MacWorld has posted a review of RoadTrip 2.0 for the Mac.
It looks like a great tool for planning long trips. I wish I had it for my tour around the USA a couple of years ago.
I haven't tried using RoadTrip with my Nuvi, so I can't comment about that.
I have used it with my Map76CX which I use for hiking and kayaking. For that purpose it's a piece of junk when compared to the Windows version of MapSource.
I suspect that Garmin's Mac user base is too small right now for them to want to spend a lot of money on a free program, and so they cut out a ton of MapSource's features. What's left is perhaps 5-10% of the original Windows version. It's very sparse on details, hard to use, not intuitive in how to undo something, and just downright clunky. I have an antique PC and the only reason I'm keeping it now is to run MapSource; all other programs on it I've transferred over to my Mac.
I am using RoadTrip, but as little as possible.
I'm wondering how you know it's so bad with the Nuvi if you haven't used it. It seems to work well for me and the review is positive. At least Garmin gives us Mac software and is to be commended for that.
GC0110: I purchased MacGPS PRO for working with topo maps on my Oregon 300. I also purchased the topo maps for my state and I will say they are of very high quality. I use it to mark waypoints and routes on my Mac and then transfer them to the Oregon. It works great. You can scan in maps yourself and calibrate them for use on the computer for marking waypoints, routes, etc., and then transfer them to your Garmin. It does not load maps to Garmin units. Well worth the price of admission if you're not happy with Roadtrip for hiking. Garmin is supposed to be releasing a new program hopefully by the end of this quarter called "BaseCamp" which should do the same thing with topo maps.
...and need to learn of it. However, I've been given Nat. Geo's Topo Explorer as a gift, and just bought Nat. Geo's Adventure Series for the Smokies, which is in my home state, so that's enough to fiddle with for awhile, and to spend money on.
I converted my Windows version of Topo2008 over to the Mac, per their instructions, and then downloaded RoadTrip.
I was playing with RoadTrip last night, and discovered that I can't even print out maps and routes I create. I had to do a screen shot of it, and then print it out. That's really pathetic.
I have made routes on the Mac version but I maintain it's much clunkier than the Windows version with far fewer features, such as not even displaying GPS coordinates as to where the cursor is.
So, it may be functional, but I maintain it's like an early release beta version, and far below the quality I expect out of Garmin.
It is worth the slight investment of time to learn all of its features.
I've been using MacGPS Pro for many years. I was a little dubious when I first came across the program (five or six versions ago). But, it has proved itself over my years of back-country hiking. James Associates is constantly updating and upgrading the program both in features and new unit compatibility.
The direct support from the owner/developer has been quick and superb every single time I've needed help.
One feature many miss is the ability to export a track file as a text file, clean it up in Word (or any other program that can edit text documents) and import it back into MacGPS Pro. Very handy for real-world tracks that sometimes have gaps from dropped signals.
Frankly Google's map route planning works better for me than does RoadTrip since I can't upload routes into my 260W anyway. my next Garmin will be able to upload and save routes--someday.
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