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  • TTS 3.0 Tacx Trainer Software works with Tacx Reality Trainers and Ergotrainers
  • Latest version of TTS - no previous versions needed
  • Not compatible with Laptops or MAC systems

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Product Description

Tacx Trainer Software is the next generation of software for the Tacx i-magic, Fortius and Fortius Multiplayer trainers.
  • Software runs indepently from the fortius software and is available as an adition to the software packaged in the trainers.
  • This software is not compatabile with Multiplayer or Virtual Realiy, Fortius software must be used for these features.
  • Video Card Requirement: DirectX 9-compatible 3D-cards with a minimum of 256 MB (512MB recommended) non-shared memory (GeForce FX or equivalent); currently only ATI or NVIDIA cards feature this capacity
  • Non-recommended video cards include: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3500 or X3100, any of the Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset, Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset, Intel G33/G31 Express Chipset, or Q35 Express Chipset Families. Additionally, any Graphics cards that use shared memory are also not recommended
  • Compatabile with Tacx -magic, Fortius and Fortius mutiplay systems only.
  • Allows GPS data to be used in combination with Google Earth to create a virtual ride from any ride with GPS data.
  • Used with the optional Tacx steering unit (WT2022), this allows enhanced viewing of the Real Life Videos and Ergo videos. Steer right or left to see the scenery.
  • Features new ehanced menu features.
  • The Tacx Trainer software is sold with Catalyst, Catalyst 3D, a Real Life Video demo so you can experience first hand what it's like to ride inside film and Real Life training, to help you explore itineraries you would never have been able to ride on thru 3D maps by Google Earth.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B004CGH2KE
  • Item model number: T1990.03
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,404,422 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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First off, its not clear why the price of this is way above tacx list price, which can be found on the tacx website. More importantly, don't buy this software at any price. Here's why:
Anyone interested in a Tacx Trainer should surf on over to tacx dot com, click on service, and enter the forum. Take a look at the section called "Tacx Trainer Software ("TTS") 3 software support", and count, if you can, the number of problems with Tacx Trainer Software. You will not be able count the entire number of problems. These are not small problems either. These are problems that render your brand new multi-thousand dollar Fortius trainer useless. Whats worse is that when Tacx gets around to trying to patch the problem, the patch makes it worse. Again, go to the forum and look what happened when Tacx went from version 3.01 to version 3.1. Chaos and crashes.
Now buggy software is something we are all used to, but imagine you are 30, 40, or 80 minutes into a 2 hour training ride, and all of the sudden the Tacx craps out on you. You lose your training data, and your computer crashes, causing you to prematurely stop your workout. Of course this presumes that you are lucky enough to actually get the software running -- because that in itself can be miraculous depending on what version of TTS you are running.
O.K. you say, they will work out, and this trainer will be smokin hot. Not so fast. This is Tacx Trainer Version 3.0. After you have poked around the forum looking at TTS 3.0, then go have a look at the Tacx Trainer Software 2.0 - 1.0 forum. Tacx trainer software 2.0 was so bad, that they gave up on it, and released TTS 3.0. But here is the kicker -- they charged the owners of 2.0 $65.00 to "upgrade" to 3.0. This was on top of the $40.
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It is true that the TTS software had some growing pains and was pretty buggy for quite a while, but as of v3.6 (now upgraded to 3.8) it is pretty solid. I have been using it a lot on a Windows Vista system and it crashed once only in the entire time. It has a few quirks with the UI that make it kind of annoying to work with sometimes, but it never has crashed ever since that one crash when I first installed it.

What I miss in v3.0 is the loss of the ability to run GPS or arbitrary slopes rides in a real VR environment with turns and landscape. It has a poor substitute for that in Catalyst with no real feel for the road. That easily brings it down from otherwise 5 stars.

On the plus side, no software crashing, easy and simple multiplayer, quick and easy race of the month is great. I have had no crashes or problems at all with the Google Earth plug in.

If you are seeing old reviews by people who had buggy early versions, you should ignore them. Your only decision now is, do you buy this 3.x software or sit and wait for 3.4 which is on the way. I can't wait for 3.4, so I got 3.x, but I'll certainly get 3.4 when it arrives.
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