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There's been much discussion concerning whether or not Garmin's new Zumo 550 can store multiple routes. Since the Zumo has yet to be released and there is no other complete operating manual available we have had no hard evidence the Zumo supports this; until now: I was just perusing the Garmin website to check on Bluetooth phone compatibility and happened upon one of the so-called "Chet's Blogs" written on October 24th regarding the transferring and recalculating of routes (which inherently provides information regarding the Zumo's capability for multiple routes). Accordingly, here's the skinny directly from Garmin's own website:

http://garmin.blogs.com/my_weblog/2006/ ... er_tr.html


"Chet's Corner: Transferring Routes to a zumo 550

I have had quite a few questions regarding the zumo 550 but the one that seems to keep coming back around is the question about whether or not the zumo will recalculate a route that you load directly from the MapSource software to the unit. Apparently, I have not been clear enough on this topic so this should take care of it. I even brought visual aids.

1. The first thing you will need to do is install the MapSource City Navigator program that came in the box. This is a very simple process. Once you are done with that, plug the zumo into the computer and open up MapSource.

You can create the route inside of MapSource and customize it completely to your liking. Once you have finished, the route will look something like this on the screen. If you click on the image below, you can make it bigger so you can see things in more detail. There are black squares along the pink route line. Those are the via points that denote where the route will go. Remember those points as I will reference them again later.



2. You will need to transfer the route to the device by clicking "Transfer" and then "Send to Device". This will put the route onto the zumo and then you can unplug the zumo from the computer. It will tell you that new data was found and it will walk you through importing that route to the device.

3. Once the route is on the zumo, tap on "Where To?" and then tap on "Routes" in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. On the "Routes" Menu, you will see your route listed.



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4. Tap on your route and you will be taken to a screen that has an option labeled "Map". This is there so you can see the entire route on the screen to see the exact direction it will take. On this map view, there are flags that denote the via points that were mentioned earlier. You can look at these to make sure they are in the same place that they were on the MapSource program.



5. To follow that route, tap on "Back" and then tap the large green button that says "GO!". If you are not located at the point the route starts on, the device will route you to that point and then proceed with the route. If you get off the route, the device will either re-calculate you to get you back to the route line or it will recalculate the route to the next Via Point in the route.

6. If you would like to have more control over the route, instead of tapping on "GO!", you can tap on Edit and you will have many different options for the route.



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7. If you choose to manually reorder the route, this is what the screen will look like on the unit:



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Any other questions?"

Presumably, since the Zumo's "Routes" button is plural and there are up and down scrolling arrows, it will accept and give you access to more than one route (i.e., multiple routes) you have created in MapSource. I hope this clears up some confusion.
 

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That's great news - I see that they updated the website data to correct this error.

I wonder if the spec sheet is still not complete? They state that they don't have XM weather capability...

It looks like a lot of responders to the log want the ability to turn off the auto-recalculate function. That's another deficiency, IMHO.

I wish they'd just ship the damn things so we can see how this thing really looks...
 
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