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    Quote Originally Posted by Terpz
    dont wanna spend money that is so simple to make yourself
    Yep... I didn't spend a cent. I found a never working USB hub But when I got my xbox I bought a cable that goes from USB to XBOX. So now I can use it on my computer AND xbox

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    New Version

    Mobile Impact now Embeds either iGuidance or FreeDrive. It will go out to the default installation directories to find iGuidance or FreeDrive. If it finds either, then it runs them and then embeds them into the form. If it finds iGuidance, then it clicks the Ok message and then embeds it. If it finds Freedrive, it will open it, then embed it, then reposition it to fill the open window, no need to change any ini settings. Below is a picture of both embedded. The GPS module will also know if both iGuidance and FreeDrive are both installed at the same time and wont load either. If neither is found, then it will open the External Applications module like before and the user can browse out to their preferred GPS program. I tested this with MapMonkey and it works nicely, just a bit cramped for the screen size.
    If the user does not want to use GPS, then this can also be used to embed any other program that is set up in the GPS Path box in the External Applications module. The user may also have to edit the ini file under the GPS section and the 2 entries are GPSPATH= and GPSCLASS=.
    Examples of FreeDrive ini entries are shown below.
    If the user absolutely cannot find the Window Handle to enter into the GPSCLASS entry, then download this program.
    Run it
    Drag and drop the crosshairs icon from the program onto the GPS or other program and it will give the Window Handle in the Class Name box.
    Win Grab Handle Grabber
    GPSPATH=C:\Program Files\FreeDrive\FreeDrive.exe
    GPSCLASS=ThunderRT6FormDC



    When a different GPS program is selected in the External Applications module, upon selection and clicking ok/open in the dialog window, the program that was selected will automatically run. It needs to do this, so that it can capture the Window Handle and then enter it into the ini file. This is necessary so that the program will embed properly. It takes the Window Handle name that it finds on the open program in the middle of the screen, so if it opens a program that is mostly off the screen, there may be problems. Move the program to the middle of the screen and then close and reopen it from the browse button on the GPS Path selector. It Very rarely happens, but some programs may report the wrong Handle, so they will not embed.

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    is possible command with remote controll?
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    Quote Originally Posted by corsab
    is possible command with remote controll?
    It is not programmed to work with a remote control. If you use a remote control that sends keyboard commands it might work by tabbing through the controls but no specific keyboard commands are programmed into it yet. It would be very easy to do so, It just hasn't been requested yet.
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    Nice skin on 1.2b. Here are a few issues I am still having. Since I'm not running IGuidance or Freedrive, I'm still not able to switch between my GPS program and MI easily. It's a small problem since it means that I cannot keep my GPS tracking my location when I want to go back and change songs. Another issue that I stated once before was the scrollbar. It works great when on the video playing screen, but when browsing through audio or creating a playlist, it still does not work. When I click on the bar it just goes back to the beginning which means that I have to hold down the arrow to get to the end of my list. The last issue that I've run into is the slide show. When playing a song and running the slide show in full screen it works fine, until I click the screen to go back to the slide show menu. Then the picture freezes and the only way that I can get back to MI is to hit alt-tab. I noticed that the rest of MI runs fine when this happens, but whenever I go back to the slide show it takes me to the same screen and I have to revert to alt-tab again. For later versions, one thing that would be really nice would be the ability to do a search to find songs or videos. Media Engine has a search function that works really well. One other thing that I just noticed, is that when you go back to the homescreen from video, the sound does not keep playing unless you first navigate from video to GPS and then go to the home screen. Actually, I've just run into more problems(it's nice to have another computer right next to me to run MI). It seems like MI gets confused sometimes when switching between video and audio. When navigating from video to gps and then to home it gets weird because when I hit the audio button from from the homescreen it takes me to video. Then from there when I go to audio, the browser resets and I have to renavigate to find my songs and it looks like the volume is also reset back to 50 regardless of what it was set at previously. Wow, I sould like a real a$$. I don't mean to **** you off, I just want to help out. I figured you'd appreciate someone doing some testing for you.

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    I totally appreciate the help and your time you take for testing!

    Regarding your GPS program, This new version will embed just about any program you set up in the external apps module, just go there and set a new path for the GPS program, then when you hit the GPS button from any of the modules, then it will open the GPS form and then embed the program and make the menu to access the video/audio module available. What GPs program are you using, Maybe I could find a copy and develop with it?

    In the images module, if you click the screen when its full screen, it is supposed to revert back to the menu. You can also click on the screen when its small and it will immediately take it to full screen as well. I have not run into the problem that you are describing, be sure that you have at least Direct X version 7 or better. Its a free download at Microsoft for version 9. I think that installing the latest Direct X will fix this problem as the slideshow code rely's on it. I dont like the way the slideshow works quite yet, so Im thinking of altering it.

    To move the scrollbars you have to tap the open area below the bar to get it to move.(See Picture Below) I played with it and found that they werent doing a couple of things so I fixed it so the scrollbars work like a normal one would. They are fixed and will be included in the next release. Im looking closely at all the bugs you have mentioned

    I designed Mobile Impact so that whenever you exit the media player in video mode into the other screens it stops playing, except for when you are going to the GPS screen. That way you can set your GPS to run then go back to watching a movie, then be able to switch back and forth between GPS and Video, all other screens stops the video from playing. Also if you were to exit GPS while the movie was playing and go to the Main Menu it also keeps playing, as you can go back to the video without it pausing or exiting the video screen, I could have had it stop Video or Audio in this case, but I decided to leave it that way. Audio works the same way. I probably should have mentioned that in the documentation.

    I see what you mean by when you click on audio when the video is playing, and it takes you to video. Its a small detail that I overlooked. I fixed these problems with only a couple of lines of code.

    The idea of the program going out and searching for files is a good one, the only problem in programming is this; Do you tell it to look for just mp3 files or do you tell it to look for wav files and aif files, then there is video formats, so do you tell it to look for mpg or mpeg or avi or wmv etc. and do you construct an entire form dedicated to this function? This was way too much to work on, so I figured that users would place their music in a specific place, and organize it in that place. Like me, I have a directory called Media, then there are Audio, Video, and Pictures directories inside it, so I just organize my music in these directories ahead of time so it is easier to browse while driving. I know exactly where my music, videos, and pictures are. If you have your audio and video sprawled out all over the place, then imaging how hard it would be to find a single song among 5000 songs. Now there is the option of typing in the name of the song in a box, then have it bring up all of the matches, then you have to scroll through the results. Imaging typing this while you are trying to drive. I prefer just selecting my Audio directory, then I have it organized into their albums, then all I have to do it click on the directory and then find the song, done with only a few taps versus tapping in a song title or even several letters of the song title. I felt this was easier than the search. Its all preferrence I suppose. With this in mind, I dont think I will be included a search feature in the program, Thank you for the suggestion, and keep up testing Mobile Impact.

    Get back to me on the GPS program your using, thanks.
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    I'm using Rand McNally StreetFinder 2003 right now, which is kinda lame since it is outdated and is missing a lot of features that many of the new ones have, so I'll be getting something like Destinator soon. I need to be able to easily start my GPS tracker and hopefully use voice commands to make things easier while driving. As for Direct X, that could be the problem. I forgot that I have the most recent version on my "gaming" computer and I forgot to get it for my "carputer". (I just tried it out, it's much better now, thanks). So I guess I'm out of stuff to complain about right now. Keep us posted on new versions.

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    Yes, MapMonkey works great with it. Open config.ini and change/add the following under the [GPS] heading:
    GPSLEFT=-5
    GPSTOP=-30
    GPSWIDTH=650
    GPSHEIGHT=430
    GPSPATH=C:\DestinatorApps\Map Monkey\MapMonkey.exe
    GPSCLASS=ThunderRT6MDIForm

    This will make map monkey work very cleanly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvwjettaiii
    I'm using Rand McNally StreetFinder 2003 right now, which is kinda lame since it is outdated and is missing a lot of features that many of the new ones have, so I'll be getting something like Destinator soon. I need to be able to easily start my GPS tracker and hopefully use voice commands to make things easier while driving. As for Direct X, that could be the problem. I forgot that I have the most recent version on my "gaming" computer and I forgot to get it for my "carputer". (I just tried it out, it's much better now, thanks). So I guess I'm out of stuff to complain about right now. Keep us posted on new versions.
    I recommend iGuidance for the United States. I know its illegal but if you go here and download it:
    http://torrentreactor.net and then do a search for the word iguidance, you will get a hit. This is torrent downloading and its perfectly safe, its not like any of the other peer to peer sharing like kazaa and all those others. You do have to install a bit torrent client though. I think it is ok to download from these sites if you just plan on evaluating the software, then if you like it you should go out and buy it. I can't see people throwing $100.00 and up away on a software package then not like it. Im sure this will spark a big long discussion after this post, but we all know there are many different opinions on this subject, so please discuss it in a different thread, Thank you.
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