Import Data from Garmin Devices onto an iPad

In the forthcoming release of iSMARTtrain for the iPad (it’s coming soon, I promise!), we download Garmin data via the Garmin Connect site. However, with the problems of Garmin’s outage over the past few days, I’ve been looking at other ways for getting the data off my Garmin.

In common with most (but not all) iPads, my device has a lightning connector, and there’s no way to directly plug in a USB cable. However, Apple make a camera adaptor, which plugs into the lightning port and has a USB socket along with another lightning port. I’ve used this in the past to connect my camera and to use a mouse with my iPad. Unfortunately, when I connected my Edge 530, I got mixed results. The Garmin showed all indications of being connected to a computer, but the screen showed ‘External Power Lost’. I took this as an indication that the iPad didn’t have enough power for the Garmin. Connecting a lightning cable from a powered hub to lightning port on the camera adaptor fixed this, and the Garmin appeared in the ‘Files’ App. It DOES take some time to appear, though.

Now that the device is connected, how to get the files into iSMARTtrain? Well, you could use the import function, and just navigate to the folder on the device, or you can open the Files app and drag-and-drop the .fit files onto the iSMARTtrain, as shown below.

A couple of caveats: This probably won’t work with some Garmin models like the Forerunner 945 & the Music versions. I don’t have one handy to test with, but I believe these don’t work like a USB drive. Also, the newer iPad Pro models have a USB-C connector instead of a lightning port. You should be able to connect your Garmin directly to these, but I don’t know if these supply enough power to the Garmin for it to work – if not, then you may need to connect through a powered USB hub.

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iSMARTtrain V4.2.2 Released

Version 4.2.2 is out today. This release is mainly bug fixes, including improvements in importing .gpx files and .fit files.

Download from https://ismarttrain.com/download.php or using ‘Check for updates’ in the app. Mac App Store customers will find the update in the App Store.

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iSMARTtrain V4.2.2 Beta 2 Released

iSMARTtrain V4.2.2 Beta 2 is out today. 

  • Now imports data from gpxtrkx:TrackStatsExtension block in gpx files
  • Correctly imports enhanced altitude and speed in Garmin .fit files
  • Improvements importing descriptions from gpx files
  • Can now manually change Calories value
  • Improvements downloading from devices which use a Serial-USB Interface.

Download from https://ismarttrain.com/beta/.

Any problems/issues, let me know.

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iSMARTtrain V4.2 released

We’ve released iSMARTtrain V4.2. This release includes a new Stacked data graph and the addition of an Altitude graph under the map, linked to the position on the route, as well as many bug fixes and enhancements.

This release is a free upgrade, and your app should automatically update itself, but, if not, you can get the latest version from: https://ismarttrain.com/download.php

 

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Garmin Backup V1.1

The latest version of Garmin Backup is out tonight. This release fixes a few bugs in the last release and adds support for SRM PC8 devices.

Download from https://garminbackup.com.

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iSMARTtrain V4.1.5 Beta 3 Released

iSMARTtrain V4.1.5 Beta 3 is out today. This release has a new stacked view for the data graph, and includes an elevation graph under the route map. There’s also a few bug fixes, including one that fixes a problem with the units when entering Climb in imperial units.

Download from https://ismarttrain.com/beta/.

Any problems/issues, let me know.

4 1 5 Map 4 1 5 Stacked Graph

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iSMARTtrain V4.1.4 Released

V4.1.4 is out tonight. It includes bug fixes, support for the Touch Bar in the new MacBook Pros and Dark Mode in MacOS 10.14.

Download from https://ismarttrain.com/download.php or use ‘Check for Updates’ in the iSMARTtrain menu.

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iSMARTtrain V4.1.4 Beta 1

iSMARTtrain V4.1.4 Beta 1 is out today. This release has support for the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pros, Dark Mode for MacOS 10.14 and a few bug fixes.

 

Download from https://ismarttrain.com/beta/.

Any problems/issues, let me know.

 

 

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Garmin Backup

I’ve recently released a new Mac App, Garmin Backup. This is something I wrote to scratch my own itch, namely to keep copies of all the training files on my Garmin devices, automatically, when they’re plugged in for charging.

When your Garmin is plugged in, the app copies any new training files (.fit files) into a folder on your Mac. Each device keeps its files in a separate folder, even if you have more than one Garmin of the same model.

To try the app (it’s free) or for more details, go to GarminBackup.com

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iSMARTtrain V4.1.3 Released

We’ve just released iSMARTtrain V4.1.3 this week. This is primarily a bug-fix release, and includes support from Run Power measurements from Stryd and Garmin CIQ . Details below:

  • Fixed crash in Mac OS X 10.11
  • Handles Run Power data from Garmin ConnectIQ or Stryd Power Meter
  • Fixed Bug showing data values in Data Graph
  • Better handling of SRM PC8 Lap Data
  • Better display of map for sessions where GPS data is missing or corrupt
  • Deleting section of a session now works better
  • Improved importing of tcx sessions
  • Fixed crash when Session dates are corrupt
  • Now correctly stores the units for distance in manually entered or edited sessions
  • Removed Analytics.

The latest version is available from our website (https://ismarttrain.com/download.php) or from the Mac App Store.

Data Graph with Run Power

Data Graph with Run Power

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