|DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2009
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When you're driving in the car and you get lost, don't you ever wish you didn't have to deal with a bulky atlas? Or when you're walking around in an unfamiliar city, don't you wish you didn't have to deal with a huge map? Now you don't have to with Street Atlas USA 2009. You can put these maps on your GPS, PDA, PC or even your UMPC. Know where you're going with street-level detail of the U.S. and Canada, and also highways and main roads in Mexico. There are over 4 million places of interest in the U.S. and Canada for when you're looking for something specific. You can even edit your maps and print them out. These authentic DeLorme maps are guaranteed accurate - they're produced by their own mapmakers, and triple-referenced to ensure you have the correct guidance anywhere you go.
Versatile, flexible editing and print capabilities Application included for mapping, routing, and GPS navigation with Palm OS, Windows Mobile devices Incorporate aerial imagery into your maps and routes - download $40 worth free Share customized maps, routes, and directions with others via a secure Web link GPS-accurate placement for individual locations in 90+ chains in the U.S. and Canada Truck stop data with extended information about service offerings 900+ malls and access roads Airport access roads Major sports venues - college, professional, NASCAR Translucent route highlights to better display underlying map data Support for multiple monitors
When you're driving in the car and you get lost, don't you ever wish you didn't have to deal with a bulky atlas? Or when you're walking around in an unfamiliar city, don't you wish you didn't have to deal with a huge map? Now you don't have to with Street Atlas USA 2009. You can put these maps on your GPS, PDA, PC or even your UMPC. Know where you're going with street-level detail of the U.S. and Canada, and also highways and main roads in Mexico. There are over 4 million places of interest in the U.S. and Canada for when you're looking for something specific. You can even edit your maps and print them out. These authentic DeLorme maps are guaranteed accurate--they're produced by their own mapmakers, and triple-referenced to ensure you have the correct guidance anywhere you go.
Use new NavMode for a 3-D perspective.
Updated, exceptionally detailed map software you can use anywhere--on the go with your laptop PC, ultra mobile PC, PDA, or touchscreen phone. No Internet access or subscription required. Get street-level detail for the U.S. and Canada, plus highways and major roads for Mexico. Pre-plan your trips with automatic routing and over 4 million places of interest. User controls let you plan side trips, avoid congested areas, choose back roads, and more. Locate restaurants, lodgings, attractions, truck stops, sports venues, and businesses of all kinds. Calculate fuel usage and costs. Customize the maps to meet your needs. Import aerial imagery. Print a wide variety of map packages, or use MapShare to send maps, routes, and directions to others via a secure Web link. GPS-ready--connect a DeLorme Earthmate or other receiver to your laptop and receive spoken directions. Use new NavMode for a 3-D perspective, and locate upcoming travel services as you drive.
NEW in Street Atlas USA 2009 and Street Atlas USA 2009 PLUS:
- Support for Ultra-Mobile Personal Computers (UMPCs)
- Hundreds of thousands of new roads and road name updates
- Improved features when GPS tracking, including 3-D perspective and larger, more accessible user controls
Street Atlas USA 2009
- Street-level detail for the U.S. and Canada, highways and main roads in Mexico
- Over 4 million places of interest in U.S. and Canada
- Easy, automatic routing
- GPS ready, with voice-guided navigation
- Versatile, flexible editing and print capabilities
- Application included for mapping, routing, and GPS navigation with Palm OS, Windows Mobile devices
- Incorporate aerial imagery into your maps and routes--download $40 worth free
- Share customized maps, routes, and directions with others via a secure Web link
- GPS-accurate placement for individual locations in 90+ chains in the U.S. and Canada
- Truck stop data with extended information about service offerings
- 900+ malls and access roads
- Airport access roads
- Major sports venues college, professional, NASCAR
- Translucent route highlights to better display underlying map data
- Support for multiple monitors
- Support for Ultra-Mobile Personal Computers (UMPCs) laptop PC, PDAs, and touchscreen phones
- Street-level detail for the U.S. and Canada, highways and main roads in Mexico; over 4 million places of interest in U.S. and Canada
- Easy, automatic routing; plan side trips, avoid congested areas, choose back roads, and more
- GPS ready, with voice-guided navigation
- Customize the maps to meet your needs; use new NavMode for a 3-D perspective, and locate upcoming travel services as you drive
- Mixed feelings about Street Atlas USA 2009
The maps look pretty nice, but I'm a bit concerned about the accuracy. I live in Northwest Las Vegas, my neighborhood was built in 2004, and my entire subdivision does not appear on the map. Huh? This is the 2009 version of the program and they don't have urban streets that have existed for five years? I also looked around the map in my surrounding area and I saw several other streets were missing. In terms of accuracy, Google Maps is much better, as far as my area goes anyway.
My next gripe is that the GPS function does not work on my Windows Vista laptop. When I switch to GPS mode after a few seconds the computer crashes and I get the blue screen of death. It does, however work fine on my other laptop with Windows XP. In fairness, this could be a problem with Vista or with the GPS driver, so it's not necessarily the fault of the Street Atlas software. But so far I haven't been able to fix it.
Another thing that sort of irritates me is that when using the GPS function, the map rotates so that the direction you're heading is at the top of the screen. In other words, if you're headed north and you turn to the east, the map rotates 90 degrees counter clockwise to put east at the top of the screen. Some people might like this feature, but I find it very counter-intuitive, since I am accustomed to maps being orientated with north always at the top. If I'm heading east I want to see my path going from left to right, not from bottom to top. I'll have to explore the settings and see if I can change this.
Lastly, the price of their data downloads seems excessive. You can download satellite imagery from the DeLorme web site to lay over your maps, and my package came with a certificate for a free download of $40 worth of images. This was only enough to cover 1/4 of Las Vegas when I chose the less expensive black & white imagery (the color imagery costs up to $2 per square kilometer!). If you want to download an entire metropolitan area be prepared to shell out some big bucks. Of course, it is not necessary to download any imagery for the product to be functional and useful, but considering that Google Earth provides the whole country in color satellite images for free, it's hard to understand why DeLorme charges so much for lower quality imagery....more info
- Same clunky interface as 8 years ago
I use this software for finding trout streams mainly. MS Streets and trips doesn't offer the stream names and neither do on-line maps like maps-on-us or Google maps. For my purposes this software is tolerable.
The bad thing is that the learning curve is a lot higher and less intuitive than MS S & Trips. Delorme uses the same old clunky interface as they did years ago while their competition has progressed. If you want to move the map around, you must mouse over to a corner or edge of a map and drag it around. The MS programs let you just drag anywhere on the map and you don't have to try and find the sweet spot corner of the map to get the map to move. A nice feature is the mouse wheel to zoom in or out on the map. They did that one right. Compared to other mapping software, the actual map size is a lot smaller because DeLorme chose to put a lot of buttons and other clutter around the perimeter of the main map pane. Some of the clutter can be shrunk down and some can't.
Like others have stated here, the price to download additional maps is outrageous. Delorme may have thought they built in a cash generator for themselves into their software but I doubt anybody is buying any add on maps at a buck per square kilo.
Overall, not a terrible program for thirty bucks, just antiquated by today's mapping software standards.
I can't speak for the GPS features. My GPS pretty much does it all on it's own without any outboard mapping software being necessary....more info
- Blue Screen When Attempting to Load Street Atlas DVD
I have a Dell Dimension Desktop with Windows XP Home Edition (Service Pack 3), a 3 GHz Pentium Processor, and 1GHz of RAM. When I attempted to load the Street Atlas USA 2009 DVD, the "blue screen of death" appeared on the display. I tried three times and got the blue screen each time. In between times, I successfully loaded other DVD's. The blue screen is a very rare occurrence for my computer. I returned the DVD to the store for a refund....more info
The data (at least in my area) is from mapping data at least 10 years old....more info
- Best Mapping Software Ever!
I have been a user of street atlas for years. They have really gone the extra mile with street level maps of both the USA and Canada as well as major roads in Mexico. I am a sales person and use the program to help navigate me to my appointments as well as tell how long an how far away they are. The program works well with a GPS receiver and even exports to Windows Mobile phones as well as other mobile devices. I would recommend this program to anyone who does a lot of planning it has saved me a lot of time an aggravation when it comes to finding directions. Every year the product just keep getting better. ...more info
- Save your money
This program has one of the worst user interfaces I have ever seen. There are far too many options for the casual user. To make matters even worse, there are options to show or hide other options. This is what happens when "feature creep" gets out of hand or when product development is driven by the sales department. I'm going to return it to Delorme and find something else or keep it as a reminder of just how bad a program can be....more info
- Got it all
I put 100+ miles a day on my truck, working with home builders. Many in new subdivisions. I stay on course going to meetings at new addresses, and can draw in the new streets in the new subdivisions. Outstanding program. I buy the new revision every year. My 12" laptop is part of my front seat, with this program running....more info
- Great maps, terrible navigation
I got this because it can make maps or something to download to my Garmin GPS, and because it shows rivers much better than the Microsoft program. However, the navigation is horrible. I basically only use it to find old places located along rivers, then I mark those in Microsoft Streets and Trips. Overall, disappointing.
If you are looking for detail down to creeks, this is way better than MS Streets and Trips. But for usability, it's terrible. Get a clue , DeLorme!...more info
- DeLorme's Unfinished, Unimpressive Symphony
DeLorme has a lot to recommend it, and I expected terrific things from the people who created AAA Map'nGo several years ago. But the agglomeration of half-thought-out features found in Street Atlas USA 2009 (SA2009) has left me agog. Every "feature" has something to annoy.
Yes, there's maps of the entire US, Canada and Mexico, but they appear to be significantly out of date. An interchange I know was removed over twelve years ago still shows in its old location. Even with the "show 1-way streets" option (which is bizarrely un-set by default), streets in my city that have been one-way since Prohibition are happily routed the wrong way by SA2009. DeLorme does provide a "draw" function that claims to let you edit such problems, but it doesn't work on limited access highways, and you have to set one-way markers one road segment at a time. Then there's the printed maps. "Strip maps" set for 30-mile intervals use a 5-point font to label everything. Good luck using that on the road even at high noon on a sunny day. For printed mapping, I switched back to MS Streets & Trips 2007 (MSS&T).
One thing SA2009 does a bit better than MSS&T is the handheld application. Before SA2009, I used Microsoft Pocket Streets (MSPS -- no longer available) to download maps to my PDA, but while MSPS was capable of GPS locating, it couldn't show a route. At least SA2009 provides the route display in addition to GPS locating, and I use that ability cautiously. Why cautiously? Well, a test run from my office to my home kept producing SA2009 warnings of "off route" because I refused to break through highway barriers, cross ravines and navigate streams suggested by the SA2009 routing. However, being able to see a mostly-correct route with a display of where I am and how long until the next turn is handy on a road trip (and cheaper than cell based updates). But I always check the route on the Web BEFORE setting out, then apply corrections to SA2009 using "route vias". Although the handheld purports to perform such routing, it's ludicrously slow (between 5 minutes for a few blocks to hours for inter-city routing), and half the time it gives up on some obscure and undocumented error. Still, SA2009 routing can be handy to find a way back to a missed exit (if you can find a place to wait 5 or 10 minutes), but little beyond that.
If DeLorme finished the product that SA2009 seems designed to become, it would be a powerhouse. As it is, it's little more than an occasionally useful, but never dependable toy. With work, you can extend it to become useful, but I don't plan on buying Street Atlas USA 2010....more info
- Delorme Street Atlas Review
I had a previous version of this and wanted to update it to get the latest road changes. I was very disappointed in how out of date the maps are. It was almost no change to the 2 year old version I already had for the area I live in. Even corrections I sent in over a year earlier were not included....more info
- A waste of money....
I should have sent this "defective" product back when I first installed it and my version showed a large airport at I-35 and Danieldale road in Lancaster, Texas where I very well knew there was just a vacant field. However, I figured I would at least give it a chance, but I found out too late that the darn thing is full of falsehoods. I called the company today trying to return it but it only has a 30-day warranty hence the title "A WASTE OF MONEY", and I'm aggravated. For the totally fictional airport that it did put in, there are other necessary things that it leaves out. For example, it leaves out exit 268 along I-55 southbound in the Chicago area, skipping from exit 269 to 267. Also, in Aurora, IL near I-88 exit 119 north to Bilter rd. Turning West on Bilter, Delorme shows Bilter ending at Church road when actually it crosses Church road at a 4-way stop there and continues quite a ways to the building I needed to go to. There are a few other inaccuracies I have found in the 40 days since I opened it but these are just the ones I wrote down, and I intend to go back to the brand I used before. The reason I bought this brand is because I used it in 2005 and liked the way it showed which side of the road your building was on in most cases. Also liked the way it showed the fast-food restaurants as landmarks to show when you were getting close to your turn. However, it takes longer to print from this one than the competitive brand and I cannot abide the inaccuracies....more info
- Very useful
This product is very useful because I am planning my holidays in the United States. Data are transferred to my GPS-Receiver, points of interest will be
found easily....more info
- Useless on handheld. Slightly better on UMPC/Notebook
I wish I had read the reviews on Amazon before purchasing this product. I found it to be absolutely useless on a handheld device. DeLorme claim that it can be used on a Windows Mobile Pocket PC but fails to mention that you it doesn't work well as navigation device. You have to spend hours planning routes and entering waypoints in advance to your trip. Once that's done it cannot correct your route if you decide to take a detour or if there are road closures.
To use the navigation feature on you device you must do what called 'Tracking' to a waypoint, POI or following your predefined route. But for the first several hours of attempting to use it the program would automatically shut down when hit the Start Tracking button. Once it started working it was intermittent, but that didn't matter. When navigating, the map doesn't show enough detail, no matter what zoom level, to see exactly which streets to turn on and the voice directions rarely say anything, & when it does it's volume is low and doesn't even provide useful information. You must know the street names from memory before you get to them because the device wont tell you by text or voice.
If you want Aerial or Satellite imagery you can purchase it from within the software for a $50 minimum purchase, but can't seem to figure out how to add my own.
Adding new streets is simple enough but I have trouble correcting wrong street names and incorrect POI's.
If you have an internet connection on your mobile device/smart phone you're better off with the free Google navigation software....more info
- Sreet Atlas USA 2009 From bad to worse
I have been buying and using Delorme software for many years starting with the first issue of Street Atlas through the latest `Street Atlas USA 2009', including all versions of the defunct `Map'N'Go', and one version of `Topo USA'.
Since Delorme changed the user interface of Street Atlas USA 3 or 4 years ago it has gone from bad to worse. While it "may" have more features than `Streets and Trips', it is some what like the American medical system that claims to be the best in the world, but what good is it if it is not accessible.
The "new" interface is so convoluted and non-intuitive that is for all practical purposes, worthless. For instance none of the menu icons have labels, so if have a task that is not familiar such as a file folder or a `floppy disc' for saving, you have to highlight each icon with the cursor to determine its function. Trip planning? Forget it! You'll be at your destination before you can work your way through their menu system. As I started writing this `review' I loaded `Street Atlas 2009' and a message popped up indicating that an upgrade was available and all I had to do was press the download button. Great, right? Well for the life of me I can't find a `download button' on their screen or in any submenu.
One of the hypes for the 2009 release was highway maps for Mexico. `Streets and Trips' had better highway maps of Mexico 2 releases ago, and now `Streets and Trips' has street level maps of Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey including a vast database of restaurants, hotels, gas stations, points of interest, etc.
`Street Atlas 2009' is probably the last DeLorme product that I will succumb to the `new version' hype.
- Street Atlas USA 2009
I've owned previous versions of this product. Most corrections I had submitted WERE NOT included. Also, after contacting Delorme about changes, their attitude isn't proactive. Example was a county that had 911 road changes appr. 7 years ago. I explained that to Delorme and they said I had to have the county contact them...they would not contact the county for the changes. Another problem is Delorme doesn't release updates to existing programs. You must buy a totally new version to receive updates, and as I said above...they don't seem to have them. I'm looking for another company that is more proactive to maintaining updates....more info