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Maptech
Terrain Navigator 5.01

Features:
USGS Topo Maps at regional coverage (1-7 states): 149.95 $ or sub state regions (1 CD): 49,95 $ in 1:24,000 scale (7.5 minute). Currently available: ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, IOWA, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MASSACHUSETTS, MARYLAND, MAINE, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, MISSISSIPPI, MONTANA, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW MEXICO, NEVADA, NEW YORK, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, UTAH, VIRGINIA, VERMONT, WASHINGTON, WISCONSIN, WEST VIRGINIA and WYOMING
High-quality digitized USGS Maps (complete with collars) in 2-D or 3-D (requires Enhanced Digital Elevation Data - sold separately for $49.95). Map Annotation with markers, routes, and tracks. Customized printouts, including grids in Lat/Lon and UTM. Elevation profiles, 3-dimensional landscapes and line-of-sight calculations; area measurements and elevation changes; object and route transfer from popular GPS units; waypoints creation for transfer to GPS for field use; readings transfer from GPS to Terrain Navigator 2001.

Detail Level 15-0
Fig. 1: 100% view of a 1:24000 USGS Topomap and Profile calculation of MapTech Terrain Navigator 5.01
Please click on the image for a closer look!

 

System Requirements:
Windows 95, 98, ME, NT or 2000; Pentium-class CPU; 256 Color Display (16/24/32 bit color for 3-D); OpenGL Video Accelerator recommended for optimum 3-D performance; CD-ROM drive; 32MB RAM; Mouse or drawing equivalent.


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Usage & Evaluation:

MapTech's Terrain Navigator 5.01 offers the basics plus many nice special features like altitude profiles or 3D views. The resolution of the topo maps is excellent. Unfortunately, I was not able to access the new 3D viewing and mapping options although I upgraded from 4.05 to 5.01 ( a free 10 MB download). Information on MapTech's web page does not make very clear whether the 3D functions require Terrain Navigator 2001 and/or the Enhanced Digital Elevation Data CD which is another $49.95 - hopefully covering all available states and not only one region!
Together with National Geographic
Topo! Interactive Maps, MapTech Terrain Navigator provides the highest quality topo maps in this comparative test. In addition it comes with most advanced features compared to any of its competitors. If you only need coverage of a sub state region, $49.95 sounds like a lot - but you get a whole lotta maps and features for your money. Reginal coverage of 1-7 whole states at $149.95 is only beaten by National Geographic Topo! Interactive Maps.
Free Demo Download: http://www.maptech.com/downloads/

Company Information: Maptech, Inc., 10 Industrial Way, Amesbury, MA 01913, USA; Phone: (888) 839-5551; URL: http://www.maptech.com

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