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    Front End and Navigation Software hard to find!

    Hey,

    Is it just me or is it becoming increasingly difficult to find a Front End that is both up-to-date and functional? By this I mean that I have resorted to just using all separate programs within a Windows operating space because nothing seems to work right in Front-End software. My issue is that Centrafuse Apps are so poorly rated so it makes me reluctant to jump on that boat. RoadRunner (or RideRunner rather) is complicated and I haven't quite figured that out either. Aside from those two, I have not been able to find any other Front End that works at all. Sure, there still exist some old versions of other Front Ends but there are not any recent updates that I could discover. I will say that I have not yet purchased Centrafuse but that is only because I want to know if there are other viable options. My only real concern with not using a front end is the ability to incorporate apps. That is the real problem with windows is that the internet connectivity type of capabilities I want to add are just not possible (I have connection via tethering). Maybe there is one out there that I haven't found yet, or should I just buy Centrafuse?

    On another note, whether or not I have a Front End, I would like to have working GPS software. My BU353 is great and always is able to indicate where and I am in the world. However, the software is quite lacking for the Windows environment. I was really excited to check out iNAV and Garmin GPC but I sadly found out both are no longer supported by the developers... I dont know about you, but I am not willing to purchase unsupported software. So my only (working) solution right now is MapFactor's Navigator Free. But, I am running into major issues that make me want to change software. With MapFactor, there are constantly issues where the 'route cannot be found' and POI are very lacking for common places that I look for. Sure, I can find major locations with the program and it works well (when it works) but I really just want to try out another touchscreen friendly nav program. I have tried the Streets and Tips Demo as well and it appears to work but it really is not optomized for touch screen (on screen keyboard is the most useful feature in MapFactor).

    Anyways, the point of everything here is I am just curious about the health of the CarPc software development community. I just really want to be pointed in the right direction for a front end and navigation software. The only thing I can make work really really well is Music through winamp. But if I only wanted music,.I would have stuck with a stock head unit and my Sansa clip lol..

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    You might want to look at Driveline. It is a very fast front end that intergrates apps quite nicely, It's lacking radio support at the moment but I am working with Clockwork to make that happen sometime. He has embedded Co-pilot live v8 into his FE, as well as Garmin and it also uses Streets and Trips very well. He has constantly updated this FE and alittle inside info is that he just about has the native Phidgets support completed. Give it a try its free SNO

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    Does Driveline have a website? I was able to find a download on softpedia, but I want to make sure I have the most updated version direct from the developer. And if there isnt an official website, I would assume there is a subforum somewhere on mp3car?

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    http://www.compulsivecode.com/Project_DriveLine.aspx thats the most current build but i think this one has the phidgets code in it and might give you problems if you don't have the phidgets app installed. the subforum is under frontends category. SNO

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    This is why I think Android is the way to go for car pc applications. It is already touch friendly and generally comes with most software you need.

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    See my only real issue with android is support for hardware. Like my creative soundcard has wonderful sound quality but only plays well with windows. I would imagine that external cameras would not interface well either. It's definitely something I will consider if I can run android on my pc. I like the external screen and hardware specs so if android gets more driver support on x86 then I will check it out.

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    Yup, I agree. Thats why I am going to get this LCD http://www.ebay.com/itm/110659973152...t_24365wt_1168 which supports back up camera and auto switching, mirror my phone to this screen via hdmi, and then use the Android Ultimate In-Car OEM System - Remote Bluetooth Touch, HDMI Mirroring system to control the phone from the touch screen.

    As for audio, I am using line out or bluetooth to the head unit in the car and and the sound is great.

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