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    Short Reviews of packages

    since people seem to always ask the question 'which gps software can talk to me?!' and other things, how about a sticky thread with a paragraph or two on all the different commercial packages out there?
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    Re: Short Reviews of packages

    sounds good, list some recievers aswell

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    I've been looking into this too.

    With all the features needed, it appears that Infomap Navigator is the only one for the UK I can find that is upto date.

    But, I do like Mappoint 2002 because of it's advanced features (more than you generally need for in car I admit).

    Problem with Mappoint is that it can plot a route, it can display your position on the route, but it doesn't do spoken directions, it doesn't do any kind of directions, and it can't recalculate on the fly.

    Now with some research on the alt.satellite.gps newsgroup I discovered the link to Advanced GPS

    Which looks to be a far more affordable alternative to Laptop Navstar for Mappoint , and looks to have much better features for a fraction of the cost.

    Any one used AGPS, who can comment on how effective it was.
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    I've been looking into this too.

    With all the features needed, it appears that Infomap Navigator is the only one for the UK I can find that is upto date.

    But, I do like Mappoint 2002 because of it's advanced features (more than you generally need for in car I admit).

    Problem with Mappoint is that it can plot a route, it can display your position on the route, but it doesn't do spoken directions, it doesn't do any kind of directions, and it can't recalculate on the fly.

    Now with some research on the alt.satellite.gps newsgroup I discovered the link to Advanced GPS

    Which looks to be a far more affordable alternative to Laptop Navstar for Mappoint , and looks to have much better features for a fraction of the cost.

    Any one used AGPS, who can comment on how effective it was.
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    Try this, just found it while looking for the same thing.

    http://home.earthlink.net/~vpeng/carnav.html

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    That site will get a decent read later. Looks useful.
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    Any one used AGPS, who can comment on how effective it was. [/B]
    I had a quick play with it a while ago. Not sure if it was just the route I plugged in, or maybe that my GPS hadn't got a decent lock, but it seemed to be telling me the same directions over and over again, but I got bored with it because Mappoint was crashing the laptop I was testing it on (problem with the laptop).

    I now have Mappoint installed on my carputer so will have another play at some point and let you know.

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    cheers. The prob I'm having at the moment is that Mappoint doesn't seem to like my Deluo USB GPS.

    Might have to find something else.

    I know using GPSS, I can get a very weak signal inside the house near the window. But in Mappoint, it says the port is available, but can't get GPS data
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    Originally posted by Skraggy_uk
    cheers. The prob I'm having at the moment is that Mappoint doesn't
    I believe MapPoint, AutoRoute, Streets & Trips etc all have the same problem with USB GPS devices, expecially under Windows XP. I specifically bought a serial device for mine, for this very reason.

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    Originally posted by GingerPrince
    I believe MapPoint, AutoRoute, Streets & Trips etc all have the same problem with USB GPS devices, expecially under Windows XP. I specifically bought a serial device for mine, for this very reason.
    Bugger. It does Serial Emulation, I'm using Win2k, and connection with hyperterminal does get characters returned on that com port (though not readable).

    Guess it must be Mappoint etc.
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