If you do decide to buy any accessories for a Magellan product check
Amazon.com. They are by far the cheapest and have the most accurate software
I think this is a very good thing. I hate all the flimsy paper manuals that
is realy big and have a many language from Arabian to Zulu, I only need one
language. And for each language there are actualy just a small amount of
info. When its on CD I can choose which language I want and copy it to my PC
and read it there. And I can choose to write it out on my printer if I want
to (but I dont).
But I think there should be more software with the GPS. Like an small
program for downloading waypoints and tracks from the GPS. Like the EasyGPS
program. Is there any programs with the Garmin products?
> 2) There mapping software is absolutely terrible Mapsend Streets and
> Destinations is nowhere close to being accurate and there is nothing else
> you can download to the receiver. Microsoft Streets and trips, Delorme,
> Rand McNally all have better maps. Cheaper too. But you need a PC to run
> them. You can buy an SD card for the Meridian but with there mapping
> software I can't see any point to it.
Have not tried Mapsend software yet because it has not map for my country
But I have a SD card mostly for saving tracks and waypoints on long travels
at this time.
> 3) There customer service is terrible.
> If you do decide to buy any accessories for a Magellan product check
> Amazon.com. They are by far the cheapest and have the most accurate
I'm overall happy whit my Magellan Meridian Gold. It works fine and I can do
more then I had espected it to do from the begining. Since either Magellan
or Garmin or any other GPS with map covers my country I bought the one that
looked best for me but will get an map for my country in the future. And a
unit that was cheap and yet advanced enough. And at last, I had a suplier
here in my town. For Garmin I had to order by mail or internet.
Regards from an happy Magellan user
"Razor2" <Cob...@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
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Fits Ben David's childish behavior to a T
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"Razor2" <Cob...@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
> I enjoy my Magellan and the software packages very much. I have not tried
> the Microsoft Streets and trips,
Streets and trips is more accurate than MapSend, because it's updated
every year. I wish the boneheads at Magellen and Garmin would update
their map yearly or allow their receiver to use other map sources.
"Joe Mehaffey" <j...@mehaffey.com> wrote in message
> "Joe Mehaffey" <j...@mehaffey.com> wrote in message
>> Paraphrasing from "The Joy of Linux" by Michael Hall & Brian Proffitt:
>> Troll--An individual who regularly posts specious arguments, flames,
>> or personal attacks to a newsgroup, discussion list, or in email for
>> Fits Ben David's childish behavior to a T --
> I do not lie and sell my soul as Joe Garmin Shill Mehaffey does for
> commissions, so it does not bother me what the Garmin Shill Mehaffey
And the defense proves the prosecution's case. Is it idicative of trollism
to also suffer from TFMD?
Don "whose Terminial Foot in Mouth Disease is in remission" Freeman
This space for rent.
Neither one creates nor updates the maps they use. They are licensed from
other sources. My question is: is it possible to get updates for the maps
themselves and use them with the existing mapping software?
Ok if you are walking around town looking for a street and relying on the
GPS screen you're in trouble until you establish a waypoint. Your waypoint
may be exactly correct but it won't match the map.
I guess the point is that I did not get a GPS to hook up to a laptop or a
Palm PC. I have no desire to follow my position while driving on a laptop
computer and I sure as hell don't want to take it on a hike or a bike ride.
So having accurate mapping software in the GPS is important to me. Once I
have been to a location and established a Waypoint then the accuracy of the
map becomes less important. After you have done a trip and established a
lists of way points then you have what you need and you can download it to
various programs and upload it when you need it. If you are trying to pre
establish a route by using their mapping software I don't see how you can do
it. This to me is a very serious shortcoming.
I have since learned that Magellan gets there maps for free and they are not
very accurate. What I would expect is that I could buy and be able to use
accurate mapping software in the GPS. If Magellan doesn't make it then you
should be able to download other correct maps to their units.
I'm taking a months trip to Alaska and I was planning on using the unit on a
number of hikes and back country expeditions. I also have National
Geographic National Parks Software that will allow me to download waypoints
to the Meridian Gold GPS. Of course I can't download the maps. I have every
reason to believe that the National Geographic maps are accurate. When I get
a moment I will compare the waypoints that I pre-establish with the MapSend
software installed on the GPS. My bet is that it will be way off.
My complaint about the Manual is that they do give you a pocket book size
book called a quick start guide. It has 15 pages written in 7 different
languages. It really is not worth carrying around. The manual that does tell
you the information you are likely to need is on a CD that comes with the
unit. It's Ok I suppose if you have a computer with you at all times that
you might refer to the manual. The point is that I don't want to have to
travel everywhere with a PC when I have my GPS
If anyone has any other suggestions or experiences I would like to hear
them. I'm not a complainer. All I want is to get a fair value for my dollar
and not run in to surprises after the fact. It seems simple to me. A company
that makes a GPS should sell accurate software or allow you to import or
download accurate software. Otherwise the customer is being shortchanged and
Regarding the maps, when dealing with US maps you'll find you get a lot of
differing opinions on which is better, with the differing views all being
correct sometimes. Which product is more up to date, accurate, or "better"
varies greatly with what region or area you're looking at. Personally, I
find Microsoft's street's and trips to be a pretty poor product for my area,
obviously derived from Tiger map data which is the same source of the
Magellan maps in this region. Better choices for me are Delorme, or Garmins
CityNav. Many other areas I've tried to navigate around had different
results though, which means that finding the product with the best maps for
your area doesn't mean you'll prefer them when you navigate somewhere else.
Unfortunately, I've found I can't get good accuracy without refering to
several different products. Knowing in advance which to use though, that's
something I haven't figured out how to know. If it's important (most of the
time it's just for fun) I first build the route with my mapping software,
then view it on an aerial photo map making corrections as required. Except
for city street navigation though, I can't honestly say being off by a few
hundred feet causes me much grief. I just zoom the display out a bit so I
don't notice it and become annoyed. (I did pay a rediculous amount for those
errors you know)
As for your upcoming trip, I also own and use national Geographics TOPO
product for Utah where I do most of my hiking. I've found it to be very
accurate for geographic data, but the USGS maps are fairly old, so trail
data isn't always as accurate as I'd like. Another product I use for
backcountry trip planning is ExpertGPS. It will download TOPO maps from
terraserver as well as aerial photos if they're available for the area
you're looking at. I find the program compliments the NG product greatly.
Sounds like you're off to a fun adventure, and should have good results for
your backcountry part of your trip. Good luck with the roads though ;-)
For what it's worth
For a look at some Legend hiking tracklogs check out:
I have also seen that S&T is generally right on the street lay out, but the
names are all messed up. It contains some roads that are not there (which
caused problems when I actual tried to rely on it), and it has some
important streets missing.
If you don't believe any of this email me at phant...@yahoo.com and I can
send you some screen shots.
"Searching_Ut" <Search...@sprynet.com> wrote in message
I've got to hand it to you for offering data supporting your findings. As
you've probably noticed, a lot of the people who post either can't, or
aren't willing to give any support to their comments, even when specifically
requested. Personally, I think it would be great if there were a good
website somewhere that people could post specifics on map accuracy from the
different products they use. I would think it would be quite beneficial for
people looking for mapping products to fit their individual needs. Only down
side is that most GPS users are kind of locked in to individual products
that have the capability of uploading maps to the receivers they own.
For what it's worth
<wal...@santel.net> wrote in message
Would you pay a subscription service to vet update submissions and keep
them available on a central server?
If the service worked well, what would it be worth?
"Eric Lehman" <ELE...@cfl.rr.com> wrote in message