National Geographic is selling a new version of its TOPO! state series mapping software. Instead of separate Windows and Mac versions, the new edition integrates support for both in one box. This release also incorporates the features found in the TOPO! Streets & 3-D Views expansion pack:
- 3-D views and fly-throughs
- Updated street layer information
- Live map update feature allows you to download new USGS quads
- Support for more GPS models including those using a USB interface
If you have one of the older versions (3.X), you’ll need to buy Streets & 3-D Views to upgrade. If you already have Streets & 3-D Views, you can download the latest upgrade to version 4.1.5. A Mac version of the upgrade is expected to be posted any day now.
The latest version also adds GPX file support, although at this time it only allows import of GPX files. I have been told that the next upgrade, due to be posted in April, will allow GPX file export. No word yet on whether this will allow the export of tracks, the current lack of which is the only major fault I can find with TOPO!
Finally, although the image on the TOPO! state series website shows the new version, it does not appear to have been otherwise updated. The current GPS compatibility list doesn’t even show the Garmin USB units made compatible by Streets & 3-D Views.
UPDATE: A conversation at Groundspeak tipped me off that, even though the update says v. 4.1.5, it is in reality now v. 4.2.2. This update includes support for Garmin x-series receivers and Magellan eXplorist. Still no .gpx file export though.
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