DeLorme Topo North America
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- Topographic Detail for Canada includes elevation contours, shaded relief, realistic 3-d,land cover, bodies of water, highways, street, back road and places of interest
- Send waypoints and tracks from the field back into Topo North America to record and share your trips, geo-tagged photos and maps
- Included with the maps are over 4 million places of interest (POIs). All of your trip planning information is at hand, from travel to a trailhead, to campgrounds, fishing spots, and provisioning on your way
- The most comprehensive computer mapping program for outdoor recreation, with unsurpassed maps, available imagery, trip planning features, on-road navigation, and GPS capabilities
- Recreation mapping software with terrain, trails and detailed streets for planning and travel
The latest terrain, road, and GPS maps for confident planning and navigation. Scout your destination as if you were there, with up-to-date terrain, trail, and road detail. Fly over realistic 3-D. Import aerial imagery. Route your travels over roads and trails. Find public recreation lands. See elevation profiles. Customize and print maps at a wide range of scales. Navigate worry-free in your vehicle, on foot, or on the water, anywhere from the Yukon to the Rio Grande
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However, the interface to this software is straight from the DOS world of 1990. Delorme has consistently refused to confirm to any Windows design standards. The only way to find the functions one needs is to poke through the scattered assortment of tab buttons, icons, and menus items, and learn by trial and error.
I use this for geocaching (with a Delorme GPS), and TNA9 shows promise in helping to manage logged and unlogged caches, but warning: the synchronization process is very deceptive, and it is rather easy to lose a whole days geocaching activity through unfamiliarity with exactly how the program updates/copies files from computer to GPS and back. (Unfortunately, again your learning path is trial and error.) On the forums (peer to peer) one is told to use Windows Explorer to copy files from GPS to your cache documents. How's that for a vote of no-confidence? I am considering foregoing the pretty interface and looking for open source software to manage my caches. That would be more secure.
BTW, TNA9 comes with a purchase of a Delorme GPS. I would not consider using this software if I didn't also have a Delorme GPS.
Then I took it for a walk around my neighborhood. I stored my track in the GPS and after much difficulty got it uploaded to TNA9. The software is quite opaque. DeLorme supplies only a "Quick Start Guide" which tells some things that can be done but not how to do them. There are many menus and buttons on the TNA9 display, but the labels are not very descriptive, and I fumbled around for a long time. I downloaded the full user's manual from the website, but it was not very helpful, either. It told me to hit certain buttons, but not where to FIND those buttons. Very frustrating! The menus are not all across the top of the window like other Windows applications. There is another whole row of menu buttons near the bottom of the screen, between the maps and the profile view. Some buttons don't appear until you dig down one or more levels through the menus. After a couple of hours of trial and error I finally got my track uploaded and displayed on the TNA9 topo map. I never would have gotten that far if I didn't have some prior knowledge from a friend's use of TNAx with a DeLorme PN-20.
Now for the worst part. The maps are wrong! The topo lines seem ok, but the roads are awful. The maps show connections where there are none. They show roads in the wrong places (including going over cliffs!). They show gaps where roads have no gaps. These are not roads that have changed in the last 50 years; the maps show things that never were true. It seems as if somebody looked at an aerial photo and saw pieces of road with trees obscuring other pieces. The map maker must have just guessed where the roads went. In many cases the guesses were wrong. There are dozens of these errors within one mile of my house. The maps also show open and forested areas that have little or no correlation with reality. Other map sources such as Google have the roads in the right places. In fact, one can even report errors to Google, and they get fixed! If I find a way to do that for DeLorme, my list of corrections will be a long one.
I got this GPS for use in the back country where there are no roads, so the road errors will not affect that application. But it is disappointing to find so many flagrant errors on these maps, highly touted for their accuracy. I will have to consider the locations of roads and other features as tentative until I learn what to trust and what not to trust on these maps.
While I like the PN series devices and the Topo mapping software, Delorme leaves something to be desired as regards to the software for Topo/device data exchange. Think iTunes and the iDevices as the creme de la creme in this regard. This is not enough to make me change companies, but is something to be aware of.