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MyTopo.com and Trimble Empower Outdoor Enthusiasts
to Publish Custom GPS Overlay Maps
MyTopo.com Offers 20% Discount to Trimble Adventurer Planner Software Users
SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 11, 2005 -- MyTopo.com and Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) are working together to provide outdoor enthusiasts with a convenient and easy way to publish large-format custom topographic and aerial photo maps with Global Positioning System (GPS)-based routes and waypoints overlaid on their maps.
The announcement was made today at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.
Trimble's new version of Adventure Planner™ outdoor trip planning software, which is a component of the Trimble Outdoors™ service, has a new embedded feature allowing users to automatically send trip routes and waypoints to MyTopo.com. Users are led through a short process to design a custom GPS map, which can be previewed online. MyTopo.com then prints the map to the customer's specifications and ships it to their doorstep for arrival within a few days. In addition, users of Adventure Planner software and the Trimble Outdoors Web site receive a 20% discount off the price of MyTopo.com's field-ready GPS overlay maps until July 24, 2006. The GPS maps range in price from $9.95 and up, depending on size, and they can be printed on waterproof, glossy or laminated paper.
"Trimble Adventure Planner users can print maps from their home computer printer today, however, many adventures are more convenient with large format, waterproof maps for navigation," said Rich Rudow, managing director of Trimble Outdoors. "After using these maps recently on a few backcountry trips, I was amazed at their durability in difficult environments. My last trip covered six USGS quads the convenience of carrying only one large format map rather than six quads can't be overstated. We're pleased to enable our customers convenient access to these maps from Adventure Planner at a reduced price."
The new feature empowers Adventure Planner users to design the exact maps they will need for their trips, with their trails and points of interest displayed directly on the map. In most cases, this will eliminate the need for carrying multiple USGS quad maps and instead they will be able to carry one custom-centered MyTopo map with their own trip details overlaid directly on their map.
"Today's announcement takes digital mapping in a new direction, allowing people to use their GPS devices and Trimble's Adventure Planner software together to create their own navigation-ready field maps," said Kevin Toohill, president of MyTopo.com. "We are excited about the potential for this technology to be used to make navigation safer, more productive and much easier."
About Trimble Outdoors
Trimble Outdoors is an online service that enables consumers to plan an outdoor adventure, share their trip with friends and family, and research trips taken by others. Consumers can review routes, points of interest, photos, notes, video and audio clips on street, aerial, or topographic maps covering the continental U.S. and parts of Alaska and Hawaii. The service is targeted at outdoor enthusiasts seeking to get more from their GPS receiver or cell phone during their outdoor adventures: hiking, biking, boating, backpacking, ATV driving, motorcycling, camping, trail running, trekking, cross-country skiing, fishing, geocaching, hunting, snowmobiling and others.
The service contains three components: the Trimble Adventure Planner software - a PC based application to plan trips, the Trimble Outdoors GPS Java application available on fourteen Nextel phones for off-road navigation, and the Trimble Outdoors Web site (http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com) for researching trips posted by the online community. The Trimble Outdoors service is also compatible with the most popular conventional handheld GPS units in the market today.
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
MyTopo.com, a popular Web site for ordering custom USGS topo maps and aerial photos, began allowing people to make custom-centered topographic maps online in 1999. The company has since added aerial photo maps, several map sizes, multiple scale and grid choices, and has made the process to order custom maps online nearly foolproof, according to company officials. For more information about MyTopo.com, visit www.mytopo.com or call 1-877-587-9004. MyTopo.com is owned by a privately held company, AOHunt, LLC, which also owns MapCard.com, an award-winning subscription-based mapping software that allows users to annotate, print and save unlimited topo maps and aerial photos.
Investor Relations Contact: Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-6914
Media Contact: LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808
Media Contact: Paige Darden of MyTopo.com: 406-259-3134