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titansfan
Hello everyone, a confused newbie here.

I recently was given a Garmin GPS 18 USB and I have Nroute 2.7.6 and City select North America version 7. I also have Mapsource version 6.14.1. I used it the first time the other day after downloading as many updates that I could find on Garmin's website. I am running Windows Vista.

Anyway, I live in a 4-5 yr old neighborhood and I noticed that my neighborhood and many other newer areas that I tried to find, do not exist in my nroute. What do I need to do to get updated maps and how do find out how recent my maps are?

I have thought of possibly buying Garmin Mobile PC software-only version, or buying the newest Microsoft S & T software, or some other newer software. There is a lot out there and it is extremely confusing.

I will be using my GPS primarily for recreational trip plannning, vacations etc. can anyone give me some pointers on what software I shoud buy? I definitely prefer free, but i know how hard it is to find free anymore! Thanks in advance for your help.
tcassidy
Garmin Mobile PC (software-only version) would work directly with your GPS 18 USB and is a very nice program for routing on a laptop. It costs about $70 and the maps will be quite a bit newer than your version. You can transfer your existing waypoints and routes to Mobile PC from MapSource. Unfortunately, MapSource 6.14.1 does not work with Mobile PC. We expect Garmin to rectify this sometime as 6.13.7 works great.

If you would like to try Microsoft Streets & Trips, version 2008 is a little older in mapping data and prices are generally good as stock is being cleared for a new version due next month. The new version may be worth waiting for. You could buy it with the included GPS or download Garmin Spanner to allow S&T to work with your GPS 18.

Look at the reviews for these products on this newgroup to help you in making a decision.

Terry
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Marvin Hlavac
Hi titansfan, why don't you let us know some street names, or intersections, in your new neighbourhood, so we can let you know if you are already on the map in some of the newer laptop GPS software programs.
titansfan
Thank all of you!

Anyway, I am looking for streets such as Cool Springs Court, Fair Oaks, Wheatstone, and Fieldstone in Bowling Green, KY.

Here is another question. Why don't the "major GPS companies" offer free trial software for their GPS units so you can choose what works best for your needs? I am considering the following (software only), Delorme Street Atlas USA 2009, which I can get at Best Buy for $9.99 after a coupon, MS S & T 2008, which I can also get for $9.99 at best buy, or ordering Garmin Mobile PC (much more expensive), or waiting for MS S & T 2009 software to come out, but I am planning a large trip to Florida in September.

Keep in mind, I have a Garmin GPS 18 USB and I am running Vista. I also am aware that if I run anything other than Garmin, that I will need to install Spanner....is this correct? If I install Spanner, will i be able to flawlessly run MS or Delorme products?
tcassidy
If you can get them for $10 what do you want a trial for.

Spanner/ GPS 18 =NMEA - As far as I can tell. And you could run them both S&T and Delorme at the same time.

Terry
titansfan
Spanner does not work with Windows Vista. The Garmin website basically says no plans have been made for spanner to run on vista. As far as a trial goes, I feel like all software should have a 30 day trial, for obvious reasons. Well since spanner will not work on Vista, and a GPS 18 will not work on SA or S& T without spanner, i went ahead and plopped down the $49 at Best Buy and bought a Delorme Earthmate GPS LT 40. I will be installing tonight, and I will report back later how it went.
tcassidy
You could have got GPS Gate. As far as I know, it runs on Vista and would convert the GPS 18 to NMEA. Of course, it costs as much as the LT40. The LT40 will work with S&T, Delorme or Mobile PC (software only) so it sounds like a good approach if you want a USB GPS.

Terry
tcassidy
I checked the 4 streets you mentioned in Garmin Mobile PC and none of them are listed in Bowling Green Kentucky.

Terry
titansfan
So far so good with SA 2009. You are right about the GPS Gate, made more $ sense to me to just get the LT 40 with SA 2009. Any one know of an economical way to mount a laptop in a Ford Escape? Also, anyone know a good way to locate wireless internet "hotspots" while traveling in US?
Marvin Hlavac

Just like Terry, I cannot see your streets in Garmin Mobile PC. The neighborhood looks identical in Microsoft MapPoint 2009 as it does in Garmin Mobile PC, so neither the upcoming Streets and Trips 2009 will include the new development. However, the news streets are going to be in iGuidance 2009, as shown on the screenshot above. iGuidance 2009 should be released this week, or next week. I think it is possible to pre-order it already.
Ken in Regina
I'm surprised that nobody suggested looking on Garmin's web site at their online map viewer to see if your areas of interest are covered in the latest version of their maps. If you go to Garmin's web site and select MAPS, on the maps page you can select a map product (say, City Navigator 2009) and then on that map product page you can select the online map viewer to browse the map. You can do this for any of their map products.

...ken...
rod123
Hello, new here. I'm trying to figure out the main differences in Map Point 2009 and Street and Trips 2009..And why the price ranges from $50 to $300 on Map Point.
tcassidy
MapPoint uses the same mapping data and navigation interface. However, it is capable of heavy integration with Microsoft Office products. You can write APIs to use it in very flexible applications. MapPoint 2009 would be at the $300 end of that price and S&T 2009 at the $50 end. For more information on what MapPoint can do, try this forum.

http://www.mapforums.com/

Terry
Marvin Hlavac
Hi rod123, and welcome to Laptop GPS World. In addition to what Terry already said, Microsoft MapPoint comes with demographic data and a few additional features that may make the software useful as a business analysis tool. For those of us who just want the trip planning functionality, or the GPS functionality, the less expensive Microsoft Streets and Trips is all we may ever need. :-)
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