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Off-road / on-road software for my Toughbook with integrated GPS
LadyBrigade
Hey hey,
I've been exploring in my Jeep Wrangler for years and at most have only turned to the free physical maps provided by the Nat'l Forest. Having just recently purchased a Toughbook CF-30 with integrated GPS I am interested in what software you experienced users prefer? I would also like a program for street use, as I do occasionally help a friend of mine in skip-tracing. In that regard, it would be nice to have a program that will allow me to insert notes for personal waypoints and such. As far as off-road use, I'm looking to start off with something fairly basic to ease me into it. I haven't used a PC-based GPS tracking system since my first tour in Iraq so I need to ease back into it! Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Thanks
LadyBrigade
NOTE: I am looking to start with software that will work off-line for now.. May eventually subscribe to cellular data plan for laptop but for now I would have to tether to my phone or tablet for internet access. Thanks!
Boyd
I really think an Android tablet with Oruxmaps is a better solution, it is free and tablets are quite inexpensive. http://www.oruxmaps.com/index_en.html

But you might look at CompeGPS Land for your Toughbook, see this: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/5617-terrain-navigator-pro-windows-10-alts#post49682

For street navigation, there are many, many choices on Android and also iOS.
LadyBrigade
I do have an iPad, but the reason I am considering using the Toughbook is that I usually bring it with me anyway... I like to smash thru the sand, hills, & winding trails and eventually pull off to an open area where I'll sit on the grass and do a little writing while my crazy dog explores the area
Again, I haven't really used GPS. A lot of the time I'm running trails that I've been thru since I was a kid and for the times I'm not familiar, I just make sure I have a full tank of gas and the typical essentials. I would like to get used to using one though so I'm not risking it all when I'm trying somewhere new.
Thanks for the advice!
Boyd
You could try Galileo on your iPad, I am using it on my iPhone 6s Plus and like it. I make my own maps, but there are sources of ready-made maps for it as well. The basic program is free, and IIRC you get a 5 day free trial of the "pro" version. After that, you need to pay a small one-time fee ($9 IIRC) to unlock the "pro" features (which are needed if you want to load your own maps or record tracks). They also have an Android version. https://galileo-app.com

It works very will with a program called Mobile Atlas Creator, it is free. This allows you to download maps from a number of free sources, package them and send them to Galileo for use where there is no data coverage. http://mobac.sourceforge.net

Does your iPad work on the cellular data network? If so, then it has an internal GPS. If it is wifi only, then it will not have a GPS chip. But you can use an external GPS with it, such as the Garmin GLO: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/4860-garmin-glo-bluetooth-glonass-receiver
gray-beard
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Originally Posted by LadyBrigade
Hey hey,
I've been exploring in my Jeep Wrangler for years and at most have only turned to the free physical maps provided by the Nat'l Forest. Having just recently purchased a Toughbook CF-30 with integrated GPS I am interested in what software you experienced users prefer? I would also like a program for street use, as I do occasionally help a friend of mine in skip-tracing. In that regard, it would be nice to have a program that will allow me to insert notes for personal waypoints and such. As far as off-road use, I'm looking to start off with something fairly basic to ease me into it. I haven't used a PC-based GPS tracking system since my first tour in Iraq so I need to ease back into it! Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Thanks
I am afraid that you will find that not many "normal" laptop users fully understand the beauty of a Toughbook CF-30 with integrated GPS.
The all around rugged, shockproof and daylight viewable screen to them just does not compute.
I started using a Toughbook for GPS with a CF-28 and then a CF-29 and now a CF-30 like you.
First off if you have not discovered us over at http://forum.notebookreview.com/forums/panasonic.1012/
This is a formal invite to come over and join in the Toughbook madness.
We are a friendly bunch and will take the time to answer your questions and give you ideas and info that you may not even dream about.
You might also look into older DeLorme Topo software that may still be available in stores or on ebay.
Topo 8 and I think now Topo 10 is for both on and off road capabilities for north America...
Also check out this pdf file http://www.delorme.com/library/software/TopoUSA8/Product_Information/T8_Fact_Sheet.pdf
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