I've tried Centrafuse a few times, it's not bad. I prefer Road Runner with iGuidance or GMPC for a number of reasons.
Skinning is very difficult with Centrafuse. I'm not sure if they changed it but the skins used to break every time they updated the software. The audio backbone is WMP, which I'm not a big fan of, it's bloated and the sound quality isn't the best. I only used the trial, so I can't comment on the quality of Destinator. I did use iGuidance with a plugin and it functioned fine within the environment.
On the poisitive side, it's fairly easy to setup, support is good and the software gets update frequently.
Personally, I couldn't justify spending $250 on a frontend when RR is free.
I am using Neon BoomBox as my front end in Mac OS X and use Spaces to switch to VMWare Fusion running Windows XP in fullscreen. I use Garmin Mobile PC for my nav solution, which I like better than iGuidance. I haven't noticed any problems with speed or responsiveness running Windows in virtualization.
I've looked at RoadRunner, but it's just so cluttered and busy that I couldn't warm up to it. In fact, I haven't run into a Windows front end yet that I like. For me, more is not better. I like a simple, clean, straightforward look with big buttons that I can tell right away what they are, since I am driving after all and should keep most of my attention on that. If someone can suggest a skin or front end that meets those requirements other than NBB I'd check it out.
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Speedy was traded for a 2004 350z - Install complete except for permanent screen installation.
Is there a good solution now?
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Carputer: Lilliput 619, GPS= LT-20 Receiver, IGuidance 3 & Streets & Atlas 2K6, RR Front End, Removable Dell Inspiron Laptop, More to come........
We have a working turn-by-turn navigation module for QCar, however, we seem to have hit a wall with TeleAtlas and map supply, so we cannot market it yet :-( We are now checking our options for alternatives.
As soon as the code is cleaned up and documented a bit, we will make the navigation engine (with some command-line examples of its usage) and the data format open source, but give us a month or so.
there is another option that most people tend to forget about, it is called navit. it is originally developed for linux but they have instructions for how to compile and run it on OS X. you can find the instruction here. i have been able to get navit to work on my linux box, and it is a nice gps solution. especially since it is free. the biggest downside to navit is that it can be a pain to setup. you have to find your own maps (which they give you places to get those on the navit website) and you have to be able to use the command line to get it all compiled and installed. i am about to give this a try and see if i can truly get this to work on my mac, if so then i will let you all know how it goes.
Navit is working, but it is one of the most dirty pieces of software I have seen when it comes to internal structure and coding. There is no clear M-V-C design pattern and all the parts are unbelievably mixed together. Because of its support for many platforms, including some extremely primitive ones, it uses rather obscure libraries to achieve something that is common and easy to do using standard OS X frameworks (and this is not only true for GUI, but for everything). Most headers are not commented at all and when there are some comments, they are for the most trivial and self-explanatory lines, leaving the main stuff to the developer to figure out.
We have tried to integrate it into QCar, but the amount of work that would require was comparable with writing our own solution from scratch. The only thing, that we used as inspiration is the map organization (overlapping squares of different "classes"), which is faster for map drawing, than the approach with a relational DBMS we tried before that.
ah well that prob explains why it is so blasted difficult to install and then use. oh well i guess i will just have to keep looking. thanks for the heads up