Ok, I'm frustrated.
Hopefully this doesn't turn in to a rant. I'm looking for software to create routes. Below is my take on using various products so you know where I'm coming from.
I find Google maps non-workable. You can't change bike routes and there are other problems with it. It clogs up my Droid with old crap that I can't get rid except by uninstalling updates and reinstalling them.
I've looked at some online alternatives and don't see a good solution. The best idea is at bikeroutetoaster.com/
. Except I can't get it to work well. It goes berserk (that's the only way I can explain it) when I try to change the route (like my relatively straight route turning in to a starfish). or I move a point and nothing happens.
I have used DeLorme in the past but probably the most recent version is probably 2002 or so. I found it hard to use, but that may be because I've been using (& writing software for) windows since around '85 (yeah I actually owned windows 1).
I actually liked Microsoft Streets and Maps (2002 version) the best from a usability standpoint. A couple problems with that is that it won't allow you to add a road like DeLorme so you're stuck where they think a car will go. That version also doesn't do GPS.
I have the Garmin Mapsource software that I think came with my newest non-gps heart monitor but I have a couple Garmin devices so I'm not sure. I think it is a toss up between Garmin and MS for actually drawing a route. But Mapsource doesn't have much else in it I guess because you're supposed to upload it to a hardware device.
My ideal software would let me:
1 - identify a start and end. click a button and have it auto route.
2 - take 1 above and drag it around either having the software auto route based on my stops / way points or just let me manually do it.
3 - create a cue sheet. The normal total miles, incremental miles, directions (TR, TL, STOP, etc). Local notes would be nice (e.g. TR at the 7-Eleven).
4 - Talk to my Droid. Maybe upload to Google maps too.
It would be nice if the current versions of DeLorme or Microsoft does all this for their 50-100 price. But for the right software, I'll go a few hundred now. It seems like there are quite a few products that have pieces or some with all the pieces but don't work. Are there any good bicycle routing products?
Any suggestions? I saw that you can download the current MS for a trial. I know that will probably nuke my current version, but I may try that if I don't find anything else.
What does AC use? Is in anyway a consumer product?