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iGuidance 2009 Guidance View
ghytty
I just upgraded from Iguidance 4 to Iguidance 2009 and cannot find the option to turn off guidance view when making a turn. I prefer it off. Any suggestions ?
Marvin Hlavac
I think the option has been removed from the new iGuidance 2009. If I recall correctly this was possible to control also via the registry in previous versions, and perhaps there is a small chance that the registry settings still work, and only the option buttons have been removed (to conserve space in the dialog window?).

In all previous versions of iGuidance I disabled the feature, just like you did. But to tell the truth I personally don't much feel the need to do the same in iGuidance 2009 because of the transparency of the left and right borders.
Ken in Regina
First I will confess that I'm a total rookie when it comes to iGuidance 2009 so perhaps I'm completely confused about what the original poster is asking.

When I click the VIEW menu:

- I can click on GUIDANCE. A checkmark appears beside it in the menu and transparent grey areas appear down the full height of both sides of the screen.

- I can click on MAP. A checkmark appears beside it in the menu. The checkmark beside GUIDANCE disappears and the transparent grey areas also disappear.

Is this the sort of thing you guys are looking for or am I completely misunderstanding the question?

...ken...
Marvin Hlavac
Yes, Ken. I cannot check the menu items you are describing, because I'm not on the road, but in previous versions there was an option accessible by clicking the main menu button => settings => display options, which let users disable/enable the "guidance", or auto-zoom, feature. I'm not sure if the menu item you mentioned does the same, but it is possible. I will test it tomorrow, when on the road.
ghytty
Thanks for the suggestion Ken but unfortunately it does not fix the problem for me.

Marvin, the reason I don't like "guidance view" is because I normally view the maps at zoom level 2. When in "guidance view" the maps actually zoom out instead of in. Do you remember what the registry edit was to disable it in the older versions ? I read the Iguidance customization thread on Gpspassion but couldn't find it.

Jim
Marvin Hlavac
Jim, I vaguely recall seeing an option like that in the registry, but I don't have iGuidance 4 on the laptop I use nowadays. I may still have it on one of my PCs at home. I'll try to check it tomorrow.
Ken in Regina
Could you guys help me learn a little more about iGuidance by explaining what I'm missing? Why doesn't switching it to MAP view solve the problem? On my installation it turns off the guidance bars on the sides. I confess that I'm "driving" it on my desk at the moment so am I missing something that only happens when you are navigating with it?

...ken...
ghytty
Ken, when you start driving it automatically switches back to guidance mode when you get to your first turn.

Jim
Marvin Hlavac
Yeah, I just tested it, but unfortunately the options in the View menu can only switch between the map view mode and guidance mode temporarily. When you continue driving the guidance mode will come on at the next turn.

In the registry I see nothing for iGuidance 2009 that could control this, but when I get home I will try to look at the registry settings for iGuidance 4.
Ken in Regina
Thank you, gentlemen. Don't you just hate "smart" software? I would like to declare open hunting season on software designers who think they can make software that knows what I want better than I do!! I don't mind default behaviour that is automatic in some modes, but at least give me a setting to override it.

...ken...
Marvin Hlavac
In the options window, where iG4 used to have the buttons for this feature, there are now a couple of new buttons for a different feature, so I think that was the reason the buttons (feature) had to go. Not enough screen realestate.

More buttons would not be an issue on a PC, but this software is designed for PNDs first. That's where the main market for the developer is.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
More buttons would not be an issue on a PC, but this software is designed for PNDs first. That's where the main market for the developer is.
Another problem with software designers ... they aren't always trained properly in human interface design. Actually, they almost never are.

Buttons are nice but they are not necessary, nor even the best solution in many cases. That button-filled box you are refering to is one of the best examples of bad interface design. It's not the least bit obvious what the whole window is designed for. It takes a lot of reading and a lot of thinking to figure out what is intended. There is no visual grouping of things (at minimum, some grid lines in the window to cause a visual grouping would help, but not solve the problem).

In the end, I had to resort to poking buttons to see what resulted before I was able to understand the designer's intent. I HATE it when that's the only way to figure something out because you never know what you are likely to screw up in the process.

That screen real estate could have been put to so much better use by a judicious combination of text and radio buttons instead of that single window with a big jumble of buttons in it. A decent design would have allowed them to have more settings in the same space.

...ken...
ghytty
I received the following solution from Inav tech support and it has solved the problem for me. Do the following registry edit:

in My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\iNav\iGuidance
change Options to
0x00005005 for old Auto
0x00005001 for old Manual (or Off)

Jim
Marvin Hlavac
Jim, this is great. Thanks for posting it here. I will play with it, too, to see how it works.
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