January 2, 2008

DeLorme TOPO USA 7.0

The new DeLorme Topo USA 7.0 software is out and it’s packed with new features, making it a great tool for trip planning and general interest use. I have personally used both DeLorme Street Atlas and DeLorme Topo a lot for planning hiking trips and road trips on both bike and by car for a long time. I have seen them packed with capability that is hard to beat, and just when you think that you couldn’t learn any more about its power, there’s another twist to be discovered.

Available with or through download the new Topo USA 7.0 has six types of maps/charts, including aerial imagery, NOAA nautical charts and USGS high resolution surveys and imagery, which is in addition to the previously available USGS 1:24,000 quads, USGS b&w aerial imagery, and 10-meter color satellite imagery. You get $100 worth of download credits when you buy the map package.

Handheld GPS users will be happy to display their GPS tracks and routes on the maps as an overlay. From the Topo USA 7.0 you can create routes, waypoints and tracks that can be uploaded to your NMEA GPS, which means not only the DeLorme PN-20, but Garmin and Magellan handhelds too. Going the other way, routes, tracks and waypoints can then be taken off the GPS and turned into routable roads or trails within Topo USA 7.0.

Topo USA 7.0 is a geotagging tool also, with the ability to match up the time stamp on the camera and your handheld GPS to display photos on the map where you took them. Makes for a fun way to create a very useful tool to both enjoy your trip and document key features of areas that you visit.

The Topo USA capabilities are improved here too, as they can not only import gpx and loc files, but you can now you can import full Geocache descriptions with the hints preserved.

PN20_Topo7_button.jpgThere's more than I can write about here. The TOPO USA 7.0 comes alone or bundled with the DeLorme PN-20 handheld GPS that can also display downloaded maps and aerial imagery.

For more information on the TOPO USA 7.0 software or the PN-20 handheld GPS, see the Delorme.com website.

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 2, 2008 7:47 AM

Recent Comments

Be wary of Delorme. I purchase the Street Atlas / Topo 6.0 / Blue Logger bundle a year ago. The "features" looked great. I was runing XP Pro at the time - installed fairly well, Topo 6.0 was a bit of a struggle. Blue Logger was a real challenge to connect to Topo, and is now discontinued.

In July 07 I upgraded to a more powerful Dell running Vista Home Premium. Garmin installed easily - Delorme was a real struggle. Topo 6.0 still does not work properly and refuses to connect to Blue Logger. Delorme's response - uninstall and reinstall AGAIN. Computer connects quickly. Some people that upgraded to Vista computers are getting free upgrades to Topo 7.0 if they have a cheap computer with a certain chip. I believe it is the integrated video chip - See Delomre forums. There are some other problems with Topo 6.0 and Vista. Will that continue with other products?

I am disillusioned with Delorme and plan to stick with Garmin. It just works. The Delorme hype sure sounds good, and when it works it is nice. Unfortunately getting it to work is very frustrating.

Posted by: Gary Short at February 21, 2008 11:52 PM
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