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What is everyone recommending to replace iGuidance 4 and Streets & Trips 2007?
d111
Hi everyone:

I finally decided that Windows 7 have made iGuidance 4.x so unreliable that it is time to swap it out.

Right now, I am running dual installations of Streets and Trips 2007 (just got 2010 on download) and here are my issues:

- I liked the iGuidance 4.x interface for its clarity and cleanness.

However, their activation issues, and failures with Windows 7 have basically done it for me --- I am dumping it.

Apparently they are not going ahead with a 2010 version... unless it is way late.


I find the Microsoft product to be to "rich" in information for just navigation, but great for trip planning.


Can everyone tell me:

What I should be looking at?

I read all the reviews... and it is not clear at all which one is best.

Most of the time, I am operating off a 11.6" UMPC.


Do I have to maintain 2 separate installations, or is there one product that can do the work of both?


Which one does not have onerous anti-piracy measures?




Thanks!
tcassidy
If you liked the interface for iGuidance, why don't you try the 2009 version? I can't say whether 4 works with Win 7, and am not going to install it to find out. However, I do have iGuidance 2009 on a Win 7 computer and it works fine.

Their activation scheme seems to work great for me too. I had to deactivate a copy and then reactivate when I upgraded my operating system. It worked flawlessly.

Terry
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d111
tc:

I am willing to live with Microsoft Activation --- because there have never been an instance where I have been denied even if I had to spend a few minutes on the phone.

That include a hobbyists level of reinstalls, tweaks, etc.

I simply am not going to put up with the grief that iNav gives their customers for the hassle.

So I am looking for an alternative.

BTW, my assumption is that since no 2010 version is out.. that they have either scaled back... or are leaving the market.

Another reason not to.
d111
See this link below for typical gripes:

Beware of iGuidance 4 License transfer problems


Noted that Garmin is just as bad...
tcassidy
Nothing wrong with having to deactivate a license to allow to reactivate it on a different computer. Doesn't even take a phone call. Of course, you have to remember to do it (and I speak from experience)!

I haven't tried to move Garmin Mobile PC as I already have it on any computer I need it on. Fortunately, the license database expires every 6 months and you can install a copy again. I do have 2 licenses though.


Terry
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by d111
tc:

I am willing to live with Microsoft Activation --- ...

I simply am not going to put up with the grief that iNav gives their customers for the hassle.

So I am looking for an alternative.

BTW, my assumption is that since no 2010 version is out.. that they have either scaled back... or are leaving the market.

Another reason not to.
It sounds like your mind is already made up. (Just an observation, not a criticism.) You've eliminated the two that have the navigation interface you like .. iGuidance and Mobile PC. You've downloaded S&T 2010 so take a look at it and if there is something on the nav side that you feel you can't live with, raise it in the Streets&Trips discussion area to see if there are workarounds. Adding S&T Keys (free addon) seems to help make a lot of people more comfortable with the nav side of things.

Navmii and Odyssey Explorer also have similar interfaces to iGuidance and Mobile PC. Navmii still doesn't have it together for North American maps. Odyssey Explorer has Navteq maps for North America, same map supplier as Microsoft, Garmin and iNav. If you really want an interface like iGuidance, Odyssey Navigator is another possibility.

...ken...
d111
I have narrowed the iNav problem down to their anti-piracy measures...

It now intermittently works.... pretty much when it feels like.

When it is working, if I exit the program.. it needs a reboot to work.

There is basically no support from them.
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