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    Same old GPS software search

    I have been searching here threw the archives for about 3 hours now and not found what I need.

    Here is what I want:
    decent GPS software
    will work with this http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=4668 reciever I already own.
    voice recognition
    voice directions
    must work in the US

    I currently use Streets&Trips and it is such a pain in the butt to pull out my keyboard everytime I want to use my GPS software, that i rarely ever use it.

    i have heard alot about the destinatorV2 software, but cannot seem to find a decent price for it in the US (cant understand paying full price for something that is going to be old tech at the end of the year)

    i also have heard a little about mappoint. but not enough either way to base a decision on it.

    Anyone in the states want to give me a hand here?

    Thanks,
    Dan Gagne

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    Quote Originally Posted by backpack09
    I have been searching here threw the archives for about 3 hours now and not found what I need.

    Here is what I want:
    decent GPS software
    will work with this http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=4668 reciever I already own.
    voice recognition
    voice directions
    must work in the US

    I currently use Streets&Trips and it is such a pain in the butt to pull out my keyboard everytime I want to use my GPS software, that i rarely ever use it.

    i have heard alot about the destinatorV2 software, but cannot seem to find a decent price for it in the US (cant understand paying full price for something that is going to be old tech at the end of the year)

    i also have heard a little about mappoint. but not enough either way to base a decision on it.

    Anyone in the states want to give me a hand here?

    Thanks,
    Dan Gagne
    Not sure about the voice recognition, but I've heard some good things about Routis 2004 and I see that its bundled with your gps receiver at delou and it's only $89. I'm using destinator 2 and think it does a pretty decent job. I've heard some good things about Mappoint with AGPS plugin.

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    what is the 'agps plugin' ?
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    it costs $10 and basically reads out the directions that mappoint generates, at the same time as giving you arrows and distances to your next turning. i've tried it and it looks pretty good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by backpack09
    I have been searching here threw the archives for about 3 hours now and not found what I need.

    Here is what I want:
    decent GPS software
    will work with this http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=4668 reciever I already own.
    voice recognition
    voice directions
    must work in the US

    I currently use Streets&Trips and it is such a pain in the butt to pull out my keyboard everytime I want to use my GPS software, that i rarely ever use it.

    i have heard alot about the destinatorV2 software, but cannot seem to find a decent price for it in the US (cant understand paying full price for something that is going to be old tech at the end of the year)

    i also have heard a little about mappoint. but not enough either way to base a decision on it.

    Anyone in the states want to give me a hand here?

    Thanks,
    Dan Gagne

    What type of screen will you be using? Will it be a touch screen? 7" VGA, or composite? You need to know cuz routis will suck *** on a 7" non vga screen. Also look into copilot, works well with all screens, but a big on the pricey side.

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    Here's a detailed response I got to a similar question in one of the gps newsgroups. Basically it says Routis is still far better than Mappoint even with the AGPS plugin. I asked about Mappoint, Routis, Destinator and CoPilot.

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    Out of the four you mentioned I have experience with two. I have used MS
    MapPoint for over a year on a daily basis. A few weeks ago I switched to
    Routis. Here are some of my observations:

    To use MapPoint in a vehicle as an GPS navigation tool effectively, one
    needs a plug-in called AGPS (or similar). AGPS is only $10 and it adds a lot
    of functionality to MP for example it keeps the GPS icon centred in the map,
    it changes the icon to an arrow pointing the direction of travel, it
    constantly recalculates estimated time of arrival, it gives you voice
    prompts etc.

    However, MS MapPoint was never designed to be software for GPS navigation
    system and eventhough AGPS add-on makes it one there are far superior
    products on the market that were specifically designed for this purpose.
    Still. MP is an excellent piece of software.

    If you live in the US you may have greater selection than me in Canada.
    Routis is one software that does cover my area and I started to use it just
    very recently. With MP still after more than a year I would occasionally
    make a left instead of a right turn and vice versa when traveling in a
    direction other then north. In MP top is north. In Routis top can either be
    north or it can be the direction of travel, your choice. When the second
    choice is selected, the map rotates when you turn, so the direction you are
    heading is on the top of your monitor. With Routis you can also turn on
    3D-View which will display the map the way you could see the road ahead of
    you if you were flying in an airplane. The roads closer to you will appear
    larger and the far away streets smaller. In effect you can see more of the
    map in the same size screen and it also looks more natural.

    Just these two features alone, rotating map and 3d-view, made me instantly
    stop using MS MapPoint and go with Routis. Another feature worth mentioning
    is voice prompts. MS MapPoint with AGPS add-on does give you voice prompts
    but the computer generated voice is at times difficult to understand and not
    very attractive. At times the voice prompt is way too long if there are two
    or three turns to be made one after another. You do have to watch the map
    and you cannot rely only on what you hear. Routis on the other hand uses a
    recorded real human voice and the prompts are short and to the point. I have
    used it a few times with monitor off and it is possible to drive like that.

    Another neat feature of Routis is that it changes color scheme. Dark at
    night and bright during the day. You don't even have to change it yourself,
    it is automated. The software calculates the time of sunrise and sunset in
    your area and in the morning before sunrise, when in 3d-view, the color of
    horizon will slowly change from black to light blue and exactly at sunrise
    the map itself will change color from dark blue to soft yellow. Very neat,
    perhaps in the future the software could calculate position of the sun and
    it could display it as well when traveling toward it :-)

    One thing to know about Routis is that you will see nothing but the road
    network. No parks, no lakes, no rail roads, no rivers. But that is really
    all you need to get from point A to point B. You do have some POI's (points
    of interest) there but I turned that off. MapPoint does have larger database
    of POI's, on the map you will see lakes, rivers, golf courses, parks, rail
    roads etc, just like a regular printed map. I truly wish Microsoft could one
    day make a GPS navigation software out of it but I suspect that may not
    happen (soon, anyway).

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    Regards,
    Marvin Hlavac
    Toronto, Canada

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    Do a and read the posts i've made about routis vs copilot and that will give you more information to make a sound judgment on which nav software to get. Information is key!

    I'ved used routis and copilot but on a 7" non vga screen...And I personally think routis sucks big time.

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    would you still think it sucked on a VGA screen?
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    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    would you still think it sucked on a VGA screen?
    YES, it sucks on my laptop

    I said it before, dont take my word for it, i am just one person. Routis has only 2 good features...3d maps, and the girls voice, but she dont say much...

    Just my opinion. I havnt used destinator so i don't know, but for what it seem only the guys in england or europe even talk about destinator.

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