UK Government OK's South Downs National Park

posted by cw on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

UK Government ministers have announced the creation of a South Downs national park - almost 60 years to the day since it was recommended.

The South Downs, covering parts of Sussex and Hampshire, was among 12 areas identified for national parks in the 1940s. Environment Minister Hilary Benn has said the area will become England's 10th national park. Further consultation will be carried out on six additions to the boundary.

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UK Outdoors Show

posted by cw on Tuesday, March 24, 2009

This weekend sees the Outdoors Show return to Birmingham's NEC with its mix of 'have-a-go' sports exhibits, trade stands selling outdoor gear, and travel stands with information on inspirational destinations.

Both Mike and I will be at the show on Friday. Mike is likely to be found on the GPSTraining booth (OU425), and I will be around a number of different areas. On Saturday, we'll be at the GPSTraining booth again.

So do come by and say hello, ask us any questions, or if you want to see the latest version of ViewRanger in action on the touchscreen Nokia 5800.

If you're looking to add some mapping to your existing ViewRanger installation - or indeed to get started with the ViewRanger phenomenon - then GPSTraining have a few "Show Offers" to tempt you.

We're Tweeting

posted by cw on Friday, March 20, 2009

You can now follow ViewRanger on Twitter at

We'll be using Twitter to keep you updated on what we're doing, how we're doing it - and we hope to hear from you too.

GPS Daily Rates Outdoor GPS Units

posted by cw on Saturday, March 07, 2009, Imagine Publishing's new web site, has published reviews of ViewRanger, the Garmin Oregon 300, and the Magellan Triton 300 devices.

We're pleased to say that ViewRanger outscores both of the dedicated GPS units in almost every category of Performance, Design, Features, and Value.

ViewRanger : Performance 9, Design 8, Features 9, Value 9, Overall: 9
Garmin Oregon: Performance 7, Design 9, Features 8, Value 8, Overall: 7
Magellan Triton: Performance 7, Design 8, Features 5, Value 6, Overall: 6

Commenting on ViewRanger, says: "As you’d expect with a mature GPS application, all the usual features are here, along with a few extras that make the program unique. Using either an external Bluetooth or integrated internal GPS receiver, the application delivers quick and accurate positioning, highlighting both your location and direction of travel clearly on 1:25k or 1:50k OS maps."

"It’s the interactive features that really set ViewRanger apart from the competition, and the area where most of the new developments have been made."

In summing up says "Overall, the new features, along with worldwide GPS location in data format and an ever-expanding map, would make this an application of interest to any smartphone user; but as the sole S60-based application compatible with a high proportion of the most popular mobiles, it becomes almost essential for the outdoor user. And besides its serious uses, the interactive and shared features make ViewRanger fun at the same time."