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RouteBuddy is a mapping application that can be used as an alternative to the software that shipped with your GPS device. All the essential functions of your GPS device are supported; all you need is a Mac, a GPS, and, of course, RouteBuddy.


  • Create a route between locations
  • Navigate to a destination address or point of interest
  • Transfer waypoint, route, and track data to and from devices
  • Searching map data with FastSearch
  • Recording live GPS data and tracking your route
  • Connect multiple GPS devices to your Mac
  • Open several more...

What's New

Version 4.2.1:
  • Fixed bug that caused issues while searching


OS X 10.6.8 or later

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Frodo_life Member IconReview+286

It actually loads my Motion GPS files but seems to have no Australian Maps and even if they would need to be purchased separately so not useful for me at all

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Version 3.5
Big77 Member IconReview+149

Astonishingly slow rendering a map. On an 8 core power mac with plenty of free memory it's quicker to go to google maps via a slow internet connection and get the map than it is for Route Buddy to draw it from the internal hard disk. And zoom in a notch? Yup, we wait all over again. Makes no difference if I use Open GL or software rendering. That said, version 3 seems only slightly slower than version 2, which also was horrible.

Entering an address is hit or miss -- generally miss.

Importing and displaying tracks works very well.

I like the company and love they are filling a niche. The product continues to disappoint. I will still support the effort and hope they get it right one day.

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Version 3.0
Jimw Member IconComment+455

Garmin provides its users with free software that does this but it only works with Garmin GPS units.

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Version 3.0
Szq Member IconReview+47

I never found this program easy to use. Addresses need to be enter in a certain format to work (not like searching on mapquest or google maps).
I bought version 1 years ago, and it doesn't seem to have progressed much over the years. I occasionally revisit the program hoping it now has that must have feature.
I hate to give this a bad review as its the only Mac mapping program, but it lacks luster and cost me a lot of money for something Google offers for free, and my Garmin does much better.

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Version 2.5
blloyd Member IconReview+216

RouteBuddy is a very "Mac-like" GPS application for the Mac, and I have been able to successfully create waypoints and routes and upload them to my Garmin devices (Nuvi 660 and Oregon 400t, neither of which are "officially" supported, but both of which work with the device).

In 2 days of use, I've found it much nicer to use than Garmin's Bobcat software, which seems _so_ focused on showing my waypoints for the local gas stations and McDonald's. What I want, really, is to put in some waypoints for places I want to visit, or to hike to. And RouteBuddy makes that fairly straightforward... though the lack of any Topo maps for it is a bit limiting.

It's faster than Bobcat as well, for me.

I have had a couple crashes with the app, mostly when moving around and scrolling in/out. One of the big pains with this, that I've found, is that if you find and "save" a bunch of waypoints, but then RouteBuddy crashes, you lose everything you've done since the last time you quit the application. That IMO is _not_ nice... stuff should be written out instantly to avoid this. I don't want to have to trawl through and do everything twice.

Also, the map info they use, while good, has some inaccuracies. I mapped my parents house in Scottsdale, AZ and it came back with a City address of "Deer Valley." Though it put the house in the right location! This is not directly a RB problem, but because it's the maps they use, it certainly affects them. This is with the latest (2008-04) maps as well.

So in the end, it's $150-$170 for an application plus US or North America maps compared to what Garmin is offering for free. Worth it? Right now it seems like it has some legs, but let's see it get some more in terms of features and stability, and quick.

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Version 2.2
bentcruiser Member IconComment+1

Routebuddy seems neat from the demo. But comparatively it is expensive once you buy the software and the set of maps that you need.

I believe they should offer a set of maps to start with.

This may not seem like a big deal. But now that PC programs can be run smoothly on an Intel Mac, it is pertinent.

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Version 1.4
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Version 3.1.1
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Version Downloads 1,467
License Demo
Date 01 Jul 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $65.00
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