April 22, 2008

TomTom MapShare - Keeping Maps Up to Date

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You've probably heard of MapShare by now from TomTom; if you haven't, it's how you can make corrections on your TomTom device to minor map and POI issues, then share them with the community of TomTom users. The community has uploaded over a million map changes since it went live last year.

Some people may not know that this doesn't make map upgrades a thing of the past. In order to use MapShare, you need to have maps that are no more than 12 months old.
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If you don't have the last map upgrade, you will get this funny box on the main screen of your TomTom HOME computer application that will warn you that you are missing out on thousands of Map Updates because your maps are too old. It gets to a point that TomTom needs to update the whole package, and then it can supplement the most recent upgrade with MapShare fixes.

So, if you are fanatical about keeping your maps up to date, there are a few easy steps:

1) Load up and use TomTom HOME on a regular basis; there are Windows and Mac versions. You'll need to set a login account for the application using your email and your device.
2) Subscribe to MapShare - On your GPS, Hit the Map Corrections Icon, and explore that area, signing up to share your corrections and receive them from others (with the level of security you are comfortable with available under Correction Preferences).
3) Connect your device to TomTom HOME and "join" MapShare by going to "Tools", "MapShare"
4) Check for updates and install any MapShare correction updates.... your Red Light (shown above) will turn to green and tell you how many Map Updates you are using.

Always good to have the latest maps...... Map Share is available on TomTom ONE, TomTom ONE XL, TomTom ONE XL S, TomTom GO 720, TomTom GO 920, and the TomTom GO 920T.

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Posted by Scott Martin at April 22, 2008 8:20 AM

Recent Comments

Do not forget step 0... every year buy a complet new map for 99$. There goes the idea of Free TT Mapshare :)
Better buy a NAVIGON device with FreshMaps ... every 3 months a complet new NAVTEQ map release for 3 years for only 79$!?


Posted by: Fred at April 23, 2008 6:41 PM
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