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  • Up-to-date, feature-rich topographic software works on PCs as a stand-alone product or in conjunction with Delorme GPS units
  • Updated highway, street, back road, and trail detail, including highways and streets for Canada and major roads for Mexico
  • Paperless geocaching with DeLorme Earthmate PN-Series GPS receivers–easily import, export, manage, and update your geocache files
  • The most current available USGS terrain and land cover data, with realistic 3-D terrain views, with flyovers and 360-degree rotation
  • Voice navigation for PCs, UMPCs, touchscreen phones, and PDAs

Product Description

America’s Most Up-to-Date, Feature-Rich Topographic Software. In addition to DeLorme’s up-to-date terrain, road, and points of interest detail, Topo USA provides access to downloadable aerial imagery, NOAA nautical charts, and authentic USGS 1:24,000 quad maps. Integrate your data downloads with Topo USA 8.0 on your PC for unrivaled planning, routing and navigating. Unlike online map and imagery sources, DeLorme data downloads can be integrated with Topo USA 8.0 maps. Use the split screen editing capability to identify and mark structures, landmarks, navigation markers, new roads and trails, and other features with pinpoint GPS accuracy. Topo USA also enables realistic 3-D terrain views with flyovers, as well as the unique ability to create routes automatically over both roads and trails. The rich level of detail includes land use, land cover, public lands (e.g., BLM, national and state parks and forests), and more than 4 million places of interest.

Scout your destination as if you were there, with up-to-date terrain, trail, and road detail. Explore or fly over realistic 3-D. Import aerial imagery. Route your travels over roads and trails. Find public recreation lands. See elevation profiles. Customize and print maps at a wide range of scales. Topo USA 8.0 does it all.

The Most Complete & Best Value Mapping Software for Recreation

Topo USA 8.0 is the most comprehensive computer mapping program for outdoor recreation, with unsurpassed maps, available imagery, trip planning features, on-road navigation, and GPS capabilities.

What’s New in Topo USA 8.0


  • Over 300,000 new or updated U.S. streets
  • Thousands of new trails
  • Detailed streets and roads for Canada
  • Main roads for Mexico
  • More than 200,000 ADDITIONAL POIs (places-of-interest)

In-Vehicle Navigation & Travel Features

  • GPS Radar–find points of interest near your current location
  • 2-D or 3-D NavMode for hands-free full-screen view while navigating in your vehicle
  • UMPC mode–optimizes your screen for ultra-mobile PCs and small screens
  • Spoken directions and voice commands
  • Plan Trip option–estimate end of day breaks, fuel stops, and fuel cost

Advanced Geocaching Features
If you own or purchase a PN-Series Handheld GPS, you can take advantage of several new features:

  • Import Geocaching.com pocket queries using Cache Register (coming soon)
  • Send-to-GPS now available for Delorme PN-Series handhelds
  • See cache descriptions in full, with other cachers’ log notes
  • Geocaching symbols added to PN-Series symbol set support new geocaching features on PN-Series devices
  • Drag cursor to multi-select caches from Topo USA and send them directly to your GPS
  • Cache names on maps are hyperlinked to their Geocaching.com pages

And it’s by far the best value for the price–EVERYTHING needed comes in-the-box for the purchase price, including:

  • Complete USA topographic maps and detailed streets
  • Detailed streets for Canada; major roads for Mexico
  • Over 4 million places-of-interest (POIs)
  • Extensive USA trails network
  • Flexible printing choices
  • Ability to share your custom maps over the internet, and more

Core Functions

Map Controls
The maps can be controlled using a variety of methods, including the traditional push-button zooming, which drills in/out while keeping the map exactly centered. Drag and Zoom CursorAlso, holding down the left mouse button enables you to drag and zoom, left-to-right, across the map, and moving the mouse in the same manner but in the opposite direction zooms out.

3-D Map Views and Flyovers
See the terrain in vivid detail using the 3-D map views and controls. These realistic views also retain the various elements you add to your customized maps–trails, MapNotes, GPS waypoints, and Draw objects. The split-screen framework lets you see 2-D and 3-D maps side by side, with linked Draw tools that move and update in tandem. Now you can also grab the 3-D map views using the image grabber tool and scroll rapidly through 3-D views with great precision. The 3-D software engine has been completely rebuilt for this new version.

DeLorme employs several powerful search capabilities within the software. The first is a simple box called QuickSearch where you type common requests including towns, cities, lakes, mountains, lat/lons, ZIP codes, street addresses and many more to receive the quickest possible matches. The Advanced Search helps clarify more complex searches to provide the best possible results. Enhancements to Find with version 8.0 include the ability to perform searches based on multiple criteria: address, intersection, place name, natural feature, coordinates, places of interest, and more.

The Profile tool lets you click on a route, line object, or body of water and see the elevation gain between one point and the next. Ideal for bikers, hikers, and large rigs wanting to know the elevation on their trips. It also gives you the ability to import heart rate, speed, and cadence data from GPS wrist computers, and graph them with the terrain profile for evaluation of athlete performance.

Add MapNotes; draw your own circles, polygons, and squares; measure the area of your draw objects–even draw in your own roads and route on them–these are amazingly powerful draw tools for the money.

The Measure Tool lets you measure linear distance and area on the map based on the units chosen in the Display tab of the Options dialog box. Draw polygons on the map and see the square footage or acreage of plots of land.

Right-click on the map to learn more about what’s underneath your cursor. Lat/Lon, names of streets and bodies of water–even local radio station information–can be viewed in this manner. Moreover, the bottom toolbar of the software displays a continuously updated readout of what’s underneath your cursor.

Attaching Images, Web URLs, and Other Documents
Add your own images, live Web URLs, and diagrams and documents to the maps. Embed photos and diagrams showing fleet personnel what they will find at each location. Embed URLs next to your important stops on the maps for easy access when additional information is needed or updated online.

Image Tagger
Preserve a record of exactly where you took your digital photos–all you need is a GPS track. The enlargeable thumbnail images appear on your map exactly where you took them on your trip.


3-D, Color Imagery for a Realistic View of Your Hike
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Adding Unique USGS Quad Detail to Topo USA 8.0
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Converting Collected GPS Tracks Into Routable Trails
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Creating a Trail Route That Best Suits Your Preferences
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Displaying Collected GPS Waypoints in Topo USA
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Enjoy Paperless Geocaching
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GeoTag Your Digital Photos by their Precise Location
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GPS Navigation with NavMode
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Large Area Perspective with Satellite Imagery
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Navigating on the Water with NOAA Nautical Charts
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Overlay Streets, Places of Interest on Aerial Imagery
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Planning a Fishing Trip With Atlas & Gazetteer Locations
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Ease of Use

E-Z Nav Toolbar
This handy toolbar runs along the top of the interface and offers access to commonly needed options, including GPS settings, the Measure tool, MapShare and Routing functions.

Keyboard Shortcuts
New is the ability to set your own keyboard shortcut preferences for optimum control when using GPS. The new key-bindings function is very powerful and advanced so you can design your ideal in-vehicle navigation solution to your own personal specifications.

Netlink is your online link to DeLorme for important technical support messages, as well as the place where you select the download areas you want for use within the software.


Routing on Roads or Trails
Create automatic road routes to get you to the trailhead, then use automatic trail routing to bring on your hikes. You can create routes from the Route tab or by simply right-clicking on the map and setting your Starts, Stops, and Finish points.

Personalized Routing with Address Book
New is the ability to create and save commonly-used names for places you visit often, such as “home,” work,” or “Dad’s.” Once these names are assigned, the routing Starts, Stops, and Finishes also display these names making retrieval easy for repeated usage. Customize routes using your own names and save them within MapShare for others to see–they’ll be amazed. You can also include up to 200 names from your address book to be recognized using this system.

Add Local Roads to Routing
A DeLorme exclusive, this is the best way to update local roads when new developments are planned or added between DeLorme software releases. This tool is located within the Draw tab and lets you draw in the road segment, connecting it to another local road within the database. Assign a name, save it, and when you create automatic routes, the software is smart enough to include these new local roads in the routing calculations and also update the directions.

Map & Travel Information

NEW! Points-of-Interest
New to Topo USA with the release of version 8.0 are 4 million places of interest from DeLorme’s Street Atlas USA, including restaurants, lodgings, retailers, and businesses of all kinds. Also new are backcountry locations from the DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteers with icons for boat ramps, unique natural features, fishing and hunting locations, and more.

Map Data
Topo USA offers the best of both worlds–the latest USGS digital topographic data and the latest DeLorme street network. Unlike the scanned raster USGS paper maps used in many other topographic software products, this unique DeLorme vector data blending assures you are working with the latest information. Many scanned USGS quad maps were made decades ago, so the roads shown are oftentimes outdated or nonexistent. Topo USA’s vector — or intelligent — blended data enables smart searching, better labeling, and many other powerful software capabilities.

Data Download Dollars–FREE Map, Chart, and Imagery Downloads
In addition to the enhanced topographic and street maps on the included Topo USA 8.0 DVD-ROM, your purchase entitles you to $40 in new Data Download Dollars, good for supplementary data as Web downloads. Options include USGS 1:24,000 quad maps, NOAA nautical charts, and the following imagery types: color aerial, black-and-white aerial, high-resolution cities (color aerial), and 10-meter color satellite. Data Download Dollars and the ability to purchase each dataset separately replaces the former Aerial Data Packets, that combined three data type together. Now you get only what you really need. Visit the Netlink tab of your DeLorme software to supplementary datasets.

GPS Features

PN-Series Handhelds
The Perfect Topo USA Outdoor Partner

  • Insert positionally-accurate waypoints and tracks into the maps you upload to your PN-Series receiver

  • Automatically create routes on roads or trails for upload to your receiver
  • Convert collected tracks to routable roads or trails*
  • Easily manage your collected GPS data

GPS Waypoint Exchange
Use the automatic route generation tool to create the route you want without hand-drawing each object. Then exchange this track log to your handheld GPS receiver and bring the information with you into the field. Bring your field data back into the desktop software from your GPS receiver to see where you have been. Supports Garmin, Magellan, and most other NMEA-compliant receivers.

GPS Log Playback
Create a route along your favorite trail, right-click on the trail and Save as GPS Log File. Open the GPS tab, switch to 3-D mode, and play back the log file showing various icons moving along the trail. It’s as close to being there as one can get without actually leaving your home.

Geocaching Support
Topo USA supports popular geocaching site file formats .gpx and .loc, which makes geocaching more fun than ever. New with version 8.0 is the ability to import extended descriptions and hints from .gpx files found online at geocaching.com, also transportable to the PN-Series GPS Devices.

Printing & Sharing

Print crisp color or black & white maps that you control to best match what is seen on screen. Print maps including the elevation profile or simply print the elevation profile by itself. New in this version, print the split-screen maps showing your various datasets and Draw objects.

MapShare makes it easy to share your customized maps and directions with family, friends, and business associates. You create exactly the content you want and then post within our online MapShare library, which includes private administrative tools for you to manage. Similar to some of the better online photo resources, MapShare allows you to provide controlled access to your important maps without worrying about email and spam filters.

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