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Recent reviews for this item:
Tom, October 23, 2011 Very frustrating to use with newer Microsoft operating systems.
Mine wouldn't load with Windows 7 or Windows Vista.
Recommended work-arounds didn't help. I ended up putting it
onto an old laptop with XP to get it functional. It was
recommended for marine use but all it shows is shoreline. It
makes OK topo's but there are better otions like Ozi Explorer
for similar $.
Mark, December 19, 2007 I use MapCreate from a different perspective than Doug or Robb in that I don't need to create custom maps, just view current topo map data. I have virtually all of Canada loaded onto a 1GB SD card, and use it in a Lowrance 2000c GPS for aviation and driving. I'll heartily agree the copyright limits are frustrating, as is the limit on the number of SD cards that can be written to. But the level of detail on the topo map is sufficient to allow me to navigate. My main beef is with the lack of labeling of contour lines and rivers, etc when this information is presented on the Lowrance GPS. One doesn't see contour elevations until zoomed down to 0.2 miles, and most rivers, lakes etc don't seem to have names associated with them, which is a fairly important feature of topo maps. All in all, this is a good product, but one which has its limitations. Given that it came included in the purchase price of my GPS (versus Garmin's rather huge pricetag on their competitive product), it's a good value.
doug, December 31, 1969 Good value for the money and a nice addition to my iFinder GPS, but despite being called a topo version it is not a replacement for a topo map, it just doesn't have the same level of detail.
It doesn't have the tools required to edit your track logs and join them or clean them up, or print bearings, or make measurements etc.
The copyright controls are a pain - always need to have the origional cd in the CD drive to use the software and the limitied number of memory cards you can initialize with their card reader is a little over the top. I fit the majority of Ontario on a 128 MB SD card.
Robb, December 31, 1969 Doug is right, the software is 'broken'! It is missing "basic editing functions". If you are needing to pre-program some basic routes with some waypoints and icons, the semi-functional editing capabilities in this package would probably suffice. Since I also have oziexplorer, the only thing I use this software for is to upgrade the base maps on my GPS. I like the upgraded map, and was IMPRESSED with the city and street detail with Topo information. I was amazed to see business address's, phone number and locations. You arrive in Boonie Ville with car trouble. No problem, you can locate the closest place and get it fixed. It's nice when in a city and you need to get to XYZ St. Using the search functions you can literally punch in the name and the GPS will find it for you. Moving the cursor near a street often shows you house numbers. No good for making your own maps, but OK for basic trip and travel planning.