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GPS Navigation for less than $70

Updated on August 21, 2013

How to turn your laptop into a GPS navigator

DeLorme Street Atlas is software for turning your laptop into a navigation system. It offers all the popular features that TOM-TOM and others provide and more...

Some Features:

* Automatic route recalculation can be turned off. While most users will likely keep this feature on at all times, there are those who will love the ability to turn it off. Especially those who spend quite a while painstakingly planning their route, or drivers of large trucks and RVs, who just cannot afford to leave routing completely up to a computer program.

* Recalculate when off route threshold can be set to any distance you desire;

* Disable screen saver when program is running feature can be turned on or off;

* Edit existing roads (change direction of one-way-streets, or set prohibited turns);

* Keyboard shortcuts - use existing ones, and/or set your own;

* Voice command - control the program by talking to it;

* Start program with or without GPS;

* Turn on or off items on the map you wish to see (or not see), such as waypoint labels, route vias, etc;

* Set minimum and maximum zoom level for automatic zoom feature

System Requirements

System Requirements for DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2008: Windows System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 (Service Pack 3 and higher) with 64 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 1 and higher) with 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Ultimate/Business with 512 MB RAM
  • Intel Pentium 300 MHz or higher processor (600 MHz recommended) or equivalent
  • 1.8 GB of available hard-disk space (700 MB if the data is not installed on the hard drive)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or later, or equivalent
  • DVD-ROM drive.

Using the GPS

I personally own the system. You can plan a trip -- program how big your gas tank is and the software will notified you too stop and get gas. Wow.

The voice is turn-by-turn is changable, and view clear. I love the product.

Plan It: With Street Atlas USA 2008 you can locate places to eat, shop, see the sights, and spend the night. Then set your driving preferences such as speed, road types, and distance per day. Finally, calculate your fuel costs for the trip.

Route It: To create a route, just click on your start and finish points, it's that simple. With Street Atlas USA 2008 you can easily adjust the route to add scenic drives, or avoid congested areas, and automatically add re-fuelling and overnight stops.

Navigate Worry-free with Voice Guided GPS: You can track your location in real-time with DeLorme Street Atlas USA 2008, and hear voice prompts for upcoming turns, with road names included. In addition, you can hear responses to your spoken questions, such as "How far to next turn?" You can see large, easily readable on-screen turn directions, while the GPS Radar feature locates upcoming food, fuel, lodging, etc., from your real-time location. Finally, there is the automatic Back-on-Track feature that recalculates your route if you go off-course.

Customer Review

Excellent product, 12/11/2007

By MsBuscoRv, Churubusco, New York

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Product Attributes:

This is as good a product as I have ever used- to give and show detailed driving directions. I especially like its ablity to speak the directions while I drive and watch the road. Easy to install....easy to use...Thanks

Recommends this product? Yes

Age: 55 - 64

Gender: Female

Has owned product for: 2 - 7 weeks

Uses product: Every few days


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      Lee 9 years ago

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for the link!