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Review: Microsoft Streets and Trips 2008
MiniTex
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Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
MiniTex, recently someone mentioned difficulties getting a GPS receiver recognized on a MacBook. Did you have to do anything special to get it going? Or was it as simple as inserting the DVD to install Streets & Trips, and then plugging in the USB GPS receiver?
Don't remember doing anything other than booting into XP, inserting the S&T DVD and following the prompts. BTW, this is running OS X (10.5.1), the latest update, AFAIK. I have noticed that I sometimes need to "reconfigure GPS" so it "sees" the GPS module again if I let the computer go to sleep. I just hope I don't run into problems similar to Mike Flannigan's down the road.

M$ really needs to set up Alt + or single keystroke toggles for most of the GPS functions and views, IMO. I don't think S&T Keys covers those. That would make the app much easier to us in a vehicle. All-in-all pretty slick for $80. Of course that's not counting the $1100 for the MacBook and $120 for the RAM, but how many GPS boxes let you edit stills and video when you don't need to navigate? :>)

Ron
Marvin Hlavac
Ron, actually S&T Keys likely does cover most (if not all) stuff like that. It covers everything I need for my daily usage of Streets & Trips with GPS. The problem perhaps is that I never got around to doing any sort of a user manual, so there may be ways to use S&T Keys users may not be aware of. But I welcome "How To" questions in the forum .
asauder
Have been searching for info on MS schedule for 2008 version but without results. Does anyone have any info? Does MS post such info anywhere? I have the 2006 version and am going to Europe in April. Trip will include some former Eastern coutries so I'm interested in their latest. Will buy 2007 if I have to would prefer 2008 if it comes out on time !!!!
Thanks
Art
Marvin Hlavac
Art, to be on the safe side I think I would be buying MS AutoRoute 2007. I have seen not a single bit of info about AutoRoute 2008 .
asauder
Thanks Marvin. It is surprising that they havent put out any clues!!
Do you happen to know if it is recommended to remove older versions before installing new ones or will they work fine with multiple copies on the laptop? I have done some trip planning in 2006. Will the routes, pushpins and info work in both if I were to leave 2006 on the comp?
Thanks
Art
Marvin Hlavac
You may uninstall older version before or after you install a newer version. Or you may keep them both. There is no problem, no matter how you do it. You could in fact have any number of AutoRoute and Streets & Trips versions installed on your laptop.

It may actually be a good idea to keep your existing version installed, at least till you are confident the new version is working to your satisfaction.

One thing to keep in mind is that while a new version can use your old files, an older version cannot read files saved in a newer version. You may want to keep a backup copy of your 2006 version file before you start using the file in a newer version of MS AutoRoute.
asauder
Thanks Marvin. Advice is appreciated as well as all you do in running this great site!
Gordo
MS Streets & Trips is flawed if you use it in certain parts of Canada. When searching for an address that contains "Ave" (like my home address in Winnipeg) it can't find my street! However, if you leave out the "Ave" it will find it. This is inconsistent as it will find some Avenues in Canada and it seems to find all Aves in the US (for a detailed discussion see: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/142-data-many-avenues-missing-streets-trips-2008-a

I emailed and called Microsoft about this problem and they told me there was no flaw in the programme, "that it was designed this way"!!!

Hmmm, I don't understand, it was designed this way? Give me a break!

OK, if you're a Canadian you can work around the problem, but it IS flawed eh!
Marvin Hlavac
If anyone reads this old review, don't! A new Streets and Trips 2010 is now available.
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