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What is the best pc navigation software?
January 16, 2012
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Brent Owen
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The idea is to have a bigger screen. My wife likes to see more of the map. Zoom out etc.

After playing around with streets and trips 2011 for the weekend I find that it does not work that well up here in Canada. It would have me go down dirt roads, on toll roads (even though I have that option set to as off as possible), and it wants me to exit highways and drive on city streets instead of using off ramps to switch highways.

I may go back to the xmod and igo8.3 after finding out that the explorist does not have a way of avoiding toll roads. Am I wrong here? I could not find a way of avoiding toll roads on my 710.

I may look at Delorme street atlas if they have a free trial.

Anyway, thanks for the information so far.

January 14, 2012
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What about installing the eXMOD and use iGO8.3 on your eXplorist?

iGO is the simplest to use navigation software I know. The user interface is very clear and even my wife did use it when driving around in Florida on vacation. Maps are available and refreshed on a half year basis. The used routing algorythms are good. Sometimes even better than the ones used in my 3000$ internal car navigation system. The voice is nice, the information is logical and is timed correctly...( and mouch louder than the one in the eX710.)

It should be available for Canada under 100$. If you do not want to mod your eX, it is also sold with a decent hardware. (Germany + 9" screen 100$)

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January 13, 2012
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I assumed the discussion of laptop PC programs was because the wife wants a larger screen than any auto gps.

When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout

January 13, 2012
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A cheap car gps is around $79 on special, I got a Roadmate 1340 Magellan from Canadian Tire last summer for about that much. Check the flyers, might be a worthwile alternative to consider. Less than a hundred bucks and keep the wife AND the 710 !

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January 13, 2012
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The best options I've found are;
Streets & Trips - $50.00
DeLorme Street Atlas - $50.00
Fugawi Global Navigator - $140.00

S&T works pretty good and it's easy to import waypoints (geocaches) to it.

The DeLorme Street Atlas works good also but when I import geocaches to it I can't hide the names & data so it clutters up the map.

The Fugawi is too expensive for what it can do.

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January 13, 2012
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Hmmmmm. Streets and Trips is about $49.00 Divorce will cost me about $700,000 in the first year. I think I will continue with Microsoft's Streets and Trips for now. Vantagepoint may also be another option. I thought there would have been more options for a pc.

I had a feeling that mentioning my wife threatening to throw my GPS out the window would get a reaction from you guys. I have no intention throwing my wife out of the window, she still does more things for me than my GPS so I think I will keep her. :cheer:

January 13, 2012
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By the way, Streets & Trips 2011 does talk if you have a speech engine on your PC (like media player).

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January 13, 2012
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I use Streets & Trips 2011 or Vantage Point.
You can load geocaches to Streets & Trips using GSAK and get driving directions to caches on the laptop.

Sometimes all the devices/software have a brain fart and direct you in circles or other weird directions.

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January 13, 2012
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There's lots of good divorce lawyers in TO... pick one !!!

I've tried Streets & Trips 2006 and liked it, although it doesn't talk at least it shows you the routes, turns and does auto-center the car on the screen. Don't want to make a route in VP and use the GPS to follow that ?

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January 12, 2012
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What about throwing your wife out of the window instead ? :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

January 12, 2012
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Hey guys

I am afraid to say this, but my wife does not like my GPS (710). I like it, but I am the guy who is usually driving and not navigating. What is the best software that I can install on my laptop that will help us navigate on long trips or even short trips to addresses we are not familiar with. I am currently trying Microsoft streets and trips 2011 and have tried a few routes with it. It does some crazy routes through Toronto when I try to get it to go up the 427. Rather than taking the ramp from the QEW to the 427, it goes on some city streets and then back onto the 427. Anyway, is Microsoft the best solution out there or is there something better?

My wife has threatened to throw my GPS out the window so I need a solution before our next trip.

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