Frequently Asked Questions
Advantages of Navitel over Garmin Que:
-- Navitel works with any GPS receiver, i.e. without any proxy/gate
addons, which are not quite legal;
New Navitel features implemented in the version 3
(which are not present in
Here are a few handy shortcuts:
For a better program usability - pressing PDA's central button/joystick-like
(the one with arrows up/down/right/left) will deliver the following
Also, under settings in the "map" section, make sure you have "show position on map" and "track up" checked. Then, in the "GPS" settings section make sure you have the right port checked (usually it's COM2 for PDAs with built-in GPS), otherwise it won't connect. Protocol setting: NMEA.
Finally, once connected the black dot in the center of the screen will show your current position. Afterwards you can browse through the map by simply dragging the map back and forth (but in order to return to the current position press the little curved arrow in the left/lower part of the screen).
To play with routing - simply click on any area on the screen and
hold it there, so that the context menu comes out, and then choose "begin
route". Then you can choose other points and choose "add to route".
As a general comment - tapping and holding the stylus in various places (i.e. "right-click") will bring you to various needed functions.
Although Navitel Navigator can open Garmin IMG files (which are not locked), the autorouting feature in Navitel does not work with routable IMG files. As a result, there's no autorouting - just straight lines between route points (aka off-road mode).
But the autorouting feature in Navitel Navigator works for routable NM2 (Navitel format) files ONLY. However, if you are a map developer familiar with Polish (MP) format, then any routable map in MP format can be easily converted into Navitel's NM2 format and the autorouting will work fine. Also, you can open an IMG file in MapEdit (download it for free from www.geopainting.com) and then re-save it in NM2 format. This is possible.
Please note that MapEdit can not extract routing info from Garmin IMG
files, only map detail data. Hence, the routing information from IMG
file will NOT be available and cannot be recovered.
The unregistered MapEdit version downloaded from www.geopainting.com is quite functional - you can open/import maps from Polish (MP) format, or Garmin's IMG format, or SHP (shape) files, and even from MapInfo MIF format (but the latter is possible with registered version of MapEdit only).
Map Edit has a WYSIWYG interface, real time editing, it is in English - and it's packed with lot's of map editing features! On top of that, Map Edit can be used to make and edit routable maps (all nodes are shown in different color, and are editable etc).
> Tried the Navitel software and part of the
map in img format
You see, to simply generate the routing nodes in Mapedit is only
Think about the node connections, 1-way and turn restrictions, then about
There's a great tutorial on this route making process at
The demo version downloaded from the links on our website is fully functional (no time limits for testing, and no hidden features), with just one exception: unregistered Navitel Navigator can only open maps having less than 100kb in size (and the Atlas mode is also not available).
But if you think that you can't properly test the program because your map is larger, then here's an easy workaround for this issue, i.e. on the problem of properly assessing the program functionality:
Download MapEdit (WYSIWYG real-time mapping software) from
www.geopainting.com -- it's quite functional in non-registered mode, and
you'll be able to do all needed edits/conversion with the free version!
Open in MapEdit any relevant map in MP (so called Polish) format, or a Garmin img (but be careful with map copyright, if any!), or even a shp (ESRI shape) file and then re-save it to the Navitel's NTM format.
If the map in Navitel format becomes >100k, then simply crop it (the desired region) in Mapedit and resave it, until it's under 100kb. Then you'll be able to open this smaller fragment in Navitel with all the functionality enabled, including autorouting etc.
In fact, Map Edit has full routing nodes support, i.e. you can create routable maps there and then save them in Navitel format, without a need for a third party compiler (e.g. cgpsmapper, etc.) -- see Map Edit's menu Tools > generate routing nodes.
If you still can't properly assess the routing features because of the map size limitation (i.e. the map <100kb has a too small area, while for assessing the autorouting you need at least a couple of kilometers of roads), then here's another trick we can suggest:
to save more space, make sure you either delete the other map data, except for roads with routing nodes respectively, or - which is easier - simply copy the roads only into a new clean (empty) map file, and the accompanying routing nodes will be also copied there. This way, you'll have a pretty large area covered in 100kb, because roads alone don't take so much space, as ordinary richer maps.
> May I
use Navitel and Mobile Navigator on one device?
Please stay assured that Navitel Navigator will peacefully coexist with all other software you have on your PDA. Indeed, you don't have to erase anything, so you'll keep your other program with maps etc., and you can install and use Navitel without any problem.
Besides, with Navitel you'll be able to use many other maps as well, that we'll gladly make available to you in case you need them (e.g. Ukraine, and other neighboring countries - all free of charge).
There are lots of websites with free maps in Garmin format, and probably the most famous is Mapcenter at http://mapcenter.cgpsmapper.com where people upload their maps.
> I use navitel 
on WindowsMobile5 since beginning this week.
You should convert your Russa maps into Navitel first. Download the
Same thing. You should convert them into Navitel first: open the img
The autorouting feature in Navitel works only for nm2 files.
On the other hand, if you have a routable img file and if you open it