As promised Routebuddy — who produce the mapping software for Mac OS (and now also Windows) — have released major update before Christmas. Routebuddy 3.2. adds a number of very useful functions to the route tools which now renders my review of Routebuddy 3 as obselete!
Update 3.1 added missing height data to OS top maps with a promise tat the height feature would soon be added to all top maps worldwide. When I updated my review to deal with 3.1 I made it clear that the route tools were still too clunky and still rendered multi day route creation difficult. However, on first inspection RB 3.2 seems to have dealt with all of my problems.
Routes on Routebuddy
Routes in Routebuddy can now be ‘continued’ and split. Two routes can be joined together. It is now also easy to insert a new waypoint into a route and to change the position of a selected waypoint.
It looks as if most of the new features I was looking for are here — certainly all the features I need are now present.
I can see that there might be some features that I might like to see implemented differently but this is probably splitting hairs. Over this week I will plan a multi day walk with RB 3 and then use this as the basis for a new and comprehensive view of the software. As of now Routebuddy seems to be at least as useful as its competitors. It will take me a few days to properly get to grips with it as there are so many new features. At this point I should also point oHere is a complete list of the new features. I’ve not played with all of them but judging from their titles some of theme look to be very useful for hikers and long distance trekkers.
Here is the full list of improvements:
Route Editing – Ten new features
Continue Route from Start
Continue Route from End
Draw Route Direction
Create Route via Menu
Smoothed Route Segments
Route Colour to Opaque
Newly created Routes named by Type
Track Editing – Eight new features
Split Track by Days
Split Track by Segments
Draw Track Direction
Duplicate Track with Right Click
Duplicate track to Place file by using Alt key
Sort Track by Start Time
Join Tracks without Timestamps by Selection Order to control Join Order
Data Management – Ten new features
Remove Items from Place via Contextual Menu
Remove Items from Library via Contextual Menu
Undo/Redo for Waypoints
Undo/Redo for Routes
Undo/Redo for Tracks
Undo/Redo for Devices
Undo/Redo for Places
Undo of Moved Items
Delete Single Item on Right-Click
Multiple Item Deletion from Browser
Data Reporting – Three new features
Middle points now appear as RP with unique number reference
Newly created Features named by type
Software update menu re-sited
GPS support – Twenty-nine devices added
Support has been extended for a greater range of auto-recognised GPS Devices from Garmin and TomTom:
Twenty-two extra GPS devices from Garmin
Seven extra GPS devices from TomTom
These devices will now auto-connect via USB and be recognised by RouteBuddy with a confirmation image, device details, and offer a range of options for two-way exchange of GeoData.
Improved GPS support for the following existing devices:
Garmin eTrex Legend
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx
Detection of device timeouts