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Download Streets & Trips route to a "stand-alone" GPS Unit
BRMiles
I prefer to prepare my routes using Streets & Trips, and am considering the purchase of a GPS unit to go in my car (I know I could use the laptop in the car, etc - but that is too much trouble)

How hard is it to get a trip I have created in S&T to a GPS unit, and are there any advantages of one unit over another

Thanks
tcassidy
Each GPS maker uses a different format and possibly even different routing algorithms. I believe there are programs that can convert one type of file to another. I don't think it is generally worth the effort.

Put the stops you feel are important to your route into the standalone GPS (PND) and let it determine the route. As to the type of PND I would recommend; I have a Garmin bias so would suggest looking at the Nuvis. They come in virtually any price range and feature set.

If that looks like a direction you might be interested in, consider learning Garmin MapSource. It is a routing program for your PC that will talk directly to your Nuvi. you can set up your waypoints and routes on the PC and transfer them directly to/ from the Nuvi.

Terry
BRMiles
When I put routes into S&T - I overwork it for road rallies that I put togther for our local car club - I typical route would have something like 40 points (or more)

I really like the S&T interface, so I was hoping to guide my GPS purchase with any that would make the interface from my S&T to the GPS unit easier.
Marvin Hlavac
BRMiles, have a look at some of the applications mentioned at the following link: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/194-list-free-software-helpful-microsoft-streets-trips-users -- GPS Babel has been used for the same purpose by Streets and Trips users, but the other solutions should work, too.

And :welcome: to the forums!
tcassidy
That is certainly a good approach if you already own a PND. However, I would be more likely to investigate laptop mounts for your vehicle and computer. For rallies, I would think the larger screen would be a great asset. If you plan it carefully, the hassle of installing/ removing the laptop can be minimized and the advantage over a tiny, low pixel display will make it worthwhile.

If you have your heart set on a PND, save the hassle and move to a program that supports it.

Terry
Marvin Hlavac


A laptop may be more suitable for the job. RAM mounts are excellent, and if you have any questions about them, you may ask our RAM_Mount_Expert right here: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/1089-opinions-laptop-mounting-systems-vehicles
tcassidy
Of course, if you mean that other members use your prepared route and already have an assortment of PNDs, programs such as GPS Babel might be the only solution.

At least until they see you with your laptop in the vehicle, admire that great display, and all have to get one too.

Maybe RAM will offer a bulk discount.

Terry
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