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Thread: GPSing - Digital Speedometer/Altimeter/Compass

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    Smile GPSing - Digital Speedometer/Altimeter/Compass

    I was looking for a digital speedometer and decided to try to write my own using VB.NET 2005 Express edition.
    I wrote this a few months back. I had problems with the serial port when I used xPort3, so I had to use mscomm32.ocx which is the older way to communicate with the serial port.
    But anyways, here's the program to try. It doesn't run as fast as I want it to, but I think that's cause of the framework and the transparencies on my SP13000.
    You can also use your own bitmap backgrounds for the displays and the fullscreen display.

    Program:
    GPSing

    Requirements:
    MSCOMM32.ocx installer - Required to communicate with GPS.
    .NET 2.0 Framework - (Will prompt you to download if not installed during install.)
    GPS Receiver - Any NMEA compatible receiver.

    Optional:
    To run GPSing with another GPS program or if you use it to hibernate and have issues with the GPS receiver being detected after resume, you can run XPort3. A program written by another www.mp3car.com member that splits the com ports and helps with hibernation issues.

    Screenshots below:
    SP13000|M2-ATX|512MB DDR400|2.5" 7200RPM S-ATA|Trans-7"|Slim SL DVD-CDRW|KEH 5.1 DSP|SB L!ve Ext|Gyration PowerMate|BT|WiFi|GPS|WinXP|VoomPC
    GPSing - Digital Speedo
    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
    Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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    The Gauges and Settings Page

    Here you can set what gauges to display and in what units. Also you can select backgrounds and other user defined settings such as font color. To access the settings you double click any of the gauges skins. If you select to show no gauges or use a transparent skin background* (*more on this below), you can still get to settings or exit the program by using the Tray Icon as shown below.
    *The Program looks at the gauges bitmap at 0,0 and sets whatever that color is in the bitmap to transparent. So if you choose a all black bitmap the color at 0,0 on that bitmap is black so it sets the whole bitmap to transparent and you will have just floating text. To move the text, you must use a background first such as the default background (uncheck the Use box) to move the gauges to your desired position then check the use box again to use the black bitmap to get back just floating text.
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    GPSing - Digital Speedo
    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
    Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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    Tray Icon

    Allows you to exit the program or display settings screen using the the system tray icon. Also used if no gauges are displayed or user decides to use no gauge background skin.
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    GPSing - Digital Speedo
    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
    Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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    Speed Alert

    Here the gauges are shown with transparency. If speed alert is checked and speed exceeds speed alert selected speed. A red exclamation will flash on the screen to warn you that you have exceeded the set alert speed.
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    GPSing - Digital Speedo
    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
    Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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    Full Screen Mode

    If you double click the speed Gauge text (the numbers themselves), it will activate Full Screen Mode where you will see a large digital display and a bar meter (optional, if checked) that grows as your speed increases. You can set the maximum of the meter. Here I set it to 3 and had the speed go to 1 to show you what it would look like if you set it to 160 and was going 53. To exit Full Screen Mode, just click anywhere on the screen.
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    GPSing - Digital Speedo
    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
    Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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    Full Screen Mode with user selected bitmap

    You can also make your own bitmap and use it in Full Screen Mode. If the bitmap is smaller it will be stretch to fit the full size of the screen. Here I selected a really small bitmap and it stretched it to fill the whole screen.
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    SP13000|M2-ATX|512MB DDR400|2.5" 7200RPM S-ATA|Trans-7"|Slim SL DVD-CDRW|KEH 5.1 DSP|SB L!ve Ext|Gyration PowerMate|BT|WiFi|GPS|WinXP|VoomPC
    GPSing - Digital Speedo
    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
    Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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    Let me know how it runs for you people.

    Enjoy!
    SP13000|M2-ATX|512MB DDR400|2.5" 7200RPM S-ATA|Trans-7"|Slim SL DVD-CDRW|KEH 5.1 DSP|SB L!ve Ext|Gyration PowerMate|BT|WiFi|GPS|WinXP|VoomPC
    GPSing - Digital Speedo
    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
    Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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    Quote Originally Posted by LESLIEx317537
    Let me know how it runs for you people.

    Enjoy!
    Looks cool, I'll let you know. I am hoping to have a LCD dash that has an older style speedometer and tachometer as one of the displays. No OBD in my '64 Nova. Any help like this is great.

    JD
    The car is mostly complete. Wanted to hide all the stereo system so I've got a SecretAudio SST head unit, Kappa Amp, Kappa 6x9, Kappa 4", bluetooth streaming audio.

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    DEAD LINK?

    I would like a copy of this program

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    Should work now.
    SP13000|M2-ATX|512MB DDR400|2.5" 7200RPM S-ATA|Trans-7"|Slim SL DVD-CDRW|KEH 5.1 DSP|SB L!ve Ext|Gyration PowerMate|BT|WiFi|GPS|WinXP|VoomPC
    GPSing - Digital Speedo
    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
    Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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