updated 02:05 am EST, Tue December 6, 2011
Route and track editing, new devices, more
Digital map software maker RouteBuddy has updated its eponymous software for Mac and Windows to version 3.2, adding 60 new tools and components to increase compatibility with new GPS devices as well as give users more ways to edit and manage map data. Support for 29 new devices as well as significant additions to route and track editing have been made, and compatibility has been improved on two Garmin GPS devices.
The new version brings significant new features to route editing, including new commands to continue route from start and end; join, split and undo routes; create route via menu and smooth route segments; draw route direction and make route color opaque, and the ability to name newly-created routes by type. Track editing gains the ability to join tracks, split tracks by days or segments, duplicate tracks via right-click, duplicate a track to a place file, sort tracks by start time, draw the track direction and join tracks without timestamps by selection order in order to control join order.
Data management gains 10 new features, including undo and re-do for waypoints, routes, places and tracks; the ability to remove items from Place or Library using contextual menus; an undo for moved items, deleting items on right-click, and multiple item deletion from the browser. The software update menu has also been modified to link to a new site.
GPS support has been improved for the Garmin eTrex Legend and eTrex Vista HCx, including the detection of device timeouts. Support for 29 new devices have been added, including 22 from Garmin and seven from TomTom. Version 3.2 also adds altitude display, allows middle points to appear as RP with unique number references, and newly-created Features can now be named by type.
The update is free for registered users. RouteBuddy is available for OS X 10.5 and higher, or Windows XP and higher, and sells for $60. Users of previous versions of RouteBuddy may qualify for a special upgrade price to version 3.x. Aerial, road and topographic maps are sold separately.