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    Destinator annoyances

    I realize that this may be a moot point when CF1.6 is released, but basically, Destinator is a POS! The rest of CF rocks; this is really a low point. Specifically, here's what's bugging me:

    The mechanics of tracking the car on the road are fine, but it really doesn't route well at all. My first time out was a few days ago, and I asked it to route me from the shop that installed my system to my house. It was a simple four-blocks-over, two-blocks-down, onto-the-freeway route. Destinator took me on a random tour of most of the center of Barcelona, down an alley, and zig-zagging through all kinds of side streets. It always showed the car in the correct place, so it isn't an accuracy issue. Just screwy routing. Once on the freeway, it kept insisting that I exit so we could take the service road.

    And then there's that @#$@#$ "Signal too low. Check antenna." in the chirpy voice. Between my house and office, there are mountains with five long tunnels. At least once, and sometimes twice in each one, I hear that message. I know. I'm in a tunnel. I don't need to check the antenna, thanks. But I can't turn it off! Even if I'm not using the GPS, there is that woman telling me to check my antenna every 30 seconds! Is there any way to stop that reminder? Between the tunnels and all the underground freeways we have here, I heard that reminder more than 30 times yesterday.

    Finally POI. I've seen other people complaining about the lack of entries. In the center of Barcelona, I choose Restaurant, and get a choice of 12 gas stations and two hotels, miles away, that have no restaurant.

    OK, I let off some steam. I know Destinator isn't David's fault. Do I have it configured wrong? Is there some "don't suck" menu option that I didn't find?

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    The version of Destinator included in 1.5 is very very old... It is NOT what I will be using with the commercial release... 1.5 currently uses Destinator 3, which is approaching being 4 years old... I have Destinator 5 up and running in 1.6, but I'm awaiting to receive Destinator 6, both of which fix all the problems you are talking about...

    The POI information is obtained from a new source and is much much better, the routing is improved, street names show up in 3D view, the maps render cleaner, integrated TMC from multiple sources (internet, RDS, XM), and much more...

    The voice prompt you are talking about is a setting... I don't currently have it as an option in 1.5, but if you go to your C:\DestinatorApps folder and run the C_Client program, you can modify the voice prompt settings in more detail...

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    David, you're the greatest. Thanks for the info.

    Will D5 be included with this 1.6 beta that's about the be released, or are you waiting for D6?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanw
    David, you're the greatest. Thanks for the info.

    Will D5 be included with this 1.6 beta that's about the be released, or are you waiting for D6?
    not sure yet... I am still working on the D5 integration.... I basically just have to find out how far out they are from getting me the D6 engine... If it's a matter of weeks, then I might wait... Otherwise, yes, 1.6 will hopefully include D5 integration...

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