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    Guru Maps Pro - Offline Maps & Navigation

    I am looking for a simple and easy to use (geriatric mode ) navigation/mapping software to use on our trips. I have to get a small tablet (my MS Surface Pro is too big) so the OS is not important but the money it is so perhaps an 8" Lenovo can be the one if it has good reviews.
    Is the Guru Maps a good option or there are some better software available out there?
    Our plans, at the moment, are to use in Tasmania, South Australia, and Victoria.
    Inputs are appreciated .

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    Hi,
    From just a quick look at Guru Maps Pro on the web, (I have not downloaded it), I wonder why you have not considered the Hema App?
    It served us well on our last trip and did pretty well everything we needed it to.
    Google maps/satellite does well tool as long as you can get mobile data,
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by austastar View Post
    Hi,
    From just a quick look at Guru Maps Pro on the web, (I have not downloaded it), I wonder why you have not considered the Hema App?
    It served us well on our last trip and did pretty well everything we needed it to.
    Google maps/satellite does well tool as long as you can get mobile data,
    Cheers
    Tnak you for your reply
    Which operations system are you using and the size of the screen? An 8" tablet will be sufficient?
    Are you using the VMS MAP EXPLORER 3D or the basic Explorer?

    The reviews in this link are a worry Hema Explorer on the App Store

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    Hi,
    Yep, 8" screen Android Galaxy Tab running the Hema App.
    Some features I like.
    Maps of the same scale cover all of Australia so you get a uniform representation of the topography at that scale.
    Change to a different scale and you get more or less information but it is the same visually Australia wide.
    The built in maps (you download the states you want) cover 98% of what I need BUT there are additional national topo maps you can subscribe to to view on line (parts can be pre-downloaded along a route) as you want. Some are 1:25,000.
    You can join cloud.hema.com.au and view your tracks that automatically upload after a day or so and share or use as you want.
    There are classes of waypoints (fuel, food, camping monuments, scenic lookout, or private) that you can show/hide to your needs.
    You can record, pause, stop, or restart your track as you want.
    Track colours change day to day but are editable as you want.
    Waypoints are editable, both position and appearance. The icons however are changeable but not editable, the set supplied is the only option. It is usable, but many are just not what I would use.
    I'm happy to let you play with mine if you would like to see a working installation, I can pm you my address in Taroona,.
    Cheers

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    Thank you again for your help.
    I will get a Lenovo 8" tablet then which perhaps can talk with my Samsung S10 just in case that's is needed.
    I will get the software as soon as I came back from the Scamander trip.
    I live in Kingston so we are close by if I need help to "clean" my rusty brain

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    I've got a Galaxy 8 inch tab and Hema maps, works well for me. I also have Sygic for offline navigation around towns, works OK so far.
    Have found the Galaxy has randomly rebooted a couple of times, but not that frequent.

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    Couple of other ios Apps that u could consider (not sure if they are available on android) is:
    • Mapout
    • PocketEarth
    • WikiLoc
    • NewTracs (Aussie App)


    some are free and some req a subscription
    Cheers.....
    Rob M


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