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    A little help with a Seminar

    Howdy All-

    I am giving my first seminar at the rally this year. The seminar I am giving is:
    Software Mapping Programs - A Brief Comparison and Tips/Tricks on Saturday. Usually when I make presentations it is about products at work and I know the common questions so I can address them

    Well as I am putting the finishing touches on the seminar, I realized I do not know what some of the questions that people might have about Software Mapping Programs. So this post is a blatant request for questions. I will try to answer them as best I can either at the seminar or here in the forum.

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    Here's some questions you will no doubt hear...

    Question 1 - Which one will work on my Macbook?

    Question 2 - Why won't Microsoft's MapPoint recognize my Garmin when I connect it via USB?

    Question 3 - Which ones are free??

    Question 4 - Do the roads really change that often that I NEED to buy the mapping update year over year?

    Question 5 - Which ones offer the best construction updates?

    Question 6 - Can I print a TripTik?

    Question 7 - How can I print the text bigger so I can read it in my tank bag?

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    So far I've only used the software that came with my Garmin StreetPilot 2610. Is other software compatible, so I can mark waypoints and routes and download them to the 2610?

    When I tell my 2610 to find the fastest route, do any of my pre-set preferences still control the route? Which ones?

    If I eventually upgrade to a newer GPS, such as the Zumo, will I be able to upload my waypoints and routes to it from my old software? Do the newer GPS units use new, but incompatible software that won't save my 2610 info?

    What mapping software do you recommend? (OK, so this may force you to repeat what you wrote in your recent article.) What GPS units is it compatible with?

    See you in West Bend, Brad.
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    May not be totally relevant to your seminar but just a few thoughts;


    -- What is this Via, Waypoint stuff?

    -- Why do I have to create a route?

    -- Why do I hear announcements at certain times and not others?

    -- Why can I not just draw a line to where ever I want to go?

    -- Do I really need to buy updates every year?

    -- Can I install more than one map?

    -- How do I get this to work on another PC?

    -- Why doesn't the (road, restaurant, out-house) show up on my map?

    -- Differences between mapping software and the maps themselves.
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    Thanks for the questions... I think I am going to be doing some editing. So keep them coming.

    Also Sean Franklin is going to be presenting a GPS seminar that might be helpful as well.
    -=Brad

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    What's the difference between Deg Min Sec and Dec.decimal, and why should I care?

    How do I input a lat/lon coordinate in Streets & Trips which likes decimal notation, but my position is in deg min sec?

    Is there any functional reason to pay for GPSU rather than keep using the free version?

    Which is better - GPSU or gpsbabel?

    What's the name and address of that nice English lady in my GPS?

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    Nuvi question

    Can I transfer Trips and maps routes from my PC to my Garmin Nuvi?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite518 View Post
    What's the name and address of that nice English lady in my GPS?
    I'd like to hear the answer to that one. Got the addresses and phone numbers for several million p.o.i.'s and I couldn't find her address or phone #
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_K View Post
    I'd like to hear the answer to that one. Got the addresses and phone numbers for several million p.o.i.'s and I couldn't find her address or phone #

    Emily.

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    To be honest if I hadn't flashed an upgrade to the NavIII a couple nights ago I would not have known the answer. And this assumes jwhite518 is running a Garmin.

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    I dunno, we call ours DiDi - much nicer than TomTom! I just LOVE the bored way she says 'recalculating'...reminds me of Holly on Red Dwarf or Marvin the Paranoid Android..

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    Which one will let me map where IÔÇÖve been?
    Which one will let me pinpoint locations I want to remember?
    Which ones work with my Macs?
    Can I use them in small airplanes to record exact locations, and altitude?
    Which ones are portable for use in cars and small planes, besides motorcycles?
    Is there a ÔÇ£GPS for DummyÔÇÖsÔÇØ book?
    Which ones can display lakes, rivers and ground elevation?
    Can any GPS unit give me sunrise and sunset times?
    Can GPS units tell me at what angle from north will the sun set and rise?

    What time is your seminar? And thanks for taking the time and effort to help folks like me!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by clowry View Post
    I dunno, we call ours DiDi - much nicer than TomTom! I just LOVE the bored way she says 'recalculating'...reminds me of Holly on Red Dwarf or Marvin the Paranoid Android..

    Cheryl
    That's so funny! I don't have audio on the bike but we do use the same unit in the car occaisionally. We were on the road to somewhere and we kept straying from the planned route and every time she'd say "recalculating" we'd laugh out loud. Like "she" was put out or something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultracyclist View Post
    You never cease to amaze me.
    I kind of like Jill. But, she does pronounce things a little funny. Like the word MtrCyc. Cracks me up every time.
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