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New version DeLorme Street Atlas 2009
Marvin Hlavac


I just saw the following note at DeLorme website.

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Note: We expect to begin shipping the new, 2009 version of Street Atlas USA in early April. Still taking orders for Street Atlas 2008.
DJEvergreen
What??? Only 4 months into 2008 and they are already planning to ship 2009? That's insane.... why call it 2009 call it 2008 RC2... sheesh
Marvin Hlavac

DJEvergreen, I hear you , but DeLorme is not alone with this version numbering. Even Garmin has scheduled its North America 2009 map update for release in April of 2008 .

Judging by the screenshot above, DeLorme has done a lot of work on the user interface. A year ago Street Atlas would have been the very last GPS navigation program I would have recommended to someone with a small screen UMPC, but this 2009 version may change that. SA 2009 has 3D-perspective view, it has large buttons (at least some of them are large). One thing that worries me is the location of the GPS position icon - it seems too high. On another picture I've seen, the car icon was on the bottom of the screen - where it should be. This makes me suspect the icon is not pinned to one spot on the screen (as it should be), but it likely moves(!). Too bad (I think). But it all remains to be seen. DeLorme Street Atlas 2009, and DeLorme Street Atlas Plus 2009, both should be released within days (Monday, April 7, if I'm correct).
Jim Ross
Just ordered LT-40 friday from FRYS. I don't know a thing about GPS, but I'm willing to learn. Should be here tomorrow. Can't wait! Downloaded the User Guide and already reading. I sure hope I'm trainable.
Marvin Hlavac
Jim, if it arrives tomorrow, you will likely be the first one around here who owns it! I'm looking forward to reading your feedback - especially since you are a first-time user. Such feedback shows the best if a product has been designed to be new-user friendly.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by Jim Ross
Just ordered LT-40 friday from FRYS. ...
Hi Jim,

This is probably a really dumb question but what's "LT-40"?

...ken...
Jim Ross
LT-40 is Delourme Street Atlas with a GPS reciever included. There's a writeup abut it in another section of this forum.
Marvin Hlavac
Here's the link: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/222-delorme-debut-earthmate-gps-lt-40-stmicroelectronics-teseo-chipset

But just a question, Jim, did you order just this receiver (LT-40), or you ordered the hardware/software bundle that includes DeLorme Street Atlas 2009? I think it only sells with Street Atlas program included, am I correct?
Jim Ross
I ordered the Earthmate GPS LT-40 with software and the GPS receiver from FRYS.com for 59.99 with a 20.00 rebate and a 10.00 rebate which I didn't qualify for. So that brought my cost to 29.99 plus 4.72 for shipping. But Hurry! I tnink the rebate is only good 4/04 to 4/08. Only another day or so . I tracked my shipment and it estimated delivery tomorrow.
Marvin Hlavac
The price $29.99 sounds too good to be true. A GPS unit alone would normally cost more! The software program alone is being sold for more! Great deal, indeed!
Jim Ross
Go to FRYS.COM. I got that info from DeLorme's forum. Sugested rtail is same as LT-20.Also go to Amazon.com and search Delorme Earthmate GPS LT-40 and see all the cool maps.
Jim Ross
This the reciever and street atlas 2009. It's not steet atlas 2009 plus or TOPO7.0 wnich really raises to price. I don't think it is available with TOPO7.0 yet.
Ken in Regina
Thanks for the clarification, Jim. I was just on the Frys website and I wondered what the difference is between the product you ordered and the one for $99. That clears it up.

...ken...
Marvin Hlavac
Ken, that's the price difference between Street Atlas and Street Atlas Plus. The 'Plus' version description at DeLorme website states the following:

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Everything in the regular version plus extensive data import capability, 150 million U.S. and Canadian phone listings, and higher-end print and draw tools.
Jim Ross
Well, the LT-40 showed up on my doorstep today. I may try to install it tonight or tomorrow. I'll let you know how it went. Remember, I'm a newbie, even to computers. so please be patient with me if I have some questions that might sound stupid to the rest of you. THANKS
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