When I was tasked with setting up the GPS Resources initiative in 2011 I was working with two challenges; 1) I wasn’t a GPS user and 2) I didn’t know the first thing about custom Points of Interests. There were a couple of certainties though- 1) members had been tinkering with putting TD stuff onto GPSs for years and were willing to help us out; 2) GPS devices were fairly straightforward devices 3) And that the best one was a Navman- which is what we bought as our office test device.
Fast forward six years later which is slower in real life, but a greatly accelerated one tech-wise- in spite of (vigorous) member declarations that they would have nothing to do with ‘techie things’, the data proves otherwise. Nearly half the access to the website is via mobile and over 17K have downloaded the NZMCA Travel app. And oh, members have a fondness for high-end Apple products.
Facing irrelevance, GPS makers turned to mobile devices for design and style cues and now you have iPad Mini-sized screens, refined interfaces, data-connection and integrated cameras. Price-points dropped and lifetime-free maps became standard. Without even knowing the market shares, the buzz from members alone put two brands ahead of the pack- Garmin & TomTom.
In comparison, Navman and its Navdesk programme which you needed to install from a CD (a CD!!) seemed quaint, or worse, backward.
But to use a familiar cliche, you can’t put a good (man) product down and maybe, we’re still rooting for a product whose roots are actually Kiwi. The truth is, Navman probably didn’t really go away but worked quietly in the background to crafting updated, more competitive products.
I personally like their devices (at this point, I have handled hundreds of Navman devices) especially the ease of putting in the TD POIs and I’m pretty sure that members will agree with me, that it’s about time, we all get re-acquainted again, with an old favourite.
DOING THE NAVMAN
A step-by-step guide to installing the Travel Directory (TD) POIs (Points of Interest) into your Navman GPS.
Updated July 2017, this installation guide is applicable generally to most (newer) Navman devices even if the interface may vary because of model & year.
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