Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: North Central Massachusetts
Bikes: Cannondale R600
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I got Topo5 a few months ago and have been using it. If you only get one of the regions, I think it's $50 ($100 for whole US).
On the plus side, it has pretty amazing detail (it even has the elevations for my common driveway). I have found very few maps that can get down to such fine grained detail. And I'm not familiar with other programs, this one does provide elevation profiles. There are a lot of features that I've "discovered" - for example, you can change the stats associated with an elevation profile to give total climbing elevation, average grade, etc. Another feature is that you can have an elevation profile in one window and mouse along the route to associate the elevations with the map; at the same time, the grade is shown in real time, so you can see how steep a grade gets.
On the down side, zooming and panning is pretty slow (it's faster for me than the other poster, but not instantaneous), the user interface is totally non-intuitive and non-standard, and printing a map is frustrating (I guess I haven't figured out that part very well yet).
Overall, I consider it a worthwhile tool, but there's room for improvement.