I Paid, Own and Use Streetdeck.
I work for streetdeck and got a copy for free
I Paid and Own a copy but dont use it anymore.
I Paid, Own and use streetdeck lite.
I am a developer and use the Developer edition
I am a beta tester
I got a copy for free for being a moderator
I don't understand why there are all these folks screaming about what streetdeck is and what it isn't? Seems like if you don't like the program, don't buy it, don't use it. End of story. Must have to due with the phenomenon of customers telling 10-100 people if they had a bad exprience, but not likely to tell 1-2 if they had a good/great experience. Or perhaps, internet anonymity bringing out the worst... Geeze!
I've been using SD for several weeks now and couldn't be happier. I've not had one problem/bug/crash in 500+ miles. Sure, the "lock-out" feature is annoying, but I understand why it's there. Also, it's not very difficult to get around... ever heard of unplugging the GPS (disabled/ren-eable in windows)?
I've been toying with various front ends and car PCs for over two years now. Street Deck (and my Carnetix 1900 powered Mac Mini) was exactly what I needed to make my setup easy, reliable, feature-rich, and intuitive. The other applications out there are nice, even Centrafuse has great potential, but from a functional and aesthtic standpoint, nothing comes close to SD in my estimation. I couldn't be happier with the application as is and look forward to features coming down the road (phone integration and HD radio). Thanks to the SD team for creating and offering such a great product. I most likely would have given up on my carPC and went with a Pioneer AVIC D3 or Kenwood DDX-7019 had I not stumbled on this little gem.
Call me a fan boy all you want... or a satisfied customer.
Again, your experience is not th be all, end all. Nor is mine. Everyone is different, and it is very possible to have different, valid subjective opinions on a certain piece of software.
Don't let the rantings of a couple of dissatisfied, bitter rabble-rousers that have nothing better to do than rip on a relatively new piece of software that caters to a relatively new niche market influence your decision.
No piece of software is perfect. Hell, how often does MS release patches and fixes for bugs and/or security flaws for WinXP? We'd all agree that Windows is (and always has been) fraught with bugs and problems, yet we all buy it.
The state of the software community has become such that it's commonplace to expect software flaws.
I agree that this is a sad state of affairs in the world of software development, but MS has lowered that bar so much, I doubt it will ever be raised again.
That said, I think StreetDeck is a quality product. It does exactly what is advertised, with the exception of the bluetooth functionality. And, as I understand it, that situation was a convoluted licensing deal that went horribly wrong, causing the developers to basically rewrite the bluetooth functionality.
Frankly, the rantings of people who want to provide full functionality of an application from the driver's seat don't mean much to me. Hell, I don't even want those people on the road! Those are the same people that will ground the e-brake safety wire for an in-dash DVD player to let the driver watch DVDs while driving. They would probably also do this at the request of a client, as well, despite the fact that it is illegal and they would be liable for installing the hardware that way.
It will be funny as hell to watch this group of people get their asses sued off or wrap thir car around a light pole, all because they insisted that they should be able to do something while behind the wheel other than drive the damn car!
Yes, I support StreetDeck. I see the potential of it, and I like the interface. I am not required to use StreetDeck. In fact, I think I'm the only moderator that does, AFAIK. I back the dev team abecause I see the potential of the product. Sure, I see flaws and problems, as well. Since I beta-test new versions, I bet I see more flaws than the whole lot of you, not that it matters at all.
The fact is, the team is working to improve the product. I'm pretty certain that the next public update release will knock the socks off most of y'all.
Does it have a new nav engine that people are clamoring for? No, but do you honestly expect that a new nav engine could be researched, selected, licensed and coded in the matter of a few months?
I think the problem is that people are all too willing to criticize, but far too few are willing to turn that criticism into anything productive. I'm critical, too. As a beta tester, I pretty much have to be. But I look for solutions or suggestions revolving around my criticisms that will improve the product.
Man I'm glad I found this post! Looks like I'll be looking around for another FE. Thanks to all for voicing their negative experiences even if the mods/developers/loyal customers want to bash you for it. I'd much rather hear about the problems when researching a purchase than anything else and it seems like the problems are too extensive and too far from being solved to earn my business. I know you guys have your own little battle going on here but I thought I'd throw in a potential customer and unbiased persons view on all of this.
You know, even as one of the people who has had some problems with SD, I would buy it again. It looks like my major heartburn with SD (not resuming songs/playlists) is getting fixed int he upcoming new release, and the other two problems I have with it, I can live with (those being the not so good mapping software, MS MapPoint, and the restriction of some functions while moving)
SD has it's good points, and I think those good points outweigh the problems. There are other front ends that are good as well, but if you are willing to spend some money, and are not dead set on a free frontend, SD is worth it, in my opinion.