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Old 01-03-2022, 06:48 PM   #1
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PC-based map/trip planning software?

I find trip planning on a phone/tablet cumbersome. Any suggestions for a PC-based software package?

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Old 01-04-2022, 07:09 AM   #2
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Unfortunately many of the PC-based map programs have gone away, or are targeted large trucking outfits. One that is for road travel only is Mapfactor and for a full map package you could try TopoFusion

I had used Mapfactor a few years ago in my carputer system, I have never used the TopoFusion, but it kind of has the look of the old Delorme Pc based topo.

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I use Gaia GPS. It is cloud based, so I can log into their website on my laptop, trip plan and then when I log into the app on my phone it has the details of all the work I did on my computer. That way I can follow the plan on my phone but don't have to actually do any of the planning on the phone. I used to use Delorme, but since Garmin took over it seems like they pretty much just killed the old Delorme computer software.
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2nd Gaia. Especially as it also has the small roads + it's laying the track on these roads. Transfer from device to device works sooo nice. just a minute after you set up a track on the PC it's on your phone as well.
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Yep on Gaia GPS for me too. For all the reasons stated above. If I want to go real time, I hook up my USB GPS receiver and get real time. Otherwise, I save the map segments I want on my laptop and use them on my phone. Same thing with tracks, routes, and waypoints. Simple, which for me is a big technophobe thumbs up.
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I got sick of Gaia and their web interface and how slow it was.
Caltopo is much better.
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Old 01-10-2022, 10:55 AM   #7
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Gaia has an awesome reputation indeed. However I spend too much time off the grid to rely on a web-based solution. It's one thing to plan during a connection to the internet but when you need to adapt to a new situation you're dead in the water in the boonies. Anyway, I'm following to see what other options might be out there.
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Doesn’t Gaia have a non-internet option?

I use Locus Pro and OSMAnd Pro for “off road” and CoPilot for on road on an android phone. Maps on hard drive, no cell reception, works like a GPS using GPS satellite only. Can download maps with Wi-Fi. No internet needed to use once maps are loaded.
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Doesn’t Gaia have a non-internet option?

I use Locus Pro and OSMAnd Pro for “off road” and CoPilot for on road on an android phone. Maps on hard drive, no cell reception, works like a GPS using GPS satellite only. Can download maps with Wi-Fi. No internet needed to use once maps are loaded.
Gaia can be used offline only on the app. The web site is just that, a web site. You can create routes on Gaia website, it will even create routes on trails.

Gaia is my main offroad GPS solution, but I don't use "routes", since they are dependent on which map is used. Instead, I drop waypoints at major intersections during planning, then use maps during the trip.
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What I thought dhally, thanks.

I prefer tracks that I might follow manually without navigation per se, waypoints or just the app/GPS as a map.
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