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I have city navigator V7 with the 2008 update for my 2610.I have been useing the 2610 for about 1 year now,mostly for finding my BACK home on rides and just to see where I am.I'm now doing alot more LD riding and need to learn how to plot routes and set waypoints etc.I'm wondering if the 2008 update will be adequate or is there a 09 update OR a totally different software out there that will be EASIER to use??.ANY help would be great.

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Hi Allen

I have a Garmin Nuvi 750 and Mapsource. I received the mapsource software from Garmin for free after a couple of phone calls. The software works for me. It has great road detail. Updates cost $$, but are only nessesary maybe in a couple of years. You can plot your own routes on Mapsource, save them on your computer for future use and you can easily transfer the routes to your gps device. After I'm done with the route on the gps i just delete it, this way it doesn't use up memory needlessly. If I need it again in the future it's saved on my computer in a GPS Routes folder. I also found that I can plot routes on the gps but with the small screen it's just not practicle. I haven't had any other mapping software expeirence. I did find this forum listed below usefull. Hope this helps some.

http://forums.gpsreview.net/

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I had City Navigator V8 and just upgraded to City Navigator 2009. Some more POI's, and some new streets, but not dramatically differeent.

The map set is one thing.. Mapsource is another. I am using Version 6.13. The next version was much more graphical and I'm told much easier to use but extremely slow. Evidently they released a new version recently which fixes some of the bugs and is much faster than the preceeding version but I have not upgraded to that.

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The map set is one thing.. Mapsource is another. I am using Version 6.13. The next version was much more graphical and I'm told much easier to use but extremely slow. Evidently they released a new version recently which fixes some of the bugs and is much faster than the preceeding version but I have not upgraded to that.

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Correct. Mapsource is the environment that the City Nav and other garmin software works in. Think of it as the shell that your specific Garmin map sets run in. Infact, when you have more then one version of City Nav loaded, you can switch between all of them inside the MapSource Software and compare differences on the fly. I have the original Roads & Rec, Metroguide, and City Nav 6, 7, 8, & 2008. They released 2009 pretty quickly after 2008, but I'm not sure what really was changed and haven't updated to it myself yet. When I do trips with friends, I usually control all the routes and update each days route with the correct version for each person since if you try to load a route from a different version, it usually tells you the route doesn't match the map set and tries to recalculate it which means the new calculated route won't even begin to follow the route you created.

I was on Mapsource V6.13 and tried 6.14, but wasn't happy and went back to 6.13. I had the same complaints many others had including how slow it was. I did just upgrade to 6.15 though. Its a tad slower then 6.13, but much better then 6.14 and the new graphical layout on the maps is so much easier to read. I like it!

Now if Garmin could just come up with a more efficient way of putting in addresses, I would be happy. Their current way sucks.
 
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