Most Garmin satellite navigation systems come with Mapsource, which is a software that is designed to be loaded onto a PC and accessed from a PC. From your PC maps can be studied and journeys and adventures planned using this software. A Mapsource GPS then is really any GPS system that can utilize the information and data from this software. In short, Mapsource allows you to make the most of your GPS unit
Specifically the Mapsource software gives you the chance to study and view maps of specific areas on your computer. In this way you can isolate and study regions and areas that have been mapped and so plan your journeys with precision. Since these mapped areas are vast in many cases, the software will further allow you to crop and focus in on only the areas of interest to you. If you tried to upload a whole mapped out State for instance, there would not be enough space on your GPS unit to take the data!
One of the best things about any GPS is that there are a wide variety of different area and country specific maps and guides that you can make use of. From lakes in the Northeast United States, cities in Canada and Metro Guides to Europe. All are available to study online and then upload to your Mapsource GPS unit, this software will really allow you to make real and wide use of your navigation system.
On the maps themselves you will not find street names but instead points of interests and when the zoom feature is used, topography of some detailed areas can also be seen. It is particularly useful when planning outdoor events such as hiking, trekking and camping.
Many of the Mapsource GPS that make use of this software, are multifunction units that will give you text to speech turn by turn information as it guides you from A to B. When you opt for one of these units, you also have at your finger tips some really powerful entertainment capabilities. Need to brush up on your language skills for a particular country you might be visiting, Then don’t worry, because once you upload your GPS with the relevant map information, you can then load up your navigation unit with some language guides and learn as you drive. Not only that when you’re ready to take a break, you can watch videos on your unit and even listen to music on the mp3 facility of the unit.
These Mapsource GPS units are powerful gadgets that will not only take you to your destination but will also entertain and keep you well informed.