Originally Posted by johnbaker15
I have been looking into software that provides mapping for Garmin and Tomtom GPS devices.
The main reason is that I am considering purchasing the new TomTom rider, it is priced at $399.95 on the TomTom web site.
It looks like TomTom uses software called Tyre, that also works with Garmin and Google files. I have been playing around with it today using some routes saved from my Garmin. At first blush Tyre seems to be quite easy to use. I was wondering if anyone here has used it much and what they think of it's capabilities vs Basecamp?
I've used it a bit. It's nice because it uses Google Maps, and that makes it familiar to use.
The problem with it is that when you send your route to the Garmin, you get a route with just the waypoints and a track. Since the route is made up of waypoints, you'll get "announce" behavior for all of them, and they'll show up as favorites on your Garmin. This is what most of us try to avoid by using shaping points in BC.
The other thing to watch for is "near misses". If you create a waypoint manually in Tyre on a road, that point may or may not end up exactly on the road when you move it to the Garmin, since they're using different map data. If I were going to use Tyre, I would use it to take advantage of Google Maps to rough out a route, then move the resulting Tyre route into BC. Then in BC, clean it up by using the insert tool to place shaping points near the waypoints you created in Tyre solely for the purpose of shaping the route (i.e. they are not true destinations, either final or along the way) so that you can put them on intersections and they won't all announce; then delete the waypoints that Tyre sent over.
But after trying that work flow a few times I finally decided it was easier to just rough it out in Google Maps, put that up on one screen, fire up BC on the other screen and build the route from scratch by visually matching the Google route to the degree that I want to. But that's just me.
I almost always start with Google to get a feel for distances and times, make some decisions about the roads I want to take, then go build it in BC. Once you've decided on the roads, building the route in BC just takes a couple of minutes. The time-consuming part is trying different roads, checking distances, trying a different road, etc. In other words, iteratively working toward a reasonable plan. That's where Google Maps really shines...and you have Street View there to check roads and get a better feel for things.
If you just want to do a simple route, and don't mind the "announce" behavior and getting a bunch of favorites that don't really mean anything, then Tyre might be a good choice. Certainly the learning curve will be easier than BC if you've never used it or don't care to learn it.