Article by Dave Burrows
yesterday released version 1.40 update for TomTom Navigator which is a free
download from the TomTom
website if you have purchased the product.
of the changes we've seen are very welcome, and has made the product much more
easier to use whilst on the road. Take a look at the new features below
and also a comparison of screenshots.
your own Points of Interest (POI) - You can now create and maintain
your own POI databases, using the new "Add as Point of Interest"
option available throughout the application (e.g. when you tap & hold a
location in the map view).
"Next Highway" option - When enabled, the Navigator view will
always show the name of the first highway or highway exit you will encounter
in the top right corner. In some situations, simply knowing you need to
"get on the M-23" can be far more useful than any amount of
"turn left, turn right" instructions.
"Show POI" option - A new icon in the Navigator menu allows
you to enable or disable the display of Points of Interest with a few taps
of your finger. New "Active Guidance" option - Another new
icon in the Navigator menu lets you totally disable guidance (not just
spoken instructions) with a few taps of your finger
"Recalculate" option - When you veer off the planned route,
Navigator will initially try to get you back on route; only after a while
will it assume you really want to take another route. Tapping this
new icon will force Navigator to immediately plan a new route.
Navigator menu graphics - The menu graphics have been improved, for
example to more clearly emphasize the sound on/off state. Furthermore, the
whole bottom bar now works as a "back" button.
POI databases - A large set of freely downloadable
has been made available for use in TomTom Navigator (most of them made by
users of our RoutePlanner and Citymaps products)
database tools - Information and tools have been made available for
converting, installing and sharing Point-of-Interest databases .
the addition of the following:-
street names" - users who installed the complete map of Germany
found that the street names for some cities (e.g. Wetzlar) were garbled.
other small changes - the compass now more clearly emphasizes North; the
map view can now zoom out even further; POI can by found by any part of
their name even if they are very far away; the preferences now allow you to
hide make the +/- zoom-symbols in the navigator view invisible; the "Favourites"
view graphics have been improved; the "switch map" dialog now
shows file sizes; etc.)