Metro Guide Australia..........

Submitted: Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 00:07
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I just bought the Australian Metro Guide Software today and parted with $180 and I have to say I'm pretty disapointed with it. Sumerset dam is not even on it ( the Dam) or Wivenhoe which are seriously big waters and the maps are from 2002.
I know I should have done my homework but I thought everybody sells it and it must be ok. Just wish I could earn my money that easy.

Reiner
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Reply By: Big Woody - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 06:04

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 06:04
Hi Reiner,

I agree with what you are saying about Metroguide not showing most signifcant waterway systems very well. It seems to show most dams as the single line river before the dam went in.

You can download the Tracks4Australia maps for free and install them as well on your GPS.

We went bush last weekend and the major tracks were better and named properly on the Metroguide maps but the minor tracks were more detailed using the T4A maps.

I just wish Garmin/Mapsource would pull their finger out and give us the equivalent set of topographicals for Australia that they have available in the U.S. Every year for the last 3 years somone says they will be released by the end of the year.

Brett
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Follow Up By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 08:36

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 08:36
Brett, I downloaded the T4A maps but cant make them work. The file endings are .img and I havn't found a way to open them yet.
We kayak a fair bit and I was hoping I could use the maps on the water as well. Did you unlock all Australia? I'm wondering if you only unlock half you get better maps?
I saw too that any upgrades only better the software but not the maps. Very slack.

Reiner
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Follow Up By: Pluto - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 15:46

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 15:46
Did you have Metroguide installed before installing T4A?

The T4A maps install into mapSource and will appear as another product along-side Metroguide.

Once installed you will be able to upload them in the same way you upload Metroguide.
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Reply By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 09:12

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 09:12
I just send Johnny Appleseed and Garmin a unhappy e-mail regarding the Metroguide. It wont make any changes but I feel better :-)

cheers
Reiner
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 09:27

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 09:27
Hence the name METRO guide?
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Follow Up By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 10:13

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 10:13
Yes Metro Guide........ showing the street behind the Birdsville pub but not Lake Sumerset? and the maps are from 2002....... thats 4 years old.

Reiner
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 18:45

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 18:45
City Navigator 6.01 has all the metorguide roads as well as heqps of others and the watercourses and a million other things.

I guess its about doing your homework in the end. I would have told u to forget Metro and go for CN, but only with ver 6, Ver 5 of CN was nowhere near as good as Metro.

And Metro was the bush city navigator. Good news that JA will ante up some moola, thats a great response.

I have found JA to be excellent inthe past, its a shame with Garmin your cant try b4 u buy
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Reply By: jeffreyk - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 10:04

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 10:04
http://www.garmin.com/cartography/

their is a demo you can use to view the maps, the lastest version 6 of city navigator has all the metroguide data in it.

Jeff
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Reply By: Alan Southport QLD - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 10:44

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 10:44
I was going to post a 'post' asking for a evaluation sample of City Navigator Australia V6.
Does anyone have a copy that i can have a look at?

I have the Garmin Mapsource and Waypointer software, and i am only interested in the Gold Coast Area. Using a Etrex unit. So can see all the streets etc of the Gold Coast?

How do the unlock codes work. I think someone mentioned that you can unlock cetain sections - do you pay Garmin to get the codes for the area you want to look at or use?

But if anyone can let me have a look at City Navigator Australia V6 i would be gratefull.
Thanks,
Alan.
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Follow Up By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 11:17

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 11:17
Hi Alan
Not sure how the City Navigator works but with Metro Guide you get a unlock code send to you after you send them your software number and your gps code.
I;m one of those peole who reeds the instructions later.....in this case I think I shouldnt have unlocked all Australia and I might have btter maps. I found Tracks4Asutralia with free maps and more detail.
Lets hope Bill gates gets his hand on GPS software soon, at least we know it will work if it has Microsoft on the box.

cheers
Reiner
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Follow Up By: gramps - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 12:36

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 12:36
"Lets hope Bill gates gets his hand on GPS software soon, at least we know it will work if it has Microsoft on the box"

ooooh Reiner. That would open a serious can of worms LOLOLOL
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Follow Up By: Paul - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 13:19

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 13:19
Bill Gates leading me up the garden path......Hate to think how many times I'd crash getting there :-)
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Follow Up By: gramps - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 13:35

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 13:35
Paul,

Just think of the benefits. When you're lost just press the reboot button and your memory is erased, fuel is back in the tank and you're back to where you started LOLOLOL
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 09:37

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 09:37
I have CN 6. It will run on any laptop or pooter. The unlock codes are for the GPS unit only and they unlock the maps for use in the GPS.

What area do you want to look at ? I can bring it up and email u the roads detail etc.

CN6 has all the metroguide roads as well as lots more. Many outback roads Vic high country etc, its not too shabby, but not a lot of the Simpson desert, if that makes sense, it has pretty good detail. Its not perfect, some roads that connect are shown as not intersecting, and some are in the slightly wrong place, but otherwise its pretty good.

Lets hope Bill Gates NEVER gets his hands on GPS software
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Reply By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 13:31

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 13:31
Bill Gates is my hero.... without him we would still Lotus 123.
Reiner
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Reply By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 13:50

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 13:50
and what about the REFRESH button....... fantastic
Reiner
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Follow Up By: gramps - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 19:04

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 19:04
LOL Reiner, that would be too much like the movie Groundhog Day :)))
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Reply By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) - Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 19:21

Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 19:21
I love that movie Gramps..... but there is days you would kill somebody if he hit your refresh button and you had to do it all again.....what a thought...lol

cheers
Reiner
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Follow Up By: gramps - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 09:41

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 09:41
Reiner,

I know, weddings, forgotten anniversaries, etc etc etc LOLOL
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Reply By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 09:23

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 09:23
Pluto, I tried to open the T4A files from the Metroguide and it wont let me do it saying can't open img files. Is there a way around it?
Thanks
Reiner
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Reply By: Alan Southport QLD - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 13:40

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 13:40
Hi Bonz,

The only area i really wanted to have a look at was the Gold Coast.
I'm just wanting to see how good all this stuff is.

If it's possible to email me 'something', could you send it to aheywood@bigpond.net.au

I have Mapsource but could not get the Tracks4Australia img to work. But i think i need MetroGuide to get T4A to work? Too much money to 'have a look'.

If you can help, it would be appreicated.

Thanks,
Alan.
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Follow Up By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 13:44

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 13:44
Alan, I have the Metroguide and can't get T4A to work either. It says it can't open .img files. if you find a way to make it work please let me know.
Thanks
Reiner
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Follow Up By: Alan Southport QLD - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 21:00

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 21:00
Riener,

I dont have the Metroguide. Any chance i can borrow yours and i'll have a go at the T4A files, to help us both out.

Email me direct to aheywood@bigpond.net.au

and please let me know.

Thanks.
Alan.

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