You'll find more trails in RouteBuddy

Powerful and easy to use Desktop Map Software for Windows and Mac OS X

Faster than web maps

Full Map Screen with RouteBuddy's unique WorldGeo™ Topo Maps

Download Free RouteBuddy Demo software for Windows or Mac OS X
"Firstly let me say: nice product, enjoying using it, much better than the competition..."
David Dodd

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I've been using RouteBuddy for several years now and find it excellent both for route-planning and for use in the wilds with print-out maps
Chris Townsend, long distance UK and USA hiker, author, TGO magazine columnist and blogger
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RouteBuddy for PC and Mac

  • Why there are More Trails in RouteBuddy

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    RouteBuddy map software for Windows and Mac OS X in that it offers the ability to layer offline maps and online maps over each other, additionally you can merge different maps, from different cartographers, next to each other. Lastly you overlay regularly update digital satellite maps over any of your maps.
  • RouteBuddy List Guide

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    Powerful digital map software
    • Clear and easy to use interface that brings useful and powerful tools to your fingertips
    • Many unique features that are not available from our competitors
    • Universal toolbar that looks and works the same on both Mac and PC
    • Plot Routes by clicking on map
    • Drag and Drop Route files from your GPS, from friends and websites
    • Analyse elevation, ascent, descent and other statistics
    • Export Routes to GPS with RouteBuddy Sync
    • View your Waypoints, Routes and Tracks over Road, Topo, or Satellite Imagery
    • Detailed route editing, with route styling (colour, line thickness, style and opacity)
    • Export Route Card Data in editable CVS format
    • Import Tracks
    Modern Maps
    • All RouteBuddy Maps have been converted to the modern WGS84 format, the same format that Google use.
    • Totally unique to RouteBuddy's Maps
    • With WGS84 maps you can layer and merge Topo and Vector maps from all around the world
    • With WGS84 maps you can use place Satellite Maps over your Topo maps - and see more trails
    • State-of-the-art animated layer technology makes for smooth layer transition
    Print Maps
    • Print your maps on waterproof or normal paper.
    • Change the scale of the maps for printing making it great to print a 25K map at 1:10K scale and not need glasses or a magnifier
    • Print Route Cards
    Safe storage of your valuable GeoData
    • Backup Waypoint, Routes and Tracks from your GPS to RouteBuddy on your computer
    • Create multiple libraries of your GPS activities
    • Create folders and folders-within-folders logically store your GeoData
    Plug-and-play GPS support for
    • iPhone, iPad and many Garmin, TomTom and USGlobalSat devices
    Why RouteBuddy?
    • RouteBuddy is a multifunctional mapping application which can seamlessly layer road, topo and satellite imagery maps providing you with an all-round experience unrivalled by any other software. It is not just a topo map application, nor just a satellite map application, nor a road map application… in a nutshell it does all!
    • Fast, sure and powerful desktop mapping that beats all the others hands down. Winning award after award RouteBuddy has been voted the Outdoor Industries best and most innovative digital map software by long-distance walkers who need powerful tools.
    • Use all sorts of Topo or Road maps in the same software and then layer satellite imagery 'directly' over the top like no-one else offers for very detailed planning.
    • For your iPhone and iPad then please visit our RouteBuddy Atlas page for more information
    • RouteBuddy desktop software can use Road AND Topo maps
    • RouteBuddy Atlas mobile software only uses Topo maps
  • RouteBuddy Pictorial Guide

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    What are you missing in other map software?
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    In RouteBuddy you can see many more trails…
    DirectLayer means that we directly layer satellite maps over topo maps - so no map bounce***
    1 OS Map - shows no marked trail
    2 Bing Satellite - shows that several trail options exist
    3 Plan route - mark out the trail you want in Bing and RouteBuddy
    4 Change view - to see route over topo map and export to GPS
    Friends and Teamworkers need a common map tool that works offline…
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    RouteBuddy is built on a universal foundation, which it is identical on both Windows and Mac OS X
    Talk Mac or PC
    - Doesn't matter, you'll be at home on either OS with RouteBuddy
    Moving OS
    - Doesn't matter, your licence works on both
    Mixed Use for Training
    - No problem, app commands are identical.
    The only way to safely back up your waypoints, routes and tracks…
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    Big Data just Drag and Drop into RouteBuddy
    Millions of Outdoors Routes are free on the web...
    - so you need powerful Organisation, Search and Filter tool
    RouteBuddy's Places, Folders and Sub-Folders
    - help you file, mix and match
    Don't leave GeoData on your iPhone
    - back it up to RouteBuddy on PC or Mac so you don't lose it
    Why RouteBuddy doesn't offer online maps…
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    Offline or Online maps?
    Online map planning suffers from: time-lag / indirect map layers / paltry tool set / visual clutter / browser limitations / adverts / appallingly slow speed
    Why pay twice for the same map? - once for online use and again for use on your mobile. #Ripoff
    Offline Map Software from RouteBuddy
    - is the opposite of the online map problems above, so move over to RouteBuddy
    - you can use our maps on both computer and mobile
    Why you can see more Trails in RouteBuddy…
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    It's all about layers…
    There are more trails on view in RouteBuddy than anyone else offers

    Flip between map and satellite view and see trails not on topo maps or in competitors software

    Bing map satellite imagery layers are in RouteBuddy and use 'direct layering' of map imagery over topo maps

    Unique, powerful and easy - with just one click
    Print your own paper maps…
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    Print a Route Strip Map or a Map Area
    - Printed show the big picture.
    - Digital are best for bad weather.
    - Printed don't need a battery.
    - Digital can track or find location.

    Out in the wilds?
    ...take both a printed map and your iPhone
    as many copies as you like!
    The best is right here, connecting all your devices...
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    Multi-platform map software for Windows, Mac OS X & iOS
    - Use to Plan, Print and Navigate.
    - Better value than online maps.
    - Powerful Tools online maps lack.
    - Use on computer and in mobile.
    - Faster than online maps.
    - Faster than competitors maps.

    Pay only once for any Topo map from our store and use on your iPhone, iPad and PC or Mac.
  • Apple's new GateKeeper | Loading RouteBuddy in Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan

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    Question: I get a warning about Unidentified Developers.
    Is RouteBuddy safe? Yes. | What do I do? Follow the 5 steps below.

    What is this all about?
    From OS X Mountain Lion onwards Apple embedded a safety feature called GateKeeper. Some developers, like RouteBuddy, have chosen not to adopt this system.

    If RouteBuddy adopted Apple's GateKeeper system then Apple expects our customers to buy the same map twice-over (for RouteBuddy and for our GPS Nav App Atlas) as all purchases would have to be made via
    both of Apple's app stores (mobile and desktop). In a telcon with Apple's representative we were told that it would not be possible to sync map purchases between both stores and therefore both apps.

    In contrast any maps bought via the RouteBuddy Store can be loaded on all three platforms and you only pay for the maps once.

    The warnings on loading a non-GateKeeper application seem intimidating but Apple's clear instructions below simply show you the easy way around this.
    Apple's 5 step Instructions for loading non-GateKeeper software:
    Override your security settings and open the RouteBuddy app.
    1 In the Finder, locate the app you want to open.
    2 Don’t use Launchpad to do this. Launchpad doesn’t allow you to access the shortcut menu.
    3 Press the Control key and click the app icon, then choose Open from the shortcut menu.
    4 Click Open.
    5 The app is saved as an exception to your security settings, and you can open it in the future by double-clicking it just as you can any registered app.

    Another way to grant an exception for a blocked app is to click the “Open Anyway” button on the Security pane of System Preferences. This button is available for about an hour after you try to open the app.
    To open this pane, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy.

RouteBuddy 4.2 Pro - Licensed Version
  • Add more features to RouteBuddy

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    By licensing RouteBuddy you can add all of these powerful features below:
    • Maps areas and Strip Maps
    • Route Cards without the big 'Demo' watermark
    Manage GeoData
    • Create as many Place Files and Folders as you like to hold Waypoints, Routes and Tracks
    Import and Export GeoData
    • In a variety of file formats GPX, KML, CSV, GARMIN and TomTom formats
    • Waypoints, Routes and Tracks directly to/from recognised GPS devices
    Sync iPhone and Computer
    • and backup Maps and GeoData over WiFi and USB, to/from your iOS device... easy, quick and simple
    • RouteBuddy Software comes with Demo maps only (see above) you need to choose the maps you want to use with the software from the large collections we have on the RouteBuddy Store
  • Get more from RouteBuddy Topo Maps

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    Buy once
    • Use on up to 5 of your devices.
    RouteBuddy Store
    • Low prices, massive selection.
  • Buy RouteBuddy 4.2 Pro now and enjoy the extra features

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    RouteBuddy 4.2 Pro costs £39.99
    Click here to buy on the RouteBuddy Store
  • System Requirements

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    Mac OS X
    Software: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
    Hardware: Intel Mac
    Windows OS
    Software: Windows XP SP3 or higher
    Hardware: Intel
    RouteBuddy is built to take advantage of multi-core and multi-threaded processors
    RAM - always max your RAM to get the best from your OS and any application
    RouteBuddy is not recommended for use with Mac OS X El Capitan's Split Screen mode
*Excludes In-App maps from Apple's iTunes Store.
**Purchase of RouteBuddy desktop software required.
***Map bounce is when online map software zooms out from the Topo Map and then zooms in on the Satellite Map and the reverse happening when you go back to the topo map. In essence this causes disorientation as your eyes are taken off the map detail (and wastes your time). RouteBuddy has DirectLayer technology where Topo and Satellite Maps just fade from one to the other - the you cam keep an eye on all of the detail!