Garmin Map software...

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by The Fist, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

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    GPS map is no different than paper map. What kind of resolution could you get with a 1"x2" paper map? You need to carry a Lap Top on you handle bar if you want to plan a trip on the fly. GPS is worthless for that purpose if riding off road. Most of us draw tracks ahead of time they go ride. What GPS really works best for is to follow a previous ride either by you or something you got on the Internet.
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  2. tbirdsp

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    Countdown is 100% correct.
    I navigated the Continental Divide ride using my 60Cx and BigDog's tracks/routes. I pretty much knew we were on the right path, but I couldn't have told you what state we were in half the time:lol3 So much for the "big picture". Maps work best for this (or a big computer screen).

    IMHO all you need is City Navigator and either Roads & Rec or Topo. Hardly 400 bucks of maps.
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  3. markjenn

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    In a way, it is too much to ask. The reason is that a paper may has the size and resolution of an extremely bright 20,000 x 10,00 pixel display while the GPS has to come up with a representation that is readable on a 160 x 240 pixel display with a battery life of 20 hours.

    Just to complicate things further, I doubt MapSource and the GPS use the same settings and scheme for handling detail. Keep in mind that MapSource is an application designed to provide maps to literally hundreds of different GPS's that range from the very tiny/simple to the very big/elaborate. So each GPS's ability to display detail is specific to that GPS and is something that the GPS may handle much differently than MapSource. So our previous comparisons may only apply to how maps appear in MapSource, not how they will behave on the GPS.

    With today's technology, GPS's are an adjunct to paper maps, not a replacement. And as others have said, they totally suck at the "big picture". People have compared navigating solely with a GPS to shopping at Blockbuster in a wheelchair looking at things through a 12" paper towel roll.

    For an auto-routing GPS, that's definitely where I would start and where most would start. But if you can get a deal on a cheap/freebie R&R you could stick your toe in the water without spending much. But it won't auto-route.

    - Mark
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  4. viola-tor

    viola-tor Needs to ride!

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    Thanks all, this is very interesting. I think you've sold me on the CN for starters. Anyone wanna burn me a copy of R&R???

    I still need to learn to use this contraption, then I'll probably have a much better understanding of it's strengths and weaknesses. I have a feeling I'm going to like it (like getting a cell phone for the first time, remember that?), but I'll hopefully always have a "big picture" paper map on hand too.
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  5. markjenn

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    Dive in. The water's fine, but you do have to learn how to swim.

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  6. AndyB

    AndyB Lonely Traveler

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    ...that has offered up a good comprendalble overall picture of how/when/what software to use. at least for this gps noob. i'm basically at the same place as Viola-tor, scratching my head, eye strain from reading all the posts, till my brain hurts.
    Mucho Thanks! to Marjenn and Countdown, and to Viola-tor as well for sounding off my same questions and exzasprations.
    i just got the 60csx package from rei with the topo08 (a gift actually), the topo is really! confusing and Hard to read even on a big computer screen, even for a guy who uses n reads maps( it uses the same thin black line indicating a gas pipeline as it does for a road ???) .......and at least 20 Years! out of date.... unless you REALLY do need the contour detail. i would not recomend it at all.
    i'm going out and spending the coin for the CityNav NT.
    1 more thang, excatly where can i get a copy of R&R ? i've looked for some time and can't find it anywhere( yes i know it's outta print ) anyone wanna burn me a copy, it's so outta date and mapsoure not even selling it anymore so a pirated copy i don't have a problem with....
    finally i think i'm seeing the light on this gps stuff
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  7. viola-tor

    viola-tor Needs to ride!

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  8. markjenn

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    There are a couple copies on Ebay right now.

    - Mark
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