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    2D vs 3D Maps

    So I just upgraded to iGuidance from MS Streets and Trips 2006.

    I am happy with the decision due to the fact Streets and Trips is pretty bad for touchscreen.

    However I heard a lot of people complain that S&T2006 does not have 3D maps. Before my upgrade I was thinking this must be very beneficial, however in my limited use of these new 3D maps with iGuidance I almost find it annoying.

    So i was just curious whats all the fuss about regarding 3D maps? Just the cool factor or it is somehow more useful?
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    I guess it just depends on what your used to . For me 3d maps are a necesity. It gives a truer to life perspective.
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    yeah....make sure if you have 3d enabled, that the top of the screen is your heading, and not north
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    yeh having it north is terrible.

    Wow, a necesity! Thats a strong word. I am going to force myself to use 3D for a week (not that its a chore or anything) and report back. I used 2D for quite some time so we'll see.

    Also the voice in iGuidance is much nicer. Kinda turns me on a bit, ya know?
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    I used to use 2D exclusively. Then for some odd reason I switched one day, I never went back. For me, 3D is just so much easier to read and navigate, plus you can generally fit more useful data on the screen at a lower zoom level since things further away are smaller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fliplap
    I used to use 2D exclusively. Then for some odd reason I switched one day, I never went back. For me, 3D is just so much easier to read and navigate, plus you can generally fit more useful data on the screen at a lower zoom level since things further away are smaller.
    Great point. you def can see further. sounds like after I get used to it i wont switch back.

    i think also a major thing is that the quality of the UI is just lesser than Streets and Trips UI, which makes the experience, for me, a little less impressive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fliplap
    I used to use 2D exclusively. Then for some odd reason I switched one day, I never went back. For me, 3D is just so much easier to read and navigate, plus you can generally fit more useful data on the screen at a lower zoom level since things further away are smaller.


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    I use 3D all the time. 2D is just not good, my eyesight is pretty bad and I need to see what's ahead of me. In 2D if I zoom out too far I can't see anything, and if I zoom in to where I can see the lines then I can only see like 300 ft ahead, so it's worthless. In 3D it's just a lot better. And sure, it also looks flippin' cool as hell.
    2D is useful if you want to see the full route though. For example, I'd probably be using 2D if I decided to hit Canada sometime and I'd just have the voice navigation enabled.
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    Personal preference and what you're used to really. For most of the past year I've been using Mapopolis on a PDA and it only has the 2D view so I got used to that and prefer that to these 3D views. In the 2D view I feel that I can see more of the surround roads around me....seems like I have more of a "bird's eye" view of the area which I like (I like seeing the "big picture").

    Though it is cool to switch to 3D view to show it off to someone. : )
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    buurin I'm glad to see you trying iGuidance!

    1. The benefit of 3D-view is in letting you see more of the road ahead at the same zoom level. You will see the details around you, and yet you will retain the ability to see quite far ahead.

    2. Yes, please next time you speak to your friends at Microsoft let them know about the sexy voice of iGuidance (as opposed to the annoying robotic sounding S&T ;-)

    3. UI is completely different than S&T, so it may take a bit to become accustomed to it. But in my humble opinion iGuidance has a very easy to use UI and nothing unnecessary is on the screen (unlike S&T)

    The guys working on development of S&T should each get a copy of iGuidance ;-) It would benefit the future versions of S&T ;-)

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