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Way behind the times. Difficult to use.

  • Dec 10, 2009
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Well, I did it again. In a moment of weakness, I bought DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2010 Plus, having sworn never to buy a version of this product again.

It is just as bad as ever.

The GUI is strictly stone age, feeling like something out of the DOS era. The first time you use the Help file - which you will definitely need - you must be connected to the internet. (As an aside, you cannot install the program without first filling in a rather detailed registration form.) Then you have to download a PDF file. Why not just install it to begin with?

Nothing is intuitive with DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2010 Plus. I've used earlier versions, so I am familiar with the interface, but I doubt that a new user would feel comfortable, especially if they are accustomed to using a program like Microsoft Streets & Trips or a standalone GPS or online maps.

The cartography - that is the appearance of the maps - is also antiquated. Route presentation is painful to view in that the color of the route does not have high contrast with the background. Planning a route is cumbersome. Reviewing the turn by turn directions is difficult.

To their credit, the DeLorme Points Of Interests seem to be reasonably up to date. I was also able to find addresses in Street Atlas that I could not locate in the newest Streets & Trips, so points for that as well.

The phone data is handy. But it doesn't work all that well. For example, I looked up a fast food restaurant. I first had to click on the restaurant location I wanted tomove it to another window where I could then double-click it to find it on the map. Well, in this particular case, the restaurant is not included in the DeLorme Points Of Interest file.

I bought this as part of a package with a DeLorme Bluetooth GPS. The GPS doesn't work so I am not able to review it at this time.

Overall, I am not pleased. I have not been pleased with DeLorme Street Atlas USA for a long time. I gave into an impulse and regret it. I will be calling for an RMA in the morning.

Jerry

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Geo-locate your business data on updated street maps (U.S. and Canada). 150 million phone listings. Automatic routing, 4 million places of interest. Large-format printing, GPS-ready with voice navigation.

Travel planning and GPS navigation for laptops, netbooks, phones, and PDAs
An affordable yet powerful set of mapping tools that allow businesses and advanced mapping enthusiasts to visualize their data on detailed DeLorme maps. Import and geo-locate your own text files from Excel, ACT!, and other database programs. Updated street-level detail for the U.S. and Canada, major roads for Mexico. Use the 150 million included phone listings to create databases (e.g., supermarkets within a radius), or find friends or services. Create driving routes automatically, with user controls to take the roads you prefer--avoid congestion or take scenic drives. Locate 4 million places of interest--restaurants, lodgings, attractions, truck stops, sports venues, and businesses of all kinds. Import aerial imagery. Add custom detail. Insert photos, documents, and Web links into your map files. Use MapShare to easily share maps, routes, and directions via secure Web link. Print a variety of map packages, including large-format plots. GPS-ready with voice navigation, new E-Z Nav wizard for on-the-go routing, and other high-end features.

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  • Street-level detail for the U.S. and Canada, highways and main roads in Mexico
  • Over 300,000 new or updated roads
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