"can't live with it; can't live without it"2.0 starson by ezagent
Pros: inexpensive; gets you there
Cons: frequently clueless; annoyances persist
Summary: This is my third version of Street Atlas. Each time I upgrade it's with the hope that the program will be easier to use and more accurate. The bad overpowers the good.
Popup balloon tips force you to move the mouse to create a route. The program does not have a standard windows menu. Sure would be nice to alt-tab with drop down actions and alternate shortcuts.
Routing leaves much to be desired. I know Boston well and more often than not I only use the map when I get close to see the actual street. One ways that don't show up on the map are a constant irritation. Streets dead end at railroads but appear as through-ways. Directions say take a left, but a left turn is illegal. Other times directions say turn but the road is divided, etc.
Custom routing enables the user to edit the map to make corrections, but there are too many to deal with.
The program crashes frequently, most often coming out of hibernation on a laptop .
I use the software daily. I hope for a day when an upgrade comes along that approaches 100% accuracy with a helpful rather than awkward user interface. This IS an indispensable tool, but it could be SO much better.