How it Estimates Arrival Time
is all calculated using the data you enter into the Preferences Menu
shown above. If you tell the truth on this page you can achieve uncanny results
on arrival times. It constantly adjusts by the way. If you stop for fish and chips
or fuel etc. it will add 30 minutes etc. onto the arrival time. Similarly if you
travel a bit faster it readjusts. One of the nicest things about this software
is its intelligence. As soon as you turn it on it starts scanning all ports for
a GPS. Wonderful stuff! City Navigator can drive you nuts as it "forgets"
where the GPS lives and you get situations where it accepts downloads and uploads,
but when you ask it to show you the satellites it can't find the GPS - frustrating
stuff. We no longer use it now we have discovered n'Route! Please
note that you MUST own City Navigator for this system to work as
it is the map source. A fantastic feature is the dedicated "Home"
button. Press this, and within 5 seconds (NOT a misprint) it will
recalculate the route to your home address. One thing it doesn't seem to have
is the option to choose "Shortest Distance or Fastest Time". In the
screen shot above the best route is really via Bangalow as it is just too hilly
for RV's near Mt Lindsey. To force it to do this you have to tell it to go via
Bangalow by introducing a Waypoint. To us this is a bit convoluted but here goes!
Right click on your "saved route" in the window bottom left. Click on
"Route Properties". You will get a menu with route start and end on
it. Click on "Insert Waypoint". Now in this case we had already got
a Waypoint for the roundabout just before Bangalow so it came up. It gets added
to the bottom of the list. This is no good to you as it has to be moved up the
list. Just click on it and a little yellow arrow will appear. Click on this and
it will move up. Now click on "Recalculate", then click on "Activate"
(up the top near OK"). The picture below shows the new route via BANGALOW.
Notice how it has put our via point Bangalow in a little white box? Yes, this
is heavy going the first time, and yes it could be made more intuitive for older
users. However, you can enter as many "via" points as you wish and tailor
your route exactly. One thing that really had us tricked for awhile was how to
save the new route? Well this is clever - it automatically does it for you! Wonderful
stuff! Remember that you can do all your route planning, at home in your lounge
room before the trip, as all info is saved for later retrieval. A huge advantage
of the laptop system over a dedicated GPS, is the huge storage space you have
available. When working at home you can check routes by "simulating satellites".
We haven't had a lot of success with this as it's toooooo slow!