Garmin Training Center software now available for Apple’s Mac OS X

Garmin today announced the Garmin Training Center software is now compatible with Mac OS X version 10.4 Tiger. Garmin Training Center software is used with Garmin’s Forerunner and Edge series fitness products.

“This is a great day for Garmin and Mac customers because it is the first time a major GPS manufacturer has offered direct Mac support,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales, in the press release. “With this new Mac compatible software, Mac owners will have our popular training tools at their fingertips.”

Mac OS X version 10.4 Tiger 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, analyze 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 categorize the information based on the type of activity, such as walking, running, biking, or kayaking.

In addition to the Garmin Training Center, Mac users can use Garmin’s web application — — 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 utilizes 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 where time, distance, speed, elevation, cadence, grade, and heart rate analysis is displayed. The site also includes charts, reports, historical weather, split analysis, interactive maps and one-click export to Google Earth.

Garmin will distribute complimentary Mac compatible Garmin Training Center software CDs at Macworld, January 8-12, 2007. Those unable to attend Macworld will be able to download the Mac compatible software for free in late January 2007 at

Related MacDailyNews article:
Garmin announces GPS product support for Apple’s Mac OS X – January 10, 2006


  1. Always good if even a bit late looking at this press release from Jan 2006
    Beginning in spring 2006, Garmin will offer a Mac version of its popular Training Center software. Used with Garmin’s line of Forerunner and Edge series of fitness products, the Training Center software lets users plan and analyze workouts. Fitness enthusiasts can create their own workouts or use workout templates that can be downloaded into the unit for any level of personal training. The software also offers interactive analysis tools that will now allow Mac users to chart their performance information like speed, heart rate, cadence, elevation, and pace.

  2. I think we should qualifiy that…

    “Good <u>developers</u> who make worthwhile software, good <u>developers</u> who make worthwhile software, good <u>developers</u> who make worthwhile software, good <u>developers</u> who make worthwhile software, good <u>developers</u> who make worthwhile software, good <u>developers</u> who make worthwhile software, good <u>developers</u> who make worthwhile software!”

    There’s a lot of half-assed software made by mediocre developers. Just look at a Windows machine. More ≠ Better.

  3. Someone in these forums was bitching just a few days ago about how Garmin promised this support by the end of 2006 and they hadn’t kept that promise. Well, whoever it was, it looks like you spoke too early.

    Good to see.

  4. Ahem… (from the same article referenced above. Emphasis mine)

    “By the end of 2006, Garmin intends to have made *ALL* its popular hardware and software applications Mac OS X compatible. This *INCLUDES* the ability to load MapSource map data to Garmin units via a Mac, as well as waypoint and trip planning applications. Additionally, the Garmin nRoute application will allow Powerbook and iBook users to turn their laptop into a powerful street navigation tool with Garmin’s GPS 10 or GPS 18 sensors”

  5. “the first time a major GPS manufacturer has offered direct Mac support”

    My TomTom 510 has both iPod support (on screen controls, connection dock, sound output, pause-while-giving-instructions, etc) and MacOS X support in their download app. I presume others GPS’s also provide Mac support.

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