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
This thread has been extremely insightful for me. At the very least, it has proven to me how the dedicated reps/developers for SD are in supporting their software. To have 5 pages of this thread within the span of about a month with so many replies, sometimes redundant as they are (by necessity to address concerns), from SD reps amazes me. I am impressed.
I believe some of the complaints are legit, and I don't think anybody is saying anything wrong about that. Just when those complaints turn to accusations (like something about releasing a fix in 2020?) is when it can hurt personally and professionally. As a software developer, I've had to face this as well. It's not constructive at all. Simply state the problems/issues and letting the developers fix them. I've taken a look at SD's patch releases. There's so many! And so many fixes/adjustments/enhancements in each of those releases! If that doesn't prove that the developers @ SD are doing their job, I don't know what does.
I personally don't own SD or a carPC yet. I am seriously considering the G4 (if anybody wants to see the ipod integration with the G4, look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPisZhDdm-0 ). I also realized some of the limitations of SD through this thread.
Overall, this thread has shed light to the software in general. My main concern will be limitations (video playback while moving, bluetooth integration). I know those topics were probably beaten to death already. Just don't feel like reading another 10 pages of a thread after reading 5 pages of this one just yet. But the most positive info is that SD has been so dedicated in addressing consumer issues both through this forum and through the frequent and easily available patch updates.
Which brings me to some questions:
If a G4 is connected to the internet, can the G4 be set up to update automatically, without having to manually download it, replacing files in various directories, etc?
RE: Live Traffic - (just as in idea, probably addressed internally, not publicly, I think) As live traffic is not available for local streets (as far as I'm aware of), would it be hard to mimic sigalert's methodology in calculating fastest routes? From my experience, sigalert's technology seems as rudimentary as they come. I may be mistaken. Then again, I suppose it can be another story when incorporating that methodology with the already existing route calculating methodology. Is that the current issue?
BTW, looks like SD really is working on live traffic integration. Just looked @ youtube. They have some vids up. Again, impressed with your proactive approaches and efforts to bring that awareness to the public.
The update process is incredibly simple. Just run the update. Double click on the icon or drag it over the StreetDeck application window and it will install the update. Easy as that.
Not that it matters much but I've decided that a front end software is pretty pointless and I'm just going to roll with straight WXP. This is just MHO of course but paying $200 for a buggy product just isn't my cup of tea. I downloaded the demo and the thing crashed on me within 5 minutes. Granted it's probably a hardware issue but just like they say, if you aren't running an Infill, the software is not optimized for your hardware.
good luck with that!
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I ran a CarPC for 2 years without a Front End....but then again, all I was doing was music playback. I have recently started using StreetDeck and now I'm able to fully realize the full potential of a CarPC. I've realized that previously, I spent all that time and money just to get the same features as a normal head unit...seems like such a waste now that I look back on it.
A front end allows you to utilize your CarPC in more depth and get more value for your money and time invested.
All of the features in StreetDeck are put there to make using a CarPC easier to use while driving. You cannot get that without a front end, not safely.
Everyone complains about how buggy the software is, but there sure aren't a whole lot of bug reports in the bug reporting forum.
What I see is more people complaining about how they want to see StreetDeck work this way or another, not that it's buggy.
Perception is a funny thing.
I happen to be a professional in IT. Specifically Software Quality Assurance.
To know if it is in fact a bug (defect), you would need to know the intended design and the assumptions/constraints.
Additionally the list of supported hardware is published for a reason, along with compatible OS/drivers.
If you try to run software out of these parameters you have no business at all making a claim of "buggy" code.
The issue could easily be caused by the hardware/OS and driver choices you made (or did not consider).