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Software for street navigation as well as off-road use for PC Tablet
MikeSD
Microsoft Streets and Trips 2013 and Delorme Street Atlas 2014 are often recommended for "street navigation".

I'm wondering if either of these two would be usable for off-road? I have true GPS devices but I'm looking for a PC Tablet (Surface Pro 2) for GPS use.

Do either of the two above, allow using any sort of topo maps? Or have the capability of using maps that have trails and such?

I'm not interested in alternate solutions to what I'm after. My requirements are:
Surface Pro 2 + GPS Software. I want this to be useful for street navigation as well as off-road use. It must be capable of creating track data and datalogging functions.

Thanks,
Boyd
Unless they have made changes in the newer versions, neither of those programs work well on a touchscreen.

Garmin Mobile PC was really the best solution IMO. It was compatible with the huge variety of free and commercial maps and had a very nice touchscreen interface. But they discontinued it and I doubt you can find it anywhere today. I also heard they discontinued their activation server, so that might be a problem as well for a new installation.

Garmin nRoute is long discontinued but free and can be downloaded here: http://gawisp.com/perry/nroute/

it is very old software, but still possibly a viable option for off-road use. Should be compatible with most of the free topo maps from here: http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/

Again, not very good on a touchscreen. I would not use it for street maps, but I know some people still do. You could try installing openstreetmap and see if you like it: http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl
SpadesFlush
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Originally Posted by Boyd
Unless they have made changes in the newer versions, neither of those programs work well on a touchscreen.

Garmin Mobile PC was really the best solution IMO. It was compatible with the huge variety of free and commercial maps and had a very nice touchscreen interface. But they discontinued it and I doubt you can find it anywhere today. I also heard they discontinued their activation server, so that might be a problem as well for a new installation.

Garmin nRoute is long discontinued but free and can be downloaded here: http://gawisp.com/perry/nroute/

it is very old software, but still possibly a viable option for off-road use. Should be compatible with most of the free topo maps from here: http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/

Again, not very good on a touchscreen. I would not use it for street maps, but I know some people still do. You could try installing openstreetmap and see if you like it: http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl
More crucially. the programs you site deal with routes, streets, etc., which are by definition are not off-road. Therefore, they won't be of much help to you. For instance, if you place a route waypoint "off-road," S&T won't provide any useful guidance on how to get there.

On the other hand, if you just want to drop markers from your GPS-derived positioning, S&T can do that for you. A series of such data-logged points can be strung together to create a GPS trail.
MikeSD
I've been googling and found that Delorme has a topo that should work. They sell it bundled with the GlobalSat receiver I already have so I'm guessing it can do trails too. And this says "detailed" streets as well. A bit pricy ($100+).
  • Complete U.S. and Canada topographic maps and detailed streets
  • Major roads for Mexico
  • Over 4 million points of interest (POIs) in the U.S. and Canada
  • Extensive U.S. trails network and public lands, including BLM
  • Flexible printing choices
  • Ability to share your custom maps over the internet, and more
Boyd
Since my suggestion is free, you could try that first, then decide whether it would be worth investing in the DeLorme software.
MikeSD
Thanks, I already had a paid Microsoft Streets and Trips. I wasn't ignoring your suggestion. I had already started googleing, not knowing when I'd get a reply. Thanks again. And I'm going to wait before shelling out $100 for Delorme.
Ken in Regina
The Delorme product is about as good as it gets for your purposes. It's the best of both on road and off road mapping. But it's best used in the continental US. The mapping in Canada and Alaska leave something to be desired. It will work as well as Streets and Trips on the Surface Pro. Also you can download and use aerial images with it.

...ken...
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