I've sent them some questions based on my own experiences with this software.
>Subject: RE: PC Navigator 6 Europe
>Thanks for sending me a copy to try out.
>I've installed it on the carpc & given it a test drive. I must say that
>its one of the best looking navigation programs that I've used & the
>voice navigation is great. It handles roundabouts as you would expect it
>to unlike others that I've used.
>However, there are a few things that would make it almost impossible to
>use on my carpc. I hope you don't mind some feedback.
>1) It runs full screen & can't be windowed which means I can't embed it
i>nto my carpc software (Road Runner). This is a show stopper. Please add
>an option for it to be windowed or even better ask your programmers to
>test it embedded into Road Runner.
we are working on this and resisable window will be available soon
>2) The voice volume slider changes the entire system volume not just the
>voices. This means it will also turn down any music I have running in
>What would be ideal is if we could set the voice volume, but would also
>reduce the system volume whilst the voices are speaking. In other words,
>the music temporarily lowers volume & the voice speaks. This isn't a
>show stopper just a bit of a pain.
I have no idea if this is possible - will pass it on
>3) My carpc runs on a 640x480 LCD screen & the software seems to have
>been written for a minimum of 800x600. It does run ok but some of the
>screens overflow the edges and some of them are just a bit too chunky
>(the address input for example). The map screen is ok but the current
>position arrow is a bit chunky. It would be great if graphics could
>reduce in size to take account of the screen mode.
position arrow is determined by number of pixels, but it should be ok on
640x480 = please email screenshots of the other problems, we are not
aware of any. Could it be that you have incorrectly set windows?
>4) Why doesn't the GPS connect as soon as the program starts? Why do I
>have to go into the menu to start it manually? Even when I'm not
>navigating I'd like to see my current position on the map.
you may like it, but others may not - not everybody runs Navigator on
having said this, I will pass it on for consideration
>5) There doesn't appear to be an option for "up is forwards" for the 2d
>map when you're not navigating. It seems fixed on "up is north". Thus
>when I'm driving south, the pointer moves down on the map. This is just
>a slight irritation - The 3d mode when navigating is perfect.
I do not understand this
>I'll be keeping an eye on your updates to see if any of these are fixed
i>n future & then I think I'll be purchasing it.
It would seem that they are aware of the major hurdles on the carpc scene for this sw to work properly, those things get fixed and this software could be the europe gps solution of choice.
Finland was also good and it's uncomparable with M$ Autoroute
carpc install finished:D
Cruisin on my own...
I'm glad to hear they are brining out the SDK with ActiveX control soon. I was put off buying version 6 as it didn't come with the ActiveX control like version 4 did.
Soon as its released, it will open up a whole lot of opportunities to be used in custom front ends.
Does anyone know whether Directions have implemented any of the improvements that Dopehead and Beezer were promised?
I contacted Directions this week to enquire about a Mac friendly version(for those that are interested), they advised me it won't be here 'til at least Q3 this year. Something to look forward to!!
Mac friendly ? how ? does it run on OSX ?
Has anyone had a play with the SDK yet? According to the blurb on their site:
"Support and setup files for the Navigator 4.3/4.4 Active X controls. This development resource allows you to embed maps and routes in your own application. "
which sounds promising for embedding into roadrunner etc.
Having played with the program, first impressions are quite good, it's certainly pretty, 3d view displays road names, maps are up to date, interface is not that bad, voice prompts are clear.
bad sides are:
you cant adjust window size or position as it's allways full screen, I think I could force it across to a second monitor with nView controls, but my lappy has ATI
The speed camera warning system is pretty basic, I have managed to import cameras by using excel to convert csv to xls then importing them into the program, but there seems to be no facility for the program to distinguish between what type of cameras they are, so you get the same warning regardless
You still have to manually enable GPS every time you run the program, which is just rubbish
I also really think that the interface needs work, the menu's are laid out badly and I would like to be able to place icons from within the menu's onto the top map screen.
However I do think that the program shows a lot of promise, especially if some of the cool programmers in the car pc world have a go at modifying it....
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