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Review: DeLorme Street Atlas 2011
Marvin Hlavac
Version 2011 of Street Atlas is just being launched by DeLorme (Sept. 8).

From what I understand at this point, the new 2011 version of Street Atlas is a map data update, it fixes some minor bugs, but no new functionality has been added to the software program this year. This doesn't come as a complete surprise, as there is at least one other GPS navigation software (iGuidance 2011) that is also expected to be released purely as a map data refresher, with no new features added. This reflects on the maturity of these products today. DeLorme Street Atlas is a trip planning software with more features than the competition. For me personally the map data quality has always been of higher priority than improvement of functionality.

Street Atlas 2011 adds over 180,000 updated streets and roads. I'm looking forward to taking it for a test drive in a few days.

If your current DeLorme Street Atlas USA is a pre-2010 version, or older, you may be interested in some of the GPS-related features in the new Street Atlas 2011. The software can now be launched with the new E-Z Nav wizard, a new user interface which makes this complex program easy to use right out of the box even for a first-time user.

Retail price is being reduced this year.

Any of you already have the new version? Please let us know your impressions.
trekker01
I ordered my copy yesterday (9/9) from Delorme, and they have already shipped it. Should have it early next week.
Gary
trekker01
Just completed a 650 mile trip using Street Atlas 2011. At this point I want SA2010 back. Haven't figured out how to keep the map at the zoom level I desire while traveling (it wants to be too magnified). Also, lost the ability to display North up, regardless of direction of travel. Solving both of those problems, I would be happy with 2011.
travelingelk
I just purchased and downloaded Street Atlas 2011 yesterday and I must say it is a piece of junk! I was still using (and will continue to use) Street Atlas 2006 which is far more accurate than this latest version. I am in Benson (AZ) and the map of this area is pitiful. The Post Office is shown on the opposite side of the street and at least a mile away from it's correct location. Wendy's? At least 8-10 blocks from it's correct location. Safeway? Not even shown. The location of businesses (if they are even shown) are so far off it would be impossible to locate them using this software. They have a 30-day satisfaction guarantee which doesn't apply if you download the software. In my opinion, this software is not worth the money much less the time involved to download and install or wait for it by snail mail.
YarmouthJason
Quote:
Originally Posted by trekker01
Haven't figured out how to keep the map at the zoom level I desire while traveling (it wants to be too magnified). Also, lost the ability to display North up, regardless of direction of travel. Solving both of those problems, I would be happy with 2011.
Click on Options at the top and under GPS you will find settings to change the "Autozoom to Turn". You can either change the zoom levels or turn it off.

You can also unclick "Rotate Map in GPS Direction" to have North always up

Hope this helps.
-Jason
trekker01
Thanks, Jason. Missed the slider extension of the options box. That should do it!
RsH
What has been improved for Canada, if anything, in the 2011 version?
Marvin Hlavac
Bob, I briefly checked the Hwy-401 exits in Toronto, I still see non-existent on-ramps and off-ramps on the map, as well as there still are no collector lanes / express lanes (the map shows just a single line for each direction).

Street Atlas is still an excellent choice for the United States, but it may not satisfy all users who wish to use it primarily in Canada.

I apologize for not yet updating the review above. Somehow the motivation on my part hasn't been there, since Street Atlas 2011 is the identical feature-set as v2010.
RsH
But I'm still using the 2009 version <grin> and see no good reason to switch to 2011 if all of the Canada stuff basically remains the same. For free I might use it to compare it to Streets & Trips 2011 but otherwise why should I bother?
ASAPhoto
I loved the 2006 version of Earthmate GPS ... and hated the 2009 version. Primarily I love the opportunity to add "via's" and change the route on the fly, something it seems the 2009 version did not do. And since I am a pilot and sailor, I much prefer the "aerial" view and not the 3D. I have used the 2006 version to navigate my travels to the tune of more than 50,000 miles with only a couple minor problems. So does anyone know if the 2010 or 2011 version will suit me?
Marvin Hlavac
Hi ASA, and welcome to the forum. If Street Atlas version 2009 was not to your liking, than I think the only difference you would see in the current version 2011 is what was added to version 2010. SA2010 introduced the E-Z Nav wizard. No new features were added to v2011.
mattcolie
Asa,
We use SA2010 (currently) went traveling. My wife loves to drive the coach, so I be the naviguessor. As far as know, you can ad "Vias" and "Stops" on the fly (during enroute tracking). I do it all the time to add fuel stops to correct the estimation of the next fuel stop. Also a sailor and pilot, I also don't like the "3D" view. My wife likes it on the driver's GPS (Garmin), but I find it annoying. If it gets turned on, just click the little "looking down the road" button.

Matt
ASAPhoto
Thanks for the replies. One of the things that annoyed me about SA2009 was the fact that the map portion of the screen got much smaller and I missed the "overview" to the left of the 2006 version. Am I being too picky? LOL I hate it when *upgrades* DEgrade the usefulness of a program.
mattcolie
Asa,
You are not being too picky, but the documentation with SA is not the easiest to get through. It is even harder if you used previous versions. Some things that used to be clear and intuitive are, in the later versions, a tad obscure. Like the overview, if you pull and push edges around, it can easily be in the lower left corner. My working screen is no smaller than it was with SA2008 or earlier. (Been running SA since version 3 (before year #). I didn't like the overview on the left because the aspect ratio was so bad. If you are short of vertical screen, tap the bottom menu bar down. See that ^::::::v? If you tap the V it jumps that way, but you can grab it by the dots (I'm not sure I want to go there, I might run for office someday.) and pull/push that bar to where ever you would like it to be.
The package seems to be about a third easter egg, but if don't know that they are there, you don't know to look for them.

Matt
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