Joined: Mar. 2002
||Posted: April 27 2002,5:08 am
After spending a week trying to square away XP with my old programs, I finally gave up and returned the computer to Dell for a full refund. (We're still in disagreement about the shipping charges, but that's another story). They were nice enough about it otherwise and spent cnsiderable time with me in trying to help. But in the end they didn't have the resources to "fix" my problems. Too bad because I really apreciated the speed and other features of the new unit. It's just that without some of my programs, it wasn't worth it.
Regardng maps, I use Mapsource Topo and Streets & Recreation in my Vista. I also have National Geographic Topo which is excellent. IT's pricey because its CD's have the USGS 7.5 quad data. For example, I bought the Northeast for $90. There are 10 CD's covering Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Conn, Mass, NY, NJ and RI. You can display and print with shaded relief, UTM or magnetic grid lines, different zoom ranges, create routes, display elevation charts for routes and tract, create waypoints, etc. You can transfer data both ways to the GPS (except the maps of course-only Garmin's will do that) but unfortunately I haven't figured out how to transfer waypoints, tracks and routes from Mapsource directly to NG Topo or vs. versa without going through the Vista. Not a big deal but it adds an extra step or two.
It would have been nice to copy all the NG CD's onto my hard drive so I don't have to keep switching CD's, but alas, my current computer has no room left. (See paragraph one above!)