bzachar wrote:...some of those guys are clueless when it comes to mapping software. (Ask me how I know this).
How do you know this?
Back in the day ('96) I used the "Topo Companion" (essentially a clear plastic ruler with different scales) to manually measure & create waypoints on laminated 7.5" quads. I'd write lat/lon in ddd.mm.ss on the topo for a route I was going to follow and then manually enter all those numbers (waypoints) into my trusty old Garmin GPS-45 and assemble them into a route inside the GPSR.
This was quite time consuming & prone to data entry errors. I once transposed two digits (must have been the minutes) and then in the field could not figure out why I was so far away from one of the waypoints when I had hit all the others dead on.
About two years ago I bought a Garmin GPS V which has a computer interface on it. I thought,"What I need is a program where I can manually click on positions on a 7.5 quad to create waypoints, assemble those WPs into a route and then download all of it to my GPS V... no manual data entry and thus no possibility of data entry errors and it would be fast.
I had heard about "mapping programs" but didn't know what they were capable of. I went into Wide World of Maps and told them what I wanted to be able to do.
The first salesman said,"I'm pretty sure you can do that".
me:Are you sure?
He starts up NG TOPO on the store's computer and clicks around for about 5 minutes trying unsuccesfully to create a waypoint.
To motivate him I said,"If it can do what I want I'll buy it now."
He clicks around for another 5 minutes without success.
him: "Yea.... I'm pretty sure it can do that"
me: "If I buy it and it can *not* do what I want, can I return it?"
me: So you're asking me to gamble $100 (the purchase price) on "I think so?"
Another salesman comes over, I told him what I wanted to be able to do. In 20 seconds he was creating waypoints. In 30 seconds he created a route out of them. That's when I said "I'll take it."