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Old 12-10-2013, 01:20 PM   #1
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Latest Updates for Rand McNally GPS...

Part 1

In case owners haven't updated recently.

Ours is the 7710.

Release Notes;

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Updates in this release:

· The Tips and FAQ have been replaced with a “?” icon on the top of many screens.

· Route Preferences have been enhanced with 3 new settings:
o Turn Announcements
§ This controls the three voice prompts for upcoming turns. Note that not all three are used in all cases depending on the distance to the turn.
o Turn View Distance
§ Set the distance at which the map will automatically zoom into a close up view of your upcoming turn. Note that if you are in 3D map view, with Auto Zoom on, this is not needed, so it is turned off.
o Junction View Distance
§ This allows you to set the distance that the junction view screen appears from a freeway split, or exit.
· Fuel Log has been enhanced to allow entry of odometer information to calculate fuel economy. The nearest fuel station is also prefilled, but can be overridden.

· Warnings have been enhanced
o Warning display size can be set to either full display or status bar only. Note that serious warnings such as height and weight will always appear full display.
o Engine Brake warnings have been added
o Narrow road warnings have been added
o Speed warning has been enhanced to allow the entry of a fixed speed if desired.

· The Quick Planner now allows entry of any 2 cities or towns in the North America, instead of just major cities.

· Compare Routes has been added. This allows you to see a primary and alternate route and compare them.

· Good Sam campgrounds and ratings have been added. This combines the previous Woodall’s and Trailer Life information. Over 500 campgrounds added.

· Destination Address Entry has been enhanced to allow entry of the house number first, which can reduce the number of keystrokes needed to find your destination. You can switch between House Number first and Street first by just tapping the button. Whichever method you last used will be presented the next time.

· Address Book and Multi-stop Trip lists have been changed to a single column, to allow longer names.

· A full road map update has been provided for the US and Canada, including updated RV restrictions, speed limits, and propane restrictions.

· Thousands of TellRand customer corrections have been researched and applied to the database. This includes such things as vertical clearances, weight restrictions, and RV prohibited roads.

· Warning messages based on the direction of travel has been significantly improved.

· Updated Roadway Emergency phone numbers and RV trailer length guidelines per state/province.

· Updated Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club store data, including overnight parking. 195 Wal-Mart & Sam’s Club locations and 14 Distribution Centers have been added.

· Added new Best Of The Road (BOTR 2012) finalists and winners.

· Rest Areas and RV Parking information has been updated and approximately 160 additional rest areas have been added.

· Added new Roadside Attraction data under Rand McNally Editor’s Picks to allow users to find thousands of interesting and curious things to see along their route or destination. This includes movie locations, scenic views, historically significant locations and other curiosities that may be of interest when on the road.

· Added Camping World locations to RV Dealers and Repairs.

· Added approximately 2,000 RV Dump locations and improved positional accuracy.

· Updated RV friendly travel centers.

· Long term construction projects continue to be updated monthly.
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:21 PM   #2
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Part 2

Notes from Previous Release:

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· RVDA dealer and service providers can be listed separately from other dealers and service providers. To select a list of RVDA dealer and service providers - select the POI category “RV Services” then “RV Dealers and Service “. There will a tab to select just the RVDA members.
· Trails are also listed in Addressbook so that user can route to it.
· Route Color line now shows the color in a map view as you change it
· Trails now has the Set Color button enabled, with preview
· Advanced trails now shows as a line connecting the dots instead of just the dots.
· Address book icons can now be displayed on the map via a new Preference.
· Avoid State in Routing Preferences is working.
· Set As Home button is added.
· Fixed some hotel brand search previously not working.
· POI search speed improved. Now displays as items are found.
· CONCORD TWP: ERIE , PA vs CONCORD TWP: DELAWARE , PA can now be seen in list with township
· Fixed Puerto Rico city center in wrong location
· Fixed Speed limit in Indiana issue
· Fixed Niagara Falls search narrow down by country
· Bank & ATM now split into 2 subcategories, to fix what looked like duplicates but were really banks and ATM’s at the same location.
· You can download POI lists from places like POI Factory.com, and load them to your unit. You can then select how you want to see them and be told about them. There are 2 types - “Alerts”, and “General POI’s”. Alerts are for things like Red Light Cameras - something you want to be alerted about directly along your route. General POI’s are for items you want to be told about that could be 10 miles away from you in any direction, and you would like to see them on the map or be notified about them when you are in the vicinity. These are loaded using the Dock.
· Woodall’s campground ratings have been added. This is for commercial campgrounds only, and includes the ability to search by amenity such as WiFi or type of hookup, as well as Woodall’s ratings.
· Routing has been refined for RV classes.
· Custom POI Import has now been enhanced. You can download POI lists from places like POIFactory.com, and load them to your unit. You can then select how you want to see them and be told about them. There are 2 types - “Alerts”, and “General POI’s”. Alerts are for things like Red Light Cameras - something you want to be alerted about directly along your route. General POI’s are for items you want to be told about that could be 10 miles away from you, but are interesting, such as Railroad Museums, if that is what you downloaded. These are loaded using the Dock.

· A Mute button will now appear on the map screen whenever the unit is speaking. Touching this will mute the unit. The speaker icon will continue to appear whenever there is a new instruction, and can be tapped to enable voice again. A flashing icon will appear in the upper right of all screens as a reminder that the RVND is muted.

· When a new route is calculated, the route options (eg., Fastest, Freeway, etc), are now shown in text and icons during calculation as a reminder or what route options are being used.

· The route line is now wider for easier glancibility and the color can be changed in Preferences.

· Route recalculation when off route is now much faster.

· The Virtual Dashboard (green screen when hitting the current speed icon) now shows speeds in tenths.

· The “Busy” status icon has been adjusted to show busy status more accurately.

· Altitude (term changed to Elevation based on feedback) is now available as a choice from the upper right ETA button on the map screen.

· The warning distance to a freeway junction has been increased from 1,000 meters to 1,500 meters per driver feedback.

· You can now edit the names in the address book instead of having to replace them.

· Battery status now shows a “lightning bolt” when the unit is plugged in.

· Your zoom level setting is now retained more consistently. For example, finding a POI along your route will not reset your desired zoom level. This applies only when your zoom is set to “Manual”.

· Parking and Rest Area icons have been separated, so that if the item is Wal-Mart parking, the Wal-Mart icon will appear instead of Rest Area.

· Saving a location that is more than ¼ mile off a road will now save the actual lat/long position, instead of the nearest road.

· You can now save the current Multi-Stop trip to another name for future use.

· “Other Category” POI’s can now be selectively displayed on the map. In other words, you can turn off map display for all icons except Post Offices if you wish. Map icon without pushpin means to not display. Note: There are some categories for which map display selection will be enabled in a future release.

· The TellRand feature has been made easier to use. You no longer have to type in the issue/suggestion, you can select from a list, and just hit enter, in most cases. Current values of some items will now appear, such as current speed rounded to the nearest 5.

· Quick stop, Walmart now has a filter option for Pharmacy, 24 hours, and overnight parking.

· “Reverse” button has been added to Multi-stop trip, so you can reverse the trip.

· Campground choice for “All” is now in. You can now search for any campground, rather than having to choose by type first.

· Some issues which caused the Virtual Dashboard gauges to be inaccurate on occasion have been fixed.

· Startup Tips have been added. These appear every 5th startup. When you select “Don’t show again”, that tip is no longer presented. You can see the tips at anytime as a group by selecting Tips and Tutorials from Preferences, or the Legal Warning screen.

· “Avoid list” button to find and re-enable permanently avoided road segments has been added in Preferences.

· The screen brightness control has been improved.

· Checklist has been updated with fire safety.

· Several other bug fixes / enhancements / speed improvements based on feedback.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:20 PM   #3
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Yep, keep my RM 7710 updated on a regular basis.

I am however experiencing one problem.., I have my Rand McNally Dock installed on on two different Dell PC's (OS Windows XP Pro), has worked fine.., but purchased a new MacBook Pro laptop a few weeks back and can't get the Rand McNally Dock (MAC version) to complete an installation on the MAC OS X Mavericks.

Sent Rand McNally an e-mail last week, still waiting for a response. Next visit will be with Apple.

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Did u ever get problem with the Mac Pro resolved?
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I'm not sure if this thread is still active but here goes. I recently purchased the GS Rand McNally 7720 and I can't figure out how to get the unit to go to or show the display in 3D mode.
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