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    I am getting ready to install a Mac Mini in my car (Intel based with OS X 10.4.9)

    I know that there is a few apps out there for GPS nav functions like route buddy and route 66 (although I have heard of compatibility issues with this software and os x 10.4)

    Anyone have this software and have experiences with them or know of anythign else...

    I have purchased the BU-353 USB GPS receiver as well.

    Let me know.

    Thanks

  • #2
    Moved to Mac forum. You'll get better responses there.

    Take a look at the stickies in this forum and look at the GPS entries in the Wiki. Also search on "GPS" or "navigation" in the Mac forum.
    Originally posted by ghettocruzer
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    • #3
      thanks for helping me out

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      • #4
        im waiting for someone to shine some light on this subject already. i saw Route 66 USA 2004 at Fry's electronics today for forty bucks. not much choices when you go mac.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by aaronle06 View Post
          im waiting for someone to shine some light on this subject already. i saw Route 66 USA 2004 at Fry's electronics today for forty bucks. not much choices when you go mac.
          Basically there is nothing out there .


          Now if you're willing to make few compromises and work a little bit to get your GPS, here are some solutions:

          -Route 66 is outdated and works only with PowerPC, correctly, I believe.

          -There is a program called RouteBuddy that seems decent, but it has no routing, which is kind of a big deal for car GPS.

          -There is RoadNav that does pretty much everything you want, but it's using government's maps, thus it doesn't have a lot of info like (close by coffee shops) and such nice features.

          -GoogleMaps/Earth is another option but it requires some work to get up and running, plus you need internet for most of the nice features, but if you read bugbyte's BoostMobile cheap internet thread you'd see that it's not that hard to make it work.

          can anyone add anything else?

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          • #6
            Parallels + Windows GPS software of your choice.
            Originally posted by ghettocruzer
            I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
            Want to:
            -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
            -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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            • #7
              I am going to try streets & Trips 2007 with Parallels... We'll see if it works out fine... Hopefully...

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              • #8
                yea, i use parallels with co pilot
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                • #9
                  How is co pilot?

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                  • #10
                    I decided that there is NO mac GPS software worth its salt, so I bought a Garmin GVM 52 which is a stand alone GPS with a Video out.

                    I LOVE IT!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by aaronle06 View Post
                      im waiting for someone to shine some light on this subject already. i saw Route 66 USA 2004 at Fry's electronics today for forty bucks. not much choices when you go mac.
                      i 40 bucks down the drain when you have a intel based mac.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by aaronle06 View Post
                        i 40 bucks down the drain when you have a Intel based mac.
                        actually it works with my new dual-core Intel, but its not working with the BU-353. I wonder if there is a driver update for it. That should fix the problem.

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                        • #13
                          Well i have the Kenwood-Garmin Satnav for the touch screen head unit, so i am not all that bothered by GPS.

                          But as a mac person, i feel it is an aboslute must that i try something, just to see for myself...

                          So i am going to opt for the Route Buddy setup, if only because they seem to be very active in the UPDATING of there software, and there very helpful attitude towards there users and helpfullness when you have a problem.

                          They are also looking at the update for turn-by-turn and have already got address look up, so it seems that as they work closely with garmin already, they are going to be the better of what is available before too long and they have all the usual extras available to them through garmin.

                          As a result of my thinking, i am going to try it, so am now thinking about which GPS to buy so as to go ahead with this...

                          Would i be right in thinkng, as i haven't actually read it anywhere, with a GPS in the car, is it possible and how easy to set up, is the trackingof the vehicle if you are not using it....???

                          IE if you have a mobile connected to the system...???
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
                            Parallels + Windows GPS software of your choice.
                            I agree.

                            Parallels is your friend with iGuidance on XP or any of the other Windows GPS apps. The GlobalSat BU-353 is an excellent waterproof GPS receiver with OSX drivers that work very well. I'm running it with 10.4.9 with no worries.

                            OSX native GPS software? The best of the lot is RouteBuddy. I bought RouteBuddy plus North America maps only to find that it does not do address mapping - only routes. RB was recently upgraded to version 1.2 which is supposed to have address mapping. As a RB customer, I downloaded the 7Gb update I just haven't installed it yet. Hopefully it will work as advertised and I can dump Parallels.

                            <edit> Installed RB 1.2 with "new GeoCoding"... it still sucks bad. Don't bother buying it. It's slow, slow, slow (on a 2.33GHz Merom Intel to boot) and completely useless as a in-car GPS system. My old Pioneer AVIC N3 was head and shoulders above it.

                            Advice? Stick to PC based GPS software with Parallels, Q, VMWare beta for OSX or Virtual PC.

                            Good luck
                            EG

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                            • #15
                              EnglandGreen,

                              I am going the parallels route... I have tried using streets & trips 2007 with the BU-353 but for some reason it tells me that the receiver isn't 2.0 compatible or isn't sending the messages to the satalite in that format. I don't know whats going on with that.

                              I will try iGuidance this time around... have you had success with using the BU-353 in parallels? Please let me know.

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