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    Bump....

    Is anyone willing to port this to OSX for us Mac Mini folks?

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    Google Earth for OSX

    You should ask on the Google Earth forums as neither of the 2 GE-GPS solutions are made by people on this forum.

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    Okay, here's what I've come up with.

    Buttons are from left to right:
    Tilt | Address Entry | Rotate | Path Toggle | Zoom

    EDIT: updated picture in later post
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    That looks awesome mercury7! This might actually make me take the $80/mo EV-DO plunge

    The GE solution puts my Google Maps solution to shame...

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    That's pretty cool, Doug. Only problem with google maps is, it's not 3D. Hopefully we can get this bad boy working soon, so I can use my new Power Vision phone to have the best GPS around (for free too!).

    Here's the address entry screen I came up with. The top six buttons would be programmable - House, Work, Wal-Mart, The White House, etc.

    The the text box and the part around it are partially transparent, so you can see the map below them.

    EDIT: updated picture in later post
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    I've added two more buttons to the main screen.

    Reset - Puts the tilt, rotation, and zoom back to default values
    Mode - Toggle the road overlay

    EDIT: updated picture in later post
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    Make sure there is a hot-key or at least a menu item for everything you want to be able to do. It's cool you are in to it. I will try to help, but I wont have much time for another month still.

    It will be tricky to do what I envision:

    When a route is entered, it should zoom-out and show the entire route (just as it automatically does), but we would have to disable nemaGE/EarthBridge so the network update doesn't instantly zoom the map back in. From there you could return to GPS view, or play the route (if you don't know what I mean, type in an address, it will zoom out to show the route, scroll the left bar down and select "route:###", then press the play button to see Google Earth "fly" the route at any speed/height/angle configured in the preferences.)

    We should also have buttons for "Search for nearest Chevron" and such since Google Local is built in. We would always have to set the "from" address based on the GPS icon.

    I have one idea for the home screen graphic above... I would like to see that same thing but with a thin border around the sides and top. Then turn on the "overview-map" and make the border bend around it in the upper right too. ...or not ...it's just a thought Buttons on the sides might work as a 2nd skin style, since you mainly want the map in front of you, but the wide-screen shows you a ton on either side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mercury7
    That's pretty cool, Doug. Only problem with google maps is, it's not 3D. Hopefully we can get this bad boy working soon, so I can use my new Power Vision phone to have the best GPS around (for free too!).

    Here's the address entry screen I came up with. The top six buttons would be programmable - House, Work, Wal-Mart, The White House, etc.

    The the text box and the part around it are partially transparent, so you can see the map below them.
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    Guys anyone played around with Earth Bridge??? How is the refresh rate of the KMZ file? any closer to real time traking?
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    Great use of google maps.

    A question about the cached files? If the size limit is 2Gb and that stores a cities worth of information couldn't you create a .dat file for each city and save it locally/make available for download, then use skinbedder and autoit to change/update the .dat file depending on where the user was?

    What if I create a button that gets the current gps position and then plots a 100 mile circle around that area. Couldn't I use that NEMA data and feed it into google earth to automatically generate a cached map?

    My idea would be to connect to a 802.11b network before I leave download the local maps, disconnect and keep using google maps. This is assuming you can pull data from google earth quickly.

    I will start testing now.
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