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Track export to Google Earth and/or Oziexplorer

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 2:39 pm
by miwax
I would like to export tracks from my PDA to Google Earth or Ozi

I have used the following command line:
PWDBWMConvert.exe CopyFromDevice c:\mytracks
the resulting files are basically csv files with the extention .pwtrk
Those files are useless as is. How do I convert them in something more common like plt (oziexplorer) gpx (e.g. Google Earth) or other standard format. Or is there another way round to export Pathaway tracks?

By the way, my pwtrk file looks like this:
31.78345833,35.21792667,752.62240200,152328.28 14012007,,0,
31.78345833,35.21796833,752.62240200,152341.41 14012007,,0,
31.78353500,35.21793333,752.62240200,152353.53 14012007,,0,
31.78367333,35.21799667,752.62240200,152404.04 14012007,,0,
31.78383333,35.21800333,752.62240200,152418.18 14012007,,0,
31.78360333,35.21839000,752.62240200,152429.29 14012007,,0,

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:10 pm
by hartmut
I use TTQV but you should have a look at GPSBabel

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:08 pm
by miwax
Thanks for the answer, but it's not really helping. I would like some precise instructions on how to proceed. gpsbabel doesn't support pathaway for windows mobile. (as far as I understand)

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 3:17 am
by emariu
I shouldn't have to pay for something like TTQV in order to get the track/waypoints out of .cdb database from PDA..
I cannot use command-line's too complicated..The author should have finished by now a GUI utility for that..which can import ALL data, not only data from ROM (device) memory-databases ,like TTQV does
I think every user of Pathaway just wants an easy way of import/export the data in a common exchangeable format

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:37 pm
by girlich
PWDBWMConvert.exe is a not very practical "MS Windows+ActiveSync only" solution. It is much easier just to select the track in the PathAway track database and click on Menu/Database/Export... Then you can define a directory, where on the PocketPC the pwtrk file should be stored.

Then copy this file to the PC by whatever means (I take the SD card out and put it into the PC). GPSBabel can't handle these files. But because I needed GPX files I wrote a short contribution Perl script for the gpsPhoto project called pwtrk2gpx. Download it from*checkout*/gps2photo/gpsPhoto/contrib/
This command can convert pwtrk files to GPX track files.

Google Earth should be able to import GPX files directly but you can also use the just mentioned gpsPhoto program from It can insert the digital photos taken along the route into the KML/KMZ file too.

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:19 am
by Ahto
It is very easy to implement public text-based export, like GPX and I think this should be done ASAP, in the next update (not in the next major verison). :!:

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 2:55 am
by Scott
We have just added GPX and LOC export on the handheld side. (See Options->Point databases, Routes, or Tracks dialog. menu Database->Export...
This is in build 4.00.59

It will be added to the command line converter soon.

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:00 am
by Ahto
Great news! Thanks, Scott!