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Navigational Software

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PDA software can be purchased and uploaded to the device.  Some such GPS software is Travroute CoPilot, Oziexplorer, Destinator and TomTom.  Software can also be stored on a SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card.  These cards are currently available in 2, 4 & 8GB.

OziExplorer states their GPS Mapping Software is interactive, it allows you to work on your computer screen, with digital maps that you have purchased or scanned yourself.  By using these maps OziExplorer allows you to plan your trip by creating waypoints, routes and tracks on screen and upload these to your GPS.  In their moving map mode it will navigate you along your chosen route giving instructions when each waypoint is reached.  They say their software will work with Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance, Eagle, Brunton/Silva and MLR GPS receivers.


 
 

Mangellan GPS

Next Destination Pty Ltd is an Australian based and owned company that distribute Magellan GPS and they produced the Magellan certified mapping.  The distributor states you no longer need separate units to take you over streets, over land and over water as the Magellan Crossover GPS will do this.  The Magellan Crossover allows you to use the one sat nav unit for voice prompted street directions, GPS capabilities and topo mapping with 4WD trails, as well as outback tracks, and marine GPS features with marine charts.

 

Features

Routing Optionsability to exclude toll roads, unsealed roads or to choose the shortest or quickest routes. The devices will also re-route you in the event you take a wrong turn.

Other options - are also available such as mobile phone connection compatibility, play your MP3 files, a walking option to plot a route ignoring one-way streets or using paths through parks.

Most standard GPS receivers will not only place your position on a map at any particular location but will also trace your path as you move across a map.  The receiver, with the GPS built-in clock, can give you information such as your speed, your average speed, how long you have been travelling, how far you have travelled (odometer) and the estimated time of arrival at your programmed destination.  A ‘bread crumb’ trail showing where you have travelled on the map is also available.

GPS devices also contain an address book you can save addresses that you may commonly go to so you can mark this as a ‘favorite’ to make it easier to find. 

Hints and Tips

Look for navigational devices with:-

Ø       A printed user manual

Ø       Large onscreen buttons to be operated

Ø       Good quality display screen for both night and day use

Ø       Dedicated buttons on the front to find parking station or nearest service stations

Ø       Maps that display points of interest such as railways, hospitals, airports etc

Ø       For portable GPS – lightweight for carrying as well as easy removal from the mount

Ø       Ability to put in ‘home’, ‘favorites’ or way points

 

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