Navitel Navigator 3 overview

With this article, we will begin a cycle of reviews of navigation programs for Windows Mobile. In the previous article about GPS technology, we already touched on the market of navigation devices and wrote that, in our opinion, embedded solutions will be the most promising. And the most common among the latter today are Windows Mobile devices.

A lot of navigation applications have been created at this stage. Most of them are produced by foreign companies. However, our developers do not stand still, periodically creating products that are quite comparable in quality with foreign analogues, and sometimes even surpass them in certain parameters. One such application is Navitel Navigator 3. Its origins were the creators of the notorious Russa GIS program. However, apart from the developers, the program has nothing to do with their previous brainchild.

Installation and activation

There are traditionally several ways to buy Navitel Navigator 3 for Pocket PC. The program is available in the assortment of a number of distribution networks, and the possibility of ordering via the Internet is also available. In addition, Navitel Navigator 3 for Pocket PC can be found in some communicators. The distributor itself can be taken both from the attached disk and from the site. We recommend the second option, because in this case you are guaranteed to receive the latest, most up-to-date version of the program.

Installation is carried out using a regular EXE file and occurs automatically.

Then the fun begins. It would seem that it is difficult to run the program on the communicator and enter the registration data from the card. After all, this is how registration or activation of programs is carried out by most manufacturers. However, in our case, everything is different. There are two ways to activate the program. The first is directly on the device. In this case, at the first start, the program will offer to register itself. To do this, in an empty window, you must enter the data from the card, and then click on "Get License Key". The communicator will go to the Internet and download a text file called "NaviTel Activation Key.txt" (it will be located in the system folder with the program), this key is generated based on the communicator ID and card registration number. Thus, the activation of the program is individual for each device and is tied to the hardware. It is worth noting that we were unable to register the program by accessing the Internet using ActiveSync. Nevertheless, everything went through the GPRS channel in a matter of seconds.

The second activation method is carried out through the manufacturer's website - www.navitel.su. On it, you need to perform all the same actions that we described earlier, only on the computer screen. Upon completion, you will be prompted to download "NaviTel Activation Key.txt". This file will need to be placed in the folder with the program.

This activation system is unusual, but not unique. Now many manufacturers are forced to complicate the registration process due to the catastrophic scale of the distribution of the so-called "broken" software.

However, for the average user, the protection system used in Navitel Navigator 3 also presents some difficulties. First of all, they will arise when replacing the device. The company's website says that in order to re-register the program, you must write a letter to the technical support address, in which you must specify your activation data, full name and contact phone number. The application is considered 2-3 days.

However, having registered the program, we are faced with another problem - card activation. It happens in a similar way, but only with the help of a desktop computer and Internet access. In this case, each card is activated directly for your program. After filling in numerous fields, you are offered to download the registration file, which must be placed in the folder with the cards.

The need to register a card is not entirely clear to me, because even for me, a person who is ready for a complex activation process, these manipulations caused irritation and took a lot of time. However, it is worth noting that the company is aware of this problem, and, judging by the statements, it will be resolved in the near future.

Preparing for work

It would seem, what can be the preparation for working with a navigation program? Launched, chose the desired card and went. At least that's how most of the programs I know worked. But not Navitel Navigator 3.

For the correct operation of the program, it is necessary to perform several non-trivial actions. First of all, map indexing. To do this, you need to select “Open Atlas” in the “Open” program menu, and it is the atlas, not the map.

Then, using a rather original navigation system, find the folder in which you put the files with the map, yes, yes, exactly the files, for some reason there are several of them, for Moscow, for example, three. Then click on the three-color circle in the lower tray. That's it, indexing done. But the preparation for work does not end there.

After a few weeks of using the program, I've become accustomed to the fact that sometimes, when zoomed in too much, the map disappears, leaving only waypoints on a white background on the display. It turned out that this problem could be solved immediately, just by preparing the program for work a little more carefully. It was only necessary (hereinafter a quote from the instructions): “In order for maps to be displayed at various magnifications, it is necessary to install squares maps of all of Russia. You can download them from the link ... ”After downloading, the received files must be placed in a folder with maps and indexed again. It remains a mystery to me what prevented the developers from immediately equipping the cards with these mysterious "squares".

It is worth noting that no additional manipulations with the GPS receiver settings were required, it was immediately found by the program and did not cause any problems in the future.

In general, this need to prepare the application for work is very annoying. And it is completely incomprehensible why such programs as TomTom, iGO, Destinator are able to work without preliminary indexing of maps and downloading additional "squares", while "Navitel Navigator" is not. However, most likely, this problem will be solved over time, but now it is relevant, and you should not discount it.

Maps and Navigation

Navitel Navigator 3.0, unlike most of its competitors that use Western Tele Atlas maps, took the developments of the Federal Agency for Geodesy and Cartography of Russia (Roskartografiya) as a cartographic basis.

The beginning of the history of this structure can be considered March 15, 1919, when the Supreme Geodetic Mazen Administration (VSU) was established by the Decree of People's Commissars ). It is thanks to this management that our country has reached the world level in terms of the degree of topographic and geodetic knowledge. With its forces, the entire territory of Russia is provided with topographic maps on a scale of 1:25,000 - 1:1,000,000 and 25% - at 1:10,000, while all cities and towns have a scale of 1:5,000, 1:2,000, and sometimes and larger. In addition, these maps are constantly being improved and updated using the previously created geodetic network.

Comparing the accuracy and relevance of the maps of the foreign Tele Atlas and the Russian Roskartografii is pointless. The latter has many advantages, from the fact that it already has most of the maps in stock, to the frequency of updates, which must be carried out regularly, as this is required by the interests of the state. For comparison, below are two screenshots of the same place, in the first case we have a program that uses Tele Atlas maps, in the second - Navitel maps.

Once you've found it, you'll need to press the weird, winding arrow at the bottom of the screen. Then the program will return to the map, on which the route will be marked in yellow. It sounds quite simple, but in fact, especially when you first get acquainted with the program, this procedure can be difficult. First of all, they arise due to the lack of banal signatures for some menu items. In general, this trend is typical for many sections of the program. And the apogee of the “friendly” interface is the menu for working with routes, where we see 14 absolutely incomprehensible icons without signatures.

Fortunately, the kit comes with an instruction with which you can figure out what each item means. In general, I, as, indeed, most modern users who have lost the habit of reading instructions, had to turn to this, as it turned out, useful book quite often. On the one hand, there is, of course, nothing strange here - a new program, and at the same time quite complicated technically. However, for some reason, all the same TomTom and iGO are immediately remembered, which even an inexperienced user can easily understand.

Let's list the main navigation features of Navitel Navigator 3.

Record track. With this function, you can record the route you have traveled. To do this, just activate it at the beginning of the movement and turn it off at the end. Then the track can be sent, for example, to friends. First of all, the function will be useful outside the city, where there are no landmarks, and you have to explain the way to a particular place almost on your fingers.

Storing a point. This function allows you to save an arbitrary point on the map, give it a name and record details. Thus, you can mark, for example, a resting place in the forest or a pre-baited fishing spot in a pond.

Day/Night mode. This mode inverts the colors of the image, making them easier to read in the dark. By default, it works automatically and is activated at night.

Voice guidance. You will not surprise anyone with a similar function of the navigation program. Its implementation in Navitel Navigator 3 is standard. By the way, the voice package is called "Alenka". An interesting name for a commercial product.

Load traffic information. When you install the program on a communicator with a GSM module, you will be able to download information about traffic jams. It is compiled on the basis of data from the Smilink agency. The reliability of the information provided by him: on the Moscow Ring Road - 95%, the city center within the Third Ring Road - 80%, the Third Ring Road and radial highways - 70%, on the other streets of the city - 50-70%.

In order to receive data on traffic conditions, you need to connect the tariff plan of the Smilink agency "Free Roads". For a small subscription fee - 200.9 rubles per month - you get a personal login and password. If you enter them in the "SMIlink traffic jams" menu and enable the "Use when creating a route" setting, then the traffic situation will be taken into account when creating a route, and the path with the least amount of traffic jams will be suggested as the optimal one. It is worth noting that my kit included a two-week demo account, with which you can evaluate the effectiveness of this feature for free. I found it useful, and the subscription fee of 200 rubles was acceptable.

Conclusions and impressions

With the impressions of the program, not everything is simple. At the first meeting, she leaves a lot of negative emotions associated first with registration, and then with installing cards. However, over time, these moments are forgotten. What remains? First of all, this is one of the best maps to date with excellent detail. Secondly, a reliable program that is compatible with all Windows Mobile devices. The third is a navigation system with online traffic updates. Do not forget that the entire interface of the program is completely Russified.

It is worth saying a few words about competitors. If we talk about Russian products, then there is only one - the navigation program "AVTOSPUTNIK", which is the successor of Pocket GPS Pro 2. This product is comparable both in cost, about $100 - $110, and in terms of capabilities. However, AUTOSPUTNIK uses Tele Atlas, already familiar to us, as a provider of maps. However, it is worth noting that in terms of ergonomics, it is an order of magnitude superior to Navitel Navigator 3.0.

If we compare the Navitel product with foreign analogues, then it surpasses them both in price and in the details and relevance of the maps, but it completely loses in terms of ease of use. This topic will be covered in more detail in the following reviews of navigation software.

It is important that very close work is already underway to simplify the systems for registering and installing cards. The interface will also be redesigned in the near future. And if all these changes are adequate, then the Navitel Navigator program has every chance of becoming the best navigation product for Russia.

Navitel Navigator 3 overview

With this article, we will begin a cycle of reviews of navigation programs for Windows Mobile. In the previous article about GPS technology, we already touched on the market of navigation devices and wrote that, in our opinion, embedded solutions will be the most promising. And the most common among the latter today are Windows Mobile devices.

A lot of navigation applications have been created at this stage. Most of them are produced by foreign companies. However, our developers do not stand still, periodically creating products that are quite comparable in quality with foreign analogues, and sometimes even surpass them in certain parameters. One such application is Navitel Navigator 3. Its origins were the creators of the notorious Russa GIS program. However, apart from the developers, the program has nothing to do with their previous brainchild.

Installation and activation

There are traditionally several ways to buy Navitel Navigator 3 for Pocket PC. The program is available in the assortment of a number of distribution networks, and the possibility of ordering via the Internet is also available. In addition, Navitel Navigator 3 for Pocket PC can be found in some communicators. The distributor itself can be taken both from the attached disk and from the site. We recommend the second option, because in this case you are guaranteed to receive the latest, most up-to-date version of the program.

Installation is carried out using a regular EXE file and occurs automatically.

Then the fun begins. It would seem that it is difficult to run the program on the communicator and enter the registration data from the card. After all, this is how registration or activation of programs is carried out by most manufacturers. However, in our case, everything is different. There are two ways to activate the program. The first is directly on the device. In this case, the first time you start the program, you will be asked to register yourself. To do this, in an empty window, you must enter the data from the card, and then click on "Get License Key". The communicator will go to the Internet and download a text file called "NaviTel Activation Key.txt" (it will be located in the system folder with the program), this key is generated based on the communicator ID and card registration number. Thus, the activation of the program is individual for each device and is tied to the hardware. It is worth noting that we were unable to register the program by accessing the Internet using ActiveSync. Nevertheless, everything went through the GPRS channel in a matter of seconds.

The second activation method is carried out through the manufacturer's website - www.navitel.su. On it, you need to perform all the same actions that we described earlier, only on the computer screen. Upon completion, you will be prompted to download "NaviTel Activation Key.txt". This file will need to be placed in the folder with the program.

This activation system is unusual, but not unique. Now many manufacturers are forced to complicate the registration process due to the catastrophic scale of the distribution of the so-called "broken" software.

However, for the average user, the protection system used in Navitel Navigator 3 also presents some difficulties. First of all, they will arise when replacing the device. The company's website says that in order to re-register the program, you must write a letter to the technical support address, in which you must specify your activation data, full name and contact phone number. The application is considered 2-3 days.

However, having registered the program, we are faced with another problem - card activation. It happens in a similar way, but only with the help of a desktop computer and Internet access. In this case, each card is activated directly for your program. After filling in numerous fields, you are offered to download the registration file, which must be placed in the folder with the cards.

The need to register a card is not entirely clear to me, because even for me, a person who is ready for a complex activation process, these manipulations caused irritation and took a lot of time. However, it is worth noting that the company is aware of this problem, and, judging by the statements, it will be resolved in the near future.

Preparing for work

It would seem, what can be the preparation for working with a navigation program? Launched, chose the desired card and went. At least that's how most of the programs I know worked. But not Navitel Navigator 3.

For the correct operation of the program, it is necessary to perform several non-trivial actions. First of all, map indexing. To do this, you need to select “Open Atlas” in the “Open” program menu, and it is the atlas, not the map.

Then, using a rather original navigation system, find the folder in which you put the files with the map, yes, yes, exactly the files, for some reason there are several of them, for Moscow, for example, three. Then click on the three-color circle in the lower tray. That's it, indexing done. But the preparation for work does not end there.

After a few weeks of using the program, I've become accustomed to the fact that sometimes, when zoomed in too much, the map disappears, leaving only waypoints on a white background on the display. It turned out that this problem could be solved immediately, just by preparing the program for work a little more carefully. It was only necessary (hereinafter a quote from the instructions): “In order for maps to be displayed at various magnifications, it is necessary to install squares maps of all of Russia. You can download them from the link…” After downloading, the received files should be placed in the maps folder and indexed again. It remains a mystery to me what prevented the developers from immediately equipping the cards with these mysterious "squares".

It is worth noting that no additional manipulations with the GPS receiver settings were required, it was immediately found by the program and did not cause any problems in the future.

In general, such a need to prepare the application for work is very annoying. And it is completely incomprehensible why such programs as TomTom, iGO, Destinator are able to work without preliminary indexing of maps and downloading additional "squares", while Navitel Navigator is not. However, most likely, this problem will be solved over time, but now it is relevant, and you should not discount it.

Maps and Navigation

Navitel Navigator 3.0, unlike most of its competitors that use Western Tele Atlas maps, took the developments of the Federal Agency for Geodesy and Cartography of Russia (Roskartografiya) as a cartographic basis.

The beginning of the history of this structure can be considered March 15, 1919, when the Supreme Geodetic Mazen Administration (VSU) was established by the Decree of People's Commissars ). It is thanks to this management that our country has reached the world level in terms of the degree of topographic and geodetic knowledge. With its forces, the entire territory of Russia is provided with topographic maps on a scale of 1:25,000 - 1:1,000,000 and 25% - at 1:10,000, while all cities and towns have a scale of 1:5,000, 1:2,000, and sometimes and larger. In addition, these maps are constantly being improved and updated using the previously created geodetic network.

Comparing the accuracy and relevance of the maps of the foreign Tele Atlas and the Russian Roskartografii is pointless. The latter has many advantages, from the fact that it already has most of the maps in stock, to the frequency of updates, which must be carried out regularly, as this is required by the interests of the state. For comparison, below are two screenshots of the same place, in the first case we have a program using Tele Atlas maps, in the second - Navitel maps.

Comments are superfluous here. The detail is simply incomparable. However, some users, on the contrary, are attracted to maps with less detail, as they are easier to navigate during high-speed traffic. In this case, in the program settings, you can reduce the detail to a minimum, and only roads will remain on the map.

At this stage, the list of available cards includes:

- Overview map of all Russia
- Map of Moscow and Moscow region with routing
- Map of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region with routing
- Map of Yekaterinburg and its environs with routing
- Map of the city of Kurgan and the Kurgan region with routing
- Map of the city of Samara with routing
- Map of the city of Tyumen with routing
- Map of the city of Chelyabinsk with routing
- Map of Novosibirsk and Novosibirsk region with routing

Coming soon:

Once you've found it, you'll need to press the weird, winding arrow at the bottom of the screen. Then the program will return to the map, on which the route will be marked in yellow. It sounds quite simple, but in fact, especially when you first get acquainted with the program, this procedure can be difficult. First of all, they arise due to the lack of banal signatures for some menu items. In general, this trend is typical for many sections of the program. And the apogee of the “friendly” interface is the menu for working with routes, where we see 14 absolutely incomprehensible icons without signatures.

Fortunately, the kit comes with an instruction with which you can figure out what each item means. In general, I, as, indeed, most modern users who have lost the habit of reading instructions, had to turn to this, as it turned out, useful book quite often. On the one hand, there is, of course, nothing strange here - a new program, and at the same time quite complicated technically. However, for some reason, all the same TomTom and iGO are immediately remembered, which even an inexperienced user can easily understand.

Let's list the main navigation features of Navitel Navigator 3.

Record track. With this function, you can record the route you have traveled. To do this, just activate it at the beginning of the movement and turn it off at the end. Then the track can be sent, for example, to friends. First of all, the function will be useful outside the city, where there are no landmarks, and you have to explain the way to a particular place almost on your fingers.

Storing a point. This function allows you to save an arbitrary point on the map, give it a name and record details. Thus, you can mark, for example, a resting place in the forest or a pre-baited fishing spot in a pond.

Day/Night mode. This mode inverts the colors of the image, making them easier to read in the dark. By default, it works automatically and is activated at night.

Voice guidance. You will not surprise anyone with a similar function of the navigation program. Its implementation in Navitel Navigator 3 is standard. By the way, the voice package is called "Alenka". An interesting name for a commercial product.

Load traffic information. When you install the program on a communicator with a GSM module, you will be able to download information about traffic jams. It is compiled on the basis of data from the Smilink agency. The reliability of the information provided by him: on the Moscow Ring Road - 95%, the city center within the Third Ring Road - 80%, the Third Ring Road and radial highways - 70%, on the other streets of the city - 50-70%.

In order to receive data on traffic conditions, you need to connect the tariff plan of the Smilink agency "Free Roads". For a small subscription fee - 200.9 rubles per month - you get a personal login and password. If you enter them in the "SMIlink traffic jams" menu and enable the "Use when creating a route" setting, then the traffic situation will be taken into account when creating a route, and the path with the least amount of traffic jams will be suggested as the optimal one. It is worth noting that my kit included a two-week demo account, with which you can evaluate the effectiveness of this feature for free. I found it useful, and the subscription fee of 200 rubles was acceptable.

Conclusions and impressions

With the impressions of the program, not everything is simple. At the first meeting, she leaves a lot of negative emotions associated first with registration, and then with installing cards. However, over time, these moments are forgotten. What remains? First of all, this is one of the best maps to date with excellent detail. Secondly, a reliable program that is compatible with all Windows Mobile devices. The third is a navigation system with online traffic updates. Do not forget that the entire interface of the program is completely Russified.

It is worth saying a few words about competitors. If we talk about Russian products, then there is only one - the navigation program "AVTOSPUTNIK", which is the successor of Pocket GPS Pro 2. This product is comparable both in cost, about $100 - $110, and in terms of capabilities. However, AUTOSPUTNIK uses Tele Atlas, already familiar to us, as a provider of maps. However, it is worth noting that in terms of ergonomics, it is an order of magnitude superior to Navitel Navigator 3.0.

If we compare the Navitel product with foreign analogues, then it surpasses them both in price and in the details and relevance of the maps, but it completely loses in terms of ease of use. This topic will be covered in more detail in the following reviews of navigation software.

It is important that very close work is already underway to simplify the systems for registering and installing cards. The interface will also be redesigned in the near future. And if all these changes are adequate, then the Navitel Navigator program has every chance of becoming the best navigation product for Russia.

Navitel Navigator 3 overview

With this article, we will begin a cycle of reviews of navigation programs for Windows Mobile. In the previous article about GPS technology, we already touched on the market of navigation devices and wrote that, in our opinion, embedded solutions will be the most promising. And the most common among the latter today are Windows Mobile devices.

A lot of navigation applications have been created at this stage. Most of them are produced by foreign companies. However, our developers do not stand still, periodically creating products that are quite comparable in quality with foreign analogues, and sometimes even surpass them in certain parameters. One such application is Navitel Navigator 3. Its origins were the creators of the notorious Russa GIS program. However, apart from the developers, the program has nothing to do with their previous brainchild.

Installation and activation

There are traditionally several ways to buy Navitel Navigator 3 for Pocket PC. The program is available in the assortment of a number of distribution networks, and the possibility of ordering via the Internet is also available. In addition, Navitel Navigator 3 for Pocket PC can be found in some communicators. The distributor itself can be taken both from the attached disk and from the site. We recommend the second option, because in this case you are guaranteed to receive the latest, most up-to-date version of the program.

Installation is carried out using a regular EXE file and occurs automatically.

Then the fun begins. It would seem that it is difficult to run the program on the communicator and enter the registration data from the card. After all, this is how registration or activation of programs is carried out by most manufacturers. However, in our case, everything is different. There are two ways to activate the program. The first is directly on the device. In this case, the first time you start the program, you will be asked to register yourself. To do this, in an empty window, you must enter the data from the card, and then click on "Get License Key". The communicator will go to the Internet and download a text file called "NaviTel Activation Key.txt" (it will be located in the system folder with the program), this key is generated based on the communicator ID and card registration number. Thus, the activation of the program is individual for each device and is tied to the hardware. It is worth noting that we were unable to register the program by accessing the Internet using ActiveSync. Nevertheless, everything went through the GPRS channel in a matter of seconds.

The second activation method is carried out through the manufacturer's website - www.navitel.su. On it, you need to perform all the same actions that we described earlier, only on the computer screen. Upon completion, you will be prompted to download "NaviTel Activation Key.txt". This file will need to be placed in the folder with the program.

This activation system is unusual, but not unique. Now many manufacturers are forced to complicate the registration process due to the catastrophic scale of the distribution of the so-called "broken" software.

However, for the average user, the protection system used in Navitel Navigator 3 also presents some difficulties. First of all, they will arise when replacing the device. The company's website says that in order to re-register the program, you must write a letter to the technical support address, in which you must specify your activation data, full name and contact phone number. The application is considered 2-3 days.

However, having registered the program, we are faced with another problem - card activation. It happens in a similar way, but only with the help of a desktop computer and Internet access. In this case, each card is activated directly for your program. After filling in numerous fields, you are offered to download the registration file, which must be placed in the folder with the cards.

The need to register a card is not entirely clear to me, because even for me, a person who is ready for a complex activation process, these manipulations caused irritation and took a lot of time. However, it is worth noting that the company is aware of this problem, and, judging by the statements, it will be resolved in the near future.

Preparing for work

It would seem, what can be the preparation for working with a navigation program? Launched, chose the desired card and went. At least that's how most of the programs I know worked. But not Navitel Navigator 3.

For the correct operation of the program, it is necessary to perform several non-trivial actions. First of all, map indexing. To do this, you need to select “Open Atlas” in the “Open” program menu, and it is the atlas, not the map.

Then, using a rather original navigation system, find the folder in which you put the files with the map, yes, yes, exactly the files, for some reason there are several of them, for Moscow, for example, three. Then click on the three-color circle in the lower tray. That's it, indexing done. But the preparation for work does not end there.

After a few weeks of using the program, I've become accustomed to the fact that sometimes, when zoomed in too much, the map disappears, leaving only waypoints on a white background on the display. It turned out that this problem could be solved immediately, just by preparing the program for work a little more carefully. It was only necessary (hereinafter a quote from the instructions): “In order for maps to be displayed at various magnifications, it is necessary to install squares maps of all of Russia. You can download them from the link ... ”After downloading, the received files must be placed in a folder with maps and indexed again. It remains a mystery to me what prevented the developers from immediately equipping the cards with these mysterious "squares".

It is worth noting that no additional manipulations with the GPS receiver settings were required, it was immediately found by the program and did not cause any problems in the future.

In general, this need to prepare the application for work is very annoying. And it is completely incomprehensible why such programs as TomTom, iGO, Destinator are able to work without preliminary indexing of maps and downloading additional "squares", while "Navitel Navigator" is not. However, most likely, this problem will be solved over time, but now it is relevant, and you should not discount it.

Maps and Navigation

Navitel Navigator 3.0, unlike most of its competitors that use Western Tele Atlas maps, took the developments of the Federal Agency for Geodesy and Cartography of Russia (Roskartografiya) as a cartographic basis.

The beginning of the history of this structure can be considered March 15, 1919, when the Supreme Geodetic Mazen Administration (VSU) was established by the Decree of People's Commissars ). It is thanks to this management that our country has reached the world level in terms of the degree of topographic and geodetic knowledge. With its forces, the entire territory of Russia is provided with topographic maps on a scale of 1:25,000 - 1:1,000,000 and 25% - at 1:10,000, while all cities and towns have a scale of 1:5,000, 1:2,000, and sometimes and larger. In addition, these maps are constantly being improved and updated using the previously created geodetic network.

Comparing the accuracy and relevance of the maps of the foreign Tele Atlas and the Russian Roskartografii is pointless. The latter has many advantages, from the fact that it already has most of the maps in stock, to the frequency of updates, which must be carried out regularly, as this is required by the interests of the state. For comparison, below are two screenshots of the same place, in the first case we have a program that uses Tele Atlas maps, in the second - Navitel maps.

Once you've found it, you'll need to press the weird, winding arrow at the bottom of the screen. Then the program will return to the map, on which the route will be marked in yellow. It sounds quite simple, but in fact, especially when you first get acquainted with the program, this procedure can be difficult. First of all, they arise due to the lack of banal signatures for some menu items. In general, this trend is typical for many sections of the program. And the apogee of the “friendly” interface is the menu for working with routes, where we see 14 absolutely incomprehensible icons without signatures.

Fortunately, the kit comes with an instruction with which you can figure out what each item means. In general, I, as, indeed, most modern users who have lost the habit of reading instructions, had to turn to this, as it turned out, useful book quite often. On the one hand, there is, of course, nothing strange here - a new program, and at the same time quite complicated technically. However, for some reason, all the same TomTom and iGO are immediately remembered, which even an inexperienced user can easily understand.

Let's list the main navigation features of Navitel Navigator 3.

Record track. With this function, you can record the route you have traveled. To do this, just activate it at the beginning of the movement and turn it off at the end. Then the track can be sent, for example, to friends. First of all, the function will be useful outside the city, where there are no landmarks, and you have to explain the way to a particular place almost on your fingers.

Storing a point. This function allows you to save an arbitrary point on the map, give it a name and record details. Thus, you can mark, for example, a resting place in the forest or a pre-baited fishing spot in a pond.

Day/Night mode. This mode inverts the colors of the image, making them easier to read in the dark. By default, it works automatically and is activated at night.

Voice guidance. You will not surprise anyone with a similar function of the navigation program. Its implementation in Navitel Navigator 3 is standard. By the way, the voice package is called "Alenka". An interesting name for a commercial product.

Load traffic information. When you install the program on a communicator with a GSM module, you will be able to download information about traffic jams. It is compiled on the basis of data from the Smilink agency. The reliability of the information provided by him: on the Moscow Ring Road - 95%, the city center within the Third Ring Road - 80%, the Third Ring Road and radial highways - 70%, on the other streets of the city - 50-70%.

In order to receive data on traffic conditions, you need to connect the tariff plan of the Smilink agency "Free Roads". For a small subscription fee - 200.9 rubles per month - you get a personal login and password. If you enter them in the "SMIlink traffic jams" menu and enable the "Use when creating a route" setting, then the traffic situation will be taken into account when creating a route, and the path with the least amount of traffic jams will be suggested as the optimal one. It is worth noting that my kit included a two-week demo account, with which you can evaluate the effectiveness of this feature for free. I found it useful, and the subscription fee of 200 rubles was acceptable.

Conclusions and impressions

With the impressions of the program, not everything is simple. At the first meeting, she leaves a lot of negative emotions associated first with registration, and then with installing cards. However, over time, these moments are forgotten. What remains? First of all, this is one of the best maps to date with excellent detail. Secondly, a reliable program that is compatible with all Windows Mobile devices. The third is a navigation system with online traffic updates. Do not forget that the entire interface of the program is completely Russified.

It is worth saying a few words about competitors. If we talk about Russian products, then there is only one - the navigation program "AVTOSPUTNIK", which is the successor of Pocket GPS Pro 2. This product is comparable both in cost, about $100 - $110, and in terms of capabilities. However, AUTOSPUTNIK uses Tele Atlas, already familiar to us, as a provider of maps. However, it is worth noting that in terms of ergonomics, it is an order of magnitude superior to Navitel Navigator 3.0.

Installation is carried out using a regular EXE file and occurs automatically.

Then the fun begins. It would seem that it is difficult to run the program on the communicator and enter the registration data from the card. After all, this is how registration or activation of programs is carried out by most manufacturers. However, in our case, everything is different. There are two ways to activate the program. The first is directly on the device. In this case, the first time you start the program, you will be asked to register yourself. To do this, in an empty window, you must enter the data from the card, and then click on "Get License Key". The communicator will go to the Internet and download a text file called "NaviTel Activation Key.txt" (it will be located in the system folder with the program), this key is generated based on the communicator ID and card registration number. Thus, the activation of the program is individual for each device and is tied to the hardware. It is worth noting that we were unable to register the program by accessing the Internet using ActiveSync. Nevertheless, everything went through the GPRS channel in a matter of seconds.

The second activation method is carried out through the manufacturer's website - www.navitel.su. On it, you need to perform all the same actions that we described earlier, only on the computer screen. Upon completion, you will be prompted to download "NaviTel Activation Key.txt". This file will need to be placed in the folder with the program.

This activation system is unusual, but not unique. Now many manufacturers are forced to complicate the registration process due to the catastrophic scale of the distribution of the so-called "broken" software.

However, for the average user, the protection system used in Navitel Navigator 3 also presents some difficulties. First of all, they will arise when replacing the device. The company's website says that in order to re-register the program, you must write a letter to the technical support address, in which you must specify your activation data, full name and contact phone number. The application is considered 2-3 days.

However, having registered the program, we are faced with another problem - card activation. It happens in a similar way, but only with the help of a desktop computer and Internet access. In this case, each card is activated directly for your program. After filling in numerous fields, you are offered to download the registration file, which must be placed in the folder with the cards.

The need to register a card is not entirely clear to me, because even for me, a person who is ready for a complex activation process, these manipulations caused irritation and took a lot of time. However, it is worth noting that the company is aware of this problem, and, judging by the statements, it will be resolved in the near future.

Preparing for work

It would seem, what can be the preparation for working with a navigation program? Launched, chose the desired card and went. At least that's how most of the programs I know worked. But not Navitel Navigator 3.

For the correct operation of the program, it is necessary to perform several non-trivial actions. First of all, map indexing. To do this, you need to select “Open Atlas” in the “Open” program menu, and it is the atlas, not the map.

Then, using a rather original navigation system, find the folder in which you put the files with the map, yes, yes, exactly the files, for some reason there are several of them, for Moscow, for example, three. Then click on the three-color circle in the lower tray. That's it, indexing done. But the preparation for work does not end there.

After a few weeks of using the program, I've become accustomed to the fact that sometimes, when zoomed in too much, the map disappears, leaving only waypoints on a white background on the display. It turned out that this problem could be solved immediately, just by preparing the program for work a little more carefully. It was only necessary (hereinafter a quote from the instructions): “In order for maps to be displayed at various magnifications, it is necessary to set the squares of the map of all of Russia. You can download them from the link ... ”After downloading, the received files must be placed in a folder with maps and indexed again. It remains a mystery to me what prevented the developers from immediately equipping the cards with these mysterious "squares".

It is worth noting that no additional manipulations with the GPS receiver settings were required, it was immediately found by the program and did not cause any problems in the future.

In general, this need to prepare the application for work is very annoying. And it is completely incomprehensible why such programs as TomTom, iGO, Destinator are able to work without preliminary indexing of maps and downloading additional "squares", while "Navitel Navigator" is not. However, most likely, this problem will be solved over time, but now it is relevant, and you should not discount it.

Maps and Navigation

Navitel Navigator 3.0, unlike most of its competitors that use Western Tele Atlas maps, took the developments of the Federal Agency for Geodesy and Cartography of Russia (Roskartografiya) as a cartographic basis.

The beginning of the history of this structure can be considered March 15, 1919, when the Supreme Geodetic Mazen Administration (VSU) was established by the Decree of the People's Commissars. It is thanks to this management that our country has reached the world level in terms of the degree of topographic and geodetic knowledge. With its forces, the entire territory of Russia is provided with topographic maps on a scale of 1:25,000 - 1:1,000,000 and 25% - at 1:10,000, while all cities and towns have a scale of 1:5,000, 1:2,000, and sometimes and larger. In addition, these maps are constantly being improved and updated using the previously created geodetic network.

The beginning of the history of this structure can be considered March 15, 1919, when the Higher Geodetic Survey was established by the Decree of People's Commissars. Mazen Mazen management (VGU). It is thanks to this management that our country has reached the world level in terms of the degree of topographic and geodetic knowledge. With its forces, the entire territory of Russia is provided with topographic maps on a scale of 1:25,000 - 1:1,000,000 and 25% - at 1:10,000, while all cities and towns have a scale of 1:5,000, 1:2,000, and sometimes and larger. In addition, these maps are constantly being improved and updated using the previously created geodetic network.

Comparing the accuracy and relevance of the maps of the foreign Tele Atlas and the Russian Roskartografii is pointless. The latter has many advantages, from the fact that it already has most of the maps in stock, to the frequency of updates, which must be carried out regularly, as this is required by the interests of the state. For comparison, below are two screenshots of the same place, in the first case we have a program using Tele Atlas maps, in the second - Navitel maps.

Comments are superfluous here. The detail is simply incomparable. However, some users, on the contrary, are attracted to maps with less detail, as they are easier to navigate during high-speed traffic. In this case, in the program settings, you can reduce the detail to a minimum, and only roads will remain on the map.

At this stage, the list of available cards includes:

- Overview map of all Russia - Map of Moscow and the Moscow region with routing - Map of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region with routing - Map of Yekaterinburg and its environs with routing - Map of the city of Kurgan and the Kurgan region with routing - Map of the city of Samara with routing - Map of Tyumen with routing - Map of Chelyabinsk with routing - Map of Novosibirsk and Novosibirsk region with routing

Coming soon:

- Map of Belgorod with routing - Map of Voronezh with routing - Map of Ufa with routing - Map of Kazan with routing - Map of Vladimir region with routing - Map of Tver region with routing - Map of Krasnodar and Krasnodar Territory with routing - Map of Stavropol and Stavropol Territory with routing - Map of Sochi with routing - Map of Pyatigorsk with routing - Map of Omsk with routing - Map of Kemerovo with routing - Map of Krasnoyarsk Territory with routing - Map of Altai Territory and Altai River with routing - Map of Ukraine.

Let's go directly to the navigation options. After launching the program and waiting for a signal from satellites, we will see a map of the area where we are at the moment.

To plot a route, just click on the icon with binoculars. In the menu that appears, the user is offered several options for finding the desired object.

Once you've found it, you'll need to press the weird, winding arrow at the bottom of the screen. Then the program will return to the map, on which the route will be marked in yellow. It sounds quite simple, but in fact, especially when you first get acquainted with the program, this procedure can be difficult. First of all, they arise due to the lack of banal signatures for some menu items. In general, this trend is typical for many sections of the program. And the apogee of the “friendly” interface is the menu for working with routes, where we see 14 absolutely incomprehensible icons without signatures.

Fortunately, the kit comes with an instruction with which you can figure out what each item means. In general, I, as, indeed, most modern users who have lost the habit of reading instructions, had to turn to this, as it turned out, useful book quite often. On the one hand, there is, of course, nothing strange here - a new program, and at the same time quite complicated technically. However, for some reason, all the same TomTom and iGO are immediately remembered, which even an inexperienced user can easily understand.

Let's list the main navigation features of Navitel Navigator 3.

Record track. With this function, you can record the route you have traveled. To do this, just activate it at the beginning of the movement and turn it off at the end. Then the track can be sent, for example, to friends. First of all, the function will be useful outside the city, where there are no landmarks, and you have to explain the way to a particular place almost on your fingers.

Storing a point. This function allows you to save an arbitrary point on the map, give it a name and record details. Thus, you can mark, for example, a resting place in the forest or a pre-baited fishing spot in a pond.

Day/Night mode. This mode inverts the colors of the image, making them easier to read in the dark. By default, it works automatically and is activated at night.

Voice guidance. You will not surprise anyone with a similar function of the navigation program. Its implementation in Navitel Navigator 3 is standard. By the way, the voice package is called "Alenka". An interesting name for a commercial product.

Loading traffic information. When you install the program on a communicator with a GSM module, you will be able to download information about traffic jams. It is compiled on the basis of data from the Smilink agency. The reliability of the information provided by him: on the Moscow Ring Road - 95%, the city center within the Third Ring Road - 80%, the Third Ring Road and radial highways - 70%, on the other streets of the city - 50-70%.

In order to receive data on traffic conditions, you need to connect the tariff plan of the Smilink agency "Free Roads". For a small subscription fee - 200.9 rubles per month - you get a personal login and password. If you enter them in the "SMIlink traffic jams" menu and enable the "Use when creating a route" setting, then the traffic situation will be taken into account when creating a route, and the path with the least amount of traffic jams will be suggested as the optimal one. It is worth noting that my kit included a two-week demo account, with which you can evaluate the effectiveness of this feature for free. I found it useful, and the subscription fee of 200 rubles was acceptable.

Conclusions and impressions

With the impressions of the program, not everything is simple. At the first meeting, she leaves a lot of negative emotions associated first with registration, and then with installing cards. However, over time, these moments are forgotten. What remains? First of all, this is one of the best maps to date with excellent detail. Secondly, a reliable program that is compatible with all Windows Mobile devices. The third is a navigation system with online traffic updates. Do not forget that the entire interface of the program is completely Russified.

It is worth saying a few words about competitors. If we talk about Russian products, then there is only one - the navigation program "AVTOSPUTNIK", which is the successor of Pocket GPS Pro 2. This product is comparable both in cost, about $100 - $110, and in terms of capabilities. However, AUTOSPUTNIK uses Tele Atlas, already familiar to us, as a provider of maps. However, it is worth noting that in terms of ergonomics, it is an order of magnitude superior to Navitel Navigator 3.0.

If we compare the Navitel product with foreign analogues, then it surpasses them both in price and in the details and relevance of the maps, but it completely loses in terms of ease of use. This topic will be covered in more detail in the following reviews of navigation software.

It is important that very close work is already underway to simplify the systems for registering and installing cards. The interface will also be redesigned in the near future. And if all these changes are adequate, then the Navitel Navigator program has every chance of becoming the best navigation product for Russia.