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Delorme Street Atlas / Microsoft Streets & Trips Manual Routing Question
roncarter17
Hi everyone. Can anyone tell me if it is possible to put a route in manually in either Delorme Streets Atlas or Microsoft Streets & Trips? We escort oversize truck loads and would like a program in which we can set all the roads as per the permitted routes by the states. Also, I have heard pros and cons with each product. I want to use my laptop in my vehicle for a bigger screen instead of my TomTom GO720. I have a lot of things going on at once and need my focus to be on target at all times. Is either program "Easier" to look at? Thank all!
ktrack
Configuring a route manually in Streets and Trips is very easy. Depending on how much background work you want to do with the program, you could set up the trip with scheduled stops and layovers, fuel stops, etc. Navigating with a laptop is a bit more of a chore but very doable. If you get your computer mounted correctly and an auxillary speaker system for the voice prompts it should work very well. I would think that a daylight readable screen on the laptop would be something of a priority for what you are trying to do. The only one I am aware of is the "Toughbook" but I am sure there are a few others. Your general run of the mill laptop screens don't do well in sunlight. Good Luck
Marvin Hlavac
Hi roncarter17, and welcome to the forum. Both, Streets & Trips and Street Atlas, are able to modify a plotted route much easier and faster than any other solution. Something that would take you extremely very long time to achieve on a PND (personal navigation device), can be done in most cases by a few mouse clicks on a laptop using Microsoft Streets & Trips.

I'm much more familiar with S&T, so it would be unfair for me to say which program is easier. I know there are many DeLorme fans who would strongly suggest Street Atlas.
roncarter17
Thank you. I know about the screen problems in the sunlight and i'm working on that problem. So... with Microsoft Streets & Trips it is possible to design a route where I can tell the software to make a turn at a specific place? Some of the permits we deal with are mind-boggling. We have to take alot of secondary roads and most of time cannot stay on the route my TomTom says to take (i.e. shortest mileage, shortest time).
Marvin Hlavac
* On S&T map you can draw rectangles to cover areas you want to avoid.

* Or you can simply click & drag the plotted route to another road, and thus force the route to to go via your desired streets/highways
roncarter17
Wow! That sounds pretty good! Can't do that with my Tomtom! A guy told me that with the Delorme Street Atlas you can import a designed route and special notations, such as "low bridge ahead", from excel, and the program will follow that route and say the special notations. Is this correct and can you do this with Microsoft Streets & Trips?
roncarter17
Ok...here are a few more questions. With either company, is it possible to save a route that I have made up to use at a later time? And, which GPS receivers are the latest new models for each company? Thanks again!
YarmouthJason
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Originally Posted by roncarter17
Wow! That sounds pretty good! Can't do that with my Tomtom! A guy told me that with the Delorme Street Atlas you can import a designed route and special notations, such as "low bridge ahead", from excel, and the program will follow that route and say the special notations. Is this correct and can you do this with Microsoft Streets & Trips?
Hi Ron,

You are correct, with Street Atlas USA 2009 Plus you can import spreadsheet files such as Excel, Access, or Text files. There is a website called discoveryowners.com where users have created draw files that show low bridges, truck friendly poi's etc., that can be imported through Street Atlas USA.

While Street Atlas USA 2009 does not have "commercial truck routes", you can draw a "route avoid" which is a polygon or a circle that will route you around that location.

Also if you want to force the route to go a certain way you can insert a via to force the route to take another way. From start to finish, "via" your preferred road. Our current receiver is the LT-40 and we've had great success with it.

Hope this helps.

-Jason
Team DeLorme
YarmouthJason
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Originally Posted by roncarter17
Ok...here are a few more questions. With either company, is it possible to save a route that I have made up to use at a later time? And, which GPS receivers are the latest new models for each company? Thanks again!

With Street Atlas USA 2009 you can create and save a route to pull up later. I would assume that you can do the same with Streets and Trips.

-Jason
Team DeLorme
Marvin Hlavac
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Originally Posted by YarmouthJason
Hi Ron,

There is a website called discoveryowners.com where users have created draw files that show low bridges, truck friendly poi's etc., that can be imported through Street Atlas USA.
Here's the link to that page: http://www.discoveryowners.com/cginfolinks.htm

The files are created by a community of users, and while they are very popular and helpful, one can never 100% rely purely on these files routing a big rig. The files are used by many truckers and RV-ers.
roncarter17
Wow...great info! Thank you! I just downloaded the trial version of Streets & Trips. I'm going to play around with that for awhile. I wish Delorme had a trial version for people to try. I have spoke to a lot of different people and it seems as if they split down the middle on which product they like. I guess trial and error is the only way to decide.
Marvin Hlavac
For your line of business, why don't you buy both, use both for a while at least, and then you decide what's best for you. They are so inexpensive. A GPS receiver from one of the products works with the other software, too, so you only need one GPS receiver.
roncarter17
Really? I did not know that, Marvin. Thank you for that info. Any opinion on who has the best GPS receiver? I'm just reading up on the Delorme LT-40 and have not looked at Microsofts yet. Or are there others out there that are better? Thanks again!
Marvin Hlavac
You've already have the 60-day trial of Streets & Trips. I'd recommend now buying DeLorme Street Atlas 2009 Plus with the USB LT-40 GPS receiver. I do like the Microsoft software, but I'm not that fond of the Microsoft hardware.
roncarter17
Good deal. Thank you for all of your help!
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