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Is there anything better than DeLorme Street Atlas USA?
Oma61
Hi! Could I please get some recomendations on what to look for in a map/routing software? Currently we are using an old version of DeLorme Street Atlas USA and the routing is done by hand with maps being printed and then highlighted. The owner of the company is spending many, many valuable hours (day & night) preparing maps & routes for the drivers. I'd like to present him with a solid idea to convert & proof the obvious, save time & money. His 14+ hour days could be utilized better. He has tried an upgraded version of DeLorme, but it seemed so different, he could not get a handle on it & get the work done also. Right now we operate in only one state & he knows it like the back of his hand. Any ideas will be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Oma
Ken in Regina
If the owner hasn't got the time or inclination to learn a new version of Street Atlas, I doubt very much if he will have any more time or desire to learn something that is even more different. Just my opinion based on years of experience supporting people like that. I understand the attitude and I respect it, so this is not intended as a criticism, simply an observation.

I know that Garmin Mapsource is excellent for calculating complex routes. It has a lot of flexibility in how you do routing. I've seen some people who say they don't like the maps it prints out but I think they're pretty good.

I have not done anything more than very trivial routing in Streets & Trips and Street Atlas (haven't had any need to since I have Mapsource and am very familiar with it) so I can't provide a good comparison.

...ken...
Oma61
Thank you very much for your input. He really enjoys doing the routing by hand, but the company has been growing & more employees means more trips to get ready for them every day....somewhere, something has to give.

Clearly concerned.

Oma
ideman
Ken in Regina told me about Garmin Mobile PC, it's very easy to use, and routes the quickest and easiest of GPS software titles. I've tried Streets & Trips, Delorme 2008 and 2009, and researched a bunch of others. In my opinion, as a guy that makes several stops during a day, the Garmin Mobile PC software is one of the better software programs out the there for laptops. The biggest problem I'm having right now is getting a manual, because I know the program does more than I'm doing but haven't been able to get the detailed instructions I want.
Oma61
Thanks, that is very helpful & good information.
DavidS
Hi Ideman,

Do you think the Garmin Mobile PC software would be best for my purposes? I too need to see many clients.

Please see my thread: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/612-professional-solution-laptop-regular-gps
DavidS
ideman,

Can you tell me if and/or how you get addresses into Mobile PC?
Do you have to use Mapsource?

Is there was a way to import address, from an .xls, .txt, .dbf, etc.. into Mobile PC?

Currently I'm doing this with DeLorme, which plots many addresses inaccurately.
ideman
You need to be running outlook to put in your contacts - its really quite simple as long as you are running outlook - if not - I don't know if you can enter contacts.
flannigan
Oma61:

I'm afraid I agree with Ken in Regina regarding the gentlemens inclination to take the time to learn a new program. I too respect that position.

I use both Garmin MapSource and Microsoft Streets & Trips on my computer. MapSource makes it easy for me to sync with my Garmin GPS. Streets & Trips gives me the opportunity to plan a long trip over many states and view it with more detail than MapSource. I also believe Streets & Trips shows MUCH more detail (Streets, intersections, etc) than MapSource on a short trip. I just compared a 60 mile trip on both. I wish I could send both of those to you, but you would not be able to open them without having both programs on your computer!

If I need to print a map, I always use Streets & Trips, as I believe it gives me a more detailed map. I can also save the map in a Word document and e-mail it to someone or print it for them. I have not been able to find a way to copy and paste the MapSource map.

Regards,
Mike Flannigan
Oma61
Thanks Mike. So which Garmin GPS Unit do you have?
Oma
flannigan
An old one; GPS 2610
ideman
I quit using Streets and Trips because it could not find approximately 33% of the address I would enter - it was good for routing though.
flannigan
ideman:

I guess that's why I use MapSource and Google to find places and didn't realize Streets & Trips couldn't find very much. I do use it to plan long trips. Thanks for putting a number to it.

Do you use Street Atlas to find places?

Regards,
Mike Flannigan
Earl Troutman
I purchased then returned Streets & Trips. It had many of the same problems that SA has, which led me to wonder if they use a common data source. I think a straight line freeway should be rendered as a straight line - it's as simple as that. Neither product can do that yet. Even curved roads are rendered as tiny straight lines (when viewed at maxium zoom levels). Google, Tom Tom, Garmin, and Bing maps can do it!
GoneNomad
Quote:
Originally Posted by ideman
I quit using Streets and Trips because it could not find approximately 33% of the address I would enter - it was good for routing though.
S&T's search function stinks. You can enter a common fast food restaurant name along with the zip code, and it will return anything BUT restaurants in that zip code.

For example, try searching on "Burger King, 63129" and see what you get (Burger Kings in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania...). Then try searching on "Burger King, Saint Louis, MO" and see what you get.: (Burger Kings in Springfield & Kansas City, MO).
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