From: Beverly Howard <Bev@BevHoward.com> - 2006-02-14 03:31:13
Had a _great_ gps experience on a mundane mission on Sunday.
My wife and I are looking at as many samples of architectural coolness
we can find as we plan to build some type of gateway to our house.
A local firm sent us addresses of ten examples of their recent work,
and, even though I originally didn't feel like taking the time to
generate waypoints, I spent what was needed to build a file for all of
the locations delaying our departure about half an hour.
We knew the general area where the examples were located and about a
third of the street names on the list were familiar, but having the
waypoints visible on the gps made the tour not only stone simple, it was
flexible enough to head down other streets when anthing looked
interesting... my guess is that it probably saved at least 50% of the
navigation time which would have been needed in the twisty streets and
we would have never been able to see all ten addresses much less the
additional examples we found and spent time viewing.
The "thinking out loud" part comes from pondering the difficulties that,
in my experience, most non technical people have with the "Last 2 Feet"
in getting waypoints and routes transferred from their desktop to the gps.
Would really appreciate input on how others here feel is the easiest
concept for any level users to upload waypoints and routes to any gps
The GPSVisualizer GPSBabel page (http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/gpsbabel)
and the walking CD discussed a week or so ago on the GPSU forum are as
close as I have found to meeting that need for "non technical" gps
users, but a fairly high skill level and understanding is still required
to get generated files into a gps unit.
Thanks in advance,