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    I think outlook integration is a great idea. It's free with outlook express. For those that don't want to use it, it shouldn't get loaded and then it won't take up any more resources and it saves you from having to rewrite a ton of parsing code for csv files etc. Who cares about prioritization, it takes all of 15 minutes to write the code to open up outlook and read an address from it. It's better to design it in early on then have to rewrite everything later.
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    Outlook and Outlook Express are two completely different products. I'm fairly certain I can write a CSV parser without createing 'tons of code.' More importantly, that's not the correct trade-off since there are numerous APIs in windows for abstracting access to various types of text files (csv, xml, ...). Thus if you do it right, you wouldn't be writing any parsing code at all.

    If this whole discussion is truly over 15 minutes of work, then why are we discussing it? On the other hand, if the 15 minute estimate becomes hours or days when the full capability of the feature is implemented, debugged, and tested, then priorities become an issue again.

    You are right, it is better to 'design' features in early. Implementation is another thing all together. During solution design, it's best to start with generic interfaces when possible and only move to proprietary solutions (outlook direct) when other factors (schedule, budget, specific customer requirements) dictate.

    That's my 2 cents on this issue.

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    I think that Open source is good....However me myself arent as talented as many here discussing this issue. I have no ability to write or design software. That being said I rely soley on the developers to add functionality and features so priority to me means a lot.

    I would rather see the core funcitons being discussed than the other non essential. Skippy you are right that my core may be different than your core functions and this may be a core function to you however who cares or even who would use the program as it is when you have the ability to use outlook and still no video/dvd/mp3 support. It is even unusable by the developer (you and satish) at this state. Thats why this is being discussed regardless if it takes 15 minutes or not. I highly doubt it will take 15 minutes

    All in all I incourage You (skippy) and Satish on your journy. I really am impressed with the navigation module and I hope you guys keep the ideas and input from your followers (us that have no programming skills that get excited about your project) and realize that the majority of users wont be able to write code and rely on you as the developer to ad functionality

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    Thanks all for the comments.

    It was never mentioned that this was a high priority item. It was simply an idea being looked into.

    Regarding Open Source, this is for Satish (SilentAdmirer) to answer. Ultimatly, anyone who knows C++ and wants to assist is allways welcome to provide help and support.

    Once again, thanks to everybody for their suport and opinions.
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    That was how i interprited it.

    I love the navigation portion. I hope the rest of the application turns out as good. I wish i could offer my services in C++ however i have no programing experience however i do have interface design experience. My offer still stands to help build an interface. I have built many interfaces for websites. That experience can be ported to building an interface for this application.

    I have free time and am happy to help.
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    Excellent, thanks!

    SilentAdmirer has been giving a lot of concentration to the development. Obviously the very important part is the presentation. Once the Beta version comes out (soon), it would be great if you could look into maybe producing a couple of interfaces!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skippy76
    Excellent, thanks!

    SilentAdmirer has been giving a lot of concentration to the development. Obviously the very important part is the presentation. Once the Beta version comes out (soon), it would be great if you could look into maybe producing a couple of interfaces!

    Thanks

    Andrew
    I just PM'd Satish again offering my services.

    I will do most of the development in Photoshop and some in Illustrator but i need to learn how your skinning works to produce them. A commented out Skin file would be helpful.
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    Don't sweat it! Right now, I imagine Satish is too busy to even figure out how he might use the help that has been offered. He asked me a few high-level development questions but so far has not requested anything specific.

    Hmm...maybe I should start a new project. According to GoC, some of this stuff can be coded in only 15 minutes!

    GPS interface - 15 minutes
    Map Database, Routing, Navigation User Interface + Voice - 15 minutes
    Voice Recognition - 15 minutes
    Music, Video, Radio, TV playback - 15 minutes
    All other possible features - 15 minutes
    Integration - MONTHS!


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    how about sync'ing from my office exchange/outlook onto my carputer using wireless then it could remind me of my calendar every day as I drive to work. How cool would that be :-0

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    @bertybassett : thats the plan for the final version once all the routing and navigation bugs are solved

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