Navigation - Copilot vs trackranger

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 14:16
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Hi
I'm looking at purchasing a navigation software, already have Oziexplorer. But was looking at either trackranger or Copilot to run on my laptop.
Just like to get peoples view on what these are like.

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Reply By: Member - Craig D (SA) - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 14:32

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 14:32
What's wrong with Oziexplorer for your needs? Can you elaborate??
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Follow Up By: Member - Neil W (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 15:04

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 15:04
Nothing
I use Ozi for 4wd but want something for around town :).
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 21:19

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 21:19
Destinator, CoPilot, TomTom provide automatic turn directions from address to address. Destinator also provides speed-limit warnings.

mike
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Reply By: Emo - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 14:48

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 14:48
I use Destinator maps with a program called FreeDrive on my laptop.
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Follow Up By: Member - Neil W (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 15:05

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 15:05
Do you know if Destinator ND works with freedrive
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Follow Up By: Emo - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 18:57

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 18:57
Not really sure. I know it works with Destinator PDA maps.
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Follow Up By: signman - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 16:07

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 16:07
What is FreeDrive?? and what does it do???
We are using Destinator 3, and OziexplorerCE on a HP iPAQ PDA...
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Reply By: Member - Craig D (SA) - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 15:06

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 15:06
I thought Ozi could also use the UBD maps...might be wrong though.
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Follow Up By: pprass - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 15:37

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 15:37
I know that Ozi works with Melways - as long as it is calibrated of coarse.
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Reply By: signman - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 16:01

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 16:01
Also use Destinator for town to town and around towns...
It was very helpful in Tassie ..but of course Ozi for the offroad stuff!!
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 16:29

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 16:29
Know what you mean.

I use oziexplorer for 4wd, but also have co-pliot for around town and country driving when I want to find a particular address. I have the NATMAP 1:250,000 Premiums loaded across onto the pda.
Soem PDAs alllow you to have both programmes running and swap between them, some don't.

Copilot uses the UBD/Sensis maps, basically like whereis on the laptop/pda, so it is useful having the road name on the screen, even in 'where am I mode' rather than 'go to an address' mode. Quite happy with it running on the PDA. Outer city/inner country areas it shows every street like a UBD where as oziexplorer on the 1:250,000 only shows a summary.

Can be a bit of a pain putting in the address, but it is as effecient as it can be done.
Directions are OK on the screen and by voice.
The 400mhz PDA has a little lag on the voice translation, so it says turn in 50metres when sometimes it is 20 metres.
Quality / accuracy of mapping is reasonably good. A few glitches, but quite acceptable.

One problem is screen brightness whne in the car, but you would know that with oziexplorer.

Never used trackranger so can't comment on it.

Any other questions details just give a hoy.
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Reply By: Member - AVA 191 (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 20:13

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 20:13
Hi Neil,
fwiw, I have Ozi and Co-pilot on my pda and pc but haven't used them on my laptop - yet. I agree with Oldplodder's comments 100%. I've used the co-pilot from Brisbane to Sydney, Brisbane to Perth, Darwin to Adelaide and found it extremely useful, including finding shortcuts and bypasses. I use the "planning" feature before setting off and using the "guidance" moving map feature - just to make sure the little voice inside doesnt lead me astray.

btw, I find the pda handy as you can carry it everywhere (eg. Glenelg tram, Gahn train, hire cars, own car, sons/mates cars....).
Can't comment on trackranger, but have heard Destinator is similar to co-pilot.

It does take a bit of practice, I'll admit. You do have to turn the gps off for the Ozi off, b4 it will work on Co-pilot - but that might be a "pda" thing.
Good luck.
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Reply By: Longy - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 22:18

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 22:18
Hi,

I have trackranger software and have used it with the raster Maps basically for travelling around etc. When and if I need to I'll consider buying the city based maps. I'm still a uni student and haven't found the need to use these just as of yet. usually i travel with company and they are able to read a map and direct me as I need.

When I finish I plan to do some more extensive travellin around Aus and will look at getting the other city maps for this purpose.

Trackranger as a program is easy to use, track trace shows and logs where u've gone, has a current position flashin on screen all the time and map auto move so this position is always in the centre of the screen.

Hope this helps a little.
Cheers.
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Reply By: chump_boy - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 08:46

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 08:46
Just my 2 cents worth.

I have done a bit of research, and it seems OzyExplorer is the bees knees when away from metro centres, but something like copilot is better for the voice guidance features.

I am building up an in car PC right at the moment, and Copilot will be the first bit of software installed - once my wife is happy with that running properly, i'll start slipping in other little programs, and bits and pieces.

I'll do a posting once I get underway, and provide a few pics and things, because I rekon it is a project a few people have looked at, and always shied away from.

Cheers,

Chump
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