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I don't know why I keep buying DeLorme products. They are always disappointing. Sometimes, as with Topo 6.0, they are the best of a poor lot. With Street Atlas, however, there are many better choices available.
The first problem I have with this version of Street Atlas is the Graphical User Interface (GUI). I just don't understand why DeLorme doesn't change it. The GUI is non-intuitive, difficult and cumbersome to use. It feels years out of date.
The map graphics have always been awful and really need modernizing.
Points Of Interest (POIs) are a disaster, as always. Stores that closed years ago are still shown, in some cases with their replacements! In looking over the POIs near my home, I see a FedExKinkos a couple of miles away, but not the one just down the block from me which has been in that location for years. A restaurant north of my location on the other side of the street is shown in the wrong place. Type in "parks" and all you seem to get are fitness centers of one kind or another, not the open spaces with greenery and playgrounds like the three within a half mile of my home. Putting it bluntly, the POIs are by and large unreliable - and very weird. Among the results for my search of "parks" is an ice cream shop and the office of a community orchestra.
One of the strangest things I found in my testing of the POIs was that it correctly identified two restaurants associated with a hotel . . . but not the hotel itself, though hotels on either side of the one with the restaurants were correctly identified.
Street Atlas 2008 is simply too unreliable to be used for locating points of interest.
Routing has improved. I entered a route which I know earlier versions would really foul up, suggesting that you go many miles out of your way. This time Street Atlas almost came up with the most efficient route. I was surprised.
The telephone listings are, as usual, a mixed bag. I found listings that I knew were years old and wrong along with listings only a few months old.
Street Atlas does have some unique features, such as listings of AM and FM radio stations for an area.
I really doubt that I'll even try Street Atlas with a GPS. Earlier versions didn't work all that well.
On the whole, however, Street Atlas remains at best a mediocre product. There are several other products of this kind available, all of which are superior to Street Atlas. And, of course, most of the new self-contained GPS units, such as the Mios C520 (Mio C520 Portable Car Navigation Systemare much more convenient as well as more usable.
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