentioned that the POI loader will be made available on OS X as well.
This will be a big deal for Mac users because you will no longer need to find a friend with a PC in order to update your gear to the latest revisions. You will also be able to do some things with custom POI’s that you couldn’t do before. Frankly, this is looking like it’s going to be a good year for Mac users and GPS.
I’ll post about Garmin again as soon as the Training Center download is made available.
As I posted the other day, Garmin is going to show off the Mac version of Training Center at Macworld San Francisco next week. Attendees will be able to take home CD’s, but the rest of us will have to wait for the download to become available later in the month. Until then, Chet’s Corner has posted a new entry about Mac Training Center put up some teaser shots of the Macintosh app.
There isn’t a whole lot to see here, but it is exciting to get a taste of what we will see using native tools on the Mac. The interface of the app features the brushed metal look we have become accustomed to lately. I’m sure it follows the PC app closely, but I can’t help but think there was a missed opportunity to make the course and history browser use the iTunes browser convention instead of loading everything into the left pane. That would require the right pane to switch when you wanted to see the info panels, but those could’ve been floating windows instead. Oh well, I’m not an interface designer – so what do I know? Still, it looks like the UI was designed by an engineer.
Of course, the really big news here is that Garmin is going to announce future Mac software products next week on the Garmin Blog. I’m totally psyched out of my mind about this idea (think Elf) that there is more GPS software love coming to the Mac.
I was pretty excited when Google Reader showed me a new entry on the Garmin Blog last Friday about how they were going to release Garmin Training Center for the Mac. GPS (like its cousin, GIS) has always been a bit behind on the Mac. Still, we are starting to get some good tools now. Motionbased.com still doesn’t have all the functionality that is available to the PC side, but it’s close.
I think improved GPS support is really telling, in two ways. First, GPS is getting big. Sure, we gadget types have always loved these things, and we buy them pre-installed in our cars. But the market was very windows-centric because it was seen as a small niche and development resources went to the Windows market. Think Delorme and Microsoft Streets & Trips, et al. GPS is now big enough to warrant more interesting products for the Mac. Second, the Mac is getting really big. There’s a lot of excitement about the Mac platform and more and more software vendors are committing resources to develop apps for the Mac. This is awesome.
At this point, with Nike+ doing the treadmill thing, and Garmin doing the trail / running / biking thing, there are really good outdoor/fitness solutions out there Mac users. There’s even some interesting indie software like trailrunnerx. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks promising. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this trend in 2007.