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 What's New Streets & Trips 2006 / AutoRoute 2006

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Marvin Hlavac Posted - 22 sept. 2005 : 00:00:51
What's new in

MS Streets & Trips 2006 / MS AutoRoute 2006

I will venture to say that most of us have purchased an item or two in our lives based on an advertised feature, but later we realized the feature didn’t do what we imagined it would. That can easily happen when we judge any kind of a product based purely on the promotional material, without actually trying the product in real life. Despite of that I would still like to share “What’s New in MS Streets & Trips 2006” only based on having read the documentation (promotional material) I received yesterday. A copy of the software should be in my hands within a day or two, then I will elaborate more on new features and relevant screenshots will be included.

So what can we really expect new?

1. Voice-Prompted Directions, the most requested feature since S&T 2005 is finally becoming a reality. Now a question remains if we are going to like the voice ;-)

2. Driving Guidance Pane is a new feature and it is supposed to include text-prompted turn-by-turn directions, enlarged arrows indicating where to turn, and distance measurement as drivers get closer to their destination.

3. Dynamic Turn View is another new feature, but I’m not clear on what it does. Based on what I’m reading it could be what others call “auto-zoom”, but let’s wait till we can take the software for a drive before we jump to wrong conclusions about this one.

4. Reroute from Here feature has been modified. If I understand it correctly it will (still) not suggest a new route automatically if you deviate from the originally calculated route, but the feature will somehow notify the user that you are off route and you will have the option to recalculate a new route by a single click of a button. Hmm, I’m not sure why they haven’t implemented a fully automatic recalculate function, but I want to avoid judging it solely based on reading about it. Again, let’s wait for a test drive ;-)

5. Night Map Style should make a lot of people happy. I’m looking forward seeing it. Will it automatically change from day color scheme to night color scheme like some navigation products do? I suspect not yet, but we shell discover soon.

6. Mapping Data for the U.S. and Canada now includes more than 5.9 million miles of local, city and highway routable roads and more than 1.8 million points of interest. Hmm, 1.8 million POI’s is the same number as in 2005 version, but I do see at least a marginal increase, for example Restaurants: 571, 588 this year (550,000 last year), Gas Stations: 93,574 this year (90,700 last year), etc. The number of routable miles may be a more interesting point to ponder: 5.9 million this year versus 5.4 million last year. That’s almost 10% increase. If the numbers are accurate then I wonder where the 10% is coming from? 10% is a lot.

7. Locate Me Lost without the GPS Locator? The new Locate Me technology helps consumers who don’t have a GPS Locator determine where they are at that moment by utilizing Wi-Fi hotspots to estimate their location. We will have to see how well this feature works, and perhaps more importantly WHERE it is capable of working. I’d like to caution readers not to think they now no longer need a GPS receiver. This is a new technology, the accuracy will not be able to compete with GPS technology, and availability of service will likely be a major stumbling block.

8. The optional GPS receiver (called by Microsoft: GPS Locator) has not changed since a year ago. It is again going to be iGPS-360 by Pharos. For the sake of future purchasers of MS Streets & Trips w/ GPS Locator I hoped Microsoft would include a GPS receiver based on the new SiRFstarIII chipset. The new SiRFstarIII receivers, introduced on the market about a half a year ago, are considerably more sensitive to weak GPS signals than anything on the market previously. The included iGPS-360 is based on older SiRFstarII technology. It works, but if you are willing to spend just a little bit more money, you may buy the best that the technology has to offer today. Luckily Microsoft doesn't use a proprietary protocol, but instead it uses NMEA standard. That means you are not tied to Microsoft's own GPS receiver, but you may select from a very wide variety of GPS receivers as most GPS receivers on the market today do support NMEA protocol.

9. There is no new PocketStreets version. Included with S&T will be (free) PocketStreets 2005 (I see disappointed PDA users.)

The public release day for Streets and Trips 2006 should be in about two weeks. Some time ago I was told it would be October 4th. Some stores report they expect to have it on their shelves as soon as October 3rd, but the documentation I received yesterday indicates October 6th as the day. I’m not sure about MS AutoRoute (European Maps). If I recall correctly AR goes on sale a couple of weeks after S&T, so we will have to wait still for more accurate info.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
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ELEGEND_YVR Posted - 24 janv. 2006 : 08:09:00
Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

LOL, actually the link is just fine ;-) Sorry, it was just a silly joke ;-) No such software exists ;-)

Good one, you fooled me.
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 24 janv. 2006 : 02:02:44
LOL, actually the link is just fine ;-) Sorry, it was just a silly joke ;-) No such software exists ;-)

Marvin Hlavac ~~~ To see my recent location click here :-)
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ELEGEND_YVR Posted - 23 janv. 2006 : 08:51:09
Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

Dumpper and AvisTow, your wishes have come true:

Over 1 Billion Miles of:
  • Dirt Roads
  • Back Roads
  • Private Driveways
  • 845,000 Trailer Park Locations

More info:

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
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Link is invalid
ELEGEND_YVR Posted - 23 janv. 2006 : 08:45:55
Originally posted by johno0230

I am posting because I have used S&T since 2000, and was very dissapointed with the 2005/gps version I purchased last year.

Indeed, I have a similar complaint for the last 4 years since using 2002. Black Angus Restaurant is on 165 South Samish Way, Bellingham Washington. Microsoft's co-ordinates and listing for all the businesses on South Samish way have been totally off and still are since 2002. The correct co-ordinates is 48.7349 N, 122.46925. Verifying all three map programs: Mapquest, Navteq and my Mapsource show the correct landmark/address. Tsk, tsk, tsk for Microsoft. I wonder how come their data is so skewed since they are using Navteq!
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 23 janv. 2006 : 01:06:09
If it is your neighbourhood you may want to take the time to let NavTeq know directly. Check Tips & Tricks, tip # 19 titled "Map errors and what to do with them"

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johno0230 Posted - 23 janv. 2006 : 00:37:45
Thanks, that answers my question. It has not been fixed yet, Those roads are about a mile east of their actual location. I turned this in as an error as soon as I purchased it last year. At least, all the others are wrong also.

Noel Johnson
Lexington, TN USA
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 23 janv. 2006 : 00:04:05
johno0230 Posted - 22 janv. 2006 : 03:54:16
I am posting because I have used S&T since 2000, and was very dissapointed with the 2005/gps version I purchased last year. The disappering streams and rivers was bad, but incorrect locations and roads was even more so. I drive a RV, and as I am lost most of the time, need a good reference source. From your comments, 2006 seems to be much improved. Could someone insert a screen shot of Lat 35.65565 N and Lon 88.43752 W for me. I would like to see if this error has been corrected before I purchase the 2006 copy .

Noel Johnson
Lexington, TN USA
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 17 janv. 2006 : 04:19:29
Hi Norman,

Welcome to GpsPasSion Forums! Wow, that looks like a very practical tool! And it’s free!

Some video adapters in some computers may have their own utility software for adjusting gamma, but the solution that you are letting us know about does seem to be much quicker to use. I briefly looked at it and I see it has hotkeys to toggle preset settings. For example I can use hotkeys to instantly switch from full brightness down to 15% brightness.

I'll try to find the time tomorrow to add this to Tips & Tricks. Thanks!

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zapus Posted - 17 janv. 2006 : 02:46:36
Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

MS Streets and Trips 2006 introduces a new map style designed for night driving. It reduces the driver distraction by bright computer screen. This is another very valuable newly added feature, and perhaps it could even be improved in future versions:


2. Even when we close all the toolbars, we are still left with the Title bar and Menu bar. I have always wished for a full screen mode in S&T, and this is now even more needed with the introduction of the night map style. The map is dark, but the bright Menu bar on top may be distracting to some users.

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada

Amateur astronomers have several hacks for dimming menu bars on their laptops and PDAs to preserve night vision while using planetarium and telescope-pointing software. One of them is DarkAdapted It allows you to adjust the screen's gamma settings (red, blue and green components) independently.

Norman Hicks
Marvin Hlavac Posted - 13 déc. 2005 : 12:59:46

If you just stumbled upon this >30 pages long thread and wish to get a quick overview of new features in MS Streets & Trips 2006 and/or MS AutoRoute 2006, yesterday published a summary of what is new in v.2006 at the following page:

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
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Marvin Hlavac Posted - 11 déc. 2005 : 18:00:09

I set down this morning to just out of curiosity compare map coverage of MS AutoRoute 2006 to MS AutoRoute 2002. The old 2002 version is still used by many people because it is the last version which covered parts of Europe no longer available in AR 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. Apparently MS at that time switched map data providers because the existing provider charged too high fees. But the coverage of Europe has suffered because of this and even now users can feel it in the newest AR 2006.

We can still benefit by using the old AR 2002 when traveling to some Eastern European countries which have absolutely no coverage even in the recently released AR 2006. Here is a list of what AR 2002 covered at least to some extent, but AR 2006 doesn’t at all: Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. (Did I miss something?)

NavTeq Corporation has already made available (to its direct customers) this year (2005) data for some of the above countries. Microsoft might have not had enough time to incorporate the new map data into AR 2006, but likely AR 2007 will expand east. Let’s hope.


By the way, I e-mailed to Microsoft yesterday our "GpsPasSion Wish List for S&T / AR 2007". Here is the link:

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
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Marvin Hlavac Posted - 07 déc. 2005 : 03:00:32

ARkeys is now working also with the French version of Microsoft AutoRoute 2006.

Free download and more info:

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
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Marvin Hlavac Posted - 05 déc. 2005 : 23:57:41
Hi Oldprowler, S&T 06 doesn't have such function :-(

Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
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admin_0 Posted - 05 déc. 2005 : 18:56:03
I hope this is the right place to post this question:
Is there any way to configure S&T to log trip data? What I would like to do is just log speed and time with a log entry every speed change of (maybe) 5 mph.

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