The new edition of Routebuddy software for both OSX and Windows has arrived during the last couple of days. I’ve played with it a little and will look to write a full review when I have time. But this is the edition that implements map printing and route printing options. I know a lot of people who have ben interested in Routebuddy have not really considered it as a serious option until route printing has been implemented.
This is not a facility that I use and I don’t suppose that I will much but on first look it is a nice implementation. Here is one of the printouts (click to gain access to bigger image):
If this was a longer route the software would have split it into a number of page prints. A very nice feature — to me at least — is the inclusion of grid references on both the horizontal and vertical boundaries. You don’t have to worry about being on a piece of map that doesn’t have a grid reference on it. You can also see that it is aligned for true North.
Tile creation seems quick. Colin Ibbotson — who works on continuous routes of thousands of miles — tells me that tile creation slows a bit over 1,000 kilometres but that it gets there effectively in the end.
Another feature in this new edition is the automatic production of route cards. These have tons of information on them and this will be especially welcome for mountain runners although there;s too much for me personally. However, each route card has a brat summary section at the top which includes a time calculation based on Naismith. The route card data gives you bearing, distance, height and so and also includes paces something which runners will be pleased with. All we need know is to be able to customise the software with our individual pace length and speed over the ground but I think that is coming.
For existing customers this is a £15 upgrade which seems good value for money. Colin tells me that — for him — the inclusion of route printing means this is a big upgrade.
A full review will follow. For me Routebuddy are now operating the kind of regular upgrade programme that I experience with all of my best software. If they continue to develop like this they will be effectively providing a kind of subscription service, although of course you will always own the version you bought.
If you’ve been waiting for Routebuddy to implement routes it is probably time to take another look.