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Magellan MapSend Streets Europe

31st August 2003

 Review by Dave Burrows

   

Magellan are a well known name in the handheld GPS arena, along with Garmin they pretty much cover the majority of the handheld GPS market.  Magellan have a whole range of GPS receivers which you can load MapSend (maps) onto which includes the Magellan Meridian range of GPS Receivers and also the Magellan SporTrak range.  In this review we won't cover the GPS Receivers, but we will cover the MapSend product.

 

Magellan currently have a complete range of European and North American maps.  These are covered under the following product sets:-

  • DataSend

    • Magellan SporTrak, GPS 315 or GPS 320 receiver by downloading coordinates for over 500,000 points of interest from around the world.

  • DataSend Europe

    • DataSend Europe software allows you to download your routes and waypoints from your GPS receiver to your PC, to easily record your journeys and edited them for future use on a new adventure. For use with your Magellan SporTrak, GPS 315, GPS 320 or SP24 receiver.

  • MapSend BlueNav Charts

    • Available on convenient preprogrammed Secure Digital (SD) memory cards and CD-ROM, MapSend BlueNav charts offer a complete range of detailed marine cartography for your Magellan Meridian Gold, Marine, Platinum and Color, Magellan FX324 MAP and FX324 MAP Color, or Magellan SporTrak Pro (CD-ROM only), SporTrak Pro Marine and SporTrak Color. Derived from Navionics Gold charts, MapSend BlueNav charts are the most advanced marine cartography available, providing large, highly detailed coverage areas and enhanced marine navigation information, including marine currents, tides, port services and much more.

  • MapSend Streets & Destinations Canada

    • Detailed street-level maps of Canada make GPS navigation in Canadian land and marine regions even easier with your Magellan Meridian series, SporTrak Pro, SporTrak Pro Marine, SporTrak Map, SporTrak Color, MAP 330 or MAP 330M handheld receiver.

  • MapSend Streets & Destinations in the US

    • Detailed maps make GPS navigation even easier with your Magellan Meridian series, SporTrak Pro, SporTrak Pro Marine, SporTrak Map, SporTrak Color, MAP 330 or MAP 330M handheld receiver.

  • MapSend Streets Europe

    • Detailed street-level maps of Europe make GPS navigation in the region even easier with your Magellan Meridian series, SporTrak Pro, SporTrak Pro Marine, SporTrak Map, SporTrak Color, or MAP 330 handheld receiver.

  • MapSend Streets in the US

    • Detailed street-level maps of the U.S. available in regional files allow you to download just the maps you need, saving memory while making GPS navigation even easier with your Magellan Meridian series, SporTrak Pro, SporTrak Pro Marine, SporTrak Map, SporTrak Color, or MAP 330 handheld receiver.

  • MapSend Topo in the US

    • The most advanced GPS topographic software available, Magellan MapSend Topo in the United States maximizes the navigation capabilities of your Meridian series, SporTrak Pro, SporTrak Pro Marine, SporTrak Map, MAP 330 or MAP 330M handheld receiver.

  • MapSend WorldWide Basemap

    • Extend your GPS basemap coverage to any region around the globe by adding a MapSend WorldWide Basemap to the built-in basemap of your Magellan Meridian series, SporTrak Pro, SporTrak Pro Marine, SporTrak Map, SporTrak Color, or MAP 330 GPS receiver.

In this review we will cover the MapSend Streets Europe CD.  MapSend price varies depending on the GPS Receiver you want to use it for.

 

Installation & GUI

Installing MapSend is easy, just insert the CD and follow the on-screen prompts.  You'll be greeted with two types of install, a minimal install which will copy around 60mb of data to your hard disk, or a full install which is around 500mb of data copied to the hard disk. 

 

If you select the full install, then you won't have to use the CD again whilst it's installed onto your hard disk.  Once installed, running up the MapSend program will greet you with a mapping screen like the one to the right.. 

 

Very similar to a screen you'll find in most mapping programs, it will give you a complete map of the area of the earth. 

 

MapSend comes with a fairly default toolbar.  You'll see from the screenshot below, that everything is in it's usual place, you have a zoom in and zoom out option, a scale option, a hand which allows you to drag the map around on screen (notice above that there are no scroll bars!).  You then have two icons, one is shown as EU and one of the earth.  This will zoom out/in to the area depending on the button you select, which is just used for a quick zoom feature.

 

 

You'll also notice to the right of this there's a measuring tool, this will allow you to measure two points on the map and find the distance between these points.  You also have a search by name (binoculars), Search by address (house), the draw region tool and the cut region tool (grayed out).  Finally you have the place waypoint button, build route, upload regions (to GPS), about and what's this

 

That pretty much covers the map and the toolbar, on the right hand side of the window you have (top right of screenshot) the Routes where waypoints can be set, and below this (bottom right of screenshot) you have the waypoints with latitude and longitude co-ordinates.  You can see these below.

 

 

 

Map Detail

Once you have the maps installed you'll find there's quite a level of detail.  Magellan have full street maps for Europe in this product that take you right down to the smallest of roads, and is on par with Microsoft AutoRoute, and Garmin's own mapping products for their GPS Receivers.  Both Garmin and Magellan use NavTech for the geodata provider which is good to see as NavTech maps are more accurate compared with other geodata providers across Europe.

 

 

Below you'll see a full zoomed in map right down to street level.  The roads may look a little basic, but do you really need a high level of detail on a handheld GPS Receiver ?

 

 

Uploading Regions

Once you've zoomed in to the map area you want you can then use the draw region tool to drag across an area of the map.  This will then create a box which can also be dragged around the map to place it over the area of the map you wish to download to the GPS Receiver.  If you then the cut region tool then you will then cut this for upload and be asked to name the region.

 

  

 

A region is a section of map that can be highlighted and cropped to the area you require, and uploaded to the GPS Receiver to cover the area you will be passing when using the GPS Receiver.

 

Routes

On MapSend Streets Europe you can also create routes. 

 

This allows you to add waypoints to the map at designated intervals, and then create a route out of these waypoints.

 

When you use the build route tool, it will plot a route as the crow flies rather than using streets, so if you want to create a route then you will need to plot quite a number of waypoints across a route to take this into account.

 

You can see how the waypoints are set out on the screenshot to the left, and how the route will go directly from one waypoint to another, e.g. WPT004 to WPT005.

 

This route when finished can then be uploaded to the Magellan GPS Receiver and allow you to use it on your journeys.

 

 

 

 

Other MapSend CD's

Magellan do a whole range of MapSend CD's.  Here's just a small selection of what's available.

 

 

 

Summary

If you have a Magellan Handheld GPS Receiver and you're looking to add map support to it over and above the standard base map, then you'll need MapSend.  Magellan GPS Receivers can only accept a Magellan map, so you won't be able to upload custom maps from other products, so make sure you purchase MapSend for mapping support.

 

 
Conclusion  
Manufacturers Website http://www.magellangps.com
Pocket GPS Reviewer Dave Burrows
Pocket GPS Reviewer Website http://www.daveburrows.com
 

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