(Pocket-lint) - Garmin Training Center software is now compatible with Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger", making Garmin the first major GPS manufacturer to offer direct Mac support. Garmin Training Center software is used with Garmin's Forerunner
and Edge series fitness products.
Mac OS X users will now be able to download information directly from their Forerunner or Edge fitness device to the Garmin Training Center software. While using the software, fitness enthusiasts can create, analyse and store data from their fitness activities directly on their
computer. The software also offers tools to record pace, speed, heart rate, and elevation based on time and distance. In addition, users can categorise the information based on the type of activity, such as walking, running, biking, or kayaking.
In addition to the Garmin Training Center, Mac users have come to rely on Garmin's web application, MotionBased.com, which has been supporting the Mac since March 2006. This internet-based platform translates GPS data into performance analysis, online mapping and route sharing. MotionBased utilises a web plug-in that allows customers to upload data directly from a Garmin fitness device through the Safari web browser. Data recorded by the
GPS device is stored at MotionBased.com where time, distance, speed, elevation, cadence, grade, and heart rate analysis is displayed. The MotionBased.com site also includes charts, reports, historical weather, split analysis, interactive maps and one-click export to Google Earth.
Mac users will be able to download the Mac compatible software for free in late-January 2007 from the Garmin website.
"This is the first time a major GPS manufacturer has offered direct Mac support, and we¹re extremely pleased we've been able to offer this Training Center software support in time for Mac users training for the London
Marathon, or those looking to get fit in 2007", commented Garmin¹s Fitness Product Manager, Andrew Silver.