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Microsoft Streets & Trips 2009 - B17-00438

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Overall Satisfaction
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Value
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Ease of Use
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I travel often, and have purchased and used many map software products over the last 5 years. S&T has been about the best for me. The price is OK, the maps are accurate and mostly up to date, and ease of use is better than the others. If you use a GPS receiver, the program does a great job of giving you live driving directions, especially since they added in a new feature that would resize the map to show exactly the detail you need along the way. This year's version is little changed from the last, other than the newer maps, a more 'modern' look, and an improved usage of the pointer. Now you can use the left and right mouse buttons to switch between drag and resize, instead of changing cursor modes as it was in the past. A small change, but rather handy. Negatives: I wish they'd offer map updates for $10 for existing users, rather than needing to buy a whole new program. Secondly, while their routing is better than the others, when you try to modify the route, often it seems like a tug of war to get the alternate routing to work out. Also, it would be great if they could work out the intelligence that if a road changes names along the way that they could 'simplify' the directions by grouping the 3 or 4 road segments and their lengths into 1 overall segment and total distance. Lastly, it does take some time to figure out the features you want to use, and some others may remain unknown to you, since the user inteface is a bit less intuitive than you could hope for. All of these complaints are minor, but give an idea of what it's like. Overall, if you need mapping software, this is probably the one to choose.

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Good product

on 12/1/2008

I've been using the product for nearly 3 years, so the 2009 version is an upgrade. It has good enhancements over the last version and finally has my home street included. I am very happy with Streets and Trips: we've traveled several thousand miles in our RV using it along with its GPS locator. Thumbs up!

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About the best choice out there

by TC on 1/2/2009

I travel often, and have purchased and used many map software products over the last 5 years. S&T has been about the best for me. The price is OK, the maps are accurate and mostly up to date, and ease of use is better than the others. If you use a GPS receiver, the program does a great job of giving you live driving directions, especially since they added in a new feature that would resize the map to show exactly the detail you need along the way. This year's version is little changed from the last, other than the newer maps, a more 'modern' look, and an improved usage of the pointer. Now you can use the left and right mouse buttons to switch between drag and resize, instead of changing cursor modes as it was in the past. A small change, but rather handy. Negatives: I wish they'd offer map updates for $10 for existing users, rather than needing to buy a whole new program. Secondly, while their routing is better than the others, when you try to modify the route, often it seems like a tug of war to get the alternate routing to work out. Also, it would be great if they could work out the intelligence that if a road changes names along the way that they could 'simplify' the directions by grouping the 3 or 4 road segments and their lengths into 1 overall segment and total distance. Lastly, it does take some time to figure out the features you want to use, and some others may remain unknown to you, since the user inteface is a bit less intuitive than you could hope for. All of these complaints are minor, but give an idea of what it's like. Overall, if you need mapping software, this is probably the one to choose.

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Product Overview

Updated street maps for the United States and Canada : Send location info to your mobile device : Use perspective map view or terrain, road, political, or night view : Personal Driving Profile - plot your own route, with flexible trip planning options like personalized start times, driving speeds, rest stops - even preferred types of roads : Find Nearby Places - find more than 1.5 million locations such as parks, ATMs, hotels, landmarks, and more within up to 50 miles of your current position or anywhere on your route - without being connected to the Web : Live Search - add additional business locations to your map when you're online, then take them with you when you go. Use Keyword search to enter ?coffee, ?motel, or ?restaurant and voil?! Easy reverse route option - simply click to find your way back : Estimated drive time always lets you know how far you are from your destination : Easy mileage, time, and expense calculation : Customize your maps - Make your maps and printouts more descriptive by adding notes, addresses and phone numbers : ReRoute from Here lets you get back on track with just one click. Streets & Trips quickly recalculates directions to any new location : Share maps & itineraries with friends and family via email : Advanced GPS Functionality when you use it with an optional GPS receiver : Voice-Prompted Directions - turn-by-turn directions, including street names, as you go, with an easy-to-use, hands-free guidance system : Full Screen navigation with driving guidance - easily see upcoming turns with Dynamic Turn View and an automatically magnified view : Automatic re-routing gets you back on track, even when you miss a turn

Specifications

Manufacturer Microsoft
Mfg Part# B17-00438
SKU 207898042
UPC 882224656122
UPC 14 00882224656122
Links
Product Guide Click Here for the Microsoft Store
Features
Product Type Software
Distribution Media/Method DVD-ROM
Manufacturer Part Number B17-00438
Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
Package Type Retail
Brand Name Microsoft
Packing Mini Box
Platform Supported PC
Software Name Streets & Trips 2009
Software Sub Type Maps/Traveling
Software Main Type Utility
Tech Specs
Product Type Software
Distribution Media/Method DVD-ROM
Manufacturer Part Number B17-00438
Manufacturer Website Address www.microsoft.com
Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
Product Name Streets & Trips 2009
Package Type Retail
Brand Name Microsoft
Packing Mini Box
System Requirements Operating System: Windows
Platform Support PC
Software Name Streets & Trips 2009
Software Sub Type Maps/Traveling
Software Main Type Utility
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Streets & Trips by Jim on Feb 01, 2009


About the best choice out there by TC on Jan 02, 2009


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