Tom's Independent Software Reviews
Interactive Maps Version 2.6.6
USGS Topo Maps at Topo! State Series in 1:24,000 scale (7.5
minute): Arizona; California; Colorado; Georgia; Idaho; Illinois; Michigan;
Mid-Atlantic: complete state coverage of Delaware, Maryland, Virgina,
West Virginia, and the District of Columbia; Minnesota; Montana; North
Carolina; Northeastern USA: complete state coverage of Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hamphire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont;
Oregon; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Utah; Washington; Wisconsin; Wyoming.
$99.95 each. All 50 US states available by year-end 2001.
USGS Topo Maps at Topo! Regional Series in 1:24,000 scale (7.5
minute) of more than 30 recreational and metropolitan areas: Adirondack
Mountains & NY Capitol region; Colorado Front Range Cities & recreational
areas; Colorado Rocky Mountain ski & wilderness areas; Connecticut,
Berkshires & Southern Green Mountains; Death Valley, Joshua Tree &
East Mojave Desert; Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion National Parks; Greater
NYC, Long Island, Catskills & Pocono Mountains; Greater DC, Shenandoah
Valley & Seneca Rocks; Greater Boston, Cape Cod & Rhode Island;
Lake Tahoe & surrounding wilderness & ski areas; Los Angeles,
Santa Barbara, & surrounding areas; Maine, Acadia National Park &
Baxter State Park; Minnesota Boundary Waters, Western Lake Superior &
Twin Cities; Mount Shasta, Lassen Wilderness & the Trinity Alps; New
Hampshire & the White Mountains; North Cascades, Mt Baker & surrounding
wilderness areas; North Carolina High Country & Piedmont recreational
areas; North Georgia, Great Smoky Mountains & Atlanta; Olympic Peninsula,
San Juan Islands & Puget Sound; Phoenix, Flagstaff & central AZ
wilderness areas; Portland, Mount Hood, Southern Washington & Oregon;
San Diego, San Jacinto Wilderness & Anza-Borrego Desert; Salt Lake
City, Wasatch Range & Uinta Mountains; San Francisco Bay Area, Wine
Country & Big Sur; San Juans, Telluride & Southern Colorado wilderness
areas; Seattle, Mount Rainier, & Central Cascades; SE Pennsylvania
& Southern New Jersey recreational areas; Sequoia/Kings Canyon &
surrounding wilderness areas; Vermont & the Green Mountains; Yosemite,
Mammoth & Central Sierra Wilderness area. $49.95 each.
USGS Topo Maps at Topo! TrailSmart National Park CD-ROM'S in 1:24,000
scale (7.5 minute) inluding trails, trailheads, campsites, hiking, safety
and trip-planning information: National Parks of the USA - 15 Major National
Parks (Yosemite, Denali, Hawaii Volcanoes, Yellowstone, Shenandoah, Rocky
Mountain, Mount Rainier, Arches, Grand Canyon, Zion, Glacier, Great Smoky,
Olympic, Grand Teton, and Acadia national parks); National Parks from
Montana to Texas; National Parks of the East Coast and Midwest; National
Parks of Alaska; National Parks of the Canyon Country and Southwest; National
Parks of the Pacific States and Far West. $29.99 each. The Complete TrailSmart
Maps: National Parks of the USA $99.99.
enabled through separately sold Topo! GPS module at $39.95 including
USA atlas maps in 1:500,000 scale.
Image Support for ArcGIS geographical information system (http://www.esri.com:
ArcView 3.x and ArcGIS 8.1) seperately sold at $499.95 including a free
Topo! State Series (order by November 5, 2001!).
elevation profiles, real-time coordinates for GPS users, and extended
capabilities for exploring, customizing, and printing seamless topographic
maps. Draw a freehand route and TOPO! displays its distance, generates
an elevation profile showing ups and downs, and prepares it for uploading
to a GPS. Download free files that show you great places to go outdoors
at the mapXchange, including activity-specific info for hikers, bikers,
paddlers and skiers. Personalize the maps to your exact needs. Add colorful
symbols, text and routes. Select the exact area you want, even if it is
larger than the screen or covers multiple USGS quads. TOPO! prints a trip-ready
map with 3D shading, grids, scale bar and north arrow.
1: 100% view of a 1:24000 USGS Topomap, profile calculation
of a downloaded mapXchange trail and the compass tool of Topo!
Interactive Maps Version 2.6.6
Please click on the image for a closer look!
Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, NT; 16 MB of memory; double speed CD-ROM drive;
256-color monitor; 486 DX/66MHz PC or higher. Works with all color and
black & white printers supported by Windows. Works with most popular
handheld receivers manufactured by Garmin, Eagle, Lowrance and Magellan.
Direct link requires input/output capabilities and a PC cable (sold separately).
Macintosh version also available: PowerMac with 48 MB RAM, 2x CD-ROM drive,
color monitor, QuickTime 2.5, OS 8.5 or later recommended. Also requires
downloading the free TOPO! Mac Viewer.
Usage & Evaluation:
offer the basics and very nice interactive altitude profiles but no 3D
views. Even a 3D-shading was missing in the maps under evaluation (Greater
NYC, Long Island, Catskills & Pocono Mountains and Topo! GPS module
including USA atlas maps). The resolution of the topo maps is excellent.
Customized printouts include grids in Lat/Lon and UTM as well as map annotation
with markers, routes, and tracks. An additional nice feature is the compass
tool to detect the compass direction (and distance) of a waypoint towards
a chosen viewpoint. Unfortunately, an area calculation feature is missing.
Topo!'s special strength is the variety of free downloads of special map
features such as trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and even
birding or water ways for paddling and river running (mapXchange). Most
special map features include detailed waypoint information such as water
sources, junctions, river fords and points of interest. To use this features
you must have the corresponding map CD! If you find a nice trail, you
can share this information by uploading your Topo! maps.
Terrain Navigator, Topo! provides the highest quality topo maps in this
comparative test. In addition it is shipped with most of the advanced
features offered by any of its competitors. Only MapTech's Terrain Navigator
offers more features but lacks the nice mapXchange additions.If you only
need a regional coverage, $49.95 sounds like a lot - but you get a whole
lotta maps and features for your money. State coverage of 1-8 whole states
at $99.95 is for most states even cheaper than MapTech's Terrain Navigator.
No free demo download available!