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Questions on E 510, turn by turn navigation ,etc.
June 27, 2011
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Disciple4123 wrote:

Phil I see you post a lot, I trust you are an expert at these things.

Thanks for the time on this, it seems like a fine unit.

I'm becoming an expert in using these units, but the software is something I know very little about.

The problem Magellan has with Vantage Point is that the new company (Mitac) inherited VP as it is.
They have fixed some problems on it but it needs a lot of changes to reach it's potential.

With the new GPSr units just released I don't expect major changes in VP for awhile yet.

With the screen size I don't know if getting the detail you want is possible.
These things are designed to be handheld outdoor units after all, the turn x turn directions I think of as a really useful extra.

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

June 27, 2011
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Phil I see you post a lot, I trust you are an expert at these things.

Regarding the route navigation: I hope they make it happen at some point, pretty basic from a software perspective, you think they'd activate the feature for $20, eh?

As far as zooming, I just want the roads biggie sized while zoomed out to a 20 square mile area, the area is very rural, Magellan's display is fine, but fine in detail for sunlight vibration viewing, perhaps it cannot be done.

Lastly, any features planned for a road % grade indicator, or map field of total climbed elevation?

Thanks for the time on this, it seems like a fine unit.

June 27, 2011
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OK, the unit will do turn by turn but you cannot transfer a turn by turn route from VP to the unit.
You have to do the turn x turn in the unit.
It's the same with my 710.

Well, you're on a bicycle right?
Just zoom way in. The text will not change though.

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June 27, 2011
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Hey thanks,

OK, the 510 does turn by turn with the city maps I bought for an extra $90, give it an address or POI, and it's just like a car GPS, even speaks. The difficulty is with vantage point rendered tracks.

As far as zoom, I run the 1/4 mile setting normally, but zooming in hardly widens the road, it is an issue of readability, wanting fatter lines and bigger text. There was a thread on this board about scaling, but no how to?

Thanks,

June 26, 2011
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1. - The 510 does not do turn by turn navigation, you need the 710 for that.

2. - The vertical profile will show the profile of your track. The track picture you posted is only 6 feet long.
When you reset the trip odometer it reset the active track to zero.
Here's some screenshots of a track I saved;



Tap on the screen to get this;

Then you can drag the green line back or forward on the track to give length & elevation at any point on the track.
The little white square shows elevation (115) on top & distance from start (241) of the point.
Or you can use the arrows on the bottom to do the same thing.

The track I used is a loop, I hiked to the top of a 270 foot hill then back to my truck. That's why it says -16 feet, the end was 16 feet lower than the start.

3. - Turn off auto zoom and zoom in to the scale you want.

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June 26, 2011
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Hello, first post here... I have begun using a new Explorist 510 over the past couple of weeks. The primary usage is road cycling. I purchased the city series maps in order to get turn by turn navigation, and it does work for routing to an address. A few questions:

1) When routing a route on VP, then selecting "Calculate using turn by turn" it does so on the computer, but when transferred to the handheld, it still wants to route me in straight lines? Even after selecting "Bike: on road" as a routing option?



2) The altimeter panel has a Vertical Profile button, I can push it, it turns yellow, but does not do anything, additionally what is Vertical Profile? Also when resetting trip odometer, etc from the altimeter panel, nothing resets on the panel?

3) Is there a way to scale the maps for poor visibility conditions, broader roads, larger text? On the road bike reading the finely detailed style of the maps is challenging. I have begun to use night mode even in the day, it helps a bit.

I think the unit is of good quality though, am well pleased. I got a "Bushnell Backtrack in 2008 that was dead from the first week, and a Dakota ten this month that was failing to start within a week of use. Finally have a unit that works!

Thanks Folks,
Eric

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