DeLorme is pleased to announce that the RTM (Release to Manufacturer) version of the PN-40 2.5 firmware update is now available for download.
This release is available for both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OSX users.
Please Note: If you are updating from 2.4 RTM, 2 things may happen. 1)Your preference settings may be reset to defaults after this update. 2)Upon the first reboot after the update, all you will see is Sat #120. Allow the device to acquire a 3-D Fix. This might take a little longer than usual, as it is downloading GPS data from scratch. Once you have a 3-D fix, reboot. You should now see a normal constellation, with 138 instead of 120.
-Added a Geocaching page, which separates Geocaches from Waypoints. This page allows you to sort Geocaches by Name/Distance/Logged/Not Logged.
-Geocache/Waypoint Comment character limit increased from 800 to 15,000 characters. Currently, this is only for Geocaches sent to the PN-40 using the Send to GPS Plugin (http://www.delorme.com/geocaching/plugin/
). When Topo USA 8.0 and the Cache Register application are released, they will also support the 15,000 character limit.
-Added graphics to the Geocache Comment page which indicate Size, Difficulty and Terrain.
-Difficult/Terrain and Cache Size Info Fields (non-editable) now display directly within the Geocache Details page (as well as their standard location within the Geocache Comment)
-Moved the Hint to the bottom of the Comment for Geocaches sent from the Send to GPS Plugin and Cache Register
-Added a View Hint menu option to the Geocache Details page
-Added new Geocaching Symbols to match those used by Geocaching.com.
-Field Notes support allows you to create field notes directly on the PN-40, which can then be uploaded through your account at www.geocaching.com
-Added a View Field Notes menu option to the Geocache page. Note that this is View only. You cannot edit existing Field Notes on the device.
-Geocaching wizard steps you through the process of Routing to a Geocache, Logging your Geocache find, Entering a Field Note then moving on to the next Geocache you want to find (closest, or selected from the list).
-Geocaches and Waypoints pages now display the number of each on the page's Title.
-General improvements to Waypoints and Geocaches to improve stability, reduce corruption and prevent duplicates. If you have been part of the Beta process (private or public), you may need to use Memory Management to delete BOTH Waypoints and Geocaches (check both boxes at the same time) in order to get back into a good state. People updating directly from 2.4 to 2.5 shouldn't have to do this.
-Added a Memory Use page which allows you to view the number of Waypoints/Geocaches/Tracks/Routes on your device, as well as how much free space you have on both the SD card and Internal Memory.
-Added a Memory Management page which allows you to easily delete all Waypoints/Geocaches/Tracks/Routes.
-Added an option to allow the user to specify the speed for Direct Routes.
-Road and Direct have been replaced with Drive and Hike in all routing scenarios.
-Routing method drop-down menu on the Create Route page has been replaced by a pop-up asking if you want to Drive or Hike after hitting the Navigate button.
-Prepared routing engine for release of Topo USA 8.0
-Resolved a routing problem that was reported in Public Beta 2
-Adjustments to font sizes to make data within info fields easier to read.
-Added a setting which allows the PN-40 to automatically switch to Midnight colors at Sunset, and back to normal at Sunrise.
-Remapped device buttons while virtual keyboard is displayed. In Button: Deletes last character. Out Button: Space. Find Button: Shift. Mark Button: Jumps highlight to OK
-Text Display change so that seconds display in larger font until hours are available, then they return to small font
-Added single press of arrow key on Map Page to enable the backlight w/o entering Pan mode
-Current field is now highlighted in list when Changing Info Field
-Added a Map Point Management button to the Map Setup menu. This brings up a page where you can control how POIs' / Waypoints / Geocaches display on the map. You can set them to display with Large or Small symbols, and control what Zoom levels they display at. There is also a new option here to Hide Logged Caches on the map (even though it can be fun to see all those Smilies, it can be useful to have a view that only shows Not Logged only).
-Added support for Predictive Ephemeris. This allows the PN-40 to predict satellite positions up to 5 days out, and within a 100 mile radius, resulting in faster acquisition times at startup. A Predicted Ephemeris fix is indicated by Yellow satellite bars and a yellow GPS position indicator on the map.
-Improvements to WAAS which allow the PN-40 to lock onto a WAAS satellite at lower signal strengths.
-Improvements to GPS reacquisition after a loss of signal.
Instructions for updating firmware in Microsoft Windows:
1. Save the PN40Firmware25.exe file from this Forum post to your desktop
2. Connect your PN-40 to your computer
3. Hit Enter for Data Exchange
4. Select Menu…Device Setup…Connect To Computer
5. Change the USB Setting to Firmware Transfer
6. Wait for a new Removable Drive to appear in My Computer
7. If you had trouble at #6, take out the SD Card and place it in a Card Reader. Then proceed to #8
8. Once the new drive appears, double-click PN40Firmware25.exe from your desktop
9. Follow the steps in this application to copy the Update to your SD Card
10. When the application is done, click on Finished
11. Select Restart on your PN-40 or…
12. If you had to use the Card Reader, place the SD Card in the PN-40 and Start the device
13. In both cases, the device should go through a process of Validating and Updating the Firmware
14. When that is complete, the PN-40 will reboot, and you can resume normal operations.
Instructions for updating firmware in Apple Mac OSX:
Instructions are contained within the .dmg file
Click Here to Download the Earthmate PN-40 2.5 RTM Firmware Update for Microsoft Windows
Click Here to Download the Earthmate PN-40 2.5 RTM Firmware Update for Apple Mac OSX
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