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post #41 of 58 (permalink) Old 27-08-2015, 18:55
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Gaspode, I used the truck verion of Navigator from Mapfactor for about three years prior to changing to Co-Pilot.Truck. I still have version 11 running on my PDA, desktop and netbook. I don't think it is quite as good as Co-Pilot Truck for navigating but its a great integrated package for my three machines and I thought it superior to TomTom which it replaced. I have posted about it on this forum >here< and on the Caravan Club's Club Together >here<. If you need any further information or help with Navigator, PM me, I might know the answer!
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Hi Pete

Good to hear that you found the truck version useful.

I'm not entirely sure if the truck version uses the same software - could be of course but the truck version appears to be quite pricey.
What I'm wondering is whether this free version does a couple of useful tricks that CoPilot doesn't?

Narrow road avoidance and custom POIs

It could be a useful halfway house for motorhomers between a normal "car" app and a "truck" app?

And of course it has the universal benefit that it's FREE.

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Thanks Ken

Off to download MapFactor and see what it's all about.

It will have to be good to beat CoPilot, but keeping an open mind, eh!

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OMG no wonder my Garmin 760 was less than perfect

After this thread I decided to update maps which I haven't done since purchase 22 months ago - its a 13 hour download!

(And I'm on a stable 12 meg connection!)
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Gaspode, When I started off with Mapfactor it was orginally the car version (version 9) as far as I could make out the navigation software was identical to the subsequent truck version I bought. If I recall right the truck functionality was still embeded in the program but it just wasn't accessible. Off course it could all be different now especially now free versions are available. FYI Co-Pilot also allows you to define road preferences. It gives you the choice of "Strongly avoid", "Avoid", "Neutral", "Favour","Strongly Favour", for each type of road. One thing it does better than Mapfactor is give alternative routes and it is more intelligent at using toll roads with an "Avoid if possible"
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You are right Ken - it isn't intuitive!!
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You are right Ken - it isn't intuitive!!


I told you so.

I couldn't get the drift of it at all when I first installed it, in fact I very nearly deleted it after an hour or two. But I persevered and am now getting the hang of it. To set a route the easiest way is to just pinpoint a place on the map, designate it as the endpoint from the pop-out side menu and click on "navigate". Be aware that to clear the route you have to go to the menu and delete the end point (and waypoints if you set any).
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I've had a play Ken, but it isn't up to the same standard of features and functions as CoPilot, and even when getting used to it's foibles it's still very clunky to use.

Good value for money I grant you, but I shall be sticking with the lovely Emily!

Thanks for the "heads up" though. Always worth investigating something new.

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Although I've never needed to use it, Copilot has a MH option, along with car, pedestrian, motorcycle and pedal bike.
The Truck version also has the motorhome option. The only difference I can see is in the settings, there are more truck parameters, see screen shots below. The truck routing is described as "practical" rather than "quickest" Co-Pilot are probably the only ones who know the difference.

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