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    Thoughts About OpenMobile

    justchat_1 Thanks for taking the time to start this software.

    I see you are also a victim of Street Deck and have been "motivated" to make your own front end.

    I have been dealing with Street Deck for years and I'm not to happy with the support.

    I have wanted a front end that was built on SD(look wise) and it's great navigation system.

    I feel SD sorely lacks in the media department.

    The way it handles MP3's is horrible.

    It cant even see the MP3 tag pics.

    No voice recognition I have to look at the screen instead of the road.

    These are just the tip of the iceberg, I'm not here to bash but add these complaints so they are not repeated.

    I installed it and tested last night.

    Easy to use so far.

    Not to big on the media player look or some of the overall look but I know that will be improved.

    Opens nice and fast.

    Some questions

    1. Is it using Windows media player as the media player and how will it work with VLC in the future?

    2. How do you feel this front end will differ from Riderunner's open community other then the removal of the config file setting?

    3. What navigation software besides GMPC will Openmobile work with and will these work through plug-in or embedded?

    Thanks for all the hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigmacarpc View Post
    Some questions

    1. Is it using Windows media player as the media player and how will it work with VLC in the future?

    2. How do you feel this front end will differ from Riderunner's open community other then the removal of the config file setting?

    3. What navigation software besides GMPC will Openmobile work with and will these work through plug-in or embedded?

    Thanks for all the hard work.
    I'll try to answer these and if you need more explanation, JC can jump in on this.

    1. The Media player is custom written, "OMPlayer", and uses directShow, which allows it to play any format that WMP supports. Using a different media player only requires a plugin for that media player due to OM's modular framework.

    2. Where to begin... OM supports transparency, animations, layering, modular design, speech recognition, and standardized interface to name a few. This interface allows for plugins to communicate and respond with each other. Also all plugins are sandboxed which maintanes the integrity of the OM framework if a plugin were to crash. With RR, everything useful runs as a separate application, music (winamp), video (whatever they are using for video now), Overlays (Elcaminos overlay program), and there is no communication/integration between them. In other words, it's completely different. If you want more technical differences, JC will have to chime in on this one.

    3. OM can work with any navigation program that a plugin is written for. GMPC uses layering to render the map, and the same technique could be used with other navigation programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigmacarpc View Post
    Some questions

    1. Is it using Windows media player as the media player and how will it work with VLC in the future?

    2. How do you feel this front end will differ from Riderunner's open community other then the removal of the config file setting?

    3. What navigation software besides GMPC will Openmobile work with and will these work through plug-in or embedded?

    Thanks for all the hard work.
    ws6vert covered most of it but I'll add to question number two...

    2. The skin design is also quite different. OM skins can be programmed with it's own skin editor but can also be programmed using Microsoft Visual Studio which opens up for way more customization and adaption of skins. Creating effects that would require an external application in RR is no problem in OM.
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    Thanks for the reply's guys, I am very excited to try a new front end that doesn't need to constantly change the config file and is actually supported.

    I look forward to the nav module in the new release.

    Is there any chance of Google map overlays being able to be used with the nav system of choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigmacarpc View Post
    Is there any chance of Google map overlays being able to be used with the nav system of choice?
    Probably not. Using any sort of google maps in navigation is illegal I believe, due to the terms of use. Plus, for that feature to be possible, the main navigation program would have to have that ability.

    If you check the sneak peak thread, you will see that there is a plugin in development that uses googles poi database that can be used in conjuction with a nav plugin due to the framework of OpenMobile. This allows you to search for POIs from google if your CarPC is connected, and whatever Nav program you use can route you to that location.

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    ws6vert covered most of it but you may want to check out this section of our wiki for a few more:
    http://openmobile.sourceforge.net/wi...nMobile_unique

    can you explain a little more what you meant by google map overlays? Were you referring to just a standalone google maps plugin? overlaying traffic over an existing map? google navigation? or something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    ws6vert covered most of it but you may want to check out this section of our wiki for a few more:
    http://openmobile.sourceforge.net/wi...nMobile_unique

    can you explain a little more what you meant by google map overlays? Were you referring to just a standalone google maps plugin? overlaying traffic over an existing map? google navigation? or something else?
    I'm hoping he means satellite imagery. That is a nice feature. But again, I guess it depends on the nav app used.

    John

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    Yes I was talking about satellite imagery over any map of choice we may use in the future with OpenMobile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigmacarpc View Post
    Yes I was talking about satellite imagery over any map of choice we may use in the future with OpenMobile.
    It doesn't quite work that way....the nav software needs to support satellite overlays. For ones that do obviously it will be available, for ones that don't its not something you can really add in. You need to perform matrix transformations to the satellite images which can only be done by the map rendering engine.

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    What does StreetDeck use I thing they have a great nav system at least visually?

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