Gps software

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Breck, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. Breck

    Breck Been here awhile

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    What software, for both on and off road are you using? I just purchased a 276c and what it came with is not very detailed. Any sugestion? I live in northern Ca. but would be interested software for all of the U.S. including Canada and Alaska.
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  2. reinerka

    reinerka Been here awhile

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    The only SW to use on the unit is what you can get from Garmin. There are a few choices for the unit:

    The City Select/City Navigator would give you the routing capabilities. These are also some relatively new maps that should provide most of the roads you may travel on.

    Topo USA and Topo 24K should provide some more information on topograhical surrounding but especially Topo USA is very old and will lack many existing roads (and be off on the location quite bad - I have it and hardly use it). Topo USA also doesn't support routing at all. Not sure about Topo USA.

    If you go on the Garmin Website (www.garmin.com) and select Maps & Charts you get a list of available products. You can also view the coverage of the maps on their site to give you a better idea on what is best for your usage.

    I'm using Roads & Recreation and Topo for my old Garmin III+ - but that's mainly due to memory restrictions than anything else. However most of the times I use Roads & Recreation since Topo doesn't even list most of the interesting trails - but they seem to be in R&R. Topo maps would be better for off-roading since they give better indiciation of the terrain to expect.

    Reiner
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  3. Breck

    Breck Been here awhile

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    Thanks Reiner. Is roads and recs a Garmin product?
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  4. Kaumajet

    Kaumajet H.I.D. Positive

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    I didn't realize we'd joined :dunno

    To answer your question, I find the City Select to be OK, as is MapSource Canada. Just don't expect miracles.
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  5. Breck

    Breck Been here awhile

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    What!!!! Oh!!!! I see....forgot a coma..... U.S., Canada and Alaska!!!!
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  6. Kaumajet

    Kaumajet H.I.D. Positive

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    Forgot a coma? Sounds like you're in one :D Sorry, too easy.
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  7. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    I use the Metroguide with my SP. I did some offroading around here, forest service and private logging roads, everything showed up, even some driveways were on there. Very useful on the highway in cities as well (though of course the business information can be dated). Took a trip to Canada recently (can confirm that it is not part of the US), the Canada Metroguide was quite useful.

    No map is going to be totally accurate or completely up to date, but I've been well pleased by the Garmin products.

    Oh, make sure you get the current Mapsource update
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  8. White Knuckles

    White Knuckles Insufficient memory

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    Yes. Pretty good coverage, but can't route with it.
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  9. eastbay

    eastbay Half Fast

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    I can't believe how bad the Garmin mapping software is. They keep coming out with super cool hardware, but the map guys are blowing it bad. Don't know whassup wid dat.

    I use the Topo!, now National Geographic, software, both the true topo (what is it 7.5' scale? Its huge) (http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/topo/) and the Backroads Explorer version. This is distinct from the Garmin Topo. The company Topo! had their thing and then were bought out or reached a marketing agreement or whatever with Nat Geo. Anyway I find the interface and route plotting much easier than the Garmin P.O.S.. I plot my routes on the computer at home, then upload them to the Garmin unit and the routes (just series of waypoints in this case) and waypoints are then displayed on the Garmin backround map. No routing or turn by turn of course, but it works ok. Wish Garmin would get it together on this.
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  10. Shelton

    Shelton Been here awhile

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    If yoy need real offroad software is one good answer: Touratech TTQV with topo maps ;).
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  11. reinerka

    reinerka Been here awhile

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    Yes it is, however as stated before - no routing. Also it has been discontinued by Garmin. The maps are from the early 90's. So quite outdated. Since I don't have a routing GPS and the III+ is very limited in space I can't try newer maps.

    Reiner
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  12. Breck

    Breck Been here awhile

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    Thanks all... and yes I think I am in a coma!!! Sorry guys I am not a typist.
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  13. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    I use Roads & Rec too. I have compared it to several versions of Garmin's latest (up to City Select v5) and find that Roads & Rec has more detail on the roads less traveled (riding primarily in the Western NC/Eastern TN area). I also have a copy of National Geographic's Topo and I love it. I make my dirt road routes on Topo using waypoints and I have found the maps to be very accurate. You can use Topo to make some really good tankbag maps too.
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  14. AK Bear

    AK Bear Long timer

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    I have the Topo for my Airplane and MetroGuide for my bike. I like them both. Each has a lot of detail and once you figure out the downloading process they'r not too difficult to use. I think after having used both the MetroGuide is best for the bike.
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