Microsoft Streets and Trips Discontinued

May 18, 2012
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I have the 2013 version so that should at least be good for a couple more seasons.
Same here Adam, but I'm starting to come around to the idea of using nothing but the Roads Shapefile in GR3, especially with switching over to a tablet this season.
 
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May 17, 2010
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Same here Adam, but I'm starting to come around to the idea of using nothing but the Roads Shapefile in GR3, especially with switching over to a tablet this season.
Mapping software has it's benefits, but as I've said before the roads in GR3 is the only way to go while actually chasing.
 
Aug 16, 2009
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If it wasn't so cumbersome, Google Maps would be good in offline mode. I've been considering the thought of getting a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop this year. So then I'd probably go the way of Andy and Robert.
 
Mar 30, 2008
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You can't even buy a serial number for 2013 anymore, which sucks because I actually wanted to purchase it. I've found a version that doesn't require a serial, so that will work for now. I'm going to have a hard time giving up S&T.
 
I got in on the 2013 S&T just before they discontinued it. I figure it will be good for quite a while, but I too am going with shapefiles in GR3 but was planning on using it as an alternative. With Andy's input it sounds like it can be depended on for real time use so I may try using it by itself for a couple of chases and getting away from the mapping software all together because I can't see a real decent online alternative down the road. Google Maps isn't detailed enough for me as far as small town names and some minor roads, and I always end up going back to S&T to see those.
 
Nov 18, 2006
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I've tried the shapefiles before but they bogged down GR3 so much I couldn't stand using them. Maybe now that I have a more powerful machine its an option again. I also wasnt a fan of how cluttered the radar screen looked, not to mention the frequent zooming. I suppose I can give that a second chance. I was never a fan of the Street Atlas interface, but at some point I will have to learn to use something new, so that is definitely another option.

If all else fails, theres always the trusty EZ finders and paper maps ;)
 
Apr 26, 2005
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for anyone that has used place files for the road maps in GR. How does your system perform? Much like Adam had stated, the last time I had used them, even if I only loaded one state's worth of place files, GR was extremely slow.
I'd be interested in some feedback!
Thanks
 
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for anyone that has used place files for the road maps in GR. How does your system perform? Much like Adam had stated, the last time I had used them, even if I only loaded one state's worth of place files, GR was extremely slow.
I'd be interested in some feedback!
Thanks
Both of the last two Core i7 laptops I've owned had (have) no trouble at all handling it. Texas takes a while to load but that's it. Both with mobile nvidia GPU's....nothing fancy there.
 
I use Delorme's Street Atlas USA. I haven't upgraded since 2011. Since I now run Windows 8 on the computer. The GPS puck I have isn't ideal have to go through a few steps to get the thing to work for 8. I was going to see what S&T were all about this year but seeing they are discontinuing the software, why switch. Software is is 40 bucks and then they have a higher option with a new GPS puck that runs with Windows 8 that is 50 bucks. Not bad to bad of a buy.
 
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I'll be sticking with my most recent version of S & T. I don't think there will be that many new roads built in and around Tinytown, USA that would require immediate upgraded software. There may be a need for current road data around some metro areas where I think Google maps would suffice.
 
May 6, 2009
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I was thinking about this the other day.. trying to find an offline alternative. I stumbled upon 'MapSphere' which seems to be a fairly well written piece of software and supposedly supports offline maps, still working on how to figure that out. As for now I'll be working on the GR3 ShapeFiles I found on http://redteamwx.com/grlevelx.html. As for performance, I'm using a Dell XFR XT2 'tablet' with 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo and 3GB of ram which allows GR3 to run acceptably smooth with these enabled. I get probably 5FPS when zoomed out and moving around, which is fine and when zoomed into a county level I see approximately 20FPS which is realistically where I'll be.
 

Dan Robinson

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I run StreetAtlas - version 2004 up until v 2011 a couple of years ago. The only times I run into outdated maps is with the new bypasses being built around some of the towns (when SA has me driving through a field). A little confusing at times, but no major problem. I rely heavily on the GPS logging of SA for chase documentation and recordkeeping. Those can be overlaid onto an up-to-date Google map later.

If the GR developer ever made a plugin that overlaid radar onto the StreetAtlas map, I'd buy it in a heartbeat!
 
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John Wetter

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StreetAtlas is really the way to go. I usually buy the update about every 3rd year or so. The new quick search feature for points of interest is nice for finding food and hotels. There's no way I would go online-only for mapping at this point.
 

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