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Looking for my first road navigation software for my laptop
DefconZero
Hey guys,

So in my other thread I stated how I was just starting out with this whole Laptop GPS thing (which is really awesome).

Now I was wondering what software you guys recommend?

I live in Canada. I want the software to be able to talk to me (i.e turn left at bob rd. Not turn left in 500 ft.)..and that's all I know so far.

Have been looking through the software list and they all look amazing.... :P
Marvin Hlavac
Hi DefconZero, and welcome to the forums. You came to the right place. Here we have a list of GPS software for laptop. I think most programs nowadays will pronounce street name, even though in my humble opinion this feature has been overrated. In real life users learn rather quickly how to estimate the distance given by GPS. Street names may not be of much value sometimes, unless we are familiar with the area, or we can spot a street name sign on the corner of a street.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
... Street names may not be of much value sometimes, unless we are familiar with the area, or we can spot a street name sign on the corner of a street.
And that's my problem with the whole text-to-speech thing. I can't spot the street signs until I'm close enough that it's often too late to make the turn, especially at night. I tried it for a little bit and went straight back to 'turn left in 500 metres'.

...ken...
DefconZero
Alright, makes sense . But as long as it speaks to me I'm happy. I looked through and the iGuidance seems really neat!

Is there anything this program doesn't have that another does? Cuz it seems it's pretty much perfect. It's PRETTY too!
Marvin Hlavac
I like iGuidance, too. A limitation of the software is that currently there is only the North American version available, covering USA/Canada. No coverage of other parts of the world. :-(
DefconZero
Well I guess that is fine :P. I don't plan on taking my car outside of NA within the next year XD, but yes I can see how that can pose a problem.

Have you run into any problems with it? Anything you dislike? Anything you wish they would add? Is it comparable to another software, or is it that good?
Marvin Hlavac
iGuidance looks very nice on a large screen of a laptop. There isn't much there to dislike. You may look through user feedback in our iGuidance forum to get a better feel for the software.
malaki86
There's plenty to dislike about iGuidance, even though it is a nice piece of software. The ability to add your own POI's is the main problem.
DefconZero
And this includes....

Sorry if I seem dumb but saying *oh there's lots to hate* doesn't tell me anything.
tcassidy
It is a little light in its built-in POI database and adding favourites (you own POIs) is non-intuitive if not downright difficult. It is very touch screen friendly though.

Make sure you check out Garmin Mobile PC too. And Microsoft Streets & Trips has a free 90 day trial - you can't beat that.

Terry
Marvin Hlavac
The current version of iGuidance 2009 actually has 6 million POIs built-in, which is quite a lot, but yes, there is no way to add custom POIs, if one is interested in such functionality.
DefconZero
I tried out S&T and is it just me or does it look like it was made on Win 95? Not that I'm hating on it but it just doesn't have the *pretty* effect most newer GPS systems give you.

Will try out the Garmin stuff a little later, any others that are worth giving a look?
taoyue
If you think S&T 2009 looks old-fashioned, you should see what S&T 2008 looked like. In fact, the predecessor to S&T dates back to the late 1980s, when Windows was at version 2.0.

It does have a full-screen navigation mode that looks a little better than the map mode. However, S&T's real forte is in trip-planning, because it started life as a trip-planning program, without GPS navigation features.

A favored combination on this board seems to be S&T for trip-planning, and iGuidance for navigation. But if you just need to get from point A to point B, you probably don't need S&T. (Given the relative pricing, though, it's not much of an investment for the additional functionality ...)
Mircea
Hi all,

This is my first post to these forums...and did not want to start a new thread unnecessarily.

I, too, am looking for a laptop navigation software. Actually the machine I have is a 8.9" netbook with touchscreen capabilities: Kohjinsha SX3 running XP Home (Z520 1.33 GHz Atom Processor). I also have a Holux M-1200 Bluetooth GPS receiver that I would like to use it with the GPS software of choice. And here comes my dilemma: which of the numerous packages do I go with?

I was originally considering only Garmin Mobile PC but after seeing that there are other capable navigation packages I am not sure anymore.

Here are my choices, as I see them right now:

1. Garmin Mobile PC - used to have a Nuvi 755T, liked it but returned it because it was TOO expensive. Do not like the restrictions Garmin put on the software only version.

2. DeLorme Street Atlas Plus 2009 - for $70 they also throw in a BT receiver. Does it have FULL navigation, re-routing, etc?

3. iGuidance 2009 - more expensive but promising. I like it very much but I do not know enough about it.

4. Mapfactor PC Navigator 8 - I like it but not very comfortable ordering from Check Republic and paying only in Czech Koronas (anybody cares to ease my concerns?)

5. MS Streets and Trips 2009 - not very fond of it as it does not seem to have top notch navigation capabilities. Also, not sure if it works with my GPS receiver.

My requirements are:
- GPS navigation (spoken street names not a must)
- to work with my Holux M-1200 GPS receiver
- touch screen friendly
- allow for easy map zooming (in and out) and support resolution of 1280 x 768 (or around that)
- USA + Canada maps
- availabiltiy of Europe maps (especially Eastern Europe) a plus but not a must

I live in the Detroit area.

Any help in choosing a GPS navigation software for my new toy netbook is highly appreciated. Please chime in with your suggestions or even strong opinions.

Thanks,
Mircea
Mircea
reply to MY reply ... I just came across StreetDeck 2 and I find it amazing, at least based on the youtube video. Did anybody here try it? It might just be what I am looking for.
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