The TomTom Home 2.5 software allows you to manage the maps, media, POIs (points of interest), and map corrections loaded on any TomTom GPS you buy.
TomTom Home 2.5, which you can also download from the company's website (www.tomtom.com), also lets you purchase and share content, including custom voices (called NavTones in the program), which it will load on to your GPS via the included USB cable and dock.
If you've recorded a route you're particularly fond of, you can use the software to help you share it with other TomTom users. And if you spot an error or obsolete item on a TomTom map, TomTom Home 2.5's MapShare features will let you submit a correction, which others can use.
Unfortunately, TomTom GPS products don't include any real desktop trip-planning software, and TomTom Home 2.5 does not compete with such software. While it is possible to outline a trip plan using the GPS itself or by using the trip-planning features on TomTom's website or Google Maps, a more practical (and offline-friendly) approach would be to purchase RouteBuddy (www.RouteBuddy.com), a third-party mapping package that works with a number of TomTom GPS units.
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TomTom Home 2.5 puts you in charge of your GPs device's voice customisation. Thanks to TomTom's free desktop program, you can now get voice directions from Mr. T.
Where TomTom Home excels is in managing the vast assortment of content - Voices, maps, map corrections, routes, and points of interest - available via TomTom's website. This content is often user-generated, and with it, TomTom Home 2.5 puts a useful social twist on GPS-aided navigation.