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Mutantx
Hey Laptop GPS World Forum, I've been searching the internet for a while now and haven't been able to find a Laptop GPS Software that will use internet to update maps without having to download gigs of map files. I will have a laptop with internet access, and am looking for software that will stream from the internet(Like google maps on most phones. Thanks, Mutantx
Ken in Regina
Google Earth will just pull in maps as you need them, if you have an internet connection.

You need Google Earth Plus or Google Earth Pro to use a GPS receiver with it. You also need one of those two versions if you want to use them offline (without an internet connection). And, for offline use, you need to make sure you have the necessary maps for your trip in Google Earth's cache on the laptop.

...ken...
Mutantx
Yup sorry I forgot to add I do have Google Earth Pro, but was wanting something that would give me turn by turn directions. I have successfully used Google Earth Pro, but was needing something with a little more Navigational options so that I don't have to have my eyes peeled to the laptop screen so that I don't miss a turn in a busy area. Its exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. Does this exist? Thanks for such a quick response.
Mutantx
I wouldn't even be opposed to downloading some maps, but when I have internet connection it would download the updated maps from the internet(with turn by turn). Hope this makes sense. Thanks again in advanced for your help.
Ken in Regina
As far as I know, Google Earth Plus/Pro is the only one of its kind. All of the other navigation programs I'm aware of come with maps that have annual (if you're lucky) updates available. I don't know of any that have updates available for download on a more frequent basis.

DeLorme has a section on their web site where users can publish corrections and additions for the Street Atlas maps. I don't know if anyone else has anything similar.

I don't know how frequently Google updates the map data they use on Google Maps/Earth. They used to use Navteq data for North America. Navteq is pretty standard that they make quarterly updates available to those of their customers who want it. Most vendors (Garmin, Microsoft, etc.) only take the annual updates because it take them that long to assemble and package them for sale.

Google recently switched to TeleAtlas for North American data. I assume they have similar (at least quarterly) update frequency available. I don't know how anyone would be able to tell whether Google uses those more frequent updates. Google rarely lets that sort of information out.

...ken...
Mandolin Guy
Most "air card" plans are based on data downloaded instead of air time. You might push the limits of your plan if you choose to continually download maps. Some can get kinda pricey once you exceed a certain point.
malaki86
Sprint has changed their wireless internet plan, and boy, does it suck.

5Gb monthly limit, with a 300Mb limit for off-network. If you're roaming at all, you could easily hit that 300Mb limit in a few minutes just downloading maps.
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