(English) How to update to Genesis Upload Tool v22.214.171.124
By now, you’ve probably seen this message atop your C-MAP Genesis* dashboard: “In order to upload new C-MAP Genesis sonar files with a desktop-based upload tool, you will need to upgrade to v126.96.36.199 of the upload tool.” Click “Read More” below to learn how.
* Following an ownership change, the custom mapping tool previously known as Insight Genesis is now called C-MAP Genesis. However, some “Insight Genesis” images/logos/references/etc. in our system remain to be updated.
How to download and load your custom Insight Genesis map(s) into your sonar/GPS unit
The key feature of GoFree’s Insight Genesis service is the ability to make your own contour charts of any waterbody on which you fish, cruise or sail, and use it on the sonar/GPS unit on your boat. For anglers, especially, the benefits are revolutionary — not only can you create custom fishing maps with one-foot contours of waterbodies for which there’s no other map in existence, but you can also improve contour detail on previously mapped waters, and discover and dissect spot-on-the-spot areas overlooked by other anglers.
But before you start catching more and bigger fish with custom Insight Genesis maps, you’ve got to get those maps onto the compatible* Lowrance, Simrad or B&G sonar/GPS unit on your boat. This article will cover the step-by-step process to download to an SD card and load into your sonar/GPS unit the custom maps you’ve made with sonar data you’ve recorded yourself. If you’re not ready yet to record sonar data and create your own custom maps — and would rather download free Insight Genesis Social Map charts community-sourced by other anglers in GoFree’s Insight Genesis community, read this article.
How to download a FREE Insight Genesis Social Map chart for fishing, cruising or sailing
One of the most popular features of Insight Genesis is Insight Genesis Social Map, an online treasury of FREE downloadable maps for waterbodies close to home, across the country and around the world. This article will teach you how to find maps of the waterbodies you’re interested in and how to download those maps for use on the water in your compatible* Lowrance, Simrad or B&G sonar/GPS device.
If you’re new to Insight Genesis, the first thing you might want to do is look to see if any of your favorite waterbodies have already been mapped and are available for download via Social Map.
How to use multiple Insight Genesis maps on your sonar/GPS unit (new feature!)
A new GoFree feature allows anglers and boaters to use multiple Insight Genesis maps on the same SD card or mini-SD card. This new functionality is available for charts downloaded for free from Insight Genesis Social Map and for custom maps that users create with sonar recordings made with their own Lowrance depthfinders.
“We want to make Insight Genesis maps as easy to use as possible,” says GoFree Vice President Greg Konig. “We know keeping track of multiple SD cards can be difficult, as they are easily misplaced and lost. This advancement allows anglers, cruisers and sailors to keep their Insight Genesis custom maps conveniently stored on the same card, for easy use on the water.”
Previously, only one Insight Genesis map could be saved on an SD card for use on the water. Note, however, that multiple maps won’t all display at the same time on your GPS/sonar unit, but they will be easily accessible via the “Chart Options” window in your sonar units’ Chart page. Also, this is a new feature for HDS Gen2 and Gen3 units only, at this time.