Re: a use for mapsource
|I have some mapsource discs from ab old GPS unit (EMAP) - is it worth keeping? My nuvi has the europe maps already installed so was wondering what benefits there is of mapsource ? |
MapSource is great for sitting at your PC and planning routes. I use it for all my European trips as I can plan where to have coffee/fuel stops, where to deviate from main roads, and generally have total control over my trip. It's very easy to get the route to follow the roads you want rather than the rather crude Shortest/Fastest option on the unit itself. Recalculationg is much faster, and adding routepoints or waypoints is really easy.
I tend to also plan at least two routes. One for fine weather which would typically take me the 'scenic' route, the other is for when the weather is not so good and I just want to 'get there'.
MapSource also integrates with Google Earth. Having planned your route you can then look at the actual roads and get a good idea of what the quality of road is; what junctions look like; villages/towns; layout of fuel stops from the road; other interesting things!
Another neat trick is to collect the trip log from your unit and look at in MapSource. You'll find an almost second by second detailed view of your route: Speed, distance, elevation.
The advantage of keeping your old disks is that once you have installed MapSource you can download the latest updates. As Garmin only publish updates, you'll need an old version to start with.