Thursday, December 01, 2005

Free version of MS Pocket Streets

Not that I would recommend a product from Microsoft (looking forward to the day Linux and OpenSource takes over the desktop). But the 2001 is a free version of Pocket Streets and it is available for download. You can use it with maps for its current version by converting it with PSConvert.exe (a free utility that basically changes the 3rd byte of a map file from 9 to 6 according to the description of its main window). The whole process is also explained here.

You can search for POI's and addresses, move around, zoom in & out, add pushpin's (waypoints) and that's it. No turn-by-turn directions and GPS support only to pinpoint you current location. Don't look for better GPS support in the current version either.