RouteBuddy
RouteBuddy
4.2.1

2.5

RouteBuddy free download for Mac

RouteBuddy

4.2.1
01 July 2013

GPS mapping application.

Overview

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.

Features:

  • 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 RouteBuddy map pages at once
  • Viewing and printing full-screen maps
  • Smooth synching of your data with your GPS device
  • Buying road mapping for worldwide countries
  • Harnessing the power of Google Earth and Google Maps from within RouteBuddy
  • Share geocache and other location data
  • Import geotagged URLs from the major online map services
  • Add useful metadata to your maps and waypoints
  • Post RouteBuddy URLs online to share with other users

What's new in RouteBuddy

Version 4.2.1:
  • Fixed bug that caused issues while searching

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8 RouteBuddy Reviews

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Big77
03 July 2011

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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
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
14 August 2017
Started fairly well and showed promise (back in 2006-2007). But over 10 years later… - …it is still slow. - …notably lacking in features. - …stores imported files in a DB3 database (rather than in the original format [in the Library > Application Support > RouteBuddy…] (which means, losing the originals may mean losing the files indefinitely, especially once RouteBuddy support is discontinued). -…the Satellite View (or even Map View) magnification is more limited than, say, Google Map's -…and yet the app loads considerably slower than does Google Maps. -…the waypoints properties don't shows the creation date and other metadata: only metadata manually assigned to the file. - …no shortcuts to delve into entry properties (i.e., 'Command-I") - it's right-click -only. -…he license isn't particularly affordable. -…I can't conceive a difference between the version 1.2.1 I bought back in early April 2007 - and the version 4.2.1 I paid for in years later. -…had to re-purchase maps, as the old ones were no longer supported. -…the address / lat. & long. search / look-up property is perfectly useless. It certainly is no Google Maps. -…RouteBuddy Atlas is fairly useless: has a poor interface, very limited set of features, etc. …I could go on and on, but I must admit that the customer support reacted quickly when I complained about the speed and crashes. With all that said, I do believe the app still holds promise (not at the current rate of progress!), although I imagine that since most people rely on Apple / Google Maps instead (and would hardly need RouteBuddy), there, it appears, is no incentive for the developer to continue developing the app. That is a shame - both because of private, nostalgic value (I bought the version 1.x to route My first serious bicycle tour I embarked on in 2007 that I miss sorely, in the most eventful, inspiring and memorable year of My life to date), as well because if polished properly and enriched with features, the app would really shine. Also, its interface was quite appealing at the time of purchase. Unfortunately, functionality is lacking even now.
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Version 4.2.1
RogerKatz
12 April 2015
RouteBuddy 3.5 hangs (won't open) in Yosemite 10.10.3
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Version 4.2.1
Frodo-life
26 November 2012
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
03 July 2011
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
02 July 2011
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
20 September 2009
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
21 August 2008
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
13 November 2007
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