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What's the easiest software for a newbie to use that will be able to track me?
4x4ric
Please excuse my ignorance when it come to this stuff, Im reading trying to learn but the more I read, the more confused I get lol.
Im wanting to get or download topo maps on my laptop, HP Probook 6475b for trail / exploring use, and having it track me.
I know I need the topo maps for offline but I need to either buy CDs or download the maps. I know that I will need the antenna or Receiver, then I will need an inverter.

So my question is, Whats the easiest software for a newbie to use that will be able to track me? and what Receiver is recommended with that software?
I will probably build my own laptop mount or try and find a used one online lol.
Anyway, Thanks in advance
Boyd
Hate to say this, but I think that is a bad plan considering the current sorry state of affairs for "laptop" navigation. Your choices are very limited. You will either need to use antique software (Garmin nRoute, for example) or spend a fair amount for one of the few remaining programs like CompeGPS Land.

I think you would be much better served by purchasing a tablet - iPad or Android - and using one of the many cheap/free apps that are available. That way you won't need the GPS receiver, mount or inverter and you'll have much better software.
GoneNomad
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Originally Posted by Boyd
Hate to say this, but I think that is a bad plan considering the current sorry state of affairs for "laptop" navigation. Your choices are very limited. You will either need to use antique software (Garmin nRoute, for example) or spend a fair amount for one of the few remaining programs like CompeGPS Land.

I think you would be much better served by purchasing a tablet - iPad or Android - and using one of the many cheap/free apps that are available. That way you won't need the GPS receiver, mount or inverter and you'll have much better software.
^ Yep.

IF the OP wanted road mapping/nav, and IF the laptop is running Win10, then the Win10 "Maps" app would be a great choice.

But I have no idea about Win10 topo maps for offline use.

And another drawback is that the HP Probook 6475b evidently has an AMD A6-4400M CPU that draws 35 watts, which is a pretty hefty power demand for a mobile device.
Boyd
If you *must* use your laptop, then see this thread which pretty much covers the available software.

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/5759-mapping-software-selection-toughbook-cf31

If you are interested in a tablet, this thread covers the hardware aspect

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/5793-i-feel-technologically-illiterate

There are too many apps on Android/iOS to cover here, I have tested a number but my interests and experience are vastly different; I only tested apps that allow me to use the maps I make myself ( https://boydsmaps.com ). There are many other good apps that will give you access to topo maps.

But, FWIW, a few apps that I like on Android are

OruxMaps - https://www.oruxmaps.com/cs/en/
Locus Map - http://www.locusmap.eu
Backcountry navigator - http://backcountrynavigator.com
Galileo - https://galileo-app.com
TwoNav - https://www.twonav.com/en/

Galileo and TwoNav also have versions for the iPad
Map Plus is another app for the iPad - https://duweis.com/en/mapplus.html
4x4ric
Thanks for the replies, and opinions, I really appreciate them. As I said Im new to this so I will take your advice.
IMHO you all are the experts here on this topic, I am not..
So what should I look for in a tablet?
I do have an old Samsung Tab 3 and did download Gaia and drove around this morning, it did seem pretty slow, could be that my Tab is old.
I will look into getting a newer one, I know that it should GPS, but Im open to suggestions, I would rather have Android.
Thanks again for your help teaching an old grunt some new tricks, you guys ROCK.
Boyd
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Originally Posted by 4x4ric
So what should I look for in a tablet?
I already posted a link to a thread above where this topic was just covered. It's a long thread, but this is the tablet that the OP ended up getting

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/5793-i-feel-technologically-illiterate-p4#post53385
Boyd
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Originally Posted by 4x4ric
I do have an old Samsung Tab 3 and did download Gaia and drove around this morning, it did seem pretty slow, could be that my Tab is old.
Apparently that tablet was introduced in 2013? I have a Galaxy Tab 4 which I believe was introduced in 2014. All the Android apps I have tried work smoothly.
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