MapSource is a software program that allows you to view, edit and transfer maps, waypoints, routes and tracks between your computer and your Garmin GPS device. MapSource is compatible with Windows operating systems, but not with Mac OS X. However, there is a way to run MapSource on your Mac using a virtual machine software such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion.
In this article, we will show you how to download and install MapSource on Mac OS X using Parallels Desktop as an example. You will need a Windows installation disc or ISO file, a Garmin device with a USB cable, and a MapSource installation file.
Step 1: Install Parallels Desktop on your Mac
Parallels Desktop is a software that allows you to run Windows and other operating systems on your Mac without rebooting. You can download Parallels Desktop from here and follow the instructions to install it on your Mac. You will need to create a Parallels account and activate the software with a license key.
Step 2: Create a Windows virtual machine on Parallels Desktop
A virtual machine is a simulated computer that runs inside another computer. You can create a Windows virtual machine on Parallels Desktop by clicking on the \"+\" icon on the top right corner of the Parallels Desktop window. You will be prompted to choose a source for installing Windows, such as a disc or an ISO file. Follow the instructions to create and customize your Windows virtual machine. You will need to enter a Windows product key and choose a name and password for your Windows user account.
Step 3: Download and install MapSource on your Windows virtual machine
Once you have created your Windows virtual machine, you can launch it by double-clicking on its icon in the Parallels Desktop window. You will see a Windows desktop inside your Mac screen. You can download MapSource from here and save it to your Windows virtual machine. Then, double-click on the MapSource installation file and follow the instructions to install it on your Windows virtual machine. You may need to restart your Windows virtual machine after the installation.
Step 4: Connect your Garmin device to your Mac and transfer maps using MapSource
Now that you have installed MapSource on your Windows virtual machine, you can connect your Garmin device to your Mac using a USB cable. Parallels Desktop will ask you if you want to connect the device to your Mac or to your Windows virtual machine. Choose the latter option. Then, launch MapSource on your Windows virtual machine and you will see your Garmin device listed in the Device menu. You can use MapSource to view, edit and transfer maps, waypoints, routes and tracks between your computer and your Garmin device.
Congratulations! You have successfully downloaded and installed MapSource on Mac OS X using Parallels Desktop. Enjoy using MapSource on your Mac! aa16f39245