The state of the union between inexpensive GPS loggers and the Mac is
not so good improving.
As far as I know:
- The AMOD AGL3080 mounts as a USB drive on Mac, Windows, and Linux, and is therefore fully compatible.
- The Sony GPS-CS1 / GPS-CS1KA will mount as a USB drive
but only on Intel Macs running OS X 10.4.9 and 10.4.10 (it doesn't work under Leopard 10.5 or 10.5.1)and is fully supported under Mac OS X 10.5.3 ONLY
- However note: the GPS-CS1 is obsolete. The new model that replaces it, the Sony GPS-CS3KA mounts as a USB drive under Mac OS X without any problems. Tested with OS X 10.4.11
- The Globalsat DG-100 uses a serial interface protocol and only works on Windows
- there is an initiative to get it to work using gpsbabel
- there is an initiative to get it to work using LoadMyTracks
- a combination of C code and a USB driver is reported to work on a Mac
- The Qstarz BT Q-1000
only works on Windowsis supported on Windows, and on Mac using BT747. (I have reviewed this GPS logger.)
- The Holux M-241 also works on a Mac using BT747, including over Bluetooth. (I have reviewed the M-241.)
- The Wintec WBT-201 / 200 / 100 is supported via gpsbabel on a Mac. This support is also incorporated into HoudahGeo for the Mac.
- The GISTEQ PhotoTrackr and PhotoTrackr Lite
only work on Windowsis supported on Windows with GISTEQ's own software, and on Mac with a version of JetPhoto. (I have reviewed this GPS logger.)
- Sony GPS-CS1 for Mac
- Boris Mann
wants to useused Crowd Clout to buy at least 5 Globalsat DG-100s and (I think) gave one to the LoadMyTracks developers so they can make the software compatible.
- Hexten has info about the WBT-201 compatibility developed for gpsbabel.
- gpsbabel is also working on DG-100 support
- BT747 supports i-Blue, iTrek, and Qstarz, and the Holux M-241 GPS loggers on the Mac and other platforms (note: I have only tested Qstarz BT-Q1000 and Holux M-241 compatibility)
- Kevin Jaako has modified Mirko Parthey's dg100.c code, and successfully compiled and run it on a Mac (using a Prolific USB driver from SourceForge)
* Get Semsons connected with Mac GPS driver developers, in particular, free units to gpsbabel developers (which has the advantage of being cross-platform, so many users benefit, not just Mac users).
* Someone buy Steve Jobs a GPS and get him into geocoding photos. Or convince him to put GPS-compatible mapping in the next generation of iPhone / iPhoto / MacBook / OS X and his reality-distortion strange attractor field will have developers clambering over one another to make their devices compatible.
UPDATE 2007-08-15: A question from me about Mac support for GPS loggers has now been posted to Macintouch
Also as you can see in the comments below, Mac support for the DG-100 in gpsbabel may be coming. Please lend your support to these efforts if you can.
UPDATE 2007-11-20: Updated info above based on Sony GPS-CS1 for Mac blog (Leopard and 10.4.11) and additional comments.
UPDATE 2007-11-23: See Sony GPS Logger On The Go - bridge to your Mac for one possiblity to use the Sony GPS-CS1 with a Mac or any other device that supports USB storage.
UPDATE 2007-12-21: It is reported that new versions of the Amod AGL3080 GPS Data Logger (SiRF III, Driverless, 128MB, Push to Log) (Windows and Mac Image Software included) are working well (there had been some GPS sensitivity issues as reported in a number of reviews). It supports Windows and Mac out of the box, it works like a USB memory key (the same as the Sony GPS-CS1).
UPDATE 2008-01-03: AMOD is offering 4 AGL3080s for review by Mac users only. First come, first serve.
UPDATE 2008-01-08: All four AMOD units have now been sent, the offer is now closed.
UPDATE 2009-02-16: Apple did in fact add GPS-compatible mapping to iPhoto 09.