I just received email from Tomas from Directions LTD / MapFactor, announcing their free Navigator software which includes map data by Open Street Map.
They continue to market their paid software, which is PC Navigator - currently at version #10. In my email reply to him, I asked Tomas if the free version includes the same feature-set as the current PC Navigator 10. In the mean time I'm guessing it does, or at least most of it is the same. I suspect the hope is that if people like the free version, and if they desire better map data, they may end up buying the paid version.
Here's a portion of the email:
MapFactor is proud to announce the hottest news in the navigation industry – MapFactor Navigator FREE.
MapFactor Navigator FREE is an Open Street Map (www.openstreetmap.org
) based free turn-by-turn GPS navigation for Windows and Windows Mobile devices and is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 licence.
Open Street Map data is added and updated continuously by volunteers from all over the world and the coverage is increasing rapidly all the time.
Open Street Map covers many countries which are not covered by commercial map data providers like TeleAtlas and Navtech.
The current version covers 27 South American, Asian and European countries and includes Great Britain, Italy and France as well as countries like Ecuador, Peru, Australia and Iraq.
Download and install Navigator FREE now to your Windows Mobile Smart Phones, Notebooks or Netbooks from http://navigatorfree.mapfactor.com
. Installation is quick and simple.
MapFactor Navigator FREE can be used freely without time restrictions and complements our range of professional navigation solutions for trucks and cars. These include height, width and weight restrictions for large vehicles, development tools for integrators and large screen dedicated appliances.