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ertyu



Joined: 25 Apr 2005
Posts: 553
Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Dec 31, 2005 7:45 pm    Post subject: Best Map Software Reply with quote

I've been happy with the maps I got when I first got my unit, but several new options have been released since, none of them really seem to improve the areas I'd like.

What are your opinions on the best maps?



Looking at both Magellan and Garmin they have products based on 3 data sets:



Navteq: Offers very good urban street coverage for US and Canada, and therefore very good auto-routing. These maps are available in Garmin City Select/Navigator NA and Metroguide NA and Magellan Directroute NA.



DMTI: Offers good urban street coverage for Canada and better rural street coverage than Navteq. They also include geographic details such as waterways and parks. Offers pretty good auto-routing based on the street coverage they have. This data set is available in Garmin Metroguide CA and Magellan S&D Canada both without the auto-routing.



DMTI Topo: Offers topographic map coverage of Canada which improves the geographic details. Includes all the street coverage of the regular DMTI maps, but the auto-routing ability is more limited. Available in Garmin and Magellan Topo Canada again without auto-routing.



It seems the best would be a combination of DMTI Topo and Navteq if possible, where DMTI is a good middle ground.

-- Edited by ertyu at 13:49, 2005-12-31

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TurdleEggs



Joined: 31 Jul 2005
Posts: 687
Location: Ste Genevieve

PostPosted: Dec 31, 2005 10:47 pm    Post subject: RE: Best Map Software Reply with quote

I haven’t had the opportunity to compare data sets, but I’m using Garmin’s MetroGuide Canada v4 DMTI product. The rural mapping borders on amazing in my experience. The urban mapping seems plenty “good enough” to navigate cities for GeoCaching. I think the issue is maintaining current data. As near as I can tell, Garmin isn’t releasing updates for the MetroGuide Canada product – only MetroGuide North America. So if you want current data with rural mapping, your only choice may be MetroGuide North America (if you’re going with Garmin). It looks like the MetroGuide North America updates are free as well, and the City NavigatorSelect updates come at a fee (a possible deterrent for keeping your data up-to-date).

Given the choice between “better rural coverage” and “very good urban coverage”, I’d find the better rural coverage more useful. But I’d sure like those mapping updates!

If I decide I need a GPS in my vehicle as a driving aid, I’d buy as big a Street Pilot as I could afford, and they come with City Navigator.



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ertyu



Joined: 25 Apr 2005
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Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Dec 31, 2005 11:43 pm    Post subject: RE: Best Map Software Reply with quote

I'm in agreement there, the city detail is usually quite enough.



But the big difference is the rural areas and the little additional of lakes and streams.

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TurdleEggs



Joined: 31 Jul 2005
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Location: Ste Genevieve

PostPosted: Jan 01, 2006 12:10 am    Post subject: RE: Best Map Software Reply with quote

I live in a swamp. MetroGuide Canada (accurately) shows the marsh and the channel running through it that turns into a minor tributary of Cooks Creek. Also the roads, tracks, drains and little lakes on the way out to the Reynold's Ponds Cache. Even gravel roads like at the intersection of hwy 501 and #1 are amazingly accurate. The only thing missing is the Charleswood Parkway. I wonder if MetroGuide NA includes Winnipeg in its updates?

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ertyu



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PostPosted: Jan 01, 2006 1:15 am    Post subject: RE: Best Map Software Reply with quote

Both Magellan and Garmin have map viewers that work in IE only, so you can check out the detail in the latest maps.

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junglehair



Joined: 05 Apr 2005
Posts: 374
Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Jan 01, 2006 9:15 am    Post subject: RE: Best Map Software Reply with quote

I have the North America City Select (Garmin) and have been quite surprised with the amount of detail it had for Winnipeg.  It even includes some of the newer roads in Fort Whyte.  I noticed one street in Transcona that appeared on the map, but didn't really exist.  Otherwise, it seems to be fairly accurate.

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MHz



Joined: 20 Apr 2005
Posts: 287
Location: Morris

PostPosted: Jan 03, 2006 4:35 pm    Post subject: RE: Best Map Software Reply with quote

I must admit, I had a hard time voting for this one as have and use all of these:

Garmin City Select

Garmin MetroGuide

Garmin Topo Canada



I voted for Metroguide as it's the one I use the most. On a regular basis, I have loaded into my GPS, MetroGuide for Winnipeg and southern Manitoba and Lake of the Woods, Topos same area and City Select for I-29 from the Can/US border down to just past Fargo. I usually have the Metroguide maps displaying and selectively turn them off and turn on the Topo's for an area as I need them. I do use routing extensively as it amuses 3T's&aG to no end. I find the Metroguide is a much better map of Winnipeg than the City Select so I use the City Select mostly for US travelling. Wouldn't have survived without it in Las Vegas last year!



I have found minor problems with City Selct such as street name typos (260th Ave instead of 620th Ave in MN) and of course defined waypoints that are out of date (trying to find a bank ATM in Vegas was a challenge!).



All in all I have enjoyed and use them all.

MHz

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lizardo



Joined: 02 Sep 2005
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Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Jan 21, 2006 5:45 am    Post subject: RE: Best Map Software Reply with quote

Looks like I am in the majority, too.  I agree that the addition of the topo lakes would be nice.  But the S&D that I use offers everything I need. It would be nice if the whiteshell had more than just one lake.  I only get Westhawk now.

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GrumpyIII



Joined: 02 Feb 2006
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Location: Manitoba

PostPosted: Feb 02, 2006 4:43 pm    Post subject: RE: Best Map Software Reply with quote

This is a little off topic but, if I load map software onto my etrex legend, do I lose the base map thats on it?  After I use the software will I ever want to just use the base map?

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TurdleEggs



Joined: 31 Jul 2005
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Location: Ste Genevieve

PostPosted: Feb 02, 2006 4:47 pm    Post subject: RE: Best Map Software Reply with quote

No and no. You can download the latest firmware and factory installed basemaps from Garmin for the eTrex Legend and rebuild your Legend if you ever need to (I've never needed to).

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GrumpyIII



Joined: 02 Feb 2006
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PostPosted: Feb 03, 2006 3:16 am    Post subject: RE: Best Map Software Reply with quote

Thanks for the info TurdleEggs.

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