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Garmin GPSMAP Feb 2016 Software Update

Garmin has released a big GPSMAP software update for Feb 2016. The update has very “big version number” increases. The update does ONLY cover current Garmin chartplotters – and not the legacy models. (As SemperFishing on TheHullTruth says – think Legacy if your Garmin is GRAY in colour – current models are BLACK at the moment)

The updates covers among others – support for the new Garmin G2 HD and G2 Vision HD charts and improved auto guidance with the new charts. Plus there is new options for the Quickdraw maps in HD. And a lot of other update. Read on – release notes for major platforms below.Garmin GPSMAP 8008

To download – click here

To install (on PC only) – find an empty SD card with at least 4GB space. Insert SD card in a PC – and then run the downloaded program from above. That should extract the updates to the SD Card. Then plug in the SD card to a chart plotter – and follow the on screen installation instructions

Here are the new version numbers for all current Garmin GPSMAP and updated accessory products:

  • GPSmap 8008/8208: 7.00
  • GPSmap 8012/8212: 7.00
  • GPSmap 8015/8215: 7.00
  • GPSmap 8500/8530: 7.00
  • GPSmap 7407/7607/7407xsv/7607xsv: 7.00/3.00
  • GPSmap 7408/7608/7408xsv/7608xsv: 7.00/3.00
  • GPSmap 7410/7610/7410xsv/7610xsv: 7.00/3.00
  • GPSmap 7412/7612/7412xsv/7612xsv: 7.00/3.00
  • GPSmap 7416/7616/7416xsv/7616xsv: 7.00/3.00
  • GPSmap 527/547/557: 6.00
  • GPSmap 721/741/751: 6.00
  • GPSmap 820/840/1020/820xs/840xs/1020xs/1040xs: 6.00
  • GHP Compact Reactor: 4.10
  • GHP Reactor Hydraulic Autopilot: 4.10
  • GHP Reactor Hydraulic with SmartPump: 4.10
  • GHP Reactor Mechanical/Retrofit/Solenoid: 4.10
  • GHP Reactor Steer-by-wire for Viking VIPER: 4.10
  • GHP Reactor Steer-by-wire for Volvo-Penta: 4.10
  • GHP Reactor Steer-by-wire for Yamaha Helm Master: 4.10
  • GHP Reactor Steer-by-wire Standard: 4.10
  • GHC 20: 3.80
  • GCV 10: 3.30
  • GSD 24: 3.10
  • GSD 25: 3.00
  • GSD 26: 3.20
  • Panoptix PS21TR/PS21TM: 3.60
  • Panoptix PS30/PS31: 3.70
  • Panoptix PS60: 3.70
  • GCR (Garmin Card Reader): 3.60

 

GPSMAP 721/741/751/721xs/741xs/751xs

Changes made from version 4.80 to 6.00:
  • Added ability to adjust forward and down ranges independently on LiveVu Forward.
  • Added support for BlueChart g2 HD and BlueChart g2 Vision HD 1 ft. contours.
  • Added ability to create high definition maps through Quickdraw support.
  • Improved Auto Guidance routing with LakeVu HD Ultra, BlueChart g2 HD, or BlueChart g2 Vision HD in areas with unknown depths.
  • Added ability to shade up to 10 depth ranges using various colors on supported cartography.
  • Added ability to display bearing scale on radar range rings.
  • Improved waypoint presentation, reduced symbol size, and added new fishing symbols.
  • Added angle markers for heading line and allow shorter heading line distances.
  • Added ability to create boundary lines, areas, or circles and set alarms.
  • Added bottom search limit setting to allow quicker bottom re-acquisition.
  • Other improvements and bug fixes.

 

GPSMAP 7407/7607/7407xsv/7607xsv software version 7.00/3.00

Changes made from version 5.70 to 7.00:

  • Added system profiles that allow a user to configure a boat’s electronics, save configuration to SD card, and apply that configuration to boat of the same model/configuration.
  • Added presets that allow the user to save settings for a function/peripheral device and re-apply them as needed. This is available on charts, radar, sonar, video, media, and digital switching.
  • Improved SmartModes to apply presets when entering the layout.
  • Added additional gauge configurations and gauge types to allow for better customizations.
  • Improved combination screen to allow chart, radar, and sonar interactions without going fullscreen.
  • Improved combination setup
  • Added red or green filter options for night mode.
  • Added ability to blink light icons on the navigation chart based on their period.
  • Improved anchoring alarm experience
  • Added ability to view screenshots and other images from an SD card
  • Added ability to adjust forward and down ranges independently on LiveVü Forward
  • Added support for Panoptix PS21.
  • Allow Panoptix to be used as a digital depth source
  • Added support for manual sonar transducer selection
  • Added support for BlueChart g2 HD and BlueChart g2 Vision HD 1 ft contours
  • Added ability to create high definition maps through Quickdraw support
  • Improved Auto Guidance routing with LakeVü HD Ultra or BlueChart g2 Vision HD in areas with unknown depths
  • Added ability to shade up to 10 depth ranges using various colors on supported cartography
  • Added support for GMR Fantom and MotionScope
  • Improved radar image heading tracking
  • Added ability to display bearing scale on radar range rings
  • Added support for full autopilot commissioning and installation for non-mechanical drive systems.
  • Added ability to control and monitor autopilot status through an overlay bar on any layout.
  • Improved digital switching and added ability to add a vessel image.
  • Improved waypoint presentation, reduced symbol size, and added new fishing symbols.
  • Added angle markers for heading line and allows shorter heading line distances.
  • Added ability to create boundary line, area, or circles and set alarms.
  • Added bottom search limit setting to allow quicker bottom re-acquisition.
  • Added support for Quatix 3 and Nautix streaming data via ANT
  • Other Improvements and bug fixes

Changes made from version Sonar 2.90 to Sonar 3.00:

  • SideVü range is now saved across power cycles.
  • Added support for manually selecting transducer models.
  • Added support for limiting bottom tracking search depth.
  • Added support for B765 and SS260 transducers.
  • Improved detection of some Airmar transducers.
  • Fixed issues with keel offset, temperature offset, and water speed calibration when using two transducers.
  • General software improvements.

 

GPSMAP 8008/8208 software version 7.00

Changes made from version 5.70 to 7.00:

  • Added system profiles that allow a user to configure a boat’s electronics, save configuration to SD card, and apply that configuration to boat of the same model/configuration.
  • Added presets that allow the user to save settings for a function/peripheral device and re-apply them as needed. This is available on charts, radar, sonar, video, media, and digital switching.
  • Improved SmartModes to apply presets when entering the layout.
  • Added additional gauge configurations and gauge types to allow for better customizations.
  • Improved combination screen to allow chart, radar, and sonar interactions without going fullscreen.
  • Improved combination setup
  • Added red or green filter options for night mode.
  • Added ability to blink light icons on the navigation chart based on their period.
  • Improved anchoring alarm experience
  • Added ability to view screenshots and other images from an SD card
  • Added ability to adjust forward and down ranges independently on LiveVü Forward
  • Added support for Panoptix PS21.
  • Allow Panoptix to be used as a digital depth source
  • Added support for manual sonar transducer selection
  • Added support for BlueChart g2 HD and BlueChart g2 Vision HD 1 ft contours
  • Added ability to create high definition maps through Quickdraw support
  • Improved Auto Guidance routing with LakeVü HD Ultra or BlueChart g2 Vision HD in areas with unknown depths
  • Added ability to shade up to 10 depth ranges using various colors on supported cartography
  • Added support for GMR Fantom and MotionScope
  • Improved radar image heading tracking
  • Added ability to display bearing scale on radar range rings
  • Added support for full autopilot commissioning and installation for non-mechanical drive systems.
  • Added ability to control and monitor autopilot status through an overlay bar on any layout.
  • Improved digital switching and added ability to add a vessel image.
  • Improved waypoint presentation, reduced symbol size, and added new fishing symbols.
  • Added angle markers for heading line and allows shorter heading line distances.
  • Added ability to create boundary line, area, or circles and set alarms.
  • Added bottom search limit setting to allow quicker bottom re-acquisition.
  • Added support for Quatix 3 and Nautix streaming data via ANT
  • Other Improvements and bug fixes

One thought on “Garmin GPSMAP Feb 2016 Software Update”

  1. I recently installed the Garmin Vision HD chart update for Maine. I find the V3 Autorouting to be
    Unreliable especially as compared to the Navionics
    Autorouting running on my iPad. Considering the cost difference of about 10X I suggest giving
    Garmin some more time to catch up with their
    Competition. I have two 8215s so needless to say
    I am very disappointed with my choice of Garmin for my Maine Catamaran P47 Motor Cat. The only
    Garmin component I really depend on is
    The reactor autopilot on course hold. For radar my backup Simrad radar is superior.

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