I used the tutorial, and experimented with Basecamp, and to be honest, I find that Tyre is a lot easier to use, with a much more intuitive interface. I was creating custom routes within about twenty minutes of downloading it, and I've already successfully transferred these routes to my Garmin.
Basecamp probably has more functions, but Tyre did pretty much all I wanted from a mapping program, which was to create custom rides for me to follow with the GPS. For me, functionality+free=no frustration.
Tyre is OK if you do not ask much from your routing program.
Tyre is a Google Maps based route planning program that does not work with Macs. Some feel that Tyre, and other Google Maps based programs like Harley Ride Planner, are easier to use than BaseCamp.
BaseCamp proponents argue:
1) Tyre and Harley Ride Planner do not differentiate between waypoints, via points, and shaping points. As a result, downloaded routes have numerous waypoints that cause havoc with newer Garmin devices with Ride Planner. Rides are broken into multiple smaller rides divided at each waypoint.
2) BaseCamp does not need a WiFi signal. If you are on the road without a WiFi signal, you cannot alter your route using Tyre or Harley Ride Planner.
3) Tyre is limited to 48 waypoints making it more difficult to plan longer, more complicated routes.
4) You cannot set points to not audibly announce on your GPS using Tyre or Harley Ride Planner. All points will audibly announce during a ride even when no turn is upcoming.
5) You can only create one route per file using Tyre or Harley Ride Planner. BaseCamp allows users to access all of their rides and favorites. This helps riders to quickly create new routes by simply copying and pasting.
6) You cannot use start times and layover times to create an itinerary in Tyre or Harley Ride Planner. You also cannot set riding speeds to help predict arrival times.