How to Install Bluechart

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Blue Chart is the Garmin corporation's marine cartography application that can be used on mobile GPS devices and both laptop and desktop computers. Blue Chart is best known for displaying electronic nautical charts on your GPS unit and computer that have the same level of detail and look that paper nautical charts contain. Originally, Garmin Blue Chart data was only able to be loaded onto your GPS through a pre-programmed Garmin data card. The MapSource software now allows you to tailor the charts you load onto a GPS device through exporting selected information to a micro-SD card or directly to your GPS device through a USB connection.

  • Purchase Blue Chart software from the Garmin website (see "Resources," below) or an authorized retailer. Then, insert the Blue Chart installation CD into your computer's disk drive and select the default installation menu options.

  • Enter the 25-digit product activation code when the Garmin unlock wizard dialogue screen opens on your computer. Select the "Next" button after you have entered the unlocking code, and the region of the world you purchased Blue Chart for will be unlocked.

  • Connect your Garmin to your computer via the USB cable connection and turn on the GPS unit.

  • Select "Utilities" and choose "Get Unit ID" from the Blue Chart main menu to confirm that your GPS unit is recognized by the Blue Chart software.

  • Choose the Maps to export to your GPS device by setting the Zoom area on the Blue Chart application to "30 Miles" using the program's "Zoom" drop-down menu. Then, left click the regions of the Map area to export by picking the "Map" icon and left-clicking on the areas on the chart region to export.

  • Pick the "Export Maps" menu option, and the selected maps will be transferred from Blue Chart to your Garmin GPS device.

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