Windows Mobile devices
We have found 2 software, both are free.
The first is fantastic one named NaviComputer and can be downloaded at the developer website, here: http://NaviComputer.com/. It uses street or topographic maps - no satellite.
The other, less sophisticated but allow you to bypass the satellite challenge: You can enter to it a map image from any source and align it and navigate with it in the trails. It can be downloaded here: http://www.freewarepocketpc.net/ppc-download-daidalos.html . This is a software for advanced users, but its has advantage - it can take any kind of map images - a picture of your map or print screen of a map from any website, and with a little tricky technical will align it self to the image, and now you can walk right on a satellite image of your favorite trail. It come very useful if you have hi resolution satellite maps that are not available at Google Maps or MS Maps websites.
This is the point to encourage you to donate to the developers. Both navigation software are phenomenal pieces, each with its own unique features, and we are warmly recommend both. And yes - it is free, but we want to keep those developers in business so we can keep enjoy their creations and have our Windows Mobile device a little longer till Microsoft kindly wake up and create some modern OS.
Please find the donate button on each website and donate! It takes lots of time - years, to built a descent software.
We have donated $5 and we think you all should donate as well.
Here are some tutorials about how to download a trail and get the device ready for the next trip.
The NaviComputer first. It is the easier one with more options and most practical of the two
Installation: The NaviComputer is installing 2 modules: One is on your device. That is the navigation software. The other is on your computer, and is allowing you to mark an area around a trail on a map and download it into a file. it allow you to choose the amount of details to be downloaded, from earth to detailed trees. Such download can take long time, so while it is downloading the map, you can keep using your mobile device and even leave home - the NaviComputer will complete the download unattended.
When download completed, you copy the file and paste it into the Maps folder of the NaviComputer software, located in the Program folder.
Here is a pictured instructions for using the NaviComputer:
1. Opening the software: You'll see the world map. Zoom in and drag it to where you want to ride or hike. Note that the NaviComputer can work on Online as well as on Off line mode. For now, you want to be on the On-Line mode.
2. Once the approximate area is visible, you'll click on the GPX folder.
3. It is now time to choose the trail you want to hike or ride. Simply click on it and wait 1 - 2 seconds. It will get highlighted and you'll see the pin in red, like in the next image.
To see any trail in the GPX folder you need to either download it from a website on the internet or copy some trails in GPX files right from your computer... See here how.
4. This is how it looks when a trail is selected. Not at the bottom that the distance and estimate time is indicated.
Again, please note that you must save trails in GPX format in the GPX folder so you can see it.
5. Now that you've selected a trail, click on the map button once again. You'll notice the trail marked with red line, assuming that the trail is in the visible area of the map.
If you do not see the trail, drag the map and zoom out till you can see it.
Once you see the trail, you zoom in to it. There are few types of maps to choose from. Choose the one that suit you.
6. NaviComputer offers 4 different types of maps, each is better for different purpose.
For riding trails or road or for hiking, you would usually use the OpenCycleMap.
If you intend to drive a long range cross country you may want to choose the OpenStreetOsm or try the other maps and see which works for you.
7. When you change the map type, you'll notice that the map image change accordingly.
8. Now that you've chosen the map type, zoom in as much as you need to see the trail you are about to walk in.
You can now suspend your device and go to the trail head.
9. Once at the trail head, you will turn on the device and activate the GPS.
When you'll start to walk, You'll click on the center button, and then on the "Start New Track..." bar. The bar become red, and from now on your device records your location and mark your path in blue line on the map.
10. As your trip progresses you will see here the vertical profile of the trip you are riding / hiking or driving. You cam freely click on the different buttons, and move from the map to the trip recorder screen and so on. The NaviComputer keeps record your path.
11. When you are back, You'll click on the recording button again, and then click on the Stop Track button. This will open a dialog that will allow you to save the trip you've just walked or ride or drove.