List of free software helpful to Microsoft Streets and Trips users
Marvin Hlavac
Do you know of some free software that can be of help to ST users?

Here are some links to get this list started:

In alphabetical order:

GPS Babel - converts waypoints, tracks, and routes between popular GPS receivers and mapping programs

GPS Visualizer - converts various file formats on-line

POI Converter - converts Points of Interest, routes and tracks stored in several different file formats into another file format

POI Scanner - scans the map for your imported POIs (pushpins). It beeps when you are near a POI. Created by toyfountain.

S&T Keys - hotkeys for Microsoft Streets and Trips

Please, suggest other products that could be added to this list.
I have used all these tools with microsoft pharos igps-500 provided gps (Streets & Trips 2008) and they are working correctly on my Thinkpad T42, supporting Suspend/Hibernate as well. They will work with any NMEA serial + usb (that provides a virtual com port through a driver) gps receiver.

Xport: http://curioustech.home.insightbb.com/xport.html

This tool allows to provide multiple COM port (up to 8) so your gps can be used with more than one application at the same time. It must be started up manually. I have tried this tool with 3 apps at the same time (gpsdiag, S&T 2008 and earthbridge+google earth). One variant different of provided instruction that work better is to enable output serial port first (with desired applications) and input gps serial port last. That way, other application hooked will not shows incorrect behavior once the gps is started to be shared (important for earthbridge). This tool is a subset of franson gpsgate for free

GpsDiag: http://www.download.com/GPSDiag/3000-2130_4-10055902.html?hhTest=1

This tools is very helpfull to diagnose gps and satellite reception outside of Streets & Trips 2008. It allows to see the satellites that are choosen, the SNR, etc realtime. It could be used to tune the gps receiver location.

Earthbridge: http://mboffin.com/earthbridge/

This tools has two main features:
1- It allows to see visually satellites information for gps receiver location tuning.
2- It allows to use your gps receiver with Google Earth (free edition ) (an internet connection is needed for this to get live map). Your position will be tracked and trace into google earth.

Using all these tools together, i can see my position in MS Streets and Trips 2008, tune the gps receiver location and see my position in google earth at the same time
Has anyone been able to get GPS Visualizer to work with Streets and Trips 2009? POI converter works great, but I was looking for something online.
Mandolin Guy
If this begins to fill up, Marvin, you might want to make it a sticky.
Marvin Hlavac
That's a good idea, Mandolin Guy. In the mean time this thread has been listed in the Tips & Tricks thread (tip # 012), which IS a sticky.

By the way, Mandolin Guy, congratulations on your first 100 postings! It has truly been a pleasure having you amongst us. Your postings have always been very informative, and they have been a positive contribution in the Street Atlas, Streets & Trips, Software, Hardware, and other forum sections.

Mandolin Guy
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