Pros / Fugawi Global Navigator lets you import scanned maps.

Cons / It's more difficult to use than other travel and map software we reviewed.

 Verdict / If you're looking for a program that lets you use scanned maps, this might be the best one for you.

Fugawi Global Navigator mapping software is a navigational system for creating digital maps from any scanned map or map database as well as planning your travel course. Being able to import a scanned map is a great feature and could be very useful to some people. However, this mapping software is more challenging to use than most, and it doesn't offer an extensive feature set.

Fugawi Global Navigator comes as a CD with DVD bonus material. They also offer a free one-year subscription to an X-Traverse data plan. While this is more useful for those who are searching for topographical maps, some street map users may find it interesting.

If you are thinking about taking this mapping software for a test drive, Fugawi Global Navigator does offer a free 10-day demo program that can be downloaded from their website.

Fugawi Global Navigator is our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award winner because it does not offer as many features as our top pick Microsoft Streets and Trips or our second pick Street Atlas.

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Ease of Use

Unfortunately, Fugawi Global Navigator mapping software is difficult to use. At a glance, it's hard to differentiate between the different icons on the toolbar. We also found it quite difficult to figure out how to erase routes that we had created. We also felt a bit let down with the speed of the zooming feature. Compared to other travel and map software, Fugawi Global Navigator seemed to be quite slow.

Feature Set

Fugawi Global Navigator includes both city and topography maps. While the casual traveler will likely only use the city and street maps, it may be a nice function to view topographic maps if you are interested in making a side trip to the mountains for a short hike or checking out the local sand dunes for a day of 4-wheeling. 

Our favorite feature – one that is unique to this software — is the ability to import maps. We found this to be a very helpful addition to the program.

This mapping software also offers a built-in odometer which is great for those who are also concerned about the distance they will be traveling. It's really helpful for trying to plan out gas station stops.

We were disappointed to find that while the maps show good detail, the program graphics and the mapped routes are not detailed enough to see clearly.

Fugawi Global Navigator mapping software also offers a 3D mode with a fun feature in which you can adjust the date, time and lighting conditions to see how the shadows would fall. This could be helpful if you are planning a trip in the early evening when the sun is setting and don't like being on the road in the dark.

The program also optimizes the number of track points (based on a user-specified number).

This mapping software is compatible with a GPS unit, palm or pocket PC. With a laptop connection to your GPS unit, you can use the realtime tracking feature. 

Points of Interest

Fugawi Global Navigator mapping software includes several points of interests such as schools, churches, civic buildings, housing facilities and many natural parks.

We were baffled to find out that unlike many other mapping software programs, Fugawi Global Navigator does not offer much entertainment or restaurant information. For those who are using this software for their daily or extended travel needs, we felt this should be one of the main features. Though you do have the ability to add POIs, it brought on false hope for us because it soon became apparent that you can only add these as points and not as selected icons.

Map Customization

To highlight one of the great characteristics of Fugawi Global Navigator mapping software, you can attach sound and pictures to waypoints that play automatically as you approach, so without looking at the screen you can tell if you are getting close to a waypoint.

You also have the option to download elevation data for the United States and can merge this with maps to create a 3-D image.

Using Fugawi Global Navigator you have the option of uploading your own maps. They also allow you the ability to turn any map into a digital image. We thought this was a great component of this mapping software.

Safety Features

Fugawi Global Navigator only provides a status box and lets you know the sunrise and sunset times. Sadly, there are no other features related to safety which we were let down by.

Ease of Setup

We didn't have any problems installing Fugawi Global Navigator.

Help & Support

The Fugawi staff was quick to respond to our emails and seemed committed to helping customers. The program comes with a startup guide and has a "What's this?" tool which we found to be quite helpful.

Summary

While we weren't all that impressed with Fugawi Global Navigator mapping software as a city guide, or even as topography guide, when compared to other mapping software applications, we did find one unique and helpful feature – the ability to upload scanned maps. To their credit, they also offer exceptional customer service.

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