Joined: Oct. 2001
||Posted: Sep. 05 2002,11:24 am
The National Geographic Topo software was recently demo'd at work by one of their reps. After being thoroughly impressed a picked up a copy while I haven't used it much yet, I can say that it's definately sweet stuff. Currently my favorite tool is the profile builder. Either make your own trails and it builds the profile for you or upload your track from your gps and you have a sweet profile of you hike (unless you have a gps that does that already like the map76s or one of the others, it's a cool feature). It is also possible to have a starting waypoint and an ending waypoint and the software will connect the 2 via trails in the area (complete with all twists and turns), which you can build a profile of, or (I believe) download to your gps as a track. Though you may have to by the trails program to be able to do this. My only complaint is that they wouldn't give me a free copy, like all good reps should especially since I am the GPS guy at work.
The other downside of it is that if you want to higher detail maps you need to go with the individual state programs, ie Topo PA instead of Topo USA which covers the entire country. This is great for me since I live in PA, which happens to be one of the biggest markets for Topo's. But unfortunately they don't have all the states out yet, so that may be a problem for some people.
Ohh yeah welcome to the forums.
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