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    Directions Infomap & USB Haicom 203E, XP.
    Just tried this combo out on my XP Pro laptop (SP1) - after a couple of minor snags with XP deciding the GPS unit was a "Serial Ballpoint Mouse" it's working handsomely (Downloaded latest XP driver from Haicom website, seems to have done the job ) - fix on 8 satellites straight away (next to a big building too) and a nice refresh rate on the map - good software and the voice guidance wets on Destinator.
    (Although it lacks a few other features that Destinator has) - not bad for a 100quid combo though!
    Nehemiah M10000 board, 512Mb RAM, Win98'lite', 7" TFT DIN in-dash VGA touchscreen. IR keyboard. GPS.

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    I've seen the pics on the Directions webpage, and it seems that Infomap will be harder to use with a touchscreen than destinator... What do you think? I haven't tryied Infomap, but I've the same GPS receiver, but with serial interface, and here, in my home window, it only locks with 4 satellites. Outside I haven't tested it so much, so I will say more later about this receiver.

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      Destinator / infomap

      'out of the box' the destinator interface is *much* more at home on the smaller screen than Infomap - I might get the Infomap SDK to play with because there are a number of things I am not happy with in the Destinator SDK (That will be addressed in the next SDK version, I have been told by Powerloc), but the Destinator package scores highly in the small-touchscreen stakes (Seeing as it was primarily designed for handheld devices) - plus the 3d views in Destinator are very nice eye candy.
      Shame the voice guidance in Destinator isn't really up to much (Comes with a handful of pre-recorded wav's that sound a bit iffy stitched together, Infomap's voice guidance is creamy in comparison )

      Although I've read that Destinator has some issues with any non-SiRF GPS unit. (EG the Haicom NMEA one)



      Originally posted by david_liz
      I've seen the pics on the Directions webpage, and it seems that Infomap will be harder to use with a touchscreen than destinator... What do you think? I haven't tryied Infomap, but I've the same GPS receiver, but with serial interface, and here, in my home window, it only locks with 4 satellites. Outside I haven't tested it so much, so I will say more later about this receiver.
      Nehemiah M10000 board, 512Mb RAM, Win98'lite', 7" TFT DIN in-dash VGA touchscreen. IR keyboard. GPS.

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        Yes, destinator HAS problems with my GPS receiver (Haicom NMEA). I miss lot of turns, it gets bloqued, puts me on other street... tomorrow I'll give a try to MapPoint/AGPS, and see what happens. Does info map have 3D View? I haven't see it on the web. Wich version of infomap do you have, professional one?

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          Originally posted by david_liz
          Yes, destinator HAS problems with my GPS receiver (Haicom NMEA). I miss lot of turns, it gets bloqued, puts me on other street... tomorrow I'll give a try to MapPoint/AGPS, and see what happens. Does info map have 3D View? I haven't see it on the web. Wich version of infomap do you have, professional one?
          No - I just have the basic one.
          Professional one is practically the same as the basic one anyway - it's just a few features disabled (That I haven't missed) - the biggest difference is the SDK - which if you aren't planning on building your own interface, you'll never need it anyway.
          I think PowerLoc are going to address the NMEA issue in the next release of Destinator.
          Infomap does not have a 3d mode - although I find that to be just a bit of eye-candy anyway - looks nice but not particularly helpful (as it has no labels etc) - it [infomap] *does* have map rotation though (to rotate map to cars travelling direction) or to always point North - also displays car speed, altitude above sea level etc.
          For Laptop use I think Infomap is nicer, you have more control. The interface is far too fussy for small screens, so Destinator wins there.
          Nehemiah M10000 board, 512Mb RAM, Win98'lite', 7" TFT DIN in-dash VGA touchscreen. IR keyboard. GPS.

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