You can download the free version of the RouteBuddy Application either directly from the website or from the link sent to you within your “Thanks for your Purchase” email.
Install the RouteBuddy Application
Depending on whether you are using Mac or Windows, the download will have a file with the extension of .dmg (for Mac) or .exe (for Windows). Double click and follow the installation instructions on the screen.
Note: If you already have RouteBuddy installed and you have been advised of a version update, once you initiate the update the new version will automatically be installed.
If you have purchased the RouteBuddy Application, be sure to store a backup copy of the downloaded .dmg or .exe file and also the details of your user name and license code as sent to you in your RouteBuddy license email.
RouteBuddy can be installed safely on both Windows and Mac computers. The program is coded so that the highest level of security and integrity for installation on your machine is maintained.
If you have installed Mountain Lion on your Mac then you will need to change the Security settings for "Allow applications downloaded from" to "Anywhere" when installing the App.
Changing the Installation Location
If you decide to change the default installation location of the software please refer to the RouteBuddy Files section of the manual to ensure that Maps are also installed in the correct location for access by the RouteBuddy program.
Start using RouteBuddy
To start using RouteBuddy look in your Applications (Mac) or Program (Windows) folder where you will see the RouteBuddy application. On start up, a RouteBuddy icon showing progress appears in the centre of your screen and you will then be greeted by the RouteBuddy welcome screen. We suggest setting up a shortcut to opening the application.
The first time you open RouteBuddy you will be presented with an "task" sheet to ask you what you would like to see or do.
What you can do with you free version of RouteBuddy?
The features of the RouteBuddy Application are detailed on the RouteBuddy page of the website. You can do a lot with the free version, there are three small demo maps of Santa Fe (Road), Lac du Sagalou (IGN), Afan Valley (Ordnance Survey GB 1:25k) and Yosemite Valley (USGS Topo 1:24k). We are limited by the data suppliers as to how much free data we can give but each of these maps will enable you to test out RouteBuddy features.
All RouteBuddy digital map products can be viewed in the free version
Try connecting your device via USB or Bluetooth and see if it is recognised (the Device Window will appear). If it doesn't actually name it but is clearly communicating with it you will be given the option to register it so that it is recognised and named the next time you connect. You can download a limited amount of data from your device to make sure the transfer of data is working.
You have a limited number of Place files you can set up for organisation of your data. The more data you create/collect, the more Place Files/Folders you will need.
You can print but all prints will be overlaid with a watermark.
If you have already purchased the RouteBuddy Application
Follow the instructions sent to you in your RouteBuddy licence email or go to the Licensing section of this guide.
Problems Installing RouteBuddy?
Have you downloaded the correct version of RouteBuddy for your Operating System (Windows or Mac)?
If you are upgrading an old version, RouteBuddy should just install the new version and the old version will be sent to the Recycle Bin/Trash
If you still have problems then RouteBuddy may just need to be re-set. Turn your computer completely off wait for a minute or so then turn it on again.