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I'm looking a suitable GPS software for Australia to use on my Asus Eee PC laptop
bryanb
I am looking a suitable Gps software for Australia to use on my Asus 701 4g Eee PC. Can anyone advise please.
werdnanostaw
Shonkymaps by Shonkylogic

Andrew Watson
Perth, Western Australia
Marvin Hlavac
Hi brianb, and welcome to the forums. You may also look into Odyssey Navigator, which is an Australian product, or you may consider Garmin Mobile PC, but you will need to buy it either with EU or NA maps, and then add to it AU map data.
werdnanostaw
To use Shonkymaps install Garmin:

Training Center; then
MapSource; then
nRoute

The first two are available from Garmin website. Google is your friend to find the last one.

I have one of these USB GPS. It works well. A$35 inc postage .

It connects via USB only. I don't think you really need a Bluetooth one because you have to power the GPS so it might as well be plugged into the PC.

It has an external antenna so it may be better in downtowns, not that we have many of those in Oz. Ho Ho.

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You would have to buy GPSGate to convert 4800 NMEA to Garmin format.

I have a series of legally free 50k and 100k raster maps of NSW and Vic which I found somewhere on the Internet. Search Oz 4*4 and GPS web sites for links.

You have to use Oziexplorer to view them.

Official OziExplorer Web Site

If you can't find them ask and I will look for the links in my archives.

Don't dawdle. I leave for Europe (Paris to Turkey via Italy and Greece, return via Bulgaria and Romania and then follow Danube from mouth to source in Germany) for 4 months on Wed.

You can also buy (or acquire) raster 250k Natmaps 2008 A$99 that you also need Oziexplorer for.

GPS Australia - New NatMap Raster Map 2008

They don't make it easy to find on their website!

https://www.ga.gov.au/products/servlet/controller?event=GEOCAT_DETAILS&catno=65047


Andrew Watson
Perth, Western Australia
werdnanostaw
Forget about Natmaps.

On reading about Shonkmaps I see that it is based on Natmaps data. Not sure what year but I don't think it matters that much. New roads in the back of beyond don't get built very often. At 250k you won't see more than main roads in cities so you won't see new subdivisions anyway.

I use Garmin on PC and TomTom on PPC for routing in Oz cities but I prefer raster maps when travelling in the outback as they show rivers, mountains (pimples by other continents' standards) and nature reserves which usually are good for free camping.


Andrew Watson
Perth, Western Australia
Ken in Regina
Quote:
Originally Posted by werdnanostaw
... mountains (pimples by other continents' standards) ...
Ah Hah!! That explains why there are so many young Australian skiers working at our ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies!! At some of them it seems like 90% of the staff are Aussies.

This is a good thing, not a complaint.

...ken...
SouthZJ
Good Day

I have a bit of the same problem, i am planing on doing a 4x4 trip for a year trough Australia i will Install my Laptop in my 4x4 and want to plug in an GPS receiver to use it as an Navi, i did some search on the internet and there are a lot of programs available but i am looking for a program that does real time mapping and i also can use it as an Navi do get from town A to town B

Thanks for the advise
tcassidy
Odyssey Navigator and Garmin Mobile PC will do routing as you require. What their off-road capabilities are for Australia, I don't know. If you are considering Mobile PC you will need the version that comes with a GPS (USB20x or BT10X) so you can unlock additional maps.

Terry
SouthZJ
Thank you for your quick reply, but I guess I did not use the right wording for my question. I need a program that can also do the same like a Garmin Oregon 550t + all the functions of an Garmin nüvi 3790T.

Iit could be also be two different programs, one for Navi and one for the Off road use what shows me topographical maps perfect would be with 3D mode and a Photo Map mode.

Now my second question the GPS Reciver. I found so many, but Garmin has a good name, there are a view I found on the website,

The Garmin GPS 10 (would be perfect if it would have a cable for the USB because I don't like Bluetooth)

The Garmin GPS 20x (has a cable but is not water proof so i have to install it in my truck and not on the roof)

now there is an Garmin GPS 16x, can I some how connect that one to my Laptop? That one I could mount on my roof, and it has a cable, but it looks for me like its not made to be used with an computer.

Or what do you guys thing should I get, it should be waterproof and dust proof, should not break when I drop it, it needs to be resistant against hard Sun and heat so that I can mount it on the roof of my truck.

Any ideas?

Thanks guys for your help
tcassidy
Unless you are considering a Garmin navigation product such as Mobile PC, the GlobalSat BU-353 is a better choice. It is USB, waterproof and magnetic and a good all around SirfStar III chipset. The Garmin GPS10x is Bluetooth only. The Garmin GPS20x is the one you would choose to package with Mobile PC. The Garmin 18x is overpriced except possiblyfor marine situations where you need a sturdy waterproof GPS with a very long cord.

Terry
Ken in Regina
SouthZJ,

Those two devices have long lists of features, many of them overlapping. Could you be more specific and give us a single list of your "must-have" features? It would be much easier to give you recommendations.

Odyssey Navigator and Mobile PC give you all the road navigation functions of a Nuvi. The map display on both is very similar to the Nuvi. The user interface on Mobile PC is similar to the Nuvi. Odyssey Navigator is different but just as easy to learn and use.

Mobile PC will display topo maps if you have them. Garmin sells topo maps for some areas of the world. There are lots of free garmin-compatible topo maps out there that you can download that will work with Mobile PC if you can find them for the areas you are interested in.

I don't know if Odyssey Navigator has topo maps available.

Odyssey Navigator is an Australian product so it might be worth also contacting them directly to see what they can do for you.

Were the earlier messages in this discussion from Andrew ("werdnanostaw") in Perth of any interest? It appears that he has done some research. You could probably send him a PM to see if he can add anything.

...ken...
SouthZJ
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
Unless you are considering a Garmin navigation product such as Mobile PC, the GlobalSat BU-353 is a better choice. It is USB, waterproof and magnetic and a good all around SirfStar III chipset. The Garmin GPS10x is Bluetooth only. The Garmin GPS20x is the one you would choose to package with Mobile PC. The Garmin 18x is overpriced except possiblyfor marine situations where you need a sturdy waterproof GPS with a very long cord.

Terry
Thank you for the tip with the GlobalSat BU-353, that's what I am looking for

Most important for me is the navigation over topos in areas where there are no roads so I need as much information over the area where I am as possible, less important would be the navigation on road

I will look up if I can find some topo maps which I could use with the Garmin Mobile PC.
mihermano
Hi SouthZJ if you're still listening. Did you make it back alive?
What was your final setup?

OziExplorer and nRoute software (plus maps), is a good combination for the bush and city.
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