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Old 03-01-2015, 09:10 AM
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Hi,

I have of two garmin 8212 chartplotters. Does anybody have any issues with the following:

Character limit for waypoints is really low. I think it is 12 characters. I like to out the date and type of fish caught as my waypoint and garmin character limit does not allow me to do this. Other manufacturers have much higher limits.

The size of the waypoint font cannot be adjusted. When you have several hundred waypoints then your screen look like just one big group of waypoints and cannot see the map detail.

Cannot group waypoint and only display a certain group. It would be nice to display grouper waypoints and hide snapper ones so the screen does not get cluttered.

I talked to tech support but they made it sound like nobody has any of these issues. I am trying to get a manager to look at these requests to see if they can fix on a future release. I thought this forum could help in expediting these fixes.

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Old 03-01-2015, 09:17 AM
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Those are all great ideas and doesn't seem like a very difficult software update. I hope they listen to you. You may be able to adjust the chart detail to view less waypoints unless you zoom in (I think).

Good Luck!
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Call Garmin they are very helpful and all speak English.
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A 12 character limit is actually pretty nice. I can only use like 9 on my birds
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Submit an idea to Garmin.

http://www8.garmin.com/contactUs/ideas/
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Do you have v 5.0 of the software loaded it fixes two of the issues
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Originally Posted by sealark View Post
Call Garmin they are very helpful and all speak English.
Old 03-04-2015, 08:58 PM
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Called Garmin and submitted the ideas to ideas@garmin.com. They all speak english but not have any power to do anything. Need a software manager to look at this and have a developer looks at this. It has been 6 months and nothing yet. The latest release does not state fixes for any my issues as I talked to Garmin yesterday.
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Originally Posted by kuchinn View Post
Called Garmin and submitted the ideas to ideas@garmin.com. They all speak english but not have any power to do anything. Need a software manager to look at this and have a developer looks at this. It has been 6 months and nothing yet. The latest release does not state fixes for any my issues as I talked to Garmin yesterday.
Keep calling or tell them U want to return it. I had that problem and finally they sent a new 547. Think about it they deal with a lot of people. Overall to me anyway they have been good. Hope U find out the same.
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Grouping of waypoints would be pretty awesome.
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Originally Posted by scfisherman843 View Post
Grouping of waypoints would be pretty awesome.
Yes it would. I'd like to only display groups of waypoints as well.
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kuchinn, I emailed my contact at Garmin about your post. She said that she has talked to others that have your concern about character limit and about grouping way points. Those requests are 'on the list' but she couldn't give a time table if and when these would be addressed. She also said it was the first time she's heard anyone concerned about the amount of room for way point text. But she would forward that to the software team.

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Old 03-06-2015, 04:52 AM
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Wink Garmin waypoints character limit

Thank you for sending it to your contact at Garmin. I use a format for naming my waypoints where I use the date and then what I caught there. For example

081215RG2MG5ARS2

In the example above, it would be the date, two red grouper, 5 mangrove snapper and 2 american red snapper.

I cannot fit the above in the Garmin. Also the size of the font for the above is HUGE. My display is filled with lettering and not chart detail. That us where waypoint grouping just like in the their Homeport software and having the ability to change font size for the waypoint letters would be great.

Thanks again to everyone for chirping in

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