Monday, February 18, 2008

Street & Trips 2008

I finally bought a copy of Street & Trips 2008. I had been using a the 2005 version and figured it was time to update. For the most part, I like the program. However, there is one thing that I find annoying: the Driving speeds tab in the More Route Options dialog.

The previous version of S&T used to indicate the actual speed that you tend to drive. The 2008 version uses a slider with Slower, Average and Faster.

The help file mentions "Use the Driving speeds tab to set your average driving speed for various types of roads". Um, no, it doesn't set your average driving speed. It sets your driving style. Note to Microsoft: style and speed are not the same.

I assume that if you move the slider to right, that you drive faster on that road, but there is no indication how much faster (or slower). There is also no indication what "Average" means - it could mean different things to different people.

Why would Microsoft replace a quantitative measure with a qualitative measure?