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What are the top three GPS software for my laptop?
richard_needs_laptop_gps
Many years ago I used Delorme gps on my laptop, seems like they dont update anymore.

What are the top three gps software for my laptop, Im primarily mapping residence (united states).
tcassidy
The market is getting pretty thin in the last few years primarily because of the use of cell phones for navigation. One of their advantages is they usually have GPS facilities built in. However, CoPilot has released a relatively inexpensive version of their product and it works fine with Windows 10.

https://copilotgps.com/en-us/getcopilot/windows/

It seems like an ok version. I didn't think much of some of the missing ferries but I do live in the wilds of the Left coast of Canada. It might be much better where you live.

Terry
richard_needs_laptop_gps
Thanks!
Boyd
I think it would be tough to find three programs in the whole market, things have changed a lot in the past 5 or 6 years. DeLorme, Streets and Trips, Garmin MobilePC were all popular and are all discontinued now.

For $20 it is worth giving CoPilot a try I suppose, that's a lot cheaper than their PC software used to be. But personally, I think it's time to move to a tablet or smartphone where you have many, many choices ranging from free up to about $100.
tcassidy
Certainly everybody has their own opinions. Personally I have more than 5 tablets and none of them are Android.

Terry
richard_needs_laptop_gps
Tablets would rely on cellular service wouldnt they? What do you do if you are in a rural area, can you get external gps antenae for all tablets?
tcassidy
Not quite that way. Generally the chipset that provides cellular capabilities also provides GPS or location services as well.. How many tablets are so equipped, I couldn't say. I do have a non-cellular Windows tablet that is location sensor equipped but that is rare. All my Windows tablets can support GPS devices via USB or BT.

Terry
Boyd
There are many, many apps where you install the full map on the phone or tablet. No cellular service is required to use these apps, they access the map from internal memory. The tablet does not even need to have a cellular modem to be used this way, I have a Samsung Galaxy tab with no cellular option and it works fine. That tablet has an internal GPS chip, although it isn't great. I have a Garmin GLO bluetooth GPS receiver that is very accurate however, and the tablet can use position data from it as an alternative to the built-in GPS. The GLO can also work with Windows and Mac computers as well as Apple iPads.

For street navigation, you might check out the TomTom Go Mobile app - see this: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/5660-new-tomtom-gps-navigation-android-ios-app

Some more Android ideas here: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/5645-android-gps-app-advice

I use Garmin StreetPilot on my iPhone, it also works on iPads but there is no Android version. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/98479
Ken in Regina
For offline maps (maps that load onto the device and don't require a data connection) I use ALK CoPilot on my Android phone and tablet. Now that ALK has released an affordable version of CoPilot for Windows I plan to give it a try on my Surface Pro 3. But I won't get to it until I get back from a motorcyle trip I'm starting tomorrow morning. (I'll be using my Garmin Montana dedicated GPS for that.)

...ken...
Boyd
Have a great trip!
GoneNomad
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
For offline maps (maps that load onto the device and don't require a data connection) I use ALK CoPilot on my Android phone and tablet. Now that ALK has released an affordable version of CoPilot for Windows I plan to give it a try on my Surface Pro 3. But I won't get to it until I get back from a motorcyle trip I'm starting tomorrow morning. (I'll be using my Garmin Montana dedicated GPS for that.)

...ken...
Ken, if planning to buy CoPilot for Windows, keep this in mind:

ALK Tech support recently informed me that:
"At this moment, unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee if and when Windows Laptop v10 will be implemented."
&
"there is no upgrade path available from Version 9 Laptop to Version 10 Laptop."


(that last part is unlike the Anrdroid & iOS versions)

I know you had some issues with the all-new UI that was first released on the Android version of CoPilot 10.2 (and just came out on iOS). After my first attempts to use the "new" CoPilot UI, I felt the same way, and was about to buy the Version 9 Laptop version while it was/is still available. But after working with the new version for a while, and directly comparing it to the pre-10.2 version ("old" UI) still running on an older tablet, I much prefer the new CoPilot UI, and even though the Version 9 Laptop is only twenty bucks, I think I'll wait.

My biggest gripe with CoPilot, is an operational flaw that exists on both version 9 & 10: on some routes it constantly announces "stay on the route as [road name] splits off" even though they are just normal freeway exits, not an actual split.

In the meantime, here's something else you might want to try out:
Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps

I evaluated this several years ago, and at the time it was an outright POS. But it has improved dramatically, and it's now a very viable contender in the top tier with the others that we compared last November.

Sygic is also available in an RV/truck version. Apparently Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps is available on Windows platform, but I'm not sure if it's just for Windows Phone or Windows 10??? Hopefully somebody with a Win10 laptop can check that.

It's based on TomTom's maps, but IMO the UI is easier/better than TomTom's app, and the long-term price is a lot lower than TomTom's subscription model too. But using TomTom's maps also appears to create most of the same flaws that made TomTom one of the losers in our comparison, including the inability to find (much less default to) the correct route for very long trips (>1,000 mile), as well as being blind/stupid about finding the actual main entrance roads for major shopping centers, even after successfully routing to the general proximity of it.

Yesterday, I ran through a few quick tests similar to those we did last November, and the Win10 Maps app still beats the others in that respect, including the Google Maps/Nav app.

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Ken in Regina
Thanks for the update and the reminder. Like you I have adjusted to the new Android UI of CoPilot. I won't say I like it more but I have a better understanding of why they did what they did. I'm good with it now.

I will also wait for the laptop version 10 if there's no upgrade path to it.

...ken...
GoneNomad
I think I probably disliked the old UI more than you, so that's most of the difference.
The "trip planner" section in the new UI didn't ever bother me like it did you initially.

Here are two of the more noteworthy things I like better about the new UI: picking a spot to route through (via point) is easier than dragging the route (on a touchscreen); and being able to see a group of POIs on the map (with names instead of just generic icons) before choosing any of them, which was sorely overdue.

They really need to do something about those damn "follow the route as xxx splits off" announcements though.
It does not do this on all roads but when it does, it's extremely annoying.
Even if they just had a preference to globally disable that specific annunciation, I'd be OK with that.

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