TRACKRANGER!!!! is it worth it?

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 15:27
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hi there.
I have been looking all over the world and finally it seems i have found what i am after. I want to set up a laptop in my car instead of carrying maps around. I currently do trips around country nsw and am planning a trip to Cape york. will trackranger be what I am after. I also have a garmin12 gps. can this be used or will i need the trackranger GPS?

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JB
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 16:06

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 16:06
what happens if the GPS/Laptop dies? And yes, it has happened to us out on a Walhalla weekend..

You will always need paper maps as well..
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 17:16

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 17:16
Just fire the backup GPS/Laptop up
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Follow Up By: Gerhardp1 - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 23:28

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 23:28
What happens if you burn your only paper map?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 23:29

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 23:29
You deserve to die from stupidity!
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Reply By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 16:09

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 16:09
Jayse

I cant coment on trackranger, however Ive been using OziExplorer for a few years through the emergency services and more recently 4wding and have no problems at all. With Ozi, it has the facility to change GPS types, so perhaps trackranger may be the same. I would recomend do plenty of research before purchasing software, even do a search on previous posts and look at different forum sites (try some of the geocaching sites) as there will be plenty of arguments for and against the different software and info on what each will support.

good luck
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 17:02

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 17:02
Trackranger is just as good as Oziexplorer. I have used both and have been equally impressed.

You don't require the trackranger GPS. Any GPS which exports data will do the job. A standard GPS has a sreen and functions stand alone without any computer software. The trackranger GPS and there are others like it are USB GPS modules that get the singals send the data to the computer and are powered by the computer through the USB but they can not be used without the computer and software as they have no screen (just matchbox with a USB lead)

I currently use Oziexplorer because it has a smaller version to run on PDAs and I use this as the PDA setup is solid state with no spinning hard drives to get shaken on roads but the screen is much smaller. If you hunt around, you will find others who go 50/50. They have a laptop or car computer under the seat running the software with a small extension screen (7" or 8" lilliput) for a display which enables the driver to glance at the screen and you don't have the hassle of hanging onto the laptop.

As stated before it is paramount that you still carry maps and know how to use them. The mapping software is nice but it is an optional extra that can easily stop working.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:05

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:05
JB,

Have a read of the Navigation articles. We use OziExplorer having used most of the others on the market, it seems to suit our purposes ie: 4WD'ing using either laptop or PDA. By the way you can get it right here on ExplorOz with all the digital maps you may be interested in. Have a look in the Shop - in the locator in the RHS margin check out the Navigation Packs, Digital Maps on CD & GPS Mapping Software categories.

Also check out the OziExplorer compatible maps that we produce live in PlotSwap. Most of our treknotes also have OziExplorer compatible plot and waypoint files.

Having said all this I want to produce TrackRanger files however I have not yet tried. Can someone send me a Trackranger track/plot and waypoint file?
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Follow Up By: Member - Toolman (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:32

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:32
This seems a good opportunity for me to give fellow forumites feedback on my experience with the ExplorOz shop. I purchased OziExplorer CD and CE from the shop and was very happy with the price which was cheaper than most other sites I know of. I was even happier with the level of service, in that I was told when they received my order, when the payment was approved and when they had shipped it and it was done in good time too. All in all a pleasant shopping trip. Thanks to the team.

No I don't get a commission or have any other involvement with ExplorOz other than being a contented member.

By the way OziExplorer works very well for me on both my laptop and my PDA. As a person who has been around GIS and Map production for a long time I think OziExporer is a great product. I know NATMAP use it for their field verification program.

Thats 5 cents worth
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:36

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:36
I will second Toolman's thoughts of shopping with Exploroz.

Great service all along the way, plus a bit of member money as a bonus on an already good price.

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 19:31

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 19:31
David - just sent some sample trackranger files that I have in my possession.
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Reply By: Leroy - Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 08:42

Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 08:42
I know someone that purchased Track Ranger and never used it. If you are interested he may want to sell it.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: jayse76 - Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 08:55

Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 08:55
yeah that would be great

cheers

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Follow Up By: jayse76 - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 18:31

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 18:31
if he is interested in still selling it please send me an email on jbriffa@sthilliers.com.au
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Reply By: jayse76 - Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 08:57

Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 08:57
thanks for all the help guys!

I agree will use both the maps and digital!

i must admit i just love my boys toys ;-)

cheers

JB

regarding Cape York, what map do people recomend?
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 09:06

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 09:06
Hema maps are the go.

Leroy
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