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Mapping software selection for Toughbook CF31
Nemesis
I want to look at getting two pieces of software for my Toughbook. One for its standalone GPS for use in what most call "very Remote area". the second is for use in road direction with turn by turn type nagagition. I am running win 7 as an op system.
Thanks in advance!!
Boyd
For offroad use I'd have a look at CompeGPS Land: https://www.twonav.com/en/software/land

We discussed this awhile ago: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/5528-compegps-land-mac-windows

But more recently I have been playing with it to see how well it works with the maps I make myself and think it's a very nice program. You can download it free and use all the features for a month. After that it still runs but reverts to a "basic" version. Not really sure what the differences are, it still worked fine with my own maps after 30 days but I was not using it for navigation, just loading the maps to test them at home. If you can find free public sources for map data, CompeGPS can probably use them although you will need some technical knowledge.

Now if you want to be "old school", Garmin nRoute will run fine on Windows 7. This is antique software that I personally find unacceptable today, but some people still seem to enjoy it. The plus is that there's a world of free Garmin format topo maps that will work in nRoute. http://www.gpsinformation.org/penrod/nroute/nroute.html

And another old-school option would be OziExplorer: http://www.oziexplorer.com/au/

We also have a thread here about free sources for maps: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/5736-free-gps-maps

There really aren't many choices for Windows 7 road navigation software these days AFAIK. I think Co-Pilot has a version.
Ken in Regina
If you decided to try out Garmin's old nRoute GPS program there is [literally] a world of very good Garmin compatible street maps, most of excellent quality, at Open Streetmap for road navigation.

...ken...
Boyd
Aside from a very clunky user interface (forget using a touchscreen), my problem with nRoute is performance. Somehow, it doesn't seem able to take advantage of new graphics cards and is really slow to update the screen, even on a fast computer that has no problem with Garmin MobilePC and the exact same maps.

For example, it is not usable in track-up mode with a detailed topo map. It just can't update the screen fast enough as you move and turn.
Ken in Regina
I wasn't recommending it. Just saying that if they decide to try it there's lots of free, good quality Garmin compatible street maps maps at Open Streetmap.

Given the alternatives - not much, as you mentioned - they could do worse than see if it works for them at all.

No mention was made about whether the original poster was looking for free or if they are willing to part with some money so we've pretty much ignored retail alternatives.

...ken...
tcassidy
If Garmin nRoute is a consideration you try just remember it requires a proprietary GPS input format. Normal GPS NMEA data will not work with it. Fortunately there is a simple free solution to that though. Just install GPSGate Splitter from here (4th in the list)
https://gpsgate.com/download
and choose to provide an output for nRoute.

Terry
Boyd
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
No mention was made about whether the original poster was looking for free or if they are willing to part with some money so we've pretty much ignored retail alternatives.
I mentioned OziExplorer, which must be purchased. And my main suggestion of CompeGPS Land also must be purchased (and is rather expensive IIRC).
GoneNomad
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nemesis
I want to look at getting two pieces of software for my Toughbook. One for its standalone GPS for use in what most call "very Remote area". the second is for use in road direction with turn by turn type nagagition. I am running win 7 as an op system.
Thanks in advance!!
On a Win7 laptop I would use CoPilot for Windows for on-road mapping & nav, assuming that paying $20 for a non-upgradable app isn't a problem. This is the only mainstream, supported, Win7 app that has features similar to Google's free Android app. The current version of CoPilot for Windows (9.x) is due to be replaced "any time now" (been that way for about a year) by version 10.x, which *MAY* fix some of the v9.x bugs that are bad enough to make me strongly prefer other alternatives at this time. But on Win 7 your choices are very limited.

The other option is S&T2013.
I would not waste time experimenting/fiddling with anything older than that.

Most likely, unless you need extensive trip planning, your on-road needs would be better served by the Win10 "Maps" app, which has much better nav functionality than S&T. But if you can't run Win10, that's not an option.

Either one of these two MS products is free (although in the case of S&T2013, you'll have to do some searching to find the free version.)

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werdnanostaw
Quote:
Originally Posted by Boyd
Aside from a very clunky user interface (forget using a touchscreen), my problem with nRoute is performance. Somehow, it doesn't seem able to take advantage of new graphics cards and is really slow to update the screen, even on a fast computer that has no problem with Garmin MobilePC and the exact same maps.

For example, it is not usable in track-up mode with a detailed topo map. It just can't update the screen fast enough as you move and turn.
nRoute does work with touch to some extent.

Scroll screen - If you use one finger to move the screen left or right you can then move it up or down. I only just found this out.

Pinch zoom - Doesn't work as far as I know.

Selecting menu and toolbar options - Works.

We have just spent the last 8 days driving from Sydney up the coast to Coffs Harbour and then back on the inland hwy via Tamworth and Lithgow (2100km) using nRoute so I have very recent experience using it.
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