TomTom HOME 2.2
TomTom has begun slowly releasing a new version of HOME, 2.2. Expanding on their “community” offerings that started with MapShare, HOME 2.2 builds on community support giving users the ability to share things like voices and POI sets. A new version for Mac users has also (finally!) been released getting them back up on par with the PC version of the software. So let’s checkout what’s new!
Mac users will notice a big change as this will be the first time they experience the new interface introduced in version 2. There have been a few snags discovered but overall this looks like a great step forward for TomTom/Mac users. Version 1.5 and 1.6 of HOME on the Mac would crash very, very frequently for me. So far version 188.8.131.52 has been more stable. There are a few weird snags, and occasionally some interface weirdness like having two ‘Help’ menus in the menu bar. But overall it is an improvement.
MapShare Status Indicator
Another new feature is the “MapShare Status Indicator” which appears to be part of another new HOME component called “add-ons”. This is different than “add-to” which will be discussed later. 😉 Perhaps more than this one plug-in will be available in the future for different tasks. We will just have to let our imagination run wild on what other types of add-ons we might see in the future.
When run with MapShare equipped devices, the new status indicator will tell you if your map is up to date, as well as tell you how many MapShare corrections have been applied to your map version. The device I had connected at the time was running map version 710 and had 11,607 corrections applied to it.
But perhaps the biggest feature available in TomTom HOME 2.2 is the ability to share elements with other users. The service has been a bit sporadic in the 24hrs or so since it was launched, however we anticipate that will improve with time. (And to be fair, there is a warning within HOME that mentions this service should be treated as a BETA product right now.) Have a cool voice that you have recorded? Upload it and share with other users. Did you painstakingly create a nice custom POI file? Upload it for others to use.
A rating system has been implemented so you can download someone else’s contribution and show others your opinion of it. You can also flag items as something TomTom might need to review based on content or potential copyright issues.
The user generated content is grouped in with the official TomTom content, however you can tell what another fellow user created because it will be labeled as “TomTom Community” being the source. You can share things like voices, points of interest, routes, color schemes, as well as a group of sounds such as alert sounds, arrival sounds, and ringtones. Again, from time to time these user items have been appearing and disappearing as the service is rolled out, so you might not see them right away.
Now if they could just get the dollar amounts to display in the correct currency even after you select the correct language and country in the preferences….