my carputer was installed with delorme usb and Streets and Maps, the delorme software.
it's really bad software. i mean for a touchscreen, its ridiculous. the interface is really a jumble of buttons, no consistent design or anything.
can i replace the software with other gps software even though i have the delorme hardware?
what are the other software options - i need it to read turns to me, and have a database of points of interest. pretty basic really. but ideally could be operated by touch.
I started out with Delorme also, now i use iguidance, what a welcome. Delorme seems to be developed with a desktop in mind, too many features in a too small of a format. Iguidance on the other hand had car navigation in mind when being developed. Delorme wants a starting place to be keyed in, where Iguidance uses the current GPS location and gives voice direction, most of the time i dont even need to look at the screen, i just follow the female voice... (I think the significant other is jelous tho... she always says "sure.. you'll listen to her and not me.." of couse I say... But Honey, She's right )
It's great software, and I like the voice navigation better than any I've used (including iGuidance and s&t 2006) because it actually tells you what street you're turning onto. Of course I run a laptop on a stand with a 15" screen. I can't imagine how it would be usable on a 7 inch touchscreen. On the other hand, if you can get your route entered and get yourself on the road, the voice nav would be worth a little extra hassle.
Do you feel that you are benefiting by the software telling you the street names even when travelling in areas where you are not familiar with street names yourself? I can see how I could perhaps occasionally benefit a little bit by the software reading me a street name if I happen to know the street, but if I'm not familiar with the street name myself I would need to slow down and look visually for street name signs and that could be tricky at night, during rain, rusted or missing signs, etc.
Also the reading of street names adds to the length of the voice direction prompt. I like it short and to the point. Tell me WHEN and WHERE to turn, for example "Left in X feet/meters". After a while users become good at judging distance ;-)
i too switched from delorme to iguidance. Much much better. Iguidance is very accurate. So far, I still have not found any problems with iguidance. With delorme, the list is too long to post. Stay away from delorme.
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I started with Delorme's Street Atlas - using their receiver with CoPilot 8 right now.
Just purchased a BU-353 to replace the Earthamte (couldn't get good locks consistently.
I love CoPilot - Street Atlas is made for a laptop, not a CarPC. JMO-Carl
Just wondering how u like Co-Pilot8, not many people using it here but I was wondering how u liked it??!!
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I switched from Delorme a long time ago to FreeDrive. I keep the updated version of Delorme around for very long road trips (cross-country) and for the POI database, because it's a brizillion times better than the Destinator one, and I'm guessing the iGuidance one. But for day to day driving I wouldn't dare use Street Atlas.