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Best topo/road CD ???????(6 posts)

Best topo/road CD ???????coonass
Nov 25, 2001 4:04 PM
Any suggestions? I have Streets 2000, but it doesn't allow me to display the topo......I want to use this to create new routes for the Winter.
Topo USADog
Nov 26, 2001 6:48 AM

Tell me where you are, and I'll post an example of a 3d rendering.

I like this program. It's like being there.

What revision are you using now?Humma Hah
Nov 26, 2001 6:50 PM
I'm still using Version 2.0. Makes nice maps, but the route tracing features are REALLY annoying when tracing out good riding distances. I got an e-mail that they have a new version with improved route tracing. Have you tried this? Any good?
re: topo CDChen2
Nov 26, 2001 6:56 AM
I have access to DeLorma which is a good system, but the maps are no more up-to-date than what you can buy on paper. DeLorma has drawing and text functions, storage and recall. The maps can be set to standard scales and printed. But mostly I use Their system is free and the maps are just as good, but scaling is limited and there are no graphics functionality. They seem to cover all of the U.S. and you can print the maps.
Nov 26, 2001 4:49 PM
I asked, I viewed, I ordered....
I asked a couple of guys in our Civil dept. and they also recommended the Topo USA.....I also downloaded their 'demonstration' and it looks like it's what I need.
Thanks again (& I will certainly add 'topozone' to my favorites too)
Topo USA 3.0ridgerider
Nov 28, 2001 6:26 PM
I've been using Topo USA 3.0 for about three weeks. I've mapped a lot of my favorite routes here in the Blue Ridge mountains. Mapping complicated routes with lots of turns takes some practice; after a while I got better at getting the program to chart the routes as I intended. Once a route is charted, you can get info out the wazoo! You can find out total feet climbed, maximum and minimum elevation, map out the route in any level of detail you wish and even render it in 3-D. The program also lets you label waypoints along the ride with any names you choose. (My riding buddies liked the map I made that included "Steep Ass Hill" really is steep!) They market this program to hikers and backpackers, but it works well for us road bikers too.