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Unrefined - not impressed
on 14 March 2008
I bought Memory-Map V5 and am less than impressed. I would not buy it again.
It has all the basic functions that you need for plotting routes and tracks and uploading and downloading to a GPS etc, There is a 3D fly through function but no aerial photography for some regions. I have found it easier to export the route to Google earth and fly over it there.
The windows layout is very non standard and hence confusing - and many functions are difficult to find - nothing so simple as a File menu for example.
The route card that it creates to provide information on your route is dissapointing, it does provide compass bearings, distances and times etc but it does not have cumulative mileage or cumulative time - essential when walking if you want to know if you are on time at a particular point. It is in web page format and has far too many pages- not very useful on a walk, there is no way to customise it and unfortunately it is formatted in such a way that importing it to a spreadsheet is painful.
Waypoint labels on a printed map are useful if you plan to walk a preplanned route using a GPS, Memory-Map doesn't seem to allow changes to font size for the labels so maps printed at small scale have labels that are difficult to read. At large scale, labels overlap, with the same effect.
If you accidentally delete anything there is no undo function.
There is a facility for adding notes to a map, it appears to be limited to 250 characters. After that it doesn't just stop allowing character entry, it all goes horribly wrong by adding new text at the beginning, ruining what has been already entered.
For printing maps out, there is a function for selecting the map rectangular area to be printed but no simple way that I have discovered for selecting a shape with sides proportional to A4 except by guesswork. Printed maps thus often have large areas of white space on them as a result.