[aprssig] UIview or APRSpoint Users: Cheap road data update for MapPoint (North Am or Euro versions) !

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Tue Aug 23 06:33:19 EDT 2005

      Cheap Way To Update MapPoint 2004 With Newer Road Data

If you are using Microsoft MapPoint with either UIview/UIpoint,  or with 
APRSpoint, this can update your MapPoint database very inexpensively.

I just found out about this on a MapPoint developers' message board.  
All statements below about Streets & Trips apply to AutoRoute as well.   
[ AutoRoute is the European version of the product called Streets & 
Trips in North America. ]

Microsoft Streets & Trips  is the feature-limited consumer-oriented 
"lite"  version of MS MapPoint.   However both programs use the same raw 
data files for drawing their respective maps.

A new version of the consumer Streets & Trips is issued every year, but 
MapPoint is only updated every other year on the even years (2002, 2004, 

To update MapPoint 2004 with 2005 road data, purchase a copy of Streets 
& Trips 2005. At the present time, this is available at Wal-Mart in the 
U.S. for USD $30.   Do the full install that places all the data on the 
hard disk, rather than running from the CD.     Under the main Streets 
program directory, locate the sub-directory \DATA .   Select and copy 
all the files in this directory to the corresponding \DATA directory 
under the main directory for MapPoint 2004.   14 files, totalling about 
1GB, will be overwritten with like-named files.    [You may want to make 
a backup copy of the \DATA directory before overwriting it. Call it 
something like "DATA.2004" .]

You can then uninstall Streets & Trips to recover the approximately  1 
GB of disk space used by it.  Or you may wish to leave it installed 
since it's built-in GPS handler for stand-alone (non-APRS) real-time 
moving map displays  is so vastly superior to the GPS driver in MapPoint.

Stephen H. Smith    wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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