Navigating With a Tablet

 

Years ago, before the advent of dashboard GPS units, I used to navigate with a laptop, Delorme's Earthmate GPS receiver (no screen) and StreetAtlas USA software. That cumbersome rig was eventually replaced by a string of various standalone GPSr's which I use today.

For a variety of reasons, I'm looking to get back into navigating with a PC. I bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 7 tablet and Garmin's Glo 2 Bluetooth GPS sensor. The question I'm faced with now is what mapping software to use?

I loved the Delorme StreetAtlas USA product but Garmin discontinued it when they purchased Delorme. I have the 2003 version but it is far too old to be reliable. StreetAtlas USA 2015 was the last version released and it's still available but is it worth the price considering it's 5 years out of date?

I need mapping software that will allow real time navigation and the maps have to reside on the tablet since it has no cellular connectivity. There are a bewildering number of products out there with prices ranging from $0 to over $1000.

Can anyone here recommend a suitable replacement for StreetAtlas?

Memory Map

A trucker I know uses the “Memory-Map” app from https://memory-map.com/iOS_Mapping_app.html. Having said that he also said a shortcoming can be the cost of maps depends on where you may be driving. Also, it is for iPads and iPhones so doesn’t help you much.

Crazy suggestion, but why don’t you pull into a truck stop, go have a coffee and ask some truckers? My guess is many have switched to dedicated GPS units.

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John from PA

IMHO, there is no

IMHO, there is no replacement for SA. That said, 2015 won't run on a tablet. I can't really help you with other mapping alternatives, since I haven't explored them. I can, and do run Win7 on a virtual machine on a Mac and often use it with a GPS puck for the heck of it. It provides a fairly large screen to monitor my progress.

Short of built in Navigation, one of the 7" screen Garmin GPS would give you far better results than trying to kludge together a system that has no connectivity for the maps or traffic.

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

Used a Laptop

Back before I got my 660 I used a laptop with a puck and MSS&T, Worked great in the Bounder with the big dash. No way it would work now. I use the 660 stand alone and a back up with my wife's iPhone. works good for us.

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johnm405 660 & MSS&T

HereWeGo maps

bdhsfz6 wrote:

Years ago, before the advent of dashboard GPS units, I used to navigate with a laptop, Delorme's Earthmate GPS receiver (no screen) and StreetAtlas USA software. That cumbersome rig was eventually replaced by a string of various standalone GPSr's which I use today.

For a variety of reasons, I'm looking to get back into navigating with a PC. I bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 7 tablet and Garmin's Glo 2 Bluetooth GPS sensor. The question I'm faced with now is what mapping software to use?

I loved the Delorme StreetAtlas USA product but Garmin discontinued it when they purchased Delorme. I have the 2003 version but it is far too old to be reliable. StreetAtlas USA 2015 was the last version released and it's still available but is it worth the price considering it's 5 years out of date?

I need mapping software that will allow real time navigation and the maps have to reside on the tablet since it has no cellular connectivity. There are a bewildering number of products out there with prices ranging from $0 to over $1000.

Can anyone here recommend a suitable replacement for StreetAtlas?

I use Her WeGo offline Maps for my android phone and 8.5 inch tablet and it works right well. I checked the Microsoft store for the app.Could not find it for download. I found this on Google search. on how to download Here Maps to Windows 10. Have not tried this methon so I can not give you any feedback.
https://softstribe.com/app/pc/download-install-com-here-app-... .If you try it,make sure to go through all the settings to fine tune the voices and etc. You do download the maps to your PC. Here is the map on Play Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.here.app.m... .More info https://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/phones-tablets/here-the-fre...

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Navigation software paucity.

I too started my GPS experience with Street Atlas USA, the Earthmate LT-20 puck receiver and a laptop. It actually worked quite well except for the laptop screen washout in bright light.

It is sad that both Street Atlas USA and Microsoft Streets and Trips have been discontinued. I am not really aware of any current navigation software for tablets that use on board maps. Garmin had an excellent product in Viago (for Android and iOS), but that too has been discontinued. You can of course download segments of Google maps for offline navigation, but that solution is cumbersome at best. Charlie's advice for HereWeGo is probably your best bet for something to try on a Microsoft tablet. Let us know how it goes.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 51LMT-S, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

HERE

I have HERE on my Samsung Galaxy tablet, and it works great. A 10" GPS... smile

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

I use Her WeGo offline Maps

I use Here WeGo offline Maps for my android phone and 8.5 inch tablet and it works right well. I checked the Microsoft store for the app.Could not find it for download. I found this on Google search. on how to download Here Maps to Windows 10. Have not tried this method so I can not give you any feedback.
https://softstribe.com/app/pc/download-install-com-here-app-... .If you try it,make sure to go through all the settings to fine tune the voices and etc. You do download the maps to your PC. Here is the map on Play Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.here.app.m... .More info https://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/phones-tablets/here-the-fre...

Update to the info I posted before. After typing in navigation Microsoft Store for Windows 10.I did fine some apps. Sygic with Tom Tom maps and MapFactor with open street maps.I have used MapFactor before and you can do custom Pois,but a little on the cumbersome side. Check them out on the Microsoft Store App on your Windows 10.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Here on watch

I have a (for Christmas) Samsung Galaxy Active 2 watch. There is the option to get Here we Go on it. Does anyone have a watch and have navigation on it? I don't know if there is any need for it.
(Sorry I know wrong thread but just saw you talking about Here we Go)

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

Apparently, I have it

Apparently, I have it available on my Apple Watch, also. I have Here installed on my phone, but like Google Maps, I rarely use it. I also have Waze on my phone, but seldom us it also. GPS unit takes care of 99% of what I need.

On the Watch, they are easily removed, if it doesn't add any functionality for you.

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

Put Here on watch

phranc wrote:

Apparently, I have it available on my Apple Watch, also. I have Here installed on my phone, but like Google Maps, I rarely use it. I also have Waze on my phone, but seldom us it also. GPS unit takes care of 99% of what I need.

On the Watch, they are easily removed, if it doesn't add any functionality for you.

I put HERE on my watch and it is a lot easier to take my phone out and use Google Maps so I uninstalled HERE.
Thanks

I got the watch for Christmas and am still learning how to use it.

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

here maps

Here are maps supplier for Garmin. But maps for their applications are never than those supplied by Garmin. In addition if you have internet connection traffic and other info is available.

If you have good internet connection on the road Google maps can be a splution too.