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    I was previously using Destinator 2 for my Car PC and I was very unhappy with it. The voice commands are very buggy and worthless and there's no way to turn them off. Also, the 3d mode had no street names. What a worthless feature. And the complaint list goes on and on.

    IGuidance, I just installed last night. OMG that was no fun at all. If you don't have a CD-ROM drive attached to your Car PC, which I don't, you're in for a lot of fun.

    Tried installing it over the network by sharing out my home PC CD-ROM Drive. The software itself installs fine but then the map loader won't work because it expects you to be loading it from a local CD Drive. It won't even look anywhere but on local drives.

    So then I copied the CD's over onto an external USB hard drive and tried installing from there. That doesn't work either because it only looks in the ROOT directory for the disks it is looking for. Who wrote this crap?

    So finally, I copied the CD's into the ROOT directory on my external hard drive and got it to install after about an hour of troubleshooting.

    Whew...<whipes brow>.

    So after finally getting it installed, I must say it is a dream come true. At less than half the price of Destinator 2, it is very easily 3 times the software product.

    The voice instructions for IGuidance are flawless. It lowers the music volume to give voice commands, and it uses complete phrases like, "In three-quarters of a mile, keep to the right and follow the signs for 580 east freeway."

    The 3D mode actually has street names. I love the color-coding of the streets, off-ramps and highways. Unlike Destinator, it actually shows you highways and which direction on the highway you should be travelling (East/West).

    And I LOVE how it zooms in really close as you approach a turn so you can see exactly where it is, and gives you a distance bar on the right (similar to a file-upload progress bar) so you can see how close the turn is. It then zooms you back out after your turn is completed. Very very slick. And makes following the directions a breeze.

    I LOVE the fact that it tells you what address range you are on while you are driving down the street. So if you're on Main Street, it will show your location on the bottom as, "Main Steet (1200 - 1400). Also very slick.

    It also seems to update your location a heck of a lot faster than Destinator 2 does and it makes all the difference. It shows me EXACTLY where I am and seems to be pretty much dead on. When going through tunnels it locks a LOT faster than Destinator did when coming out of the tunnel. Seems like the very instant your car can see the sky.

    I could go on and on about how great this software is and how happy I am with it... but I'll stop here.

    Conclusion: Go IGuidance 2.0 and you will not be dissapointed, as I was with Destinator.

    Now it's true they have made a lot of changes with Destinator 3, but unfortunately you can't get it for the PC. And just using Destinator 3 maps is NOT going to get you anywhere close to IGuidance 2.0.

    Sorry for such a long post, but I'm really excited.

  • #2
    Is routis 2004 and I guidance 2 the same?
    -Jesus- King of Kings Lord of Lords

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    • #3
      I'm not sure. I know IGuidance 2.0 is using the new IntelliNav 2.0 engine. I don't know what Routis 2004 is using. Maybe someone else can help with that. I would guess they are the same.

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      • #4
        any screenshots you could post? they only show the pocket pc version on the website

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        • #5
          what receiver u r using?
          thanks...

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          • #6
            Sounds cool. Is it touch screen friendly? Can you tell if it supports the Delorme GPS? I've had enough of street atlas.

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            • #7
              you know, you can do a virtual CD drive and eliminate the external HD. But your HD needs to be big enough to hold the .bin file.

              Is IGuidance 2 available for the US? and does it do multiple checkpoints? What about multiple states on 1 map? And how fast does it reroute when you missed a turn?

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              • #8
                Routis and iGuidance used to be the same, but routis has been dropped since IntelliNav 2.0
                1994 RX-7, EPIA P4-ITX w/ Celeron 2.4 Ghz, Arise PSU, Xenarc 700TSV (new model)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by nl4jy
                  you know, you can do a virtual CD drive and eliminate the external HD. But your HD needs to be big enough to hold the .bin file.

                  Is IGuidance 2 available for the US? and does it do multiple checkpoints? What about multiple states on 1 map? And how fast does it reroute when you missed a turn?
                  Yep. I've had the same problems with installing routis on my computer. Dont have a cd drive and dont have easy access to plug it in either.. The best way i found is to install D-Tool (daemon tools), map a network drive to the cd image and than create a virtual cd on the carputter from the network drive.

                  That way it thinks there is a cd present and solved all my problems!

                  As for the questions above. I'm pretty sure iGuidance is basically the same thing as Routis. It's made by Rayming:

                  http://www.rayming.com/product.aspx?catalogid=19

                  Screenshots:
                  http://www.rayming.com/products/spec_iguid.htm

                  -- Those are PDA screenshots, but they look very close to Routis 2004. The PDA screenshots have better color coding though, and they have water!!!

                  Maybe it's an 'improved' version of Routis?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by icet
                    what receiver u r using?
                    thanks...
                    Holux USB GM-210 and I have never had a problem with it. Always at least 8 satellites.. usually 10+. And it has worked with every software package I have tried to date... even on my Toshiba Pocket PC.

                    Originally posted by Lattice
                    Sounds cool. Is it touch screen friendly? Can you tell if it supports the Delorme GPS? I've had enough of street atlas.
                    Yes, it is touch-screen friendly... You can enter destinations with the on-screen keypad, although a wee bit small for my taste. Seems to be the same pad they use for their pocket-pc version.

                    Originally posted by nl4jy
                    Is IGuidance 2 available for the US? and does it do multiple checkpoints? What about multiple states on 1 map? And how fast does it reroute when you missed a turn?
                    Yes, it is available for the US... it's what I'm using. The IGuidance 2.0 comes with both US and Canadian maps in the same software package. Also, it comes with both PC and Pocket PC versions. Yes, you can load as many states as you want. I have the entire west coast loaded onto mine. It re-routes almost instantly. Which I prefer. Destinator took forever to re-route which annoyed me.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by [iG]
                      The best way i found is to install D-Tool (daemon tools), map a network drive to the cd image and than create a virtual cd on the carputter from the network drive.
                      If your wireless network has a good enough signal you don't even need to do that. You can forget about installing D-Tool. Just share out your CD-ROM on any computer in your network, and from your Car PC, just map that network drive. It doesn't have to think it is a CD, it just needs to be at the ROOT directory of whatever mounted drive you use. No special software needed.

                      My problem was my wireless network was dropping its connection while transferring files.

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                      • #12
                        so how about downloading DC++ and visiting the sharing hub and connect to www.cdrskull.com:666 so your mp3car brothers and sisters can check it out for ourselves
                        -Jesus- King of Kings Lord of Lords

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by antimatter
                          so how about downloading DC++ and visiting the sharing hub and connect to www.cdrskull.com:666 so your mp3car brothers and sisters can check it out for ourselves
                          That's a great suggestion - the link gave me a "server error" page.

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                          • #14
                            Can iGuidance be embedded into MediaCar and/or Media Engine or any of the popular apps we all have? I use Mappoint 2004 simply because it works well in MediaCar

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by antimatter
                              You must download free sharing program DC++

                              http://www.mpex.net/en/software/details/dcplusplus.html

                              and then enter that url as the hub to connect to
                              Download links didn't work in the above link - I got the proggy through this link...

                              DC++

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